(2022-2023) Elementary School Principal

DREAM - New York, New York - Full time

Originally founded in 1991 as Harlem RBI, DREAM has grown to annually serve more than 2,500 youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a network of six PreK-12, extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools and community sports-based youth development programs. Through our commitment to rigorous academics, social-emotional learning, deep family and community engagement, and health and wellness, we create lifelong learners who are equipped to fulfill their vision of success in and out of the classroom. We dream big, as well, with an aggressive five-year plan to expand to serve 3,500 students across seven schools—growing our organization's impact and leveling the playing field for all children. To learn more, visit wearedream.org.

Reporting to the Managing Director of Schools, the Elementary School Principal will be responsible for providing innovative strategic and instructional leadership for elementary school staff and overseeing day-to-day management of the elementary school and its culture. The Elementary School Principal will also be tasked with using achievement data to inform practice and demonstrate success. This is an exciting opportunity for a high performing school leader to lead DREAM's innovative program at our flagship K-5 elementary school.


  • Lead the development of a high-performing Elementary School culture through the refinement and maintenance of systems and routines which set high expectations and are aligned to DREAMs educational philosophy;
  • Ensure the entire school meets their academic achievement goals for students, which includes analysis of student achievement data and strategic planning in response to that data
  • Recruit, select and retain a team of teachers and support staff;
  • Lead the implementation of a rich, engaging and rigorous curriculum that is aligned with the Common Core Standards;
  • Ensure strategic management of the elementary school, including progress monitoring and response to data
  • Ensure the annual school development plan and goal setting is consistent with the school's charter contract;
  • Report regularly to the Managing Director of Schools and Board of Trustees;
  • Utilize ethical and motivational leadership appropriate to the cultural and political context in which the school operates;
  • Develop and implement school policies as a member of DREAM's School Leadership Team;
  • Build professional internal and external relations with the board, donors and local community demonstrating the school is well managed and in legal compliance with the charter contract;
  • Lead the professional development calendar and on-going improvement of teaching through a variety of strategies, including: lesson observations, regular use of data, collaborative planning and inquiry, regular program of training, coaching and mentoring, and ensure high levels of student achievement and learning through rigorous and engaging classes;
  • Build a shared vision among all teachers of effective instruction;
  • Systematically use formative assessment data to guide learning and support and drive instruction, curriculum, and professional development;
  • Create a tiered program of responsive support in English and Math for students who are below expected levels in these subjects;
  • Build strong and responsive special education programming to ensure success in school for students with special needs, including compliance with special education laws;
  • Collaborate with the leadership team to create extended school day activities.


  • Bachelor's Degree required, Master's Degree in educational leadership preferred;
  • Extensive elementary school instructional (school or program based) experience with evidence of driving strong student outcomes, preferably in a high-performing charter school setting;
  • 2+ years of academic, program, and/or school culture leadership experience with a track record of driving results, preferred;
  • Extensive knowledge of best practices in classroom management and instructional strategies;
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills and an understanding of adult learning strategies to provide mentoring and coaching;
  • Successful experience in leading professional development in large group, small group and one-on-one settings, preferred;
  • Ability to use a variety of data sources to drive student outcomes;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with faculty, staff, peers, and parents;
  • A strong belief in the mission and values of DREAM, including the desire to make a difference in the lives of our students, families, and community.


DREAM requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees, including a booster dose. Part-time staff hired for the summer season only, are exempt from the booster dose, however they must have received a 2-dose series or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Reasonable Accommodations based on a qualifying disability or sincerely held religious belief are being considered in accordance with applicable law.


At DREAM, diversity, equity, and inclusion are a matter of mission.

From our schools to our playing fields, DREAM is committed to building a team where each individual can bring their full identity and experience to work because representation matters—it enriches our team culture, enhances our ability to innovate, and strengthens our impact in and out of the classroom. DREAM engages staff that represent and appreciate the diversity of our majority Black and Hispanic student body, while working to ensure that our practices are equitable, welcoming, and productive. We are dedicated to creating a world where youth, especially youth of color, have permission to dream—along with the tools and opportunities to make their dreams reality.

Come dream with us.


All Kids Can. This Kid Can.

DREAM is Family.

Fun is a Serious Value.

Teamwork Makes the DREAM Work.

Fail. Persist. Exceed.


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Superintendent / Assistant Supe.

Experience Level

Mid Level


Originally founded in 1991 as Harlem RBI, DREAM has grown to annually serve more than 2,500 youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a network of six PreK-12, extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools and community sports-based youth development programs.
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