Academic Dean

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Bishop O'Dowd High School

Bishop O’Dowd Mission/Charism

Mission: Bishop O’Dowd High School is a Catholic college-preparatory community, guided by the teachings of Jesus Christ, that educates its diverse student body to build a more just, joyful and sustainable world.



Finding God In All Things Calls Us to:

Community in Diversity

Strength of Character

Academic Excellence

Kinship With Creation

Social Justice



Job Summary

The Academic Dean partners with the Associate Principals and the Principal to intentionally facilitate a culture of care by planning, organizing and implementing appropriate teacher support and new-teacher programming in a charism-aligned learning environment.


Teacher-Facing Work
Partners with Associate Principal of Academics in observations with a focus on student engagement and experience.Support schoolwide observation and teacher support program, specifically from a student-centered perspective
Collaborate with the Director of Counseling on AP programming and testing
Partners with other Associate Principals on teacher development, mentorship, and curriculum development, particularly as it relates to inclusion of student voice. New Teacher Programming Create and enact the New Teacher Orientation
Design and implement the probationary teacher induction program (3 years).Serve as the primary mentor for new teachers in the program
Support new teachers in their understanding of and participation in  the Bishop O’Dowd culture and community
Observe and evaluate new teacher performance and development
Manages Title II Funds and Teacher PortfoliosSupport various professional development opportunities and manage teachers’ professional development portfolios
Manage Title II monies in compliance with federal rules and regulations
Collaborate with other Associate Principals in academic data collection and analysis in order to identify necessary support structures for teachers. Aid in data collection and analysis ranging from but not limited to observation data, student teacher feedback data, gradebook data, and class enrollment data.
Help design, revise, and implement processes to explore and track student experience.
Collaborate with the Associate Principal of Mission & Innovation on the design, revision, and implementation of student advisories and advisor training programs.
Collaborate with the Associate Principal of Teaching and Learning and Director of Counseling the yearly creation of the master teacher schedule.
Actively support the Catholic mission of the school in the classroom and throughout school programs


Student-Facing Work
Collaborate with the Associate Principal of Mission & Innovation and Deans of Students in developing a restorative practices model to student disciplineDevelops and oversees the process of Academic Integrity violations
Offers ongoing support and training to faculty
Collaborate with the Director of Academic Support Oversee weekly grade checks and follow-up with teachers as needed
Organize and lead Summer Academy
Lead Academic Review Board
Collaborate with directors and student support personnel in ongoing efforts to ensure that students are recognized and supported in their diverse learning and academic needs
Create and distribute student perception surveys at regular intervals throughout the school yearCreate student experience data dashboard from these surveys
Oversee Director of Library Services
Oversee student awards ceremonies


A successful candidate will:

Communicate effectively orally and in writing
Skillfully promote equity and justice work
Establish a culture that is built on strong relationships and allows for risk-taking
Provide inquiry-based strategies to consistently assess and innovate program and workflow.
Be a self-aware and reflective practitioner
Be coachable and demonstrate a drive to learn ways to improve professional skills and implement best practices
Have a growth mindset, positive attitude, flexibility, and passion for working in a high school setting
Support the Catholic mission and charism of the school
Work with pride and enthusiasm as a member of the O’Dowd community


Required Qualifications

Demonstrated understanding of and passion for high school education and adolescent development.
Evidenced knowledge of and experience in required job area
Proven ability to differentiate access and provide experiences for diverse community needs
Ability to foster a safe, inclusive, equitable, and joyful working environment
Nuanced understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion from a personal and/or professional perspective
Have experience authentically engaging with diverse working environments
Proven success collaborating with colleagues and innovating practices
Bachelor’s degree and/or related education or experience applicable to the responsibilities of the position
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Additionally, all personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Pre-employment background screening is required for all positions.

For more information on Bishop O’Dowd High School, please see our website at:


Bishop O’Dowd High School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment policies and procedures. It follows the Diocese of Oakland’s policies prohibiting illegal harassment, retaliation or discrimination. Bishop O’Dowd is a Roman Catholic high school with a stated mission and charism that reflects the teachings and educational philosophy of the Diocese of Oakland and reserves the right to require all current and prospective employees to carry out their duties and responsibilities in a manner that demonstrates respect for the school’s mission and Catholic identity.

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