Under the direction of The Head of School, The Dean of Academics is responsible for the day-to-day operation of all aspects of the school program at Esperanza Academy. The Dean of Academics promotes the culture and academic excellence at Esperanza Academy and ensures that the academic goals and objectives set forth in the school’s strategic plan are met. The Dean of Academics is responsible for leading the faculty and implementing our vision for our transformational academic and co-curricular program. The Dean of Academic reports to the Head of School, serves as the school’s instructional leader, and is a member of the Leadership Team with the Director of Development, the Graduate Support Director, the Business Manager, Technology Director, and the Dean of Students.
The Dean of Academics broad responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Ensures that the academic program of curriculum and instruction is of the highest quality
Collaborates with the faculty to develop, review, and upgrade curriculum, pedagogy, and programming, while focusing on best practices and 21st Century skills
Ensures a holistic learning program for the academic, physical, emotional, and spiritual development of each student
Supervises and evaluates all faculty and program staff
Participates in co-teacher/Dean of Academics meetings throughout the year
Designs and implements a comprehensive program for professional development for all members of the faculty and program staff
Measures outcomes and student growth by collecting appropriate data and using the data to improve instruction
Lead the academy in the review and revision of curriculum and co-curriculum to reflect best practices in multicultural education.
Provide suggestions to the Head of School on research-based best practices and policy regarding diversity and inclusion
Assist students and families with the transition to our school.
Maintains an effective system of behavior management for students in collaboration with the Dean of Students
Communicates regularly with parents, students, faculty and staff, and community members regarding school-wide issues, ensuring a sense of openness and transparency
Engages family members and caregivers, with the help of the Family Liaison, in a strong and regular program of support and education that provides opportunities for teachers, parents, and students to connect outside of the classroom and enhances student success
Ensures that our Episcopal identity and core values are present throughout the school program
Supports and collaborates with the Director of Admission and Admissions Team in implementing a strong program of student recruitment and transitions into the Academy
Partner with the Head of School in the recruitment, hiring, mentoring, professional development, and retention of colleagues who reflect and support a diverse and inclusive school community.
Oversees an efficient system for student and faculty information management and ensures maintenance of that system, including the grading database, report cards, progress reports, attendance and disciplinary tracking
Maintain a faculty evaluation plan which is well-defined, consistent and supportive.
Manages, all non-academic school programs including extended day activities, community service, student performances, and other extracurricular activities with the help of the Dean of Students, Athletic Coordinator, and others
Oversees the school’s extended-year programs including the summer STEAM program and sleep away summer camp
Oversees certain department budgets and related spending
Maintains a system to ensure the safety of each student and the security of the school during school operations that respects all applicable legal and ethical guidelines
Works with the Head of School and Graduate Support Director to place students in strong secondary schools
Manages the master schedule and all teaching and other faculty duty and assignments
With support from the Head of School, recruits and recommends to the Head of School exceptional candidates for teaching positions and teaching fellowships
Communicates and monitors the implementation of school policies with all program personnel
Oversees the school facility and fellows’ housing, concerning routine and emergency maintenance needs related to the educational program and teaching faculty
Public Relations and Development
Provides assistance and support with all development efforts
Manages student sponsor letter writing activities to support development office
Attends donor meetings, events, and community activities
TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter specifically detailing your qualifications for the position, a resume, and contact information for three professional references to Annmarie Quezada, Interim Head of School, firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-Discrimination Policy: Consistent with the values of an Episcopal school, Esperanza is committed to a diverse and inclusive community with respect to race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, family status, economic circumstance, age, and physical disability in its student body, faculty and staff. Esperanza Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and athletic and other school administered programs. We strongly encourage applications from women and minority candidates. Esperanza Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
6-10 years experience in education, school administration, curriculum development, observation and evaluation practices
Experience with mentoring, leading, and managing faculty in a collaborative learning environment
Ability to communicate in Spanish is strongly preferred
Deep understanding of independent school management, particularly in the area of instructional practices, culture and school operations.
Proven commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
Additional Salary Information: COMPENSATION: Salary will be commensurate with experience. Esperanza Academy offers an attractive benefits package including 403(b), medical, dental, life, and disability insurance, and a comprehensive professional development program. Breakfast, lunch, and two snacks provided by our executive chef.
About Esperanza Academy
ABOUT ESPERANZA ACADEMY: Esperanza Academy is an independent, tuition-free middle school in the Episcopal tradition where 60 underserved girls from Lawrence, Massachusetts are welcomed into an empowering learning community. Founded in 2006, Esperanza offers its students a transformative education that integrates a rigorous academic curriculum with cocurricular programs in athletics, the arts, community service, cultural-enrichment, social skills, spirituality, and outdoor education. This holistic educational approach has accrued a remarkable track record: Our graduates attend 23 different secondary schools—more than two thirds of each graduating class has earned full scholarships to independent and boarding schools— and boast a 100 percent high-school graduation rate. Eighty percent of eligible Esperanza graduates are also enrolled in college.
SCHOOL’S VISION: We are committed to instilling in our students the core values of wisdom, integrity, leadership, and service. We are committed to helping our students, their families, and the city of Lawrence end the cycle of poverty.
SCHOOL’S MISSION: ESPERANZA ACADEMY is a tuition-free, independent middle school in the Episcopal ...tradition welcoming girls of diverse faiths, races and cultures from Lawrence, Massachusetts. Esperanza's mission is to inspire its students to become active learners and responsible global citizens. We empower and prepare our girls to meet challenges with courage, integrity, and respect.
• A holistic educational curriculum that integrates a rigorous academic curriculum with cocurricular programs in athletics, the arts, community service, cultural-enrichment, social skills, spirituality, and outdoor education.
• A 9-hour extended school day and 11-month extended school year
• A less than 8:1 student to teacher ratio in a nurturing, supportive community
• A graduate support program that encourages, supports, and bolsters graduates through high school and college
OUR STUDENTS: Esperanza Academy serves 60 middle school girls, who are 95 percent Latina and 91 percent have learned English as a second language. 100 percent of incoming students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. While Esperanza is a school rooted in the Episcopal tradition, 90 percent of our students come from other religious traditions.