Managing Director of Schools - Success Academy Charter Schools (New York, NY)
Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2012 9:37 PM
Success Academy Charter Schools (SACS) is a not-for-profit charter management organization that operates public charter schools in economically-disadvantaged communities with high concentrations of minority students. In August 2006, SACS opened its first elementary school in Harlem, serving 165 kindergarten and first graders. After seeing dramatic gains in student achievement, and in response to high parent demand, SACS opened three more elementary schools in Harlem in August 2008. Encouraged by their continued success and buttressed by groundbreaking research that proves the efficacy of its approach, SACS opened three additional elementary schools (two in the Bronx and one in Harlem) and its first middle school in August 2010. In 2011, SACS added two elementary schools: one in Brooklyn and one on the Upper West Side. Currently, Success Academy Charter Schools operates 14 schools, serves 5,0 scholars, and has an annual operating budget of $60mm (with 6 additional school openings planned for August 2013). Over the next ten years, SACS will grow to 40 schools serving more than 20,0 scholars.Success Academy Charter Schools' mission is two-fold: to offer children in New York City an exceptional public education that prepares them to graduate from college; and to forever alter the educational prospects for ALL public school children by creating a ""tipping point""-moving a nation where educational failure is the norm to a nation that expects and offers high quality public school options for all children. SACS does this by creating a world class education for its scholars and through active advocacy work throughout New York City, the state and nationally. To SACS, advocacy and education are intertwined-victory on one front advances the other and success at either is not possible without the other. To that end, founder Eva Moskowitz has been front and center pushing to create equal access for all children. She and SACS have received national attention and have been featured in the acclaimed documentaries: Waiting for Superman and The Lottery.Success ApproachSuccess Academy Charter Schools is a charter management organization. Like its peers, SACS operates no-excuses college preparatory schools. However there a number of unique attributes that set SACS apart from other operators. First, Success Academy Charter Schools' explicit dual commitment to education and advocacy is one-of-a-kind. Employees at all levels of the organization know that they are part of something bigger than just closing the achievement gap for their own students. Second, SACS has made a commitment to being an employer of choice for teachers and school leaders, offering bonuses based on world class performance and freeing school leaders to have a singular focus on instruction by removing business and operation functions from their purview. Third, as an organization, SACS' focus on detail and execution is pervasive across its network and is felt immediately upon walking into an SACS classroom or wing in their co-located academies in New York City Public School buildings. Seemingly small decisions about things such as placing sight words on the floors of the hallways, the professional look of their upper grade and middle school classrooms, and the uniforms of the scholars are approached with the same weight as large decisions about instructional approach and the intensive summer leader and teacher training. Finally, SACS prides itself on innovation and educational productivity, incorporating data and technology into their educational approach. Taking advantage of technological advancements, SACS scholars are equipped with Kindles or iPads loaded with leveled reading lists. This provides them an opportunity to learn from and interact with cutting-edge technology, while literally lessening the load of book-heavy backpacks for the upper elementary and middle school students. SACS moves quickly, taking calculated and thoughtful risks to improve the efficiency of education for their students. While SACS is heavily grounded in data, they also embrace thoughtful, coordinated change and improvement based on a gut feeling of ""something's not right here, let's make a change and see if we can do it better.""ResultsSuccess Academy Charter Schools (SACS) operates their academies with a simple premise: every student can succeed. Success Academy Charter Schools' commitment to success demands that all scholars not only meet but also exceed New York State and Common Core standards in all subjects. The laser-like focus that the principals and the teachers have on this goal has paid off-by all standards, Success Academy scholars are reading, writing, and calculating ahead of both their neighbors and their more affluent peers. SACS's results on Fountas and Pinnell (F&P) assessments consistently top the charts, student performance on the nationally-normed tests demonstrate that SACS scholars are reading and calculating at a level higher than their peers, the writing samples consistently rival the work seen by affluent school districts. According to the 2010-2011 state testing data, Harlem Success Academy 1, 2, 3, and 4 (the first cohort of schools to take the state testing exams) top the charts.To read more about Success Academy Charter Schools, please visit w.successacademies.org Responsibilities: OpportunitySuccess Academy Charter Schools is seeking to hire a Managing Director of Schools to lead Success Academy schools to world class performance. The Managing Director of Schools will work closely with the organization's school leaders and leaders-in-training to ensure that they are among the best educators in the country. S/he will be responsible for making sure that all school leaders and leaders-in-training are effectively pushing and supporting their teachers as they reach new heights in classroom instruction. In this newly