Dec 10, 2019

Dean of Academic Progress - High School (20-21)

  • KIPP Texas
  • Dallas, TX
Full-time School Leadership

Job Description

KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth Public Schools

Dallas, TX
Type: Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: Immediate
Grade: 9; 10; 11

Organization: KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth Public Schools
Preferred Locations:


Job Title : Dean of Academic Progress
FLSA Status : Exempt
Position Reports To : School Leader

For more than 15 years, KIPP Austin, KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth, KIPP Houston, and KIPP San Antonio have put thousands of KIPPsters on the path to and through college. Last year, we collectively educated over 25,000 students in more than 50 schools, covering a geographic area of over 400 miles. Our regions have a long history of informal collaboration, with teachers and staff members sharing ideas, curricula, professional development, facilities, finances, end-of-year field trips, and more. As of the 2018-2019 school year, all KIPP schools in Texas join forces as KIPP Texas Public Schools, a statewide network of schools dedicated to supporting students to and through college!

ABOUT KIPP TEXAS-Dallas-Fort Worth
KIPP Texas -Dallas-Fort Worth is a network of free, public, open enrollment schools for low - income and historically underserved students in Dallas, Texas. Since 2003, KIPP Texas-DFW has empowered underserved students to strengthen the academic skills, intellectual habits, and character traits necessary to thrive in, and graduate from, four - year colleges and universities, giving them the freedom to shape their futures and positively affect their communities. There are currently 7 schools in the KIPP Texas-DFW network: three elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school. All schools are located in southern Dallas in the communities of Oak Cliff, Redbird, and Pleasant Grove. KIPP Texas - Dallas-Forth Worth Public Schools is part of the national network of charter schools, KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program (

School Vision
We engage as conscious leaders, rooting our efforts in an understanding of self and others. Through a rigorous interdisciplinary, inquiry-based education, we will navigate and impact the social, economic, and political landscape of our local and global community.

School Values
Perspective • Patience • Perseverance • Precision • Principle

At KIPP Oak Cliff Academy we will be unafraid to confront the world unveiled. We will engage actively and respectfully through multiple perspectives. We will focus on consistently accurate and extensive academic content. We will rise by lifting ourselves and others. We will navigate ambiguity across social, economic and political, local and global contexts. Self-awareness will grow our pride. Collaboration will inspire our hope. Reflection will build our confidence.

We believe...
  • A strong understanding of self is key to accessing our intellectual and social capacity
  • No two days, no two people, and no two places are the same. Our ability to navigate through differences is fundamental to our co-existence
  • A strong balance between precise thinking and articulate communication can generate and sustain multifaceted relationships
  • Teaching and learning is not an individual endeavor. We teach and learn as part of a team, recognizing and celebrating our collective effort
  • Challenges and obstacles are part of the learning process. We creatively problem solve and find a way or make one to get our students and families what they need
  • Excellence is obtainable through deliberate practice, giving and receiving feedback, and constant reflection
  • In the power of our broader community. We actively and learn from and seek partnerships that will support our students, their families, and our vision

Position Overview
Through a deep rooted belief and commitment to our school vision and values, the Dean of Academic Progress will provide assistance to the School Leader or Dean of Students with the administration of systems related to high school matriculation and graduation. The Dean of Academic Progress furthers the vision of KIPP Oak Cliff Academy by supporting a school culture that empowers students to develop the knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary to pursue a college education and a life of value, joy, and integrity. This is a leadership position for a person who is organized, detail-oriented, and always follows through. Additionally, this leader is warm and demanding with students and parents, ensuring that they always turn in required documents and always complete challenging academic courses. The Dean of Academic Progress is relentless with adults and students and holds herself/himself accountable for achieving excellent results. Whatever it takes. No excuses.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
Academic Progress Management & Counseling
  • Develop and maintain coherent, state compliant transcripts that prepare students for college and career (CTE, where applicable, and Advanced Placement).
  • Develop and implement structures for clear graduation planning (Personal Graduation Plan) that includes electives, enrichment, credit recovery courses, and Advanced Placement courses.
  • Monitor overall academic progress for all students
  • Monitor and follow-up with students failing one or more courses each grading period, during the first four semesters in high school
  • Coordinate teacher and advisor responsibilities and efforts to drive students' academic progress through goal-setting and intrinsic motivation
  • Intervene with support when students have challenges with attendance, academics or discipline
  • Maintain and monitor [academic] compliance in areas such as Special Education, 504, LPAC and At-Risk students
  • Coordinate verification and correction of grades, and printing and distribution of report cards
  • Assist School Leader and Assistant Principals with campus and student scheduling
  • Maintain student transcripts
  • Ensures that transfer grades and GPAs are calculated correctly and reflected appropriately in the student information system

Academic Operations Support
  • Assist with the registration, enrollment, withdrawal, and transfer of students and process applicable records
  • Participate in student recruitment activities including calling parents of potential new students for registration in the spring and to fill seats throughout the school year
  • Verify the accuracy and thorough completion of all student registration packets and determine eligibility for enrollment
  • Enter all campus student information into the district student information system
  • Communicate daily with campus administrators and special program coordinators to identify and correct missing or incorrect information in physical and electronic student data files
  • Stay current with changes in Texas Education Agency governing documents pertaining to the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS)
  • Coordinate campus-wide attendance process and work to maintain campus-wide compliance, accuracy and timeliness
  • Maintain all digital course records and teacher/administrative access to online gradebook
  • Process and transmit requests for student information, including verification of enrollment and transcripts for colleges and universities
  • As directed, coordinate and manage state, district, and local testing
  • Performs other duties as assigned

  • Bachelor's degree, required
  • At least two years' experience as a lead teacher/teacher of record educator in middle or high school classrooms in a traditionally disenfranchised community, required
  • Experience helping students and their families navigate college admission, financial aid, and scholarship application procedures
  • Experience developing new and deepening current relationships with key college access and college success organizations
  • State of Texas teaching certification in content or commitment to enroll in preferred Texas certification program, preferred
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Supplemental certification or commitment to work towards ESL certification, preferred
  • Demonstrated strong achievement results and documented growth, required
  • Spanish-speaking proficiency, preferred

Professional Hours:
  • Instructional day: 8:15AM to 4:15PM
  • Work day: 7:30AM to 5PM, with one extended day 7:00AM to 5PM
  • Extended school year: Students attend from mid-August through early June
  • Summer Professional Development: 3 weeks from mid-July through mid-August

Salary for this position is competitive and dependent upon prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Position will have periods of extended work week hours, which is required to support both the ongoing development of the school and the delivery of high quality education for all students.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Position may require limited travel, periodic participation in activities to support the school vision, and long periods of standing and sitting.

General Sign-Off:
The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies. Duties may be changed at the discretion of KIPP DFW at any time.

Contact Information:
Please submit application, cover letter, and resume online at, including contact information for three references, including at least one current/former supervisor. For more information on KIPP, please visit

KIPP Texas - Dallas-Fort Worth is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment. KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

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