Health Teacher/Student Support (Middle School)

Administration/School Leadership Newark, New Jersey


Great Oaks Legacy Overview

The Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is a high-performing, innovative charter public school in Newark NJ, serving 1,400 students from Pre-K to 12th grade on four campuses across the city. Our mission is to prepare public school students for success in college. Great Oaks Legacy students aspire to be some of the highest performing students in the country.

We have high academic and behavioral expectations for our students. Our students, for example, are encouraged to take multiple AP classes before they graduate. We pair rigorous curriculum and teaching with intense personal support from teachers, tutors, and staff. The school’s mission is to prepare our students for college success through several key elements:

  • Small school – Grade-level cohorts of less 100 students allow each student to feel known and cared for. Our focus is on a sense of community and relationship building with families and students
  • More time on task – Longer school days than traditional schools. Weekend sessions and summer school for students who are struggling.
  • High expectations – Rigorous, differentiated, college-preparatory coursework from Pre-K - 12th Advanced Placement and real college courses for all juniors and seniors.
  • Effective Instruction – World-class teachers with clear expectations and the support they need to continuously improve.

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School in Newark, NJ is seeking a Health Teacher/Student Support person for the 2017-18 school year.

Job Description

Great Oaks Legacy is seeking an experienced, like-minded urban educator to join our middle school culture team in 2017-2018.  The Health Teacher/Student Support will support the Dean of Students in shaping and sustaining a school culture of discipline and warmth while ensuring that the students internalize the school’s values and goals for academic excellence.

The Health Teacher/Student Support is responsible for:

  • Teaching Health or Physical Education classes for Middle School student.
  • Supporting the Dean of Students by tracking and monitoring student behavior data;
  • Supporting the Dean of Students in performing morning uniform check and holding students accountable for meeting the standards set by the school.
  • Maintaining, updating, and visually representing school culture systems, including student character grades, homework percentages, etc.
  • Tracking and communicating student eligibility for field trips and other rewards.
  • Executing and facilitating some behavior intervention programs, including  Ready/Set/Go, Morning Hoops, Yoga, etc.
  • Performing weekly data analysis for school culture systems and programs, including the school point system, parent communication logs, etc.
  • Assisting the Dean of Students with student accountability systems, including Working Lunch, Study Hall, and Detention.
  • Managing the student school store.
  • Additional responsibilities as needed to support school culture.



  1. Belief in the Great Oaks Legacy mission and philosophy, including the belief that ALL students have what it takes to be successful.
  2. Relentless work ethic and willingness to go above and beyond to ensure successful outcomes for students.
  3. Strong instructional and classroom management and skills
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills
  5. Proven track record of meeting extremely high standards for student achievement
  6. Team player mentality and strong leadership skills
  7. Bachelor degree from a competitive college or university required, graduate degree preferred.
  8. 5 years of school-based experience preferred, preferably including at least 2 years of teaching experience in an urban education setting.
  9. Grade level/instructional leadership or school culture team leadership preferred, preferably in an urban education and/or high performing charter school setting.
  10. Evidence of or eligibility for and willingness to pursue a NJ Department of Education certification (CE/CEAS/Provisional/Standard) or out of state certification.


Our students arrive, on average, significantly behind grade level. Many live in poverty – a higher percentage than most schools in the country. Upon arrival, they are statistically less than 10% likely to graduate with a 4-year degree. Our mission is that each child ultimately graduates from college.


  1. Employee takes responsibility to reverse negative outcomes of failing students, to make every effort to work proactively and reactively to engage each and every student, such that each is legitimately prepared to succeed in college.
  2. It is a given that all of the faculty work very, very hard. All staff, including the Campus Directors, Admin Teams, CAO, CEO, President, Operations Team and COO and Employee, acknowledge that we will do more than just work hard; we each seek – through formal and informal feedback – to dramatically improve. At Great Oaks Legacy, an ongoing quest for improvement is not considered remedial, it is essential and ongoing for all staff.