Ascend managing directors have responsibility for a portfolio of schools, ensuring that each school is a thriving academic community that reflects the Ascend model, delivering excellent results for kids and families. These strategic leaders possess an unshakable belief that every child can succeed and the leadership acumen to inspire and motivate school leaders to reach their highest potential. Reporting directly to the chief schools officer, the managing director is a central member of the network and schools team, responsible for the health of each school in the portfolio, for managing and coaching school principals, supporting them in the achievement of each school's academic and organizational goals, building and maintaining a strong presence for the school in the community, and developing and cultivating enduring relationships with students, teachers, parents, community members and stakeholders. Managing directors ensure the implementation and development of a responsive and restorative school culture in every school and the improvement and implementation of Ascend's educational model to drive student achievement. They will cultivate a culture of high expectations across the instructional staff to ensure that every Ascend student has equitable access to high-quality and culturally relevant instruction.
The managing director of schools role is an ideal opportunity for a dynamic and visionary instructional leader to play a critical role in shaping leaders of our premier charter schools committed to ensuring students have access to opportunities that will ensure their access to and success in college and career.
This role is a salaried, exempt, part-time role with expectations to work at least three days per week.
Why extraordinary professionals choose Ascend
Ascend is a network of K-12 public charter schools serving 5,700 students across 15 schools in Central Brooklyn. Our mission is to lead our students on a great intellectual journey, providing them with an exceptional education and placing them firmly on the path to success in college and beyond.
We guide our students to think critically and independently and to enjoy education as an end in itself. We teach a rich and rigorous liberal arts curriculum that nurtures students' natural curiosity about the world. We foster a positive, non-punitive school culture where students feel connected, empowered, and safe to take academic risks. Even our school buildings are designed to reflect our high aspirations for teaching and learning and the notable accomplishments that occur within our walls.
To create this kind of vibrant learning community, we invest heavily in our team members by providing ongoing, best-of-class professional training and support. We encourage them to collaborate closely and push one another to achieve great outcomes.
Learn more about the Ascend approach by visiting our website.
Whole student focus
Unequivocally committed to our DEIA mission
Reporting relationships and teams
The managing director of schools reports directly to the chief schools officer and works closely with their peer managing directors, network directors of operations, curriculum team members, as well as the chief curriculum and instruction officer, and other members of the executive team. The managing director of schools directly supervises a defined portfolio of school principals, supporting their success and driving school achievement.
Diversity at Ascend
Ascend is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community, both through our hiring practices and our focus on creating a culture and environment where diverse perspectives, ideas, and identities are valued and integrated into our way of working and educating students. Ascend staff represent a wide diversity of racial, socio-economic, gender, religious, and national identities—opening a window to the entire Ascend community on the richness of humanity. We welcome all applicants who share our mission and vision to join us in our deeply consequential work.
Ascend offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.
Ascend managing directors have responsibility for a portfolio of schools, ensuring that each school is a thriving academic community that reflects the Ascend model, delivering excellent results for kids and families. These…