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High School Associate School Director

Company: DSST Public Schools
Location: Denver
Posted on: April 8, 2021

Job Description:

High School Associate School Director (2021-2022) DSST Public Schools (DSST) seeks an Associate School Director (ASD) to join one of the leading charter school organizations in the nation. We serve 6-12th grade students across Denver and Aurora, with a mission to transform urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st century. We believe a diverse, equitable and inclusive team leads to innovation, which allows us to better support our students, families, and the community - regardless of background, experience, social and/or cultural identity. DSST aims to be an inclusive & equitable workplace by valuing race, gender, sexual orientation and all aspects of individual identities. When reading this job description, we hope you feel energized by what you see, feel and hear.
We will have a centralized hiring process for school based leadership roles at DSST Public Schools. We will review applications on a rolling basis November-April.
-- Overview of Position: The Associate School Director (ASD) serves as a systems, culture, and curriculum/instruction leader on the campus in partnership with the School Director. They are responsible for coaching and managing people in both their teaching practice and leadership practice as well as their continuous growth personally. The ASD role supports our belief in the human condition, that every human being strives to be fully known for who they are and the unique contribution they make to the human story. In addition to this, the ASD, in partnership with the School Leadership Team, is responsible for the overall results of the school. The ASD is the coach and manager of 12-15 staff members at the school.-- Essential Functions: Leadership DSST Mission Driven: Demonstrate a sense of urgency about achievement for ALL students and preparing every student for post secondary success. Pursue solutions with tenacity that maximize student achievement. Is willing to do whatever it takes to get the work done right. Model professional maturity; emotional constancy in stressful situations, bringing out the best in others, seek solutions and positively motivating. Mentor and coach staff members to encourage growth and results. Identify and systematically develop future leaders. Acts as a strategic partner to the School Director; fully responsible for executing the vision of the leader in all areas. Supervise a substantial portion of the team. Culture Cultivate school culture centered on core values that deeply care for each student and staff member and holds each student and staff member to the highest level of accountability. Coordinate with school leadership team to ensure Morning Meetings are robust and supportive of our values-based culture. Collaborate with school staff to maximize the ability of the school to support students' academic and socio-emotional development. Provide leadership to all staff and students in establishing a positive, structured, achievement-oriented, and fun school culture. Instruction, Coaching and Evaluation Provide instructional leadership informed by a nuanced understanding of DSST best practices --Use centralized coaching tool to track all coaching meetings, observations, and action steps. Provide teachers with specific, actionable, qualitative (i.e., narrative) and quantitative (i.e., rubric) feedback on their performance in all areas. Manage a data-driven instructional process that includes rigorous interim assessments that are effectively aligned with year-end assessments and college readiness. Able to align all other school leadership components to the data driven instructional process (professional development, curriculum development, teacher observation/supervision, etc. Work with teachers to create and refine DSST curriculum documents (assessments, plans, data tracking), which correspond to college readiness standards, core instructional practices, and the benchmark assessment program Create, maintain, and update whole school, grade level, and teacher level student academic and assessment records and reports. Oversee required standardized testing Identify and arrange for staff development opportunities which relate to core instructional practices, standards based assessments, and content areas. Co-manage department chairs to ensure effective outcomes within departments. Systems Implement systems that "sweat the small stuff," maximize the programmatic goals of the school, and are scalable as the school grows. Develop solutions to complex problems involving all stakeholders. Manage with fiscal responsibility - develop a disciplined planning process that identifies the school's highest-priorities.-- The Associate School Director will be evaluated based on data-driven performance indicators including, but not limited to student attendance, measurable student learning gains on nationally-normed tests, internal benchmark assessments, and student retention and parent/student satisfaction. Additional Duties: Recruit and hire school faculty Serve as a recruiter for new students; actively engage prospective families in an effort to draw more students to choose your school; be willing to take on additional tasks to support recruitment, as needed. Work with DSST Home Office to create network-wide standards, curriculum, and assessment documents Work with DSST Home Office to create network-wide new teacher professional development; create school-specific new and returning teacher professional development Participate in network wide Instructional Leadership Development and Culture Leadership Development If applicable, teach select course(s) within the school If applicable, act as a student advisor for a group of students Job Requirements: DSST Public Schools seeks candidates with strong character, passion for excellence, a commitment to student achievement and to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Job applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.-- Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university At least 5 years working in schools and classrooms At least 2 years of experience in school-based leadership Demonstrated ability to coach, manage and lead adults to successful outcomes Please include a cover letter with your application. In your cover letter we would love to see:

