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Dean of Students

DSST Public Schools
Denver, CO
Closing date
Feb 13, 2024

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POSITION: Dean of Students

GRADE LEVEL: Hiring for both middle school and high school positions

LOCATION: Hiring at multiple locations. You can view the current openings at this link.

SALARY: $68,758-$77,008 based on years of aligned experience up to 6 years. We also offer a relocation stipend for anyone joining us from 75 miles or more from Denver!

STATUS: Full time year round, benefits eligible, exempt, in-person position (Denver, CO)

START: The start date for this role is June 2024 for new admin staff training. You can view the current School Year Calendar here.


The Dean of Students is the School Culture Leader on the campus. They coach and support students and staff members to ensure each member of the community is living our core values and committing to a strong community.

  • DSST Mission Driven: Demonstrate a sense of urgency about achievement for ALL students and preparing every student for four-year college.
  • Pursue solutions with tenacity that maximize student achievement. Is willing to do whatever it takes to get the work done right.
  • Model professional maturity; emotional constancy in stressful situations, bringing out the best in others, seek solutions and positively motivating.
  • Mentor and coach staff members to encourage growth and results.
  • Reinforce school culture centered on core values that deeply care for each student and staff member and holds each student and staff member to the highest level of accountability.
  • Manage grade level leaders and their teams to support in gradual release between grade levels.
  • Collaborate with school staff to maximize the ability of the school to support students' academic and socio-emotional development.
  • Provide leadership to all staff and students in establishing a positive, structured, achievement-oriented, and fun school culture.
  • Support 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 their own observations/experiences.
  • Relate effectively with students and engage them in relationships, in one-on-one, small group and large group settings.
  • Communicate with families with respect to student academic performance, student conduct, school programs, and school performance.
  • Manage and track progress on individualized behavior plans for students to ensure we are meeting the needs of all students in the community.
Family and Community Engagement
  • Maintain communication and relations with the families of the school, ensuring they are kept involved with and held accountable for their children's academic and behavioral performance
  • Communicate regularly with families regarding student performance and academic achievement
  • Respond to family concerns promptly and effectively
  • Able to implement systems that "sweat the small stuff," maximize the programmatic goals of the school, and are scalable as the school grows.
  • Develops solutions to complex problems that involve multiple stakeholders and steps.
  • Manages with fiscal responsibility - develops a disciplined planning process that identifies the school's highest-priorities.
  • Collect data (formally and informally) around school culture and the systems that support it in order to improve the systems and overall school culture.
  • Manage the Morning Meeting System and other School Wide Culture Celebrates
  • Manage intervention systems for students including after school refocus
Additional Duties:
  • Build relationships with teachers and other members of the administration team in order to positively impact school culture and results.
  • Co-manage department chairs to ensure effective outcomes within departments
  • Recruit and hire school faculty
  • Serve as a recruiter for new students; actively engage prospective families in an effort to draw more students to choose your school; be willing to take on additional tasks to support recruitment, as needed.
  • Work with DSST Home Office to create network-wide standards, curriculum, and assessment documents
  • Work with DSST Home Office to create network-wide new teacher professional development; create school-specific new and returning teacher professional development
  • Participate in the Culture Leadership Development Series
  • If applicable, teach course(s) within the school
  • If applicable, act as a student advisor for a group of students
  • Position may encompass instructional coaching, culture leadership and support
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • At least 3 years working with students in 6-12 grade schools and classrooms
  • Proven commitment to and experience with serving students of color, students with disabilities, and/or multilingual students
  • An unwavering belief that all students can succeed in high school, reach their most ambitious post-secondary goals, and lead exemplary lives
  • Desire to personally professionally grow in their practice of becoming an anti-racist educator
  • Self-awareness, a regular practice of reflection, and a desire to continuously improve

At DSST Public Schools, we are proud to be the largest and highest-performing network of public charter schools in Denver and Aurora with 100% of our students having been accepted into college or post secondary programs since our inception in 2004. When you join DSST, you play a part in ensuring ALL students at our 16 schools have access to a transformational and joyful education. We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about why we've been selected as the 2018 Broad Prize Winner and as a Denver Post "Top Place to Work".

Not interested right now but might be in the future, or want to learn about other positions? Complete our Interest Form to connect with a member of our Talent Team.


For most of our positions, we hire on a rolling basis. Therefore, we recommend that you submit your application as soon as you are able! You can learn more about what to expect in our interview process here.


At DSST, we know that our people are the greatest asset we have in reaching our mission of eliminating educational inequity. We work hard to build a work culture that allows our staff to not only feel fulfilled by the work they do but also feel supported to live a joyful, healthy life. We want this work to be your life's work. Check out our website and our benefits highlight guide to learn how we deliver on our commitment to the human condition.

Some Highlights:
  • Staff Experience Bonus: DSST celebrates staff that continue to choose our network by rewarding a bonus every 3 years in increasing increments from $3,000-$6,000.
  • Excellent Healthcare Plan: We encourage you to check out our benefits guide to see the ways we are committed to the wellness of our staff. We are always looking to improve how we care and, through staff feedback, we've been able to implement innovative new benefits such as Fertility Benefits as well as staffing a Mental Health Counselor that is dedicated solely to DSST Staff.
  • Time Off: DSST Staff enjoy 11+ weeks off per year + paid PTO (from Day 1!)
  • Career Development: In addition to weekly coaching from a designated coach, you'll have access to internal training and development pathways designed by our Professional Development & Training Team as well as external development opportunities.


Know someone who would be a great fit? Refer them here! Anyone can refer a candidate and we offer a $500 referral bonus for every successful referral.


DSST Public Schools is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not exclude participation in, deny benefits to or discriminate on the basis of, race, color, religion, National origin, sex (including pregnancy and related conditions, sexual orientation, or gender identity), Age (40 and older), Disability, Genetic information (including employer requests for, or purchase, use, or disclosure of genetic tests, genetic services, or family medical history), retaliation for filing a charge, reasonably opposing discrimination, or participating in a discrimination lawsuit, investigation, or proceeding in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is active and may require standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, and crouching throughout the day. The employee must lift and/or move items up to 30 pounds. The employee must have sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

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