12 May 2022

School Network Staff Director, Algebra Success

The Urban Assembly, Inc

Job Description

Role Overview

The Urban Assembly (UA) is seeking an energetic and inspired Director of Algebra Success, who will lead the UA’s efforts to increase postsecondary opportunities for 8th and 9th graders by ensuring students are equipped with the content and opportunity to experience success in Algebra.

This is an opportunity to join an engaged, collaborative, mission-driven staff and to take part in the critical work of advancing the social and economic mobility of NYC students and students around the country. This position collaborates with and reports to the Managing Director, Programs, staff across the Program team, and involves onsite work with schools, days at Urban Assembly’s central office in Manhattan’s Financial District, and work from home.

The Urban Assembly

The Urban Assembly’s mission is to advance students’ social and economic mobility by improving public education. The UA provides schools and districts with innovative approaches to career and technical education, academics, social-emotional learning, and postsecondary readiness. The (UA) founded a network of unique, small public secondary schools throughout NYC. UA schools are open to all students, and our goal is to prepare 100% of UA graduates for success in the 21st-century economy.

The UA’s Commitment to Equity

The UA values the uniqueness that each student brings into our schools, and our work honors the various social and cultural contexts from which they come. We acknowledge the historical barriers created by education systems to perpetuate the social inequities that keep students of color from accessing postsecondary and career opportunities – and commit to dismantling these barriers.  

Role Description

The Algebra Success Director is deeply committed to UA’s mission and commitment to equity, and will lead the team responsible for high-impact implementation in schools, cultivate partnerships, and lead the expansion of our highly successful Algebra Success program. All of the Director’s work will be grounded in these key beliefs:

  • Students should be at the center of the classroom, and that every student must have access to rigorous mathematical content.
  • All students have opportunities to engage in the mathematical practices around meaningful mathematical ideas in ways that increase student voice and agency.


  • Cultivate and Sustain Partnerships Within and Outside of NYC
    • Engage and convene potential partners
    • Develop key collateral in collaboration with the Advancement team
    • Represent the UA at national and local conventions and conferences, with intentionality about engaging and cultivating new partnerships
    • Develop or maintain lead generation system and systems to track and cultivate partner engagement 
    • Negotiate value propositions with potential partners and funders, including cost, mutual benefit, and investments
  • Develop and Supervise a High-performing Team
    • Set vision for the team
    • Allocate resources, including time and fiscal resources
    • Design and facilitate onboarding, internal learning, and capacity building for team
    • Build strong working relationships and systems within and across teams at UA
    • Effectively supervise and develop your team towards program outcomes, and individual goals
  • Oversee High Quality Program Design and Implementation
    • Oversee codification, mid-course adjustments, end of year reflection and revision
    • Lead team in contextualizing/ adapting program content and models for local need and context
    • Maintain program fidelity (holding the non-negotiables and being clear about what is required for impact) and be able to contextualize/adapt programs for new partnerships 
    • Navigate and negotiate various constraints; have familiarity and comfort with educational systems and structures and policies, including bureaucracies
    • Innovate and creatively respond to evolving needs, identify and harness solutions already in the market, and create new solutions where needed
  • Lead a World-class Algebra Program
    • Maintain and refine a clear vision for the Algebra Success Program
    • Have Math expertise; prior experience teaching math, preferably algebra
    • Have Coaching expertise, and skill and ability to train and oversee a team of coaches

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • 3+ years of non profit/education leadership experience or similar, including experience managing a team
  • 5+ years of education experience, ideally including teaching experience and work coaching adults 
  • Content and pedagogy expertise in middle and/or high school mathematics, with specific focus and background in Algebra

We expect the work to be broad-ranging, requiring someone who can pivot into different roles at a moment’s notice. As a growing organization, we expect that the specific needs and job description will shift over time and other duties may be assigned by the Managing Director. A flexible and curious mindset will be essential for success.

Due to a non-compete clause, we are unable to hire staff directly out of DOE schools or central offices, but former DOE staff (out of the system for more than 1 year) are encouraged to apply. 

Please note that as contractors of the New York City Department of Education, all employees of the Urban Assembly are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or request a Religious or Medical Accommodation.

This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary range for this position is $100,000 – $110,000 and includes an excellent benefits package, including: employer-funded healthcare, monthly MetroCard reimbursement, phone stipend, financial support for professional development, and generous vacation time.

How to Apply

Interested applicants, please email a resume and cover letter with “Director, Algebra Success” in the subject line to
What to Expect: The UA team will review applications on a rolling basis. Candidates moving forward in the interview process will be contacted by email regarding a phone screening, followed by a performance task and an interview. If you will be requesting accommodation for the application process, please reach out to our Chief of Staff, Gillian Finley (
Our target start date is June 6, 2022. This position will remain open until filled.

Bureaus: New York. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: School Network Staff. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

Job expires in 22 days.