created position, the Managing Director of Schools will drive student achievement through the efficient implementation of a robust curriculum, assessment and training program, ensuring fidelity and consistency of results as SACS grows to 40 academies throughout New York City.The opportunity to be part of the leadership team at SACS is exciting for a number of reasons. First, SACS's consistently high academic achievement has garnered national attention. Success Academy Charter Schools' CEO, Eva Moskowitz aggressively pushes the envelope with an unflinching goal to provide outstanding public education for all children.Second, Success Academy Charter Schools is on the brink of exploding growth as it is focused on running 40 high-performing elementary and middle schools serving more than 20,0 students over the next ten years. SACS's impressive results and rapid growth trajectory provides high quality, free educational options to thousands of families throughout New York City.This Managing Director of Schools will report to the Chief Operating Officer and will directly manage the school leaders and leaders-in-training.ResponsibilitiesSpecifically, the Managing Director of Schools will be responsible for the following:Supervision, Management, and CoachingManaging and leading nine principals and 13 leadership residents and planning for management of a growing network of 40 schools;Working with school leaders to implement each element of the SACS school model with a critical eye towards continuous improvement;Developing SACS's current and emerging school leaders to be effective time managers, staff managers and communicators;Honing school leaders' abilities to move their teachers from good to great through SACS's extensive Teacher Improvement Cycle;Developing school leaders' to be highly effective at managing performance through teaching them how to set and track performance goals, conduct performance reviews, assess who on the team should return the next year and build a cohesive team and environment of excellence;Coaching school leaders to run effective planning meetings so that each team member knows exactly what to teach, how to teach it, how to assess who learned it and how they will reteach scholars who didn't learn it;Assisting school leaders in planning and training for data-driven instruction.Curricular and Instructional LeadershipCollaborating with the Managing Director of Learning on instructional design, curriculum development, assessment and training so that the performance gaps of the school leaders and teachers are being adequately addressed;Ensuring the high quality implementation of the SACS model including curriculum, assessment, standards, instructional guidelines and school culture;Monitoring the various model elements with a critical eye and providing feedback to leaders that can immediately improve their practice;Tracking key outputs (attendance, tardies, homework and reading log completion, performance on tests), diagnosing trends, and working with the leadership team to ensure SACS consistently surpasses its ambitious goals;Identifying the top academic priorities and developing and executing on a plan for addressing each of those priorities across the network;Identifying, cultivating and disseminating innovations in curriculum across the network;Sourcing best practices across the network and implementing them in all of the Success Academies. Qualifications: The ideal candidate must bring experience and skills in the following areas:A minimum of ten years of experience in a management role;Experience managing a team of high performing leaders through setting goals, communicating clear expectations and providing timely feedback and support; Proven ability to coach others towards becoming superb managers of their own teams; Experience working in a start-up, fast paced, high-growth, entrepreneurial environment; Demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly, succinctly and persuasively such that expectations are clear, timelines are delineated, and excellence is defined;Ability to manage multiple priorities from a variety of sources, organizing and prioritizing effectively to impact areas of greatest need; Experience organizing and running effective meetings across an organization; Ability to deconstruct complex problems and develop coherent, actionable strategies;A bachelor's degree with a preference for a graduate degree in a related field. Candidates for the position must possess the following personal characteristics:A relentless drive for excellence Unwavering determination to be better today than you were yesterday A sense of humor-a must in the world of education Be a good, yet demanding team member-we all need to push for excellence A love of learning A strong belief that all children can achieve A clear passion for education reformSuccess Academy Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.Company Description:Success Academy Charter SchoolsDo you believe that every child can achieve success? Develop a lifelong love of learning? And fulfill his or her potential in college and beyond? This is our belief, and the foundation of our approach to education.To achieve our vision takes a bigger way of thinking. It takes proven methods of teaching that stress joyful rigor, and the flexibility to approach learning in brand-new ways. It takes educators, administrators, and parents who embrace a no-fail attitude for themselves as well as students. It takes a structure that allows scholars to flourish and staff members to see the gratifying results of their extraordinary dedication.With 14 schools serving grades K-8, and six more opening in 2013-2014, we are looking for talented individuals to join us in our mission to change education – for good. If you are ready to experience the personal and professional challenge of a lifetime, we invite you to explore opportunities in teaching, leadership, and operations at SuccessCareers.org.
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