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Dean of Students SP/ ENG


At ACE, we build optimism as a first step to lifelong success.

Since 2008, ACE has launched and operated excellent charter schools in urban San Jose with one goal: our students, by the end of their time in ACE’s middle and high schools, will confidently choose to be the first in their family to attend and graduate from a four-year college or university.


ACE is looking to bring on classroom leaders who are committed to providing great schools to the students who need them the most. The successful applicant will be aligned with ACE’s model, be highly motivated, thoughtful in their approach and maintain high expectations for underserved students in high-need communities. ACE teachers and school leaders must capitalize on the hope sparked by our Culture of Optimism with an academic program that helps students move from hoping they will get to college to expecting that they will succeed there. ACE’s first graduating class sent 77% of scholars to local CSU and UC’s.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: School Culture & Vision

Collaborate with administrative team to:

  • Inspire students, families, and staff to achieve mission of ACE by creating an engaging and vibrant school culture
  • Create a school community where people feel known, important, and accountable
  • Oversee and coordinate the on-going work the continuous improvement process with staff, students, and families, specifically in the areas of the whole-school and family engagement elements of the Growth cycle.

Student Engagement System

  • Maintain a daily presence in the classrooms to help teachers proactively manage the classroom and quickly and efficiently de-escalate unwanted behaviors
  • Consistently message the rationale and underlying optimism behind the student engagement system
  • Lead staff training on the engagement system, and implement observations and feedback tools to ensure fidelity to the system
  • Refine the engagement system as needed so that it supports and reinforces students learning new, college prep habits and mindsets
  • Support teachers and staff in holding all students accountable to the system
  • Serve as point person for resolving student behavioral issues and enforcing consistent consequences
  • Regularly use data to identify teachers and students in need of more targeted support
  • Through effective use of data and student support team meetings, ensure that students are not becoming caught in the system, but are instead receiving additional supports to change their behaviors
  • Administer student contracts and hold family meetings as necessary
  • Identify and connect students to resources to correct behavior, as necessary and identified in behavior contracts, behavior plans, and behavior intervention plans
  • Coordinate and facilitate expulsion hearings, as necessary
  • Manage in school suspensions and detention
  • Maintain accurate student discipline records in Kickboard and PowerSchool, and train staff as needed on these platforms
  • Supervise, and generate supervision schedule and train other school supervisors

Family / Community Outreach & Education

  • Train all staff on strategies to ensure families feel welcomed on campus
  • Ensure programs and processes are in place to help families be full participants in student success
  • Support Parent Leadership group
  • Own Family Engagement metrics and design and identify partners to collaborate in design of parent meetings and education

Celebrations & Activities

  • Create a strong sense of community, belonging, and shared values at the school through the routines and rituals that involve the entire community, including assemblies, community events, field trips, performances, student involvement in sports and other teams, etc.
  • Create and manage the school’s culture calendar
  • Ensure that all events are planned in great detail, and that logistics around all events are efficient, smooth, and clear
  • Oversee after school programming at ACE Middle Schools, specific after school clubs at ACE High School

Student Recruitment, Enrollment, Attendance, Student Retention

  • Participate in development of, and execute on ACE recruitment plan
  • Participate in development of and execute on initiatives to support ACE 5-12 pipeline
  • Use data to identify students in need of assistance with supports for attendance
  • Develop systems and procedures that proactively prevent excessive absenteeism
  • Ensure that enrollment numbers are at or above numbers used for school site budgetary purposes
  • Ensure implementation of the school attendance and truancy policies & procedures in compliance with the CDE and organizational guidelines
  • Collaborate with CMO and operations team to streamline homework, attendance, behavior and other reporting processes

School Administration

  • Participate in all School Leader meetings
  • Oversee Student Support Team (formerly Special Education) as designated by Principal
  • Participate in routine supervision, additional activities including field trips, and other required programs as needed throughout the school year
  • Continually use data and feedback to improve performance of self and staff
  • Complete all administrative requirements before given deadlines


  • A deep commitment to the ACE mission, passion our students and families.
  • A bachelor’s degree is required
  • Previous experience as a Lead Teacher and/ or School Leader preferred
  • Bilingual Spanish required
  • An entrepreneurial, flexible attitude that celebrates success, responds positively to adversity
  • Experience leading and following through on initiatives, and mobilizing staff behind initiatives
  • Personal presence and leadership necessary to create and sustain optimistic, ambitious, disciplined school culture for staff, students and families
  • Powerful communicator, who can effectively reach and connect with all school constituencies, including students, families and teachers
  • Fluent on word, excel, and PowerPoint.  Comfortable learning new technology platforms such as Kickboard, PowerSchool, SchoolMint


  • Salary: DOE
  • Benefits: Competitive package including healthcare, vision, and dental
  • Relocation: $2,500 for relocating 45+ miles away from San Jose, CA
  • Full-time, Exempt position
  • At-Will Agreement


  • Please submit a thoughtful cover letter on “Why I am the right fit for this position”.
  • Note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
  • Questions: Please contact Rodney Tabares at


Once an offer has been extended, a candidate must meet the following criteria to receive a final agreement:

  • Employment Eligibility
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Valid TB Clearance
  • References delivered to



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