Senior Director of Culture and Climate

Bright Star Schools
LA Central, CA, LA South, CA, San Fernando Valley, CA
Principal/Head of School
$95,000 - $115,000/year
$500 Relocation Bonus
Loan-Forgiveness Eligible
Pre-Kindergarten - 12th

Position Title: Senior Director of Culture and Climate,  MTSS and SEL

Department: Instructional

Reports to:  SVP of Student and Family Services

Status: Exempt, Full Time


Our mission is to provide holistic, inclusive support for all students to achieve academic excellence and grow their unique talents so that they find joy in higher education, career, and life. Bright Star students will become leaders who act with integrity and champion equity to enrich our communities and the world. The framework to our success is our core operating principles, which are Integridad, Ubuntu, Kohyang (고향), and Growth.


Bright Star Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, pregnancy, or veteran status.

Main Function:

The Senior Director of Culture and Climate is responsible for building the capacity of school site leadership through coaching,  supporting and holding accountable elementary, middle and high school staff to effectively operationalize and implement structures and systems that ensure schools have strong cultures that include high expectations and skillful incident response to enable the highest level of learning.

Essential Functions (include but are not limited to):

Vision and Design

  • Communicating and working collaboratively with the Senior VP of Student and Family Services and VP of School Culture to create the Tier 1 culture at Bright Star by grade level in alignment with the Bright Star Vision and the student experience expectations
  • Collaborate with the VP of Student and Family Services and Vice President of School Culture to create the vision of BSS classroom community expectations and signature practices by grade level
  • Collaborate with Senior VP of Student and Family Services and VP of School Culture to design the multi-tiered systems of Support at BSS and all schools
  • Use data to inform practices and ensure success with Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions.
  • Work collaboratively within the department to create a vision for SEL curriculum, core practices and alignment across BSS

School Partnerships

  • Building positive relationships with school staff, administration, school support team, students, community partners, and families
  • Observe school practices at least once a week or as directed by the Senior VP of Student and Family Services and VP of School Culture and provide guidance, coaching and support to school leadership, teacher leaders, and teachers as needed

Professional development and coaching for Tier 1 culture

  • Creating and facilitating professional development aligned with the vision of culture at Bright Star Schools
  • Developing the infrastructure and strategy needed to provide Restorative Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions
  • Providing professional development, training, and/or presentations to build the capacity of the school leadership and school site staff
  • Assist in operationalizing the vision of BSS culture and community as directed by VP of Student and Family Services and VP of School Culture
  • Developing strategies that emphasize prevention and whole school implementation, as well as monitoring systems of Tier 1 BSS culture practices at each Bright Star School
  • Collaborating with VP of Student and Family Services and VP of School Culture to create and implement classroom management approaches that support the student experience and vision of BSS
  • Assist in training school leadership teams in providing and operationalizing with Tier 2 and 3 supports for students
  • Supporting schools in the planning, facilitating/co-facilitating as needed, and documenting restorative practices with students and staff, serving as a model for school-site staff members and developing the systemic growth of restorative practices at school sites with the Director of Restorative Practices.
  • Planning, implementing and documenting individual and small-group coaching cycles with school staff, including modeling, observation, and feedback
  • Developing relationships and collaborating with community agencies and public service organizations to provide a range of services that address the psycho-social/educational needs of students

Incident Response

  • Collaborate with VP of Student and Family Services, VP of School Culture and Director of Restorative Practices to create equitable and effective incident response systems by grade level and in accordance with Education Code and BSS charter
  • Collaborate with the Director of Restorative Practices to create and provide systematized training on incident response protocols
  • Collaborate with the Director of Restorative Practices to create systems and processes to observe and audit the efficacy of the incident response protocols at the school level
  • Provide support to schools as directed by the VP of Student and Family Services, VP of School Culture and Director of Restorative Practices
  • Use Data to inform and improve equitable student outcomes
  • Any other duties as assigned


The ideal candidate will have:

  • 3-5 years of school leadership experience (admin credential preferred)
  • California teaching or counseling credential (Required)
  • Administrative credential (Highly preferred)
  • Experience in building a positive school culture and implementing tiered supports for student success
  • Experience facilitating restorative practices and social-emotional learning for school stakeholders (i.e. students, families and staff).
  • Experience in coaching adults and leading them to achieve goals
  • Strong facilitation and active listening skills
  • Strong personal commitment to social justice and healing work
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Experience facilitating professional development
  • 3-5 years of working in an educational or community organization setting
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Spanish fluency (preferred)



Salary: Starting at 95k, placement of salary depends on experience and qualifications.

Status: Full time, Exempt

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Benefits: Health, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, 403b plan + company match, paid time off, holidays.