Managing Director of Schools
Success Academy Charter Schools - New York, NY

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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 5,000 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 20,000 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 Approach
Success 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.”

Results
Success 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 www.successacademies.org .

Responsibilities:

Specifically, the Managing Director of Schools will be responsible for the following:

Supervision, Management, and Coaching
  • Managing and leading principals, 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 managers, staff managers and communicators;
  • Honing school leaders’ abilities to move their teachers from good to great through SACS’s Teacher Improvement Cycle;
  • Developing school leaders’ to manage performance through setting and tracking performance goals, conducting performance reviews, assessing the team and making decisions about who should return the next year all while building 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 Leadership
  • Collaborating with Instructional Management team 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;
  • Analyzing the various model elements and providing feedback to leaders that can immediately improve their practice as instructional leaders;
  • 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 reform
To apply

Please upload a resume and cover letter that outlines how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the Managing Director of Schools position.

Resumes without cover letters will not be reviewed.

Success Academy Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.

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At Success Academy, we are redefining what's possible in public education. Our schools rank in the top 1% in math and top 3% in English...