2023-24 High School Dean of Students

  • Full-time
  • Grade Level: High
  • Start Date: Next year opening
  • Department: School Leadership

Company Description

About KIPP Nashville Public Schools 

KIPP Nashville Public Schools is a network of high-performing, free, open enrollment K-12 schools that has been committed to positively affecting student outcomes in Nashville since 2005. KIPP Nashville is part of the acclaimed KIPP Network, which educates 100,000+ students nationwide and supports students from Kindergarten through college, career and beyond. Through the KIPP Forward program, our team helps students identify their career of highest aspiration and develop the skills and confidence to chase their dreams.
KIPP Nashville currently operates 3 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 1 high school and we are excited to open our doors to a 2nd high school in 2023. Our student community consists of over 3,000 students in North, East and South Nashville. 94% of our students identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and 26% are identified as diverse learners. We are excited to continue our growth to ensure all students in Nashville have access to an excellent education and the resources necessary to push past any boundaries that may stand in their way.
The mission of KIPP Nashville is to, together with families and communities, create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence they need to pursue the paths they choose - college, career and beyond - so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. 
If you share in this belief, if you have a proven willingness to do what it takes for students to be their best, if you thrive in an environment that is both collaborative and entrepreneurial, then you are already a KIPPster.

Job Description

Position Overview
The Dean of Students assumes primary responsibility for the culture of the school, facilitating the development of student character and ensuring a positive and structured environment that creates the conditions for accelerated learning.  This position requires an organized and consistent educator with a concrete vision of excellence, adult leadership experience, the ability to build outstanding relationships with stakeholders, and a talent for inspiring children to high expectations.  This position is an opportunity to play a significant role in founding an institution focused on academic achievement, character, and college-readiness. 

 Responsibilities of the Dean of Students will include, but are not limited to:

  • School Culture

    • Work closely with Principal  to establish a positive, structured, and achievement-oriented school culture

    • Facilitate teacher training and support around discipline, relationships, expectations, consistency, and management

    • Coordinate and implement a school-wide discipline system with meaningful incentives and consequences

    • Serve as the point person for discipline/culture issues as well as specific behavioral intervention plans

    • Assist teachers, students, and parents in the creation and implementation of support plans for individual students

    • Monitor behavioral pull-out, in-school suspensions, out of-school suspensions, and suspension parent re-entry meetings

    • Maintain accurate student discipline records; document all conferences, suspensions, and phone calls for behavior

    • Plan, lead and oversee an effective Tier I, Tier II and Tier III behavioral culture

  • Stakeholder Engagement and Management

    • Lead recognition assemblies, parent workshops, community events, and other culture-building activities

    • Support teachers in building relationships with students and parents; implement parental involvement plan

    • Communicate clearly and promptly with teachers, families, and students when discipline issues occur

    • Ensure that the physical environment of the school reinforces school culture and facilitates student achievement

    • Conduct regular school culture walkthroughs, classroom observations and audits to help staff maintain a high bar of excellence

    • Lead weekly behavior analysis meetings with each grade level

    • Provide ongoing coaching and development to teachers

    • Plan and lead ongoing student culture professional development throughout the year

    • Conduct and monitor the successful implementation of 504 Plans, Functional Behavioral Assessments, and Behavior Intervention Plans

    • Facilitate Support Team Meetings to ensure intervention plans are created for students who need additional behavioral support

    • Track and report student behavior to MNPS through Infinite Campus, Illuminate for KIPP and other regional level reports 

  • Growth Mindset

    • Model school core values and character strengths at all times

    • Willing to offer support and receive constructive feedback from colleagues in order to create a professional working atmosphere that is conducive to change and improvement

    • Participate in school-wide and individual professional development, including pre-service training over the summer and weekly during the academic year

  • Other

    • Supervise school entry, breakfast, lunch, transitions, and dismissal to ensure they are orderly and positive

    • Lead efforts to ensure all students have excellent attendance and arrive at school on time

    • Lead efforts to ensure all students have excellent homework completion and that homework is checked efficiently

    • Ensure effective field lessons, school events, and extracurricular activities


  • Evidence of significant and consistent personal and professional achievement
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred

  • 4+ year(s) of experience as a classroom teacher with a proven record of high achievement AND

  • 1+ year(s) experience leading and/or coaching teachers, including but limited to roles such as Assistant Principal, Principal, Dean of Instruction, Dean of Academics, Instructional Coach, Teacher Coach, etc.

  • Clear understanding of culturally responsive pedagogy and leadership

  • Experience teaching or supporting English Language Learners, preferred

 Desired Characteristics

  • Unwavering commitment to KIPP Nashville’s mission, students, families, and community

  • Excellent communication skills with diverse constituents; clear writer, facilitator and speaker and eagerness to collaborate

  • Demonstrate commitment to continue their professional development individually, eager to offer and respond positively to feedback

  • Passionate about data-driven instruction

  • Passionate and committed to being a leader for racial justice and equity, and working in an organization committed to anti-racism

  • Ability to tackle multiple projects and initiatives at once with a strong sense of organization, prioritization, follow through and results orientation

  • Possess an entrepreneurial spirit, be flexible, and willing to go above and beyond to meet the varied needs of students

Additional Information

Our comprehensive compensation package includes life insurance and long-term disability coverage provided by KIPP Nashville, voluntary medical and dental plans, in addition to retirement benefits and an annual salary increase. To establish equitable salary practices, the compensation package is derived from the regional KIPP Nashville Public Schools pay scale. This position is exempt and will follow a 12-month schedule.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

KIPP Nashville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual preference, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, pregnancy, or veteran status.

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