Job Descriptions

High School Operations Manager for the 2018-2019 School

HIGH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION: Operations Manager for the 2018-2019 School Year

Our High School Operations Manager is an essential member of our high school staff. She/he manages the school’s daily operations, which includes managing the school’s operations team and administrative office. She/he demonstrates high levels of professionalism and urgency with all parties, excellent organization skills, consistency and reliability, and grace under pressure.  In doing so, she/he ensures operational excellence every day, which is critical to Unity in delivering on its mission: empowering students as scholars and citizens so they may lead fulfilling academic, personal, and professional lives.

Overview

Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity) is an independent charter school that proudly serves the community of central Brooklyn in New York City.  We are currently in our fifth year and serve 500 students in grades 6-10. Over the next two years, we will continue to grow one grade level per year until we reach full size in 2019 with approximately 700 students in grades 6-12. We look forward to the graduation of our founding class in the spring of 2020.

Every day, the school community at Unity works as a team to empower our students. Though the scope of each staff member’s daily tasks and responsibilities is broad, we aim to align all elements of our work with the school’s mission: to empower students as scholars and citizens so that they may lead fulfilling academic, personal, and professional lives. This mission is the heart of our school, informing our choices and uniting our community under one shared purpose.

Responsibilities

Key responsibilities of the Operations Manager include:

  • Manages a team of school operations professionals in overseeing all logistics for school-wide events, family communications, interior aesthetics, safety, student records, technology, and inventory management
  • Champions and upholds all policies, procedures, and communications across the school community
  • Ensures operational excellence and high level of detail in all areas of operations, from school aesthetics, to school health and safety protocols
  • Establishes and maintains strong relationships with all stakeholders, including staff, faculty, families and community partners, in alignment with the school’s mission

Qualifications

A candidate for this position must be equipped with:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 2 years of experience as an Operations Manager or a comparable position in a comparable organization
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills with students, parents, colleagues, and community members; experience working collaboratively in team settings
  • Demonstrates high levels of professionalism and urgency with all parties, excellent organization skills, consistency and reliability, and grace under pressure.
  • Approaches work with maturity integrity, humility, versatility (i.e., embraces the ambiguity and excitement associated with start-ups), a solution-oriented mindset with a strong work ethic, and, of course, a sense of humor
  • A demonstrated openness and responsiveness to constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growth
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred

To Apply

If you seek to contribute meaningfully to the development and successful operation of an innovative public school with a strong team of talented educators and administrators, please visit http://www.unityprep.org/careers to submit a cover letter and resume and begin the application process.  

As an equal opportunity employer, Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.

High School Mathematics Teacher for the 2018-2019 School Year

A High School Mathematics Teacher at Unity is an essential member of our high school’s founding team.  She/he leads in developing in students a sound, foundational and conceptual understanding of the power of algebra and beyond in describing mathematical patterns and natural-world phenomena. In developing in students such an understanding, she/he fosters in students a confidence in and appreciation for their abilities to learn and excel in the advanced study of secondary-level mathematics.

Overview

Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity) is an independent charter school that proudly serves the community of central Brooklyn in New York City.  We are currently in our fifth year and serve 500 students in grades 6-10. Over the next two years, we will continue to grow one grade level per year until we reach full size in 2019 with approximately 700 students in grades 6-12. We look forward to the graduation of our founding class in the spring of 2020.

About Unity

Every day, the school community at Unity works as a team to empower our students. Though the scope of each staff member’s daily tasks and responsibilities is broad, we aim to align all elements of our work with the school’s mission: to empower students as scholars and citizens so that they may lead fulfilling academic, personal, and professional lives. This mission is the heart of our school, informing our choices and uniting our community under one shared purpose.

As a young and growing school, Unity strives to continuously strengthen its rigorous academic program in the liberal arts & sciences. Unity educators are creators and collaborators, developing curriculum that is designed with our specific students in mind. Our students are at the center of all that we do at Unity, and our structures and systems reflect that. We prioritize differentiated academic support, offer extended learning time, and expose students to an ever-expanding array of enrichment clubs and learning opportunities outside the classroom.  Additionally, we are building a supportive school culture that emphasizes empathy and fosters students’ socio-emotional development.

