October 20, 2015. Lawrence, MA. Esperanza Academy classroom photos. © 2015 Marilyn Humphries

Non-Discrimination Policy
Consistent with the values of an Episcopal school, Esperanza is committed to a diverse and inclusive community with respect to race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, family status, economic circumstance, age, and physical disability in its student body, faculty and staff. Esperanza Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and athletic and other school administered programs. We strongly encourage applications from women and minority candidates. Esperanza Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Esperanza Academy, a tuition-free, independent, middle school for girls in Lawrence, MA, seeks applicants for the Dean of Students role. Esperanza Academy is a member of the NativityMiguel Coalition of Schools — schools that seek to break the cycle of poverty by providing underserved populations access to excellent educational opportunities. Our students begin in Grade 5, and our commitment to them, through our Graduate Support program, continues through high school and college. This is a full-time position reporting to the Principal; start date is July 5, 2017, though availability prior to that date is desirable.


Essential duties and responsibilities include:

Develop, administer, and communicate policies, procedures, and guidelines pertaining to student discipline, conduct, and attendance; Maintain a safe, supportive, and effective learning environment through consultation with faculty, assistance with safety drills and emergency procedures, supervision of students, and presence at school events; Track and report academic and behavioral progress, including preparation and dissemination of reports to faculty, families, and/or administration; Develop and foster community connections that will enhance the educational experience of all students; Know students as individuals, develop relationships with students and families, serve as a positive role model, and actively uphold the school values of wisdom, integrity, leadership, and service.  


Required knowledge, skills, and abilities include:


Spanish language – fluent or near-fluent in spoken language a must, writing ability a plus; Effective interpersonal skills in managing and interacting with diverse groups of stakeholders; Excellent time management and organizational skills; Ability to manage challenges and conflict through quality decision-making and effective problem solving; Knowledge of early adolescent development and urban education, knowledge of girls’ education a plus; Ability to teach and/or coach.


Minimum qualifications:


Bachelor’s degree with GPA of 3.0

Three to five years working with a diverse group of students

Three to five years working in an urban school setting

Positive evaluations and/or recommendations from recent supervisors.




Commensurate with experience; benefits include health plan, continuing education support, and 403b contributions.


Submit cover letter and resume to:

Annmarie Quezada, Principal  


Applications accepted through March 27, 2017

October 20, 2015. Lawrence, MA. Esperanza Academy classroom photos. © 2015 Marilyn Humphries

Currently Accepting Applications

Life Together is a ten-month fellowship and leadership development project that matches young leaders (21-32 years of age) with mission-based non-profit organizations, churches, and schools throughout Eastern Massachusetts. Life Together is a strategic initiative of The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and an affiliate program of the Episcopal Service Corps.

The Teaching Fellowship is a partnership between Life Together and Esperanza. During their two-year commitment with Life Together, fellows work for social justice, grow as leaders, and live in community with other fellows. In addition to teaching, fellows participate in regular leadership training and spiritual reflection.

About the Position:
The Fellow will teach classes, coach in the athletic program, serve as an advisor to students, and perform other responsibilities related to teaching. The successful candidate will demonstrate belief in the mission and philosophy of both Life Together and Esperanza Academy. The teaching fellow will be a person of high moral character with a generous sense of humor, determination and fortitude. The teaching fellow shall have the ability to work independently and cooperatively and be committed to goal-oriented leadership. Organizational, computer, written, and oral communication skills must be exemplary.

A bachelor’s degree is required
Teaching experience and work with urban youth is preferred, but not required.
Prior leadership experience is preferred

Fellows receive housing, health insurance, a modest living stipend, and are eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award (to pay student loans or put toward future graduate school tuition). Fellows also receive extensive leadership training.

To Apply:
Please forward resume, cover letter, and contact info for three professional references to:

Annmarie Quezada, Principal
Esperanza Academy