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OWN - Our World Neighborhood Charter Schools Principal (2024-2025) in Corona, New York

                                                            About OWNCS

Our World Neighborhood Charter Schools (OWNCS) educates students to become independent thinkers and lifelong learners. Our educational philosophy is based on inquiry, active and experiential learning, and social justice.  

We are committed to providing strong educational opportunities for children in underserved communities. We believe in the importance of creating socio-economically and culturally diverse schools.

A successful candidate for this position will embody confidence, exercise good judgement and must be able to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with various constituencies, including students, senior staff, co-workers, and teachers.

Duties and Responsibilities

Principals serve as leadership figures within the school and are the instructional leaders of the school. The Principal will work closely with, and report directly to the Chief Academic Officer (CAO. The Principal is the administrator and educational leader of the school and bears a responsibility for the continuous operation of the school and all matters that concern the school including student achievement. The Principal supervises all school personnel, directly and/or indirectly.

Essential Job Functions

  • Teaching and Learning

  • Responsible for the overall instructional program of the school, its development, delivery and assessment.

  • Oversees the issues that concern the school as a whole and will facilitate communication and build consensus among teachers, staff and families in support of the school’s mission.

  • Recruits and hires all staff in collaboration with the human resources team

  • Facilitates a shared vision among all teachers of skillful instruction and high expectations for all students

  • Engages in the on-going improvement of teaching for all staff through a variety of strategies, including:

  • Collaborative planning and inquiry

  • Lesson observations

  • Individual teaching plans

  • Regular use of data

  • Regular professional development, including professional learning communities Leadership development

  • Support strategies including coaching and mentoring

  • Supports the systematic use of formative assessment data to guide learning and drive instruction, curriculum, and professional development

  • Develops and Implements a curriculum that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and New York state standards

  • Implements strong and responsive and compliant instructional programming for special populations of students

  • Creates a comprehensive network of student supports to ensure the social-emotional well-being of each student

  • Supports and enriches school day programs that provide a rich and high-quality offerings in sports, the arts, music and theatre

  • School Culture and Behavior

  • Manages talent (with support from the Human Resources Team) ensure effective and aligned talent and management practices, including:

  • Job design with clarity of responsibilities and lines of accountability Recruiting that attracts and selects talented teachers and staff

  • Professional development including a strong, collaborative and professional community, and regular training and leadership opportunities

  • Performance management system that is both developmental and establishes a culture of accountability

  • Recognition strategies for teachers and staff Retention strategies for teachers and staff

  • Stakeholder Relations

  • Together with the CEO, maintains open communication with the school’s authorizer.

  • Under the direction of the CEO produces all required reports to the school’s authorizer and submits reports subject to Board’s approval.

  • Responsible for the success of all school programs and will ensure that the school is in compliance with the school’s approved charter, board policies, appropriate governmental statues, its authorizer’s and NYSED regulations and all other applicable governmental laws and regulations.

  • Accountable for the attainment of student achievement goals for all students and for the school to achieve and maintain good standing by its authorizer as well as the continual renewal of its charter.

  • With support from and in collaboration with the senior leadership team, communicates the vision of the school to the public and the press and represents the school to parents, community leaders and the general public.

  • Works with the Parent Association, with support from the central office Director of External Relations, to ensure that all parents are engaged in all aspects of the life of the school and have the opportunity to provide input.

  • Oversees and, with support of the senior leadership team, implements the parent outreach and student recruitment process.

  • School Operations

  • Works directly with senior leadership and school-based operational and finance staff to ensure financial and operational stability and compliance, sound fiscal planning, effective asset management and full compliance with government and charter audit requirements.

  • The Principal has knowledge and understanding of:

  • The OWNCS vision and mission

  • Child and adult learning and development, the teaching-learning process and educational change.

  • Relevant research findings and strategies for using data to develop, implement, and maintain the school vision.

