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Assistant Director of Student and Family Affairs (Multiple Locations)

Public Prep Network, Inc. – New York, NY

We are committed to providing a safe and responsive school community where students feel secure to develop the skills and confidence to compete at the highest academic levels and display the character traits needed to enter and complete college. We partner with families to reinforce academic, behavioral, and socio-emotional expectations and systems. Our goal is to empower our students to make informed decisions, reinforce their ability to develop the skills needed to be successful, and celebrate the success in their lives as a result. We see social-emotional learning as critical to supporting the whole child. Relationship-building is the lever that moves adults to move students and that moves families to invest time and energy in schools.
The Assistant Director of Student and Family Affairs (ADSFA) is a key member of the Student and Family Affairs Team who actively coaches students and staff members and supports families on how to build and maintain a positive school culture in support of rigorous academic and artistic inquiry.
The Assistant Director of Student and Family Affairs reports to the Director of Student and Family Affairs and supports student discipline systems and works to build families as partners in their childs education. The ADSFA will help to manage systems to reinforce explicit and high behavioral expectations for students, families, and staff by ensuring fidelity to the Public Prep Student Handbook, Family Handbook, and Staff Handbook through clear and frequent communication.

Management and School Leadership

  • Manage and support Community Council Executive Board.
  • Manage 529 College Savings Program framework.
  • Manage the implementation of the Public Prep Family Engagement Plan.
  • Manage the Blossom or Tangram.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled like-position meetings, and individual meetings with the Director of Student and Family Affairs to ensure the schools successful implementation of best practices, and shared, mission-aligned professional development.
  • Ensure smooth operation of the Student and Family Affairs Office with clear systems and routines that support students, teachers and families as well as data analysis that supports school wide initiatives and communication to all stakeholders.
  • Consistently models and follows all school and network policies and procedures.

School Culture

  • Model the Core Values of Public Preparatory Network at all times; be a visible and highly engaged leader in the school community.
  • Lead recognition assemblies, parent workshops, family, and community service events and other school-wide culture-building activities.
  • Support and implement a school-wide behavior management system that is supported by incentives, logical consequences, reflection, and character development.
  • Support a school culture of high behavioral expectations that enables a consistent focus on academic results
  • Maintain visibility and actively support throughout the school during greeting, breakfast, lunch, recess, classroom observations, hallway transitions, and dismissal to gain insight about student behavior, fidelity to procedures, and to reinforce expectations
  • Participate in regularly scheduled Supportive Tiers for All Increases Results (STAIR) Team meetings as needed.
  • Support the implementation of the social-emotional curriculum.
  • Conduct formal investigations based on student, parent, and adult inquiries related to school culture, discipline, and incidents.
  • Complete a written summary of the investigation with recommended action steps in a timely manner that is shared with the Director of Student and Family Affairs.
  • Support with documentation and Kickboard implementation.
  • Support all staff around behavior management, classroom culture, and school-wide systems. Support with recess, lunch, and or breakfast supervision
  • Support the school as directed by the Principal/Director of Student and Family Affairs

Adult Learning and Coaching

  • Provide professional development for family and community engagement.
  • Support teachers and staff in effective creation and implementation of individual student behavior plans.

Student Supports

  • Teach and practice conflict resolution with students.
  • Communicate and reinforce explicit and high behavioral expectations based on our Core Values.
  • Work closely and effectively with students who have behavior challenges; partner with Social Worker(s) and teachers and families to execute individualized behavior interventions when needed.
  • Manage low level student send-outs.
  • Member of the Building Crisis Response Team.

Community Engagement

  • Provide regularly scheduled office hours to provide accessibility to supports for families.
  • Follow a consistent schedule for availability during arrival and dismissal. Lead and support structures that establish families as partners including the Community Council, Family Conferences, classroom presentations, family workshops, and school-wide and network wide family events during and after school.
  • Create outreach to families to encourage active participation in the Community Council, school events, and family educational programs.
  • Collaborate with Social Worker to provide resources about educational and recreational opportunities.
  • Facilitate monthly 529 College Savings workshops.
  • Collaborate with the operations team to plan school-wide events logistics.
  • Manage the Community Council Executive Board, providing support with elections, timelines, and implementation of the Public Prep Network Guidelines.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated success working with adolescent students
  • A minimum of three (3) years of teaching and/or counseling experience preferred, ideally in a high-performing, urban school setting
  • Exceptional ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders to achieve ambitious goals
  • Exceptional leadership, organizational, and strategic planning skills
  • A commitment to single-sex education
  • A bachelor s degree from an accredited college or university
  • A M.A./Ed.M. with relevant specialization, MSW/MASW, or equivalent professional experience
  • Deep expertise and familiarity with the literature on social-emotional learning, adaptive mindsets, positive behavioral interventions, character development, and adolescent psychological development (possible examples include, but are not limited to: relevant presentations or publications, documented experience giving professional development, etc.)
  • Ability to build relationships, manage people, and solve issues in a complex and fast paced environment.
  • Evidence of excellence through continuous learning and data analysis
  • Superior oral, written communication, and interpersonal skills
  • A high degree of personal integrity, professionalism, and persistence
  • Proficiency in general computer skills (experience with student information systems;PowerSchool or Kickboard)Proficiency in Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Fluency in Spanish, preferred

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