As a school and learning community, we believe that:

  1. High expectations must be coupled with high support: To ensure student success, Unity staff members provide support commensurate with the high expectations placed upon students, both in the form of academic support and support in character development.
  2. Drawing on our Community’s Diversity of Perspective and Experience Deepens Learning: We firmly believe that educational equity is best achieved, and academic learning is most profound, in diverse school settings. Our community draws strength from the rich experiences of each student.
  3. Building Connections between the Classroom and Adult World is Empowering: To supplement students’ academic learning, we provide students opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to real world experiences. This requires going beyond the school’s walls so that students may meaningfully interact with and positively contribute to the local community. The typical school day cannot provide such a program – we thus offer an extended school day and school year.
  4. A Powerful School Culture Requires Going Beyond Compliance: Our core values, the code of conduct, the enrichment programs, and the attitudes and behavior of the staff breed a culture in which students experience a sense of unity with classmates, value the power of being highly educated, and take responsibility for their own learning. We complement academic education with training on managing emotions and developing character strengths including our Core Values of Awareness, Initiative, Courage, Inquiry, Kindness and Integrity.
  5. Strong Teaching is a Central Lever in Promoting Student Learning: Recruiting, developing, and retaining exceptional teachers is an absolute priority for us. We reward teachers generously for their contributions to student learning. Likewise, we provide ample, ongoing opportunities for teachers to develop their skills, establish and meet goals, and be challenged to reach their full potential as educators.
  6. Assessing Learning through a Variety of Forms is Essential: We believe that using standardized test results as the sole measure of a student’s academic progress leads to an incomplete understanding of the student’s overall ability and potential to excel. An annual year-end presentation of a portfolio of work spanning the entire year is a more comprehensive and informative representation of a student’s learning.  These RT presentations also reveal a student’s interpersonal skills and the development of their character strengths. When examining standardized test data, it is imperative that a student’s growth is celebrated as prominently as the student’s actual proficiency level.
  7. The Exchange of Best Practices Amplifies our Impact: We subscribe to the notion that any school developing innovative practices that successfully promote student learning has a responsibility to share them with other schools.

While many of our 6th graders start at Unity multiple years behind grade level, our focus on accelerating growth and on cultivating long-term academic and non-academic success is reaping impressive results for our students and families. Among our recent successes in the 2016-17 school year:

  • Our middle school students, on average, outperformed their district peers in mathematics and ELA on state exams.
  • Our students across all grades who comprise subgroups that are traditionally least effectively served by our education system, including students classified as economically disadvantaged, black, Latino, and students with disabilities, significantly outperformed their district and state peers on state exams.
  • Our ninth grade students, who have experienced the education we offer longest, soundly outperformed the state on their Regents exams in Algebra I and Living Environment.
  • Based on a citywide survey completed by students’ families, Unity’s satisfaction rates were higher than the citywide average in all categories.  For example, 97% of families reported they are satisfied with the education their children are receiving at Unity.
  • In holding true to our belief in providing a truly empowering education:
    • 100% of our 9th grade students participated in an afternoon extra-curricular activity.
    • 80% of 9th grade students participated in a formal community service initiative.
    • 90% of students successfully completed their end-of-year Roundtable presentation, a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members.
    • 100% of high school students completed a full-year course in college and career readiness.

Responsibilities

Our faculty plays an essential role in establishing Unity as a model educational institution.  Most critically, faculty members equip students with the knowledge and skills needed – including the desire and capacity to learn independently, think critically, and communicate proficiently – in order to experience secondary and postsecondary success.  Key responsibilities of the Founding Mathematics Teacher include but are not limited to the following:

  • Plans a rigorous and engaging curriculum in mathematics that aligns to Common Core standards using the Understanding by Design framework alongside co-teachers
  • Executes engaging lessons that are guided by clear objectives that focus on conceptual understanding and that are assessed routinely for student mastery
  • Utilizes data from formative assessments in the classroom and school-wide interim assessments to adjust instruction on a regular basis
  • Provides additional remediation and acceleration based on formative assessments so that individual students are appropriately challenged according to their zones of proximal development
  • Collaborates with the founding team to create, implement, and refine schoolwide and classroom-based systems, routines, and procedures
  • Ensures that classroom time is utilized through sound management practices and by developing strong and trusting relationships with students
  • Actively participates in opportunities to strengthen her/his own pedagogical skills as well as contributes to the learning of colleagues
  • Serves as the advisor to students to support their academic and non-academic growth and development
  • Contributes to the school’s smooth and efficient operation by fulfilling required administrative duties and responsibilities and maintaining open and proactive communication with colleagues
  • Builds strong relationships with families through consistent communication and in following through on commitments

