Director of Campus Culture and Climate

Posted on: September 15, 2021 |

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Job Description: Director of Campus Culture and Climate

Civitas Education Partners, (CEP) seeks to produce high-performing schools where elite scholarship and transformational experiences create thriving campuses, foster responsive leadership, and serve local and global communities. CEP is a school management organization that operates three campuses of Chicago International Charter School (CICS), CICS Ralph Ellison High School, CICS Northtown Academy High School, and CICS Wrightwood Elementary School. CEP aims to provide its teams and students with an exceptional experience rooted in high expectations for student achievement and civic responsibility.

Reports To: School Principal/Assistant Principal

Position Summary:
The Northtown Director of Campus Culture and Climate serves on the school leadership team and provides effective management and supervision of campus safety and non-academic student programming to promote a safe and welcoming environment for all members of the school community. The Director oversees activities related to campus security, ensuring that the school remains compliant with external mandates and supports internal mechanisms that increase campus security. Further, the Director supports student engagement outside the classroom by promoting high quality extracurricular programming reflective of student needs and interests. In this role, the Director ensures that summer programming deeply integrates and connects students to the campus community and fosters improved rates of students and families returning to the school year after year. The Director’s scope of work leads to a well-organized school with a positive climate and vibrant culture.

This is a 12-month position.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are generally representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Key Competencies/Duties:

Ensures the development and maintenance of a positive school climate and vibrant, active student-centered school culture.

Promotes an environment rooted in caring, compassion, acceptance, and respect, where kindness is celebrated.
Confronts behaviors that detract from students, staff, and families feeling valued and respected.
Promotes the celebration of accomplishments and developments, particularly those that support and reflect the school’s vision and mission.
Creates a student-centered culture to generate productive student leadership and to engage students in non-traditional learning and roles.
Coordinates the efforts of school teams to support the scheduling and facilitation of non-academic programming, including special assemblies, pep rallies, guest speakers, ceremonies, and other school wide classroom external activities.
Supervises directly extracurricular programming, collecting and analyzing data on participation rates, student engagement, etc. to make recommendations on future programs.
Collaborates with school teams and student groups to develop and implement a purposeful advisory program.
Supervises the implementation of advisory programming to assess effectiveness and to determine future needs.
Develops, staffs, and supervises summer programming, including student orientations and recruiting events.
Ensures regular and robust publication of school campus life activities via social media accounts and the school website.
Other duties may be assigned.

Manages and coordinates campus security and facilities operations effectively and efficiently, supporting a well-organized, welcoming, safe school.

Supervises and directs the work of security, safety, and facilities personnel/teams as directed by the principal.
Ensures proper implementation of the school disciplinary policy and the student code of conduct.
Sets and implements policies pertaining to arrival/dismissal, visitor access, main office protocols and expectations, safety and security, cleaning cycles, grounds maintenance, etc.
Ensures the completion, improvement, and documentation of school safety drills.
Ensures that compliance obligations are met within published deadlines.
Demonstrates an ability to utilize technology effectively to create and manage systems and professional obligations.
Collects, evaluates, analyzes and reports data on matters pertaining to campus safety.
Evaluates security guards and facilities team members.
Other duties as assigned.

Ensures proper implementation of the school disciplinary policy and the student code of conduct, while also safeguarding student rights and supporting purposeful intervention strategies.

Supervises the management of disciplinary matters professionally and in compliance with the student code of conduct, making determinations on discipline when necessary.

Ensures that students understand conduct expectations and their rights and responsibilities as members of the school community.
Confronts unethical conduct directly, issuing discipline when appropriate and alerting the proper authorities when necessary.
Promotes restorative practices and other alternative methods of addressing and correcting concerning conduct on campus.
Engages students in collaborative efforts to address school wide safety and disciplinary matters.
Serves as liaison between the school and the network for disciplinary matters.
Collects, evaluates, analyzes, and issues comprehensive reports on discipline.
Supports and serves on MTSS team.
Other duties as assigned.

Provides professional development to staff in support of developing and maintaining a positive, safe, welcoming campus community.

Ensures that school personnel interact with students in a manner that supports the school’s mission, vision, and guiding principles.
Leads collaborative initiatives to shape professional practice in regards to classroom management, conflict resolution, de escalation, and discipline.
Engages staff in reflecting on and shifting practices.
Leads staff groups in addressing problems of practice related to safety, conduct, and discipline.
Confronts problematic interactions and practices that undermine the school’s mission and goals.
Suggests changes to protocols and policies pertaining to campus safety, security, and discipline to the school leadership team.

Builds and maintains collaborative relationships.

Creates, develops and sustains relationships that result in active teacher and student engagement in the learning process and the school community.
Collects and analyzes feedback of students, staff, families, and community in the evaluation of school programs and policies, shares results, and develops a course of action based on data.
Develops and leads professional learning within schools and the network.
Leads initiatives, generating staff or student buy-in and meaningful participation.
Leads with a balance of compassion and empathy, along with accountability and guidance.
Other duties as assigned.

Attends to and fulfills professional responsibilities as defined by the school, network, district, and state.

Leads with integrity and professionalism at all times, even in the face of conflict or ambiguity.
Acts to reflect a service orientation, grounded in compassion and partnership, reflecting the mission and vision of the school and elevating the school’s image in the community.
Ensures that compliance obligations are fulfilled accurately and in a timely manner.
Builds an environment that considers all aspects of wellness: physical, nutrition, health, safety, decisions and choices, mental as well as physical well-being.
Attends, participates in, and leads meetings.
Communicates professionally, attending to the tone of verbal and electronic communications, as well as the formatting, grammar, syntax and other elements that support clear messaging and elevate the perception of the school.
Seeks purposeful professional development opportunities to sharpen and modernize practices.
Assists with recruitment and alumni outreach.
Other duties as assigned.

Reflects, supports, and promotes the mission and vision of the school as well as the principles of D.E.I.

Demonstrates preparation and skill in working with students from diverse cultural, economic and ability backgrounds.
Supports the creation of inclusive, identity-affirming spaces for students.
Implements professional practice and responsibilities, demonstrating cultural competence.
Implements D.E.I principles in interactions with members of the school community.

Qualifying Education/Licensure:
Bachelor’s Degree (Required)
A minimum of 5 years of successful experience related to the role (Required), in a setting serving youth (Strongly Preferred)
A minimum of 1 year of successful experience managing/supervising or evaluating employees (Required)
Strong technical skills – substantial experience with Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, presentation platforms and equipment, and student information databases (i.e. PowerSchool, etc.) and the ability to integrate these platforms when necessary (Required)
Bilingual Spanish/English; Arabic/English; Urdu/English (A Plus!)

Salary and Benefits
Civitas Education Partners provides a highly competitive salary and benefits package. We are also committed to supporting professional growth and membership in local, state and national educational organizations.

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