Start Date: July 1, 2017

About the Role

As an Academic, School Culture, or Special Services Dean at Achievement First, you will be at the center of this work— coaching our teachers and driving decisions that will benefit our scholars. Here, you will be the driver of high-quality coaching instruction that enables teachers to develop and deliver strong content and to instill a lifelong love of learning in our scholars. You will work with teachers to be your students’ champion who believes all students are capable of greatness and achievement far beyond what society has been conditioned to accept. You will be a demander of excellence for yourself, your teachers and your students, the warm and unyielding classroom presence that encourages and accepts nothing less than students’ best and most thoughtful work.

At Achievement First, you will grow as a passionate and constant leader who thrives on feedback, enjoys regular one-on-one coaching with our principal, and nurtures a voracious appetite for professional development and consistent improvement. You will cultivate schoolwide classroom cultures built on strong structures, communication and lasting relationships. Every day, you will shake the hands and contribute to the education of children who will go on to become first-generation college students and return to our communities as the next generation of game-changers. 


As an Academic Dean at Achievement First, your typical week would include the following, and so much more:

  • Develop highly effective instructional curriculum and efficient schedule, in collaboration with principal and Team Teaching & Learning in the Network Support office.
  • Analyze school wide data in order to design responsive student interventions.
  • Devise and monitor high-impact support plans for struggling students.
  • Track other useful academic data (e.g. homework completion rates); inspiringly communicate progress to students, teachers and parents.

Demonstrate exceptional teacher leadership: 

  • Directly coach a portfolio of teachers to help them master the Achievement First Essentials of Effective Instruction.
  • Observe lessons regularly and deliver targeted feedback to teachers.
  • Collaborate with grade/subject teams to plan units, lessons and assessments; regularly share feedback.
  • Model outstanding instruction for teachers.

Facilitate excellent professional development

  • Coordinate and manage creative, inspiring professional development sessions in line with school goals and priorities.
  • Write thorough, thoughtful, actionable Professional Growth Plans (PGPs) for teachers.
  • Direct the interim assessment process to ensure teachers are using current data to drive instruction; facilitate regular, meaningful interim assessment data debriefs with teachers.

Serve as an active member of the school leadership team 

  • Participate in regular leadership team meetings.
  • Lead staff trainings at start and end of school year and on professional development days.
  • Work closely with dean of students to support efforts in character development and positive school culture.
  • Assist teacher leaders (e.g., coaches, grade team leaders) in developing leadership skills.
  • Model the Achievement First professional and core values at all times; be a visible and highly engaged leader in the school community.

Desired Skills and Characteristics:

  • A commitment to Achievement First’s mission, deep love of content, and an unwavering belief that all students can and will succeed.
  • Track record of exemplary instructional and classroom management skills, including meeting extremely high standards for student achievement
  • High level of personal organization and planning.
  • Excellent communication skills with diverse constituents (teachers, parents, children, board members); clear writer, facilitator and public speaker.
  • Proven ability to proactively lead by example, effectively manage adults, and seek out feedback.
  • Team player: maturity, humility, strong work ethic, follow-through, sense of humor, willingness to respond positively to feedback and a “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude.
  • Mastery of and enthusiasm for subject matter.


  • A bachelor’s degree from a competitive college or university with a GPA of at least 3.0; master’s degree preferred.
  • At least 3 years of teaching experience with a record of high student achievement.
  • Experience leading and managing adults.
  • If not currently certified, obtaining necessary Rhode Island certification in specific subject and grade level is required within the first two months of employment.  


Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. Additionally, Achievement First offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Achievement First is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus. You can learn more about diversity at Achievement First here:

Meet Some of Achievement First's Employees

Marissa G.

Dean of School Culture

It’s Marissa’s job is to ensure that everything at school is running smoothly, from breakfast to dismissal—all with the goal of creating joyful places where kids love to learn.

Dennis W.


An aspiring teacher, Dennis is proud to be part of the Teacher-in-Residence program at Achievement First, working specifically with the fifth grade History Department.

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