Careers

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Dean of Students

About Great Oaks Charter School – Wilmington

Great Oaks (GO) Charter School – Wilmington opened in downtown Wilmington in the fall of 2015. In the 2020-21 school year, Great Oaks – Wilmington will serve approximately 500 students in grades 6-11 and will grow to serve students in grades 6th -12th by adding 12th grade the following school year. Many of our students arrive behind grade level and many live in poverty.

We have high academic and behavioral expectations for our students. We pair rigorous curriculum and teaching with intense personal support from teachers, tutors, and staff. We prepare our students for college and career success through several key elements:

  • Small school – Grade-level cohorts of less 100 students allows each student to feel connected and known. We focus on community and relationship building with families and students.
  • More time on task – Weekend sessions and summer school for students who need additional support.
  • High expectations – Rigorous, differentiated, college-preparatory coursework. Advanced Placement and real college courses for all juniors and seniors.
  • Individualized Instruction – World-class teachers with clear expectations, who are supported by a cadre of AmeriCorps fellows.

Position Summary

Great Oaks Charter School Wilmington is seeking a dynamic, experienced, and focused Dean of Students to help lead Great Oaks Wilmington through its next stage of development. The Dean of Students reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for ensuring a positive and productive school culture and climate at Great Oaks Charter School Wilmington, Delaware.  The Dean of Students will work to create and maintain a school culture system that reflects the mission of Great Oaks–Wilmington.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Student Support

  • Support in all aspects of student culture and climate, including tracking behavior referrals, coordinating with the Student Success Team to develop interventions and follow-up plans, and maintaining appropriate student records
  • Communicate with parents regularly to support student success
  • Create and maintain a data collection system and develop assessments to gauge the effectiveness of services and to guide staff professional development
  • Work with the Student Success team and administration to reduce chronic absenteeism.

School Climate

  • Collaborate with faculty to establish and maintain a positive, safe, and respectful climate.
  • Oversee and assist in the coordination of school-wide initiatives such as peer mediation, restorative practices, and professional training.
  • Inform school discipline, related processes and paperwork, and alternative discipline initiatives
  • Be a constant active presence throughout the school.
  • Manage school disciplinary procedures such as overseeing after school or lunch detention, as well as in school suspension and behavioral pull-outs
  • Help to reinforce the effective use of the school-wide behavior plan, including managing our online behavior tracking system.

Leadership

  • Actively serve on the school’s leadership team and student success team
  • Model school values and the standard for professional behavior.
  • Represent the school at community events and other types of events that relate to Student Support or School Climate.

Knowledge, Skills & Characteristics

  • Acute attention to detail coupled with the ability to think and act strategically
  • Communication and management skills necessary to ensure a smooth school operation
  • Ability to monitor and maintain systems that enhance organizational efficiency
  • Ability and desire to work in a fast-paced, highly disciplined, but sometimes unpredictable school environment
  • Proficiency with databases, MS Office, and other software applications
  • Willingness to work autonomously, collaboratively, and/or under the direction of senior staff
  • Maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and roll-up-my-sleeves attitude
  • A personal commitment to improving the lives of students in and out of the classroom
  • Strong belief that all students can achieve at high levels.
  • Strong collaborative ethic toward families and staff

Competencies

  • Experience working with urban, underserved youth
  • A strong belief that all students can succeed
  • Proven ability to build relationships with students and families
  • A “do-whatever-it takes” attitude
  • A growth mindset
  • An exceptional ability to respond well to and incorporate feedback

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Minimum 3 years of direct student support experience in culture/climate, guidance, social work, or a related role.
  • Current authorization to work in the United States
  • Successful criminal background and child protection check

Send your resume and cover letter to: kgiardiniere@greatoakswilm.org

Wilmington Middle School Mathematics Coach

Reports To: Middle School Principal
Date of Employment: Immediately

The Middle School Mathematics Coach will design, plan, and engage in mentoring and instructional support to teachers and implement comprehensive school-based professional learning. The Middle School Mathematics coach will provide guidance on the implementation of district adopted and standards-based curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional learning within his/her assigned school. The scope of work will require coordination and collaboration with the Department of Education and with district and school personnel.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Communicate Delaware Mathematics Standards, learning outcomes, and Standards for Mathematical Practice to the school staff through leading job-embedded professional learning
  • Assist the school/district with the implementation of district adopted high quality materials and the creation of high quality unit/curriculum development
  • Share strategies that support the implementation of the standards aligned instructional material and the Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • Share instructional strategies that support student’s critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving acumen during mathematics instruction, and strategies to support teacher instruction for student engagement leading to understanding of mathematics
  • Develop and implement a coaching schedule with teachers included in the coaching cycle.
  • Assist with the development of strategies to increase mathematics achievement for all student groups working with PLCs and building leaders to address issues of equity and access
  • Support teachers with the analysis of student achievement data and help teachers plan for and adjust instruction based on the results
  • Plan and deliver mathematics professional learning for mathematics teachers and co-teachers, including addressing differentiation of instruction
  • Work collaboratively with school-based administration to implement the elements from the school strategic and/or professional learning plan applicable to increasing student mathematics performance
  • Mentor novice mathematics teachers, including strategies such as modeling and co-teaching
  • Build and share high quality professional learning to support the skillful use of high quality instructional materials
  • Receive professional learning and engage in reflection and data review with the DDOE Education Associates (one day per month – see attached schedule)
  • Gather data and share evidence of impact of the above activities on teacher practice and student learning in the assigned school
  • Be an active and contributing member of the Delaware Math Cadre which may include designing presentations and planning learning sessions for the cadre members (one day per month – see attached schedule)

Desired Qualifications and Skills:

Education:

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • Concentration in curriculum, instruction, administration/leadership, mathematics education/leadership, and/or professional development; certification in secondary mathematics education preferred
  • Hold a (or be eligible for) Delaware Educator Licensure and Certification as a Middle Level Mathematics Teacher or Secondary Mathematics Teacher

Experience:

  • Minimum of five years successful mathematics teaching in a middle or high school classroom or similar experience
  • Firm knowledge of Delaware State Standards for Mathematics
  • Preferred experience with supporting teachers in a mentoring or coaching capacity
  • Preferred experience with leading teacher professional learning
  • Knowledge of national and international models of successful mathematics curricula
  • Leadership experience with successful K-12 mathematics reform initiatives at the school, district, and/or statewide level

Skills:

  • Knowledge and skills in best practices of professional learning for adult learners
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Highly motivated and performs responsibilities with minimal supervision
  • Capable of setting priorities and working under pressure
  • Be able to proactively problem-solve with professionalism
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a variety of stakeholders in a professional, tactful, and congenial manner
  • Exercise discretion and confidentiality appropriately
  • Accepts constructive feedback in order to grow professionally

Salary:

Salary will be computed in accordance with the educational level and work experience of the individual selected and in accordance with salary schedules for employees of the district.

Apply to:
Samanta Lopez, Middle School Principal
slopez@greatoakswilm.org