As professionals, all Unity teachers participate in the school’s innovative teacher career ladder, which provides a formal and transparent pathway for teachers to:

  1. develop their craft and improve as educators through multiple forms of support and training
  2. assume titles with commensurate responsibilities while remaining classroom practitioners
  3. be generously compensated and formally recognized for their positive contributions to the school. For more information on our unique professional ladder and a teaching career at Unity, visit: http://www.unityprep.org/careers/why-teach-at-unity/

Qualifications

A candidate for this position must be equipped with:

  • At least two years of formal experience in teaching mathematics at the secondary level
  • A proven track record in accelerating student academic growth and mastery in secondary-level mathematics
  • A balance of high expectations and high support, a growth mindset, and an innate joy in working with adolescents
  • Demonstrably strong organizational, interpersonal, and classroom/course management skills
  • An acumen for actively engaging students in her/his own learning, academically and non-academically
  • A demonstrated openness and responsiveness to constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growth
  • A strong work ethic that features organization, multi-tasking, flexibility, an orientation toward solutions, and a pride in meeting deadlines
  • Expertise in working with diverse populations of students and families, and in differentiating instruction to fully support the needs of diverse learners
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and experience working collaboratively in team settings
  • Approaches the profession with maturity, humility, versatility (i.e., embraces the ambiguity and excitement associated with start-ups), and, of course, a sense of humor
  • A Bachelor’s Degree

 

The ideal candidate for this position is equipped with:

  • Formal experience in teaching mathematics at the secondary level in New York City with a focus on developing conceptual understanding
  • A demonstrated capacity to plan rigorous and engaging curricula in pre-algebra and algebra that align to Common Core standards using the Understanding by Design framework
  • A Master’s Degree and New York State teacher certification

As an equal opportunity employer, Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.

Founding High School Lead Geometry Teacher for the 2018-2019 School Year

Our Lead Geometry Teacher at Unity is an essential member of our high school’s mathematics team and faculty.  She/he leads in developing in students a sound, foundational and conceptual understanding of geometry and its power to address questions of shape, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space. In developing in students such an understanding, she/he fosters in students a confidence in and appreciation for their abilities to learn and excel in the advanced study of secondary-level mathematics.

Overview

Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity) is an independent charter school that proudly serves the community of central Brooklyn in New York City.  We are currently in our fifth year and serve 500 students in grades 6-10. Over the next two years, we will continue to grow one grade level per year until we reach full size in 2019 with approximately 700 students in grades 6-12. We look forward to the graduation of our founding class in the spring of 2020.

About Unity

Every day, the school community at Unity works as a team to empower our students. Though the scope of each staff member’s daily tasks and responsibilities is broad, we aim to align all elements of our work with the school’s mission: to empower students as scholars and citizens so that they may lead fulfilling academic, personal, and professional lives. This mission is the heart of our school, informing our choices and uniting our community under one shared purpose.

As a young and growing school, Unity strives to continuously strengthen its rigorous academic program in the liberal arts & sciences. Unity educators are creators and collaborators, developing curriculum that is designed with our specific students in mind. Our students are at the center of all that we do at Unity, and our structures and systems reflect that. We prioritize differentiated academic support, offer extended learning time, and expose students to an ever-expanding array of enrichment clubs and learning opportunities outside the classroom.  Additionally, we are building a supportive school culture that emphasizes empathy and fosters students’ socio-emotional development.

As a school and learning community, we believe that:

