Dean of Students

Leadership Richmond, California




Job Description

Title:Dean of Students


Location: Making Waves Academy Richmond

Reports to: Senior Dean of Students

Status: Full-time, Exempt (Year-Round)


Position Summary

The Dean of Students, under the direction of Senior Dean of Students, is responsible for forming relationships with students and families in the MWA community insuring alignment of the MWA mission, codes of conduct, and student behavior.  As part of the administrative team, they will advise and take the lead on issues pertaining to the overall well-being of students – both academically and developmentally.  The Dean of Students will also help to compile, analyze, and respond to data such as student attendance, disciplinary data, and academic data to insure students are meeting MWA expectations for success.

Primary Responsibilities


Student and Family Communication

  • Support the Senior Dean of Students in responding to parent, student, and family concerns.
  • Communicate student, parent, and staff concerns to the Senior Dean of Students in a timely fashion to make sure responses or actions are appropriate and legally compliant. 
  • Appropriately communicate (phone calls, forms, and letters) and document all student referral and suspensions to parents and guardians; properly save and file documentation both electronically and in hard copy form.
  • Assist in presenting at monthly Parent Meetings on a variety of topics that support and develop parent education and awareness to support their child’s successful navigation of MWA and the college admissions process, as well as provide and explain student data and the implications on student achievement.
  • Assist in developing and managing outreach systems to parents, faculty, and staff.


System Development/Management

  • Organize and manage student management systems for behavior, discipline, and academic data.
  • Develop, organize, and disseminate daily, weekly, monthly, grading period, and annual reports (depending on the item) of academic, social-emotional, disciplinary, and social data.
  • Play an active role in creating and supporting the development of weekly advisory lessons
  • Coordinate, manage, and participate in the Home Visit Program for faculty & staff.



  • Lead/Co-lead and facilitate training of faculty and staff on the use of various data.
  • Be an active and positive contributor to the Administrative Team.





Additional Responsibilities and Expectations


Mission Alignment

  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and support, Making Waves Academy’s mission, core values, standards, competencies, and code of conduct outlined in the Employee Handbook.
  • Participate in the school community – attending school competitions, performances, assemblies, and support student events, student clubs, and club advisors.



  • Manage special projects as assigned by the Senior Dean of Students.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.


Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptop computers, photocopiers and smartphones.


Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary, and sit for long periods of time.



Some travel required for MWA related events, such as workshops or conferences.




  • 5+ years of experience working with students between the ages of 10-19 and families from historically underserved communities



  • Highly effective and professional communication skills with staff, students and families
  • Ability to adapt and align on school-related initiatives
  • Highly organized, goal-oriented, and focused on outcomes
  • Fosters an environment and culture which promotes respect, responsibility and trust
  • Ability to meet deadlines on a tight schedule
  • Ability to communicate with and build relationships with students and their families in the culturally and linguistically diverse MWA community
  • Ability to uphold and reinforce school policies  and  procedures  when addressing students and families
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently
  • Ability to work effectively in fast-paced environments with limited supervision
  • Demonstrate an understanding of technology and literacy learning platforms (Microsoft Office Suite, PowerSchool, Canvas, Blackboard, Google Drive and Calendar, if applicable)
  • Professional orientation – appearance, communication, organization, and attitude




  • Bachelor’s Degree required



  • Spanish language proficiency preferred but not required



Equal Employment Opportunity Is Our Policy

The School is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the School to afford equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to their perceived or identified: race (including traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture and hairstyle, including but not limited to braids, locks, and twists); color; gender, (including gender identity, gender expression, and transgender identity, whether or not the employee is transitioning or has transitioned); sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to such); religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices); marital/registered domestic partner status; age (forty (40) and over); national origin or ancestry (including native language spoken and possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their presence in the U.S. is authorized by federal law); physical or mental disability (including HIV and AIDS); medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics); taking of a leave of absence pursuant to the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), Pregnancy Disability Leave (“PDL”) law, Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”), the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), or laws related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking laws; genetic information; sexual orientation; military and veteran status; or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.

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