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Dean of Primary Instruction

Yellowstone Academy

Primary Responsibilities

The Dean of Primary Instruction is responsible for ensuring Yellowstone Academy teachers are highly effective and produce outstanding results by providing evaluative and non-evaluative feedback.  The Dean of Primary Instruction works closely with the Principal to ensure all aspects of teaching and learning are supported.  The Dean of Primary Instruction will help drive a positive school culture and prioritize teacher growth.  The Dean of Primary Instruction will directly participate in the decision making, goal setting, and hiring for the campus.  Grade level and subject area responsibilities throughout the school will be shared by the Principal and Dean of Instruction.

School Culture

The Dean of Primary Instruction will:

  • work with the Principal and Dean of Students to develop and implement a shared vision and culture of high expectations for all staff and students.
  • assist with the student/family handbook creation, communication, and adherence. 
  • work with the Principal and Dean of Students to create an atmosphere of safety that encourages the social, emotional, and physical wellbeing of staff and students.
  • Work with the Principal and Dean of Students to oversee special events and programs.

Instructional Leadership

The Dean of Primary Instruction will:

  • work with the Principal and other instructional team members to create pacing calendars, scope and sequences, and other instructional documents which align to campus goals and learning objectives.
  • work with the principal to ensure that a rigorous curriculum and quality, research-based resources are available and implemented by teachers across grades Pre-K to 2nd and in all subject areas.
  • support and evaluate a cohort of teachers and instructional aides through a cycle of observation and feedback to ensure instructional best practices are in use.
  • ensure that effective instruction maximizes growth of individual students and student groups, supports equity, and eliminates the achievement gap.
  • collaborate with the instructional team to plan assessments, monitor multiple forms of student data, and guide instructional adjustments needed to improve student performance.
  • Monitor teacher lesson plan submission and provide feedback as necessary.
  • work with the Principal and Dean of Students to manage the RTI process on campus.
  • work with the Principal to assess staff needs, and then plan and facilitate professional development sessions for PLCs and in-service days.


Administrative Leadership

The Dean of Primary Instruction will:

  • Work closely with the Principal and Dean of Students to manage efficient daily campus operations.
  • Work with the Office Manager to ensure proper coverage and supervision of classrooms is secured.
  • Manage the distribution of student progress reports and report cards throughout the school year.
  • Work as the primary testing coordinator for the campus.
  • Work with the Principal and Dean of Students to facilitate new student admissions.
  • Serve as a liaison with various external partners.
  • Serve as the primary facilitator for accreditation for Yellowstone Academy.
  • Participate in leadership team meetings and other related executive decision making.
  • Participate in meetings, conferences, and other opportunities to stay well-informed about current best practices in education and continue their own personal and professional development
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Yellowstone Values

Every employee at Yellowstone is committed to our PRIDE values:


Positivity: At Yellowstone, we smile first. We are a positive presence on campus and extend a good-natured grace and enthusiasm in all personal interactions.


Responsibility: We follow through on our promises and commitments. We own our actions and will never settle for less than our best effort.


Integrity: We demonstrate integrity in all circumstances and always put the best interests of the broader Yellowstone community first. We “walk the talk” and lead by example. 


Determination: We anticipate and overcome challenges. We are resilient in the face of obstacles and are committed to the success of every member of the Yellowstone community.


Excellence: We hold everyone (families, students, colleagues) to the highest standard of excellence and constantly look for ways to enhance the Yellowstone experience.


In addition, the Dean of Primary Instruction must be:


Passionate: enthusiastically committed to both the Yellowstone mission and to achieving extraordinary results for our staff, students, and families


Collaborative: a true team player who relishes the opportunity to lead and problem-solve with others, lead productive and effective meetings, readily engage in meaningful conversations, and genuinely celebrate and share other people’s successes


An Excellent Coach: a “people person” with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills (both written and oral) who has a record of helping others achieve their personal and professional goals


An Excellent Project Manager: a hard worker with a strong attention to detail who understands how to set ambitious milestones, use data to guide decision making, can effectively delegate responsibilities, and can navigate a complex task/project from inception through to completion.


Physical Demands

Frequent moving about the school building to facilitate student management between classes; constantly operates a computer and other office equipment; frequent presenting to staff, parents,  and students to facilitate parent training  or student instruction; Frequent exchange of communication with parents, students, and colleagues regarding behavior, academics, and other school business.

Additional Notes

This position may include early morning, evening and weekend commitments as required and assigned by the Principal. This position will require the utmost level of discretion and confidentiality, as the Dean of Primary Instruction will have access to student files, staff files, and other related institutional documents that are confidential. 


Compensation and Benefits

Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Yellowstone Academy offers a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, a SIMPLE IRA program with employer matching, employer paid life and AD&D, supplemental benefits, including short-term disability insurance; and paid time off.


Application Process

To apply for this position, please complete an online application which can be accessed through the “employment” tab on the Yellowstone website at Yellowstone will notify candidates if they are selected for the next round of the application process.


Yellowstone Academy is a non-denominational Christian school and all employees must be professing Christians.  Yellowstone Academy does not refuse to hire and does not release any individual, or otherwise discriminate against any individual with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of the individual’s race, color, sex, or national or ethnic origin.  Nor does Yellowstone Academy limit, segregate, or classify its employees or applicants for employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect the status as an employee because of the individual’s race, color, sex, and/or national/ethnic origin.

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