Dean of Students

job description

We are now recruiting for the 2022-2023 school year.


Title: Dean of Students
Reports to: Principal
Comcommitment : Full time
Duration: 10 months per year, school year 2022-2023


The primary role of a New Foundations Dean of Students is to be an extraordinary leader in the community – actively, effectively and continually building community within our students in service of our mission and vision for future impact . The Dean of Students is responsible for applying the school’s behavior systems and modeling how to build strong, mutually respectful relationships with students and families. They will help staff address behavioral issues as they arise, ensuring that students maximize their level of engagement and contribute to the classroom learning experience.

Our mission: The mission of New Foundations Charter School is to provide students with the academic, social, and emotional foundation and skills necessary to become successful and socially competent stewards of their communities. The teachers and staff of New Foundations Charter School will ensure a commitment to lifelong learning and the achievement of all our students by creating an atmosphere of caring that permeates all aspects of school life and fosters accountability for all members of our school community.

Our vision of impact: In 2019, Nouvelles Fondations embarked on an ambitious five-year strategic plan. The “vision for impact” of the strategic plan is that by June 2025, New Foundations will provide daily opportunities for all students to engage in rigorous academic preparation, integrated and comprehensive character development, and activities inclusive and expansive special and extracurricular programs that prepare them for individualized post-secondary success.

Founded by Sheryl Perzel and Paul Stadelberger, New Foundations Charter School opened its doors in 2000. Our guiding principle was simple: be student-centered and growth-oriented. This philosophy remains and at New Foundations we maintain that in order for our children to thrive as leading members of society, they must grow academically, socially and emotionally today.

Twenty years later, New Foundations is a premier public charter school serving K-12 students in Northeast Philadelphia and a leader in academic excellence, social-emotional awareness and community engagement. In a constantly changing world, we continue our work of evolution and improvement. We are ambitious about the future of New Foundations. We are a great school, but we still have work to do to improve and redefine what it means to be a great school.

Our students

As an open-enrollment, public charter school, we seek to prepare every student for the college, career, and service opportunity of their choice. New Foundations Charter School currently educates 1,500 students at a K-8 & High School campus in Northeast Philadelphia.

New Foundations has a very diverse and representative student/family population: 57% white, 22% black, 13% Latino, 5% Asian, and 3% mixed-race and other; 40% Free Lunch, 30% Discounted Lunch, 30% Paid Lunch. The political and ideological diversity of our student and family body is representative of the United States as a whole.

Our buildings

The K-8 and High School buildings are located within walking distance of each other in the Holmesburg neighborhood of Philadelphia. Both buildings include recent renovations and are well maintained to provide a positive learning environment for students and staff.

Building highlights include bright and spacious classrooms, technology-equipped classrooms, science labs, gymnasiums with full-size basketball courts, cafeterias, and learning spaces. The buildings are close to major roads with on-site parking for staff and within walking distance of the SEPTA Regional Rail commuter station with trains to the city centre.

Our community

New Foundations opened in 2000 and has had a strong and positive presence in its northeast Philadelphia neighborhood for the past 20 years. New Foundations is highly rated on various measures of academic performance compared to other charter and district schools in Philadelphia and we have an admissions waiting list of over 10,000 students.


All New Foundations Charter School staff must:

  • Embrace our mission and embody our vision for the future of New Foundations;
  • Model our core values ​​of being student-focused, serving our community, and consistently engaging in solution-focused and caring conversations;
  • Welcome the opportunity to be constantly challenged to grow, learn and improve;
  • Demonstrate a role model mindset in all interactions and activities;
  • Have a track record of success and achievement in an environment of limited resources.

The Dean of New Foundations Charter School should:

  • Believe in and align with the core beliefs and educational philosophy of the NFCS;
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree with a record of academic achievement;
  • Have a minimum of five years as a school educator;
  • Preferably have experience in school management and/or experience working with high school students;
  • A campaign of exhibits to enhance the minds and lives of students inside and outside the classroom;
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and strong interpersonal skills with students, parents, colleagues and community members;
  • Understand the nuances of urban school environments and school culture;
  • Preferably have a master’s degree in a relevant field and PA certification to serve as a school administrator.

New Foundations offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. We are committed to pay equity.



  • Work closely with the school administration to establish a positive, structured, achievement-oriented and creative school culture.
  • Work closely with counselors and social worker to address behavioral crisis interventions and acute behavioral issues.
  • Act as a resource for teachers in their pedagogical practice, particularly with regard to questions of discipline, relations with students, classroom management and school culture.
  • Support teachers to ensure that all students meet consistent high behavioral expectations.
  • Become a member of the school community, build strong relationships and be highly engaged.
  • Being very present and visible during school hours, tirelessly ensuring that the school has an exceptional school culture.


  • Lead the implementation and development of Caring School Communities throughout K-8, including programming elements, staff professional development, and evaluation of program effectiveness
  • After school management and Saturday detention.
  • Co-plan and coordinate school-wide student activities and traditions, including but not limited to: Brown and Gold Day, balls and dances, trips and school-wide events
  • Plan and provide professional development and support to teachers/staff
  • Help teachers, students and parents manage, create and implement behavior plans.
  • Oversee breakfast, lunch/recess, class transitions and dismissal, ensuring students are always where they are supposed to be and ensuring a professional school culture at these times.
  • Keep accurate records of student discipline, documenting all lectures, suspensions, and behavior phone calls.
  • Work collaboratively to develop student leadership activities that foster relationships between K-8 students and high school buildings.

Tone adjustment

  • Model the school’s values ​​and standard of professional behavior.
  • Ensure that behavioral expectations and school culture norms are met outside of the classroom as well as inside, including establishing and monitoring bus behavior/culture as well than cafeteria/mealtime behavior and culture.
  • Ensure that the school’s physical environment reinforces school culture and facilitates student achievement
  • Work proactively with students and parents to ensure excellent attendance.
  • Reinforce the effective use of a school-wide behavior plan and restorative practices.
  • Serve as point of contact for discipline/culture issues.
  • Proactively circulate in classrooms and hallways during the day, to gain valuable context on student behavior and help support a positive school culture
  • Monitoring behavioral withdrawals and suspensions from school.

Professional behavior

  • Show a professional image and demeanor at all times.
  • Commit to continuous professional growth.
  • Attend all professional development meetings and faculty and staff meetings.
  • Participate in and support grade-level activities and school-wide functions throughout the school year.
  • Stick to the school schedule and be punctual for work and meetings.
  • Maintain an effective and positive relationship with colleagues, staff and supervisors.
  • Communicate professionally and effectively with all colleagues, staff and supervisors.


  • Become part of the school community, build strong relationships and be highly engaged.
  • Do whatever is needed or asked to provide students with the academic, social, and emotional foundation and skills necessary to become socially competent and successful stewards of their communities.

How to register

Please submit your application via our website,

Offices: Philadelphia. Job categories: Full time. Types of employment: principal or deputy director.

Job expires in 30 days.

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