  • Your story
  • Your educational journey
  • Key experiences that may not have been highlighted in your resume
  • Why you would be a great fit for this role Mission Driven: Deeply connected and committed to DSST's mission and the belief that all students can acquire a world class education. Values Driven: Demonstrates Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Courage, Curiosity, and Doing Your Best in words and actions.
    Self-Aware: Has a deep, reflective understanding of self that exhibits awareness and humility.
    DEI Leadership: Devotes time to learning and reflection on critical concepts related to race, power and identity. Values and successfully develops relationships across lines of difference. Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion drives and guides actions and decisions.
    Conviction: In all settings, leader is focused, committed, and self-assured - in service of the greater vision - particularly when confronted with distraction, diversion, or opposition.
    Initiative & Persistence: The drive and actions to do more than is expected or required in order to accomplish a challenging task.
    Achievement: The drive and actions to set challenging goals and reach a high standard of performance despite barriers. Accountability of Others: Hold others accountable to decisions, goals (made by self or team), and results Direct & Candid Feedback: Provides direct and candid feedback, and specific and targeted praise--
    -- Commitments: Commitment to Equity We believe that if we actively commit to equitable and inclusive practices aligned to our mission and values, our students and staff will achieve at high levels. Commitment to Continuous Growth We believe that if we foster our own growth mindsets, our students and staff will develop a commitment to continuous improvement and thus maximize their potential. Commitment to Healthy Team We believe that if we commit to modeling and fostering healthy teams, our students and staff will achieve a collective success that surpasses that of the individuals Drives to Results We believe if we strategically develop systems and people with a driven sense of urgency and focus on results, our students and staff will achieve ambitious goals. Classification: Exempt Reports to: School Director Compensation and Benefits:-- Starting salary for this position will begin at $73,440 and is commensurate with experience* *Final salary may be adjusted based on years of experience in a relevant, aligned role of similar level and responsibilities up to 6 years of experience. DSST Public Schools is committed to providing our staff with benefit offerings that empower each of our employees to make the choices that best meet their individualized and personal needs while also keeping cost in mind.
    DSST Benefit highlights include:--
    • Medical Plans offered through Aetna
    • Annual Health Savings account (HSA) gift from DSST Public Schools
    • 2 Dental Plans options offered through Aetna Insurance and Vision through the Eyemed network
    • Employee Assistance and Counseling Support
    • 401(k) retirement plan with 5% annual gift from DSST regardless of personal contribution
    • Access to additional discounts through our benefit partners exclusively for DSST staff
    • Paid leave beginning day one --
      *Candidates placed in Aurora Science & Tech. will be eligible for a PERA Retirement Plan Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is active and may require standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, and crouching throughout the day. The employee must lift and/or move items up to 30 pounds. The employee must have sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. DSST Public Schools proudly values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Denver School of Science and Technology does not exclude participation in, deny benefits to or discriminate on the basis of, ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. (Protected Classes). DSST Public Schools does not unlawfully discriminate against a member of a Protected Class in admission or access to, or terms and conditions of employment, or in its programs and activities. DSST Public Schools shall operate as an equal opportunity employer and will provide and safeguard the opportunity for all persons to seek, obtain, hold and advance in employment within the district without discrimination. The District shall actively promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a positive, aggressive, continuing affirmative action program. Further, DSST Public Schools affirms the rights of all Protected Classes to be free from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm and/or harassment. DSST Public Schools shall inform students, parents, employees and the general public each school year that the educational programs, activities and employment opportunities offered by the district are offered without regard to ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. The announcement shall also include the name/title, address and telephone number of the person designated to coordinate Title IX and Section 504 and ADA compliance activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the School's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact the Assistant Superintendent or Human Resources. DSST Public Schools Overview: DSST Public Schools (DSST) operates a network of tuition-free, open-enrollment public STEM charter schools. DSST schools operate within the Denver Public Schools (DPS) and Aurora Public Schools (APS) districts. Our schools focus on building a community where students and staff are valued for their unique talents. Meaningful relationships are at the core of our model which is why our schools are small enough so that every student is known and valued for their individuality. We have developed systems and structures to ensure our students will be prepared for college, career and life. The student population across the DSST network is 84% students of color and 71% qualify for free and reduced lunch. This year, DSST will serve approximately 6,000 students at fifteen schools on nine campuses across Denver and Aurora.
      DSST Public Schools employees support each other not only to have fulfilling careers, but more importantly, to lead fulfilling lives that combines deeply meaningful professional work with personal well-being. Our core values are central to our program and to our results. These values are embedded in everything that we do and how we do it, both for our students and our staff. The six DSST core values are: Respect - We appreciate each person and their story through our words, actions, and attitudes. We value their unique perspective and treat others with dignity.
      Responsibility - We acknowledge that our actions and choices impact ourselves and our community. We take ownership for what we do and how we choose to do it.
      Integrity - We act and speak with honesty, fairness, and thoughtfulness. We consistently align our words and actions.
      Courage - We possess the confidence and resolve to take risks, push ourselves, and persevere in the face of pressure, adversity or unfamiliar circumstances.
      Curiosity - We are eager to learn, questions, and explore. We have a thirst for knowledge, a love of investigation, and a desire to learn about ourselves, our community, and our world.
      Doing Your Best - We put our best effort into everything we do. We know that individual and collective effort are required for our community to thrive. DSST Public Schools is a network of middle and high schools located in Denver, Colorado. We foster school communities where our students and staff become the best versions of themselves. At the core of our approach are strong and meaningful relationships, fostered in small schools, that ensure every student and staff member is known and valued for their unique contributions. Through this whole child approach, we operate many of the top middle and high schools in the city of Denver. But the true success has been that all our graduating seniors have been accepted into college since the first graduating class in 2004. Join a team that's making an impact - apply to DSST!

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