Elementary Instructional Lead

Instructional Positions (2017-2018) Newark, New Jersey


Great Oaks Legacy Charter School in Newark is seeking experienced educators to serve as Elementary Instructional Leaders for the 2017-18 school year. To learn more about working at Great Oaks Legacy, please read below.

About Us

With the recent merger of Great Oaks Charter School and Newark Legacy Charter School, we have become Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, the only Pre-K 4 - 12th grade charter school in Newark.

About Great Oaks Charter School - Newark

Great Oaks Charter School - Newark opened its doors in 2011, initially providing 133 6th and 7th grade students with a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, supported by two hours of small group tutorial, daily. Great Oaks has added a grade each year. Prior to the merger it served over 460 students across two campuses – a middle school campus in the downtown Teachers Village complex, serving 6th – 8th grades and a high school campus in the downtown Lincoln Park area serving 9th – 12th grades. The first senior class will graduate in June of 2017. Great Oaks has seen dramatic academic growth, with its students placing top in the state in average Math SGP (student growth percentile).

About Newark Legacy Charter School

Founded as a BES (Building Excellent Schools) charter school, Newark Legacy Charter School started as an independent charter school focused on literacy and parent and community involvement. Newark Legacy opened its doors in 2010 with Kindergarten and 1st grade. In 2014, it was chosen as one of only three charter launch schools across the city, serving a large number of Newark students in the former Madison Elementary School building. Prior to the merger, Newark Legacy served over 640 students in Pre-K through 6th grade in this historic building in the South Ward of Newark.

Job Description 

The Elementary Instructional Lead is an integral part of the instructional team and will help drive growth at Great Oaks Legacy Charter School by coaching and observing teachers, overseeing curriculum and assessments, and supporting a culture of data-driven instruction.

Coaching Responsibilities

  • Observe elementary teachers and conduct feedback/coaching sessions on a weekly basis for the purpose of providing constructive feedback and recommendations.
  • Review curriculum and assessments to ensure common core alignment of curriculum and rigorous content standards that drive growth and promote college readiness.
  • Foster a DDI culture among the team, in which data is used to identify trends in assessment results, analyze student growth, including content mastery and skill gaps, and drive the continuation, modification, or addition of teaching strategies to move students to higher levels of achievement.
  • Facilitate small and large group discussions between and among the leadership team and teachers on issues related to student growth and learning.
  • Collaborate with members of the instructional team and school leadership to conduct school-wide needs assessments.
  • In conjunction with leadership team, develop specific, measurable goals for the elementary team, and identify specific skills, strategies, and programmatic activities to support or extend school-wide learning.
  • In conjunction with leadership team, coordinate department/grade-level meetings and plan professional development sessions for the purpose of providing targeted support to teachers, teaching assistants, and academic support.
  • Work with general and special education teachers, and RTI coordinator to develop student interventions and modifications based on student data.


  • Administrative certificate (supervisor, principal, or administrator endorsement) issued by the NJ Department of Education or out-of-state education department.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience teaching and driving student growth in an urban school setting.
  • Experience coaching teachers as a grade level or department chair strongly preferred.
  • Belief that all students have what it takes to be successful.
  • Relentless work ethic.
  • Demonstrated mastery of content knowledge.
  • Curriculum development experience strongly preferred.
  • Leadership experience in a high performing, No Excuses school is strongly preferred.