Harlem Children’s Zone

Assistant Dean of Students, Promise Academy

1 week agoNew York, NY

The mission of HCZ Promise Academy Charter School is to provide a first-rate, year-round, extended-day K-12 school for students living in under-performing school districts. Opened in 2004, HCZ Promise Academy serves close to 1,000 children in two elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. Each year, more students and grades are added with plans to ultimately reach over 2,000 children. Our schools are rooted in the belief that all students are capable of academic and personal success when they are surrounded by parents, teachers, and mentors who provide support and maintain the highest of expectations.

All children and their families have access to the full array of supportive services of the Harlem Children’s Zone community network. The rigorous academic program and extensive support systems are designed to prepare students to attend, excel in, and graduate from college. The academic year consists of 210 days of school, an increase over the 180 days required by law, which includes a 25-day mandatory summer program. The academic day runs from 8:00am to 4:00pm, approximately 20% longer than the vast majority of surrounding public schools. Our schools consistently enforce a rigorous code of conduct, dress code, and emphasize personal relationships among students, teachers, and families.

To support our staff, we provide them with bi-weekly professional development, access to top-of-the-line technology, including a personal laptop, and Smartboards and tablets in the classroom. Additionally, our staff is surrounded by colleagues and professionals—ranging from instructional coaches and education directors, to guidance counselors and social workers—all committed to ensuring the success for every child. As a staff member at Promise Academy, you will take your place in a team that seamlessly surrounds children in a safe, enriching environment, making sure the reach their full potential.

HCZ requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination prior to commencement of employment.

Our team has been comprehensively reviewing best practices from local, national, and international school systems and following government guidelines to ensure we are taking all possible safety measures related to the pandemic. Our safety protocols have been enhanced with the advice and assistance of experts in the areas of public health, epidemiology, air quality control, space design and layout, and building capacity. Our organization continues to prioritize the safety of all students and staff as we navigate these unprecedented times.



HCZ Promise Academy is seeking an Assistant Dean of Students to provide student orientation programming and support to the school's administration team. This is a non-leadership role and the ideal candidate will bring a passion for the mission of HCZ Promise Academy, an understanding and respect for the culture of all residents of Harlem, and experience working in a school setting that fosters a love for children.



Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Organization and implementation of school-wide initiatives and events
  • Research, recommend, develop, and implement new initiatives that strengthen student success
  • Communicate with and to the students on their level
  • Compiling and maintaining data in support of special projects
  • Provide orientation for new students and make them familiar with behavioral norms, other stuffs and faculties
  • Provide necessary counseling to children especially when they are in need for become familiar with various School rules and regulations
  • Motive students to participate in various social and cultural activities run by the school
  • Perform other duties as assigned



Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements
  • A dedication and commitment to the mission of HCZ Promise Academy
  • Associates required; Bachelor’s degree with demonstrated experience in higher education, counseling, advising, or a student related area preferred
  • Knowledge of student development and student learning theories
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Must be able to work well independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks; ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Reports to the Operations Director



We offer competitive salaries with performance-based bonuses, a comprehensive benefits package, and a low student-teacher ratio. To be considered, interested applicants must apply online or submit a cover letter and resume to promisecareers@hcz.org. No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants. HCZ is an EOE.

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