Great Oaks Legacy Charter School in Newark, NJ is seeking an Elementary School Dean & Instructional Leader to join our team as a member of our campus-based leadership team.
GREAT OAKS LEGACY OVERVIEW
The Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is a high-performing, innovative charter public school in Newark NJ, serving 1,900 students from Pre-K to 12th grade on campuses across the city. Our mission is to prepare public school students for success in college. Great Oaks Legacy students aspire to be some of the highest performing students in the country.
We have high academic and behavioral expectations for our students. Our students, for example, are encouraged to take multiple AP classes before they graduate. We pair rigorous curriculum and teaching with intense personal support from teachers, tutors, and staff. The school's mission is to prepare our students for college success through several key elements:
- Small school – Grade-level cohorts of less 100 students allow each student to feel known and cared for. Our focus is on a sense of community and relationship building with families and students
- More time on task – Longer school days than traditional schools. Weekend sessions and summer school for students who are struggling.
- High expectations – Rigorous, differentiated, college-preparatory coursework from K-12. Advanced Placement and real college courses for all juniors and seniors.
- Effective Instruction – World-class teachers with clear expectations and the support they need to continuously improve.
Great Oaks Legacy is seeking an experienced, like-minded urban educator to join our leadership team. The Elementary School Dean & Instructional Leader is responsible for shaping and sustaining a school culture of discipline and warmth while ensuring that the students internalize the school's values and goals for academic excellence.
The Elementary School Dean & Instructional Leader is responsible for:
The Elementary School Dean & Instructional Leader works to define and build a transformative school culture consistent with the Great Oaks Legacy core values and mission. With the School Director, the Elementary School Dean & Instructional Leader designs and implements programs that recognize and reward students; devises school-wide rituals that promote the culture and sustain the school's values.
Student Management. The Elementary School Dean & Instructional Leader implements behavior management tools, including overseeing staff training in behavior management policies, techniques, and strategies, and ensuring the consistent deployment of such tools school-wide; meets with students referred by teachers for behavioral problems, communicates and meets with the students' parents/guardians, and ensures that consequences for infractions are fairly and consistently implemented throughout the school; creates and implements a detention system for homework completion and behavior; looks for patterns of misbehavior and coordinates appropriate measures as needed with the school leader and other leadership staff; responds to acute behavioral issues; coordinates in-school and out-of-school suspensions, ensuring regulatory compliance; and oversees school safety.
Staff Resource. The Elementary School Dean & Instructional Leader serves as a resource to teachers and fellows on issues of school culture, classroom management, discipline, and relationships with students; and coaches teachers, tutors and staff in holding all students to high and consistent behavioral expectations.
Student Motivation. The Elementary School Dean & Instructional Leader communicates with students – meeting with, listening to, seeking to understand, and convincing them as appropriate – and builds a support network for students. In addition to meeting with students, the Elementary School Dean & Instructional Leader will develop school wide programs to incentivize positive behaviors and create a school-wide identity among the students.
The Elementary School Dean & Instructional Leader will work closely with cross-campus teams to cultivate students' cultural competency, growth, and development.
Documenting Incidents. The Elementary School Dean & Instructional Leader implements and ensures the school-wide use of information technology tools for reporting and documenting infractions, and ensures that proper records are kept of communications with parents regarding discipline. The Elementary School Dean & Instructional Leader drafts weekly and monthly reports for parents, students and leadership team. The Elementary School Dean & Instructional Leader works with staff to ensure school compliance with HIB policies.
- Observe elementary school teachers and conduct feedback/coaching sessions on a weekly basis for the purpose of providing constructive feedback and recommendations.
- Review curriculum and assessments to ensure common core alignment of curriculum and rigorous content standards that drive student growth and promote college readiness.
- Foster a DDI culture among the instructional team, in which data is used to identify trends in assessment results, analyze student growth, including content mastery and skill gaps, and drive the continuation, modification, or addition of strategies to move students to higher levels of achievement.
- Facilitate small and large group discussions between and among the leadership team, teachers, and tutors on issues related to student learning.
- Collaborate with members of the instructional team and school leadership to conduct school-wide instructional needs assessments
- In conjunction with leadership team, develop specific, measurable goals for the instructional team, and identify specific skills, strategies, and programmatic activities to support or extend school-wide learning.
- In conjunction with leadership team, coordinate grade level or department meetings and plan professional development sessions for the purpose of providing targeted support to teachers, teaching assistants, and Tutor Corps members.
- Work with general and special education teachers to develop student interventions and modifications based on data from SRI, SMI, ANet, and other data sources.
Qualifications and Skills
The Elementary School Dean & Instructional Leader must:
- Be relentlessly committed to preparing every student for college
- Possess strong leadership and team skills
- Be a self-aware leader who knows how to treat all members of the school's community with respect, appraises accurately his or her strengths and weaknesses, and is perceptive about how he or she is regarded
- Have superb organizational and self-management skills and be able to handle multiple responsibilities effectively; have strong planning and execution skills; be a goal-oriented and effective problem-solver
- Be dependable
- Be driven to improve the minds and lives of students
- Being dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help all the school's students achieve academic success
- Be passionate about academic learning and insistent on academic excellence and rigor at all times
Candidates must have:
- Minimum of 3 years of experience teaching and driving student growth in an urban school setting.
- Experience coaching teachers as a grade level or department chair strongly preferred.
- Belief that all students have what it takes to be successful.
- Relentless work ethic.
- Demonstrated mastery of elementary content knowledge.
- Curriculum development experience strongly preferred.
- Leadership experience in a high performing, No Excuses school is strongly preferred.
- Standard teaching certification and administrative certificate (supervisor, principal, or administrator endorsement) issued by the NJ Department of Education or out-of-state education department preferred.
- A clear record of elevating student achievement in an urban classroom, with a strong understanding of pedagogy that drives results
- A relentless work ethic
- Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
- Excellent skills of organization and follow-through
- A strong academic record, including a bachelor's degree from an accredited university, strongly preferred.
- Alumni of Teach For America, Education Pioneers, The New Teacher Project, and New Leaders for New Schools are strongly encouraged to apply.
Staff and Reporting Relationships
The Elementary School Dean & Instructional Leader reports to the Campus Director in close collaboration with the admin team, and participates as a member of the school-wide/cross-campus leadership team.