High School Associate Dean of Students

Student Support Opportunities [2020-21] High School Campus, East Boston, MA


Organizational Overview

Founded in 2003 to provide a free, public, high-quality college preparatory education for the students of East Boston and Chelsea, Excel is proving that children’s ability to succeed in high school, college, and beyond is not determined by zip code. We have grown from one school serving approximately 200 students to a network of four schools serving more than 1,300 students, and our purpose and theory of change remains consistent: we believe that when a student has the support and tools to pursue a productive post-secondary pathway aligned with personal identity and values, it can fundamentally change his/her life trajectory.  As a true public school, Excel is defined not by whom we exclude but by whom we include in our community. We are proud of the fact that we serve many students with special needs.

After 8 years of operating a small single-site middle school in East Boston, Excel was designated a “Proven Provider” by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and granted two additional charters to serve middle school students. After four more successful years, Excel Academy Charter High School opened in 2015. In spring 2019, we cheered on our founding senior class as they became the first cohort to receive high school diplomas from Excel.

Duties and Responsibilities

Excel Academy High School is seeking a strong Associate Dean of Students who will work closely with the Dean of Students, the Head of School and the Dean of Operations to design and implement strong core behavior and character education programs that foster positive school culture and that promote academic excellence.  

The Associate Dean of Students will assist in the management and oversight of all aspects of school culture. Specific responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Proactively plan and execute systems that create an academics-focused culture of achievement, including
    • Own the school’s character development program;
    • Coordinate and implement a school-wide behavior management system driven by meaningful incentives and consequences; and
    • Conduct regular school culture walkthroughs to assist staff in maintaining a high bar of behavioral and academic excellence.
  • Respond to issues related to behavior or discipline, including
    • Oversee and facilitate any and all disciplinary actions; and
    • Assist teachers, students, and parents in the effective creation and implementation of individual behavior plans
  • Oversee student supports and intervention, including partnering with parents, families and school counselors to build an authentic and cohesive school-wide community and school culture;
  • Serve as a productive member of the Excel Academy High School Administrative Team;
  • Serve as a productive member of the Excel Academy community; and
  • Do whatever it takes to ensure the mission of the school is upheld.


  • A Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred;
  • A minimum of four years of experience in an urban public high school or charter school setting is preferred;
  • The ability to speak Spanish is preferred; 
  • Measurable evidence of driving student achievement gains;
  • Strong strategic thinking skills with clear and nuanced understanding of the impact that different approaches have on organizational culture and performance;
  • A commitment to and belief in all students and the mission of Excel Academy Charter Schools, including Excel’s values and educational model;
  • A commitment to addressing racial and economic inequity in education;
  • The ability to focus and thrive in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment;
  • The ability to work effectively in a team environment and the willingness and desire to support others in doing their best work; and
  • An entrepreneurial spirit that reflects an openness to change, a willingness to problem-solve, and an interest in developing new ideas & programs.

Excel Academy Charter Schools is committed to building a diverse staff that reflects the community that we serve. We strongly encourage applications from candidates whose experiences share important points of intersection with those of our students. Staff who demonstrate fluency in Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic will also receive additional compensation.

Excel Academy Charter Schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language or prior academic achievement.

Compensation: Excel provides a competitive compensation package that includes benefits and is commensurate with experience. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.