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Academic Dean for Innovation

  • Date Posted
    • 4.2.18
  • Organization
    • Partner Schools
  • Region
    • Southeastern
  • Role
    • Dean
  • Commitment
    • Full-Time
  • Location
    • Lexington, SC
Job Title:  Academic  Dean for Innovation

Reports to (Title):  Principal (River Bluff High School)

Terms of Employment:

Certified Salary Scale 

Days per year:   230 

Type of position


FLSA Status:


General Summary:
The academic dean for innovation assists the principal in the performance of the various Leadership for Learning responsibilities and is innovative in approaches to designing student and adult learning which are attendant to successful achievement.  The academic dean facilitates the various  learning focused teams providing optimum experiences for students in line with our district’s vision of the 21st century graduate being “confident in academics, sophisticated in learning, accomplished in 21st century skills and global in orientation prepared as leaders and global citizens.” The academic dean assists the RBHS design team in creating a climate of innovation school wide.  The specific duties which are assigned by the principal and the decision-making authority related to such assignments are as established in the working relationship between the principal and academic dean. 

Essential Functions:

  • Supports and upholds the mission, vision and strategic goals of Lexington County School District One.
  • Effectively interacts, communicates and collaborates with students, parents, colleagues and other stakeholders to foster student learning.
  • Establishes a safe, supportive, positive and productive learning and working environment. ·         
  • Serves as lead instructional designer creating a personalized learning environment; assisting the principal, teachers, parents, and others with the instructional program; suggesting best practice and research methods necessary to accomplish the learning goals for each student at the school.
  • Serves as lead designer for project based learning experiences at the school level.
  • Serves as lead designer and developer of the master school flexible schedule and assigns teachers and students as appropriate within the flexible modular schedule.
  •  Assists in the planning, coordination and conducting of innovative, current and researched based professional learning at the school level.
  •      Assists in the design and implementation of innovative, 21st century curriculum in all areas including the advanced centers of study.
  • Assists in the distributed leadership model with a focus on learning.
  • Assists in diagnosis of student learning goals and assists in the development of individual learning plans for each student focusing on developing student leaders within the school.
  • Works with the technology design team to implement and coordinate the personal mobile computing initiative.
  • Assists with formal and informal personnel evaluations for both classified and certified employees.
  • Serves on the school’s assessment team and analyzes data to determine best practice alterations to the instructional program to increase student achievement.
  • Assists with the preparation of the School Renewal Plan.
  • Assists with planning the instructional programs for students with special needs.
  • Prepares various records and forms such as Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), grants, budget reports and other documents as deemed necessary by the principal.
  • Counsels students, teachers and parents on instructional concerns.
  • Assists in the supervision of local school instructional budget activities as assigned.
  • Focuses on producing on-time, self-directed student graduates. 
  • Demonstrates and evaluates the effectiveness of both formative and summative assessments; collaborates with other staff members to analyze assessment data in relation to student learning and develop instructional strategies to close the learning and performance gap.
  • Selects, requests, and maintains an inventory of instructional aides, technology tools, equipment, and supplies needed for daily activities; provides for safe storage and proper use of all materials, equipment and tools.
  • Effectively uses personal computing devices and software applications for the management of daily activities.
  • Participates in professional meetings, educational conferences, and training workshops.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
Minimum Education/Work Experience:

  • Master’s degree in related area of education with a minimum of five years teaching experience; a  minimum of three years administrative or supervisory experience preferred
  • Valid  South Carolina secondary principal certification
  • Valid  South Carolina driver’s license

Knowledge of the policies, procedures and activities of the school district which pertain to the specific duties and responsibilities of the position.  Knowledgeable in areas of curriculum and instruction, curriculum development and assessment, and personalized and self-directed learning. Knowledge of and ability to implement training techniques and methods applicable to all aspects of secondary education.  Knowledge of the records, forms and reports which must be prepared and maintained.    Knowledge of principles of budget preparation and monitoring.  Ability to seek and make applications for various local, state and federal grants and alternative funding sources.   Ability to exhibit a strong work ethic and superior interpersonal, communication, collaboration, problem solving and organizational skills.  Ability to demonstrate a strong awareness of diverse local and global issues.  Ability to exhibit innovative approaches to educational issues.  Ability to assist teachers with appropriate support for curricular and instructional matters.   Knowledge of counseling methods necessary for handling student academic and adjustment problems. Knowledge of student services available and referral procedures.  Ability to identify student adjustment and/or academic problems, provide counseling and/or recommend appropriate remedial action.  Ability to supervise students and maintain order in various classroom and instructional activities and situations.  Ability to demonstrate high level application of technology devices in the performance of daily activities.  Ability to interact and communicate effectively with students, parents, colleagues and all other stakeholders involved in the activities of the job. Ability to provide instruction and guidance to office professionals as appropriate.

Working Conditions:

Conducts duties primarily in an office or school environment with no significant exposure to hazardous environmental conditions; outdoor responsibilities with exposure to environmental conditions may be required.  Requires ability to meet tight deadlines and work with a variety of adults and students.  Physical demands are restricted to work requiring occasional lifting/moving of items weighing up to twenty-five pounds.  Regular local travel is required; occasional overnight travel required.  Requires the operation of general office and technology equipment.


Responsible for supervision of students in all instructional situations.  Responsible for administrative duties as assigned by the principal.


Performance of this job will be evaluated annually in accordance with provisions of the school board’s policy on evaluation of certified personnel.

Disclaimer Statement:
This job description is not intended as a complete listing of job duties.  The incumbent is responsible for the performance of other related duties as assigned/required.



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Lexington County School District One does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, genetic information or age in admission to, access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries or complaints. The Chief Human Resources Officer Michael L. Stacey handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title IX, inquiries/complaints regarding Title II with respect to employees and/or public access to buildings and grounds, and inquiries/complaints involving the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Inquiries/complaints regarding IDEA for students K–12 go to the Director of Special Services Wendy Balough, Ed.D. Inquiries/complaints regarding Section 504 for students K–12 go to the Director of School Counseling and Advisement Zan Tracy Pender. Inquiries/complaints regarding Title II implementation go to the Coordinator of Title II Part A Dianne Steelman. Contact these people if you have questions regarding these issues at 100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29072 and telephone number 803-821-1000.