Immediate: Associate Dean

Caliber Public Schools - Richmond, California - Full time

About Caliber Public Schools

Caliber’s Mission is to achieve educational equity by shifting the experiences, expectations and outcomes for students in historically underserved communities. Our strengths-based educational program validates, affirms, respects and supports students, families and staff members to reach their full potential. Caliber graduates will be academically college ready; have emotional intelligence or ‘EQ’; be critical thinkers, and have the skills and desire to be changemakers in their communities and the world..

Caliber’s four graduate pillars--Heart, Smart, Think, Act--guide our work. Caliber teaches computer science as a core academic subject K-8th grade to directly challenge the inequitable presence of women and underrepresented minorities in the computer science industry. We are a community-based organization and celebrate the diversity of the communities we serve. Our parents are active partners; frequently engaging through school events, restorative practices, and academic support.

We are looking for educators and leaders who want the opportunity to use their voice, their skills and their passion to work in partnership with our students and their families on their goals. Our first school, Beta Academy in Richmond, CA, opened in 2014 and ChangeMakers Academy in Vallejo, CA opened in fall 2016. Both Beta and ChangeMakers are currently TK-8 campuses serving more than 800 students. We plan to open additional schools in future years as we grow to nearly 4,000 seats K-12 in the Bay Area.

This role will be required to be on campus when Caliber returns to in-person instruction during the 21-22 school year.

Position Summary

The Temporary Associate Dean is responsible for ensuring that the school is creating a supportive environment for students and families. This includes ensuring all students are receiving the socio-emotional services that meet their needs, maximizing student attendance and supporting instruction as needed. This position will be responsible for establishing effective communication and accountability structures, managing student behavior challenges, coordinating with outside service providers and interns as needed, and assisting in leading Social Emotional Learning professional development throughout the school year. This leader will also be responsible for responding to behavioral needs and incidents. They will need to be skilled in community, restorative, and reentry circles; defining and applying logical consequences; maintaining documentation and creating thorough structures for communication with families, teachers, and admin partners. They will need to create tracking and follow-up systems for student attendance and be prepared to support instruction in classrooms as needed.

SEL Support

  • Acquire deep understanding of Caliber’s approach to developing students’ academic and socio emotional competence in order to support and further develop our program in a way that is culturally responsive and in connection with our school’s mission and philosophy
  • Evaluate incoming student/family needs and create family and community partnerships
  • Model best SEL practices for staff and the larger Caliber community
  • Support in delivering professional development for staff
  • Trauma informed lens.
  • Utilize Deans list to identify, form and lead Tier 2 social skills groups and classroom supports

Systems

  • Internalize school-wide positive behavior integrated support plan (PBIS) to address student mental health, wellness, and socioemotional needs at multiple levels.
  • Coordinate with outside agencies related to mental health as necessary
  • Work with Leadership team on support of students
  • Utilize DeansList and other SEL Data tracking tools with SEL Team to reflect on data to inform intervention responses and practices

School Culture

  • Create long-term plans around student support that accounts for growth trajectory of school
  • Interface with parents on behavior challenges and SEL initiatives
  • Partner’s with SEL Team Leads to develop the school culture calendar. Participates or leads events as assigned.
  • Facilitate de-escalation of students and utilize our Restorative Model to address harm caused: including restorative conferencing, reflection, logical consequences and reintegration.

Staff Training

  • Work with leadership team to build staff capacity to reinforce students socioemotional growth and development over the academic year

Qualifications

Skills + Experience:

  • Demonstrated commitment to students’ social emotional intelligence
  • Experience with varying levels of emotional intelligence and maturity in grades T-K-4th
  • Spanish speaking preferred
  • Understanding of and commitment to Restorative Justice and equity practices
  • Excellent Collaborative Skills
  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organization, time management and follow-up skills; high sense of urgency; demonstrated ability to successfully handle multiple cases concurrently
  • Strong ability to bring a team together: Staff, Students, and Families
  • Ability to deal with obstacles and constraints positively
  • School experience is preferred

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree required

Values:

Caliber staff…

  • are committed to a culture of feedback, development and continuous improvement.
  • validate and affirm the identities, strengths and passions of each person.
  • know that It is everyone’s collective responsibility to work in service of and alongside our school communities.
  • approach situations and people with empathy and kindness. 
  • Salary scales are based on years of experience and expertise. Scales are competitive with other charter school organizations and local districts.

Caliber Public Schools provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Questions? Email careers@caliberschools.org

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Role

K12 School Operations

Experience Level

Mid Level

Caliber Public Schools

Caliber’s Mission is to achieve educational equity by shifting the experiences, expectations and outcomes for students in historically underserved communities.
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