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Elementary Academic Director, 2020-21

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Explore Schools | Brooklyn, NY
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Explore Schools

Published 14 days ago

Competitive Salary and Benefits

Elementary Academic Director Brooklyn, New York 


 Explore Schools is a network of public charter schools providing 2,000 students in Brooklyn with the outstanding education they deserve. We strive to provide students with the academic skills and critical-thinking abilities they need to succeed in a college-preparatory high school and beyond.


We believe that all children can learn when immersed in a rich environment full of high expectations, rigorous academics, and caring, committed adults. We believe equity and excellence are not mutually exclusive—we can meet the needs of all students in our schools, while actively engaging parents and driving toward excellent academic results. We envision a pathway to equity that features outstanding curriculum and instruction as well as ample opportunities for students to achieve success in and out of the classroom. We believe it is both our privilege and responsibility to help close the opportunity gap in the Brooklyn community.


Explore Schools seeks an experienced educational leader who demonstrates a drive toward excellence and is passionate about serving all students. The ideal candidate is an outstanding leader and manager of adults, who believes and invests in developing talent, while possessing a strong understanding of academic rigor and effective instruction. Successful Academic Directors creatively and stubbornly implement the right solutions to ensure that all of our students have the tools they need to attend a college preparatory high school and beyond. 

  • Dedicated to working in communities that have historically been underserved and under-resourced
  • Committed to thoughtfully engaging in identity work necessary to take a culturally responsive approach to pedagogy and relationship-building with students and colleagues
  • Experience coaching teachers or managing adults, required 
  • Outstanding content knowledge throughout grades K-5 
  • Data-oriented: you use data to set goals and measure success 
  • An eye for detail: you sweat the little things and provide differentiated approaches to instructional coaching 
  • Exceptional verbal and communication skills: can pivot communication styles depending on desired outcomes and audience 
  • 4+ years of teaching experience, preferably in an urban charter school 
  • Master’s Degree in Education, preferred 


Academic Directors are directly responsible for the coaching, growth, and evaluation of the teachers they supervise. Working closely and reporting to the school Principal, you will be expected to manage the following daily: 

  • Collaborate with the leadership team to identify academic priorities, set measurable goals to achieve priorities and monitor progress towards goals 
  • Make decisions that are strategic, intentional, and grounded in data 
  • Thoughtfully engage and invest families and community stakeholders in Explore’s work 
  • Ensure that teacher’s professional development goals are being met through direct, targeted coaching 
  • Partner with the instructional leadership team to continually assess professional development needs and execute on a differentiated approach to meet those needs 
  • Collaborate with the instructional leadership to continually assess the development of instructional team members and execute on a differentiated approach to meet their needs 
  • Oversee the systems, practices, and cycles of assessment and the constant use of date to drive student performance 
  • Implement school-wide procedures and policies to ensure student safety 
  • Work closely with the Explore Schools network office to recruit and select new staff members 


Explore staff enjoys a competitive salary and benefits, generous vacation-including network shutdown days, considerable matching of retirement contributions, and more. Additionally, you can expect: 

  • Professional development: teachers participate in weekly PD, year-round retreats and trainings, and on-going coaching by professionals 
  • Continued education support: staff are eligible to receive some scholarship towards qualifying certification costs or higher education tuition 
  • Flexible and reflective leadership: dedicated to staff development, and committed to direct and sensitive communication 
  • Driven and passionate colleagues who contribute to a professional and collaborative work environment 


Explore is a network of 8 charter schools located in Canarsie, Crown Heights, and Flatbush communities of Brooklyn, NY. Our network office is located in DUMBO, Brooklyn. This role is based in one of our 8 schools, and requires some travel to our network office. 


Explore Schools is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran or military status.

Elementary Academic Director Brooklyn, New York 


 Explore Schools is a network of public charter schools providing 2,000 students in Brooklyn with the outstanding education they deserve. We strive to provide students with the…

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  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional

How to Apply


Brooklyn, NY

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