Elementary School Principal in Residence
PAVE Academy Charter School - Brooklyn, NY

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School Description: PAVE Academy Charter School (PAVE) prepares Kindergarten to 8th grade students to thrive in competitive high schools and four-year colleges. PAVE provides its students with a rigorous academic program and a community built on the school’s core values of Perseverance, Achievement, Vibrance, and Excellent character. The school opened in August 2008 with approximately 88 Kindergarten and 1st grade students and will add an additional grade each year until it serves nearly 450 students in Kindergarten – 8th grade. In 2012 – 2013, PAVE serves nearly 300 students in grades Kindergarten – 5th grade. In the winter of 2013, PAVE will submit an application to open a second school, which would open in Fall 2014.

Position Summary: PAVE Academy Charter School seeks a dynamic and powerful instructional leader to serve as an Elementary School Principal in Residence (PIR). This candidate will serve as the PIR during the 2013-2014 school year, with the intention of leading PAVE’s second school as its Founding Elementary School Principal. On a day-to-day basis, the PIR will take on the responsibilities of an Academic Dean, and assist the Principal with additional responsibilities. As the residency progresses, the PIR will begin strategic planning for the opening of the school, begin recruitment for the founding staff and collaborate with essential stakeholders in the school’s community to ensure a strong opening. Ideal candidates are individuals who have demonstrated exceptional academic results in the classroom, have persevered and overcome challenges, and are aligned with PAVE’s core beliefs and educational philosophy.


  • Embody, advocate and operationalize the mission, vision, and strategic direction of PAVE
  • Establish a positive and achievement-oriented culture which reflects PAVE Academy’s core values and high expectations
  • Meet rigorous targets for readiness by showing results in the areas of personal leadership, data and assessment, curriculum and instruction, observation, hiring, recruitment, supervision, and school culture development
  • In coordination with the Lower School Principal, supervise and coach teachers by visiting classrooms to observe instruction, model effective instructional practices, provide support, and give feedback.
  • Guide and inspire teachers through the process of collaborative reflection and planning
  • Support teacher analysis and use of assessment data to reflect on teaching practice, make instructional decisions, inform lesson plans, and meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Serve as an active participant of the Instructional Leadership Team and the School Leadership Team, as appropriate
  • Plan and lead professional development
  • Create an action plan for a strong opening of PAVE’s second school in collaboration with the organization’s leaders.
  • Engage and communicate effectively with parents
  • Meet and manage requirements for students with special needs and ELL needs
  • Contribute to and implement a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum
  • Observe demo lessons in the hiring process
  • Implement a consistent behavior management system
  • Assist in behavior concerns and discipline that extend beyond the classroom, as needed
  • Visit and learn from high performing schools in NYC and from across the country
  • Receive coach training on specific soft and hard skills
  • Teach 1-2 hours per day, as needed
  • Complete other duties as outlined by the organization’s leaders

Qualifications and Experience

  • Unwavering belief in and complete alignment to PAVE Academy’s mission, core values, and educational philosophy that all students can go to and graduate from college
  • Demonstrated high academic results, specifically in terms of ELA and Math proficiency on New York State Exams
  • Minimum of five years of teaching and/or instructional leadership experience in middle schools, preferably in an urban setting
  • Demonstrated experience setting up strong classroom culture which translates to high academic and behavioral expectations
  • Deep curricular and developmental understanding of student learning in grades K-4
  • Positive and personable with an ability to relate to various constituencies and inspire
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • A relentless work ethic, a high degree of patience, and grit to push through challenges
  • High energy with the ability to multi-task and execute quickly
  • Strong judgment, initiative, and decision making
  • A willingness to be held accountable
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a team
  • Technological expertise and adaptability
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • The desire and humility to grow as a leader and truly serve the school before oneself
  • Ability to deliver a direct and difficult message while remaining warm and supportive
  • Bachelor’s Degrees (required), Master’s Degree (preferred)


Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Substantial merit bonuses will be awarded each year based on student academic performance and other metrics established by the Executive Director. In addition to financial compensation, all PAVE staff members are equipped with a laptop computer, email, necessary supplies, and extensive professional development.

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