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Chief of Elementary Schools

Company: Achievement First
Location: New York
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:

About Achievement First
Achievement First (AF) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that currently supports 41 public charter schools in New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. AF has consistently been rated one of the top charter school networks in the country, and we are still learning and growing. The majority of our students are Black and Latinx children from low-income families who will be the first in their families to graduate from college. We currently employ more than 2,000 staff - 47% of whom identify as Black, Latinx, or Multi-racial - who collectively educate nearly 15,000 students in Brooklyn, NY; Providence, RI; and New Haven, Bridgeport, and Hartford CT.
The mission of Achievement First is to deliver on the promise of equal educational opportunity for all of America's children. We know that every child-regardless of race, zip code, or economic status-deserves access to great schools. At AF, our students realize their potential and develop the skills they need to graduate from college, succeed in a competitive world, and serve as the next generation of leaders in our community. At the core of our approach is the shared journey by our students and staff to fulfill our incredible potential. For more information about the Achievement First mission, model, our schools and team, please visit our website at .
Your Impact
The Chief of Elementary Schools is responsible for overseeing our curricular and instructional vision for all 17 elementary schools. This role will directly manage regional superintendents who directly manage a portfolio of schools as they operationalize instruction for Achievement First scholars. - Within the broader network, the Chief of Elementary Schools will collaborate on large-scale initiatives including COVID response, new curriculum adoption, and addressing our value of Leading for Racial Equity through our student culture, curriculum and instruction. The Chief of Elementary Schools is a senior leadership role that will report to the Superintendent and serve as a member of AF's senior leadership team ("the Operating Team") and will partner with other senior leaders to move the organization powerfully forward.

  • Lead the AF organizational approach to improving academic results at the elementary schools - through goal setting, progress monitoring, and performance management.
  • Serve on the AF Operating Team with other senior leaders to provide strategic leadership and driving organizational strategy. -
  • Manage the Regional Superintendents to unlock their potential as individuals and team leaders driving a strong core program at their respective sites. This includes regular 1:1 coaching meetings with all direct reports, project updates and coaching aligned to learning and development goals and action planning; participation in coaching meetings with managers to assess learning and development goals, progress to goals and overall elementary school health, progress to vision and team management. - -
  • Lead team and network meetings including planning, agenda setting and execution for check-ins, coaching meetings, team meetings (i.e. cross-model content meetings, classic and GF meetings). This includes participation in and sometimes leading network-level meetings regarding COVID response; school culture across academy levels, addressing LRE, periodic Operating Team calls, and Regional Superintendent meetings.
  • Plan/provide direct PD to leaders in cohort or dean development windows
  • Conduct observations, including direct reports leading professional development sessions, facilitating meetings, and/or check-ins with their direct reports. -

    Candidate Profile
    An ideal candidate will support AF core values and be a results-oriented, determined, skilled leader with a strong track record of results. - The successful candidate will have a bachelor's degree, with a graduate degree in education preferred. - Additional requirements include: a teaching certificate and training in leadership, team management, data analysis/curriculum, and program design/management. -
    An ideal candidate will demonstrate competency in the following areas:

    • Proven relationship manager with the ability to coach and set measurable goals to ensure ongoing development of the team, with a minimum of five years leading, coaching and managing other direct reports
    • Knowledge of data analysis, selection, performance management, curriculum development, teaching and learning pedagogy, disciplinary content knowledge, assessment design and evaluation, teaching evaluation, team management, vision building and development, and instructional coaching.

      In addition, the following characteristics are required to be successful on this team:

      • Expertise in overall health and vision of academic and school models, including school design, management, school operations, staffing and finance. -
      • Experience as a teacher, teacher-coach, school leader and district leader, in an urban setting preferred
      • A demonstrable commitment to pursuing equity
      • A strong track record of experience and results as a trusted member of an organization's senior leadership team
      • Excellent communication and influencing skills to interact effectively with all levels of the organization and the school network
      • Exceptional strategic, analytical, and critical thinking skills. - -

        Achievement First sets salaries through a lens of equity, and based on the requisite skills, education, and experience relevant to the role. In order to uphold our commitment to equity, Achievement First does not negotiate pay. Achievement First offers to all regular, full-time employees a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid time off, medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, a 403(b) retirement benefit package with match, and paid Family Leave. -
        Apply by completing our online application form.
        Achievement First requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees. Reasonable accommodations based on a qualifying disability or sincerely held religious belief are being considered in accordance with applicable law. to read our full policy.
        Achievement First is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus. You can learn more about diversity at Achievement First here:

Keywords: Achievement First, New York , Chief of Elementary Schools, Other , New York, New York

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