7 Jun 2018

Full-Time Senior Associate Director of School Management (New York City or New Jersey)

Uncommon Schools – Posted by post@uncommonschools.orgNew York, New York, United States

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Job Description

Location: NJ/NYC

Uncommon Schools (Uncommon) is a nonprofit organization that starts and manages outstanding urban charter public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college.  Uncommon builds uncommonly great schools by developing and managing regional networks that are philosophically aligned and highly accountable and by designing and implementing “best-in-class” teacher training.  The organization has achieved outstanding academic results based on internal assessments, statewide exams, and graduation milestones.  Its schools consistently outperform their district schools and are among the highest-performing urban schools in their cities and states. To learn more about Uncommon click here.

Position Overview
The Senior Associate Director of School Management Strategy is an essential member of the Uncommon Schools’ Chief Schools Officer (CSO) K-8 Team and will focus on supporting and systemizing the management of our 44 elementary and middle schools. Managed by the K-8 Chief of Staff, the Sr. Associate Director will drive strategy and operation for our school management team and work closely with all of our Assistant Superintendents in all of our regions.


  • Strategic Planning and Project Management
    • Advise Chief of Staff, K-8 on school management and school initiatives
    • Project manage CSO strategic plan and select initiatives
    • Drive and manage K-8 Regional Assistant Superintendents and Principal instructional strategic planning process and execution
    • Develop materials and deliverables to support initiative/project rollout, execution, and monitoring (e.g., dashboard, key performance indicators, templates, etc.)
    • Support innovation projects and processes
  • School Management and Support
    • Supervise a team of four Regional School Coordinators that support Assistant Superintendents: includes providing professional development and codifying systems
    • Develop and monitor tasks and key performance indicators for strong schools and initiatives
    • Identify and problem solve school management issues and codify best solutions/practices
    • Develop data reports and stronger systems around data; working with Data Analytics team
    • Consult and support school inspection (evaluation) process
  • Chief Schools Officer, K-8 Team Support and Management
    • Manage CSO K-8 communication: creating and managing plan, drafting internal and external messaging, operationalizing the plan, managing stakeholders
    • Develop materials for CSO presentations: executive, senior leadership, and team meetings
    • Operate CSO talent work around instructional school leadership: rubric, performance review, recruitment/hiring, etc.
    • Administer CSO, K-8 office operations including owning the budget, on-boarding, and home office ad hoc requests
    • Support R&D on best practices and innovation


  • Exceptional and creative problem-solving, critical thinking, and strategic planning skills
  • Facility to move comfortably between high level strategic thinking and intricate details
  • Ability to translate and structure complicated or a lot of information in order for effective decision making and progress towards goals
  • Strong project management as well as time and task management skills, enabling multiple and large scale projects to be completed on time
  • Ability to learn quickly and to be effective in a fast-paced, dynamic, entrepreneurial environment
  • Able to work autonomously and thoroughly with independent self-reflection, as well as take direction as needed
  • Outstanding ability to lead and drive change, including influencing and motivating others through relationship building
  • Alignment to and urgency around Uncommon’s mission

Educational background:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree required, Advanced Degree preferred (MPA, MBA,  or other relevant degrees)


  • Minimum 5 years of working experience managing complex and/or cross-functional projects
  • Experience in project management, manager, consulting or other relevant fields
  • Education background preferred but not required
  • This role may require occasional travel to all Uncommon regions

How to Apply

Apply on our website: https://uncommonschools.secure.force.com/careers/ts2__JobDetails?jobId=a0x0G00001Pq0WmQAJ&tSource=

Job Categories: Management
Job Types: Full-Time
Job Tags: 11233

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