Ascend Charter Schools

  • General Leadership Application

    Career Area
    School Leadership
    All Schools
    Start Date
    SY 2018-19
  • Overview

    At Ascend, we’re excited about educators 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.


    At Ascend, we seek leaders who are passionate about both curriculum, culture, and coaching - who want to spend their time discussing, preparing, and immersing themselves in the content and professional development they provide to teachers. Leaders are responsible for inspiring teachers to excel in their jobs and to motivate students to achieve their highest potentials. They provide instructional and administrative leadership to the teaching staff, oversee the implementation of the curriculum, coordinate assessments, and monitor students’ academic performance. They are responsible for shaping and sustaining the school’s distinctive culture and ensuring that the students internalize the school’s values and aspirations for academic excellence. They lead the teaching staff and oversee the implementation of school-wide systems and procedures. Leaders at Ascend share a hunger for feedback and professional growth, and a dedication to excellence.


    Leadership positions include: managing director of schools; school director; resident school director; dean of instruction; dean of students; director of culture; and dean of student services.


    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.


    You can learn more about the Ascend approach by visiting our website.


    Responsibilities vary by leadership position; some may include:

    • Observe, coach and mentor dean of students, dean of instruction or other member of leadership team to ensure that their leadership is data-driven, relentless and effective to improve teaching and learning
    • Plan and facilitate Team Planning and Development Meetings in Math and ELA
    • Support the implementation of school-wide academic systems and procedures that are structured, predictable and build and maintain the school’s highly ambitious academic expectations
    • Reinforce and maintain the school’s culture of high academic and character growth by utilizing the Ascend
    • Learning philosophy that discipline is an opportunity for learning, growth, and community-building
    • Plan and execute whole school professional development sessions
    • Build and oversee a culture of data to inform teaching practice and drive decision-making and instruction
    • Work with school director to plan and implement academic-related family events, including but not limited to parent teacher conferences and high school events
    • Maintaining a strong adult culture by upholding and reinforcing the school’s professional norms


    • Expertise in teaching and working with scholars at elementary, middle, or high school level
    • 3-5 years teaching experience with a proven track record of elevating student achievement, preferably in urban schools
    • At least two years in a leadership role in a school with demonstrable results, preferably in urban schools
    • Record of success in leading adults; prior experience with direct management and supervision
    • Bachelor’s degree, with advanced degree preferred

    Skills, traits, and beliefs:

    • Ability to be a bold, tireless and engaging change agent and culture-creator; a visionary; a leader who inspires and motivates students and adults
    • Exceptional self-motivation, entrepreneurial spirit and team orientation
    • Problem-solving skills, with a combination of confidence and humility
    • Effective and winning communication skills, both oral and written
    • Excellent organization and planning skills, with strong attention to detail
    • Collaborative decision-making style, with a proven track record of working with individuals at all levels to drive decision-making and results
    • Self-awareness, with an ability to treat all members of the school’s community with respect and an accurate idea of one’s own strengths and weaknesses
    • Absolute integrity
    • Relentless commitment to preparing every student for college
    • Commitment to improving the minds and lives of students from underserved communities; a dedication to doing whatever it takes to help all the school’s students achieve academic success
    • Passion for academic learning and insistence on academic excellence and rigor at all times
    • Alignment with the educational philosophy and core beliefs of Ascend

    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.


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