  1. High expectations must be coupled with high support: To ensure student success, Unity staff members provide support commensurate with the high expectations placed upon students, both in the form of academic support and support in character development.
  2. Drawing on our Community’s Diversity of Perspective and Experience Deepens Learning: We firmly believe that educational equity is best achieved, and academic learning is most profound, in diverse school settings. Our community draws strength from the rich experiences of each student.
  3. Building Connections between the Classroom and Adult World is Empowering: To supplement students’ academic learning, we provide students opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to real world experiences. This requires going beyond the school’s walls so that students may meaningfully interact with and positively contribute to the local community. The typical school day cannot provide such a program – we thus offer an extended school day and school year.
  4. A Powerful School Culture Requires Going Beyond Compliance: Our core values, the code of conduct, the enrichment programs, and the attitudes and behavior of the staff breed a culture in which students experience a sense of unity with classmates, value the power of being highly educated, and take responsibility for their own learning. We complement academic education with training on managing emotions and developing character strengths including our Core Values of Awareness, Initiative, Courage, Inquiry, Kindness and Integrity.
  5. Strong Teaching is a Central Lever in Promoting Student Learning: Recruiting, developing, and retaining exceptional teachers is an absolute priority for us. We reward teachers generously for their contributions to student learning. Likewise, we provide ample, ongoing opportunities for teachers to develop their skills, establish and meet goals, and be challenged to reach their full potential as educators.
  6. Assessing Learning through a Variety of Forms is Essential: We believe that using standardized test results as the sole measure of a student’s academic progress leads to an incomplete understanding of the student’s overall ability and potential to excel. An annual year-end presentation of a portfolio of work spanning the entire year is a more comprehensive and informative representation of a student’s learning.  These RT presentations also reveal a student’s interpersonal skills and the development of their character strengths. When examining standardized test data, it is imperative that a student’s growth is celebrated as prominently as the student’s actual proficiency level.
  7. The Exchange of Best Practices Amplifies our Impact: We subscribe to the notion that any school developing innovative practices that successfully promote student learning has a responsibility to share them with other schools.

While many of our 6th graders start at Unity multiple years behind grade level, our focus on accelerating growth and on cultivating long-term academic and non-academic success is reaping impressive results for our students and families. Among our recent successes in the 2016-17 school year:

  • Our middle school students, on average, outperformed their district peers in mathematics and ELA on state exams.
  • Our students across all grades who comprise subgroups that are traditionally least effectively served by our education system, including students classified as economically disadvantaged, black, Latino, and students with disabilities, significantly outperformed their district and state peers on state exams.
  • Our ninth grade students, who have experienced the education we offer longest, soundly outperformed the state on their Regents exams in Algebra I and Living Environment.
  • Based on a citywide survey completed by students’ families, Unity’s satisfaction rates were higher than the citywide average in all categories.  For example, 97% of families reported they are satisfied with the education their children are receiving at Unity.
  • In holding true to our belief in providing a truly empowering education:
    • 100% of our 9th grade students participated in an afternoon extra-curricular activity.
    • 80% of 9th grade students participated in a formal community service initiative.
    • 90% of students successfully completed their end-of-year Roundtable presentation, a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members.
    • 100% of high school students completed a full-year course in college and career readiness.

Responsibilities

Our faculty plays an essential role in establishing Unity as a model educational institution.  Most critically, faculty members equip students with the knowledge and skills needed – including the desire and capacity to learn independently, think critically, and communicate proficiently – in order to experience secondary and postsecondary success.  Key responsibilities of the Lead Geometry Teacher include but are not limited to the following:

  • Plans/refines a rigorous and engaging curriculum in geometry that aligns to Common Core standards using the Understanding by Design framework alongside co-teachers
  • Executes engaging lessons that are guided by clear objectives that focus on conceptual understanding and that are assessed routinely for student mastery
  • Utilizes data from formative assessments in the classroom and school-wide interim assessments to adjust instruction on a regular basis
  • Provides additional remediation and acceleration based on formative assessments so that individual students are appropriately challenged according to their zones of proximal development
  • Collaborates with the founding team to create, implement, and refine schoolwide and classroom-based systems, routines, and procedures
  • Ensures that classroom time is utilized through sound management practices and by developing strong and trusting relationships with students
  • Actively participates in opportunities to strengthen her/his own pedagogical skills as well as contributes to the learning of colleagues
  • Serves as the advisor to students to support their academic and non-academic growth and development
  • Contributes to the school’s smooth and efficient operation by fulfilling required administrative duties and responsibilities and maintaining open and proactive communication with colleagues
  • Builds strong relationships with families through consistent communication and in following through on commitments

As professionals, all Unity teachers participate in the school’s innovative teacher career ladder, which provides a formal and transparent pathway for teachers to:

  1. develop their craft and improve as educators through multiple forms of support and training
  2. assume titles with commensurate responsibilities while remaining classroom practitioners
  3. be generously compensated and formally recognized for their positive contributions to the school. For more information on our unique professional ladder and a teaching career at Unity, visit: http://www.unityprep.org/careers/why-teach-at-unity/

Qualifications

A candidate for this position must be equipped with:

