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CONNECTICUT ADVOCACY MANAGER

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CONNECTICUT ADVOCACY MANAGER

BACKGROUND: The Northeast Charter Schools Network (NECSN) is the membership and advocacy organization for public charter schools in New York and Connecticut. The organization was established in 2000 originally as the New York Charter Schools Association and in 2013 expanded its work into Connecticut. Our mission is to support and grow the high-quality charter school movement in both states, which we do through advocacy, public awareness and school support services. It is the only statewide charter school advocacy organization in New York and Connecticut and is the only regional charter association in the country.

POSITION: Reporting to the Connecticut State Director, the Connecticut Advocacy Manager will serve as a liaison to schools and engage Connecticut’s public charter schools in our state and local advocacy work. They will work closely with the Connecticut team to build and support relationships with the state’s charter schools, community partnerships (faith leaders, government and community leaders etc.) and support NECSN's state and local advocacy campaigns.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Build and maintain relationships with NECSN member schools, school leaders, staff, and parents in the state. Build partnerships and represent NECSN in coalitions with other advocacy and community-based organizations. Assist with new school development projects.
  • Engage member schools to become more involved in NECSN's state and local advocacy efforts. Work with NECSN's communications team to elevate the voices of NECSN's member schools in Connecticut media. Keep member schools informed of important legal and policy developments affecting charter schools.
  • Engage Connecticut charter school communities in state and local advocacy campaigns, including legislative advocacy, public hearings, and earned media efforts. Host and/or co-host events that build community within Connecticut’s education advocacy movement.
  • Support NECSN's member services team by identifying member school needs and connecting schools to advocacy and/or school improvement services, as appropriate.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Deep commitment to NECSN’s mission that public charter schools are a vital way to provide access to high quality educational options to students
  • Prior experience with charter schools and/or education advocacy preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least two to three years of professional experience, preferably in education, education policy or advocacy
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated leadership ability to motivate others and connect with school communities
  • Experience working with diverse range of communities
  • Strong project management or organizational skills
  • Demonstrated record as both a team player and a self-starter, including exceptional organization and time management skills, a demonstrated ability to design a work plan, prioritize and meet goals under pressure, a good sense of humor and an innovative spirit
  • Ability to work non-traditional hours, including weekday evenings and weekends
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment with multiple and varied assignments
  • Ready and willing to provide thought-leadership on new projects and tasks
  • Positive can-do attitude and willingness to go the extra mile
  • Microsoft Excel and database experience preferred, but not required
  • Ability to work non-traditional hours, including weekday evenings and some weekends

The position is based out of New Haven, but will require travel throughout the state and to the state capitol in Hartford, particularly during the legislative session. This position is available immediately and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and we offer a comprehensive benefits package.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume and writing sample not to exceed ten pages to ymenon@necharters.org and include “Connecticut Advocacy Manager - [YOUR NAME]” in the subject line.

At NECSN, we deeply value the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our staff in strengthening our collective work and mission to deliver a great education to all kids. NECSN is an equal opportunity employer and we highly encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.


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RACS Founding Principal

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Rochester Academy Charter School is seeking a certified School Administrator for the role of Founding Principal for its new K-5 Elementary School. RACS will be enrolling kindergarten and first grade students for 2018-19 school year. 

The Founding Principal will be responsible for researching a sustainable curriculum and material options for K-5, preparing a budget, developing a comprehensive plan for elementary school as part of the RACS’ next five-year strategic plan, designing a classroom layout for kindergarten and first grade, hiring and recruiting school staff, communicating with parents and searching for grants.  This is an opportunity for a leader to develop a new school building from the ground up.  

