Harlem Children's Zone, Promise Academy, Director of Educational Training

Harlem Children's Zone - New York - Full time


The Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) Promise Academy started with one mission that was the most ambitious and audacious in U.S. history: to end intergenerational poverty in Central Harlem and lead the way for other long-distressed communities nationwide and around the world to do the same.

HCZ Promise Academy breaks the cycle of intergenerational poverty with on-the-ground, all-around programming that builds up opportunities for children and families to thrive in school, work, and life. From early childhood education and career programs to community outreach and wellness initiatives, HCZ Promise Academy opens pathways to mobility and prosperity.

HCZ Promise Academy believes that the pathway to college begins when a child is born and doesn’t end until a student has graduated and has the tools to thrive in a fulfilling career. The organization’s aim is to light that pathway, from cradle to college to career, with community-responsive and wraparound youth programs that support children and their families in every way and in every year of a child’s development.

When students enter HCZ Promise Academy Charter Schools, we make a promise to help each and every one get to and through college. Everything we give our students--from world-class instruction and exceptional extracurricular activities to social emotional support and healthy meals--is aimed at fulfilling that promise. Our schools have a longer school day and year, helping us keep our kids safe and engaged, ensure their success in core subject areas, and give them the immersive, well-balanced education that includes exposure to the arts, daily physical activity, and field trips to museums, performances, sporting events and, of course, college campuses.

For more information about Harlem Children’s Zone, please visit https://hcz.org


The Director of Educational Training will build and oversee a team of seven Educational Training and Development Coaches that will focus on teacher coaching and development across the Promise Academies. Working alongside principals, the Director of Educational Training will research, design, and oversee the implementation of “best-in-class” systems and processes for evaluating teacher effectiveness and development. The data collected from these tools will be used to drive mid-year and end-of-year teacher and principal evaluations.

The Director of Educational Training and their team will leverage data to identify potential teacher training gaps to deliver targeted feedback and coaching to improve educator effectiveness, including through school-based workshops. This team will also be responsible for conducting and implementing the findings from ongoing research and development related to teacher development for Promise Academies.


Build and lead the Training and Development team

  • Hire, manage and coach a seven person coaching team for Promise Academies;
  • Oversee the training and development provided to all teachers;
  • Design school-based workshops alongside school leadership teams to support Promise teachers and staff;
  • Manage all individual team data, providing targeted feedback and support to staff members as well as monitoring the team’s effectiveness;
  • Plan, organize, and lead training programs, ensuring proper execution at all levels;
  • Create tools and systems to evaluate effectiveness of all training initiatives;
  • Design effective training programs and materials aligning with the team’s goals and school vision;
  • Conduct research, approves, and makes further recommendations for appropriate learning management systems and databases;
  • Works alongside principals to provide formal feedback for teachers throughout the mid-year and end of year review cycle;
  • Effectively communicate with school leadership, C-suite and board members about team progress and goals.


To perform the job successfully, competitive applicants should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Master’s degree (required);
  • 5+ years of teaching experience including a record of success (required);
  • 5+ years of administrative experience including a record of success (required);
  • A valid New York State Teaching Certification (required);
  • Extensive course work experience in curriculum development;
  • “Can-do” attitude, comfortable leading a brand new function at the schools;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Constantly seeks out and implements bold ideas to drive student achievement;
  • Respectful and relationship oriented towards all stakeholders.


Harlem Children’s Zone offers a competitive salary range of $150,00+ and a robust benefits package. More details can be provided upon request.


Please submit a resume online at https://apply.workable.com/j/225E3818B2. For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Kevin Bryant at kbryant@edgilityconsulting.com or at 510.575.9635.

Harlem Children's Zone 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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District / Charter Chief Academic Officer

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Senior Level

Harlem Children's Zone

The Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) started with one mission that was the most ambitious and audacious in U.S. history: to end intergenerational poverty in Central Harlem and lead the way for other long-distressed communities nationwide and around the world to do the same.
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