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Fahari Academy Charter School
School Leader - Fahari Academy Charter School
72 Veronica Place Brooklyn, NY 11226 United States
Fahari Academy Charter School is an independently operated charter school unaffiliated with a foundation or charter management organization. Founded in 2009 as a college preparatory academy, Fahari has grown to serve 320 students in grades 5 through 8 in the 2012-2013 school year. At maturity, we promise to be an innovative model serving students in grades 5 through 12 in the Flatbush community in Brooklyn, NY.
The mission of Fahari Academy Charter School is to educate, support, challenge, and train scholars, in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood, for success in college and beyond.
OUR CORE VALUES
Fahari is the Swahili word for Pride. In our culture of mutual accountability every member of the Fahari Academy community enforces and espouses the character values of Perseverance, Respect, Independence, Discipline, Excellence or P.R.I.D.E.
Fahari Academy offers a 190 day school year for students with a trimester academic cycle. Students in fifth grade begin with conventional instruction followed by one week of practicum and applied learning within each trimester. As students progress, the practicum and applied learning time increases.
The staff at Fahari is highly professional, union organized, outcome focused and a team that embraces and are hungry for on-going development.
The board and support systems for school leadership consist of highly experienced professionals including trustees, consultants, and staff with decades spent in the non-profit, education reform, legal and financial sector.
The opportunities of leading a growing independent public charter school are:
• Positive impact on the educational outcomes for students who are traditionally underserved, particularly English Language Learners and students with disabilities. We believe that all students should be ready to succeed in college at the end of the Fahari education.
• Setting creative and executive direction for a school that is both young and agile enough to make adjustments and identify, develop, and transfer best practices
• Influence over the academic direction, hiring and staff development that will enable the school to achieve not just high academic achievement, but unique student outcomes.
• Entering into a solid foundation, but not an entrenched organizational bureaucracy where creative and systemic change can be a challenge.
EXPECTATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF A FAHARI LEADER
• Provide creative and visionary guidance in implementing and building out a rigorous, progressively progressive academic program
• Manage the day to day educational program at the school
• Determine optimal staffing model and deployments of instructional staff and consultant
• Identify, recruit, support, develop and supervise all instructional staff
• Plan and oversee all instructional professional development and collaborate with culture and operational leadership to implement all components of professional development
• Report to the Board of Trustees on the program and academic progress of students
• Research, design, and/or supplement the academic curriculum for all subjects and grades based on successful models and approaches
• Ensure and monitor alignment of the academic curriculum with National Common Core Standards and other data-based benchmarks such that graduating students will be college ready
• Monitor student progress and ensure effectiveness
• Design and implementation of systems to assess student achievement
• Generate and manage standardized test and internal assessment schedules, logistics, and reporting
• Prepare academic accountability reports for charter authorizer as well as local, state and federal agencies
• Evaluate, approve, and purchase curricular materials such as textbooks
• Observe and coach educators daily
• Evaluate all instructional staff; manage human resources needs including new applicant screening, tracking actual salary and benefit offers and contract acceptances against the approved budget, ensuring human resources policies and procedures are implemented for instructional staff
• Onboard and orient staff members in Fahari Academy’s curricular systems and key pedagogical elements
• Help educators to develop instructional strategies and intervention programs that elevate achievement for struggling students
• Collaborate with the Executive Director, Director of Academic Intervention Services, and other school staff to maximize the ability of Fahari Academy to support students’ academic and socio-emotional development
• Performs other related duties as required
• Develop the instructional program budget and collaborate with the executive director, board of trustees, and operations and school culture leadership in developing the annual budget
Education, training, experience:
• Ability to lead a team of educators to achieve outstanding academic results
• Strong interpersonal skills, both with direct reports and peers
• Ability to organize and plan carefully
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
• Strong communication and negotiating skills
• Ability to work well in a team
• Exceptional ability to bridge and enhance cooperative working relationships
• Ability to create, monitor, and maintain systems that enhance organizational efficiency
• Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; maintain flexibility, able to work autonomously as well as take direction as needed
• Bachelor’s Degree and advanced degree in education and/or curriculum development
• Successful completion in an alternate urban leadership training program highly desired
• At least three years working in classrooms and coaching educators, preferably in urban schools and/or communities
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