An Invitation to Apply for the Position of

Alumni Fellowship

at Coney Island Preparatory Public Charter School

Brooklyn, New York


What is the Role?

The mission of Coney Island Prep is to prepare every scholar for the college and career of their choice. Part of the fulfillment of our mission is providing an opportunity for former CIP students to work at their alma mater in various capacities. The CIP Alumni Fellowship is a merit-based employment opportunity that serves as a gateway into an alumni's first job. It is a two-year program designed to not only provide specific instructional and non-instructional opportunities for Coney Island Prep alumni who have recently graduated from college but to develop a pipeline of leaders to lead Coney Island Prep into the future.


Non-instructional Track

Coney Island Prep is looking for an amazing, dedicated Operations Associate to join us for the 2022-2023 school year! The mission of the school’s Operations Team is to make teaching better and easier by directly supporting the academic program. The Operations Associate position is integral to the success of this mission, as they will ensure our staff and our scholars have everything they need to be successful and that information is passed effortlessly and seamlessly between scholars, parents and staff.

The OA will implement systems, providing feedback where necessary or needed, so that Coney Island Prep runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis. They will often serve as the first point of contact for all students, families and visitors to Coney Island Prep and will play a key role in the school’s daily workings -- providing support to teammates on student data and files, compliance tasks, and stocking shelves and beautifying the school.  They will help their teammates to coordinate and communicate the initiatives of the Operations Team at large.  The OA will be hired by the Director of Operations (DOO).  The OA will be part of a single Elementary Operations Team that supports two schools (Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary).  Your work responsibilities will be divided up across the two schools and you can expect to receive feedback from teammates and leaders at both campuses.  A formal reporting structure (either to the Associate DOO at the Lower Elementary or the DOO at the Upper Elementary) will be determined before the start of the school year.


Instructional Track

The Apprentice Teacher position is a great opportunity for recent college graduates who are interested in a career in education, but do not have prior teaching experience or New York state certification. Offers to become a Coney Island Prep Apprentice Teacher are contingent upon acceptance into the Relay Graduate School of Education Teaching Residency, a two-year apprenticeship that allows you to gain valuable experience by taking on responsibilities both inside and outside of the classroom while receiving exceptional professional development throughout the year.  Upon successfully completing the program, residents receive a Masters in the Art of Teaching (M.A.T.) degree and New York state certification.

The total cost of the Masters degree is highly subsidized through AmeriCorps grants and financial aid from Coney Island Prep, lowering the out-of-pocket expenses to just $1,500 per year which, as an Alumni Fellow, is totally covered by CIP. Your schedule as an Apprentice teacher will be created to accommodate your classes at Relay, and the support you receive from Coney Island Prep will be in conjunction with your coursework.  As an Apprentice Teacher, you will receive training in many aspects of teaching, including mindsets and professionalism, classroom management, and teaching a rigorous, complete lesson.


What You’ll be Asked to do (includes, but not limited to)

Non-instructional Track

  • Scholar and Family Communication
  • Support a warm, welcoming main office environment for families by building relationships and providing top notch customer service
  • Professionally respond to all incoming and provide support on outgoing communication between scholars, families and staff (including mailings, letters home, phone calls, emails, etc.)
  • Serve as a point of contact for the school on all phone communication including, but not limited to, answering the phones and taking messages
  • Support daily attendance procedures to ensure accuracy of data and clear, daily communication with families
  • Maintain the main office workspace for aesthetics and function, including the inventorying and organization of supplies/materials, scholar concerns and visitor systems
  • Track completion of all parent and student-facing surveys, RSVPs, permission slips, and other relevant documentation
  • Enrollment and Student Data
  • Support teammates in working to maintain and update student files for current and accurate academic, family contact, health, medication, parental permission and all other documentation to ensure compliance with state mandates
  • Engage in relevant data entry to ensure student information systems are accurate and updated with current student data
  • Support summer and mid-year enrollment efforts by making calls to prospective families
  • Inventory, Facilities, and Technology
  • Execute the Operations Manager’s detailed inventory systems to ensure the school always has the materials necessary to function without downtime
  • Work with teammates to maintain the school’s physical condition - ensure that all spaces are neat, organized, beautiful and optimized for their designated use
  • Maintain classroom and shared-space technology (projectors, copiers, etc.) to make teaching better and easier for all staff
  • Operational Support
  • Respond urgently and in-the-moment to support academic programming and student needs  
  • Act as first point of contact for all scholar health needs
  • Assist teammates in planning and executing all student and family events, including family conferences, field trips, etc.
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Help execute arrival, lunch, dismissal, transportation and other whole-school systems (specific duties will vary by campus)
  • Additional support at the request of the Director of Operations


Instructional Track

  • Assume a high level of personal responsibility for the progress of all students
  • Create academically rigorous and culturally relevant lesson plans, materials, and assessments, and differentiate as needed
  • Teach engaging, rigorous, and relevant lessons daily
  • Communicate effectively with all stakeholders, including scholars, families, and staff
  • Commit to a school culture of consistency by implementing school-wide systems, structures, and procedures while reflecting on one’s own implicit biases
  • Reflect on various data sources to improve your practice
  • Take on a proactive role in creating a positive, structured, results-oriented and fun school that supports the needs of students of various abilities and experiences


What You’ll Need

  • Maintains professionalism through excellent organizational skills, timeliness, regular communication, and meeting deadlines
  • Believes families are essential to scholars’ academic success and therefore actively leverages families perspectives in their day-to-day work 
  • Eagerness to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Growth mindset and openness to receiving feedback
  • Willingness to take on physical and sometimes menial tasks necessary for the greater good
  • Flexible and open to being interrupted and getting back on task in a highly reactive role
  • Interpersonal skills to foster excellent relationships with families, scholars, vendors, and staff across lines of sameness and difference
  • Passionate dedication to Coney Island Prep’s mission, with a steadfast belief that all students deserve preparation for the college and career of their choice
  • Detail and solutions-oriented mindset
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, embracing the opportunity for creativity and hard work
  • Ability to prioritize appropriately, with a demonstrated ability to distinguish between the urgent and the important
  • Basic Excel and word processing proficiency is a plus
  • Some prior work experience in a customer service oriented field preferred but not required -- either as a receptionist, office manager, administrative employee, or in retail
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Bonus points for Spanish, Cantonese, or Russian proficiency


Who are you?

You’re all in.  You believe there is no more urgent task than to educate students 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 students, 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 students 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 three 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


Our 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.


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 salaries for this role are $58,500 for Operations Associate, and $52,000 plus fully paid tuition for Apprentice Teacher.
  • 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, resources, and hugs needed to succeed in their role.


Are you “All In?” Our non-instructional role starts in May/June 2022 and our instructional roles start July/August 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 students and staff of all backgrounds, experiences, and identities feel as though they feel valued and can excel.

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