HudsonWay Immersion School (HWIS) has the reputation as the “best Mandarin and Spanish immersion program in NYC and NJ” due to its unique full immersion model, early start in preschool, teacher training and immersion leadership. Reflecting that reputation, the school’s mission is to develop students as flexible thinkers, culturally aware and linguistically capable in at least two languages.HWIS received Accreditation from the Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) which becomes effective on December 1, 2020.
The Head of School is a leader who is a strong collaborative builder of people, possesses pedagogical high standards, and is passionate about the benefits of immersion education. The HOS will oversee two locations: Stirling, NJ and Midtown West, NY overseeing a total of about 200 students from preschool through Grade 8. The school recently expanded both of its locations to larger facilities to support a doubling of enrollment to approximately 200 students per location. The school has a strong reputation and is poised for growth with committed leadership. Reporting to the HOS will be a team of three administrators distributed between the 2 campuses: Assistant Director – NJ campus, Director of Chinese Programs and Director of Early Childhood - NY Campus. The position will be subject to a review by the school’s board which consists of two founders and one investor.
Strategic Planning, Vision-setting, Leadership
Inspires a culture of mission-driven excellence
Helps formulate performance management and culture of accountability
Leads in developing the school’s long-term strategic plan
Partners with owners collaboratively to maximize effectiveness of organization
Builds relationships to promote the school
Actively contributes to enrollment and exmissions efforts
Staff and Program Development
Manages and supervises all full and part-time staff
Ensures that school’s curriculum and programs are evolving to meet student needs
Ensures that school appearance and day to day management of operations is smooth
Coordinate and oversee staff development and training that is aligned with New York and New Jersey State Standards, and the school’s curriculum
Conducts regular staff meetings
Oversees school data reporting systems and data analysis to inform instructional practice
Effectively recruits and retains student population
Effectively recruits and retains teacher population
Oversee other programs such as after school, extended care, summer camp and Mommy & Me
Works with high schools to develop feeder programs in support of ex-missions
Works with licensing regulatory bodies
Builds strong and positive parent community
Maintains an open-door policy for parents
Participates in family conferences when appropriate
Works with the parent association
Develops the school’s annual budget
Tracks and approves all purchases
Assures proper reporting of financials to owners
Policies and Procedures
Provides regular updates to founders/investor on:
Policies and procedures
Curriculum development and achievement
HR plan - organizational plan, performance
All instructional teachers; a diverse cultural and bilingual employee base
This is a full-time 12-month position to start July 1, 2021 or sooner.
The successful candidate will possess many of the following experiences and skills:
MA in Education related field (Administration, Curriculum & Instruction, Linguistics, etc.
Prior administrative experience in a leadership role in an independent school
K-8 and early childhood experience
Experience developing new programs such as middle school, after school and clubs
Excellent community-outreach and relationship building skills
Extensive knowledge of curriculum development; new research and technology enhancements
Ability to create and sustain positive, ambitious school culture among staff and students
Ability to develop teachers- mentor, provide feedback and constructive criticism, corrective action, coaching and discipline if necessary
An understanding of the use of technology in supporting learning
Experience in assessment and achievement data analysis
Ability to partner with HR, Accounting, Admissions, Facilities, etc. in upholding and enforcing School policies and procedures
Excellent communication skills– clear, direct communication with tact and professionalism
Highly organized and attentive-to-detail, ability to manage administrative paperwork
Ideal but not required:
Experience with an immersion school
Bilingual/fluent in one of the languages of instruction – Mandarin or Spanish
Position offers a competitive salary along with a comprehensive benefits package that includes PTO, medical, dental, vision, FSA, 401K, etc.
Please email cover letter and resume with Head of School in subject line to email@example.com by January 31, 2021.
HWIS is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in the workplace. We actively encourage all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation to apply.
We regret that we will not be able to respond to all applicants. Only those of interest will be contacted. Thank you.
About HudsonWay Immersion School (www.hwis.org)
HudsonWay Immersion School (HWIS) has the reputation as the “best Mandarin and Spanish immersion program in NYC and NJ” due to its unique full immersion model, early start in preschool, teacher training and immersion leadership. Reflecting that reputation, the school’s mission is to develop students as flexible thinkers, culturally aware and linguistically capable in at least two languages.
HWIS, serving children ages 2 to Grade 7, is the oldest independent Mandarin and Spanish immersion program in the NY/NJ area with two campuses – one on the upper west side of Manhattan, and one in Stirling, NJ. HWIS has announced plans to grow and add grade 8 by 2021. HWIS was also recently been awarded Accreditation by the The Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) effective December 1, 2020.
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