Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, High School Director

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School - Newark, New Jersey - Full time

Great Oaks Legacy Overview

The Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is a high-performing, innovative charter public school in Newark NJ, serving over 1600 students from Pre-K to 12th grade on five campuses across the city. Our mission is to prepare public school students for success in college. Great Oaks Legacy students aspire to be some of the highest performing students in the country.

We have high academic and behavioral expectations for our students. Our students, for example, are encouraged to take multiple AP classes before they graduate. We pair rigorous curriculum and teaching with intense personal support from teachers, tutors, and staff. The school’s mission is to prepare our students for college success through several key elements:

  • Small school – Grade-level cohorts of less 100 students allow each student to feel known and cared for. Our focus is on a sense of community and relationship building with families and students
  • More time on task – Longer school days than traditional schools. Weekend sessions and summer school for students who are struggling.
  • High expectations – Rigorous, differentiated, college-preparatory coursework from K-12. Advanced Placement and real college courses for all juniors and seniors.
  • Effective Instruction – World-class teachers with clear expectations and the support they need to continuously improve.


Great Oaks Legacy Charter School in Newark is seeking a High School Leader/Director. To learn more about working at Great Oaks Legacy, please read below and click here to see our school video.

Great Oaks Legacy is seeking an experienced, like-minded urban educator to join our leadership team. The School Leader is responsible for setting a powerful vision for student achievement, motivating others to follow that vision, and strategically implementing the school’s mission through effective leadership and management of the school’s students and staff.

The Great Oaks Legacy School Leader is responsible for:

School Culture. The School Leader defines and builds a transformative school culture consistent with Great Oaks Legacy core values and mission. With the Executive Director, the School Leader designs and implements programs and initiatives; devises school-wide rituals that promote the culture and sustain the school’s values. The School Leader develops positive relationships with all stakeholders, including staff, students, families, and community members/organizations.

Instructional Leadership. Provide instructional leadership for the school, including maintaining a school-wide focus on high standards of student achievement; ensuring teaching state standards; managing process for analyzing data to increase student achievement; and supporting all teachers and staff members in their professional development.

Student Management. The School Leader works with the Dean of Student to define and implement behavior management tools, including overseeing staff training in behavior management policies, techniques, and strategies, and ensuring the consistent deployment of such tools school-wide.

Staff Resource. The School Leader serves as a resource to teachers on issues of instructional practices, school culture and policies, professional development, and resource management; Observes and coaches teachers and staff on a consistent basis.

Student Motivation. The School Leader works with the Dean to develop school-wide programs to incentivize positive behaviors and create a school-wide identity among the students.

Talent Acquisition & Talent Development. The School Leader manages all human resources at the school site, including coordinating (along with the recruitment team) recruitment and training of staff, providing feedback and evaluations to staff, securing professional development opportunities, and developing a collaborative team culture.

Qualifications and Skills

The High School Leader must:

  • Be relentlessly committed to preparing every student for college
  • Possess strong leadership and team skills
  • Be a self-aware leader who knows how to treat all members of the school’s community with respect, appraises accurately his or her strengths and weaknesses, and is perceptive about how he or she is regarded
  • Have superb organizational and self-management skills and be able to handle multiple responsibilities effectively; have strong planning and execution skills; be a goal-oriented and effective problem-solver
  • Be dependable
  • Be driven to improve the minds and lives of students
  • Being dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help all the school’s students achieve academic success
  • Be passionate about academic learning and insistent on academic excellence and rigor at all times

Candidates must have:

  • Principal, Supervisor, or School Administrator certification.
  • At least three years of successful experience teaching in an urban school environment; Grade level leader, department chair, or instructional leadership experience.
  • A clear record of elevating student achievement in an urban classroom, with a strong understanding of pedagogy that drives results
  • A relentless work ethic and commitment to achieving the school's mission.
  • Excellent strategic planning, leadership, management, and communication skills, with a proven ability to lead instructional and non-instructional staff.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent skills of organization and follow-through
  • A strong academic record, including a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university

An advanced degree from a competitive university is strongly preferred. Alumni of Teach For America, Education Pioneers, The New Teacher Project, and New Leaders for New Schools are strongly encouraged to apply.


Our students arrive, on average, behind grade level. Many live in poverty. Upon arrival, they are statistically less than 10% likely to graduate with a 4-year degree. Our mission is that each child ultimately graduates from college.

We believe that in order to fulfill this mission, we must –

  • Create a community that is built upon genuine and meaningful relationships,
  • Be surgical in our approach to differentiation of instruction and support of ALL students and team members, and
  • Set and exceed high expectations for academic growth and character development for all students, in preparation for success in college and beyond.


  1. Employee agrees to take responsibility for his/her part in reversing negative outcomes for students, to work relentlessly to support our efforts to engage each and every student, and to uphold our mission to prepare every student to succeed in college to the extent possible.
  2. It is a given that all of the faculty work very hard. Employee, like all staff, acknowledges that he/she will do more than just work hard. Employee agrees to seek – through formal and informal feedback – to continue to develop and improve his/her job performance while employed by the School. At Great Oaks Legacy, an ongoing quest for improvement is considered essential for all staff members.


School Directors report to the Executive Director and receive feedback through observations, data dashboards, and informal/formal check-ins.


Salaries at Great Oaks Legacy are competitive and include benefits for all full-time staff members.

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is an equal opportunity employer.

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