2017-2018 School Year - Dean of Students

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Job Type: 
2017-2018 School Year - Dean of Students
Posting Date: 
April 10, 2017
Closing Date: 
Until Filled
Starting Date: 
July 1st, 2017
Employment Terms: 

1.0 FTE; Full-time; Regular Contract

210 Day Contract

Salary commensurate with experience.

District and Community – Middleton is close to the rolling hills and farmlands of rural Wisconsin and yet is one of the fastest growing communities in Dane County. In addition to being home to a number of manufacturing industries, the city welcomes a growing number of advanced technological industries. Middleton is only minutes from the University of WI – Madison campus, which offers a variety of cultural opportunities.

The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District provides high-quality education for approximately 7,000 students in six elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a charter high school, a thriving 4K-Program and online school.

School – Middleton High School was established in 1879. While much has changed since that time, one constant has been the belief in the ability of students to excel. Students are challenged with opportunities to achieve in academics, arts, athletics, and activities. We believe that our purpose is to support all students in these endeavors and to assist them in becoming more self-sufficient and independent learners.

-In 2017 MHS was named the No. 1 high school in Wisconsin by Niche.com.
-In 2014 MHS was the No. 1 rated high school in the state according to U.S. News & World Report.
-MHS students have ranked in the top 10 in ACT composite score in each of the past three years.

Departmental Profile - Administration / Student Services
The mission of Middleton High School's student services department is to provide opportunities and information to help students develop the necessary academic, career and personal / social skills to be successful in school and beyond. It also serves to provide intervention and referral services for those students who are experiencing difficulties which interfere with their academic success.

The Middleton High School student services department is made up of two houses, the Red Maple House and the White Spruce House, who collaborate to support student success. Each house contains a dean of students, three counselors, a social worker and an administrative assistant. The houses share a nurse, psychologist, and student services administrative assistant. Finally, the department has direct support from the associate principal for student services as well as access to the school resource officer.

Candidate Profile - Preferred Skills and Character Traits

-Administrative experience preferred
-Student centered
-Belief in restorative justice
-Collaborative and team oriented
-Enjoys a fast-paced work environment
-Maintains a focus on equity and social justice
-Highly organized and able to defuse conflict



Middleton High School

Job Description Overview:

Dean of Students serves as a liaison between administration, school staff, students, families and community agencies that support students.

Training and Licensure:

Dean of Students possesses a master’s degree from an accredited program in educational leadership. They possess licensure from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction with at least 5 years of successful experience in an educational setting. Due to travel across educational settings, a valid Wisconsin driver’s license is required.

Job Description:

The principle objectives of the Dean of Students role is to functions as a student specialist who is committed to working both proactively and responsively to student behavior and attendance issues to support the creation and maintenance of a safe, supportive climate focused on learning and success for all students. In addition, the Dean will provide leadership related to models of intervention for all students as well as direct intervention for specific students. Within the problem solving model, the Dean of Students may perform the following tasks within each the following areas:


  • Interprets assessment data to determine appropriate interventions for academic needs.
  • Assists teams in completing functional behavioral assessments and risk assessments.
  • Knows the laws and regulations related to the implementation of IDEA in evaluation.
  • Use data and defined performance criteria to identify students not meeting proficiency criteria in academic and/or behavioral areas.

Learning Supports and Plans:

  • Works with administrative leadership in developing and supporting alternative education models and interventions.
  • Can assist in development of behavioral interventions appropriate to the type and severity of needs presented.
  • Assists teams in connecting evaluation, present level of functional educational performance, goals and outcomes.
  • Assists in providing interventions related to AOTDA issues including referrals for assessment, addressing related behavioral and academic issues and supporting linkages to other agencies.
  • Accesses resources for teams to utilize in addressing specific situations.
  • Follows laws and regulations regarding student behavioral intervention and can provide leadership to assist teams in addressing these issues.
  • Knows the laws and regulations related to the implementation of IDEA in programming and service delivery.
  • Assists in the coordination of student attendance policies and procedures.
  • Provides direct intervention in resolving behavioral events or issues within the school environment including application of behavioral consequences, code of conduct application, crisis intervention, etc.

Team Collaboration:

  • Establish and maintain relationships with students and families to promote common understandings.
  • Serves as LEA representative at IEP meetings with parents, community members and instructional teams.
  • Collaborates with pupil services team to develop supports for social, emotional, health and safety needs of students.
  • Facilitates resolution of issues or differences amongst team members.
  • Leads or facilitates discussions regarding appropriate options for intervention plans for specific students.
  • Works collaboratively with teachers to develop instructional or support strategies for specific students. Uses data, implements strategies to proactively address systems barriers as well as individual student plans.
  • Articulate methods and practices and seeks to implement others which could improve effective partnerships between families, schools, and/or community agencies or members.
  • Promotes a multi-tiered intervention system within a professional learning community.
  • Works with administration and other leadership to in scheduling and resource management.

Universal Learning Community Supports:

  • With principal and associate principal, shares the responsibility for ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of students.
  • Demonstrates knowledge regarding factors impacting student learning including second language acquisition, poverty, transience, etc.
  • Assists schools in developing intervention alternatives based upon a multi-tiered intervention model.
  • Assists building leadership in developing professional development opportunities based upon building need.
  • Demonstrates willingness to learn within the building learning community.
  • Assists schools in accessing technology to aid in data collection, analysis and progress monitoring.
  • Organize celebrations of diversity in community as well as educational environments.
  • Develop and provide training that addresses needs of the diverse student and community populations.
  • Use data from school and larger community sources to identify barriers for global student populations and develops specific plans to address those barriers.
  • Promote cultural competence, inclusive practices, tolerance, and respect for diversity in interactions with staff and the school community by example and through staff in-services.
  • Guides staff in meeting fundamental legal obligations under FERPA, OCR and DPI.
  • Provides supervision and monitoring across school environments as needed.
  • Assist in administration and implementation of school welcoming, conferencing and other school activities.
  • Supervises and evaluates staff including Campus Support.
  • Serves as safety coordinator for the high school.

Physical Functions:

This is a very physical job that requires exertions over 20 pounds of force. This job requires a combination of sitting and standing with a significant need to move quickly about the building and campus. Verbal and auditory communications are frequently involved.

Other Working Conditions:

  • Duties may require operating and/or riding in a vehicle.
  • Duties may require traveling to meetings and work assignments.
  • Duties may require prolonged use of a computer keyboard and monitor.
  • Duties may require working extended hours.
  • Duties may require working under time constraints to meet deadlines.
  • Exposure to adverse weather conditions and seasonal temperature extremes.
  • Potential for exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases.
  • Potential for interaction with disruptive and/or unruly individuals.


The District is an equal opportunity employer. Personnel hiring and administration in the District shall be conducted so as not to discriminate against applicant or employee on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, gender identity, gender nonconformity or change of sex, marital or parental status, national origin, disability or handicap, creed, color, political affiliation, pregnancy, citizenship, ancestry, arrest record, conviction record not substantially related to the nature of a person's job or activity in the school, membership in the national guard, state defense force or any other United States or Wisconsin reserve component of the military forces, use or nonuse of lawful products off school premises during non-working hours, or any other reason prohibited by state or federal law.

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Mission Statement: 
To recruit and retain a diverse, highly skilled and committed staff who serve as transformational leaders for equity in order to make a positive impact on the advancement of all Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District students.