Senior Dean of Students

Leadership Richmond, California




Job Description

Title:Senior Dean of Students (SDOS)


Location:Richmond, CA

Reports to:Director of Holistic Support Services

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

Supervises:Dean of Students, Student Support Assistant, Grade Level Leads


Position Summary

The Senior Dean of Students, under the direction of the Senior School Director, is responsible for leading, coordinating, and organizing the work of the Dean’s Office in support of the Deans and the Student Support Services Assistants.  As part of this work, the Senior Dean builds relationships with MWA students and families and helps them understand the connection between the MWA mission, codes of conduct, and student behavior expectations and norms. The Senior Dean plays a critical role in leading, training, supporting, and developing a team of deans. As part of the senior administrative team, the Senior Dean implements best practice student accountability and restorative practices in proactively supporting the academic, social-emotional, and inclusion needs of all students in the school community. The Senior Dean works closely with the Social Worker I/II position(s) to coordinate cluster meetings, review data and insights, and recommend any actions that need to be taken in support of the students, staff, and families in being responsive to this information.  This role partners with the Family Engagement Leader and the School Culture leader to develop needs assessments that identify critical school culture and climate strengths and areas for growth. The Senior Dean supports the work of the Dean’s Office by taking on some student investigations and incident follow-up. The Senior Dean of Students also helps to compile, analyze, and respond to data such as student attendance, disciplinary data, social-emotional, and academic data in an effort to provide data informed expertise to our Multi-Tiered systems of support (MTSS) approach.


Primary Responsibilities:


Management & Supervision

  • Oversee fidelity to student management systems for behavior, discipline, academic data and the policies outlined in the student/parent-guardian handbook.
  • Develop, organize, and disseminate daily, weekly, monthly, grading period, and annual reports (depending on the item) of academic, social-emotional, disciplinary, and social data.
  • Develop and partner with Grade Level Leads Develop, support, manage, and evaluate Deans of Students and the Student Support Services Assistant coordinating scheduling, approving timesheets, conducting annual evaluations, etc.
  • Oversee and partner to support Extended Day programming through some oversight of Restorative Justice programming that occurs during this time.


Student and Family Engagement

  • Serve as the senior point of contact for student issues regarding disciplinary and academic concerns for all grade levels.
  • Partner in the development and management of outreach to parents, faculty and staff.
  • Serve as the senior administrator on 504 plan meetings.
  • Partner in the development and management of community engagement activities. Develop and implement a strategy to proactively address attendance trends including chronic absenteeism or other attendance issues that impact learning.


Facilitation, Training, and Support

  • Facilitate training of faculty and staff as it pertains to restorative practices, conflict mediation, Positive behavior Intervention Services (PBIS), behavior management, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Facilitate parent workshops on a variety of topics that support and develop parent education, awareness, and concrete steps for parents to support their child’s successful navigation through MWA and college admissions process, as well as, provide and explain student data and the implications on student learning results.
  • Facilitate WASC/LCAP data and evidence collection as it pertains to key state priorities areas, school-wide goals, and a focus on inclusive support for all learners.

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 extracurricular activities.



  • 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.





  • 5-8 years of experience working with students between the ages of 10-18
  • Experience working with students and families from historically underserved communities.
  • Passion for MWA’s mission and demonstrated commitment to supporting first-generation students and/or children and families from historically underserved communities
  • At least (5) years of leadership experience in a supervisory capacity
  • Understanding of California Education Code as it relates to student behavior and conduct
  • Familiarity with Restorative Justice (RJ) framework and philosophy, Positive Behavior Intervention Services (PBIS) framework and philosophy, and Multi-Tiered Support Services (MTSS) approach and philosophy



  • 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
  • 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



  • Master’s Degree required


  • Advanced Degree and/or associated credentials desired
  • Pupil Personnel Services Credential
  • Restorative Practices Certification
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Services Certification
  • Trauma-Informed School Certification
  • School Crisis Management Credential
  • 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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