Dean of Culture

Job Description

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

Primary Responsibilities:

School Culture

  • Collaborates with Principal to develop, implement, and monitor a school-wide culture plan that includes routines and expectations for students and staff in and outside of the classroom
  • Provides leadership to all staff and students in establishing a positive, structured, and achievement-oriented environment
  • Track and monitor student discipline data to develop necessary school-wide support
  • Create clear rewards and consequences for how well individual students and student cohorts meet conduct expectations aligned to the Paul Way
  • Use discipline data to plan and facilitate monthly professional development and support teacher teams with problems of practice
  • Creates inclusive environments that honor and support a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives
  • Models Paul’s core values and sets the standard for professional behavior
  • Is highly present and visible during school hours to ensure a positive school climate and environment
  • Structure a plan to ensure that every adult supervises all public spaces to ensure a safe, orderly, and civil environment


  • Helps teachers develop and implement classroom-based, developmentally appropriate interventions for individual students and groups of students 
  • Provide interventions to students with personal and social development needs impeding positive behavioral outcomes
  • Develop and monitor social probation and other student contracts as a measure for student success
  • Assists the Student Support Process in collaboration with the School Counselor and the Student Support Team (SST) to ensure students receive behavioral academic interventions

Building Community

  • Communicates with parents and families to share progress, as well as behavior and academic concerns
  • Creates a healthy, high-achieving environment where staff feel challenged, supported, and valued
  • Engage families in understanding grade level expectations, setting student goals, and providing specific supports to their child/ren.


  • Participates in working groups of staff and teachers to plan, problem solve, and support one another on an ongoing basis
  • Act as a liaison with law enforcement agencies, social services, and other agencies
  • 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


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 or working in an urban environment/school is required
  • A minimum of one year in a K-12 school 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 Dean of Culture. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered and replies will only be sent to qualified applicants.









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