Bard High School Early College Bronx
Acting Principal Assigned/Project DirectorThe New York City Department of Education (DOE) seeks experienced DOE educators who can demonstrate sustained success in driving student achievement growth, for a High School principal position at Bard High School Early College Bronx. Led by Chancellor David Banks, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) is committed to creating a system of 1,700 + high-performing schools.
The Office of School Design aims to create an equitable and effective range of school and program options for students and families in New York City. The office works to identify and develop high quality district schools, dual and bilingual language programs, career and technical education programs, and other specialized programs to meet community needs. The core of the work is to create many paths to the same outcome for students: a good education, preparation for college and productive citizenship, and a path to economic security. CSA School Supervisors may apply to serve as Acting Principal Assigned - Project Director.
Acting Principal Assigned/Project Director will lead Bard High School Early College Bronx. The Acting Principal Assigned/Project Director will implement the Bard model in the following targeted areas: mission and vision, student and staff recruitment, curriculum development and data-driven instruction, school culture, serving special populations, budget, and finance.
Aligned to the goal of scaling, sustaining and restoring what works, Bard High School Early College Bronx will offer students a high school experience and early college opportunities, leveraging the success of the Bard Network in New York City and beyond.
About the Bard Early Colleges
The Bard Early Colleges (BEC) are founded on the belief that, for many young people, college can and should start at an earlier age. Acting on this belief, Bard Early College enables students to begin serious college study in place of the traditional 11th and 12th grades, at no cost to students or families. The Bard Early Colleges offer a unique home for young people’s intellectual ambition: as both tuition-free, branch campuses of Bard College and public high schools, they award a high school diploma and a Bard College Associate in Arts degree (and 60 transferable credits) by the end of the 12th grade. Students are taught by Bard College faculty in undergraduate, seminar classes, all deeply rooted in the liberal arts and sciences, in Bard College’s commitment to excellence in teaching, and in Bard’s mission as a private college in the public interest. Now entering its third decade, the Bard Early College network enrolls over 3,000 young people in campuses in Queens, Manhattan, and Hudson, New York; Newark, New Jersey; New Orleans, Louisiana; Cleveland, Ohio; Baltimore, Maryland; and Washington, D.C.
The Acting Principal Assigned/Project Director is the early college’s academic and administrative leader. The Principal is responsible for: 1) ensuring that the school meets Bard’s high standards of undergraduate academic rigor and student achievement; 2) facilitating smooth and effective collaboration with NYCDOE and Bard regarding all aspects of school management; 3) alongside the school’s Dean of Studies, leading the faculty in designing and delivering an academic program of genuine collegiate quality and ensuring the implementation of Bard’s Early College pedagogy across the curriculum, including Bard’s Writing and Thinking Practices; 4) upholding and enriching the tenets of diversity, equity, and inclusion of BHSEC’s school culture and community, and fostering a campus culture of intellectual engagement, individual responsibility, and creativity; and 5) leading the school staff.
The Principal reports to the school system partner and to Bard College, specifically through the Dean of the Early Colleges. The Principal collaborates regularly with other BHSEC leadership teams. Specifically, The Principal will be responsible for the following:
School Support – Implementation: Collaborate with Bard stakeholders to create the mission, vision and design for the Bard High School and Early College including:
- Design scope and sequence, units of study and build a team from the ground up.
- Create an innovative school model.
- Model strong organizational skills and distributed leadership to promote team empowerment through collaboration with school stakeholders.
- Harness the power of student voice, and family and community involvement to ensure that all voices are heard and considered in the day-to-day life of the school.
- Provide ongoing support, guidance, feedback, and support to collaborators to ensure high-quality contributions and full engagement.
- Support leaders’ work in planning deliverables.
- Applicants must possess a valid New York State certificate in School Administration/Supervision (SAS), School District Administrator (SDA) or in School Building Leadership (SBL) and must be in the Principals’ Pool. Please note: We do not accept internship certificates. For more information regarding the DOE’s supervisory certification requirements, as well as a link to the New York State Education Department’s website to apply for certification, please visit our website at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/careers/principals-and-assistant-principals/school-leader-and-supervisory-certification
- PhD in a liberal arts and sciences discipline, corresponding to the fields available for study within the Bard College curriculum outlined on their website at https://www.bard.edu/academics/programs/
- Familiarity with the academic tradition and curricular tenets of the liberal arts and sciences
- Track record of success at increasing student achievement outcomes in a school
- Relevant teaching experience, preferably with both college and high school-aged students
- Relevant leadership experience
- Experience in and commitment to working with adolescents
- Experience in data-based decision making and strategic planning around instructional implementation to increase student achievement
- Engagement in the candidate's field of study since attainment of doctoral degree
- Attention to detail, well organized, able to work under pressure, and meet frequent and changing deadlines
- Sound judgment; skilled with group problem-solving and working with complex concepts in a dynamic setting
- Ability to organize facts and present information and figures in a clear, concise, and logical manner, both orally and in writing
- Very strong organizational and management skills
- Very strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Ability to synthesize information from multiple sources and reconcile incongruent data
- In-depth knowledge of the NYC public school system and the NYC Department of Education
- Ability to receive constructive feedback and engage in a collaborative and rigorous development of school design
- Prior success in planning and leading a school
- Prior success in leading adult team building—being a team leader and teaching others how to lead teams
Acting Principal Assigned/Project Director will likely become the Interim Acting Principal of the school on July 1, 2023. Appointment to the principal position is subsequently subject to selection through the Chancellor’s C30 Process.
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