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Dean of Academics
United Schools Network in Columbus, Ohio
Date Posted 05/04/2021
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Type:
Middle School Leadership
Date Posted:
USN Middle School Campus
Date Available:
Closing Date:

Position: Dean of Academics (6th-8th Grade)
Reports to: School Director

Who We Are

The United Schools Network (USN) is a nonprofit organization in Columbus, Ohio, that starts and manages urban public charter schools that close the opportunity gap. The network includes two high-performing middle schools and two high-performing elementary schools. We are seeking a Dean of Academics to join our network at Columbus Collegiate Academy – Dana Ave. and Columbus Collegiate Academy – Main St.

Vision & Mission

Vision: For every child, an open door.

Mission: Transforming lives and our communities through the power of education.

Core Values

  • We hold high academic and behavioral expectations to ensure the growth of every student.
  • We engage and grow competent and experienced school leadership and staff.
  • We offer a rigorous academic program with intentional student supports and a comprehensive character education program.
  • We provide clear standards, research-proven curriculum, and frequent assessment.
  • We are a mission-driven school community.
Our Students and Results

  • Admission is open to all students; academic proficiency is not considered during the admissions process.
  • 75% of our students are students of color and 90% are economically disadvantaged.
  • USN schools serve students in grades K-8 and have a robust alumni services program.
  • USN 8th graders regularly gain acceptance to the top high school programs in the city.
Joining Our Team

CCA-Dana Ave. / CCA-Main St. will consider hiring a full-time Dean of Academics who:

Leadership Skills & Characteristics

  • Embodies, advocates, and operationalizes the school’s mission, vision, expectations, and values.
  • Demonstrates a high level of professional maturity including emotional constancy in stressful situations, has an ability to bring out the best in others, is a solution seeker, and acts as a positive force to motivate others.
  • Carefully manages tasks and time, is extremely well-organized, and is detail-oriented.
  • Demonstrates tenacity and persistence in pursuit of solutions that maximize student achievement.
  • Works collaboratively with the leadership team and instructional staff to support the needs of all students.
  • Exhibits the ability to effectively relate to, engage, and communicate with a diverse group of students and their families in one-on-one, small group, and large settings.
  • Communicates effectively in both formal and informal settings.
Administrative Duties

  • Assists with the recruitment, selection, evaluation, and retention of outstanding instructional staff.
  • Creates, monitors, and sustains a school culture of academic rigor through clear expectations of student’s families, faculty, and administrators using techniques outlined in Teach Like a Champion and Get Better Faster.
  • Implements a coherent research-based curriculum in the core subjects.
  • Equips teachers with information regarding how to use instructional tools (e.g. i-Ready) to inform student ability level and effectively bolster student performance in academic classes.
  • Establishes a lucid, comprehensive, and aligned system of student assessment.
  • Creates a professional learning community in which teachers regularly collaborate to reflect on and refine curriculum and instruction at the school using achievement data, student work, and observations/experiences.
  • Administers, teaches, and leads professional development when appropriate.
  • Provides all relevant data, reports, and information to school leadership and instructional staff.
  • Observes teachers on a regular basis and provides both quantitative and qualitative feedback.
  • Achieves dramatic and consistent improvement in student academic performance.
  • Helps identify and develop future instructional leaders.
  • Collaborates with the Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students, and teachers in order to eliminate student behavior concerns as items preventing students from finding academic success.
  • Serves as a District Representative, when requested, for special education meetings.
  • Participates on the building leadership team and shares school-wide administrative tasks with the team.
Experience & Qualifications

CCA-Dana Ave. / CCA-Main St. will consider hiring a full-time Dean of Academics who:

  • Is dedicated to educational success for all students.
  • Has proven school leadership skills in urban settings with an emphasis on data-driven instruction and demonstrable gains in student achievement.
  • Has 5+ years experience working in classrooms and schools, preferably in urban schools and/or communities (preferred).
  • Is open and committed to implementing frequent feedback.
  • Communicates effectively with students, parents, and colleagues.
  • Has technological proficiency using Google & Office products.
  • Holds a B.A./B.S. degree.
Terms of Employment

This position will begin on July 1, 2021 though applications will be considered immediately. The starting salary for this position is $55,000, benefits are competitive, and teachers are eligible to participate in Ohio’s State Teacher Retirement System (STRS). CCA-Dana Ave. and CCA-Main St. are Equal Opportunity Employers.
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