Dean of Students and Athletic Coach Fellow

Fugees Family, Inc - Clarkston, GA - Full time

Fugees Family, Inc - Clarkston, GA - Full time

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The Fugees Academy is hiring two full-time Dean of Students and Athletic Coach Fellows for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Fugees Academy is an independent, community-based middle and high school emphasizing academic and character development of refugee children. Our student body represents 22 different countries, including Burundi, Iraq, African Central Republic, Burma, and Syria. The school is in its eighth year, and is SAIS and SACS accredited. It blends creative teaching with academic fundamentals, interwoven with leadership and character building. The Fugees Academy packs a normal K-8 education into three years of middle school so that students are then ready for a college preparatory curriculum in high school.

The Fugees Academy serves a pressing need that is not currently being met by the traditional public education system – the education of refugee children in an environment where their unique academic challenges are understood. Through small classes, high expectations, and targeted instruction, Fugees Academy empowers the most vulnerable of students–child survivors of war—to become independent thinkers and high-achieving scholars. Working as a team both on and off the field, members of the Fugees Academy community strive to support each other while working to achieve individual goals. We believe that this team mind-set nurtures and prepares young adults who will be the next generation of international and community leaders. The core design principles of the school include an extended school day, a low teacher-student-ratio, interactive instruction, a comprehensive tutoring program, a soccer-focused athletic program, and intensive wrap-around support services for students and their families.

The Fugees Academy is the first school in the United States dedicated to refugee education; we are looking to develop a national model that can be applied across the country. The Fugees Academy is currently in the process of planning to open its second 6-12 community school in Ohio in the summer of 2018. In order to do this, we need a dean of students and athletic coach fellow to provide excellent educational leadership of Fugees Academy - overseeing supervision and management of faculty, curriculum, student learning and achievement, professional development, student discipline, teacher coaching, student recruitment and enrollment, and to serve as the head coach of the school’s soccer teams.

Job Description

The dean of students and athletic coach fellow will enhance and sustain a safe, highly effective, and well-organized educational environment that welcomes and nurtures a team approach and close working relationship with all school-wide constituencies (i.e., parents and guardians, families, students, faculty and staff, other administrators, advisors, trustees). In alignment with the Fugees Academy’s mission, goals, and standards, the Fellow’s general functions are to accomplish the academic goals and demonstrate exceptional leadership in coordinating and monitoring the visionary outcomes as well as the day-to-day programmatic functions of the school.

We are seeking a school dean of students and athletic coach fellow to build upon the successes of our unique program by providing strategic vision and leadership to an expanding community of teachers and students. The position offers an exciting opportunity to a forward-thinking educator and collaborative school leader to refine and implement an educational program that promotes a culture of equity, excellence and innovation, and creates an effective instructional framework and learning environment to support the academic and social emotional development of students. We seek a flexible, focused and inspirational leader, who has extensive teaching experience working with students, educational leadership experience, and is passionate about experiential learning and has experience coaching a youth sports team (soccer preferred).

General Responsibilities

  • Oversees the implementation of the instructional program to ensure that all students have access to rigorous and relevant learning experiences;
  • Works with students, faculty and staff, and families to develop a strong, positive school culture, one defined by respect, responsibility, collaboration, and hard work;
  • Provides leadership in student management, including student attendance, discipline, and student supervision outside the classroom;
  • Leads, coaches, and develops teachers in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment;
  • Implements high-quality and on-going professional development to support student learning and improve teacher performance;
  • Regularly monitors, observes, evaluates, and makes recommendations on classroom instruction;
  • Serves as the head coach of the school’s soccer team and manages & develops student coaches;
  • Recruits, hires, and supervises teachers and school staff;
  • Assists in the development and effectively managing a limited school budget;
  • Teaches an elective;
  • Prepares master schedule;
  • Performs other related duties as required and assigned.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Master’s Degree or higher in a field of education;

§Eligible for state-level professional certification in a teaching or service field and in Educational Leadership is strongly preferred;

§Leadership and management experience in a school administrative leadership position or a relevant sector;

§Minimum of four years of full-time classroom teaching experience, preferably in an urban setting;

§Effective skills in curriculum development, instructional practices, interpretation of test data, and budget management;

§Experience planning, supervising, and evaluating the work of teachers and other school-related staff members;

§One or more years of experience coaching a sports team (soccer preferred);

§Preference given to individuals with refugee/immigrant community


  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in the United States required.

Required Skills and Competencies

§Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, parents, staff and the public;

§A strong sense of personal accountability for student achievement;

§A belief that all students can learn at high levels and should be held to high academic standards;

§Exceptional ability to bridge and enhance cooperative working relationships;

§Excellent oral and written communication skills;

§Diplomacy and sensitivity to different cultural situations;

§Solid organizational and administrative skills;

§Must be a person of unquestionable character – high integrity, hardworking, and honest;

§Committed, and a team player capable of working with minimum supervision.

Location: This opportunity is for those located in (or willing to relocate) to Atlanta, GA for the 2017-2018 school year. Following the 2017-2018 school year, one Fellow will remain in Atlanta, GA and one Fellow will relocate to Columbus, Ohio for the 2018-2019 school year.

Benefits and Salary: Salary for this position is $60,000. In addition, a comprehensive health and dental package is included.

Start Date: ASAP

How to Apply

Interested candidates should review our website to ensure his or her professional goals and educational philosophy align with The Fugees Academy. Please send your resume and cover letter, 3-5 references and a statement of education philosophy to Luma Mufleh, Head of School at Be sure to indicate which position you are applying for. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Candidates with less than three years of full-time teaching experience will not be considered. Candidates with less than one year of athletic coaching experience will not be considered. Email is the preferred mode of communication – no phone calls please.

The Fugees Academy is an equal opportunity employer. The Academy is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from those with refugee and/or immigrant backgrounds, women, and minorities.

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Fugees Family, Inc

The Fugees Academy is an independent, community-based middle and high school emphasizing academic and character development of refugee children. Our student body represents 22 different countries, including Burundi, Iraq, African Central Republic, Burma, and Syria.

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