Organization Overview

East Harlem Tutorial Program 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 after-school program for students who attend traditional public schools and a public charter school operator focused on significantly increasing the college graduation rate in East Harlem. Between our after-school programs and charter schools, more than 15,000 East Harlem youth and their families have walked through our doors – and, by participating in our year-long free programs, they have improved their academic skills, developed confidence, and found community.  

EHTP is undergoing a period of rapid growth. We will open East Harlem Scholars Academy High School in 2019 and Scholars Academy II Elementary in 2020, grow our after-school programs, and scale the East Harlem Teaching Residency. EHTP is on track to expand its programs to serve 25% of all East Harlem public school students by 2025.

For more information about EHTP’s mission, model, and programs, please visit

EHTP's Commitment to Racial Equity
EHTP aims to serve as an agent of change and thoughtfully contribute to the national fight for racial equity. Through our organization-wide commitment to anti-racism work, we prepare our scholars to effect change, challenge the status quo, and thrive in the world around them. Furthermore, as staff members we face our own racial identities and conscious and unconscious biases. With this in mind, all of our professional development, curriculum, organizational materials and processes are designed with a goal of racial justice. To read our full racial equity statement, please click here.

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

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