Middle School Academic Director
Brooklyn, New York
WHO WE ARE
Explore Schools is a network of public charter schools providing 2,000 students in Brooklyn with the outstanding education they deserve. We strive to provide students with the academic skills and critical-thinking abilities they need to succeed in a college-preparatory high school.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe that all children can learn when immersed in a rich environment full of high expectations, rigorous academics, and caring, committed adults. We believe equity and excellence are not mutually exclusivewe can meet the needs of all students in our schools, while actively engaging parents and driving toward excellent academic results. We believe it is both our privilege and responsibility to help close the opportunity gap in the Brooklyn community.
WHO YOU ARE
Explore Schools seeks an experienced educational leader who demonstrates a drive toward excellence and is passionate about serving all students. The ideal candidate is an outstanding leader and manager of adults, who believes and invests in developing talent, while possessing a strong understanding of academic rigor and effective instruction. Successful Academic Directors creatively and stubbornly implement the right solutions to ensure that all of our students have the tools they need to attend a college preparatory high school and beyond.
Committed to working in under-served communities
Experience coaching teachers or managing adults, required
Outstanding content knowledge throughout grades 6-8
Data-oriented: you use data to set goals and measure success
An eye for detail: you sweat the little things and provide differentiated approaches to instructional coaching
Exceptional verbal and communication skills: can pivot communication styles depending on desired outcomes and audience
4+ years of teaching experience, preferably in an urban charter school
Master's Degree in Education, preferred
WHAT YOU'LL DO
Academic Directors are directly responsible for the coaching, growth, and evaluation of the teachers they supervise. Working closely and reporting to the school Principal, you will be expected to manage the following daily:
Collaborate with the leadership team to identify academic priorities, set measurable goals to achieve priorities and monitor progress towards goals
Make decisions that are strategic, intentional, and grounded in data
Thoughtfully engage and invest families and community stakeholders in Explore's work
Ensure that teacher's professional development goals are being met through direct, targeted coaching
Partner with the instructional leadership team to continually assess professional development needs and execute on a differentiated approach to meet those needs
Collaborate with the instructional leadership to continually assess the development of instructional team members and execute on a differentiated approach to meet their needs
Oversee the systems, practices, and cycles of assessment and the constant use of date to drive student performance
Implement school-wide procedures and policies to ensure student safety
Work closely with the Explore Schools network office to recruit and select new staff members
BENEFITS AND PERKS
Explore staff enjoy a competitive salary and benefits, generous vacation-including network shutdown days, considerable matching of retirement contribution, and more.
Additionally, you can expect:
Professional development: teachers participate in weekly PD, year-round retreats and trainings, and on-going coaching by professionals
Continued education support: staff are eligible to receive some scholarship towards qualifying certification costs or higher education tuition
Flexible and reflective leadership: dedicated to staff development, and committed to direct and sensitive communication
Driven and passionate colleagues who contribute to a professional and collaborative work environment
Explore is a network of 8 charter schools located in the Canarsie, Crown Heights, and Flatbush communities of Brooklyn, NY. Our network office is located in DUMBO, Brooklyn. This role is based in one of our 8 schools, and requires some travel to our network office.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Explore Schools is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran or military status.