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23 Jun 2021

School Network Staff Director of Leadership Development

Public Preparatory Network

Job Description

An Invitation to Apply for the Position of

Director of Leadership Development

At Public Prep we believe that joy, warmth, and rigor are the foundation of a school culture where students achieve academically and develop strong character. In the words of one community member, “Every student, every family and every Public Prep staff member plays an important part of our amazing school, a school filled with energy, personality, hardworking people who are committed to ensuring all of our scholars have a sense of belonging and are put on a predictive path to and through college.”


Our network comprises 6 schools across 5 campuses in the Lower East Side and Bronx, serving 2,100 scholars in grades PreK-8:

Girls Prep Bronx Elementary School (Grades Pre-K-5)

Girls Prep Bronx Elementary School II (Grades Pre-K-1)

Girls Prep Bronx Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary School (Grades PreK-4)

Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle School (Grades 5-8)

Boys Prep Bronx (Grades K-8)


Primary Function & Position Overview

The Director of Leadership Development is an integral part of the PPN Talent Team. Reporting directly to the Chief Talent Officer, the Director of Leadership Development works closely with Home Office Cabinet Members, school leaders, and teacher leaders to actualize Public Prep’s vision for adult learning through internal development programming. The Director of Leadership Development will oversee three key talent functions 1) the creation and management of internal leadership development programming, 2) the mapping of talent development opportunities across instructional and non-instructional roles of the organization, and 3) the management of third party talent and leadership development vendors.

The Director of Leadership Development is results and achievement-oriented team player who is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done through proactive and collaborative problem solving. They take a data-driven approach to enhancing the organization’s talent strategy and possess outstanding project management skills with an ability to prioritize and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment. The Director of Leadership Development has strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to build trusting and collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies.


Duties & Responsibilities: 

Leadership Development Program Management

      • Co-lead the design and execution of a differentiated teacher leadership development program that provides opportunities for the development of instructional entry-level leaders in alignment with network-wide academic achievement, social-emotional, and staff satisfaction goals.
      • Collaborate with Chief Talent Officer and Chief Operating officer on the design and execution of a differentiated non-instructional leadership development program that provides opportunities for the development of staff from entry-level to senior leadership in alignment with Public Prep’s vision for adult learning and organizational goals.
      • Lead the design and execution of a mentor program through the development of curriculum, programming, and scope and sequence of content.
      • Oversee the development and execution of leadership development initiatives including a mentorship program and mid-level leader development to ensure a strong succession plan and alignment to network-wide meeting structures for instructional and non-instructional staff.

Talent Development Strategy

      • With the Chief Talent Officer and Superintendent, analyze data and trends to ensure strong ongoing organizational development of staff.
      • Create network-wide talent map structure to articulate development competencies at every level and ensure alignment with employee evaluation resources.
      • Participate and co-lead meetings with network-wide supervisors of key roles to triangulate employee performance, student performance, staff satisfaction and talent development strategy.
      • Manage the Talent Review process through streamlining of processes with other talent management touchpoints.
      • With the Chief Talent Officer, Managing Director of Talent and Superintendent, develop strategic outreach and recruitment plans to attract high quality candidates for all roles across the network.
      • Responsible for making evidence-based recommendations for leader placements to the senior leadership team.
      • Conduct quantitative and qualitative research and make recommendations on core initiatives and special projects;

Third Party Talent and Leadership Development Vendor Management

      • Collaborate with the Managing Director of Talent to ensure consistency of NYU, Relay and TFA partnerships with internal talent acquisition strategies.
      • Liaise with partner points of contact to ensure recurring and ongoing open lines of communication between program and school.
      • Plan, oversee, and lead partnerships from ideation through to completion to ensure work stays on track and is done at a high level;

Organizational Leadership

      • Ensures that each direct report has a development plan aligned to their performance goals and expectations.
      • Collaborate with organization leaders in cross-functional teams to develop, operationalize, and coordinate projects in need of additional capacity;
      • Develop and refine strategy documents and presentations for a variety of audiences;
      • Ability to exercise considerable tact, courtesy and confidentiality in frequent contact with the internal and external parties.
      • Proactively identify organizational opportunities and needs and mobilize others to address them;
      • Provide high-level strategic visioning and project management for charter applications and growth planning.
      • Additional responsibilities as outlined or assigned by your supervisor.


      • Bachelor’s Degree required; relevant Master’s degree a plus;
      • At least 4 years of relevant professional work experience required; non-profit or education leadership preferred;
      • Demonstrated exceptional project management skills;
      • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
      • Proficiency with Google Suite and Microsoft Office software systems;
      • Extremely detail-oriented and well-organized, with the ability to meet tight deadlines;
      • Highly resourceful with the ability to troubleshoot and problem-solve issues;
      • A positive, upbeat attitude, solutions-orientation, and high level of flexibility;
      • Ability to create and maintain systems that enhance organizational efficiency;
      • A commitment to the mission of Public Preparatory Network.

Public Preparatory Network is an Equal Opportunity employer. Public Preparatory Network is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment.


This description is intended to describe the type of work being performed by a person assigned to this position.  It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required by the employee.

How to Apply

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Bureaus: New York. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: School Network Staff.