  • Formal experience in teaching mathematics at the secondary level
  • A balance of high expectations and high support, a growth mindset, and an innate joy in working with adolescents
  • Demonstrably strong organizational, interpersonal, and classroom/course management skills
  • An acumen for actively engaging students in her/his own learning, academically and non-academically
  • A demonstrated openness and responsiveness to constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growth
  • A strong work ethic that features organization, multi-tasking, flexibility, an orientation toward solutions, and a pride in meeting deadlines
  • Expertise in working with diverse populations of students and families, and in differentiating instruction to fully support the needs of diverse learners
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and experience working collaboratively in team settings
  • Approaches the profession with maturity, humility, versatility (i.e., embraces the ambiguity and excitement associated with start-ups), and, of course, a sense of humor
  • A Bachelor’s Degree

The ideal candidate for this position is also equipped with:

  • At least two years of formal experience in teaching geometry at the secondary level in New York City with a focus on developing conceptual understanding
  • A proven track record in accelerating student academic growth and mastery in secondary-level mathematics
  • A demonstrated capacity to plan rigorous and engaging curricula in pre-algebra and algebra that align to Common Core standards using the Understanding by Design framework
  • A Master’s Degree and New York State teacher certification

As an equal opportunity employer, Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.

Full-time and Part-time Teaching Residents of Mathematics for the 2018-19 School Years

Our Teaching Residents (TRs) of Mathematics are essential members of our faculty.  They support our mathematics teachers in developing in students sound, foundational skills as mathematicians, readers, and writers.  This support of students occurs in the classroom as well as during small-group intervention blocks outside of class. By directly working under a lead mathematics teacher, Unity’s TRs develop practical, hands-on pedagogical skills and expertise while also positively impacting students and their academic growth.  In addition to the mentorship that TRs receive in working under a Unity lead teacher, they also have an opportunity to be sponsored by Unity in earning a graduate degree and teacher certification through Relay’s Graduate School of Education. The on-the-ground teaching experience at Unity coupled with Relay’s graduate coursework and program offers an immensely valuable learning experience for aspiring mathematics educators.

Overview

Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity) is an independent charter school that proudly serves the community of central Brooklyn in New York City.  We are currently in our fifth year and serve 500 students in grades 6-10. Over the next two years, we will continue to grow one grade level per year until we reach full size in 2019 with approximately 700 students in grades 6-12. We look forward to the graduation of our founding class in the spring of 2020.

About Unity

Every day, the school community at Unity works as a team to empower our students. Though the scope of each staff member’s daily tasks and responsibilities is broad, we aim to align all elements of our work with the school’s mission: to empower students as scholars and citizens so that they may lead fulfilling academic, personal, and professional lives. This mission is the heart of our school, informing our choices and uniting our community under one shared purpose.

As a young and growing school, Unity strives to continuously strengthen its rigorous academic program in the liberal arts & sciences. Unity educators are creators and collaborators, developing curriculum that is designed with our specific students in mind. Our students are at the center of all that we do at Unity, and our structures and systems reflect that. We prioritize differentiated academic support, offer extended learning time, and expose students to an ever-expanding array of enrichment clubs and learning opportunities outside the classroom.  Additionally, we are building a supportive school culture that emphasizes empathy and fosters students’ socio-emotional development.

As a school and learning community, we believe that:

  1. High expectations must be coupled with high support: To ensure student success, Unity staff members provide support commensurate with the high expectations placed upon students, both in the form of academic support and support in character development.
  2. Drawing on our Community’s Diversity of Perspective and Experience Deepens Learning: We firmly believe that educational equity is best achieved, and academic learning is most profound, in diverse school settings. Our community draws strength from the rich experiences of each student.
  3. Building Connections between the Classroom and Adult World is Empowering: To supplement students’ academic learning, we provide students opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to real world experiences. This requires going beyond the school’s walls so that students may meaningfully interact with and positively contribute to the local community. The typical school day cannot provide such a program – we thus offer an extended school day and school year.
  4. A Powerful School Culture Requires Going Beyond Compliance: Our core values, the code of conduct, the enrichment programs, and the attitudes and behavior of the staff breed a culture in which students experience a sense of unity with classmates, value the power of being highly educated, and take responsibility for their own learning. We complement academic education with training on managing emotions and developing character strengths including our Core Values of Awareness, Initiative, Courage, Inquiry, Kindness and Integrity.
  5. Strong Teaching is a Central Lever in Promoting Student Learning: Recruiting, developing, and retaining exceptional teachers is an absolute priority for us. We reward teachers generously for their contributions to student learning. Likewise, we provide ample, ongoing opportunities for teachers to develop their skills, establish and meet goals, and be challenged to reach their full potential as educators.
  6. Assessing Learning through a Variety of Forms is Essential: We believe that using standardized test results as the sole measure of a student’s academic progress leads to an incomplete understanding of the student’s overall ability and potential to excel. An annual year-end presentation of a portfolio of work spanning the entire year is a more comprehensive and informative representation of a student’s learning.  These RT presentations also reveal a student’s interpersonal skills and the development of their character strengths. When examining standardized test data, it is imperative that a student’s growth is celebrated as prominently as the student’s actual proficiency level.
  7. The Exchange of Best Practices Amplifies our Impact: We subscribe to the notion that any school developing innovative practices that successfully promote student learning has a responsibility to share them with other schools.

