DEAN OF SCHOOL CULTURE (#Dean of School Culture)

Cresthaven Academy Charter School (learn more)

Cresthaven Academy

Planfield, New Jersey (map)

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3110690
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted: November 23, 2021

Job Description




Cresthaven Academy Charter School exists to provide a comprehensive education to our scholars that develops the ‘whole child” through academic excellence, physical wellness, emotional health, and character enrichment.  Our school is built on the belief that all children, regardless of race or economic status, can succeed when given equal access to a high-quality education. Each of our scholars will be empowered to overcome challenges and equipped to sustain their success in school and beyond.  

Cresthaven Academy Charter School opened in August 2016 with 75 kindergarten scholars, and adds a grade each academic year until we are a K-8 school.  All Cresthaven Academy scholars receive access to the best educators and resources, serving to actualize each child’s potential and setting them on the path to college.  Cresthaven Academy Charter School is supported by Cresthaven Academy Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Foundation exists to support the school and teaching  staff in all things outside of classroom instruction, reducing the risk of burnout and raising academic standards by allowing educators to focus on their scholars. Together we incorporate comprehensive support for scholars and families into the education model, including an afterschool program, in order to inspire excellence in character, identity, and academics in each child.  

Cresthaven Academy is focused on supporting excellent teaching that closes the achievement gap.  We recognize that teachers are the most important in-school factor contributing to student achievement.  We also value leadership and support staff because they facilitate, encourage, and help to foster the developmental growth of scholars to achieve physical, social and mental well-being by providing quality care and expertise in their respective roles.  

We are looking for a Dean of School Culture to continue to support in maintaining a positive school culture, address discipline issues, and co-lead on planning community events, both internal and external. The Dean of School Culture must have a focus on restorative justice and relentlessly assume the best of all scholars. He/She works collaboratively with the Student Support Coordinator, acts as a liaison between parents, students, and staff, and will report directly to the School Leader.  Why join the Cresthaven Academy Family? Great question! We’re really passionate about kids, fun, and improvement. To find out more, visit our website here -



The Dean of School Culture  should be an individual who...


  • Exhibits strong interpersonal communication skills and is diplomatic with diverse audiences, including teachers, families, and related-service providers; is able to communicate effectively with parents about the needs of their scholar and set high expectations for service providers.   
  • Possesses impeccable time management and organizational skills; prioritizes strategically and multitasks effectively to meet deadlines.  
  • Has a powerful command of oral and written communications and is comfortable with public speaking and addressing a variety of audiences with a knowledgeable and friendly demeanor.  
  • Is highly self-motivated, works well independently, is assertive and resourceful, and makes thoughtful decisions about projects to support measurable outcomes for students.
  • Is tech savvy, with the ability to quickly familiarize oneself with computer databases, programs, and internet applications for data management.
  • Emphasizes attention to detail; thinks critically about the details of a task, and “sweats the small stuff.”
  • Displays a collaborative spirit, works well with teammates, understands multiple perspectives, and is responsive to feedback.  Develops effective liaison relationships with families, schools, and community agencies.
  • Is highly flexible, adaptable, and able to adjust plans as necessary.  




  • Work closely with Principal and Leadership Team to establish a positive, structured, achievement-oriented, and creative school culture;
  • Support and train teachers to hold all scholars to high and consistent behavioral expectations;
  • Assist with behavioral crisis-interventions and acute behavioral issues by working closely with the Student Support Coordinator to ensure that practices are developmentally appropriate;
  • Act as a resource for teachers in their instructional practice, especially as it relates to issues of discipline, relationships with scholars, classroom management, and school culture;
  • Work with Student Support Coordinator and/or Principal, when needed, to determine the appropriate consequence for students referred to the office;
  • Spot trends in removals and suspensions and work with classroom and support staff to reduce student referrals and increase the scholars’ abilities to meet school-wide culture expectations;
  • Assist School Psychologist and teachers in the effective creation and implementation of individual behavior plans;
  • Lead school efforts to ensure all scholars have excellent attendance and arrive at school on time;
  • Plan summer home visits and baseline assessments for all incoming scholars;
  • Work with classroom teacher to ensure that homework collection is efficiently collected in the morning, and that feedback is consistent across grades in order to hold scholars and families accountable;
  • Manage the school-wide behavior/culture system and monitor culture data to ensure that the school has a positive school culture and climate;
  • Facilitate family meetings with teachers and families of scholars who need extra support and communicate consequences to families as needed;
  • Serve as a point person for uniform infractions and concerns brought to leadership by families;
  • Ensure that the physical environment of the school reinforces school culture and facilitates scholar achievement;
  • Be present and visible during school hours, relentlessly ensuring the school has an exceptional school culture;
  • Support the transition of scholars into the after school program to ensure continued professional school culture throughout the afternoon;
  • Plan and oversee internal and external community events, including Morning Meeting, Core Value Awards, Perfect Attendance Awards, Back to School Night, Open Houses, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Parent Academy, Coffee with the Principal, pre-school Transition to Kindergarten sessions, and other events as needed;
  • Substitute classroom periods throughout the day as necessary;  
  • Circulate throughout classrooms and hallways during the day, to gain valuable context on scholar behavior and help support positive school culture;
  • With Principal, coordinate school culture messages at Morning Meeting;
  • Supervise breakfast, lunch, recess, in-between class transitions, enrichment, and dismissal, making sure scholars are always where they are supposed to be and ensuring a professional school culture at these times; and
  • Keep accurate student discipline records, documenting all conferences, suspensions, and phone calls for behavior.



  • At least 3 years of relevant full-time school experience with at least 2 years working with urban youth required.  Experience in charter schools preferred.
  • A degree in school psychology or social work, or closely related field preferred.  
  • Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and strong interpersonal skills with students, parents, colleagues, and community members.
  • Understanding of the nuances of urban school environments and school culture.
  • Models our organization’s core values, including joy, grit, empathy, and excellence and has direct people management experience.
  • Operates with unquestioned integrity and commitment to the mission of Cresthaven Academy Charter School and every scholar it serves.
  • Exhibits proficiency in technology and data management, including full suite of Microsoft Office and Google Drive.
  • Spanish-speaking is preferred.  






We are invested in hiring, training, and retaining top talent.  Before the school year begins, we offer three weeks of targeted training for new staff and two weeks for returning staff.  Support includes:

  • Built-in planning time for intense collaboration with grade teams and school leaders.  
  • Outside professional development opportunities to acquire additional skills to work with SWDs,




At Cresthaven Academy, we are working collaboratively with parents and community leaders to build a culture of success and student achievement.  We hold all members of our school community to high expectations, know every scholar and family by name, and offer comprehensive support to ensure success for all of our scholars.  


  • After-School offers us an opportunity to be creative and think out of the box to better serve our scholars.
  • Staff will have the option of receiving an additional stipend for work conducted to enhance enrichment programming.  
  • Home visits and Parent Academy are designed to build rapport with families and establish a strong sense of community.


Cresthaven Academy Charter School offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills. Cresthaven Academy Charter School  is an equal opportunity employer.


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Cresthaven Academy Charter School

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  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categories: Administrator > Director/Coordinator/Manager
    Administrator > Principal/Dean/Head of School
  • Job Requirements

    • No experience required

    Contact Information

    • Monica Villafuerte
    • 530 W 7th Street
    • Plainfield, New Jersey 07060

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