Dean of Students (SY 21-22)

  • Troy, NY, USA
  • Full-time
  • Hiring Start Time: July 2021 Start

Company Description

Uncommon Schools is a nonprofit network of high-performing, public charter schools providing an outstanding K-12 education in historically under-resourced communities. We have proudly built schools that reflect our student population, with more than 60% of our teachers and staff across our network identifying as a person of color. Uncommon currently manages 55 schools serving more than 21,000 students in six cities: Boston, Camden, New York City, Newark, Rochester, and Troy. We are proud that Uncommon graduates persist in and graduate from college at five times the rate of their peers nationally. We achieve this by offering strong academic, co-curricular, and social-emotional learning that prepares students for success in college and beyond. 

Troy Prep currently consists of three schools serving students in grades K through 12. We believe in strong authentic relationships between teachers and students, supported by effective school systems and an engaging instructional model that enables students to flourish academically and personally. Troy Prep schools are consistently some of the city’s top-performing, with our graduates going on to attend top tier colleges and universities.

Job Description

At Uncommon Schools the Dean of Students partners with the Principal and Director of Operations to create a school culture where students are actively engaged in academics and excited to come to school. Our schools are a place where students enjoy learning and engage respectfully with their peers, teachers and community. Our Deans build strong relationships and a positive school culture to ensure that all students embody the school’s values and stay focused on their journey to and through college. The Dean will also lead initiatives around school culture, our college preparatory focus, culturally responsive teaching, and student and family engagement.


  • You’ll work closely with the Principal and Director of Operations to establish a positive, achievement-oriented, and culturally responsive school culture.
  • You’ll demonstrate mastery of our instructional taxonomy to model behavior management best practices for teachers. 
  • You’ll support teachers in empowering students to meet their full academic and personal potential.
  • You'll navigate behavioral crisis-intervention and acute behavioral issues, and you'll manage the school-wide behavior plan utilizing culturally responsive techniques.
  • You’ll collaborate with teachers, students, and families to create and implement individual behavior plans.
  • You’ll manage systems that support school initiatives that lead to academic success for our students (ex. attendance systems, homework systems).
  • You'll be highly present and visible during school hours, constantly ensuring the school has an inclusive and joyful school culture.
  • You’ll model the school’s values and the standard for academic and personal excellence.


  • Passionate commitment to the mission of Uncommon Schools and investment in our vision for being an anti-racist organization.
  • Unwavering belief in high academic and behavioral expectations for all students.
  • Exceptional time and task management skills.
  • Ability to persevere despite uncertainty and unexpected obstacles.
  • Relentless drive to empower students academically and personally.
  • Self-motivation, desire to be a great teammate, and a strong sense of personal responsibility.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and strong interpersonal skills with students, parents, colleagues, and community members.
  • Ability and desire to implement feedback from school leaders and colleagues. 
  • Requirements
    • Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree is preferred.
    • Minimum of two years’ experience working with youth or teaching in an urban district or charter school setting.

Additional Information

Uncommon Schools offers salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. All staff members receive extensive professional development, and are equipped with a laptop computer and all necessary supplies.

Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building an exceptional team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. We also strive to ensure an inclusive community by creating a space for meaningful dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability. We also ensure that individuals with disabilities receive all privileges and benefits associated with employment and are provided reasonable accommodations for the interview process and to perform core job functions.