Feb 07, 2019

Director of Literacy

  • Coney Island Prep
  • Brooklyn, NY, USA
Full-time Curriculum Executive Leadership Education

Job Description

An Invitation To Apply for the Position of

Director of Literacy

Coney Island Preparatory Public Charter School

Brooklyn, New York

About Coney Island Prep

Coney Island Prep is a college preparatory public charter school in Brooklyn, New York. Merging growth, performance and commitment, the Coney Island Prep community takes its responsibility to prepare students for the college and career of their choice very seriously. Professionals balance their sense of ownership and responsibility with humility and levity and are supported every step of the way.

Coney Island Prep currently serves over 1,000 scholars across its three schools, including 300 scholars in kindergarten – fourth grade at the elementary school; 360 scholars in fifth – eighth grades at the middle school; and 350 scholars in ninth-twelfth grade at the high school. The mission of Coney Island Prep is to prepare every student to succeed in the college and career of their choice. We achieve success through a rigorous academic program in a supportive and structured school community.


There is no more urgent task than to educate students from low-income backgrounds. So we hire professionals who are committed to the core. It’s high-energy, fast-paced, tiring and sometimes all-consuming. But we wouldn’t have it any other way. And neither would you. You own your work and when you reach your goals, you reach higher. Our leaders work incredibly hard, and are inspired by the urgency of what we do. We need leaders who aren’t afraid to ask for help, feedback, and support. They’re driven by personal responsibility, data, and results, and they’re not above doing whatever’s asked. They make friends at work, smile through hectic days, and add a little levity along the way.

What We Have to Offer

There are plenty of ways you can make an impact. And our team is all in. You have the opportunity to work with students, and there’s always someone who’s got your back from coaching you through a bad day to helping you grow professionally. And while the environment can be hectic and ever-changing, you’ll have all of the technology and caffeine you need to get the job done.


  • Passion for education and a dedication to Coney Island Prep’s mission
  • Steadfast belief that all students can achieve at the highest academic levels and deserve an opportunity to succeed in the college and career of their choice
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Cultural competencies to work in low-income communities and a willingness to examine own biases across lines of sameness and difference
  • Maintains professionalism through excellent organizational skills, timeliness, regular communication, and meeting deadlines
  • Self reflective and open to feedback, with the ambition and desire to grow one’s professional practice
  • A positive, solutions-oriented attitude and drive for excellence
  • Eagerness to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • A strong track record of building positive relationships across various stakeholder groups demonstrating a value towards diversity and inclusivity


Experience & Knowledge Required

  • Ability to evaluate and implement literacy instructional programs and deep knowledge of the Common Core State Standards in literacy
  • Minimum 4 years exemplary teaching experience, with outstanding student achievement results
  • Minimum 2 years experience in a full-time coaching role (Assistant Principal, Dean of Instruction, Principal, Instructional Coach, etc.) with demonstrated success in driving academic results through others
  • Knowledge of literacy content and learning theory, current educational trends, blended learning practices, methods, research, and technology, and program planning and implementation
  • Experience leading engaging and effective professional development for adults
  • Strong communication skills and follow-through
  • Demonstrated initiative in prioritizing amidst complex needs and strategically planning to get results


  • Develop and facilitate K-12 professional development for teachers, instructional leaders, and school leaders in order to build our teachers’ and leaders’ capacity with literacy content and instructional execution
  • Collaborate with school leaders and secondary leaders to develop and refine a horizontally and vertically aligned K-12 literacy framework, curricula, and assessments
  • Analyze regional data in collaboration with the CAO, CSO, secondary leaders, and school leaders to identify areas of need and support the facilitation of instructional initiatives that lead us to our goals
  • Observe and evaluate the implementation of each of our literacy curriculums with school leaders to ensure that we are keeping the high bar set by the Common Core Standards and ensuring that all learners have access to rigorous instruction
  • Help to foster a culture of joyful engagement with reading and with learning in all of our schools

Benefits and Compensation

  • Employees at Coney Island Prep are provided with a generous salary and an annual retention bonus after their first year.
  • As a regular full time employee of Coney Island Prep, you will be eligible for benefits that include medical, dental, vision, and life insurance as well as a 403(b) retirement benefit package with match and Paid Family Leave.
  • Staff are provided with a MacBook Air and access to all the necessary technology and resources needed to succeed in their role.

Start Date

Flexible (April-July 2019 ideal)

Contact Information

Interested applicants should go to http://coneyislandprep.org/careers/career-opportunities to apply for available jobs. Coney Island Preparatory Public Charter School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, national origin, citizenship or disability. We want Coney Island Prep to be a place where students and staff of all backgrounds, experiences, and identities feel as though they feel valued and can excel.


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