 

While many of our 6th graders start at Unity multiple years behind grade level, our focus on accelerating growth and on cultivating long-term academic and non-academic success is reaping impressive results for our students and families. Among our recent successes in the 2016-17 school year:

  • Our middle school students, on average, outperformed their district peers in mathematics and ELA on state exams.
  • Our students across all grades who comprise subgroups that are traditionally least effectively served by our education system, including students classified as economically disadvantaged, black, Latino, and students with disabilities, significantly outperformed their district and state peers on state exams.
  • Our ninth grade students, who have experienced the education we offer longest, soundly outperformed the state on their Regents exams in Algebra I and Living Environment.
  • Based on a citywide survey completed by students’ families, Unity’s satisfaction rates were higher than the citywide average in all categories.  For example, 97% of families reported they are satisfied with the education their children are receiving at Unity.
  • In holding true to our belief in providing a truly empowering education:
    • 100% of our 9th grade students participated in an afternoon extra-curricular activity.
    • 80% of 9th grade students participated in a formal community service initiative.
    • 90% of students successfully completed their end-of-year Roundtable presentation, a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members.
    • 100% of high school students completed a full-year course in college and career readiness.

Responsibilities

Our faculty plays an essential role in establishing Unity as a model educational institution.  Most critically, faculty members equip students with the knowledge and skills needed – including the desire and capacity to learn independently, think critically, and communicate proficiently – in order to experience secondary and postsecondary success.  Key responsibilities of our Teaching Residents include but are not limited to the following:

  • Serves as an apprentice to a Unity lead mathematics teacher – works directly under the teacher in planning curricula, managing classrooms, delivering instruction, assessing student learning, and communicating with families
  • Plans and prepares adequately to facilitate productive intervention blocks that effectively bolster students foundational mathematics skills
  • Tracks and monitors student academic progress toward mastery
  • Utilizes data from formative assessments to adjust intervention strategies
  • Meets with students during after-school tutoring hours to provide additional remediation and acceleration based on formative assessments so that individual students are appropriately challenged according to their zones of proximal development
  • Collaborates with mathematics teachers to create, implement, and refine schoolwide and classroom-based systems, routines, and procedures
  • Ensures that classroom time is utilized through sound management practices and by developing strong and trusting relationships with students
  • Actively participates in opportunities to strengthen her/his own pedagogical skills as well as contributes to the learning of colleagues
  • Contributes to the school’s smooth and efficient operation by fulfilling required administrative duties and responsibilities and maintaining open and proactive communication with colleagues
  • Builds strong relationships with students through consistent communication and in following through on commitments

 

Qualifications

A ideal candidate for this position is equipped with:

  • At least two years of formal experience in teaching and/or tutoring students
  • A balance of high expectations and high support, a growth mindset, and an innate joy in working with adolescents
  • An appreciation of the power and joy of mathematics
  • Demonstrably strong organizational, interpersonal, and classroom/course management skills
  • An acumen for actively engaging students in her/his own learning, academically and non-academically
  • A demonstrated openness and responsiveness to constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growth
  • A strong work ethic that features organization, multi-tasking, flexibility, an orientation toward solutions, and a pride in meeting deadlines
  • Expertise in working with diverse populations of students and families, and in differentiating instruction to fully support the needs of diverse learners
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and experience working collaboratively in team settings
  • Approaches the profession with maturity, humility, versatility (i.e., embraces the ambiguity and excitement associated with start-ups), and, of course, a sense of humor
  • A Bachelor’s Degree

As an equal opportunity employer, Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.

