Literacy Director, Promise Academy
Harlem Children's Zone
New York, NY
When students enter HCZ Promise Academy Charter Schools, we make a promise to help each and every one get to and through college. Everything we give our students—from world-class instruction and exceptional extracurricular activities to social emotional support and healthy meals—is aimed at fulfilling that promise.
We are seeking a Literacy Director for Promise Academy. The ideal candidate will bring a passion for the mission of HCZ Promise Academy, an understanding and respect for the culture of all residents of Harlem, and a desire for working in a school setting that fosters a love for children.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Contributes to the design and implementation of overall literacy improvement across both elementary schools
Evaluates effectiveness of the team based on evidence of teacher growth
Oversees the collection of literacy-based data evaluating progress and adjusting as necessary
Monitors team members literacy portfolios assessing data and holding employees accountable to their goals
Develops and facilitates professional development on literacy curricula and pedagogy for leaders and teachers
Observes literacy instruction across schools to support our leaders in prioritizing next steps for teachers to ensure that literacy instruction is implemented at a consistently high level
Creates systems to ensure teachers and leaders are using data to drive literacy instruction
Manages a high functioning team that is able to execute effectively and meet deadlines
Works in conjunction with other content areas to facilitate and support literacy development and implementation across all departments
Qualification, Skill and Knowledge Requirements
A dedication and commitment to the mission of HCZ Promise Academy
Master’s degree with at least 3 years of administrative/supervisory experience
2 – 5 years teaching experience in an urban school setting is desired
New York State certification in Reading or Literacy is required
Excellent oral and written communication skills
About the Company
Harlem Children's Zone
Opened in 2004, HCZ Promise Academy Charter Schools serves over 1,800 children in two K-12 schools. Our mission is to provide a first-rate, year-round, extended-day K-12 school for students living in under-performing school districts. When students enter our schools, we make a promise to help each and every one get to and through college. Everything we give our students—from world-class instruction and exceptional extracurricular activities to social emotional support and healthy meals—is aimed at fulfilling that promise. Our schools have a longer school day and year, helping us keep our kids safe and engaged, ensure their success in core subject areas, and give them an immersive, well-balanced education that includes exposure to the arts, daily physical activity, and field trips to museums, performances, sporting events and, of course, college campuses.
In addition, our Promise curriculum includes grade-appropriate character education, helping students at every level build crucial non-cognitive skills such as resilience, grit, and curiosity. We also provide on-site medical, dental, and psychological services, as well as a healthy, freshly made breakfast, lunch and snack each day. Plus, the vast majority of our students participate in our after-school programs, where they receive extensive academic support and engage in a wide range of recreation and enrichment activities.
Not only do our students receive a high-quality, standards-based education, but they and their families also have access to HCZ’s comprehensive network of supports, including counseling, benefits assistance, and other social services. HCZ Promise Academy Charter Schools are rooted in the belief that all students are capable of academic and personal success when they are surrounded by parents, teachers, and mentors who provide support and maintain the highest of expectations.