Middle School Principal

Pave Academy
Brooklyn, NY, US

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Job Category
Administrator, Principal
Grade Level
Middle School
Organization Description

PAVE is a K-8 college-preparatory charter school that lays the foundation for a productive and choice-filled life. We build our students brick by brick; equipping them with the academic, social, and emotional skills that they need to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, overcomers, and leaders in their communities

Opportunity Summary

PAVE Academy Charter School seeks an experienced instructional leader to serve as its Middle School Principal. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated exceptional academic results in a high performing charter school and/or network, and are aligned with PAVE's core beliefs and educational philosophy. This is an ideal opportunity for a dynamic and laser-focused instructional and culture leader with tremendous instructional instincts, proven management skills, and capacity to implement systems to lead PAVE students to high academic and social and emotional achievement. The Middle School Principal will report to the Executive Director of PAVE Academy Charter School.

How You'll Contribute
  • Embody, advocate and operationalize the mission, vision, and strategic direction of PAVE
  • Support a positive and achievement-oriented adult culture which reflects PAVE's core values and high expectations
  • Establish a vibrant, safe and productive environment through the use of Responsive Classroom
  • Supervise and coach Deans and teachers by implementing PAVE's precise instructional systems, visiting classrooms to observe instruction, modeling effective instructional practices, providing support, and giving feedback
  • Drive the implementation of rigorous, college preparatory curriculum
  • Guide teachers through the process of collaborative reflection and planning, in alignment with PAVE goals and values
  • Support and manage teacher analysis and use of assessment data to reflect on teaching practice, make instructional decisions, inform lesson plans, and meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Utilize data to plan and lead professional development that targets areas of highest impact
  • Complete other duties as outlined by the Executive Director
What You'll Bring to the Team
  • A commitment to educational equity, anti-racism and anti-bias
  • Tremendous instructional instincts that align with the high expectations of other PAVE leaders
  • Proven ability to create, implement and manage systems and processes
  • Demonstrated high academic results, specifically in terms of ELA and Math proficiency on New York State Exams, or equivalent
  • A willingness to be held accountable and hold others accountable
  • Minimum of five years of teaching and/or instructional leadership experience, preferably in an urban setting
  • Demonstrated experience setting up strong school culture which translates to high academic and behavioral expectations
  • Deep curricular and developmental understanding of student learning
  • Positive and personable with an ability to relate to various constituencies and stakeholders
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • A relentless work ethic, perseverance, a high degree of patience, and grit to push through challenges
  • High energy with the ability to multi-task and execute quickly
  • Strong judgment, initiative, and decision making
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a team
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills
  • The desire and humility to grow as a leader and truly serve the school before oneself
  • Ability to deliver a direct and difficult message while remaining warm and supportive
  • Bachelor's Degree (required), Master's Degree (preferred)

Our Core Values

More Than a School At PAVE, we are more than a school, we are a family. Staff members, families and community organizations work together in unity to create a warm, safe and joyful learning environment, where students can blossom into the best version of themselves.

No Limits At PAVE, the possibilities are endless, and we will not settle for less than our best. PAVE classrooms focus deeply on the growth and achievement in all aspects of our students' academic and social development. We maintain high expectations for our students and for ourselves and commit to providing the care, coaching, and communication needed for students and staff to learn, grow, and shine.

Bright Starts, Vibrant Futures At PAVE, our classrooms are bright in aesthetic and vibrant with learning. Our teachers and students engage with one another enthusiastically and embrace the challenge and rigor of the work with joy. Fun is not an add on; it is an essential component of the PAVE experience. We believe that a life and love of learning starts here.

Love is Justice At PAVE, we acknowledge that systemic racism and bias has had its grips on our community for far too long. We create inclusive and equitable spaces where everyone belongs, everyone matters, and everyone is loved. "Hate cannot drive out Hate. Only Love can do that." We endeavor to bring out the best in our students and each other by, with, and through love. This, we believe, is justice in action.

Lift Every Voice At PAVE, every voice matters. We value diverse perspectives and insights within our community. We encourage our students to engage with one another and express themselves with both power and respect. As our students prepare to enter the world beyond PAVE, it is our responsibility to ensure that our students are equipped and empowered to use their voice effectively to advocate for themselves and others.

Non-Discrimination Statement

PAVE Academy Charter School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender,gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

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