Founding Dean of Primary Academy

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Founding Dean of Primary Academy

Posted date
September 8, 2020

Sumter, SC

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Liberty STEAM Charter (LSC) will work to provide all scholars with equal access to a world-class K-12 education in an academically rigorous and scholar-centered learning environment, creating graduates who will be thoughtful and engaged citizens prepared to take on the leadership challenges of the 21st century. LSC’s vision is as follows: In partnership with our families and the community, our vision is to provide real-world interdisciplinary, personalized, and project-based learning experiences through a STEAM-based academic program where graduates become the next generation of leaders, employers, and employees who contribute to the economic well-being of their communities and families.

Multiple career pathways will be offered to scholars to include industrial & engineering technology, health sciences, computer technology, and early college. The school will hold a deep commitment to cultivating an inclusive & supportive community where everyone is focused on learning. The establishment of the charter school could be one part of a holistic approach to help lead a renaissance in the Sumter community and will encourage further growth, hope, and a sense of pride, while being a launching pad for better education opportunities in our community. Thus, the charter school will essentially serve as a key lever for holistic neighborhood revitalization by helping to close the opportunity gap in building a strong, economically diverse community. Our community leaders believe this will positively impact local education as a whole and also, more importantly, encourage further development throughout our community, improve the quality of life, and be a mechanism to recruit new families to Sumter while providing a world-class education system for those that already call Sumter home. The founding committee is deeply intrigued with the East Lake model in Georgia, focusing on the academic achievement and growth at Charles R. Drew Charter School. Charter schools like Drew, with a clear purpose, have shown positive and profound effects on the community while improving the quality of life and education opportunities for its residents.

Founding Dean of Primary Academy (Grades PK-2)

If you believe all scholars are capable of greatness and achievement far beyond what society has been conditioned to accept, then keep reading. We are building a world-class staff who will be demanders of excellence for yourself and your scholars.

Are you already a passionate learner who is hungry for professional development and thrives on feedback? At LSC, you will cultivate classroom cultures built on strong structures, communication and lasting relationships. You will be part of a powerful team that is all aligned around the same goals.

This is a full-time position located in Sumter, South Carolina.

As the Founding Dean of the Primary Academy for Liberty STEAM Charter, you will be at the center of this work— coaching our lead teachers & instructional assistants and driving decisions that will benefit our scholars. Reporting to the Executive Director, you will be the driver of high-quality coaching instruction that enables teachers to develop and deliver strong content and to instill a lifelong love of learning in our scholars. You will work with lead teachers & instructional assistants to be your scholars’ champion who believes all scholars are capable of greatness and achievement far beyond what society has been conditioned to accept. You will come to demand excellence for yourself, your teachers and your students, and accept nothing less than students’ best and most thoughtful work.

At Liberty STEAM Charter, you can expect to grow as a passionate and constant leader who thrives on feedback, enjoys regular one-on-one coaching with our principal, and nurtures a voracious appetite for professional development and consistent improvement. You will cultivate school-wide classroom cultures built on strong structures, communication and lasting relationships. Every day, you will contribute to the education of children who will go on to become graduates who will be thoughtful and engaged citizens prepared to take on the leadership challenges of the 21st century. Responsibilities of the Liberty STEAM Charter Dean of Primary Academy will include the following but are not limited to:

Your typical week would include the following, and so much more…
-Develop highly effective instructional curriculum and efficient schedule, in collaboration with the Executive Director.
-Analyze school-wide data in order to design responsive student interventions.
-Devise and monitor high-impact support plans for struggling students.
-Track other useful academic data (e.g. homework completion rates); communicate progress to
scholars, teachers and parents.
-Model how to build strong, mutually respectful relationships with scholars and families and
support teachers to do the same.
-Assist in the fidelity of school culture systems including behavior management & attendance.
-Serve as the building leader whenever the Executive Director is not on campus.

Demonstrate Exceptional Teacher Leadership
-Develop a coaching cycle for all lead teachers and instructional assistants.
-Observe lessons regularly and deliver targeted feedback to teachers.
-Collaborate with grade/subject teams to plan units, lessons and assessments; regularly share feedback.
-Model outstanding instruction for teachers and instructional assistants.
-Serve as the School Testing Coordinator for state standardized testing.
-Coordinate all aspects of the interim assessments.

Facilitate High Quality & Personalized Professional Learning Opportunities
-Coordinate and manage creative, inspiring professional development sessions in line with school goals and priorities.
-Direct the interim assessment process to ensure teachers are using current data to drive instruction; facilitate regular, meaningful interim assessment data debriefs with teachers.

Serve as an Active Member of the School Core Leadership Team
-Participate in regular leadership team meetings.
-Lead staff training at the start and end of school year and on professional development days
-Support efforts in character development and positive school culture.
-Assist identified teachers in developing leadership skills.
-Model the Liberty STEAM Charter core beliefs and values at all times; be a visible and highly engaged leader in the school community.

Skills and Characteristics
-A commitment to Liberty STEAM Charter’s mission, deep love of content, and an unwavering belief that all students can and will succeed.
-Track record of exemplary instructional and classroom management skills, including meeting extremely high standards for student achievement.
-High level of personal organization and planning.
-Excellent communication skills with diverse constituents (teachers, parents, children, board
members); clear writer, facilitator and public speaker.
-Proven ability to proactively lead by example, effectively manage adults, and seek out feedback
-Team player: maturity, humility, strong work ethic, follow-through, sense of humor, willingness to respond positively to feedback and a “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude.
Mastery of and enthusiasm for subject matter.

Educational Background and Work Experience
-A bachelor’s degree from a competitive college or university with a GPA of at least 3.0;
master’s degree preferred.
-National Board Teacher Certification is a plus.
-At least 3 years of teaching experience with a record of high scholar achievement. Experience leading and managing adults.
South Carolina certification in early childhood OR elementary with Tier I principal licensure OR in process of obtaining a certification. If you are not yet certified, you may learn more about the process at

Salary for this position is very competitive and commensurate with experience. Additionally, Liberty STEAM Charter offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Please visit the Liberty STEAM Charter website at Liberty STEAM Charter is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Interested applicants should include the following in their online application in a single PDF file:

1. Letter of intent including summary of specific qualifications that match this job description and the proposed charter school’s theory of action;

2. One page statement of educational philosophy;

3. Current Resume or CV;

4. Names and contact information for three current professional references.