Managing Director of Schools

Ascend Public Charter Schools

About the organization

Ascend is a network of K-12 public charter schools serving 5,800 students in 15 schools across Brooklyn—New York’s most populous borough. Our undertaking is to lead our students on a great intellectual adventure, provide them with an exceptional college preparatory education, and place them firmly on the path to success in college and beyond.


Ascend managing directors have responsibility for a portfolio of schools, ensuring that each school is a thriving academic community that reflects the Ascend model, delivering excellent results for kids and families. These strategic leaders possess an unshakable belief that every child can succeed and the leadership acumen to inspire and motivate school leaders to reach their highest potential. Reporting directly to the chief schools officer, the managing director is a central member of the network and schools team, responsible for the health of each school in the portfolio, for managing and coaching school principals, supporting them in the achievement of each school’s academic and organizational goals, building and maintaining a strong presence for the school in the community, and developing and cultivating enduring relationships with students, teachers, parents, community members and stakeholders. Managing directors ensure the implementation and development of a responsive and restorative school culture in every school and the improvement and implementation of Ascend’s educational model to drive student achievement. They will cultivate a culture of high expectations across the instructional staff to ensure that every Ascend student has equitable access to high quality and culturally relevant instruction.


- Bachelor’s degree, with advanced degree preferred
- At least four years of experience as a principal at a highly successful urban school system
- Expertise in teaching and working with students at the elementary, middle, or high school level
- Record of success in leading adults; prior experience with sound management and supervision practices
- Results-oriented, determined, skilled leader with a strong track record of academic excellence
- A hunger for feedback and self-improvement
- Demonstrated success leading school improvement initiatives that increase student achievement in a meaningful way for all racial, ethnic, and economic groups
- Experience coaching, managing, and conducting professional development for principals and other educators
- Demonstrated ability to utilize data insights to drive high-impact action
- Deep knowledge of curriculum, results-oriented instructional practices, school operations, and leadership development
- Demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment with a proven ability to meet and exceed ambitious goals

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