Dean of Students

Location: Denver, CO
Date Posted: 09-28-2017
About STRIVE Preparatory Schools:
Founded in 2006, STRIVE Preparatory Schools (STRIVE Prep) is a Denver-based community of free, open enrollment, public charter schools committed to providing every student with an excellent, college-preparatory education. We believe that students from all backgrounds deserve a college preparatory education regardless of race, economic circumstance or previous academic achievement. We are committed to preparing all students for educational success from kindergarten through college and career by challenging them to realize their full potential through high expectations in a safe, rigorous, and compassionate learning environment with shared accountability among students, families and staff.
Our teachers, leaders, faculty and staff clear a path for all families to have access to a high-quality school that’s just down the street, not across town.  By building great schools in Far Northeast, Northwest and Southwest Denver, we will create depth of impact and long-lasting community change.
At STRIVE Prep, transformation is a choice that has led to:
  • The opening of 11 free, public charter schools within Denver Public Schools (DPS) throughout Far Northeast, Northwest and Southwest Denver.
  • A shared vision of making a college prep education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception, by growing from 11 schools serving 3,500 students to 17 schools serving 7,500 students by the year 2022.
  • A commitment to serve all students from the neighborhoods in which we operate, whereby approximately 97% of STRIVE Prep students identify as students of color, 87% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, 49% are English Language Learners and 13% receive Special Education services.
  • 92% of seniors from the network’s first graduating class in 2016 were accepted to a 4-year college or university.
  • The welcoming of any scholar from kindergarten through twelfth grade who desires to STRIVE for college. Because STRIVE Prep participates in the DPS SchoolChoice process, enrollment is open to any student in the communities we serve regardless of race, economic circumstance or previous academic achievement.
About STRIVE Prep-Sunnyside:
  • Currently in its eighth year of operations, STRIVE Prep-Sunnyside opened in 2010, (originally as West Denver Prep - Highland), as a result of a grassroots parent movement to create a high quality option in the area.
  • STRIVE Prep - Sunnyside enjoys a unique partnership with the Colorado School of Mines, which provides free summer- and after-school STEM enrichment programming to Sunnyside scholars.
  • The Sunnyside campus serves approximately 340 students in grades 6-8; the student population is approximately 92% Latino, 84% FRL, 65% ELL, and 13% special education.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Establish and execute systems and routines in order to create a safe, purposeful, and welcoming school environment.
  • Design and implement school-wide incentive and discipline systems, student events, and parental and community engagement opportunities.
  • Plan and facilitate school-wide and grade level morning meetings that model excellent instruction and invest scholars in the STRIVE values.
  • Manage campus discipline and support systems for students with social and emotional needs.
  • Lead grade level teams and teachers to develop and implement successful behavior plans.
  • Lead highly effective, regular instructional coaching meetings with teachers that are informed by student data, student work and frequent classroom observations.
  • Meet regularly with Grade Level Lead/Chair(s) to further develop his or her capacity to lead a positive and proactive gradeā€level team.
  • Collaborate with school leader to design and implement excellent professional development.
  • Ensure that students are safe and maximize learning time by upholding school-wide behavioral expectations.
  • Consistently and effectively model revolutionary management and relationship-building strategies.
  • Provide daily leadership during community gatherings that set the tone for academic program.
  • Serve as a key member of the campus-based Leadership Team.
  • Assist with student recruitment.
  • Communicate regularly and often with families to both solicit input and share student social and academic progress, while empowering teachers to do the same.
Our Aspiring Dean of Culture:
  • Consciously choose to lead and transform the lives of middle school scholars by joining a founding team of educators who will do whatever it takes in a turnaround environment to support scholars in gaining access to college.
  • Understand, appreciate and can pull from at least 3 years of teaching experience in an urban setting (required) at the middle school level (strongly preferred).
  • Support diverse learners with an emphasis on data-driven instruction, demonstrable gains in student achievement, and sheltered instruction.
  • Highly invest themselves in constant growth and reflection as educators and professionals.
  • Approach every day with unapologetic high expectations, persistence and a sense of humor.
  • Proudly hold a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree (required), and preferably an advanced degree.
  • Speak Spanish or have experience working with bilingual students (strongly preferred).
  • Build relationships and communicates effectively with students, teachers, and families through consistent partnership and communication.
  • Dedicate themselves to the educational success of all students, not some students.
  • Bring enthusiasm, professionalism and positivity to their classrooms and our adult community.
  • Assume the best in others and are willing to have courageous conversations in order to do what is best for students. 
  • Work hard and approach challenges as opportunities for improvement.
  • Set high expectations for themselves and others and a willingness to hold themselves and others to those expectations.
What we Offer our Administrators:
  • Ongoing coaching and professional development.
  • Competitive compensation package and annual performance based raises.
  • Participation in the Colorado PERA retirement program including a PERA 401k contribution option.
  • Funding of 100% of individual medical benefits and a wide range of insurance plans.
This position begins immediately for the 2017-18 school year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
STRIVE Prep is an equal opportunity employer.
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