(2023-2024) Pre-K Dean

DREAM Charter School - New York, New York - Full time

Originally founded in 1991 as Harlem RBI, DREAM has grown to annually serve more than 2,500 youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a network of six PreK-12, extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools and community sports-based youth development programs. Through our commitment to rigorous academics, social-emotional learning, deep family and community engagement, and health and wellness, we create lifelong learners who are equipped to fulfill their vision of success in and out of the classroom. We dream big, as well, with an aggressive five-year plan to expand to serve 3,500 students across seven schools—growing our organization's impact and leveling the playing field for all children. To learn more, visit wearedream.org.

Reporting to the East Harlem Principal and with a dotted line to the Director of Operations, the Pre-K Dean will be responsible for collaborating with the principal, school culture staff, special education staff, Director of Operations, and relevant specialists to provide teachers with high quality professional development and curriculum implementation guidance that meet the needs of all students. The Pre-K Dean will also be responsible for supporting school-based staff with operational information systems, maintaining and analyzing operational data, supporting student recruitment and enrollment, supporting and managing special projects, and coordinating any network-wide academic or operational purchasing. This is an exciting opportunity for collaborative educators who enjoy working closely with teachers and school leaders to drive student outcomes while sharing evidence-based pedagogical practices.


  • Instructional Management:
  • Serve as primary instructional coach for teachers and teaching assistants;
  • Lead intellectual preparation meetings and collaborate with school leadership to lead high-quality professional development and curriculum implementation guidance to meet the needs of all students;
  • Regularly review lesson plans, observe teachers and provide teachers with timely, highest leverage, actionable feedback;
  • Lead coaching and support on classroom and school culture;
  • Contribute to the development of a rigorous curriculum, including a vertical scope and sequence aligned to national standards, through creation of assessments, unit plans, and lesson plans, as needed;
  • Work closely with classroom teachers and school leadership to plan instruction, analyze student work, and ensure continuity between classroom and intervention work for students with special needs;
  • Lead in the utilization of student performance data to customize and improve instruction;
  • Lead administration of assessments including printing, ensuring testing procedures are followed, and monitoring teacher scoring and data entry
  • Establish performance goals for instructional staff and manage teacher performance evaluations;
  • Responsible for developing a plan of action for the year, including but not limited to long-term goal setting, identification of major growth areas and steps for improvement, establishing methods for effective communication, long-term plan for supporting and developing teachers;
  • Conduct formal observations in classrooms using both CLASS and ECERS tools to assess classroom quality and provide coaching and support to instructional staff;
  • Liaise with external consultants, as needed;
  • Work with Network Director of Special Education to support families in the initial evaluation process, ensure students with IEPs are receiving the appropriate services, and run the response to intervention.
  • Office Management:
  • Serve as a point of contact for the school, including managing the office, greeting families and other visitors, and answering phone calls and emails;
  • Manage the cleanliness and organization of the operations office;
  • Manage all operations functions, including day-to-day processes, special events and family interactions;
  • Demonstrate responsive interactions with families, guests, and DREAM stakeholders at all times.
  • Inventory Management:
  • Create and manage inventory systems that ensures school purchases and stocks required curricular materials (e.g., textbooks, science kits, etc.) and other operational school-wide purchases;
  • Responsible for training staff on the ordering system;
  • Manage inventory to ensure that supplies at the schools are inventoried on a regular basis;
  • Oversee the Pre-K environment and all supply spaces utilized by both staff and scholars, including liaising with custodial staff when needed and maintaining office supply closets.
  • Facilities Management:
  • Support with ensuring facilities issues are raised and addressed in a timely fashion;
  • Participates in regularly scheduled walkthroughs with the Custodial Engineer and facilities team to ensure facilities and operational systems are in good working order;
  • Develop and manage systems to uphold aesthetics standards with staff.
  • Systems & Processes:
  • Support the development, implementation, and management of school-wide systems and procedures that ensure operational excellence within the school. Systems include but are not limited to Transportation, Safety, School Lunch Program, procurement, and compliance tracking;
  • Ensure responsibility for use of and documentation of RAMP card following protocol set up by finance;
  • Identify areas for improvement and helps to continually improve school operations systems and procedures and lead or support with special projects in this area;
  • Create, manage, and submit yearly budgets with the support of the Director of Compliance and Managing Director of Finance.
  • Administration:
  • Manage scholar information data systems and ensures all platforms are up-to-date and accurate (Powerschool, ATS, SchoolMint);
  • Conduct data entry and analyze and report on operations data, including data required for school, board and regulatory reporting;
  • Manage the maintenance and execution of centralized systems, such as distributing student uniforms and any other materials along with coordinating school food services for staff and scholars;
  • Support with planning and implementation of team-wide events, from professional development to team-building to org-wide occasions;
  • Help to manage relationships on the CPE2 campus, including other schools/programs' administration and the custodial staff;
  • Maintain accurate student and program records for the Pre-K in order to monitor, and stay in, compliance with relevant DOH and DOE requirements and policies;
  • Provide all administrative support (ordering food, arranging transportation, making copies, etc.) as needed;
  • Ensure report card completion at MH and EHPK;
  • Liaise with external consultants, as needed;
  • Lead the preparation and facilitates annual SUNY visits;
  • Supports DOOs in preparation for NYS DOH visits;
  • Track PK staff attendance and PTO;
  • Support in the training and onboarding of new PK staff;
  • Support in communication and overseeing of part-time AHW staff who support recess;
  • Ensure timesheets are submitted for part-time PK staff;
  • Family Engagement:
  • Oversee scheduling, implement, and track completion of Family Visits for all DREAM scholars;
  • Collect information about recreational and educational opportunities for DREAM families and students and publicize them to families;
  • Design, implement, and evaluate Family Engagement activities and events (Welcome Party, Orientation, Family Cafes and Family Friday, Stepping Up);
  • Oversee family conference logistics for EHPK.


