Academic Coordinator

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Explore Schools
Brooklyn, NY
Published 12 days ago

Academic Coordinator, Brooklyn, New York

In-Person Work Required/Preferred


Explore Schools is a network of public charter schools providing 2,000 students in Brooklyn with the outstanding education they deserve. Our goal is to provide students with curriculum and instruction that is both standards-aligned curriculum and culturally responsive. Our approach is designed to provide the conditions to nurture students as critical thinkers and natural problem-solvers. As an organization we are committed to engaging in work that disrupts and roots out systems and structures that perpetuate white supremacy. We intentionally seek to build and maintain a diverse and talented team that reflects the backgrounds and experiences of our students and creates an inclusive environment for all employees. 



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 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 Coordinators 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, preferred
  • Outstanding content knowledge throughout grades K-8
  • Data-oriented: use data to set goals and measure success
  • An eye for details: 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 Coordinators are directly responsible for the coaching, growth, and evaluation of the teachers they supervise. Working closely with the school Principal, you will be expected to manage the following daily:

Leadership & Talent Management

  • Management & supervision of teachers and grade level teams, including the teacher evaluation and performance improvement process
  • Carries out the school-wide annual priority plan and collaborates with fellow leaders to execute on the instructional vision and to set instructional expectations for teams
  • Provides school-wide, grade level, and individual professional development as needed
  • Coordinates and leads meetings with grade level teams & coordinators to identify needs around instruction, culture, and operations and to execute on next steps
  • Reviews & supports lesson planning, ensuring team members have all materials necessary to provide quality instruction
  • Participate in the recruitment, selection and retention of staff
  • Actively engage in identity work and necessary conversations in order to dismantle white supremacy culture 

Instructional Delivery and Student Support

  • Supports with instructional initiatives as designated by the Principal or School Director by providing academic support to students and small groups, including direct instruction as needed
  • Provides support and training to teachers around behavioral systems and culture-relevant practices
  • Provides direct support to students relating to behavioral needs
  • Oversees teacher-family connections, ensuring that direct reports are communicating, and being responsive to, families around academic and behavioral priorities
  • Ensures all support services, related services and intervention needs of students are being met, including, but not limited to family communication, revision of IEPs, CST coordination and teacher oversight
  • Plan and support instructional, non-classroom, initiatives such as family events/meetings, tutoring, after-school clubs and field trips

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the safety of students at all times
  • Assist with non-instructional supervision of students, as needed, such as arrival/dismissal, hallway monitoring, lunch & playground duty, or supervision/planning of extracurricular activities, and in the event of an emergency
  • Contribute to the overall success of the school and the network by welcoming related, different, and new requests; remaining aware of the demands on others; volunteering to help without being asked; keeping track of approaching deadlines and improving processes
  • Collaborate with colleagues throughout the Explore Schools network


Explore Schools staff members receive a competitive salary, vacation including network shutdown days, considerable matching of retirement contributions, and more. Additionally, you can expect:

  • Comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance
  • 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


  • We’ll be accepting applications for this position until July 2021


Explore Schools 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. For this specific role, in-person work is required/preferred. Our schools are currently operating with a hybrid model of both remote and in-person instruction. We'll be able to share more specifics around work expectations if you are to move forward in the interview process


Explore Schools is an equal opportunity employer. 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.

Academic Coordinator, Brooklyn, New York

In-Person Work Required/Preferred


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

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Brooklyn, NY
Associated Location
Brooklyn, NY, USA

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