School Director at DSST: Stapleton High School

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School Director at DSST: Stapleton High School

Posted date
January 12, 2018
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Denver, CO

Employment Type

School Director at DSST: Stapleton High School

DSST Public Schools (DSST) seeks a School Director at DSST: Stapleton High School to join one of the leading charter school organizations in Colorado. DSST Public Schools’ mission is to transform urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st century.

About the School:

DSST: Stapleton High School was the founding and flagship school in the DSST Public Schools network. It opened its doors to 130 ninth graders in August of 2004 and graduated its first class of seniors in 2008. For eight years in a row, 100% of DSST graduates have been accepted to four-year colleges. Of graduating students in the Class of 2015, 100% intend to pursue higher education and 57% are first-generation college bound.

The foundation of DSST: Stapleton academics is a college prep focus, with an emphasis on developing students through liberal arts learning (reading, writing, mathematics, and science). Students succeed through structured classroom environments with clear academic and behavioral expectations. After completion of our program, students will be confidently prepared for the rewarding challenges of a college education.

DSST: Stapleton High School has inclusive model. There is a Center Program for students with Autism on the Stapleton Campus with an amazing group of students, support staff, and teachers!

DSST: Stapleton HS has consistently been the highest performing secondary school in Denver Public Schools, and ranks sixth for performance in the state by the Colorado Department of Education. The DSST: Stapleton campus has been recognized by the American Architectural Foundation as a well-designed school.

About DSST Public Schools:

DSST Public Schools (DSST) operates a network of tuition-free, open-enrollment public STEM charter schools. All DSST schools are part of the Denver Public Schools (DPS) district and students are admitted through DPS’ School Choice program. Our schools focus on building communities where students and staff are valued for their unique talents. Meaningful relationships are at the core of our model which is why our schools are small enough to ensure every student is known and also why we focus on character development. We have developed systems and structures to ensure our students will be prepared for college, career and life.

The student population across the DSST network is 83 percent students of color and 69 percent free and reduced lunch. This year, DSST will serve approximately 5,300 students at thirteen schools on seven campuses: Byers, Cole, College View, Conservatory Green, Green Valley, Henry and Stapleton. DSST has been approved to open nine additional schools and four campuses by 2022. In 2018-2019, DSST will be opening DSST: Middle School @ Noel Campus. At full enrollment, DSST Public Schools will serve over 10,000 students, one quarter of the DPS 6-12 population, and will help more than double the number of four year college-ready DPS graduates.

DSST Public Schools employees support each other not only to have fulfilling careers, but more importantly, to lead fulfilling lives that combine deeply meaningful professional work with personal well-being. Our core values are central to our program and to our results. These values are embedded in everything that we do and how we do it. The six DSST core values are:

Respect - Appreciating the value of a person or an object through your words, actions and attitude - treating people appropriately with common courtesy.
Responsibility - Able to be trusted and or depended upon to complete tasks, follow directions and own up to your actions.
Integrity - Being truthful, fair and trustworthy in your words and actions - doing as you say and saying as you do.
Courage - Possessing confidence and resolve to take risks and make right decisions in the face of pressure and adverse or unfamiliar circumstances.
Curiosity - Eager to learn, explore and question things to gain a deeper understanding.
Doing Your Best - Putting your best effort into everything you do.

Overview of Position:

The School Director is the principal leader of the school. They are responsible for all operating functions of the school including instruction, curriculum, assessment, and professional development, as well as leading the vision, culture, and the management of people at their school. The School Director also serves as a network leader that participates in all aspects of the network’s strategic plan and growth.

