Our flagship high school, Brooklyn Ascend High School (BAHS), opened to 9th grade students in September 2015 and will expand by a grade per year through grade 12.
The director of culture is the cultural leader of the school and manages the culture team. This team is responsible for maintaining a culture of high academic and behavioral expectations, and ensuring a restorative and college-preparatory climate across the campus. Directors develop and cultivate enduring relationships with students, teachers, and parents—and support staff to do the same. The director of culture role is an ideal opportunity for a dynamic and visionary individual to play a central leadership role in growing and shaping one of our premier charter schools committed to helping students achieve high levels of academic achievement from kindergarten through college. The director of culture will participate as a member of the school leadership team and will report to the school director.
At BAHS, we are looking for leaders who believe in restorative practices and teach students to resolve conflicts on their own, understand the impact of their actions, and acknowledge responsibility to the school community. We believe that a true liberal arts education—which fosters and prizes critical thinking and independence of thought—cannot be joined to a no-excuses culture that emphasizes silence and compliance. It is a flagrant contradiction. We prepare students for success in college and in life by fostering agency—our students’ confidence that they are in control of their own lives and can act of their own free choices, their conviction that they can assert their voice and power in the world.
Why extraordinary leaders lead at 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.
Leading at Ascend means growing deeply in your career, expressing your voice, and playing a defining role in the future of your students, your school, and the Ascend network.
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The director of culture will support the school’s highly ambitious academic and cultural expectations. To accomplish this, the director of culture will:
Staff and reporting relationships
The director of culture reports directly to the school director. Additional collaboration occurs with the deans of students and the Ascend network.
Skills and traits
The director of culture must demonstrate:
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.