Elementary School Principal in Residence

Newark, NJ, US
Jul 17, 2019
Grade Level
Elementary School

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is seeking an Elementary School Principal in Residence for the 2019-20 school year.

Great Oaks Legacy Overview

The Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is a high-performing, innovative charter public school in Newark NJ, serving over 1600 students from Pre-K to 12th grade on five campuses across the city. Our mission is to prepare public school students for success in college. Great Oaks Legacy students aspire to be some of the highest performing students in the country.

We have high academic and behavioral expectations for our students. Our students, for example, are encouraged to take multiple AP classes before they graduate. We pair rigorous curriculum and teaching with intense personal support from teachers, tutors, and staff. The school's mission is to prepare our students for college success through several key elements:

  • Small school – Grade-level cohorts of less 100 students allow each student to feel known and cared for. Our focus is on a sense of community and relationship building with families and students.
  • More time on task – Longer school days than traditional schools. Weekend sessions and summer school for students who are struggling.
  • High expectations – Rigorous, differentiated, college-preparatory coursework from K-12. Advanced Placement and real college courses for all juniors and seniors.
  • Effective Instruction – World-class teachers with clear expectations and the support they need to continuously improve.

Principal in Residence Role Description:

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is seeking an Elementary School Principal in Residence for the 2019-20 school year. As a member of the School Leadership Team, the Principal in Residence is responsible for instructional leadership and coaching, supporting the implementation of school culture systems, and driving school programs and initiatives as part of his/her development for a School Director or Principal role. In addition to the duties outlined below, the Principal in Residence will participate in school leadership mentoring and training programs designated by the CAO or Managing Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

As part of ongoing his/her ongoing leadership development, the Principal in Residence will:
  • Oversee performance management for select instructional staff members via direct observation, coaching, and feedback, as is consistent with the observation-feedback cycle of the school.Foster an environment of high quality instruction by developing and delivering professional development sessions or workshops to staff members or tutors in one or more areas of instructional expertise.Collaborate with DCIs and other members of the leadership and senior leadership teams to make instructional decisions, including those related to school curriculum, assessment, and testing.Conduct academic or behavioral data analysis and reporting, including identifying important trends in data, facilitating data meetings, and providing ongoing support for DDI initiatives.Work with the school culture team to create and implement school culture systems, programs, and initiatives that support character development and growth for students.Collaborate with other members of the school leadership team to set vision, priorities, and goals for the school and drive short and long term planning.Develop and launch additional tasks, projects, or programs as designated by the CAO or Managing Director.


The Principal in Residence reports directly to the CAO or Managing Director and is evaluated twice per year on the basis of essential duties, personal growth, and professionalism.

  1. Belief in the Great Oaks Legacy mission and philosophy, including the belief that ALL students have what it takes to be successful.Relentless work ethic and willingness to go above and beyond to ensure successful outcomes for students.Strong instructional and classroom management and skillsExcellent oral and written communication skillsProven track record of meeting extremely high standards for student achievementTeam player mentality and strong leadership skills
  1. Bachelor degree from a competitive college or university required, graduate degree preferred.5-10 years of school-based experience, preferably including at least 2 years of teaching experience in an urban education setting.At least 2 years of leadership experience, preferably including instructional or school culture team leadership, preferably in an urban education and/or high performing charter school setting.Evidence of or eligibility for and willingness to pursue a NJ Department of Education certification (CE/CEAS/Provisional/Standard) or out of state certification.


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. Employee takes responsibility to reverse negative outcomes of failing students, to make every effort to work proactively and reactively to engage each and every student, such that each is legitimately prepared to succeed in college.

  1. It is a given that all of the faculty work very, very hard. All staff, including the Campus Directors, Admin Teams, CAO, CEO, President, Operations Team and COO and Employee, 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.

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