Founding Elementary School Director (Elementary Principal)

Newark, NJ, United States
Jan 28, 2021
Grade Level
Elementary School
Great Oaks Legacy Charter School in Newark is seeking a Founding Elementary School Director (Elementary Principal) for the new Fairmount Heights Elementary School campus, opening in 2021-22.


The Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is a high-performing, innovative charter public school in Newark NJ, serving students from Pre-K to 12th grade on campuses across the city of Newark. Our mission is to prepare Newark's students for success in college and beyond. Currently, the historical college matriculation rate for GOLCS is 79% - nearly twice the national average for economically underrepresented students.

Our model is based on the following guiding principles that guide our work daily -
  1. Creating a community that is built upon genuine and meaningful relationships.
  2. Being surgical in our approach to differentiation of instruction and support of ALL students and team members.
  3. Setting and exceeding high expectations for academic growth and character development for all students, in preparation for success in college and beyond.

We accomplish our mission by:

  • Cultivating an environment where all students and staff are known and valued and are provided the support and compassion they need to be successful.
  • Delivering individualized academic support to our students daily, through tutoring provided by AmeriCorps Education Fellowship program.
  • Pairing rigorous curriculum and teaching with intense personal support and high academic expectations for students. Our students, for example, are encouraged to take multiple AP classes before they graduate high school. Our alumni receive intensive support from our college counseling team, while in college.


Great Oaks Legacy Charter School in Newark is seeking a Founding Elementary School Director (Elementary Principal) To learn more about working at Great Oaks Legacy, please read below and click here to see our school video.

Great Oaks Legacy is seeking an experienced, like-minded urban educator to join our leadership team. The Elementary School Director (Elementary Principal) is responsible for setting a powerful vision for student achievement, motivating others to follow that vision, and strategically implementing the school's mission through effective leadership and management of the school's students and staff.

The Great Oaks Legacy School - Elementary School Director (Elementary Principal) is responsible for:

School Culture. The Elementary School Director defines and builds a transformative school culture consistent with Great Oaks Legacy core values and mission. With the Chief Academic Officer, the Elementary School Director designs and implements programs and initiatives; Devises school-wide rituals that promote the culture and sustain the school's values. The Elementary School Director develops positive relationships with all stakeholders, including staff, students, families, and community members/organizations.

Instructional Leadership. Provide instructional leadership for the school, including: maintaining school-wide focus on high standards of student achievement; ensuring teaching state standards; managing process for analyzing data to increase student achievement; and supporting all teachers and staff members in their professional development.

Student Management. The Elementary School Director works to define and implement behavior management tools, including overseeing staff training in behavior management policies, techniques, and strategies, and ensuring the consistent deployment of such tools school-wide.

Staff Resource. The Elementary School Director serves as a resource to teachers on issues of instructional practices, school culture and policies, professional development, and resource management; Observes and coaches teachers and staff on a consistent basis.

Student Motivation. The Elementary School Director works to develop school wide programs to incentivize positive behaviors and create a school-wide identity among the students.

Talent Acquisition & Talent Development. The Elementary School Director manages all human resources at the school site, including coordinating (along with the recruitment team) recruitment and training of staff, providing feedback and evaluations to staff, securing professional development opportunities, and developing a collaborative team culture.

Qualifications and Skills

The Elementary School Director must:
  • Be relentlessly committed to preparing every student for college
  • Possess strong leadership and team skills
  • Be a self-aware leader who knows how to treat all members of the school's community with respect, appraises accurately his or her strengths and weaknesses, and is perceptive about how he or she is regarded
  • Have superb organizational and self-management skills and be able to handle multiple responsibilities effectively; have strong planning and execution skills; be a goal-oriented and effective problem-solver
  • Be dependable
  • Be driven to improve the minds and lives of students
  • Being dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help all the school's students achieve academic success
  • Be passionate about academic learning and insistent on academic excellence and rigor at all times

Candidates must have:
  • Principal, Supervisor, or School Administrator certification.
  • At least three years of successful experience teaching in an urban school environment; Grade level leader, department chair, or instructional leadership experience.
  • A clear record of elevating student achievement in an urban classroom, with a strong understanding of pedagogy that drives results
  • A relentless work ethic and commitment to achieving the school's mission.
  • Excellent strategic planning, leadership, management, and communication skills, with a proven ability to lead instructional and non-instructional staff.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent skills of organization and follow-through
  • A strong academic record, including a bachelor's degree from an accredited university

An advanced degree from a competitive university is strongly preferred. Alumni of Teach For America, Education Pioneers, The New Teacher Project, and New Leaders for New Schools are strongly encouraged to apply.


The Elementary School Director will report to the Chief Academic Officer and receive feedback through observations, data dashboards, and informal/formal check-ins.

GREAT OAKS LEGACY PHILOSOPHY Our students arrive, on average, significantly behind grade level. Many live in poverty - a higher percentage than most schools in the country. Upon arrival, they are statistically less than 10% likely to graduate with a 4-year degree. Our mission is that each child ultimately graduates from college.

  1. Employees take responsibility to reverse negative outcomes of failing students, to make every effort to work proactively to engage each and every student, such that each is legitimately prepared to succeed in college.
  2. It is a given that all of the faculty work very, very hard. All staff acknowledge that we will do more than just work hard; we each seek - through formal and informal feedback - to dramatically improve. At Great Oaks Legacy, an ongoing quest for improvement is not considered remedial, it is essential and ongoing for all staff.

Additional Information

GOLCS is committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. Our staff and student population is diverse and culturally rich. We believe that racial justice and equity is critical to our mission of preparing students for success in college and beyond. We strive to be an organization that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and elevates our student voices in preparing them for life and college.

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package, including rich health insurance plans, professional development and coaching, and retirement benefits as part of the state pension plan.

Great Oaks Legacy provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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