Dean of Students - High School

Alexandria, Virginia
Mar 01, 2023
Aug 29, 2023
Full Time
Job Description

The High School Dean of Students provides administrative support managing student conduct and behavior to foster and maintain a positive school culture that promotes student growth and positive development. The Dean's responsibilities include playing an intricate role in the high school's MTSS committee by supervising student discipline and assisting staff with implementing tier-one behavioral management; supporting instructional staff with managing tier-one behavior best practices; implementing a schoolwide PBIS structure that develops responsible student behavior and citizenship; promoting positive school climate and fostering parent and community support.

The High School Dean of Students will be an active member of the academy team. The dean will support a caseload of 9th through 12th-grade students and serve as a co-leader of the academy's MTSS committee. The Dean of Students is an integral member of the school administrative leadership team and collaborates with a team of stakeholders, including fellow administrative team members, building and community stakeholders, and division administration.

This job reports to the school's Campus Principal.


Education: Bachelor's degree; Master's degree preferred.

Certificates & Licenses: Valid Virginia Department of Education license required or eligibility to obtain one. Administration and Supervision endorsement preferred or enrolled in a program working toward one.

Experience: At least five years of K-12 school division experience (grades 9-12 preferred); demonstrated competencies (engagements, observations, evaluations, and tracking tools) to assess and manage student behavior; experience developing and implementing school-wide behavior management programs, e.g., PBIS, Restorative Practices, as well as responding to the day-to-day behavioral needs of students.

Essential Functions
  • Collaborates with the high school's assistant principals to oversee a cohort of students in grades 9-12, and through the Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports, implements data-informed interventions and supports to students in terms of behavioral, social-emotional, attendance, and academic needs.
  • Promotes student achievement and tracks student progress through data analysis and collaboration with all stakeholders.
  • In coordination with the Student Support Team (SST), develops positive relationships with students and oversees the implementation of student support plans, and ensures the communication of all support plans with parents/guardians (caregivers).
  • Oversees student behavioral management issues and helps promote positive school behavior, i.e., PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports), including counseling and mentoring students.
  • Coordinates and/or conducts student suspensions and acts on student discipline referrals.
  • Provides re-entry (follow-up) communications with school counselors, parents, and social workers involving disciplinary and/or attendance issues.
  • Develops measurements of student behavior by tracking and reporting academic performance, monitoring the evaluation for student discipline, and utilizing related data to assess the effectiveness of interventions via-PBIS.
  • Develops intervention strategies and organize programs to ensure positive student conduct, e.g., peer-mediation programs and restorative practices.
  • Serves as liaison between the school and parents (caregivers), community organizations, and/or school police and law enforcement authorities by providing updates on student behavior policies and issues.
  • Coordinates with the Campus Principal and Central Office staff on identifying alternative education programs as needed and assists with student transitions to and from the program.
  • Assists teachers, school counselors, and parents in developing student expectations and individual student behavior contracts (verbal or written).
  • Maintains familiarity with students receiving specialized services via- 504 plans and/or IEPs (Individualized Education Program) to serve as a school administrator at special education and 504 meetings.
  • Provides all reports, e.g., written and oral, in a timely manner, ensuring discretion in maintaining the confidentiality of student information.
  • Fosters effective interpersonal relations and develops positive relationships with staff, students, parents, and the community.
  • Establishes and implements high standards of student behavior and ethical conduct; develops and publishes respective input for student handbook and other related publications.
  • Works with school security staff and officers to move students to class on time; helps keep students in the classroom and ensures the overall safety and security of the school campus.
  • Works closely with the ACPS Office of Safety and Security to participate in advanced-level training related to school safety and turnkey relevant staff training.
  • Helps manage the daily operations of the school campus, including safety and security operational tasks, such as managing emergency drills, leading arrival/dismissal procedures, cafeteria duty, and attending evening activities, e.g., performance arts and athletic events.
  • Provides daily oversight to the team of school security officers (SSOs) and School Resource Officers (SROs).
  • Conducts frequent walkthroughs throughout the school and outdoor campus to serve as a highly visible presence to promote positive behavior and a safe/orderly school environment.
  • With the collaboration of school administrators leads the development and implementation of programming related to a positive and safe learning environment, i.e., Restorative Practices, SEAL, and PBIS.
  • Identifies students with attendance and/or disciplinary issues to resolve those issues with school counselors, parents, and social workers to ensure a positive outcome.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned to ensure the efficient and effective functioning of the high school.

  • Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance.
  • Tuberculosis Skin Test.

Public Health Compliance
  • Proof of COVID vaccination. Exemptions for religious/medical will be reviewed.
  • Must follow safety and health protocols.


Primary Location:
ACHS Minnie Howard Campus
Salary Range:
$76,232.55 - $123,994.80 / Administrator LAS-CD (215)
Shift Type:

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