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13 Apr 2021

School Network Staff Managing Director of Schools

 New York, New York County, New York, United States

Job Description

Reporting to the Chief Education Officer, the Managing Director of Schools will be responsible for developing and leading the school principals, principals-in-residence, network curriculum leaders, and the network director of special education in order to drive exceptional outcomes for students, families, and staff. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual who has a track record of driving results, developing senior leaders, launching and seeing through ambitious initiatives, and interacting with fundraisers and external partners.



  • Directs and coaches school principals on school management, including planning, staffing, program, culture, curriculum, instruction, and assessments
  • Leads the schools in continuous improvement of programs and systems, including the development of school plans and key performance indicators, and sets high expectations and standards for quality teaching and learning that align with mission and organizational culture
  • Defines and monitors key metrics to determine success of school network and foster data-driven continuous improvement
  • Fosters a collaborative and results-driven culture across the network of schools
  • Plans and executes professional development for principals that deepens their leadership capacity 


  • Works with the curriculum team to create a strategic vision for the network academic model; incorporates evidence-based best practices, aligns curriculum, instruction, and assessments, meets state and college/career requirements, and meets the needs of all students 
  • With input from and collaboration with key stakeholders, develops network strategy for implementation of the academic and SEL model and resource allocation to achieve desired student outcomes
  • Ensures that academic model includes high expectations and an effective tiered system of supports to meet the needs of all students, including special populations (e.g. Special Education, English Language Learners)
  • Ensures and is ultimately responsible for continuous improvement of student outcomes
  • Promotes educational equity (equitable outcomes and processes) as a guiding principle across the entire school network, and ensures it is reflected in curriculum, instruction, and assessment systems
  • Supports school leaders in creating coherence in instructional practice/routines and optimizing student learning outcomes within schools


  • Continually aligns and refines academic model, professional development, and coaching systems to drive improvement and achieve desired student outcomes across school network
  • Creates data-driven culture throughout academics team and network of schools
  • Ensures academic team efforts are effectively building the capacity of teachers and leaders across the system to meet the needs of all students and create conditions for students to thrive
  • Develops a vision and strategy for building and launching a Principal-in-Residence program, a school leader development program that prepares aspiring school leaders to succeed or found DREAM schools


  • Collaborates with the senior leadership team to establish and accomplish organizational goals, objectives and strategic plans
  • Collaborates closely with other senior leaders in the organization to optimize the partnership between the schools, DREAM’s programs, and shared services.  



  • Masters Degree in Education and/or School Administration, preferred  
  • Extensive teaching and leadership experience with a record of achievement for ALL children  
  • Deep knowledge of best practices in educational leadership and school health  
  • Willingness to be hands-on and do whatever it takes to develop and maintain an excellent system of schools and programs  
  • A drive to succeed and achieve great results on behalf of students, especially those furthest from opportunity
  • Expert knowledge, understanding and experience in developing curriculum, instruction, and assessment systems
  • Supervisory and leadership development experience with school leaders, instructional staff, and teacher leaders  
  • A successful record leading effective teams and individuals, managing organizational change and initiating key innovations  
  • A strong analytic, performance management, accountability, and systems-thinking orientation necessary to inform strategy development and execution
  • An ability to connect with a diverse group of people and build strong relationships grounded in listening and high levels of challenge and support
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to convey complex information to a variety of audiences 
  • A strong belief in the mission and values of DREAM, including the desire to make a difference in the lives of our students, families, and community.



At DREAM, diversity, equity, and inclusion are a matter of mission. 

From our schools to our playing fields, DREAM is committed to building a team where each individual can bring their full identity and experience to work because representation matters—it enriches our team culture, enhances our ability to innovate, and strengthens our impact in and out of the classroom. DREAM engages staff that represent and appreciate the diversity of our majority Black and Hispanic student body, while working to ensure that our practices are equitable, welcoming, and productive. We are dedicated to creating a world where youth, especially youth of color, have permission to dream—along with the tools and opportunities to make their dreams reality. 

Come dream with us.



All Kids Can. This Kid Can.

DREAM is Family.

Fun is a Serious Value.

Teamwork Makes the DREAM Work.

Fail. Persist. Exceed.


How to Apply

Please apply directly on our careers site.

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