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compensation: Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
employment type: full-time
non-profit organization

Dean of Culture and Behavioral Supports at The Primary School in East Palo Alto

The Primary School is expanding the boundaries of traditional education. Our holistic model weaves together education, health, and family support services to ensure underserved children have the system of care they need to lead meaningful and emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy lives. We received seed funding by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.

Our approach has three defining characteristics:

We start early. We start working with parents and enroll children into our program as early as birth to reach them at their most critical stage in development.
We work with - not around - families. We know that parents and caregivers are the most important people in a child’s life. We partner with them to enhance the education and health of their children.
We integrate multiple systems to serve the whole child. Our unique model unites health care and education, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care around a child’s full needs.
In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four-year-olds. We have grown to serve nearly 300 children and their families. In the fall, we will have classes for children in Pre-K3 (3 year-olds), Pre-K4 (4 year-olds), Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. We will continue to open a new grade every year through eighth grade.

Our ultimate goal is to create a game-changing system of care for children that can be replicated across the country. To that end, we are building a model that can be effectively implemented in diverse communities and sustained on public funding. In 2019, we plan to both expand our student and family population in East Palo Alto and pursue opening our next site in the Bay Area. It’s an exciting time to join the team!


The Dean of Behavior and Culture will lead the development and maintenance of a strong and safe culture across the school, and consistent and supportive of practice across tiers of support. The Dean will work closely with the school leadership team, classroom teachers, and student support staff to build a safe and inclusive school environment.

The Primary School embraces the Conscious Discipline approach which fosters safety and community and takes a proactive approach to developing strong socio-emotional skills.

The Dean will have the opportunity to leverage the unique model of The Primary School to build strong ties with and across the healthcare system and parent program in order to best support the socio-emotional and behavioral needs of children.


School culture and climate

Provide training and coaching across classrooms to ensure daily practice is supportive and fosters learning
Collaborate with school leaders to strengthen our school climate through structural (e.g., discipline policies) and cultural (e.g., community building events) initiatives
System of behavioral supports

Provide direct supervision and support to all behavioral staff
Conduct observations of staff and provide coaching to teachers as needed
Design and ensure implementation of behavioral support plans
Manage intervention cycles and ensure that all providers are monitoring student progress
Lead data reviews to determine which students will continue in Tier 2 intervention, which students will exit, and which students may require Tier 3 supports
Direct intervention

Provide some direct service to Tier 2 and 3 students (e.g., social skills groups, individual check-ins).
Behavioral response team

Oversee system to respond to emergency behavioral needs
Respond to and coordinate responses of other staff to unsafe student behaviors
Oversee the system to collect and analyze behavioral data
Lead the crisis team in analyzing behavioral data and designing/updating interventions to respond to emerging trends
Facilitate regular meeting with the crisis team to norm on their approach and review de-escalation and physical management techniques
Cross-team and family coordination

Collaborate with internal and external specialists to support children in school (e.g.. occupational therapy, speech therapy, and behavioral supports)
Build trusting and aligned relationships with families
Coordinate with parent coaches to build supportive behavior practices across school and home

Experience working with early elementary school students.
Experience developing and managing behavioral support plans inside and/or outside the classroom.
Ability to motivate and support adults to build consistent and supportive practices across classrooms.
A strong commitment to supporting the highest need students in succeeding at school.
A mindset and practice that is understanding of and responsive to trauma and asset based.
Experience building deep and trusting relationships with families.
Management experience, and experience leading training and professional development.
A bonus if you are bilingual (Spanish speaking) and have worked with a diverse population of kids and families.
A flexible mindset and desire to jump in across programming wherever support is needed.

Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Please learn more and apply through our website:
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  • do NOT contact us with unsolicited services or offers

post id: 6893549236



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