The following are the general roles and responsibilities of the Elementary School Principal:

  • Setting and promoting an instructional vision for the building
  • Teacher Observation and Evaluation
  • Supervision of Mentoring Program
  • Supervision of Curriculum and Lesson Plans
  • Coordination of Staff Meetings and RtI Process
  • Coordination of assessments and state tests
  • Supervision of Data Driven Instruction
  • Working as a member of the Hiring Committee
  • Determining Textbook, Hardware and Software needs and placing orders
  • Supervision of Discipline
  • Review of Code of Conduct
  • Parent communication around issues effecting students
  • Supervision of student arrival and dismissal
  • Monitoring student tardiness and absenteeism
  • Maintaining orderliness in the building, cafeteria and hallways
  • Supervising school staff
  • Submitting required reporting including VADIR (Violent and Disruptive Incident Reporting) and DASA (The Dignity for All Students Act) state reports
  • Conducting emergency drills

The successful candidate will work closely with the current administrators.  Elementary and early childhood experience is preferred.  This is a great opportunity for a newly certified administrator, or a person seeking urban administrative experience. NYS certification as a School District or Building Administrator is preferred, but Certificate of Internship and out-of-state certification will also be considered. The Elementary School Principal will be a part of New York State Teachers Retirement and will be eligible for competitive salary, including health and dental benefits.  To apply, click here.

RACS is growing! We have been approved for a full-term, five-year charter renewal and a full expansion, and over the next five years we will become a K-12 School. 

 


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Eugenio María de Hostos Charter School Elementary Principal

 

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Eugenio María de Hostos Charter School Elementary Principal

CEO/Chairman -Julio Vázquez 

Executive Director - Maycanitza Pérez 

Elementary Principal – Carol L. Jones 

Secondary Principal - Christine Caluorie-Poles 

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PRINCIPAL - ELEMENTARY 

SALARY RANGE: $90,000-$100,000 

Summary of Position: 

Eugenio María de Hostos Charter School is in its 18th year of operation as a K-10 school, serving over 700 students. EMHCS offers a dual language program in grades K-2. Our school is fortunate to have staff, students and parents working together to create partnerships for learning. We seek to hire a talented, experienced and energetic individual who can supervise, facilitate and lead the daily operations of our K-6 Grades. EMHCS is part of the NYS Retirement System. 

Responsibilities: 

Professional knowledge 

  • • Select and assign personnel based on knowledge of abilities, qualifications, past performances, and school needs 
  • • Demonstrates knowledge of the curriculum 
  • • Demonstrates knowledge of Dual Language Programs 
  • • Demonstrates knowledge of Expeditionary Learning 
  • • Lead curriculum development activities providing opportunities and encouragement for increased staff program expertise and involvement 
  • • Implement the approved curricular scope and sequence in the school settings 
  • • Administer systematic and effective methods of objectively monitoring student progress 
  • • Demonstrate a knowledge of multiple measures of data (demographic, perception, school process and student learning) analysis and how to use the information to improve teaching and learning to obtain positive results 
  • • Utilize tests results in analyzing program effectiveness and identifying areas needing improvement 
  • • Demonstrate continued personal growth through participation in professional activities and organizations 
  • • Evaluate progress toward instructional goals and objectives and make needed adjustments 
  • • Provide leadership in identifying and solving issues and problems facing the profession 

Grades K – 1 1069 Joseph Avenue, Rochester, New York 14621 585-697-7115 Grades 2 – 10 27 Zimbrich Street, Rochester, New York 14621 585-544-6170 www.emhcharter.org 

 

Ability: Ability to apply common sense and understanding to potentially technical situations. Ability to establish and impart tasks necessary to complete a project, conveying understanding and priority to others. Has the ability to establish logical sequencing, trouble-shooting, problem-solving and decision-making skills. 

Ability - Effective strategies and activities 

  • • Effectively supervise the instructional performance of the professional staff through frequent and ongoing observation and evaluation 
  • • Provide assistance to the professional staff in building an effective community of student learners that promote citizenship 
  • • Act as role model for expected staff behavior by demonstrating leadership, management, and instructional skills 
  • • Implement an effective orientation program for newly assigned personnel 
  • • Demonstrate prudent risk taking and vision in the interest of school improvement 
  • • Administer the school budget in accordance with system regulations and board policies and legal requirements 
  • • Demonstrate continued personal growth through participation in professional activities and organizations 
  • • Establish and clearly communicate program of teacher evaluation 

 

Effectively plans and prepares 

  • • Develop and implement administrative procedures consistent with federal law, state school law, and school board policy 
  • • Make decisions in consideration of alternatives, consequences, and applicable research 
  • • Promote the incorporation of community resources in the school programs 
  • • Provide for the maintenance of accurate and current personnel, student, and fiscal records 
  • • Establish and /or maintain safety and security arrangements for school plant facilities and equipment 
  • • Supervise health, guidance, and attendance services to insure the humane treatment of all students 
  • • Supervise the preparation of accurate budgets and effectively monitor expenditures 
  • • Ensure the accurate and efficient preparation of required reports and requisitions 

