Elementary School (K-5) School Director

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Compensation is competitive and based on experience.



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36-24 12th Street
New York
United States


VOICE Charter School (http://www.voicecharterschool.org/) is an elementary and middle school located in Long Island City, Queens that serves about 650 students across grades K-8. We are located just minutes from Manhattan (two stops outside of Manhattan on the F, N, and W train lines) and Long Island City’s growing waterfront district, thriving arts community, and rapid residential growth. We are looking to identify extraordinary educators and administrators committed to urban education who wish to join a dynamic professional learning community.

Our mission is to create a safe and healthy learning environment that will nurture, motivate and challenge all of our children to achieve the highest level of academic excellence and to develop into mindful, responsible, contributing participants in their education, their community and the diverse society in which we live.

What makes VOICE different?

At VOICE, it’s not just about the music. It’s about the people. It’s about what you can be. It’s about using your passion. It’s about relationships. It’s about having the opportunity to choose. It’s about caring enough. It’s about each individual child and adult.

We believe in efficacy. At the core of our academic culture is the idea that all students are capable of doing well in any discipline. At VOICE, all students will learn – being smart is not something that you are, it is something you become. At VOICE, you will be pushed to become more.

We support and develop the effectiveness of our teachers. We believe that teachers need time to collaborate to build their practice, so we provide our team with over two hours of planning time a day as well as additional days for collaborative thought partnership and planning during the school year. 

We promote participation in music and the arts. As music and art help develop problem solving and critical thinking skills and open children's imaginations, all VOICE students participate in and learn from daily activities in the arts including rigorous choral training. We design our arts-integrated curriculum to bring joy and wonder to the lives of our children, providing them with the skills necessary to forge their own path.

All Staff at VOICE:

·        Love and nurture all of our students as they become deeply caring and responsible individuals;

·        Take personal responsibility and work collaboratively to ensure that all students achieve and grow, understanding that the performance and progress of our students is directly under our control;

·        Ask questions and empower students to exercise curiosity and wonder about the world around them;

·        Hold themselves to the highest standards;

·        Push and support themselves, their students, and their colleagues;

·        Proactively seek and incorporate feedback;

·        Help each individual child gain the opportunity to choose what his or her future will be.


Position Responsibilities:

The Elementary School Director supports, coaches, and supervises deans working in Grades Kindergarten-5th grade (this position may allow candidates to specialize in K-2) who directly work with teachers and assistants; collaborates closely with the Middle School Director to develop an aligned instructional and student culture vision across K-8; collaborates with the Director of HR and Talent and the Senior Operations Manager to create integrated system and structures for our staff and students; works with the Executive Director/Principal as part of strategy team to define priorities, identify key strategies, and participate in decision making on organizational wide issues.

Elementary Strategic Planning and Design

  • Conduct interschool visits, attend professional development, and read research to ensure the Elementary School (ES) vision is staying current with emerging trends, content-based, and developmentally appropriate.
  • Academics
  • Design the curriculum for ELA, Math, and Social Studies in Grades K-5
  • Design the vision, program, and pedagogical approaches to be used in grades K-5.
  • Supervise the mapping of skills and content (e.g. Pacing Guide/Curriculum Deadlines; Scope and Sequence; Curriculum Maps); and planning (e.g. design and format of Lesson Plans)
  • Set benchmarks for performance and review school, grade, and teacher level data and measure against goals
  • Oversee the design and execution of summative and formative assessments including interim assessments and data planning cycles
  • Train instructional leaders and faculty on implementation of the curriculum
  • Develop instructional policies and procedures for faculty
  • Design academic policies and procedures for students, such as grading policies
  • Student Culture
  • Develop the vision for school culture and discipline in Grades K-5
  • Develop policies and procedures to ensure student safety and maximize instructional time
  • Train instructional leaders and faculty on execution of student management and culture
  • Approve after school detention and suspension; serve as 2nd round of appeal for suspension decision
  • Review policies for family engagement and attend meetings with families

Elementary School Staff Development and Culture

  • Elementary Dean Development - Hiring, Training, Coaching, and Accountability
  • Meet weekly with each direct report and respond to ongoing needs and concerns.
  • Coach, motivate and manage each direct report based on the needs of each individual and the needs of their department to ensure high academic results and retention of staff
  • Lead ES instructional leadership team, engaging and empowering the team to take action, achieve results, and sustain successful academic programming and administrative functions, while building capacity in the team to drive new, compelling, and purposeful work
  • Design and conduct professional development for deans including August professional development and throughout the year
  • Coordinate execution of faculty professional development (internal and external)
  • Evaluate performance of deans K-5
  • Problem solve emergency situations as they arise; track teacher progress and performance; seek input and guidance on adaptive issues related to instructional challenges; review class and grade level data and measure against goals
  • Supervise Pedagogical Support and Elementary Operations Functions
  • Oversee development and implementation of pedagogical support and elementary operations functions
  • Supervise out of classroom settings such as arrival, transitions, lunch, recess, dismissal, and field trips
  • Serve as final decision maker on faculty hiring and retention for grades K-5
  • Develop and monitor internal pipelines for future school leaders (e.g. NAATE)
  • Fully participate in all administrative meetings, designated school functions such as overnight field trips outside of school hours, and opportunities for individual and school-wide professional development

Elementary School Organizational Health

  • In conjunction with the Director of HR and Talent and the Middle School Director, design structures related to observation, feedback, and evaluation of faculty
  • Maintain relationships with co-located partners as it relates to pedagogical issues; advocate as a client to departments providing services (Data; Operations; Talent Support; etc.)

