School Director - Principal - 2017-2018 SY

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Organization Ascend Public Charter Schools
Location Brooklyn
Classification School Administration/Leadership
Job Type Full time / part time
Date of posting 4/13/2017


Ascend school directors are the academic and cultural leaders of their schools (elementary school, middle school, and high school). Directors lead the school community in achieving its academic and organizational goals, build and maintain a strong presence for the school in the community, and develop and cultivate enduring relationships with students, teachers, parents, community members, and stakeholders. School directors report directly to either the chief academic officer or a managing director of upper schools.

The school director role is an ideal opportunity for a dynamic and visionary individual to play a central leadership role in growing and shaping one of our premier charter schools, committed to helping students achieve high levels of academic achievement from kindergarten through college.

We look for leaders who are excited to embrace a restorative approach to discipline and who believe that family and community partnerships are crucial.

Above all, we look for leaders who are passionate and committed to urban education and our ultimate goal of closing the achievement gap in Brooklyn.

Why lead at Ascend Charter Schools?

Ascend is a network of urban, college-preparatory K-12 charter schools in Brooklyn. Educators at Ascend are driven by our mission to equip every student with the knowledge, confidence, and character to succeed in college and beyond. Today, we educate over 3,400 students at five lower schools, three middle schools, and one high school.

We are passionate about guiding our scholars to think critically and independently, and to enjoy education as an end in itself. We teach a rigorous liberal arts curriculum that fosters curiosity and enables our scholars to adapt to new ideas and practices, while gaining a fundamental understanding of math and science.

We foster a school culture where scholars feel connected, empowered, and safe to take academic risks. We utilize comprehensive practices such as advisory and collaborative problem-solving that promote respect, develop leadership, and strengthen relationships. Watch Ascend in action.

Our school buildings

We believe that our school buildings should reflect the incredible accomplishments that happen within their walls. All Ascend schools are housed in inviting, newly renovated buildings where every detail is chosen to communicate our aspirations for teaching and learning. See where we work.

Ascend school directors implement a high-quality, rigorous, college-preparatory program that is consistent with Ascend's mission and vision. Additionally, a school director will:

  • Ensure achievement of targeted academic results, including curriculum alignment, pacing charts, exams, and intervention; ensure special education and ELL compliance
  • Use data to inform practice and drive decision-making and instruction at the school
  • Define and build a school culture of unrelentingly high expectations where scholars feel connected, empowered, and safe to take academic risks
  • Build a collaborative team of adults who feel jointly responsible for the attainment of school goals and committed to achieving excellence
  • Working with Ascend, manage, develop and evaluate the school's leadership team and faculty to build a culture of relentless self-improvement among the entire school
  • Serve as the key external spokesperson for the school, conveying the school's mission and building strong relationships with constituents including students, teachers, parents, and community members
  • Manage human resource functions, including recruiting new teachers, developing retention strategies, and performing regular performance reviews in accordance with Ascend guidelines
  • Ensure and manage positive school-parent relations with the goal of achieving high levels of parent satisfaction
  • Work with the director of operations, oversee the school's operations, finances and compliance functions to achieve Ascend's ambitious charter goals

  • Expertise in teaching and working with scholars at either the elementary (K-5), middle (6-8) or high school (9-12) level
  • 3-5 years teaching experience with a proven track record of elevating student achievement, preferably in urban schools
  • At least two years in a leadership role in a school with demonstrable results, preferably in urban schools
  • Record of success in leading adults; prior experience with direct management and supervision
  • Bachelor's degree, with advanced degree preferred

Skills, traits, and beliefs

  • Ability to be a bold, tireless and engaging change agent and culture-creator; a visionary; a leader who inspires and motivates students and adults
  • Exceptional self-motivation, entrepreneurial spirit and team orientation
  • Problem-solving skills, with a combination of confidence and humility
  • Effective and winning communication skills, both oral and written
  • Excellent organization and planning skills, with strong attention to detail
  • Collaborative decision-making style, with a proven track record of working with individuals at all levels to drive decision-making and results
  • Self-awareness, with an ability to treat all members of the school's community with respect and an accurate idea of one's own strengths and weaknesses
  • Absolute integrity
  • Relentless commitment to preparing every student for college
  • Commitment to improving the minds and lives of students from underserved communities; a dedication to doing whatever it takes to help all the school's students achieve academic success
  • Passion for academic learning and insistence on academic excellence and rigor at all times
  • Alignment with the educational philosophy and core beliefs of Ascend


Ascend offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Please visit to learn more about the benefits of working at Ascend.

Ascend Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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