University Preparatory Schools, Dean of Academics

UPrep School - Denver, Colorado - Full time

University Prep

University Prep’s two elementary schools (kindergarten – 5th grade) in Northeast Denver are tuition free public charter schools with a simple and clear mission – prepare every child for a four-year college degree and a life of opportunity. At University Prep (U Prep) we dream big with our children and families. We call our students scholars because we believe that’s what they are, and we want them to believe it too.

At U Prep, we’re not just preparing our children for college, we’re preparing them to pursue whatever dreams they may have. At U Prep, we’re doing things differently. Three major focus areas drive our work each day, ensuring we stay true to the promises we make to every one of our families – a genuine life of opportunity for their child.

Vision - You can only dream as far as you can see. We make sure all of our students see what’s truly possible. All children deserve the opportunity to view the world that lives outside of their classrooms. Within our K - 5 experience, our scholars are exposed to a range of colleges and careers that will become their future reality.

Academics - Academic excellence for every child sits at the center of our work. U Prep offers all scholars challenging, college prep content, along with the support and encouragement necessary to master it. We believe every child will achieve greatness when they are equally challenged, supported and loved.

Character - A focus on growing good students and good people is at the heart of our mission. U Prep knows that to succeed in life scholars must have a strong and confident character. Our schools go beyond a foundation of academic skills and knowledge with the development of our PREP values - Pride, Responsibility, Enthusiasm, and Perseverance.

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UPrep is hiring a Dean of Academics who is passionate about coaching and developing teachers to be their best for their scholars. This is an ideal opportunity for someone who is a leader on their current campus, is a mission and values-driven leader committed to educational equity for all children, and is deeply aligned with the core values that drive our team and our organization at University Prep. Also, a leader who is “geeky” when it comes to academic content and has a robust understanding of standards aligned curriculum. A relationship builder who develops meaningful and authentic relationships to best support and motivate those around you. Someone who is humble while remaining results-oriented: While bringing great experience in this work, this leader approaches each scholar, adult, project and/or challenge with a fresh perspective and a learner’s disposition. A leader who is ready to roll up your sleeves, because you know failure is not an option. An effective communicator with other leaders, teachers, students, parents, and other stakeholders.


A successful first year in the Dean of Academics role will include:

  • Working closely with the Principal and full campus-based leadership team to create and maintain a warm, focused, engaging and achievement-oriented environment that meets the needs of all scholars;
  • Analyzing scholar achievement data and action plan in collaboration with staff and leadership on an ongoing basis;
  • Monitoring and tracking progress with teachers towards changes in scholar performance. Also, coaching and supporting teachers in their implementation of rigorous, cohesive, standards-aligned curriculum. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Co-intellectual preparation efforts that support teachers in internalizing unit and lesson plans in alignment with the full scope and sequence for the school year;
    • Engaging in deliberate practice to build teacher skills at executing effective instruction;
  • Observe and “real-time coach” during instruction, and provide teachers with explicit feedback on strengths and areas of growth. Provide teachers with action steps that continuously drive their skills and knowledge forward;
  • Plan and lead weekly data meetings across grade levels to identify key learning gaps and plan re-teach efforts to close those gaps;
  • Develop and lead professional development in core content areas and key teacher skills with the expectation of increasing the capacity and abilities of our teaching force;
  • Engage directly in the hiring of new staff at the school level as needed.


In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal Dean of Academics candidate will be:

  • An accomplished leader with 5+ years of success in the classroom;
  • Demonstrated commitment to UPrep’s mission of preparing every child for a four-year college degree and a life of opportunity;
  • Culturally competent and a self-reflective leader who understands the effects of race, class, ethnicity, income, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and other issues of difference in society and is able to lead direct conversations about them;
  • Proven track record of implementing and/or coaching with Common Core standards-aligned curriculum in grades K-5;
  • Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish).


This position offers a competitive starting salary of $70,000 and robust benefits including medical, dental, and retirement. More details can be provided upon request.


Please submit a resume online at For additional questions about this position, or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Kevin Bryant at or at 704.488.8115

University Preparatory Schools is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds. Candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.

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