School Wide Management

  • Personal Leadership and Growth
  • Demonstrate personal growth and development and set an example for others by embodying VOICE’s values of care, efficacy, and wonder; strive for continuous improvement in VOICE’s professional responsibilities and behavioral qualifications; and seek and reflect on feedback and experiences
  • Member of School-Wide Strategy Team
  • Develop and share long-term projects, plans and goals for replication, table of organization, significant staff updates (hirings/terminations/vacancies); contribute to key tools and administrative processes in all aspects of the school 
  • Attend all senior leadership team meetings 
  • Review and provide input on key school documents at the request of the Executive Director or other directors    
  • Observe all classrooms and other student activities to identify school wide trends and provide feedback to deans consistent with instructional and culture vision
  • Board, External Partners and External Facing Communication
  • Attend external partner events as needed
  • Attend all key board and board committee meetings including educational academic accountability meetings when requested by Executive Director

Position Qualifications:

Attitude and Focus

  • Unwavering commitment to VOICE mission, vision, and values
  • M        odels high standards of integrity, trust, openness, and respect for others
  • Operates and follows through on assigned tasks and projects under specific time constraints and by specified deadlines
  • Responds and adapts to developing challenges and obstacles when under pressure calmly and logically to develop working solutions in a timely manner
  •  Is productive and carries fair share of the workload; focuses on quality and expends the necessary time and effort to achieve goals
  •  Seeks to understand and meet and/or exceed the needs and expectations of customers and clients; treats customers and clients with respect
  • Builds and maintains excellent positive relationships with and between senior leaders, team members, and direct reports
  •  Recognizes the constructive value of and embraces feedback
  • R esponds and adapts to developing challenges and obstacles when under pressure calmly and logically to develop working solutions in a timely manner
  • Identifies and seeks to resolve and prevent problems
  • Approaches new challenges as opportunities to improve skills and abilities, seeking advice and feedback to constantly improve
  • Seeks opportunities for personal and professional learning
  • Holds self and team to rigorous standards and regularly incorporates best practices into work

Skills and Knowledge

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, Google calendar, Salesforce and other management apps
  • Ability to build relationships with students, faculty, staff, and families
  • Strong communication skills
  • Coaching and management skills; demonstrated ability to improve others’ performance over time through supervisory relationship
  • Ability to multi-task, set and drive priorities and deadlines, monitor progress towards goals, and track timelines, data and information
  • Ability to influence and facilitate decision-making among multiple and diverse parties
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills including but not limited to data-driven action planning and reading school and classroom climates quickly
  • Ability to collaborate actively, reflect on one’s own practice and implement action steps
  • Exercises discretion regarding sensitive personal and legal information
  • Responds to requests in a professional manner, even in difficult circumstances; provides accurate and timely service
  • Regularly applies feedback and training outcomes to the work to grow continuously in and add value to the role; uses data, feedback and training to continuously revise team vision and strategy and to improve outcomes to the work of the team
  • Delegates tasks, streams of work, projects, and functions clearly and concisely, holding others accountable to deadlines and outcomes
  • Identifies and seeks to resolve and prevent conflicts with and between senior leaders, team members and direct reports
  • Creates effective teams; builds relationships with and between team members; motivates team members and creates a positive team culture; periodically assesses the team's current and future personnel needs; and provides professional development, coaching, feedback, and support to team members
  • Monitors workloads and provides feedback
  • Negotiates equitable agreements and makes good judgements about what to do in difficult situations with and between senior leaders, team members and direct reports independently and with authority
  • Initiates, develops, and maintains strong relationships and partnerships with key external individuals and organizations to keep abreast of new research and best practices in the field; builds resources and capacity for the school's present and future needs
  • Provides input into the overall strategy of the organization
  • Common Core and other content area standards
  • Curriculum implementation (teaching moves, differentiation strategies, elements of effective classroom, understanding of ESL and Special Education)
  • Behavioral approaches
  • Child development theory
  • Adult learning theory

Educational Background and Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required
  • Master’s degree in school leadership related program preferred
  • 3-5 years of full-time/full year classroom teaching experience required
  • 5-8 years of experience working in education with increasing responsibilities and achievements required; at least 1 year in school leadership position required (preference will be given to candidates with 3-4 years of school leadership experience)
  • Experience managing and developing teams and individuals required
  • Experience working in a nonprofit organization or school or required

[Please note: All offers of employment are contingent upon the employee meeting all prerequisite job qualifications by the first day of employment.]

Compensation and Benefits: Compensation is competitive and based on experience. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including participation in a pre-tax commuter benefits program and partial reimbursement for monthly commuting expenses, gym reimbursement, cultural enrichment reimbursements, participation in the Teachers Retirement System pension program, frequent access to baked goods, and many opportunities to get to know your VOICE colleagues!

How to Apply: Please submit an electronic application (including a VOICE-specific cover letter and resume) at https://voicecharterschool.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx

VOICE Charter School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In its employment decisions, VOICE does not discriminate on the basis of an applicant or employee’s race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, unemployment status, or any other status protected by law.


We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including participation in a pre-tax commuter benefits program and partial reimbursement for monthly commuting expenses, gym reimbursement, cultural enrichment reimbursements, participation in the Teachers Retirement System pension program, frequent access to baked goods, and many opportunities to get to know your VOICE colleagues!

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply



Please submit an electronic application (including a VOICE-specific cover letter and resume) at https://voicecharterschool.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx