An Invitation to Apply for the Position of
Lower Elementary School Vice Principal
Coney Island Preparatory Public Charter School
Brooklyn, New York
What is the Role?
Coney Island Prep is looking for a Lower Elementary School Vice Principal to join us for the 2022-2023 school year! Located in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, our elementary school was founded in 2014 and operates kindergarten through second grade. While every educational setting is ever-changing and the day-to-day of school leadership comes with its unique challenges, with the support of the Principal and team of supporting leaders, you are sure to have the skills, resources and support needed to get the job done. The Vice Principal is responsible for supporting and developing teachers in order to achieve exceptional student academic achievements.
What You’ll Be Asked To Do
Curriculum, Assessment, and Student Achievement
- Research, design, and/or supplement the academic curriculum for assigned grade level based on successful models and approaches
- Align the academic curriculum with state standards, Coney Island Prep standards, and other scientifically-based benchmarks;
- Document and communicate scope and sequence for assigned grade level
- Monitor grade-level progress against scope and sequence
- Analyze school-wide and grade level data regularly in order to design responsive student interventions
- Devise and monitor high-impact support plans for struggling students
- Track other useful academic data (e.g. homework completion rates); inspiringly communicate progress to students, teachers and parents
- Champion effective instructional data practices and assessments.
- Direct the interim assessment process to ensure that teachers are using data to drive instruction.
- Facilitate regular, meaningful interim assessment data debriefs with teachers.
- Support a culture of high academic and behavioral expectations
- Directly coach a portfolio of teachers to help them continuously improve on Coney Island Prep’s Teacher Observation Rubric
- Observe lessons and provide on-going, specific, actionable, positive and constructive feedback that ensures the teacher can translate the feedback into improved instruction.
- Effectively plan both full units and individual lessons with teachers, guiding them through the entire backwards-planning process.
- Provide clear, actionable feedback to teachers on classroom management, lesson planning, and lesson implementation
- Model outstanding instruction for teachers
- Lead planning and internalization meetings for teachers to effectively prepare them for lesson implementation.
- Complete formal teacher evaluations.
- Design and run high-quality professional development sessions that are based on student achievement and observation data.
- Evaluate instructional staff.
- Work with each team member to set clear, measurable, outcome-oriented academic goals for the year and plan professional development opportunities around those academic goals.
- Reinforce the mission of the school with staff and inspire them to act on the mission every single day; exude urgency, excellence, and optimism; use the mission as a litmus test for school-based decisions and to provide focus when prioritizing what will have the greatest impact on students; instill staff with a feeling that they are contributing to something greater than themselves.
- Reflect on actions and adjust behavior and systems accordingly; ask regularly for feedback; model humility and admit mistakes; seek out thought partners.
- Partner with the Dean of Students to support efforts in character development and school culture to facilitate meetings with parents when discussing a student’s academic progress.
- Partner with families to support scholars in academic and social success.
What You’ll Need
- Passion for education and a dedication to Coney Island Prep’s mission
- Steadfast belief that all scholars can achieve at the highest academic levels and deserve an opportunity to succeed in the college of their choice
- Professional demeanor and excellent organizational skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Self-reflective and open to frequent feedback, with the ambition and desire to grow and develop
- An entrepreneurial spirit, embracing the opportunity for creativity and hard work inherent in a growing organization
- A positive, solutions-oriented attitude and drive for excellence
- Willingness to be a team player
- Bachelor’s degree, and at least six years of teaching experience required
- At least two years of school leadership experience preferred
- Cultural competencies to work in low-income communities and a willingness to examine own biases across lines of sameness and difference
- Proven track record of leading students to high academic achievement
- Commitment to using data to drive your instruction
- Maintains professionalism through excellent organizational skills, timeliness, regular communication, and meeting deadlines
- A strong track record of building positive relationships across various stakeholder groups demonstrating a value towards diversity and inclusivity
Who are you?
You’re all in. You believe there is no more urgent task than to educate scholars from low-income backgrounds, so you are committed to the core. Our work is high-energy, fast-paced, tiring and sometimes all-consuming, and you wouldn’t have it any other way. You own your work and when you reach your goals, you reach higher. You work incredibly hard, and are inspired by the urgency of what we do. You aren’t afraid to ask for help, feedback, and support; you’re equally eager to give all of the above. You’re driven by personal accountability, data, and results, and you’re not above doing whatever’s asked. You make friends at work, smile through hectic days, and add a little levity along the way. You have the opportunity to work with scholars, and there’s always someone who’s got your back from coaching you through a challenging day to helping you grow professionally. And while the environment can be fast paced and ever-changing, you’ll have all of the technology and caffeine you need to get the job done.
Who are we?
Coney Island Prep is a college preparatory public charter school in Brooklyn, New York. Merging growth, performance, and commitment, the Coney Island Prep community takes its responsibility to prepare scholars for the college and career of their choice very seriously, but not ourselves. We balance our sense of ownership and responsibility with humility and levity and support each other every step of the way. Coney Island Prep currently serves over 1,000 scholars across its four schools, including:
- 290 scholars in kindergarten – second grade at the lower elementary school
- 290 scholars in third – fifth grade at the upper elementary school
- 320 scholars in sixth – eighth grades at the middle school
- 350 scholars in ninth-twelfth grade at the high school
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Coney Island Prep is committed to building a team that collectively reflects the various backgrounds, experiences, and identities of our scholars. We recognize and respond to different points of access, so that everyone maximizes their highest potential. We also recognize that because of institutionalized racism and systemic oppression, historically marginalized groups are at a disadvantage when it comes to most application and hiring processes. We want to ensure that all candidates, regardless of their identity, are able to demonstrate their qualifications and are not limited by a lack of opportunity or access. We are also committed to creating a space where everyone feels like all aspects of their identity are acknowledged, respected, and welcomed. We are intentional about creating an environment where people feel comfortable being their authentic selves at work by constantly examining our organization culture and challenging our traditions.
Our Response and Responsibilities During the Pandemic
Recognizing how this pandemic disproportionally affects communities of color, we have taken steps to meet our mission in a number of ways. In addition to sharing our blueprint in approaching virtual and distance learning, we have allocated resources for familial support, distributed hundreds of devices to sustain techquity amongst scholars, and provided over 100,000 meals throughout the South Brooklyn neighborhood to date.
As we have navigated our return to school and broader COVID-19 recovery efforts, it is clearer than ever before that having all staff members fully vaccinated is an exceedingly important aspect of protecting the health and safety of our school community. We know that educators city-wide will continue to lead the movement for safe and healthy school communities, and we are excited to be a part of that! To adhere to New York City’s mandate, all Coney Island Prep staff members will be required to be fully vaccinated. If you are not yet vaccinated and looking to do so, we will be more than happy to provide resources to assist in that process.
Benefits and Compensation
- Employees at Coney Island Prep are provided with a generous salary. Our salaries are highly competitive, set through a lens of equity, and based on an individual’s skills and experiences relevant to the role. The starting salary range for this position is $100,000-$110,000, based on experience.
- As a regular full time employee of Coney Island Prep, you will be eligible for benefits that include medical, dental, vision, and life insurance as well as a 403(b) retirement benefit package with match and Paid Family Leave.
- Staff are provided with a MacBook Air and access to all the necessary technology and resources needed to succeed in their role.
Are you “All In?” This position starts July 1, 2022. To apply, head to our Careers Page!
Coney Island Preparatory Public Charter School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, national origin, citizenship or disability. We want Coney Island Prep to be a place where scholars and staff of all backgrounds, experiences, and identities feel as though they feel valued and can excel.