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Salary range: Placement on the administrator's salary schedule

Reports to: Site Principal or Assistant Principal


The Dean operates in a special capacity or a specialized project for the assigned school site, supporting goals, initiatives, and the Strategic Plan. This is an administrative position, under the direction and supervision of the Site Principal or District Administrator. The Dean is a full member of the administrative team and is included in decisions impacting the school or District department, and uses different settings and techniques according to assigned work-sites.


The individual must satisfactorily meet the California Standards for the Teaching Profession. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to pass a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint clearance
  • Completion of a Master's degree
  • Demonstrated success in classroom curriculum and instruction
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S.
  • Possession of a valid California Administrative Services Credential, as required by the California Education Code
  • Within 60 days of start, provision of TB (tuberculin) clearance, as mandated by the California Education Code
  • Provide support of administrative functions, such as attendance monitoring, student discipline, technology support and implementation; master scheduling, event planning and supervision, campus supervision, teacher support, school or special program oversight.
  • Work with school and District staff in a full range of instructional and operational improvement activities.
  • Design, direct, and support District in-service sessions and professional learning opportunities.
  • Supervise evaluation and selection of textbooks, audio-visual materials, and other instructional materials and equipment.
  • Assist site or department teachers and administrators by providing advice and assistance in grade level(s) or content area.
  • Attend state and county conferences and meetings for the purpose of acquiring information to pass on to those affected.
  • Assist in the development of budgets for curriculum areas and categorical programs.
  • Assist in planning, dissemination, administration, and interpretation of the State and District testing program.
  • Assist in preparation of required reports.
  • Assume leadership for continuous monitoring of progress toward the various schools or District program objectives.
  • Develop and disseminate materials to support effective instruction in program, grade level(s), and/or content area
  • Chair meetings of curriculum committees as assigned.
  • Maintain professional competence through participation in professional growth activities.
  • May assist in identification and selection of students for programs or projects, as assigned.
  • Assume responsibility for a reasonable amount of non-teaching activities such as directing of extra-curricular work, teachers meetings, professional study, in-service training, curricula revision, student supervision, and other similar activities.
  • Plan, coordinate, and evaluate the work of teachers or other assigned para-professionals.
  • Perform other specific duties as indicated by program/content area and grade level, or as directed by supervisor
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
  • Ability to work comfortably with students, staff, parents, and the community in the context of a rigorous academic environment
  • Effective interpersonal, communication, conflict resolution, time management, and record keeping skills
  • Knowledge of adult learning and motivation theories, school budgeting, as well as administration of applicable policies and supervision of personnel
  • Positive, successful record in teacher leadership roles and middle school teaching and/or site-level experience
  • Proactive and tactful demeanor and willingness to think creatively about problems
  • Proficiency in a second language preferred

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Employee will frequently work at a computer and travel to attend meetings.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work environment includes working directly with children. There are a number of activities and situations happening at once, and the employee must ensure that children are supervised at all times, and that children are involved in safe and appropriate activities. The employee must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time

The job entails potential for exposure to adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes; exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases; and for interaction with disruptive and/or unruly individuals.

Work Year: 206 Days

Revision Date: 11/01/2016

Initial date: 03/24/2017

Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.

No portion of this job description shall supersede the Master Agreement between the Palo Alto Management Association and the Palo Alto Unified School District and applicable State or federal laws. Any changes in working conditions applicable to the current agreement shall be subject to negotiations at the demand of either party.