Dean of Students

Washoe County School District (WCSD), Reno, Nevada

Date PostedDecember 23, 2017
IndustryK-12: Public Schools
Job StatusNot Specified
SalaryNot Specified

Dean of Students


Under direction of the principal, serves as assistant instructional leader Incumbent performs related work as required.


Supports the vision leadership of the school principal that appropriately involves staff, parents, students, and the community in the identification and accomplishment of the school's mission; recognizes the individual needs of all staff and students, including those who are at risk because of diverse cultures, backgrounds, or abilities; applies effective human relations skills; encourages and develops the leadership of others; analyzes relevant information, makes decisions, delegates responsibility, and provides appropriate support and follow-up; identifies and creatively coordinates the use of available human, material, and financial resources to achieve the school's mission and goals; bonds the school community through shared values and beliefs; initiates and manages constructive change; advances the profession through participation as a member of local, state, and national professional groups.

Articulates beliefs persuasively, effectively defends decisions, explains innovations, and behaves in ways that are congruent with these beliefs and decisions; demonstrates skills in nonverbal communication, including impact of professional demeanor, to communicate a positive image of the school; exemplifies the behavior expected of others; keeps communication flowing to and from the school; communicates effectively with the various constituencies within the school community.

Involves staff, parents, students and the community in setting goals; identifies--in collaboration with staff, parents, and students--the decision-making procedures the school will follow; applies the process of consensus building both as a leader and as a member of a group.

Demonstrates knowledge of curriculum, instruction and assessment and their relationship to program goals and objectives; encourage students and staff to participate in co-curriculum activities that enhance and complement what is learned in the classroom.

Regularly observes the teaching methods and strategies being used and ensures that they are varied and effective; applies principles of teaching and learning for both children and adults; articulates effective classroom management and planning processes. The Dean of students acts as an instructional support resource for staff.

Sets high expectations for students, staff, parents, and self; helps teachers understand and apply teaching styles that complement the varied learning styles of students; encourages students and staff alike to set high personal goals and offers encouragement and support in the achievement of those goals; involves others in designing staff development programs that match the goals of the school with needs of the participants; encourages staff participation in professional development activities; engages in continuing personal and professional development.

Uses a variety of techniques and strategies to assess student performance and progress toward the achievement of curriculum goals, and the effectiveness of the overall instructional program; be proficient with data management systems and possess the ability to analyze student achievement data; demonstrates an understanding MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support)

Fosters constructive suggestions from students, staff, parents, and the community for improving the school's program; applies effective observation and conferencing skills; inspires teachers at all levels of skill and experience to acquire new competencies and experiences.

Uses collaborative strategic planning to help identify and accomplish the school's mission, goals and objectives; recruits, selects, assigns, and organizes staff in such a way as to assure the greatest potential for the accomplishment of the school's mission; facilities the identification, training, and monitoring of the staff to insure effective support in accomplishing the strategic plan of the district; attracts volunteers and provides them effective training and meaningful assignments; provides a safe, orderly climate for learning; manages the operation and maintenance of the physical plant.

Is aware of and subject to appropriate laws of the State of Nevada, and the regulations of the district and the Nevada Department of Education. Deans are responsible for other duties as assigned by your supervisor.


Education/Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:

  1. Education: A Bachelor’s Degree in teaching or a related field is required. A Master's Degree in School Administration or currently enrolled in an administrative credential program-highly desired;


  1. Experience: Five (5) years teaching experience with one (1) year of site/district/educational leadership in the last five years;

When assigned to Special Education: Five (5) years teaching special education or related field, such as counseling.Advanced training, related experience and specialized knowledge of assessment and prescriptive techniques.


  1. Highly Effective/Effective or Satisfactory evaluations in the last five (5) years.

Knowledge of: Child development at all ages and human relations, especially with respect to other school district personnel such as teachers, counselors, coordinators and school district administrators in the fields of curriculum, personnel and business; the problems of parents and community leaders and be willing to cooperate with them; modern instructional techniques and competence in elementary school curriculum areas; the vertical structure of the courses of study in the District and the importance of articulation in these areas; principles and practices of school administration, including, teaching methods and techniques, program development, applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, ordinances and policies; human resources development; school law; conflict resolution; public relations; principles of effective management, staff supervision and administration.

When assigned to Special Education: Knowledge of the principles and methods used in teaching exceptional children; state and federal laws pertaining to special education; the influence of social, physical, and psychological factors in instructional situations; high yield instructional strategies, and inclusion practices. Equivalent combinations of education and experience that provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities will be evaluated on an individual basis. Specialized knowledge and experience working with students with disabilities in the following areas preferred:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder; Social Resource, Strategies program
  • Behavior and Social Intervention programs
  • Comprehensive Life Skills; Low Incidence
  • Early Childhood

Ability to plan, promote and assist with special education program implementation; communicate in oral and written language effectively with students, parents/guardians, district staff and community; maintain favorable department, district and public relations; apply interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy; prioritize work to meet schedules and timelines; exercise judgment and discretion in dealing with confidential matters; work independently with little direction; and understand and be sensitive to those of culturally and linguistic diverse backgrounds. Has expertise in the development of Individualized Education Plan process, including goal development and progress monitoring, theory and practice of behavior interventions and supports and providing professional development of special education staff.

Skill at: Planning, organizing, assigning and coordinating the activities of a professional and support staff; presenting ideas effectively, verbally and in writing; dealing constructively with conflict and developing consensus; selecting, dealing effectively with people within the community; team building; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; working with people, staff supervision and administration.

Licenses/Certificates: School Administrators License highly recommended and desired. Proper endorsement in the appropriate grade level is necessary for commencement of a contract.

When assigned to Special Education: School Administrators License highly recommended and desired. Special Education endorsement is necessary for commencement of a contract.

Physical Demands: The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee sits comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items, such as papers, books, or small parts; or driving an automobile. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.

Work Environment: The environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms, libraries, residences, or commercial vehicles, e.g., use of safe work practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, observance of fire regulations and traffic signals. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated.


The Washoe County School District is committed to providing a safe and respectful learning and working environment for all students, staff, and visitors. The District prohibits bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, and/or discrimination based on an individual's actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, veterans or military status, marital status, disability or the presence of any sensory, physical or mental handicap in any of its educational programs/activities and employment, or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The District prohibits discrimination against any youth group listed in Title 36, as a patriotic society, (i.e. Boy Scouts of America) from access to public school facilities use.

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