Rated as a “Superior School” every year by the Delaware Department of Education, and a two-time National Blue Ribbon School, Newark Charter School was founded in 1999 by a group of Newark parents and teachers looking to create an alternative learning environment within the public-school system. In 2001, Newark Charter opened its doors in rented trailers, on leased land, with an enrollment of 435 students in grades 5-7. The following year, they added grade 8, grew enrollment to 541 students and while looking for a permanent facility, leased classrooms from a school across the street. Over the course of the past 17 years, Newark Charter School has purchased property, built an elementary and middle school, added grades K-4, and most recently added a high school. Newark Charter School now has an enrollment of 2,386 in grades K-12, and is projected to grow to 2,470 by 2022.
MISSION AND VISION
The mission of Newark Charter School is to promote high levels of student effort, achievement and decorum for children in grades K-12 in the Greater Newark community by providing continuous, engaging and rigorous academic challenges grounded in a sequential core of common knowledge, delivered in a community of students, educators and involved parents who value scholarship and appropriate behavior.
The guiding vision and philosophy of the Newark Charter School is that all children can learn when they are challenged, supported, respected and motivated. Newark Charter School will offer an educational alternative within the public-school system for families and students seeking a strong academic program that invites family involvement in children’s education.
Newark Charter School operates on two campuses located less than a mile apart in Newark, DE. The “Patriot Way” campus includes the Primary School (grades K-3) and the Intermediate School (grades 4-6) located on almost 25 acres. The campus also includes generous outdoor spaces for recess and recreation, a 150-seat outdoor pavilion, playground equipment, athletic fields, basketball courts and several nature trail areas. Both buildings offer the students gymnasiums, computer labs, library/media centers, art and music rooms.
The “McIntire Drive” campus includes a combined Junior High (grades 7-8) and Senior High School (grades 9-12) on over 21 acres. The campus also includes several athletic fields for both girls’ and boys’ athletic teams, along with a full-size gymnasium, basketball courts, and locker rooms. In addition, students are provided with a modern media/library center, technology labs, science labs, state-of-the-art engineering STEM lab, performing arts wing, a cafetorium with a special dining area and a performing arts stage.
Newark Charter School offers programs and activities to match every student’s interest. Newark Charter School competes in the Diamond State Athletic Conference and has received the DIAA Sportsmanship Award for three consecutive years. Students can participate in a full range of athletic teams. There are 24 Varsity sports, in addition to Junior Varsity, Freshman, Unified Sports and club teams. The Middle School offers 15 sports programs.
Newark Charter School provides one of the most extensive music and performing arts experiences in the area. The Music program provides various choruses, orchestras, and bands for grades 4 through 12. Students participate in regular concerts, competitions and other school-sponsored events.
THE FACULTY AND STAFF
Newark Charter School employs almost 250 faculty and staff, with most holding advanced degrees. Faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of professional development and training opportunities.
The Board of Directors of Newark Charter School is responsible for overseeing financial stewardship, making sure the school’s mission and charter are adhered to, and evaluating the School Director. The Board consists of 11 members, including five Parent Representatives, four Community Representatives and two Faculty Representatives. The Board elects a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary. The Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the McIntire Drive campus.
ABOUT NEWARK, DE
Conveniently located between Philadelphia, PA and the Delaware Beaches, Newark, DE is Delaware’s college town. Visitors are provided with diverse experiences, rich culture, a lively downtown, and a sundry of opportunities. Newark is the commercial hub of western New Castle County and offers a wide variety of businesses and restaurants, with no sales tax! More information can be found at: https://www.visitdelaware.com/cities-regions/newark/
The Board of Directors seeks to appoint a School Director who will direct and manage the daily functions of Newark Charter School (NCS). As the school leader, he/she will continuously embody and promote the mission, vision and goals of NCS through engagement with all constituencies internally and externally.
The responsibilities of the School Director shall include, but may not be limited to, the following:
Uphold and communicate the goals, mission, beliefs and values of NCS and its Charter to staff, families and other constituents.
Manage, operate, and administer the school on behalf of the Board, including formulating and managing a budget.
Manage all aspects of recruiting, orientation, retention and dismissal of all professional and non-professional staff.
Empower the faculty to be “CEOs of their classrooms” and have the autonomy to do what is best for the students with support and evaluation provided by the administration.
Appreciate the foundation of NCS, continue to improve on the high level of excellence, and carry the vision forward.
Support the accumulation of knowledge through the Core Knowledge curriculum which provides a coherent outline of content to be learned grade by grade.
Understand the importance of competition, marketing and brand/image.
Collaborate with the Board to develop and implement strategic and long-range plans.
Manage, evaluate, develop and solicit feedback/input from all constituents in order to optimize performance and maintain balance.
Ensure the continued safety and security of NCS, and its people, in order to allow for a successful learning environment.
Implement, monitor and review financial, academic and organizational programs and initiatives in order to enhance the financial, academic, behavioral and organizational standards of NCS.
Maintain compliance and stay up to date on legislative issues pertaining to education and Delaware charter schools.
Advocate for NCS on legislative and regulatory issues for the security and betterment of NCS and other public charter schools.
Prepare annual reports, major/minor charter modifications, and charter renewal requests for NCS Board and Department of Education.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES
The School Director should possess the skills and abilities necessary to perform the essential functions of the position. The Board expects the new School Director to have demonstrated success in:
Fostering a highly successful environment, with a proven track record of continued improvement, or significant gains.
Leading, motivating and coaching a team to foster professional and personal growth and development.
Being a versatile leader who can be supportive, listen, have a presence, step in when needed and gain the trust of constituents.
The Board seeks a Director with the drive and motivation necessary to continue to advance Newark Charter School and possesses the following qualifications:
A degree in a relevant discipline, Master’s degree is required, Doctorate degree is preferred.
Demonstrated leadership and management experience. Education and Charter School experience a plus.
Proven track record of success and achievement. Exposure to a K-12 educational setting preferred.
Involvement in successful development and fundraising efforts.
Success in working with state and regional boards, and government and legislative entities.
Interested candidates are encouraged to send an application at the earliest possible time but no later than Friday, April 5, 2019. The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received.
In the event an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, Newark Charter School reserves the right to make a selection before the deadline mentioned above and bring the search to a close.
Please submit your application information based on the following criteria:
An introductory letter explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in this particular position.
A current résumé not to exceed two pages.
A one-page statement discussing your leadership style.
The names, current email addresses and telephone numbers, and positions of at least three confidential references, including at least one supervisor, one peer/colleague and one direct report. By submitting this information, you agree that we may contact these references directly.
Please scan all of the above documents into a single pdf attachment and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in Newark Charter School, and we look forward to receiving your application.