Dean of Culture
- Oklahoma City, OK, USA
- Department: School-based Support
- Grade Level: Middle
- Start Date: Immediate opening
KIPP OKC is part of the national KIPP network of tuition-free, open enrollment college-preparatory public charter schools dedicated to preparing scholars from most deserving communities for success in college and life.
Who we are: KIPP OKC College Prep Middle School is a high-performing, college-preparatory public charter school. We educate scholars in grades 4-8.
What we do: We set clearly defined and measurable high expectations for academic achievement, social-emotional skill support, and character development in order to create and reinforce a well-rounded culture of achievement. We know that every scholar is different and we personalize learning based on a scholar’s needs, skills, and interests.
How we do it: Great schools require great teachers and school leaders. We empower our educators to lead school teams, and we invest in training to help them grow as professionals. Our schools provide a safe, structured, and nurturing environment with minimal distractions and more time for both academics and character building, so our scholars love school and maximize their learning.
Why it matters: Great education transforms lives. At KIPP OKC, teachers, scholars, and families are all united around the same goal: college and a choice-filled life. We believe that an excellent college-preparatory education will set scholars up for success in whatever life path they choose. When our scholars graduate from 8th grade, they leave us prepared to enroll at high-performing schools of choice. Additionally, our KIPP OKC alumni complete college at a higher rate above the national average for all scholars, and four times higher than that of scholars from similar economic backgrounds.
The above-referenced duties will include, but are not limited to the following:
● Provide behavioral interventions, including brief solution-focused strategies
● Provide individual and group behavior counseling to reset students to return to the classrooms
● Provide crisis intervention counseling as needed
● Make recommendations for BNA, ISS, and OSS.
● Maintain necessary documentation of discipline including Dean’s List
● Provide consultation and support to teachers working with students
● Provide regular contact with parents to monitor and support progress towards goals
● Assist students, teachers, and parents to develop solutions to family and community factors that influence students’ capacity or ability to learn and behave
● Participate in school staff teams to develop policies and practices to prevent school violence and support opportunities for team-building and collaboration among students
● Help shape and develop a school-wide atmosphere that best suits the needs of our students, teachers, and families
● Do whatever is assigned by school principals which include duties, tasks and any other assignments that will assist the school to further the mission
Dean of Culture duties may change from time to time on a reasonable notice, based on the needs of KIPP OKC. The Dean of Culture will be required to follow the policies and procedures in KIPP OKC's personnel policy manual, KIPP OKC’s Mindsets & Beliefs statement, and the KIPP Foundation Leadership Framework and Competency Model, although these policies may be amended, supplemented or revoked from time to time on reasonable notice.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Preference will be given to those who hold a teaching certification.
- Commitment to and experience with youth of various cultural and lower economic backgrounds (at least 2 years of teaching experience highly preferred).
- Satisfactory outcome of a background check.
Every member of our KIPP OKC Team and Family is able to:
- Explain the importance of culturally relevant teaching within the context of working within communities of color, as well as demonstrate an unyielding belief and desire for all scholars to meet and/or exceed their academic goals.
- Demonstrate an unwavering and personal responsibility to close the racial opportunity gap through knowledge, application, and ownership of equitable and inclusive practices for every scholar and family.
- Embrace challenges, demonstrate willingness to be reflective and vulnerable, utilize criticism to improve practices, communicate when support or clarity is needed, and value feedback as necessary for immediate and long-term development.
- Demonstrate awareness of personal bias, and demonstrate self-reflection by identifying personal strengths and areas of growth.
- Demonstrates willingness to problem solve with colleagues and families, initiates conversations that will result in positive scholar outcomes, and works closely with teachers to ensure the success of every scholar.