[Immediate] Dean of Programs
East Harlem Elementary School /
DREAM Charter Schools – School Leaders /
Originally founded in 1991 as Harlem RBI, DREAM has grown to annually serve more than 2,500 youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a network of six PreK-12, extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools and community sports-based youth development programs. Through our commitment to rigorous academics, social-emotional learning, deep family and community engagement, and health and wellness, we create lifelong learners who are equipped to fulfill their vision of success in and out of the classroom. We dream big, as well, with an aggressive five-year plan to expand to serve 3,500 students across seven schools—growing our organization’s impact and leveling the playing field for all children. To learn more, visit wearedream.org.
Reporting to the Principal, the Dean of Programs will be responsible for leading DREAM’s extended day school model and Student Life Team. The ideal candidate is a reliable team player with deep expertise in and commitment to positive youth development.
Drive DREAM’s Grow the Whole Child Program:
- Review and refine curriculum that integrates social-emotional learning and health & wellness programming into DREAM Charter School’s extended-day, extended-year model;
- Supervise Youth Development Specialists responsible for executing on program outcomes;
- Collaborate with Academic Deans to utilize student academic and social emotional learning achievement data to customize and improve instruction;
- Partner with network teams responsible for the different components of the Theory of Change: academics, social-emotional learning, athletics health and wellness, and family and community engagement.
Student Culture Leadership:
- Serve as a member of the Middle School Leadership Team;
- Lead professional development of Associate Dean of Culture, Youth Development Specialists, and other members of Student Life Team;
- Lead school staff development in large group, small group, and one-on-one settings;
- Oversee school-wide design and implementation of Homeroom and Advisory;
- Execute DREAM’s attendance policy and intervention follow up;
- Conduct walkthroughs, review student life data systems, and drive changes as needed to improve student culture outcomes.
Extended Day & Summer Program Management:
- Oversee the design and implementation of DREAM’s extended day school model;
- Ensure program quality and compliance;
- Own budget management;
- Supervise full-time Middle School Program Manager to support the design and implementation of summer programming;
- Partner with the Talent team to recruit, hire, and onboard program staff;
- Supervise the High School Access and Middle School Alumni program.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Social Work, Youth Development or related field required; advanced degree in an education field, preferred;
- At least five years of experience working with and engaging youth, families and teachers in an academic environment; experience working with middle school students specifically is a plus;
- At least 2 years experience managing staff (formally or indirectly), and/or programs;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Outstanding organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize among multiple urgent responsibilities;
- Successful experience leading group and individual professional development of staff;
- A nuanced understanding of the opportunities and challenges in the lives and education of urban youth;
- A deep belief in the mission, model, and values of DREAM, including the belief that all students can succeed, and a desire to make a difference in the lives of our students, families, and community;
- Ability to read and write in Spanish and fluency in spoken Spanish preferred.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
At DREAM, diversity, equity, and inclusion are a matter of mission.
From our schools to our playing fields, DREAM is committed to building a team where each individual can bring their full identity and experience to work because representation matters—it enriches our team culture, enhances our ability to innovate, and strengthens our impact in and out of the classroom. DREAM engages staff that represent and appreciate the diversity of our majority Black and Hispanic student body, while working to ensure that our practices are equitable, welcoming, and productive. We are dedicated to creating a world where youth, especially youth of color, have permission to dream—along with the tools and opportunities to make their dreams reality.
Come dream with us.
All Kids Can. This Kid Can.
DREAM is Family.
Fun is a Serious Value.
Teamwork Makes the DREAM Work.
Fail. Persist. Exceed.