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Dean of Culture (Bilingual Sp/ Eng)

Voices College Bound Language Academies
San Jose, CA
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Jan 26, 2022

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Job Description

Though 9 in 10 Latino young adults say a college degree is important for success in life, fewer than 15% age 25 or older hold a bachelors degree. Voices College-Bound Language Academies exists to change that.

Voices is a public charter school network with a mission to prepare all students for the challenges of higher education through the context of an academically rigorous dual-immersion program. Every student, regardless of home language, graduates bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish.

Role Summary

Voices Academies Dean of Culture (DoC) will be an inspiring and motivating leader who can work independently and is passionate to lead the school in furthering the college-bound model by building and maintaining a positive, conscientious, achievement-oriented student culture where students thrive. The ideal candidate will have an unwavering commitment to uphold a rigorous curriculum and have an unswayable belief that ALL students can achieve high academic levels. This is an ideal role for a leader eager to build new systems, manage multiple projects and pilots, as well as serve as the thought-partner to the school principal. The role requires a creative and inspiring leader with high energy, excellent organizational abilities, eagerness to develop others, and a keen eye for creating a space that is warm, inclusive, and expansive. The DoC is responsible for acting as the liaison between school leaders, teachers, parents, and the schools surrounding community.

Key Responsibilities

Establish and Cultivate a Si Se Puede Culture:
  • Model respectful, professional relationships and promote Voices values and mission
  • Shape and evolve role responsibilities according to student and staff needs
  • With the Student Program Coordinator, create and manage school-wide activities that enhance student emotional well-being
  • Refine and uphold a behavior management system for nearly 500 students with meaningful incentives to reward good behavior and with effective consequences to correct misbehaviors
  • Execute decisions that are student-centered, that strive to provide fair and equitable treatment and consideration for all
  • Develop and revise as needed in consult with the Principal, a student handbook and disciplinary policy and disseminate information about the school
  • With the Principal, lead recognition and celebration events (e.g., for perfect attendance or academic achievement) and other school-wide student culture building activities
  • Conduct regular school culture walkthroughs to maintain a high bar of excellence
  • Monitor and analyze discipline records; create new systems and structures to proactively address schools areas of need
  • Lead school-wide student culture initiatives, such as oversight of after school programs and the development of an enrichment strategy, which serve as part of Voices socio-emotional program
  • Assist schools in investigating and monitoring bullying and student complaints
  • Collaborate with the principal to implement a dynamic and distinct middle school student culture

Parent/Family Engagement:
  • Fully immerse in local school community to understand family experiences, student needs, and education climate in region
  • Develop and lead parent workshops, family and community service events and other school-wide culture-building initiatives
  • Serve as liaison between parents, staff and students
  • Act as first line of communication to parents who have questions or appeals regarding discipline issues
  • Motivate and organize parent involvement and foster strong school morale and academic achievement
  • Meet regularly with teachers/associate teachers to discuss school wide issues, trends, and upcoming events
  • Maintain and prepare reports and records regarding students and classroom matters
  • Disseminate information which may pertain to educational opportunities; student code of conduct; parent conferences; Parent/Teacher committee activities; student performances

Teacher Support:
  • Collaborate with the Student Services Manager to refine and maintain a behavior intervention process; includes monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the behavior intervention process and modify student plans as necessary to ensure maximum response to intervention
  • Monitor Teachers, Associate Teachers and School Assistant classroom management and supervisory skills. Provide coaching, modeling and professional development as assigned by the principal
  • Demonstrate leadership, public-speaking and project management skills needed to facilitate a group or project
  • Assist schools in investigating and monitoring bullying and student complaints
  • Create a sense of urgency and relentlessness within staff, resulting in a record of outstanding student achievement
  • Other duties as assigned


Voices Academies Dean of Culture candidates will have the following

Required Qualifications:
  • Minimum 4 years of relevant experience working with similar student and community demographic
  • Interest in providing only the highest quality educational, social and emotional experiences for students and their families
  • Demonstrated passion for the mission, vision and values of Voices Academies with a deep commitment to improving the lives of students from low-income communities
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish
  • Outstanding written, speaking, and organizational skills with experience interacting with a broad range of stakeholders
  • Commitment to accelerated educational progress of children
  • Ability to work well independently and within a team environment; working efficiently, and exercising excellent judgment in making decisions
  • Proven ability to proactively lead by example, effectively manage adults
  • Can work independently, have flexibility, and demonstrated success in parental engagement
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Google Apps
  • Works well in high pressure environments

Personal and Professional Finally, the ideal candidate will hold the following personal and professional competencies:
  • Leadership Couple strong management with excellent interpersonal skills in leading an organization in ones functional domain
  • Relationship Develop relational trust across constituencies, by maintaining a positive attitude with students, parents and staff, while also maintaining confidentiality
  • Organization Be intensely execution-oriented and frighteningly organized, allowing one to work in a fast paced, but sometimes unpredictable, environment
  • Perspective Combine maturity, humility, a strong work ethic, a sense of humor, and a roll-up-my sleeves attitude to celebrate successes as well as navigate times of ambiguity and high levels of stress
  • Professionalism See oneself as an ambassador of the school, presenting oneself both positively and professionally at all times and with all constituents

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelors degree
  • CA Multiple Subject Preliminary Credential or Clear Credential with BCLAD/CLAD
  • Understanding of dual immersion instructional practices and school design and the unique characteristics of public charter schools is a plus
  • Experience or commitment to public education, social justice, efficacy and equity

Working Conditions:
  • Regular requirement to stand, sit, walk, talk, hear, see, read, speak, reach, stretch with hands and arms, stoop, kneel and crouch
  • Lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Occasional evening and or weekend work
  • Occasional travel
  • Willingness to be trained as needed

Prior to Employment: Once an offer has been extended, a candidate must meet the following criteria to receive a final agreement:
  • First Aid/CPR Certification
  • Clear Criminal Background Check
  • Valid TB Clearance


Key Compensation:
  • Salary Range: $70,000 - $85,000
  • Medical benefits
  • Exceptional growth opportunities
  • Retirement plan

  • Reports directly to Principal
  • Permanent Salaried, Exempt Position
  • Position follows a 12 month calendar
  • At-Will Agreement

If you have any questions about this position, please contact our hiring team by email at

Voices College-Bound Language Academies is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Voices to afford equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, citizenship status, medical condition, or any other legally protected status
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