SY20-21 High School of Commerce Dean of Academics for Post-Graduate Success

Springfield, MASSACHUSETTS | 11 months
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Position: Dean of Academics for Post-Graduate Success

Location: High School of Commerce, Springfield, MA

Grade Level: Post-Graduate Fifth Year Commerce Promise Program

Full Time Start Date: August 20, 2020

Salary: Based on SEZP’s Career Ladder, with the opportunity for additional stipends



The High School of Commerce seeks a founding Dean of Academics for Post-Graduate Success who believes educators are activists - promising instructional access, rigor, advocacy, and a tenacious commitment to anti-racism for all students.

SEZP offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Educators in SEZP qualify for benefits (personal/sick days, health insurance, etc.) offered to other teachers in the Springfield Public Schools.



Commerce is seeking a Dean of Academics who views herself/himself as a change agent and who is committed to equitable instruction for our annual cohort of Commerce Promise post-graduate students pursuing a full academic equivalent to the college freshman year. The essential responsibilities for this role will be guided by the following two values:

  • AGENCY: We believe educators at Commerce will empower each and every student to pursue their fullest academic and personal potential. We believe a student’s agency to become their best academic and non-academic selves should be organized around rigorous personalized career and college pathways during which the student will own the setting and the attaining of their academic, college, career, and life goals.
  • RELATIONSHIP: We believe that each and every Commerce student thrives in a positive, welcoming learning environment that emphasizes intentional and proactive relationship building. Supported through an explicit and universal culture of restorative justice - prioritizing growth and atonement over punishment and separation – a student will recognize the value of and play a leading role in developing interdependent relationships, with all members of the Commerce community working collaboratively in pursuit of this vision.


All educators at Commerce are practitioners who believe in the values of agency and relationship and are willing to advocate for equity both in and out of their classrooms.  Commerce is prepared – considering the centrality of this work to the life-long success our students – to invest substantially in the training, coaching, leadership development, and networking necessary for revolutionary practitioners to thrive in the following job responsibilities:

  • Coordinate orientation, enrollment, advising, work-study, and other organizational tasks for all post-graduate cohort members (approximately 25-50 per year)
  • Arrange for and monitor response to intensive, personalized supports for each student member of the cohort to ensure success in their college courses including tutoring, basic literacy and numeracy skill development, language supports, social-emotional supports, and other offerings based on individual student needs
  • Aggressively monitor student progress across their college course offerings and proactively assign supports based on any anticipated needs
  • Ensure cohort tutors, mentors, and teachers align supports with each student’s personalized learning plan
  • Communicate regularly with Commerce and college partner staff to understand student successes and challenges and to proactively develop strategies for improving approaches to support
  • Communicate regularly with families about student successes and challenges
  • Prepare weekly reports on student progress for the Commerce leadership team
  • Attend regular post-graduate planning meetings and events
  • Additional tasks as assigned by the leadership team


We are a school immersed in a bold and substantive multi-year redesign process to personalize the high school experience around college and career success. We have innovated school partnerships, schedules, and programming to allow Commerce students to choose from three different college experiences, including a multi-year, early college or applied career pathway at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), a dual enrollment program on the Commerce campus through Worcester State University or Westfield State University, and/or direct work-force entry via Propel America internship pathways in IT, Healthcare and Human Services, or Advanced Manufacturing. The Commerce Promise post-graduate program provides an additional year for Commerce students who have deferred their diploma to successfully navigate the equivalent of the freshman year at college, but with substantial academic and social-emotional supports to ensure their success. Students will earn up to 30 credits in this post-graduate year. 

We are a team of activist-educators who are afforded generous time to further our learning together in departments and teams, regular substantive coaching and feedback from partners, peers, and leaders to improve our practice, and deeply embedded teacher leadership opportunities to unite our voices in service of dismantling institutionalized racism in and around our school community.


Position Qualifications

  • College level leadership/program management preferred
  • Experience successfully engaging with/leading dual enrollment programs preferred
  • Experience curating, leading, and/or monitoring supports for students with significant provision gaps, including mentoring, tutoring, language development, literacy skill development, etc. preferred
  • Appropriate educator license (e.g., director, assistant principal, principal) from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education preferred
  • Experience as an active anti-racist or advocate for equity preferred
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required

If you meet some of the qualifications above, we encourage you to apply or reach out for more information. We know that historically marginalized groups – including people of color, women, people from working class backgrounds, and people who identify as LGBTQ – are less likely to apply unless and until they meet every requirement for a job. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from educators with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities. 

We encourage you to reach out to Kelley Gangi at if you have questions about the role or your qualifications. We are happy to help you feel ready to apply!



This position will be filled by August 2020 and applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. Please contact Kelley ( ) or with any questions.


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