The Urban Assembly is made up of a team of committed and passionate educators and professionals. We are dedicated to providing our students with a first-class public education and carry out this mission by hiring superior leaders, school staff, school support team staff, and administrative staff. We look for individuals whose skills and beliefs align with our commitment to our schools and students. All Urban Assembly schools were created based on the premise that small schools with compelling themes, strong partners, flexible hiring and innovative teaching practices can provide a top notch education to students who would otherwise attend large high schools. We strive for excellence in our schools and our organization, and are committed to leading by example to strengthen broad scale public education in this country.

Community School Director - The Urban Assembly Unison School

The Urban Assembly

Background on The Urban Assembly Unison School:

The Urban Assembly Unison School is a small middle school located in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn in a shared building with an elementary school. Unison, as we are fondly called, is in its fifth year and in its fourth year under the current principal, Emily Paige. This year, Unison is undertaking an innovative shift to become a unique Community School serving the school’s neighborhood, families and larger community. The school has an ambitious plan to transform into a thriving middle school that offers its students an enriched, hands-on curriculum shaped around career exploration labs and also offers its students and their families with a wide range of supports and services to ensure that each and every student at Unison is able to take his or her rightful seat at the table in school and in their worlds.

Community School Director Position:

We are actively seeking a Community School Director that will, with leadership and guidance from the school administration, collaboratively develop a plan and then oversee the actual transition to becoming a Community School. This will include managing school services partnerships, developing and operating a Family Resource Center in the school building and overseeing the curricular job exploration partnerships through the Urban Assembly. The position will be staffed through Unison’s Community School Community Based Organization partner, The Urban Assembly.

Background on The Urban Assembly:

The Urban Assembly (UA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering underserved youth by providing them with the academic and life skills necessary for post-secondary success. It creates and supports unique, small public schools that are open to all students, scales up promising programs, and coordinates with hundreds of partner organizations in the private, public, non-profit and higher education sectors. The UA serves over 9,000 students in its 21 existing small district middle and high schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan.

  • Serve as an advisor to the Principal, providing leadership for coordinating the work of different partners within the school, and aligning the work of partners with the school faculty
  • Develop strong relationships with parents, students, and teachers, and ensure that all stakeholders understand what a Community School is and how it supports student achievement
  • Work with Citizen Schools (partner agency) to increase enrollment and integrate expanded learning time and enrichment activities before, during or after the school day
  • Lead the school’s attendance team, using data tools for tracking and coordinating student interventions
  • Organize and oversee assets and needs assessments and seek input from teachers, school staff, parents, students and community to determine ongoing needs of students and families; create and implement a Community School plan 
  • Identify high need students, coordinate with teachers to target interventions, and track and monitor impact of interventions
  • Work with Principal, School Leadership Team, and Parent Coordinator to implement a transformative model of family engagement that creates strong school-to-home partnerships for learning; create, implement and manage the Family Resource Room
  • Support special events that promote family engagement – including “Unity in the Community” Block Party and Community School Forum
  • Form partnerships with community agencies aligned with school goals, and bring services into the school (i.e. health, mental health, dental, after school, GED, arts, etc.) for students and parents; develop memoranda of understanding and subcontract agreements with subcontractors as necessary
  • Work with School Leadership Team to maintain a focus on results and track progress
  • Track program activity and progress and use data and evaluation to strengthen the program
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Masters in social work, education, public administration or another related field preferred
  • Five years of relevant experience as a Community School Director or in education, youth development, social work, community organizing or another related field
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders in the school
  • Understanding of high-needs communities and schools and knowledge of community organizing principles
  • Ability to work with a high degree of autonomy, and in a school under a dual reporting structure
  • Ability to track and manage a program budget as well as negotiate agreements with other organizations
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment, flexible, organized and can-do attitude
  • Interest in and comfort with working with data to inform practice
  • Strong presentation and communication skills (oral and written)
  • Bilingual (Spanish) a plus
  • Must be able to pass background check and clearance by NYC Department of Education

Salary, Location and Hours:

  • School-based position at The Urban Assembly Unison School, 170 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238, 3rd Floor
  • Full-time, some weeknight and Saturday hours
  • Year-round position
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Urban Assembly and DOE are Equal Opportunity Employers

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to:

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