Dean of Student Life


Job Title: Dean of Student Life 


Reports To: Director of Student Life 

Supervisory Responsibilities: No 

EEO-1 Classification: Professional

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School 

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 


YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School's mission is to empower young adults (18-20 year-olds) to develop skills and connect to opportunities by fostering an environment of love, support, and respect for their whole person. Students graduate high school and successfully transition to college and career as critically conscious leaders, committed to positive change for themselves and their communities. 


YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School provides an outstanding alternative education that activates the capacity of all students to learn, achieve and grow. YBPCS will be recognized as a model of authentic experiential learning, not only among programs serving out-of-school youth, but also among all high-achieving schools and youth programs in the country. 

High expectations, a nurturing climate, personalized culture and rigorous real world learning experiences ensures that graduates are poised for life-long learning and career advancement. It is our vision that YouthBuild graduates will emerge as highly accomplished, self-sufficient, self aware and socially conscious citizens. Graduates will be energized about their futures and build support networks for their personal, social and emotional health and well-being. 

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School will maximize its capacity to engage each student’s passion, tap into his or her individual potential and provide him or her with real opportunities for personal and professional transformation. 


YBPCS’ values are deeply held and come from a love of humanity and a perspective that views each student as a community asset. The programs three core values - respect, excellence and perseverance – are reinforced through all aspects of the program. 

Impact Statement 

Young people in Philadelphia who are disconnected will build skills and access resources and opportunities to achieve economic stability and personal development, and become critically conscious leaders within their communities. 

Job Summary: 

(1) working proactively to maintain the overall restorative climate and culture of the School with a reflective and engaging approach; (2) ensuring the safety of school environment through the implementation of the School’s Restorative Practices program

Responsibilities and Duties: 

Restorative Culture: 

  • Awareness of social identities and cultural context of the student body;
  • Belief in the mission of school-wide Restorative Practices; 
  • Ensure positive culture and climate through relationship building with the support and guidance of the Director of Student Life; 
  • Facilitate the development of and monitor the culture of school community agreements in close coordination with the Director of Student Life;
  • Emphasize deepening Staff with Student and Student with Student relationships via Restorative Practices through the use of restorative circles, community meetings, classroom visits, teamings, and conferencing;
  • Facilitate restorative meetings with students and staff to ensure full student reintegration to the classroom, worksite and school community;
  • Monitor and recognize student achievement through reward & incentive initiatives;
  • Facilitate student leadership development programming & Restorative Practice trainings;
  • Provide timely response to Culture Team system and crisis management when needed;
  • Support teachers in developing and implementing classroom management strategies and plans for individual students as needed;
  • Maintain database of school suspensions for the End of Year School Safety Report;
  • Collaborate with AmeriCorps Members/Community Projects Coordinators around the creation and execution of student engagement events, service projects, extracurricular activities, and community meetings;
  • Collaborate with the Director of Student Life to train AmeriCorps Members/Community Projects Coordinators on Restorative Practice principles;
  • Complete duties as assigned by the Director of Student Life.


Professional Development 

  • Research, utilize and maintain best practices, as well as knowledge of trends related to out-of-school youth, youth development, social work practices, counseling techniques and Restorative Practices; 
  • Continue to develop skills through trainings and professional development offered at the School, community workshops, and conferences. 



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; 
  • 1-3 years of experience working in a similar role; 
  • Competency in Restorative Practices
  • Ability to operate in a fast-paced, highly flexible work—often highly intense—work environment; 
  • Ability to travel to locations, organizations or events in the City of Philadelphia and surrounding counties; 
  • Creativity in developing strategies that lead to students’ success; 
  • Excellent counseling skills; 
  • Detail-oriented, with strong organizational skills; 
  • Proficiency in Google, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; 
  • Strong communication skills and ability to present information within expertise to large groups; 
  • High level of professionalism and customer-service skills; 
  • Experience working in a team setting; 
  • Respect for the intelligence and experiences of young adults; 
  • Strong commitment to helping young adults succeed in reorienting their lives, nurturing their leadership skills, and enabling them to make a difference in their community; 

Common Competencies 

  • Mission driven to work with YB’s student body 
  • Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office skills 
  • Intermediate to advanced Google Suite skills 
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Demonstrated values that align to Restorative Practices 
  • Willingness to prioritize data collection, analysis, and sharing 
  • Willingness to reflect on impact data and incorporate that information into routine decision-making 

Clearance Requirements 

  • FBI - Criminal History Report 
  • PATCH - Pennsylvania Police Department - Criminal Background Check (and/or applicable based on State of residency) 
  • PA Child Abuse History Clearance 
  • TB Test Results 
  • Act 24 - Arrest Conviction Form 
  • Act 168 - Sexual Misconduct Disclosure
  • NSOPW - National Sex Offender Clearance 

How to apply: Please apply including both your resume and a cover letter to be considered for the position.