About Us

Brilla Public Charter Schools is a network of K-8th grade schools that currently serves 1,800 students from Mott Haven, University Heights, and other neighborhoods in the Bronx. The network is growing from its current four elementary and two middle schools to five elementary and five middle schools educating some 4,000 students in the Bronx and Paterson, NJ. The Charter Management Organization (CMO) for Brilla Schools Network is Seton Education Partners, an organization inspired by the Catholic educational tradition, that also manages the Seton Teaching Fellows missionary program and El Camino, an optional after-school Catholic faith formation program. At the heart of the Seton educational mission is our dedication to help students become young men and women of good character and spirit who are prepared for excellence in high school, college, and beyond. 

Brilla combines a Classical approach to education – an emphasis on a content-rich curriculum, inquiry-driven instruction, and virtue formation that fosters an appreciation of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness – with individualized instructional support. We approach the formation of our students holistically and maintain high academic expectations. Ours is a joyful community that honors the dignity of each student, our staff members, and the families we serve.

Position Overview

The primary responsibility of the Elementary School Assistant Principal (AP) is to bring Brilla Public Charter Schools’ mission to life by executing the Strategic Priorities set forth by the Principal. Supervised directly by the principal, the AP ensures continuity of instructional practice and fidelity to the curriculum by providing coaching and support in adaptation to meet the needs of a particular cohort. The AP assists the principal in the planning and execution of key academic and cultural initiatives and programming.  The AP supervises the school-wide approach to Tier 2 and Tier 3 behaviors in collaboration with the leadership and Student Services team, ensuring that systems and procedures are being followed to best meet the needs of all students. 

Additionally, the AP directly supervises one campus Instructional Coach and a caseload of teachers. Together, the AP and the Instructional Coach support teachers by reviewing assessment data, identifying instructional strategies to meet Tier 1, 2, & 3 instructional and behavioral needs, guide collaboration among grade-level team members, observe classrooms and provide live coaching feedback, and reinforce standards and expectations for instructional excellence.

The AP is a highly motivated collaborator who goes above and beyond prescribed duties in support of the principal, teachers, and their students, while also taking initiative to solve problems and address challenges. A successful AP is positive and flexible in the face of change, a model of Brilla’s Core Virtues, resilient to challenge, and deeply dedicated to the Brilla mission. 

Core Competencies & Responsibilities

Instructional Leadership

  • Model a deep understanding of instructional best practices and command of elementary content
  • With support of Network Curriculum and Instruction team, implement curriculum and instruction that inspires critical thinking, scholar growth and an appreciation for Truth, Beauty and Goodness
  • Conduct regular classroom observations, live coach and provide feedback that urgently develops and, deepens teachers’ understanding of, instructional practice in support of high student achievement 
  • Plan, facilitate, and attend regular, mission-critical programming including weekly leadership meetings, network AP meetings, IEP meetings, summer development sessions, data days, parent workshops, family conferences, and other administrative activities. 
  • Engage in ongoing analysis of student data to inform strategy, professional development and adjustments to instruction in support of achieving high student outcomes
  • Coach and manage school instructional coach, maximizing their impact on student achievement
  • Create and facilitate weekly professional development sessions for staff aligned to instructional goals of the campus, as directed by the principal

Talent Management

  • Demonstrate strong collaboration and communication with all team members and network partners. 
  • Support principal with the  interviewing, hiring and onboarding of new staff
  • Craft and support facilitation of twice-yearly performance evaluation conversations
  • Closely monitor and address staff professionalism - ensuring deadlines, surveys, data and assessment and other professional responsibilities are met and completed with quality and fidelity 
  • Conduct bi-weekly coaching meetings with teachers on caseload grounded in student data, instructional feedback and practice

Strategic Thinking

  • Model an achievement orientation & drive by setting ambitious goals, taking initiative, and securing accountability to get results. Demonstrates resilience and resolve in the face of change.
  • Support principal in crafting and communicating strategic school systems, culture, and vision that is urgent, creative and grounded in best practice
  • Seek and implement feedback from families, staff and scholars around school initiatives and improvement

School Culture

  • Create intentional experiences that foster joy, a love of learning, and a sense of belonging to the school community, while employing a warm and firm approach that communicates love, respect, and high expectations. 
  • Work with the Principal, Instructional Coaches, Students Services team to design, model, facilitate, and hold others accountable to the Tier 2 and Tier 3 behavioral and academic processes and systems established; help ensure that student behavior and school culture meet the needs of all students while sustaining staff morale.
  • Maintain high standards of professionalism in execution of professional norms, attire and managing deliverables

Family Engagement

  • Support, and reinforce with staff, a welcoming and engaging culture of hospitality for every family, grounded in the belief as the family as the child’s first educator
  • Support and participate in family engagement initiatives, including, but not limited to,monthly Coffee and Conversations, Parent University and Family Involvement Committee meetings
  • Promptly and effectively respond to family concerns
  • Support student recruitment, enrollment and retention as needed

Other Duties

  • Perform other duties as assigned including, but not limited to, attending network/school walkthroughs, test preparation, small group instruction, model teaching, reviewing report cards and comments, reviewing and finalizing incident reports, mediating parent concerns, Parent University facilitation, maintaining communication logs, ensuring accurate attendance, and supporting external professional development activities.

Qualifications

  • An unwavering, confident, and enthusiastic commitment to the educational mission of the Brilla Schools Network in service to the school community.
  • A high level of initiative, flexibility and resiliency in the face of challenge, change or ambiguity
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with a high level of ownership for the outcomes achieved
  • Capacity for managing many diverse projects and proven examples of strong organization and self-management
  • Excellent and inspiring oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with others
  • Familiarity with and appreciation for the Classical liberal arts tradition 
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution (Master’s Degree preferred)
  • At least two years teaching in an urban school serving predominantly low-income children with demonstrated exemplary student achievement results 
  • At least one year of experience successfully leading, managing and coaching a team of adults with demonstrated results, preferably in a charter school setting 
  • Experience with the Core Knowledge® Scope and Sequence (preferred)
  • Special Education credential and experience (preferred)
  • Proficiency in Spanish (preferred)

The base pay range for this position is $115,000-$138,806 per year in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits. Pay may vary within the stated range, depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

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