Academic Dean

Job Description

The Academic Dean plays a critical role in driving academic achievement for students and building a rigorous college preparatory environment through collaboration with the Academy Director and other members of the leadership team. The Academic Dean has a deep understanding of high-leverage instructional strategies and will directly manage and coach teachers. The Academic Dean also serves as a culture leader of the building and will ensure systems are carried out with fidelity.

The Academic Dean, under the guidance and direction of the Academy Director, co-leads, manages, and oversees all functions of his or her respective grade levels, including, but not limited to:

Instructional Leadership
• Implements the organization’s shared instructional vision and plan that is standards-driven, focused on high quality teaching and learning, and aligned with organizational goals
• Collaborates with Network Instructional Specialists to develop and implement goals, coaching plans and ongoing progress monitoring strategies for teaching staff.
• Facilitates the use of research-based teaching strategies to identify and address the needs of teachers and provides direct coaching/evaluation to academic deans and teachers
• Consistently analyzes teacher practice through ongoing classroom observations, data analysis, and examination of student work
• Develops and implements a robust data strategy, that includes analyzing student data and outcomes to inform instructional planning, and implementation/monitoring of tiered interventions
• Co-plans and co-leads differentiated professional development and communities of practice for instructional staff
• Prepares for, implements and monitors the progress and impact of critical Network processes that ensure all students are growing and succeeding academically (i.e. grading practice conferences, SSP, TTLC, lesson plan submission and review etc.)
• Monitors curriculum implementation to ensure the appropriate grade-level rigor for all classes
• Ensures all students (ie general ed, SWIEPS and EL) are receiving the services necessary to meet and exceed grade-level learning standards.

• Works with the Executive Director of Schools and their school leadership team to prepare operational and management plans that guide their work for the school year.
• Ensuring the day to day work and operations of the school are sustained impervious to staff leave and transitions.
• Models the highest levels of personal and professional trust and credibility with staff and students
• Holds staff accountable for high quality job performance and modeling organizational values
• Builds capacity in direct reports to operate strategically (ie- interpret and use data, implementing targeted interventions, facilitating high-impact meetings and professional development).
• Identifies and develops emerging leaders through goal setting, coaching, job-embedded opportunities for growth, and regular feedback

School Culture
• In collaboration with the Assistant Director of Culture, Climate and Support, develops, implements, and monitors a school-wide culture plan (aligned to SEL framework) that includes routines and expectations for students and staff in and outside of the classroom
• Institutes and monitors systems to ensure a student-centered environment focused on trust, collaboration, and high expectations
• Creates inclusive environments that honor, support and embrace anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion practices

Building Community
• Ensures consistent and timely communication with families regarding the progress of scholars.
• Creates and models a culture of high expectations and accountability where the staff collaborate and work as dedicated members of a team
• Actively participates in activities, both during school and after hours, that foster connections with families, students, and community groups
• Models “CHAMPS” leadership during interactions with staff, students, families, and community members

School Operations
• Ensures consistent and timely communication with staff to facilitate advance planning and preparation for scholars, as well as ensure aligned organizational messaging.
• Collaborates with the ED of Operations and business manager to set and manage a budget that reflects organization, pre-planning, timely submission of orders and ensures fiscal solvency
• Manages all parts of the school’s daily operations (e.g. arrival/dismissal, lunch/recess, school trips, etc.)


  • Serves as the test coordinator for all major assessments that are administered to students over the course of the school year. 
  • Plans, organizes, leads and monitors grade recovery initiatives and the Student Support Process/Team. 
  • Attends and participates in staff and other school activities and meetings as appropriate
  • Shares responsibilities across the leadership team to include planning and leading professional development, culture and discipline in common spaces, special events (trips, evening events, etc.), coordinating testing, developing the master schedule, managing teachers and other staff members, and other such duties
  • Other appropriate administrative tasks as needed to fulfill Paul’s mission for our students


Washington, DC

Start Date



Competitive salaries, excellent benefits, an innovative work environment, and an opportunity to rethink school as we know it and change the lives of our students. This is a 12-month position.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree strongly preferred
  • A minimum of three years teaching in an academic core subject is required
  • A minimum of one year in a K-12 instructional leadership role 
  • Demonstrated ability to coach, manage, and collaborate with adults from a diverse range of perspectives and backgrounds
  • Strong data analysis skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to build strong relationships with staff, students, families, and the community 
  • Belief that all students, regardless of background, have the ability to reach high levels of achievement

Application Information

Please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to The subject line should read Application for Academic Dean. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered and replies will only be sent to qualified applicants.