The managing director of high schools is responsible for the design and realization of Ascend’s path-breaking urban high schools, and oversees and develops the high schools’ directors.
The Ascend high school is the culmination of Ascend K-12 liberal arts program. Building on the academic foundation of the lower and middle school schools, the high school engages students on a great intellectual journey, preparing them for admission to four-year colleges and universities, and supporting their career launch. In addition to pursuing a rigorous academic course of study, a central focus of high school is the development of agency–students’ belief that they are in control of their own lives and can act of their own free choices. This capacity will prove essential for college life, where freedom and responsibility will be exercised in a nearly complete absence of supervision. Partnerships with colleges, universities, and college financing organizations, together with an Ascend alumni program, will ensure that students have the supports to overcome obstacles and persist in college.
Ascend managing directors are the academic and cultural leaders of a portfolio of schools. They support and manage the schools’ directors to achieve each school’s academic and organizational goals, to build and maintain a strong presence for the school in the community, and to develop and cultivate enduring relationships with students, teachers, parents, community members and stakeholders. Managing directors report directly to the chief schools officer.
We’re excited about professionals who are fired up about our liberal arts program, positive approach to discipline, and commitment to serve all students. Join us as we foster innate curiosities, encourage discussion and debate, and guide students to think their own way through to answers.
Why extraordinary professionals choose Ascend
Ascend is a network of K-12 public charter schools serving 4,000 students across 10 schools in Central Brooklyn. Our mission is to lead our students on a great intellectual journey, providing them with an exceptional education and placing them firmly on the path to success in college and beyond.
We guide our students to think critically and independently and to enjoy education as an end in itself. We teach a rich and rigorous liberal arts curriculum that nurtures students’ natural curiosity about the world. We foster a positive, non-punitive school culture where students feel connected, empowered, and safe to take academic risks. Even our school buildings are designed to reflect our high aspirations for teaching and learning and the notable accomplishments that occur within our walls.
To create this kind of vibrant learning community, we invest heavily in our faculty by providing ongoing professional training and support, and encourage our educators to collaborate closely and push each other to achieve great outcomes.
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The managing director of high schools leads the strategic planning process to refine the Ascend high school model and launch all future high schools. Additionally, the managing director of high schools will:
The managing director of high schools will a coach, manage, and develop the directors of Ascend’s high schools, supporting them to cultivate strong talent practices and to execute their responsibilities effectively. Additionally, the managing director of high schools will:
Staff and reporting relationships
The managing director of high schools reports directly to the chief schools officer and works closely with the chief curriculum and instruction officer and other members of the officer team.
Skills and Traits
Diversity at Ascend
Ascend is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community, both through our hiring practices and our focus on creating a culture and environment where diverse perspectives, ideas, and identities are valued and integrated into our way of working and educating students. Ascend staff represent a wide diversity of racial, socio-economic, gender, religious, and national identities—opening a window to the entire Ascend community on the richness of humanity. We welcome all applicants who share our mission and vision to join us in our deeply consequential work.
Ascend offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.