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Dean Of Students

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Kauffman School
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Kansas City Mo
Category:Education / Training
Listing Type:Job
Employment:Full Time
Company:Ewing Marion Kauffman School

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Dean of Students
The Ewing Marion Kauffman School

The Kauffman School will enroll 100 fifth-graders in its first year and grow one grade per year thereafter, ultimately serving grades five through twelve. Teachers in the Kauffman School’s inaugural fifth grade classrooms will not be elementary school teachers, but rather subject teachers in accordance with a middle school model. The target population is urban students residing in low-income households. The Kauffman School is inspired and supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Our approach to ensure every student is prepared to successfully complete college includes:

• A longer school year and longer school day.
• More instructional time in core subjects and extra teacher support.
• Consistent systems and procedures in all classrooms.
• Homework and reading assigned every night to every student.
• Challenging and inspiring students as they prepare for college and life.

Dean of Student’s Primary Responsibilities:
The Dean of Students serves as primary caretaker and promoter of the Kauffman School’s culture and values. Working with staff, families, and students, the Dean of Students will facilitate communications and information dissemination between the school and its families – planning and implementing systems and procedures that contribute to the overall health of the school and the academic performance of its students.

Policies and Procedures

• Develop, implement, enhance, and enforce school policies and procedures;
• Ensure all school policies and practices adhere to state statute and mandated state policy;
• Assist in development of school-wide processes and procedures designed to create a positive learning environment for all students;
• Lead collaborative effort to develop, implement, and manage the processes for in-school suspensions, expulsions, demerits, rewards, and parent communications consistent with school philosophy and values;
• Work with the Director of Special Education, school counselors, and school leadership to develop behavior plans and interventions as appropriate;
• Ensure consistent implementation of school policies and procedures in all areas of school operations.

Communications and Relationships

• Develop and manage system of consistent and value-added communications with parents/guardians of all students enrolled in the Kauffman School;
• Maintain and communicate high academic and personal expectations for all students, interns, volunteers, and staff;
• Serve as primary facilitator in conflict-resolution scenarios between staff, families, students, and the community;
• Coordinate development and oversee implementation of family orientation, regular home visits, student recruitment, school lottery, and enrollment activities;
• Assist in planning and coordinating school-wide events;
• Conduct individual and small group meetings with students when necessary;
• Conduct exit interviews with students and families leaving the Kauffman School and collect appropriate data to enhance school culture and performance.

Information Collection and Sharing

• Store and maintain all records on student discipline and parent communication in designated school database;
• Track, evaluate, and report behavior trends through collection and analysis of detailed data;
• Provide reports on relevant data and analysis to school leadership, staff, and families as appropriate;
• Assist in planning and delivering professional development content related to school culture, student behavior, and appropriate policies.

Desired Qualifications:
• At least three years of relevant experience working with students and families from a variety of backgrounds, including urban environments and students at risk of academic failure;
• Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in teaching, counseling, or related field preferred;
• Deep knowledge of Missouri laws and regulations pertaining to charter schools and all aspects of student/family rights in behavior and dismissal proceedings;
• Able and willing to work extended school day hours and extended school year days;
• Effectively prioritizes work and meets deadlines; is organized; manages multiple assignments; follows assignments through to completion; responds quickly to requests for information and assistance;
• Maintains confidential and sensitive information, with respect to both school and student level data and internal staff members.

Compensation and Benefits:
The Kauffman School offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with anticipated duties and prior experience. All Kauffman School staff members are eligible to participate in the school’s excellent benefits program.

To Apply:
Interested applicants should send a compelling cover letter and resume with the title of the desired position in the e-mail subject line. We also ask for a response to the following questions (please limit total response to one page and attach to e-mail as a Word or PDF file):

Why do you want to be part of the Kauffman School’s founding team?
Why do you think you are a good fit for the school?

The Kauffman School is an equal opportunity employer and diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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