Assistant Athletic Director & Physical Education/Health Sciences Teacher for the 2018-2019 School Year

Our Assistant Athletic Director & Physical Education/Health Sciences Teacher is an essential member of our high school’s founding team. She/he is a primary driver in the development and implementation of our high school curricula in physical education and health sciences. She/he plays a central role in creating a culture throughout the entire school community that fully appreciates the importance of physical, mental, and emotional health. Finally, in holding true to Unity’s mission, this individual works alongside Unity’s Athletic Director in empowering our students as scholar-athletes and citizens who demonstrate the highest level of sportsmanship and grace and take pride in leading a healthy lifestyle. 

Overview

Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity) is an independent charter school that proudly serves the community of central Brooklyn in New York City. We are currently in our fifth year and serve 500 students in grades 6-10. Over the next two years, we will continue to grow one grade level per year until we reach full size in 2019 with approximately 700 students in grades 6-12. We look forward to the graduation of our founding class in the spring of 2020.

About Unity

Every day, the school community at Unity works as a team to empower our students. Though the scope of each staff member’s daily tasks and responsibilities is broad, we aim to align all elements of our work with the school’s mission: to empower students as scholars and citizens so that they may lead fulfilling academic, personal, and professional lives. This mission is the heart of our school, informing our choices and uniting our community under one shared purpose.

As a young and growing school, Unity strives to continuously strengthen its rigorous academic program in the liberal arts & sciences. Unity educators are creators and collaborators, developing curriculum that is designed with our specific students in mind. Our students are at the center of all that we do at Unity, and our structures and systems reflect that. We prioritize differentiated academic support, offer extended learning time, and expose students to an ever-expanding array of enrichment clubs and learning opportunities outside the classroom. Additionally, we are building a supportive school culture that emphasizes empathy and fosters students’ socio-emotional development.

As a school and learning community, we believe that:

  1. High expectations must be coupled with high support: To ensure student success, Unity staff members provide support commensurate with the high expectations placed upon students, both in the form of academic support and support in character development.
  2. Drawing on our Community’s Diversity of Perspective and Experience Deepens Learning: We firmly believe that educational equity is best achieved, and academic learning is most profound, in diverse school settings. Our community draws strength from the rich experiences of each student.
  3. Building Connections between the Classroom and Adult World is Empowering: To supplement students’ academic learning, we provide students opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to real world experiences. This requires going beyond the school’s walls so that students may meaningfully interact with and positively contribute to the local community. The typical school day cannot provide such a program – we thus offer an extended school day and school year.
  4. A Powerful School Culture Requires Going Beyond Compliance: Our core values, the code of conduct, the enrichment programs, and the attitudes and behavior of the staff breed a culture in which students experience a sense of unity with classmates, value the power of being highly educated, and take responsibility for their own learning. We complement academic education with training on managing emotions and developing character strengths including our Core Values of Awareness, Initiative, Courage, Inquiry, Kindness and Integrity.
  5. Strong Teaching is a Central Lever in Promoting Student Learning: Recruiting, developing, and retaining exceptional teachers is an absolute priority for us. We reward teachers generously for their contributions to student learning. Likewise, we provide ample, ongoing opportunities for teachers to develop their skills, establish and meet goals, and be challenged to reach their full potential as educators.
  6. Assessing Learning through a Variety of Forms is Essential: We believe that using standardized test results as the sole measure of a student’s academic progress leads to an incomplete understanding of the student’s overall ability and potential to excel. An annual year-end presentation of a portfolio of work spanning the entire year is a more comprehensive and informative representation of a student’s learning. These RT presentations also reveal a student’s interpersonal skills and the development of their character strengths. When examining standardized test data, it is imperative that a student’s growth is celebrated as prominently as the student’s actual proficiency level.
  7. The Exchange of Best Practices Amplifies our Impact: We subscribe to the notion that any school developing innovative practices that successfully promote student learning has a responsibility to share them with other schools.

