Community School Director

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


Background on The Urban Assembly Unison School:

The Urban Assembly Unison School is a small middle school located in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn in a shared building with an elementary school.  Unison, as we are fondly called, is in its fifth year and in its fourth year under the current principal, Emily Paige. This year, Unison is undertaking an innovative shift to become a unique Community School serving the school’s neighborhood, families and larger community.  The school has an ambitious plan to transform into a thriving middle school that offers its students an enriched, hands-on curriculum shaped around career exploration labs and offers its students and their families with a wide range of supports and services to ensure each and every student at Unison is able to take his or her rightful seat at the table in school and in life.  

Community School Director Position:

We are actively seeking a Community School Director who will, with leadership and guidance from the school administration, lead the work of further developing the community school model at Unison.  This will include but is not limited to: managing school services partnerships, collaborating with the Director of Student Services for student support partnerships, operating a Family and Community Engagement center in the school building, and developing and overseeing the career exploration programming and industry partnerships through the Urban Assembly, and implementing and managing a school-wide comprehensive attendance improvement initiative. The position will be staffed through Unison’s Community School Community Based Organization partner, The Urban Assembly.

Background on The Urban Assembly:

The Urban Assembly (UA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering underserved youth by providing them with the academic and life skills necessary for post-secondary success. It creates and supports unique, small public schools that are open to all students, scales up promising programs, and coordinates with hundreds of partner organizations in the private, public, non-profit and higher education sectors. The UA serves over 9,000 students in its 21 existing small district middle and high schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan.


  • Serve as an advisor to the Principal, providing leadership for coordinating the work of different partners within the school, and aligning the work of partners with the school faculty
  • Develop strong relationships with parents, students, and teachers, and ensure that all stakeholders understand what a Community School is and how it supports student achievement
  • Work with Unison’s expanded learning day partner to increase enrollment and integrate expanded learning time and enrichment activities before, during or after the school day
  • Lead the school’s attendance team, using data tools for tracking, coordinating and evaluating student interventions, communicating with Unison staff and garnering buy-in
  • Organize and oversee assets and needs assessments and seek input from teachers, school staff, parents, students and community to determine ongoing needs of students and families; create and implement a Community School plan
  • Identify high need students, coordinate with teachers to target interventions, and track and monitor impact of interventions
  • Work with Principal, School Leadership Team, and Parent Coordinator to implement a transformative model of family engagement that creates strong school-to-home partnerships for learning; create, implement and manage the Family Resource Room
  • Support special events that promote family engagement – including “Unity in the Community” Block Party and Community School Forum
  • Form partnerships with community agencies aligned with school goals, including career exploration programming, and bring services into the school (i.e. health, mental health, dental, after school, GED, arts, etc.) for students and parents; develop memoranda of understanding and subcontract agreements with subcontractors as necessary
  • Work with School Leadership Team to maintain a focus on results and track progress
  • Track program activity and progress and use data and evaluation to strengthen the program
  • Manage program and grant budgets and procurements, and keep accurate records


  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Masters in social work, education, public administration or another related field preferred
  • Five years of relevant experience as a Community School Director or in education, youth development, social work, community organizing or another related field
  • Strong preference for individuals who have worked in a secondary school setting for at least two years
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders in the school
  • Understanding of high-needs communities and schools and knowledge of community organizing principles
  • Ability to thrive with a high degree of autonomy, and under a dual reporting structure (with the school Principal and the Urban Assembly Director of Career Readiness)
  • Ability to track and manage a program budget as well as negotiate agreements with other organizations
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment, flexible, organized and can-do attitude
  • Interest in and comfort with working with data to inform practice
  • Strong presentation and communication skills (oral and written)
  • Bilingual (Spanish) a plus
  • Must be able to pass background check and clearance by NYC Department of Education

Salary, Location and Hours:

  • School-based position at The Urban Assembly Unison School, 170 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238, 3rd Floor
  • Full-time during school hours, some weeknight and Saturday hours required
  • 12 month position (vacation time to be planned with principal and aligned to school calendar unless otherwise approved)
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Urban Assembly and DOE are Equal Opportunity Employers

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

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