  • Bachelor's degree, required;
  • Bilingual Spanish/English, preferred;
  • Experience in a youth development or academic environment preferred, including direct service work with youth as staff or in a volunteer capacity;
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills to serve as a DREAM ambassador internally and externally;
  • Knowledge of and experience with school facilities and relevant technologies (e.g. Google Suite, PowerSchool, DeansList), a plus;
  • Excited to take on the opportunities that come with running a growing school, approaching them with flexibility, a learning and solutions-oriented mindset, and demonstrated ability to persevere and think quickly;
  • A strong belief in the mission and values of DREAM, including the desire to make a difference in the lives of our students, families, and community.


  • The salary range for an incoming Pre-K Dean is $90,000 to $105,000. Incoming salaries are determined based on the number of years of leadership experience and internal equity. All leaders are eligible for annual performance-based salary increases. Because we value staff tenure in each role, we do not currently cap salary ranges.
  • We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for medical plans and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time and paid holidays, referral bonuses, professional development, an employee assistance program (EAP) and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer matching up to 4%.


DREAM requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees. Reasonable Accommodations based on a qualifying disability or sincerely held religious belief are being considered in accordance with applicable law.


At DREAM, diversity, equity, and inclusion are a matter of mission.

From our schools to our playing fields, DREAM is committed to building a team where each individual can bring their full identity and experience to work because representation matters—it enriches our team culture, enhances our ability to innovate, and strengthens our impact in and out of the classroom. DREAM engages staff that represent and appreciate the diversity of our majority Black and Hispanic student body, while working to ensure that our practices are equitable, welcoming, and productive. We are dedicated to creating a world where youth, especially youth of color, have permission to dream—along with the tools and opportunities to make their dreams reality. Come dream with us.


All Kids Can. This Kid Can.

DREAM is Family.

Fun is a Serious Value.

Teamwork Makes the DREAM Work.

Fail. Persist. Exceed.


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DREAM Charter School

Originally founded in 1991 as Harlem RBI, DREAM has grown to annually serve more than 2,500 youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a network of six PreK-12, extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools and community sports-based youth development programs.
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