High School Associate Dean of Students

School-Based Leadership [2021-22] High School Campus, East Boston, MA


Organization Overview

Excel Academy was founded in 2003 with the mission to provide a high-quality education to students in East Boston and Chelsea. Over the years, we have grown from one middle school to a network of four schools with 1,400 students in grades 5 to 12. At Excel Academy Charter Schools, we believe that when a student has the support and tools to pursue a productive post-secondary pathway aligned to their personal identity and values, it can fundamentally change their life trajectory. 

We present our students with educational experiences that allow them to grow and discover their best selves so that when they leave our halls, they can successfully navigate all of the post-secondary options available to them. You can read more about the impact of the Excel Academy model here.

At Excel Academy we learn from our students, families, and staff and make improvements. We have increasingly adapted to provide a holistic education that values our community as collaborators in the learning process, social-emotional support, equity for diverse learners, and fosters identity development. We prioritize an approach that is both rigorous and inclusive. Our team of passionate, intelligent, driven, and loving staff are at the core of the work we do. 

Growth Happens Here.

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.

Preference will be given to applicants who also:

  • Have experience in a public or charter school setting
  • Speak Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic fluently
  • Can speak to the importance of rigorous classroom instruction and culture
  • Can speak to the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion

Excel Academy Charter Schools is committed to its work as an anti-racist organization. One critical element of that commitment is building and empowering 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 (languages spoken widely by our diverse community of families) will receive additional compensation, as will staff who are alumni of our schools.

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.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.