2022-23 NY Academic Dean

Achievement First
Brooklyn, NY, United States

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School Year : 2022-23

Leading at Achievement First

As an Academic Dean at Achievement First, you will be at the center of this work- coaching our teachers and driving decisions that will benefit our scholars. Here, you will be the driver of high quality coaching instruction that enables teachers to develop and deliver strong content and to help our scholars develop a lifelong love of learning. You will work with teachers to be your students' champion who believes all students are capable of greatness. You will be a demander of excellence for yourself, your teachers and your students, an educator who helps create a vibrant school community where students have the type of powerful school experience that fosters their best and most thoughtful work.

At Achievement First, you will grow as a passionate and constant leader who thrives on feedback, enjoys regular one-on-one coaching with your principal, and nurtures a voracious appetite for professional development and consistent improvement. You will cultivate schoolwide classroom cultures built on strong structures, communication and lasting relationships. Every day, you will contribute to the education of children who will go on to become the next generation of leaders in our communities.

As an Academic Dean at Achievement First, your typical week would include the following, and more:

Coaching and developing staff to achieve excellent student outcomes:
  • Analyze school wide data in order to design responsive and effective student interventions.
  • Develop highly effective instructional curriculum and schedule, in collaboration with principal and Team Teaching & Learning in the Network Support office.
  • Observe lessons regularly and deliver targeted feedback to teachers.
  • Collaborate with grade/subject teams to plan units, lessons and assessments; regularly share feedback.
  • Assist teachers to devise and monitor high-impact support plans for students.
  • Model outstanding instruction for teachers.
Facilitating excellent professional development:
  • Coordinate and manage creative, inspiring professional development sessions in line with school goals and priorities.
  • Direct the interim assessment process to ensure teachers are using current data to drive instruction; facilitate regular, meaningful interim assessment data debriefs with teachers.
  • Lead staff trainings at start and end of school year and on professional development day.
Serve as an active member of the school leadership team:
  • Analyze school wide data in order to design responsive student interventions.
  • Track other useful academic data (e.g. homework completion rates); communicate progress to students, teachers and parents.
  • Participate in regular leadership team meetings.
  • Work closely with dean of students to support efforts in character development and positive school culture.
  • Assist teacher leaders (e.g., coaches, grade team leaders) in developing leadership skills.
Skills and Characteristics:
  • An active and demonstrated commitment to Achievement First's mission and values: Leading for Racial Equity, Embrace Challenge, and Go Further Together.
  • A Track record of exemplary instructional and classroom management skills, including meeting extremely high standards for student achievement
  • A Proven ability to proactively and effectively coach and manage adults and drive excellent student achievement through others.
  • SUperior personal organizational skills, ability to coach others to improve their organizational skills and efficiency, and ability to "zoom out" to create and manage systems and projects that require long range planning and organization.
  • People Leadership: Strong self awareness and awareness of others, and exceptional "warm/demanding" balance when leading adults.
  • Growth mindset for self and others; willingness to seek out feedback and ability to implement constructive feedback quickly and effectively.
  • Mastery of and enthusiasm for subject matter.
Necessary Qualifications:
  • A bachelor's degree; master's degree preferred.
  • Certified as a school leader per your state's guidelines and requirements; If not currently certified, ability to obtain necessary state certification in specific subject and grade level is required within the first two months of employment.
  • At least 3 years of K-12 full-time lead teaching experience with a record of high student achievement.
  • At least 1 year of experience coaching and leading adults to obtain high student achievement.
NY Compensation & Benefits
  • Employees at Achievement First are provided with a competitive salary. Our salaries are set through a lens of equity, and based on an individual's skills, education, and years of experience relevant to the role. Dean and Director of School Operations' salaries range from $91,114-$98,538, based on experience.
  • As a regular full time employee of Achievement First, you will be eligible for benefits that include medical, dental, vision, and life insurance as well as a 403(b) retirement benefit package with match and paid Family Leave.
Achievement First is offering a $5,000 signing bonus for full-time, school-based new hires for the 2022-23 school year in all three of our regions (CT, NY, RI). Experienced Rhode Island educators in hard-to-fill seats may be eligible for an additional bonus of $2,500.

Employees at Achievement First are provided with a competitive salary. Our salaries are set through a lens of equity, and based on an individual's skills, education, and years of experience relevant to the role. Teachers receive funds for supplies and materials as well as a laptop computer.

Achievement First is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus. You can learn more about diversity at Achievement First here: http://achievementfirst.org/about-us/diversity/


Our mission is to deliver on the promise of equal educational opportunity for all of America’s children. We know that every child—regardless of race, zip code or economic status—deserves access to great schools. At Achievement First, our students realize their potential and develop the skills they need to graduate from college, succeed in a competitive world and serve as the next generation of leaders in our community. We are a growing network of 37 non-profit, high-performing K-12 public charter schools in Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island. But we’re more than that. We’re changemakers. In order to make long-lasting and transformative change, we believe in focusing on what we know to work: serving all students, growing in our communities, sharing and learning from others, and committing to innovation. It makes us who we are. And who are we? We are high performing. We have some of the best schools in the country. Our students are outperforming kids across our cities and states. And they’re going on to college to become whatever they dream of. We care about people. We can help you become who you’re meant to be, whether you’re 8 or 38. Because at Achievement First, we know that taking care of kids means taking care of teachers, too. We are innovating & growing. We never stop learning and evolving. It’s a part of everything we do, from our bold new programs to the way our network of schools continues to grow in the communities we serve.

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370 James Street
Suite 404
New Haven
United States
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