We are searching for a dynamic leader who can take the strong and lasting legacy of DSST Stapleton High School

Essential Functions:


Provide exemplary leadership to all members of the school community to achieve outstanding performance in the school’s mission of preparing each student for college and success in the 21st century.
DSST Mission Driven: Shares a sense of urgency about achievement for ALL students and preparing every student for four-year college.
Demonstrates tenacity and persistence in pursuit of solutions that maximize student achievement. Is willing to do whatever it takes to get the work done right.
Inspires students, families, staff, and others to believe in and reflect the school’s mission, high expectations and values.
Work to dramatically improve student achievement by leading the core model elements of DSST Public Schools.
Effectively manage and support faculty and staff; supporting other members of the leadership team in their management and support of staff.
Develop and communicate the School Plan: school’s systems, culture, and vision, and create a plan to achieve that vision
Serve as point person for all students and families

Oversee staff of the school, including recruitment, selection, performance and evaluation, management, retention support, and termination.
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 their own observations/experiences.
Oversee curriculum development and assessment
Oversee the Implementation of effective internal and external assessment systems
Lead the school's’ data driven instructional practice
Ensure strong consistency within the school program and curricular alignment with state and other rigorous standards
Demonstrates ability to provide teachers with specific, actionable, qualitative (i.e., narrative) and quantitative (i.e., rubric) feedback on their performance in all areas.
Able to manage a data-driven instructional process that includes rigorous interim assessments that are effectively aligned with year-end assessments and college readiness. Able to align all other school leadership components to the data driven instructional process (professional development, curriculum development, teacher observation/supervision, etc.
Manage teaching staff, including professional development, observations, curriculum development, staff communication, and scheduling and program decisions
Lead staff to ensure that all staff are providing well-managed and rigorous daily lessons
Foster commitment among staff to the development and fulfillment of the school’s mission and objectives
Work with staff on all curricular, instructional, assessment, and professional development issues and activities to ensure data drives classroom instruction
Facilitate positive and strong adult culture

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
Work with staff to correspond regularly with families regarding school policies, trips, events, and milestones
Work with staff to plan, coordinate, and support family meetings and special events
Respond to family concerns promptly and effectively

Able to establish a school culture that is centered on core values that ultimately deeply cares for each student and staff member and holds each student and staff member to the highest level of accountability.
Lead school based Morning Meetings multiple times per week.
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
Oversee students’ academic and behavioral program
Foster consistency in academic and behavioral expectations in and out of class

Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of school
Participate in network wide events and celebrations
Serve on the DSST Public Schools Leadership Team
Oversee school-wide strategic planning and problem solving
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.
The School Director will be evaluated based on data-driven performance indicators including, but not limited to student attendance, measurable student learning gains on nationally-normed tests, internal benchmark assessments, student retention and parent/student satisfaction.


Mission Aligned

-- You believe that if everyone is actively committed to equitable and inclusive practices aligned to the DSST mission and values, all students and staff will achieve at high levels.

Growth Mindset

-- You believe that by fostering your own growth mindsets then students and fellow staff will develop a commitment to continuous improvement and thus maximize their potential.

Results Driven

-- You believe that by strategically developing systems and people with a driven sense of urgency and focus on results, students and staff will achieve ambitious goals.

Desires Collaboration

-- You believe that fostering healthy teams, students and staff will achieve a collective success that surpasses that of the individuals.

Job Requirements: DSST Public Schools seeks candidates with strong character, passion for excellence and a relentless commitment to student achievement.

5+ years teaching preferably in urban schools and/or communities
5+ years of experience as a Dean Students,Director of Curriculum and Instruction, or Associate School Director or equivalent leadership role highly preferred
Experience at a high-performing charter school highly preferred but not required.
Experience in a Principal/School Director role preferred.
Experience in a Principal/School Director Development Program is highly preferred.

Classification: Exempt

Reports to: Schools Team

Compensation and Benefits: DSST Public Schools offers a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a commitment to continuing professional learning.

We strive to provide choice in benefits options, and empower each of our employees to make the choices that best meet their individualized, personal needs. This includes but is not limited to:

-6 Medical Options through Aetna

-2 Dental Options through Principal

-401K Plan through OneAmerica that includes a 5% gift annually

Physical Demands:

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.

DSST Public Schools proudly values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Denver School of Science and Technology does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the School's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact the Assistant Superintendent or Human Resources.