LEAD Charter School Literacy Coach

Lead Charter School - Newark, New Jersey - Full time


LEAD Charter School, a YouthBuild school and NJ's first single sourced charter high school, seeks an exceptional English teacher to join the efforts of a community that’s poised to transform equity through opportunity for young people in Newark. The mission of LEAD is to enable students ages 16-21 in grades 9-12 in Newark, NJ to master the essential skills crucial for success in, career, postsecondary education, and community leadership within a global society. LEAD implements the Newark Opportunity Youth Network (NOYN) school model. Key design elements support the unique career training, academic progress, and non-academic needs of students who have disengaged from traditional schooling. The innovative NOYN model re-engages young people via active participation in rigorous and relevant content, and standards-driven competency-based instruction aligned with emerging market demands. Through applied learning opportunities with partner organizations and corporations, LEAD prepares students to compete in the local economy and/or transition to postsecondary education. To learn more about LEAD, please visit: http://leadcharterschool.org/


The goal of the Literacy Coach at LEAD Charter School is to collaborate closely with the school’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Student Support Services , and other school leaders to ensure that teachers are planning/executing lessons and developing classroom-based cultures that promote high levels of student achievement and excitement for learning. The Literacy Coach in conjunction with the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and other school leaders will ensure that every content area classroom and literacy intervention focuses on improving students' literacy habits and skills through emphasis on student motivation, engagement, and achievement.

Reports To: Director of Curriculum and Instruction


Instruction and Leadership

  • Lead the planning process to ensure the development, implementation and evaluation of the instructional model
  • Lead the implementation of of school-wide literacy plan and literacy improvement
  • Ensure the effective implementation of the Individual Development Plans that serves as the framework for successfully providing personalized learning experience for all students
  • Develop and lead professional development sessions for the instructional staff as necessary and/or as requested by the Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Organize, manage, evaluate and supervise effective procedures for the operation of the school’s instructional vision consistent with the instructional model
  • Provide ongoing consistent support to teachers for the implementation and instruction components.
  • Lead curriculum mapping process, weekly common planning and data meetings
  • Observe classes regularly across contents and provide teachers with feedback on content delivery, rigor and strategies.
  • Ensure necessary accommodations and modifications are implemented regularly in every classroom so that each students academic needs are met
  • Establish procedures to evaluate and select literacy instructional resources and provide school leaders with these recommendations and requests in a timely manner.
  • Model outstanding and highly effective teaching for instructional staff.
  • Co-plan and co-teach with instructional staff
  • Willing to teach one section of related content, if necessary.
  • Support and/or manage extended learning opportunities to support young people afterschool and/or during Saturday school,

Administrative Leadership

  • Attend and support all school-wide events.
  • Assist Director of Curriculum and Instruction to recruit and hire for instructional positions.
  • Maintain, practice and model all instructional components and non-negotiables.
  • Manage assigned aspects of school-wide routines (e.g. Independent Reading, Personalized Learning Time, etc.).
  • Embody the mission, vision, core beliefs, and strategic direction of the school.
  • Perform other tasks as may be assigned by the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in a timely manner.

Data Support

  • Plan and facilitate data meetings
  • Empower teacher leaders to drive the data cycle
  • Support adapting overall instructional plans to address trends in student learning
  • Build and support the culture of achievement by celebrating student and teacher growth

Student and Family Support

  • Work and communicate effectively with families from diverse backgrounds.
  • Hold conferences that provide progress toward Individual Development Plan goals consistently


The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree highly preferred
  • Valid New Jersey teacher certification, ELA/Literacy highly required
  • A valid New Jersey supervisory or school administration certification preferred
  • A minimum of four years of classroom experience with proven, measurable, significant academic student growth
  • A minimum of two years leading and/or implementing school-wide literacy initiatives
  • Experience in strategic planning and leading adults
  • In depth knowledge of reading processes, acquisition, assessment, and instruction
  • Experience managing assessment data and using it to drive instruction and programmatic decisions
  • Knowledge and demonstrated implementation of New Jersey Learning Standards in English Language Arts
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask effectively and prioritize strategically
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Openness to feedback and a willingness to take personal responsibility for teacher and student success
  • Demonstrated commitment to closing the achievement gap


The salary range is $76,500 to $85,000. A comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental and vision (with employee contribution, health reimbursement benefits, optional insurance via AFLAC, enrollment in the NJ State pension system (TPAF or PERS), and vacation and PTO days are also offered by LEAD Charter School.


Ten-month employee. Salary to be recommended by the School Leader and approved by the board.


Performance of this job will be evaluated annually in accordance with the board's policy on evaluation.


Please submit a resume online at https://apply.workable.com/edgility-consulting-4/j/B63589CE69/ . For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Ron Rapatalo at rrapatalo@edgilityconsulting.com.

LEAD Charter School and The Newark Opportunity Youth Network, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any potential job candidate or employee based on race, creed, color, sexual orientation, national origin, or sex

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Lead Charter School

LEAD Charter School, a YouthBuild school and NJ's first single sourced charter high school, seeks an exceptional English teacher to join the efforts of a community that’s poised to transform equity through opportunity for young people in Newark.
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