While many of our 6th graders start at Unity multiple years behind grade level, our focus on accelerating growth and on cultivating long-term academic and non-academic success is reaping impressive results for our students and families. Among our recent successes in the 2016-17 school year:

  • Our middle school students, on average, outperformed their district peers in mathematics and ELA on state exams.
  • Our students across all grades who comprise subgroups that are traditionally least effectively served by our education system, including students classified as economically disadvantaged, black, Latino, and students with disabilities, significantly outperformed their district and state peers on state exams.
  • Our ninth grade students, who have experienced the education we offer longest, soundly outperformed the state on their Regents exams in Algebra I and Living Environment.
  • Based on a citywide survey completed by students’ families, Unity’s satisfaction rates were higher than the citywide average in all categories. For example, 97% of families reported they are satisfied with the education their children are receiving at Unity.
  • In holding true to our belief in providing a truly empowering education:
    • 100% of our 9th grade students participated in an afternoon extra-curricular activity.
    • 80% of 9th grade students participated in a formal community service initiative.
    • 90% of students successfully completed their end-of-year Roundtable presentation, a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members.
    • 100% of high school students completed a full-year course in college and career readiness.

Responsibilities

Our faculty plays an essential role in establishing Unity as a model educational institution. Most critically, faculty members equip students with the knowledge and skills needed – including the desire and capacity to learn independently, think critically, and communicate proficiently – in order to experience secondary and postsecondary success. Key responsibilities of the Founding Physical Education/Health Sciences Teacher include but are not limited to the following:

  • Supports Unity’s Athletic Director in building and expanding a model high school athletics program
  • Plans rigorous and engaging physical education and health sciences curricula that caters to the unique physical talents, needs, and multiple intelligences of students alongside colleagues – such collaborative planning will begin in the spring of 2018
  • Implements specially designed lessons that are guided by clear objectives that focus on conceptual understanding and that are assessed routinely for student mastery
  • Provides additional remediation and acceleration based on formative assessments so that individual students are appropriately challenged according to their zones of proximal development
  • Collaborates with the founding team to create, implement, and refine schoolwide and classroom-based systems, routines, and procedures
  • Ensures that classroom time is utilized through sound management practices and by developing strong and trusting relationships with students
  • Develops, implements, and/or manages individualized behavioral intervention plans to support students meeting established academic and non-academic goals
  • Actively participates in opportunities to strengthen her/his own pedagogical skills as well as contributes to the learning of colleagues
  • Serves as a coach during each of the school’s three athletic seasons
  • Serves as the advisor to students to support their academic and non-academic growth and development
  • Contributes to the school’s smooth and efficient operation by fulfilling required administrative duties and responsibilities and maintaining open and proactive communication with colleagues
  • Builds strong relationships with families through consistent communication and in following through on commitments

As professionals, all Unity teachers participate in the school’s innovative teacher career ladder, which provides a formal and transparent pathway for teachers to:

  1. develop their craft and improve as educators through multiple forms of support and training
  2. assume titles with commensurate responsibilities while remaining classroom practitioners
  3. be generously compensated and formally recognized for their positive contributions to the school. For more information on our unique professional ladder and a teaching career at Unity, visit: http://www.unityprep.org/careers/why-teach-at-unity/

Qualifications

A candidate for this position must be equipped with:

  • At least two years of formal experience in teaching physical education and health sciences
  • A proven track record in accelerating student growth and mastery
  • A balance of high expectations and high support, a growth mindset, and an innate joy in working with adolescents
  • Demonstrably strong organizational, interpersonal, and classroom/course management skills
  • An acumen for actively engaging students in her/his own learning, academically and non-academically
  • A demonstrated openness and responsiveness to constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growth
  • A strong work ethic that features organization, multi-tasking, flexibility, an orientation toward solutions, and a pride in meeting deadlines
  • Expertise in working with diverse populations of students and families, and in differentiating instruction to fully support the needs of diverse learners
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and experience working collaboratively in team settings
  • Approaches the profession with maturity, humility, versatility (i.e., embraces the ambiguity and excitement associated with start-ups), of course, a sense of humor
  • A Bachelor’s Degree

The ideal candidate for this position is equipped with:

  • Formal experience in athletic administration at the secondary or postsecondary level
  • Formal teaching experience in physical education and health sciences in New York State
  • A demonstrated capacity to plan rigorous and engaging curricula that align to Common Core standards using the Understanding by Design framework
  • New York State teacher certification in physical education
  • A Master’s Degree

To Apply

If you seek to contribute meaningfully to the development and successful operation of an innovative public school with a strong team of talented educators, please visit http://www.unityprep.org/careers to submit a cover letter and resume and begin the application process.

As an equal opportunity employer, Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.

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