Founding Principal, East Harlem Scholars Academy High School

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Founding Principal, East Harlem Scholars Academy High School

Posted date
April 16, 2018

New York, NY

Employment Type

Organization Overview
East Harlem Tutorial Program (EHTP) began in 1958 as a children's reading group hosted by a community member in her living room; it has since grown into a multi-site organization, serving more than 1,500 students and families a year through after-school and summer programs, college support programs, and a growing network of charter schools, East Harlem Scholars Academies. Focused on significantly increasing the college graduation rate in East Harlem and grounded in the 60-year legacy of EHTP, East Harlem Scholars Academies are public charter schools that prepare students with academic skills, strength of character, and social and emotional well-being to excel in high school and college, to lead in their communities, and to realize their best selves.

EHTP is undergoing a period of rapid growth in order to meet East Harlem’s significant need for its educational programs. In the next 5 years, the network will expand its grades served, grow the after-school and summer programs, and scale the East Harlem Teaching Residency, which builds a pipeline of prepared, mission-driven educators in partnership with Hunter College. EHTP has committed to expanding its programs to serve 20% of all East Harlem public school students by 2026.

For more information about East Harlem Scholars Academies’ guiding principles and academic program, please visit our website at For more information about EHTP’s mission, model, and programs please visit In addition, to read about EHTP’s commitment to diversity and anti-racism, including the organization’s racial equity statement, please visit

Position Summary
East Harlem Scholars Academies believe that strong school leaders are integral to the success of its scholars. As EHTP continues to expand the reach of its educational programming to serve more students in the East Harlem Community, the Founding High School Principal will further the mission of EHTP and the East Harlem Scholars Academies by designing and creating the framework for and leading the network’s first high school. East Harlem Scholars Academy High School, which will serve approximately 150 9th graders in the 2019-2020 school year, will build on the success and lessons of the East Harlem Scholar Academies elementary and middle school programs, and will incorporate the network’s guiding principles to create a high-performing, student-centered learning environment that prepares students academically, cognitively, and emotionally to excel in high school, college, and beyond.

Position Outcomes
A successful Founding High School Principal will achieve the following outcomes:
Design and solicit feedback on the framework for the network’s founding high school, incorporating learnings from East Harlem Scholars Academies’ elementary and middle school programs, while using his/her own significant teaching and leadership experience to shape the school’s academic program
Build a staff and student culture that reflects the guiding principles and values of the East Harlem Tutorial Program and Scholars Academies, which strive to create authentic relationships with scholars and families to provide each scholar with a tailored and student-centered learning experience
Assume responsibility for all scholars’ success by holding staff and oneself accountable to expectations set by the East Harlem Scholars Academies community and building a culture of continuous learning
Key Responsibilities
To achieve the above outcomes, the Founding Principal will:

Instructional Leadership

Design and implement the instructional vision for the high school, ensuring the successful implementation of developmentally appropriate, rigorous curricula and instructional materials
Coordinate with outside professional developers and organizations to provide support and/or resources for curriculum development and instructional support and oversee instructional professional development, providing targeted support to teachers aligned with the teacher support systems in place at East Harlem Scholars Academies
Support the school’s ancillary services personnel (including ELL specialists, social-emotional learning specialists, and SPED teachers) to ensure that the instructional needs of all scholars are met
Teacher Hiring, Coaching & Support
Partner directly with the Managing Director of Talent to recruit and hire teachers, using a rigorous selection process and screening for alignment with East Harlem Scholars Academies’ academic vision and values
Implement a rigorous coaching and professional development program and ensure that instructional staff receives accurate and timely information regarding performance and professional responsibilities, and implement and oversee performance improvement plans, as necessary
Conduct observations and formal performance reviews for teachers and staff, frequently providing feedback based on observed teacher practices and instructional materials
Assessments, Data Analysis & Action Planning
Implement a successful school-wide assessment and data analysis program, creating a timetable for internal and state-mandated external assessments in all core subjects, and creating template student performance summary reports to be reviewed by the Board and network leadership
Oversee testing administration, data collection, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis from statewide, interim, and other assessments
Facilitate data reflection protocols with teachers and staff, based on East Harlem Scholars Academies established practices, and for the purposes of improved performance and programmatic or pedagogical changes
Positive School and Classroom Culture
Work closely with the Managing Directors and other principals to advance EHTP’s anti-racism work
Support teachers to build rigorous, nurturing classroom communities that maintain East Harlem Scholars Academies’ high academic expectations for students
Recruit a student body that reflects the diversity of the East Harlem community and continue to build relationships with families through frequent communication about student progress
Several years of impactful teaching experience, with at least 2 years teaching in a community similar to East Harlem
Significant experience in leadership roles at a school or similar education environment, with specific experience managing adults and/or coaching teachers
A passion for and record of driving student achievement and overall success in diverse and traditionally under-resourced communities, preferably at the high school level
High standards for student achievement and behavior and demonstrated expertise in instructional and classroom management
A deep belief that all students can thrive in a challenging, high-quality, nurturing, and supportive learning environment
Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with families and community members
Strong belief in collaboration, including the sharing and spreading of best practices
Proven ability and desire to work in a growing, entrepreneurial environment, with a high degree of integrity and a strong work ethic
Belief in East Harlem Tutorial Program’s mission, core values, guiding principles, racial equity statement, and educational model
Bachelor’s degree required; other advanced degree preferred
Bilingual skills (English/Spanish) strongly preferred
To Apply
Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter (both in Word format), outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, and addressed to Cheyenne E. Batista São Roque, at the below link. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Compensation for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience.
In addition, EHTP offers a comprehensive benefits package.
EHTP is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship, marital status, veterans’ status, disability, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual preference, genetic predisposition or carrier status, alienage, status as a victim of domestic or sexual harassment, or aspects of employment including, but not limited to – recruitment, selection, compensation, benefits, promotion, training, transfer and termination.…