Head of School
Broome Street Academy Charter School
New York City, NY
YOUR OPPORTUNITY FOR IMPACT
Broome Street Academy Charter High School (BSA) is seeking to hire a Head of School beginning in July/September 2023. BSA serves NYC students who are the most at risk and face significant barriers to graduation. By design, 50% of the seats for incoming 9th graders are set aside for students who are homeless, in foster care, or have otherwise had experience with the child welfare system.
Given the extensive needs of BSA’s students, the model -- which is unique among New York City charter schools -- goes above and beyond the classroom through a formalized partnership with The Door, one of the country's premier youth development organizations. BSA is housed within The Door so that students have facilitated and consistent access to The Door’s complete range of programming on site including: reproductive and primary healthcare and education, mental health counselling and crisis assistance, legal advice and representation, tutoring and homework help, college preparation services, job training and placement, supportive housing, sports and recreational activities, arts, and nutritious meals – all for free, completely confidential, and under one roof.
Broome Street Academy was born out of The Door’s 2009 strategic plan as a response to the growing needs of New York City’s at-risk youth. In 2021, BSA’s charter was renewed and extended through July 31, 2026. The renewal was the result of the school’s demonstrated success in improving attendance, credit accumulation, Regents scores, and retention rates. As BSA’s authorizer, Charter School Institute of the State University of New York, stated in its March 9, 2021 report recommending renewal:
“Broome Street is an academic success… The school prepares its unique student population for post-secondary success by providing access to high quality instruction and robust non-academic supports through its partnership with The Door.”
Broome Street Academy now seeks a next generational leader, to formally solidify our current model and to plan for the replication and permanency of the school’s model and place in the educational landscape of New York City.
ACADEMICS AND LEARNING
BSA’s model merges a rigorous academic curriculum with comprehensive social supports to prepare students to graduate with a New York State Regents Diploma. Every student receives a mixture of academic and social support, including: small-group instruction; flexible grouping in the classroom; collaborative team teaching; daily academic enrichment opportunities; extended school days and an extended school year; literacy strategies infused throughout the curriculum; and a remediation program. Supportive services are incorporated into the school day and available after school. BSA has social workers and mental health counselors on-staff, and strategically works to take advantage of the relationships students can make with staff in a relatively small school that emphasizes community and academics together.
BSA intentionally maintains small class sizes and includes integrated co-teaching in most classes to provide additional academic support for students with special needs. Individualized academic plans are created for each student and routinely assessed by teachers and staff throughout the year. BSA offers a continuum of academic supports, including targeted academic intervention for students who need additional support, as well as Regents prep and AP classes, ensuring that students at all skill levels are being continuously challenged and thoroughly supported.
The Head of School will report to the CEO of The Door/BSA, and BSA’s Board of Trustees. The Board and CEO establish policy for BSA in accordance with its by-laws and consistent with the terms of its charter. The Board meets twelve times per year, once each month. The Head of School will be expected to attend Board meetings and most Board committee meetings as well. The Charter School Institute of the State University of New York serves as BSA’s authorizer.
The Head of School will administer the 9th-12th grade curriculum and will be responsible for promoting the mission of the school as well as overseeing the daily operations in partnership with staff. They will be responsible for oversight and development of all academic programs and curricula; faculty and staff hiring; professional development, compensation, and all other personnel matters; and student recruitment, enrollment, attendance, and discipline. They will also oversee budgeting, financial management, compliance, development, and management of school facilities. Key responsibilities include:
Academics and Instructional Rigor
· Provide instructional leadership by maintaining and improving high academic achievement standards including the implementation of a rigorous student assessment program aligned to state standards.
· Analyze key sources of data to identify instructional priority areas, develop strategies to tackle pedagogical and programmatic challenges, set academic goals, monitor progress, and adjust strategies to ensure continued growth.
Student Enrollment and Retention
Inclusive People Leadership
Administration and Operations
and in all other ways work toward charter renewal.
External and Community Relations
The ideal candidate will have prior experience in school leadership - as a head of school, principal, or division head at a charter, traditional public, or independent school - and teaching experience. Candidates with comparable experience in nonprofit leadership, especially with educational and other youth development services, are also encouraged to apply. The HOS should possess a strong understanding of the use of academic data to inform and improve student outcomes and an awareness of developments in the broad worlds of education and pedagogy.
The successful candidate may hold a master's degree or higher in Education, Education/Business Administration, Public Administration, Social Work, or a related field or have commensurate youth development leadership experience.
REQUIRED ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
The Head of School will believe, and act upon the belief, that all young people can reach high levels of academic achievement regardless of background, experience or need. The HOS must:
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: $180,000 - $200,000
TO APPLY: This is an extraordinary opportunity for an exemplary leader in education and youth development. Please click here to apply and submit resume in confidence. To nominate a candidate, email firstname.lastname@example.org with BSA Head of School in the subject line.