Middle School Leader
TEAM Schools - Newark, NJ

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Position Overview

Over the next few years, TEAM Charter Schools will need school leaders for two new middle schools. The School Leader (principal) is responsible for setting a powerful vision for student achievement and motivating others to follow that vision, and strategically implementing the school’s mission through effective leadership and management of the school’s students and staff. Their leadership will result in an instructional program and school environment that prepares every student for success in college and in life. The School Leader reports to the Executive Director and Chief Academic Officer of TEAM Charter Schools. Excellent candidates will demonstrate an unwavering focus on student achievement, a past record of success with organizational, people, and instructional leadership, and strong evidence of being self-aware, adaptable, a critical thinker and an inspirational leader.

About TEAM Charter Schools:

TEAM Charter Schools is a network of KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) schools in Newark, NJ. As one of KIPP's four key areas of expansion, we believe we are in a highly unique position to affect a tipping point in reversing the achievement gap. Because Newark is large enough to be significant in conversations across the country, small enough for just a few schools to quickly reach a high percentage of students, and culturally ready to invest in meaningful educational reform, we are primed to take advantage of this exceptional opportunity. Already operating four campuses in the city and serving over 1,000 students, within the next three years we will grow to serve 5% of the Newark population and plan to continue growing to ten schools reaching 12.5% of the school-aged population of Newark.

Working at TEAM Charter Schools is about being student-focused. It's about teamwork. It's about having fun, and having the freedom to work in ways that are most successful for our students. It’s also about making an impact in a city that is experiencing a renaissance and on the verge of revolutionizing how America views education in urban communities and constantly improving every day.


The School Leader leads, manages and oversees all functions of the individual school site, including the following duties:
  • Provide instructional leadership for the school site, including: maintaining school-wide focus on high standards of student achievement; ensuring teaching state standards; managing process for analyzing data to increase student achievement; and supporting all teachers and staff members in their professional development
  • Manage all human resources at the school site, including: working with recruitment and human assets teams to recruit and select a high-performing staff, providing professional development opportunities, developing a collaborative team culture, managing performance, and adhering to TEAM Schools policies and state/federal employment laws
  • Develop an effective school community, including: working with parents to better serve students, garnering support from community groups and leaders, and developing positive relationships with sponsoring district and neighborhood schools.
  • Manage all resources at school site, including: working with other TEAM Schools staff members in setting and maintaining a budget that ensures fiscal solvency; planning for future needs; and ensuring compliance with restrictions and reporting requirements.
  • Lead long term strategic planning and medium term process improvement as needed
  • Work in collaboration with TEAM Schools’ principals and support staff to achieve organizational goals
  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned
Skills & Qualifications

Middle school leader applicants should have experience teaching and/or leading in a middle school setting. Typically, KIPP middle schools serve students in grades 5‐8. Well qualified applicants will show overwhelming evidence of student achievement and kid focus. In addition to this, qualified applicants will also possess:
  • Bachelor’s Degree (required); Master’s Degree (preferred)
  • A minimum of 3-5 years teaching in a low income school with demonstrated exemplary student results
  • At least two years of leadership in a low income school with demonstrated exemplary student results
  • Ability to effectively manage instructional and non-instructional personnel
  • Ability to evaluate instructional programs and teaching effectiveness
  • Excellent communication, public relations, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to implement effective business systems in conjunction with the campus operations manager that ensure proper stewardship of school funds
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making
  • Knowledge in the selection, training, and supervision of personnel
  • Cursory knowledge of the laws, rules, procedures, and programs specifically related to the operation of charter schools
  • Unwavering commitment to student success and long-term life outcomes
  • The desire and drive to work long days, late nights and weekends to lead a culture of no excuses.
Application Process

Qualified applicants should submit a resume and cover letter explaining why you wish to lead a TEAM school. Once we receive your application, a member of the recruitment team will reach out to guide you through next steps of the process.

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