The Dean of Culture reports directly to the Principal and is a full-time position on the school leadership team. Dean of Culture will supervise all coordinators (staff and faculty) of school events and celebrations. Cultivate an inclusive school environment where all stakeholders are supported to take risks as a learner. Create and maintain shared norms for the school, regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic, gender identity, etc..
Knowledge, Experience, & Other Qualifications:
– 3 years experience as an educator
– Previous experience with behavioral management preferred
– Previous experience with Community Engagement preferred
– Demonstrated knowledge of DPS Human Resource and other departmental policies
– Excellent communication skills with diverse groups (teachers, parents, students, board members, etc.)
– Strong written skills
– Experience planning and facilitating professional development
– Demonstrated openness and responsiveness
– Strong problem solving skills and ability to anticipate challenges
– Demonstrated success with conflict resolution.
– Bachelor’s degree in Education or a related field required.
– Master’s degree preferred.
About Denver Public Schools:
Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation. DPS is comprised of nearly 200 schools including traditional, magnet, charter and alternative pathways schools, with an enrollment of more than 90,000 students.
DPS has become the fastest-growing school district in the country in terms of enrollment and the fastest-growing large school district in the state in terms of student academic growth. Learn more at dpsk12.org.
Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.
DMHS has identified the following responsibilities related this role:
The Dean of Culture, in addition to the above outlined responsibilities will also act in the following capacity:
The Dean of Culture will provide supervision and evaluation of:
Office and Clerical Staff
Other Classified Employees as designated by the principal
Support for coaching in toward the mission and vision of the school program
The Dean of Culture is not a formal instructional role, however, in alignment with the Mission and Vision of the school, the Dean of Culture will be expected to teach a maximum of 2 courses (not to exceed .3 instructional time) to include Advisement and other courses as deemed necessary to the program.
The Dean of Culture will provide instructional oversight, coaching, support or implementation of:
Student Manager Meetings
Student Council (FS/HS)
Montessori Mission and Vision and Purpose
The Dean of Culture is responsible for the supporting and implementing the following DMHS systems and programs:
Advisement programming, including but not limited to the implementation of SEL curriculum, oversight and coaching for common practices (aligned to the Montessori mission, vision and values)
Primary communication tools including School Messenger, Social Media Platforms, Website
Calendar of Activities and Events for staff, the school and the greater community
Communication to HS families and students via School Messenger, email and other various analog and digital formats
Event Management and/or delegation and/or oversight of the FS/HS calendar and events to include:
Whole school events, school dances and student social events, parent education nights (from 2-4 events per month, approx. 6-8 after school events)
Work in direct collaboration with School Directors to support, calendar and coordinate Enrollment events and associated activities
Logistics lead for all Residential Life Experiences (include trips and excursions, experiential learning opportunities)
Primary lead for all parent education nights
Collaboration with Principal and teacher leaders on all ELA-PAC events
In collaboration with the principal, school psychologist and school directors will ensure that Restorative Practices/Justice is implemented, including the necessary training and professional development
Implementation of the comprehensive behavior systems of the school including:
management of all discipline issues in Tier 2 and support as necessary for Tier 3 discipline issues for all FS/HS students aligned to the district policies and the Restorative Practices model.
The Dean of Culture will be responsible for the following assessment duties
Site Assessment Leader for all non-instructional surveys
Data collection regarding the behavior systems (RJ/P program)
In collaboration with the Principal, ILT, and other school leadership identifies and manages the mission and vision of the School to include:
Master Scheduling for FS/HS using Infinite Campus (DoC will not determine the Plan of Study or create and assign student course assignments, but will verify with principal and school counselor that students are accurately placed according to the 3 year cycle of instruction)
Review and strategic planning for the Mission and Vision of the school
Leading culture building efforts that include all stakeholder involvement
It is expected that the Dean of Culture will continue with personal professional development in the area of Montessori practice
The Dean of Culture will be responsible for collaborating with the Principal and all other school leadership as needed to ensure:
support the master scheduling of course assignments to maintain students as On Track to Graduate, ensure Capstone completion and follow the 3 year cycle
the master schedule meets all legal requirements for instructional minutes and any required state or federal programming
The Dean of Culture will work closely with the Principal and school leadership team to ensure:
Behavior systems are implemented and maintained by the FS/HS Staff
Student Safety and Discipline procedures are aligned with the school’s mission and vision and carried out in accordance with DPS and DMHS Policy
That a calendar of professional development is offered (and aligned with the needs of the school and staff)
The Dean of Culture will work closely with the Principal and school leadership team to develop and manage/sustain:
Fiscal responsibility and will support PCard/Sams purchases as needed (ordering, p/u, delivery)
High quality hiring practices that focus on equity
Strategic planning that is aligned to the mission and vision of the school
Please send cover letters and resumes to Cori_Herbst@dpsk12.net
About Denver Montessori Junior Senior High School
Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School (DMHS) is a growing, Denver Public Schools urban farm school and high school. We have a high functioning and collegial staff culture that serves a highly diverse population of students matriculating from Denver Public Montessori elementary schools. We have 125 7th, 8th and 9th grade students in the farm school. This year, our High School has approximately 60 10th and 11th grade students. Next year we add 12th grade.
Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School combines Montessori best practices with current research on adolescent brain development to provide a learning environment that promotes high achievement for each student while also supporting them socially and emotionally. Graduates, regardless of ethnicity or income status, will be prepared for college or a career as well as demonstrate ingenuity, adaptability, creativity, initiative and excellent communication and problem solving skills.
Denver Montessori Senior High (DMHS) is a DPS public Montessori school that offers a personalized and rigorous college preparatory program. Our students have the freedom to tap into their inner drives, determine and study their discovered passions. At DMHS, students are given the agency to act, with responsibility, on their autonomous intentions.