Dean of Students

Ministerial Character Catholic schools in the Diocese of Austin are canonically obedient to the Bishop and assist him in fulfilling his ministry and canonical obligations. Pastors, presidents, and principals serve as leaders of the schools to make Christ’s mission present and enduring in the schools. In order to fulfill Christ’s mission, the school leaders employ suitable, chosen collaborators, sharing with them Christ’s mission and entrusting to them various responsibilities.

Positions employed in this School help extend the ministry of the School leaders in particular ways as outlined in the job description. The employee in this position is closely connected to and assists the School leaders in the performance of their ministry and, therefore, engages in ministry for the Church.

Job Summary

The Dean of students fulfills the mission of the Catholic school by working with the principal in the management of the school, faculty, staff, and students with major emphasis on curriculum and instruction, as well as student discipline. This position reports to and is evaluated by the principal.
Essential Duties

Supports and upholds the philosophy of Catholic education and the mission of the school
Acts as a witness to Gospel values by modeling the teachings of the Catholic Church
Supports and adheres to the Code of Conduct and policies and procedures of the school and Diocese
Maintains confidentiality regarding school matters
Supports and assists with the responsibilities of the principal
Serves as the principal in the principal’s absence
Assists in the general administration of the school
Supports the communication, training, and supervision of the faculty and staff
Assists in planning for staff development, curriculum , educational textbooks and materials, and student testing
Carries out the disciplinary policies of the school
Interprets and enforces school policies
Designs the master schedule
Assists with faculty and other meetings
Provides direct supervision of school sponsored activities
Communicates effectively with students, parents, and other professionals
Demonstrates professionalism in conduct, demeanor, and work habits
Maintains a work schedule that maximizes availability to the school, students and staff
Collaborates with peers to enhance the work environment and support instructional planning
Monitors students regarding tardiness, absences, and those on academic probation
Oversees faculty and staff committees, as assigned
Observes and evaluates instruction and provides constructive feedback on performance
Supports the preparation of handbooks
Supports the referral process for student evaluation within the public school system
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of the basic teachings of the Catholic Church
Knowledge of curriculum, instructional methods/strategies, and curriculum differentiation
Knowledge of child development, learning and behavior
Able to manage student behavior
Able to communicate effectively in both written and verbal form
Able to work well with others in a school community
Skill in handling multiple tasks simultaneously
Skill in job appropriate technology
Skill in critical thinking and planning
Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree and pursuing a master’s degree
Pursuing 18 hours in educational administration and supervision

Has successful teaching experience
Certifications and Training:

Certification/Licenses: Meets TCCED requirements for Dean of students
Must submit an Ethics and Integrity in Ministry (EIM) Application for Ministry within the first week of employment, participate in an EIM Basic abuse prevention training workshop within 60 days of submitting a complete Application for Ministry, and maintain EIM compliance during the entire term of employment.
Without a Theology degree, must complete Religion Certification Part 1 within two years of the date of hire, completing a minimum of 25 hours each year.
In a commitment to ongoing formation in catechetical and spiritual leadership development, Dean of students will continue Religion Certification Part 2 at a minimum of one class per year.
Employee Certification

All employees must adhere to the Catholic Schools Standards of Conduct, the Diocese of Austin EIM policies, and the social, ethical, and moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church as interpreted by the Bishop of Austin.

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