Dean of Lower Academy

Posted 7 months ago

Overview

The Lower Academy Dean will be responsible for overseeing the curricular and instructional programming for grades K-2. This will include directly managing the school’s instructional program; supporting the management of instructional staff by providing regular feedback to teachers on their effectiveness in meeting the needs of Allegiant Prep’s instructional program; and designing and delivering professional development to push the strength and impact of the instructional program. In addition, this individual will be responsible for reinforcing our school wide behavior management system and supporting scholars on the margin. This work will be personally, physically and intellectually exhausting. This work will push you to your professional limits. This work will ask more of you than you thought you had to give. But you will be part of something that will transform the lives of hundreds of students in Indianapolis.

Background of the Organization

Allegiant Prep is deeply committed to equipping and inspiring all students to live up to their power and potential through a rigorous college prep education. Allegiant Prep is an elementary school built on research and best practices of high performing charter schools nationwide and is uniquely focused on educating students of Indianapolis. We were authorized by the Indiana Charter School Board in the spring of 2017 and are growing to serve Kindergarten – Fifth Graders in the Fall of 2022. Allegiant Prep’s philosophical approach to creating a transformational school for the students of Indianapolis is based on three foundational beliefs: 1) Every child, no matter race, socio-economic status, zip code or home language, can be on a path to college; 2) Students thrive in a safe, structured and supportive environment; and 3) Fostering Intelligence plus character is a critical component to building a sense of responsibility in our country’s future leaders. For more information, please visit our website: www.allegiantprep.org.

Job Descriptions

As the Lower Academy Dean, you will: 

In addition to the duties set forth below, the successful candidate will be expected to perform all the other duties assigned by his/her supervisor, the School’s Executive Director and the Executive Director’s designees, including but not limited to: 

  • Observe teachers daily, conducting formal and informal observations. Provide ongoing feedback to teachers on instructional delivery and structure substantive feedback for more significant areas of growth;
  • Meet with teachers bi-weekly to plan units, examine assessments and student data, and provide feedback on instruction and curriculum design; 
  • Set weekly instructional goals for teachers and design an observation schedule to provide feedback on teachers’ progress in meeting those goals; 
  • Contribute to all Allegiant Prep staff member’s evaluations and attend evaluation meetings with instructional staff;
  • Oversee curriculum development and student assessment-related systems (i.e. NWEA MAP, STEP, State testing, etc.)
  • Manage Special Education and ELL inclusion personnel, working with the Special Education Teacher of Record and core academic teachers to design inclusion, monitor the effectiveness of inclusion, and provide feedback and support to create a high-quality inclusion program; 
  •  Develop and lead instructional professional development sessions;
  • Implement effective internal assessment systems to monitor academic progress of students throughout the year and implement and oversee systems for data analysis of all internal and external assessments; and
  • Uphold the mission of the school;
  • Participate in student enrollment efforts during the school year and Summer 
  • Participate in hiring teachers during the school year and summer

Specific Responsibilities

  • Develop, train staff on, evaluate the implementation of curricula and activities to meet academic standards; 
  • Design and implement assessments that measure progress towards academic standards; 
  • Use assessment data to refine curriculum and inform instructional practices; 
  • Provide consistent rewards and/or consequences for student behavior to ensure that students observe the school’s core values, high expectations, and code of conduct; 
  • Be accountable for students’ mastery of academic standards; 
  • Share responsibility for grade-level and school-wide activities (i.e. restroom breaks, lunch coverage, arrival/dismissal posts, classroom coverage, etc.) 
  • Exhibit resilience to persevere and turn challenges into opportunities; 
  • Focus constantly on student learning, thinking critically and strategically to respond to student learning needs;
  • Communicate effectively and work collaboratively with students, families, and colleagues; 
  • Engage families as partners in their children’s education; 
  • Participate in and support school decisions regarding intervention programs and strategies for struggling students, with focus on the needs of English Language Learners and students with individualized education plans; 
  • Give, receive, give and implement regular feedback to/from school leadership based on observations of classroom instruction, content teams, and school-based professional development; 
  • Commit to continual professional growth, participating actively in department meetings, faculty meetings, regular internal professional development session, board meetings, and other meetings 
  • Plan and execute an annual three-week staff orientation and training 
  • Overseeing teachers collecting, inputting, and maintaining students’ grades in PowerSchool and Teacher Report Card review 
  • Serve as Leadership team liaison for move-in and Annual Case Conference Committee meetings 
  • Serves as building test coordinator 
  • Refines daily and alternative instructional schedules 

Skills & Characteristics

  • Show unwavering commitment to youth achieving greatness; 
  • Exhibit deep knowledge of K-2 content, standards, instructional materials, and resources; 
  • Create a positive, structured learning environment to ensure that students observe the school’s core values, high expectations, and code of conduct; 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field plus appropriate licensure (required); Master’s Degree (preferred); 
  • Minimum of four (4) years teaching experience in Upper Elementary setting with exemplary results; experience working in a high-performing, urban public charter or district school is strongly preferred; 
  • Teacher coaching/support experience required (i.e. Grade Level Chair, Department Chair, etc.) 
  • Indiana K-8 Certification required 
  • Demonstrated efficacy in raising academic achievement for low-income, urban students; 
  • A deep passion for social justice and equity for all children; a strong belief that all students can achieve at the highest levels regardless of demography; 
  • The ability to focus and thrive in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment; 
  • Experience working with diverse student body and staff; 
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision‐making; 
  • Outstanding organizational skills and high attention to detail; 
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills Strategic thinker and proactive problem-solver; 
  • An entrepreneurial spirit that reflects an openness to change, a willingness to problem-solve, and an interest in developing new ideas & programs; and 
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others and build relationships across teams and school.

Salary & Benefits

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package depending on experience and qualifications.

Apply Now!

Email a resume and cover letter to Rick Anderson at randerson@allegiantprep.org. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For more information, please visit our website: www.allegiantprep.org/join-our-team

As an equal opportunity employer, Allegiant Prep hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law.

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