Community School Director (Zone 126 Neighborhood Schools)

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $45,000
Maximum: $60,000
Details: Salary is competitive with a comprehensive benefits package



Start Date


Application Deadline



31-10 23rd Street
United States


Zone 126 is looking for two (2) mission-driven, results-oriented, quick thinking Community School Directors to join our team and lead the charge around our Neighborhood Community Schools. One of these positions will be at a Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade school and the other will be located within a 6th through 8th grade school that are in the Zone of Astoria, Queens.

Position Summary

The Community School Director is a passionate, dedicated, committed, and ambitious individual seen as a leader working on school transformation alongside the Principal of the school. The Community School Director will have the primary functions of building a holistic approach strategy that aligns to the following:

a)   Program & Service Coordination

b)  Driving the Increase of Attendance

c)   Supporting the Increase of Parent & Family Empowerment  

d)  Building a positive school culture that is rooted in the Growth Mindset and Grit theories.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1.   Program and Service Coordination

a.    Select in collaboration with school administration (Principal and Assistant Principal) the appropriate programs and services to support student socio-emotional needs towards the holistic approach of school change

b.   Convene on a weekly basis school administration to ensure programs and services are in alignment with school’s mission and Zone 126 mission

c.    Convene on a monthly basis school administration and implementation partner staff to discuss and review programs and service alignment to review the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) 

d.   Coordinate additional support services provided from the Office of Community Schools (ex: vision, dental, coat distribution, immigration services, etc.)

e.    Coordinating additional support services that are at the school (such as but not limited to: OCFS Advantage After-School, NYC DYCD SONYC/COMPASS, School Improvement Grant (SIG), City Council discretionary grants, etc.)

f.     Collect, review and analyze data to ensure programs and services are having an impact

2.  Attendance Improvement

a.    CSD will obtain all students previous year’s attendance report to analyze who fall into the chronically absent and chronically late category and co-develop a plan through the attendance committee to support students and parents

b.   CSD will co-lead with school administration the attendance committee and ensure that the Full-Service Community School goal is at the forefront

c.    CSD will plan and co-schedule home visits that include the Community School Coordinator and Family Worker

3.   Parent and Community Empowerment

a.    Deepen the home and school connection to support the education, health, and socio-emotional development of all students through two home visits per year per family

b.   Host up to four events throughout the year geared towards engaging and increasing parents and community participation (Fall and Spring Community School Summit, Attendance, etc.)

c.    Support school with annual events that bring in parents and community members (Fall & Spring Parent Teacher Conferences, Fall & Spring Curriculum night, Academic Parent Teacher Team events) 

d.   Support the increase of parent participation in in the School Leadership Team (SLT)

e.    Distribute, collect and analyze Zone 126 Community School parent survey

f.     Promote buy-in and build trust among parents and community members for the community school approach

g.    Increase parental knowledge on the high school admission process to ensure the appropriate selection is made for the student

h.   Support school in providing school tours for incoming pre-kindergarten and kindergarten families

4.  Positive School Culture  

a.    Building a school culture around the Community Schools efforts that promotes a Growth Mindset embedded in the Carol Dweck theory

b.   Supporting the promotion of Grit through the Angela Duckworth theory

c.    Building support around the Community Schools initiative that crosses two other schools in a Pre-K through 12th grade model.

Additional Responsibilities 

·     Convene Community School Team (CST) meeting on a monthly basis to assess progress towards reaching the annual Community School benchmarks

·     Attend monthly Zone 126 All Staff meetings; bi-monthly Community School Director meetings; bi-monthly individual supervision meetings with Managing Director, and bi-monthly Data Meetings with Evaluation Department all located at the Zone 126 office

·     Support the overall mission and vision of Zone 126

·     Additional duties as deemed appropriate and in alignment with the community school contract as per the Managing Director of Collective Impact 


·     Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree strongly preferred in social work, education, public administration, or non-profit management  

·     3-5 years working experience within a NYC public school, and/or education non-profit setting, specifically in the community school setting, after-school setting or within youth development

·     Working with a diverse population

·     Understanding of working in an office setting where confidentiality rules and regulations were place

·     Strong presentation skills (oral and written)

·     Ability to communicate the cradle to career/community schools strategy through data to a variety of stakeholders (including school administration, faculty, students and parents) connecting to support the overall development of the whole child

·     Results-oriented, and ability to be detail driven for the bottom line goal of student success

·     Ability to be a strong, firm communicator, but empathetic and understanding.

·     Ability to communicate in Spanish (strongly preferred)

Organizational Relationships

·     Reports directly to the Managing Director   

·     Close working relationship with School Administration, and Community School Coordinator  


A comprehensive benefits package is available inclusive of medical, dental, and 401K

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish preferred

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Send a cover letter and resume attention Ms. Anju J. Rupchandani, Managing Director