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Elementary School Director/Principal

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Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is seeking a Elementary School Director (Principal).

Great Oaks Legacy is seeking an experienced, like-minded urban educator to lead its high school campus in Newark, NJ. The School Leader 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 Elementary School Director (Principal) is responsible for:

School Culture. The School Leader defines and builds a transformative school culture consistent with Great Oaks Legacy core values and mission. With the Executive Director, the School Leader designs and implements programs and initiatives; devises school-wide rituals that promote the culture and sustain the school's values. The School Leader 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 School Leader works with the Dean of Student 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 School Leader 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 School Leader works with the Dean to develop school wide programs to incentivize positive behaviors and create a school-wide identity among the students.

Talent Acquisition & Talent Development. The School Leader 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 (Principal) must:
  • Be relentlessly committed to preparing every student for collegePossess strong leadership and team skillsBe 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 regardedHave 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-solverBe dependableBe driven to improve the minds and lives of studentsBeing dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help all the school's students achieve academic successBe passionate about academic learning and insistent on academic excellence and rigor at all times

Candidates must have:
  • Principal, Supervisor, or School Administrator certification, or meet the requirements for certification.At least five years of successful experience teaching and leading in an urban school environment; Grade level leader, department chair, or instructional leadership experience preferred.A clear record of elevating student achievement in an urban classroom, with a strong understanding of pedagogy that drives resultsA 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 skillsExcellent skills of organization and follow-throughA 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.


Great Oaks Legacy Charter School offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package, including:
  • Robust medical, dental, and vision insurance plans w/ comprehensive network coverage.Up to $5,250 per year in tax exempt student loan and tuition reimbursement.Reimbursements for external professional development aligned to your role.Wellness reimbursements including gym memberships, spa services, and more.Online counseling services - for staff and their dependents - via top-rated therapy app.Pre-tax state pension plan benefit w/ addl. options available via voluntary retirement plans.Pre-tax dependent care, health, and transit flexible spending plans available.Convenient health screening and telemedicine support via VitalCheck Wellness platform.


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.

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. GOLCS staff rate our commitment to students as the #1 reason they teach/work at our schools.Being surgical in our approach to differentiation of instruction and support for all students and team members. Our students receive daily tutoring embedded into their school schedule - facilitated by our AmeriCorps team members. Staff members receive individualized coaching and support in their roles.Setting and exceeding high expectations for academic growth and character development for all students, in preparation 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.




GOLCS is committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. Furthermore, 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 is committed to ensuring healthy and safe working and learning environments, and maintaining our educational commitment to GOLCS students and families - with minimal disruption to instruction. With this in mind, as of October 2021, Great Oaks Legacy requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees. Candidates who would like to apply for a reasonable accommodation from this policy based on a qualifying disability or sincerely held religious belief should reach out to for more information.


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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