  • Demonstrated capacity and experience in the ability to:

  • Coordinate the academic program with the Executive Leadership Team to ensure that there is alignment within the school and amongst the other OWNCS schools.

  • Implement the instructional program of the school.

  • Use shared decision-making effectively in the management of the school.

  • Work collaboratively with the school community to develop and maintain a shared school vision.

  • Ensure that decision-making regarding instructional programs and school operations are consistent with and supportive of the school vision.

  • Manage members of his or her instructional and non-instructional team

  • Foster a caring, growth-oriented environment for faculty and students, one in which high expectations and high standards for student achievement will be emphasized.

  • Manage fiscal resources responsibly, efficiently, and effectively.

  • Manage human resources responsibly, with support from the central office Human Resources Coordinator, by selecting and inducting new personnel appropriately, assigning and evaluating all staff effectively, and taking other appropriate steps to build an effective school staff.

  • Facilitate school-based research and use these and other research findings to plan school improvement initiatives, pace the implementation of these changes, and evaluate their impact on teaching and learning.

  • Engage in community outreach and marketing to drive student recruitment efforts.

    Minimum Qualifications

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in an educational setting as an instructional leader (principal, assistant principal, etc.), with a strong knowledge of leadership principles and practices gained through work experience and formal education;

  • At least five years of experience as a teacher in an urban school environment;

  • New York State School Building Leader or School District Leader Certification preferred;

  • Exceptional understanding of instructional practices including those related to delivery of instruction, development of curriculum and assessment of student performance;

  • Exceptional speaking and writing skills;

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and an effective communicator and strong motivator;

  • A visionary who is a strong and confident decision-maker;

  • Facility with computer technology in gathering information and coordinating technical resources for students, teachers, and classrooms.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience coaching or supervising school administrators, experience working in a charter school or charter network preferred.

  • Experience in urban schools with diverse student bodies, preferably in the charter school sector. Experience leading high-- ‐ performing teams and managing staff, while providing constructive feedback and coaching to team members.

  • Experience   managing   adults; goal-- ‐ setting, providing   meaningful   feedback, and   setting professional development plans.

  • Willingness to respond positively to feedback; Commitment to daily personal and professional growth.

  • Deep experience in the design, integration, implementation and management of a school including knowledge of curriculum, instructional practices, school operations and management, and leadership development.

  • Demonstrated success leading school improvement initiatives that close student achievement gaps between racial, ethnic, and economic groups.

  • Experience in analyzing student data and using data to inform instruction with demonstrated success leading strategic educational initiatives that result in measurable improved student achievement.

  • Experience effectively managing limited resources to support strategic organizational goal attainment.

    Required Qualifications

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed in this position description are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

                                                                  Vaccination Policy

    OWNCS will only consider the candidacy of candidates who are vaccinated (one or two doses), candidates will be asked to certify their vaccination status before any final offers are made.  Reasonable Accommodations based on a qualifying disability or sincerely held religious belief are being considered in accordance with applicable law.

                                                               Pay and Benefits

                              $150,000 to $175,000 depending upon education and experience

Rich and competitive benefits package including:  full health and dental coverage for employee, 40(K) with employer match, commuter benefits, paid time off.  


This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required for this position.  It is not intended to limit, or in any way to modify, the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, or reassign duties responsibilities to this job at any time.  The use of particular illustration shall not be used to exclude non-listed duties of similar kind or level of difficulty.

OWNCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion/creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, actual or perceived mental or physical disability, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), sex/gender, gender identity, presentation, expression or nonconformity (including cisgender/transgender, non-binary or intersex status), marital status, domestic partner status, familial or caregiver status, military or veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation (heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, asexuality), sexual and reproductive health decisions, genetic information, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking or sex offenses, arrest or conviction record, unemployment status, credit history, salary history, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws (each a “Protected Characteristic”).

Our management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities discipline, discharge and general treatment during employment.

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