 

Human relations 

  • • Develop and maintain positive staff morale 
  • • Interact directly with parent groups to promote positive school-community relations 
  • • Encourage parent visits and involvement in school activities 
  • • Differentiate ways to encourage and increase parent’s involvement 
  • • Provide appropriate orientation and induction programs for teachers and staff members 
  • • Demonstrate fair and equitable treatment of all teachers, staff, and students 

Grades K – 1 1069 Joseph Avenue, Rochester, New York 14621 585-697-7115 Grades 2 – 10 27 Zimbrich Street, Rochester, New York 14621 585-544-6170 www.emhcharter.org 

 

Interaction with students 

  • • Establish high expectations for student achievement that are directly communicated to students 
  • • Maintain adequate student discipline through the implementation of progressive discipline in alignment with EMHCS code of conduct 
  • • Provide for adequate supervision and acceptable student behavior at all sanctioned and sponsored events 
  • • Encourage and allow students and student organizations to give meaningful and appropriate input to the operation of the school 
  • • Demonstrate an understanding of students and the diversity of their needs 
  • • Demonstrate fair and equitable treatment of all teachers, staff and students 

 

Communication Skills: Ability to read, write and interpret documents such as curriculum guides, budgets, test results, grant applications, statutes and policies. Ability to understand, generate written memorandums, employee evaluations, and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively to individuals and groups. 

Communication 

  • • Define, articulate and promote the internalization of the school’s philosophy 
  • • Implement an effective method of reporting student progress 
  • • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing with various elements of the school community 
  • • Effectively communicate and support the management team decisions and school board policies 
  • • Provide for systematic, two-way communication with teachers, staff and the community 

 

Time Management 

  • • Ensure the student and teacher schedules are developed which promote school objectives and minimize conflict 
  • • Establish clear rules and expectations for the use of time allocated to instruction 
  • • Complete assigned instructional and operational tasks on time 

 

Qualification Requirements: 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function effectively. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. 

Requirements 

  • • Ability to manage, inspire and lead staff and support student needs 
  • • Experience and ability to work with small or large groups of students and adults 
  • • Ability to cope and deal with students 
  • Must have excellent communication skills 
  • • Must show strong observational skills 
  • • Ability to encourage students to learn and succeed 

Grades K – 1 1069 Joseph Avenue, Rochester, New York 14621 585-697-7115 Grades 2 – 10 27 Zimbrich Street, Rochester, New York 14621 585-544-6170 www.emhcharter.org 

 

 

  • • Ability to maintain productive relations and positive attitude towards students 
  • • Must be able to interact positively with others 
  • • Must be sensitive to each family’s values, beliefs, traditions and cultural influences 

 

All employees of the Eugenio María de Hostos are expected to demonstrate 

  • • A commitment to the vision and mission of the school 
  • • Acceptance, appreciation and respect for cultural diversity 
  • • A commitment to continuous professional growth 
  • • A commitment to work cooperatively and effectively with other staff members 
  • • A sense of flexibility in working with an expanding school 
  • • A commitment and passion for improving the education of children 
  • • The ability to reflect on one’s own performance 

 

Education / Experience 

  • • Masters Degree 
  • • Five (5) years of appropriate teaching experience 
  • • New York State Teacher Certification 
  • • Minimum of two (2) years of leadership experience as a teacher and/or school administrator 
  • • New York State Certification for School Administration/Supervisor (SAS) or School Building Leader (SBL) preferred 
  • • Ability to communicate in both English and Spanish preferred but not required 
  • • Must have a working knowledge of computers and their capabilities 

 

Application Procedures: 

Interested candidates should submit the following information via email by February 16, 2018

▪ Letter of Interest 

▪ Resume 

▪ 3 Reference Letters 

▪ Valid Certificates 

 

Materials should be sent to Maycanitza Pérez (Executive Director) mperez@emhcharter.org 

Deadline: February 16, 2018 

Interviews Begin: week of March 19, 2018 

Starting Date: July 1, 2018 


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