Director of College Success

DSST Public Schools, Denver, Colorado

Date PostedFebruary 26, 2018
IndustryK-12: Public Schools
Job StatusNot Specified
SalaryNot Specified

Director of College Success

The Director of College Success (DCS) is the college culture leader on campus and is responsible for leading the school team in ensuring DSST Public School students have ample and viable college matriculation options and the knowledge, skills, and mindsets they need to truly succeed in college.

Essential Functions:

  • Leadership
    • DSST Mission Driven: shares a sense of urgency about achievement for ALL students and preparing every student for four year college.
    • Demonstrates tenacity and persistence in pursuit of solutions that maximize student opportunity; is willing to do whatever it takes to get the work done right.
    • Leads grades 6-12 whole school college going culture -- inspires students, families, staff, and others to believe in and reflect the school’s mission, high expectations and values. Includes morning meetings, seminars, family workshops and engagement, professional development.
    • Demonstrates a high level of professional maturity, including emotional constancy in stressful situations, the ability to bring out the best in others, a solution seeker, and acts as a positive force to motivate others.
    • Carefully manages tasks and time, is well-organized, and is detail-oriented.
    • Mentors and coaches staff members with challenging but manageable assignments to encourage growth; identify and systematically develops future leaders. This includes development of immediate college team, advisors, and school leadership team via individual check-ins, C3s, network and/or school professional development, etc.
  • Culture
    • Establishes a school college-going culture that is centered on core values that ultimately shows deep care for each student and staff member, and holds each student and staff member to the highest level of accountability.
    • Build relationships with teachers and other members of the administration team in order to positively impact school college culture and results.
    • Creates a professional learning community in which teachers regularly collaborate to reflect on and refine college-going culture and practices at the school using achievement data, student work, and their own observations/experiences.
    • Ensures effective communication with families with respect to student academic performance, programs, and college-going best practices.
  • Systems
    • Able to implement systems that “sweat the small stuff,” maximize the college-going programmatic goals of the school, and are scalable as the school grows.
    • Develops solutions to complex problems that involve multiple stakeholders and steps.
    • Develops a planning process that identifies the school’s highest-priorities.
  • Structural/Programmatic Responsibilities
    • Recruit, hire, and manage college success team which includes college placement, summer programs, and internships—option to include senior project and enrichment opportunities, as well.
    • Work with DSST Home Office to create network-wide standards, curriculum documents.
    • Work with DSST Home Office to create network-wide new college team professional development; create school-specific new and returning college professional development.
  • Instructional Responsibilities:
    • Position will encompass instructional coaching, culture leadership and support as it relates to college—i.e. coaching advisors, staff.


Mission Aligned

-- You believe that if everyone is actively committed to equitable and inclusive practices aligned to the DSST mission and values, all students and staff will achieve at high levels.

Growth Mindset

-- You believe that by fostering your own growth mindsets then students and fellow staff will develop a commitment to continuous improvement and thus maximize their potential.

Results Driven

-- You believe that by strategically developing systems and people with a driven sense of urgency and focus on results, students and staff will achieve ambitious goals.

Desires Collaboration

-- You believe that fostering healthy teams, students and staff will achieve a collective success that surpasses that of the individuals.

Job Requirements:DSST Public Schools seeks candidates with strong character, passion for excellence and a relentless commitment to student achievement.

  • In order to be considered qualified to lead at DSST Public Schools, you will need a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
  • Classroom teaching experience preferred
  • Spanish language proficiency preferred

Classification: Exempt

Reports to: School Director

Compensation and Benefits: DSST Public Schools offers a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a commitment to continuing professional learning.

We strive to provide choice in benefits options, and empower each of our employees to make the choices that best meet their individualized, personal needs. This includes but is not limited to:

-6 Medical Options through Aetna

-2 Dental Options through Principal

-401K Plan through OneAmerica that includes a 5% gift annually

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is active and may require standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, and crouching throughout the day. The employee must lift and/or move items up to 30 pounds. The employee must have sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

DSST Public Schools Overview:

DSST Public Schools (DSST) operates a network of tuition-free, open-enrollment public STEM charter schools. All DSST schools are part of the Denver Public Schools (DPS) district and students are admitted through DPS’ School Choice program. Our schools focus on building communities where students and staff are valued for their unique talents. Meaningful relationships are at the core of our model which is why our schools are small enough to ensure every student is known and also why we focus on character development. We have developed systems and structures to ensure our students will be prepared for college, career and life.

The student population across the DSST network is 83 percent students of color and 69 percent free and reduced lunch. This year, DSST will serve approximately 5,300 students at thirteen schools on seven campuses: Byers, Cole, College View, Conservatory Green, Green Valley, Henry and Stapleton. DSST has been approved to open nine additional schools and four campuses by 2022. In 2018-2019, DSST will be opening DSST: Middle School @ Noel Campus. At full enrollment, DSST Public Schools will serve over 10,000 students, one quarter of the DPS 6-12 population, and will help more than double the number of four year college-ready DPS graduates.

DSST Public Schools employees support each other not only to have fulfilling careers, but more importantly, to lead fulfilling lives that combine deeply meaningful professional work with personal well-being. Our core values are central to our program and to our results. These values are embedded in everything that we do and how we do it. The six DSST core values are:

Respect - Appreciating the value of a person or an object through your words, actions and attitude - treating people appropriately with common courtesy.
Responsibility - Able to be trusted and or depended upon to complete tasks, follow directions and own up to your actions.
Integrity - Being truthful, fair and trustworthy in your words and actions - doing as you say and saying as you do.
Courage - Possessing confidence and resolve to take risks and make right decisions in the face of pressure and adverse or unfamiliar circumstances.
Curiosity - Eager to learn, explore and question things to gain a deeper understanding.
Doing Your Best - Putting your best effort into everything you do.

DSST Public Schools proudly values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Denver School of Science and Technology does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the School's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact the Assistant Superintendent or Human Resources.

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