Dean of Student Support

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Organization Susie King Taylor Community School (view profile)
Location Savannah
Classification Pupil Services
Job Type Full-Time
Date of posting 10/5/16
County Chatham


POSITION: Dean of Student Support
REPORTS TO: School Director

Our Mission
Susie King Taylor Community School seeks to cultivate a vibrant, academically challenging learning community that celebrates each individual's gifts and instills in students a sense of stewardship as members of the Savannah community and as citizens of the world. Through experiential learning that emphasizes both quiet reflection and group collaboration, we empower students to critically examine the world and activate their capacity for creating lasting positive change.

Our Core Values
• Transformative Teaching and Learning - Transformative relationships between teachers and students provide the environment within which teachers challenge their students to hold themselves to high academic standards, to demonstrate mastery over their learning, and to develop lifelong habits of scholarship and intellectual curiosity. All students will be supported in choosing and designing some learning experiences. The result is a learner who understands both the content and process of learning.
• Creating a Peaceful School Learning Environment - To act responsibly, peacefully and with personal integrity, students must know, value, and respect themselves and others.
• Unity in Diversity - We recognize that diversity in people, beliefs, and knowledge enriches learning through the exploration, understanding, and appreciation of differences and the power of affirming common ground.
• Responsibility to Others - Our shared fate and social responsibility leads us to practice good stewardship in all our daily actions and decisions.

The Dean of Student Support promotes and enhances the mission of Susie King Taylor Community School (SKTCS) by providing services that strengthen home/school/community partnerships and alleviate barriers to learning. The Dean of Student Support significantly contributes to the development of a healthy, safe and caring environment by advancing the understanding of the emotional and social development of children and the influences of family, community, and cultural differences on student success.

The Dean of Student Support is a member of the Administrative Team with the principle task to empower students, families and school personnel to access available opportunities and resources to fully develop each student's potential. The Dean of Student Support utilizes knowledge of human behavior, social, cultural and community influences to help create a positive learning climate.

Major functions include:
• Assist School Director, faculty, students, and families with problem-solving
• Ability to analyze functionality of interpersonal relationships
• Liaison for school-wide Peaceful School model (CAPSLE)
• Ensure physical, mental, and social wellness of students, families, and faculty especially in the areas of equity and diversity
• Serve as a member of the Crisis Intervention Team
• Conduct home visits when necessary
• Hold group and individual sessions as needed
• Coordinate school and community services
• Advocate for appropriate student and family services
• Collaborate with stakeholders on behalf of students and their families
• Effectively plan, implement and evaluate programs that promote student and family success
• Assist School Director as assigned

This role requires professional experience in one or more of the following fields: education, school counseling, social work, child development, child life, and/or family services.

• Bachelor's degree required, Master’s degree preferred
• Degree in Child and Family Development or related field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Knowledge of the field of family and child development
• Ability to supervise students and manage adults
• Superb oral and written communication skills
• Ability to work well with individuals in a variety of settings

It is the policy of Susie King Taylor Community School to provide educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, citizen status, age, marital status, disability, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as provided by law), sexual orientation, gender (sex), and to maintain an environment free of discriminatory harassment, including sexual harassment, or retaliation as required by civil rights law.

Employees of Susie King Taylor Community School are “at-will” contracted employees.