About the Opportunity
Democracy Prep Public Schools seeks an Assistant Superintendent who will coach, support, and develop school leaders to fulfill their vision and meet their goals. This Assistant Superintendent will join Democracy Prep at a pivotal moment as the network crafts the vision for who we will be as codified in our strategic plan and will play a key role in ensuring school leaders are able to meet the goals set out in the strategic plan in service of our scholars and families. As organization leaders, the Assistant Superintendent will provide the support and coaching that ensure the success of our schools and school leaders.
This role is based in New York City. Priority will be given to applications submitted by Friday, April 23rd.
Who You Are
- A leader and education reformer with an unwavering commitment to the Democracy Prep mission of college success and authentic civic engagement for all scholars, especially those with significant challenges.
- A highly-effective educator who has a clear track record of raising student achievement for at least seven years as both a teacher and a school leader.
- A self-reflective and self-aware leader who is dedicated to and supports Democracy Prep's commitment to antiracism and who is eager to further a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- A professional who values diverse perspectives and is committed to empowering young people and to lifting up and working alongside communities.
- An expert at translating academic standards and state assessment requirements into effective instructional design.
- An experienced coach with demonstrated success in building and developing the leadership capacity in others.
- An excellent writer and skilled orator who can easily connect with scholars, families, staff, and community members and effectively tailor communication to multiple stakeholder groups.
- A data-informed leader, adept at data analysis, with the ability to extract meaningful insights from data across multiple schools and who is willing to reevaluate one’s understanding based on new information and data.
- A graduate of a Bachelor’s degree program (required), Master's degree in related field (preferred).
What You’ll Do
- Coach and develop school leaders in leadership focus areas to ensure that schools meet their goals and that scholars make gains in all subject areas by working with school leaders in the following ways:
- Conducting co-observations
- Regularly reviewing data
- Co-creating plans to address strengths and growth areas
- Setting professional development priorities
- Problem solving for network-wide challenges
- Support school leaders in implementing network-wide and region-wide strategic plan priorities and ensure they take root and drive strong culture and results, while taking into account the local context of each individual school leader and school.
- Empower school leaders to pursue innovative approaches and ideas, within clear frameworks, in areas where they have autonomy.
- Work with school leaders to develop strong talent practices within their schools that build a diverse and inclusive community and help leaders further develop their leadership skills.
- With other members of the Office of the Superintendent and other teams within the CMO, develop and execute Executive Director and Principal professional development.
- Serve as key leaders within the fall and spring formal school review process, including leading individual school’s review days, providing effective feedback to school leaders during school review days, and writing clear and comprehensive school review reports.
- Work with school leaders and network teams to help ensure that schools are getting high-quality support from the CMO and that there is a strong working relationship between the school and network.
- Collaborate with the CMO’s special education team to monitor and support schools in meeting the needs of special education scholars and work with internal and external partners to deliver services for scholars.
- Supervise and coach other CMO directors and/or senior directors, such as the Civics Program Director, Arts Education Director, and Athletics Director, within the Office of the Superintendent.
- Serve as a senior leader for Democracy Prep and steward of adult culture who moves the network forward in achieving its goals, helps make decisions about our strategic priorities, and models the network’s core values both to internal and external stakeholders.
Democracy Prep staff members are provided with a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a working environment that includes the necessary technology and resources to succeed.
Democracy Prep is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, domestic violence victim status, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. Our mission is to educate responsible citizen-scholars who will change the world. We strongly believe that by building a DREAM team that represents numerous perspectives, backgrounds, and expertises, we can achieve this goal together. This is a value we highly support and strongly encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.