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Assistant Director, School Climate and Culture

Central Administration
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Note:  The salary range for this position is $80,695 - $104,549

The School District of Philadelphia is committed to becoming the fastest improving District in the country and transforming the educational opportunities it offers to our city’s more than 200,000 students. The District seeks leaders who have a passion for working with schools and communities who are committed to ensuring all students achieve. Serving a population as diverse as ours requires creativity, commitment and vision. Will you join us?

Job Summary

Works with Directors in the Offices of School Climate and Culture, Office of Prevention and Intervention, and Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities as required for implementation and support of District-wide climate initiatives and grant-funded programming. Assists the Director in overseeing the implementation of universal screening in District schools, including staff deployment, training, implementation monitoring and support. Assists with overseeing the development and implementation of school plans as it pertains to climate and violence prevention, including collaboration with other offices and training and support of staff. Assists with the conceptualization and implementation of new initiatives in the Office of School Climate and Culture as needed. 

Essential Functions

  • Assists with overseeing and coordinating designated climate and violence prevention programs and activities.
  • Supervises staff in the implementation of supports to schools around climate and violence prevention.
  • Collaborates with other members of the Office of School Climate and Culture Leadership team to plan and implement climate supports to schools.
  • Assists with overseeing universal screening, including the training and support of Climate and Culture Coaches to implement this work.
  • Assists with overseeing the alignment of climate and violence-prevention supports with school plans.
  • Assists with developing and implementing professional development for coaches and school-based staff as needed.
  • Assists with determining policies and procedures for efficient program operations.
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in the area of school climate and culture.
  • Participates in short and long-term planning for staff deployment, training, implementation monitoring and support activities.

Other Functions

School-Wide Student Well-being Specialty 

  • Assists with overseeing and coordinating designated climate and violence prevention programs and activities.
  • Supports the Executive Director, School Climate & Culture Initiatives in overseeing various strategic initiatives related to the development of positive schools where all students and adults experience the belonging and engagement that support maximal learning and social-emotional development. 
  • Assists schools in implementing comprehensive multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) using SDP’s Student Well-being Survey (SWBS) as a key tool. 
  • Improve school staff behavior management practices, as well as school and classroom climate, for the purpose of improved student behavior and academic success. 
  • Supports schools in developing the infrastructure to support effective climate practices, and in implementing climate programming with fidelity.  
  • Supports the use of data within and across schools to guide decision-making about climate programs and interventions. 
  • Participates in systems-level planning, monitors implementation, and identifies present and emerging needs through data collection and analysis, and ongoing communications with school teams.
  • Provides coaching and implementation support within and across SDP schools related to the Student Well-being Survey, MTSS process and Tier I programming.
  • Supports strong implementation of the Student Well-being Survey (SWBS) aligning with key climate programming; restorative practices, social-emotional learning, PBIS, socialized recess, and other climate initiatives.
  • Collects data regarding individual schools’ implementation of the Student Well-being Survey; analyzes data to determine appropriate action steps and supports. 
  • Contributes to the ongoing development and implementation of the Student Well-being Survey
  • Supervises other OSCC staff as assigned 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Four years of full-time, paid, professional experience organizing or implementing prevention and intervention services for public safety.


  • Any equivalent combination of training and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Talent.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

Demonstrated knowledge of:

  • evidence-based school-wide climate programming, including such as positive behavior interventions and supports, restorative practices and social-emotional learning.
  • the multi-tiered systems of support process.
  • the Pennsylvania Department of Education school plans and planning process.
  • conflict resolution.
  • the use of data to guide climate decision-making. 

Demonstrated ability to:

  • plan and direct departmental operations.
  • make sound decisions and recommendations for action.
  • work on multiple projects and issues concurrently.
  • apply conflict resolution tactics to intervention situations.
  • develop and implement action plans.
  • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. 


The School District of Philadelphia provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, age, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, disability, pregnancy, marital status, gender identity, or genetic information. Please refer to Board Policy 348 for further information regarding the District's commitment to Nondiscrimination in Employment Practices.

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