Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools (LAB), Executive Director

Brooklyn Lab - Brooklyn, New York - Full time

ORGANIZATION

Primarily serving low-income students in the heart of Brooklyn’s Tech Triangle, Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools exist to connect students to promising opportunities previously unavailable to them. Since its founding in 2013, Brooklyn LAB has grown to serve more than 800 students each year in grades 6–12 across two charters and three state-of-the-art private facilities. With over 400 college acceptances, all members of LAB High School’s inaugural graduating class earned admission to college in 2021. Brooklyn LAB was one of only ten high schools in the country to win the XQ Super Schools competition (https://xqsuperschool.org/schools/).

Brooklyn LAB leads the way in recruiting a corps of teachers as intentionally diverse as their student population. 80% of their staff members identify as people of color and the majority hail from immigrant communities. LAB leaders and educators mean it when they say they’re committed to serving all learners. Around one-third of students are complex learners who qualify for special education services. Brooklyn LAB’s school model features a rigorous, AP-for-all, academic curriculum for all students, including those with special needs, at its core.

Brooklyn LAB partnered with health, education, design, and architecture experts to provide research-backed solutions to the many challenges learners faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to help other schools promote equity during the pandemic and beyond. Read more at Equity by Design https://www.equitybydesign.org/ and the Educating All Learners Alliance https://educatingalllearners.org/.

To learn more about Brooklyn LAB, please visit https://www.brooklynlaboratoryschool.org/

OPPORTUNITY

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the next Executive Director of Brooklyn LAB will bring a deep commitment to LAB’s mission of preparing scholars with the academic foundation, digital literacy, and leadership skills they need to succeed in college and professional life as they grow as ethical leaders. Equipped with the academic and operational leadership experience necessary to expand the impact and depth of the founding team’s work, LAB’s next leader will bring a future-vision mindset, relentlessly focusing on closing opportunity gaps for LAB scholars through academic excellence, innovation, and partnership.

Brooklyn LAB’s strong financial position and existing team of talented and equity-centered leaders position the next Executive Director to lead the organization to realize its mission through:

  • Rigorous, college-preparatory academics
  • High academic and behavioral expectations
  • An extended learning day, week, and year
  • An entrepreneurial learning environment
  • Frequent opportunities for enrichment and passion-driven learning
  • A commitment to knowing every scholar and giving them the tools for social-emotional growth and lifelong learning
  • A joyous, structured school culture that focuses on positive youth development and agency
  • Highly effective teachers and leaders who reflect the diverse communities LAB serves
  • Common values in thisCREED:
  • Courage
  • Responsibility and Integrity
  • Excellence
  • Entrepreneurial Learning
  • Determination

This is an ideal opportunity for a proven leader prepared to employ innovative, highly effective learning tools and continuously review and improve LAB’s academic model to ensure that teachers deliver high-quality, personalized learning for scholars in grades 6–12 in downtown Brooklyn, NY.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 10+ years of leadership experience in a high-performing K-12 school organization, preferably serving the highest need students;
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred;
  • Track record of ensuring all students achieve consistently high academic outcomes; confidence that students with disabilities can achieve at high levels if they receive specialized instruction tailored to their unique needs; experience implementing supports that build on their strengths and mitigate their challenges; able to create an environment that is engaging and sparks their desire to learn;
  • Proven results-oriented leadership with the ability to establish and maintain systems for organization-wide goal-setting and measurement of success; analytical skills including research, data analysis, strategic planning, critical thinking, and strategic communication to solve problems at a high level;
  • Operational and financial acumen; experience overseeing operations and finance; understanding of best practices regarding relevant rules, policies, regulations, and procedures for finances and compliance within the sector;
  • Experience managing authorizer relationships with state and local leaders preferred; coordinating with them on all issues including financial and programmatic oversight and compliance;
  • Culturally competent and a self-reflective leader who understands the effects of race, class, ethnicity, income, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and other issues of difference in society and is able to lead direct conversations about them.
  • A builder of authentic relationships with community partners, policymakers, funders, and other supporters, able to engage with a variety of individuals and speak in a clear and compelling manner about the organization’s goals and priorities.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

This position offers a competitive salary range and robust benefits including medical, dental, and retirement. More details can be provided upon request.

TO APPLY

Please submit a resume online at https://apply.workable.com/j/74B44EC236. For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Hadley Kornacki at hkornacki@edgilityconsulting.com or at 510.495.0040.

Brooklyn Lab Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds. Candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.

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Role

C Level Executive Leadership

Experience Level

Senior Level

Brooklyn Lab

Brooklyn LAB exists to connect students to promising opportunities previously unavailable to them. Founded in 2013, we've since grown to serve over 800 students each year in grades 6–12 across 2 charters and 3 state-of-the-art private facilities.
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