Work for Us

Position: Principal

Location: New York, New York

Type: Full-Time


About The Partnership

The Partnership is a pioneering school management organization that is shaping the next generation of urban Catholic education. Granted operational management in 2013 of six long-standing Pre-K to 8th grade schools in the South Bronx and Harlem, the Partnership is committed to providing students in historically underserved neighborhoods with the academic preparation, values, and skills they need to excel.

The historic success of urban Catholic schools stems not only from a rigorous tradition of academic excellence, but also from an emphasis on developing self-worth, moral character, a love of learning, and a sense of civic responsibility—all part of our long-standing commitment to educating the whole child. The Partnership is unique in knitting this tradition together with lessons from high-achieving public, charter, and independent schools, in the service of our students.

For more than twenty years, the Partnership has raised and invested over $200 million in urban Catholic schools. Today, as a School Management Organization (SMO), the Partnership is intensifying its efforts to break the cycle of poverty and close the achievement gap across our network schools.

  • The Partnership currently serves over 2,100 students across the network
  • Nearly all of our students are a part of the free and reduced-lunch program
  • 99.4% of the students are minority
  • 65% of the students are Catholic
  • 33% speak English as a second language

At the Partnership, we believe all children can achieve at the highest levels.



The Partnership is accepting applications for principals for the 2015-16 school year. The ideal candidate will share an unwavering commitment to student achievement and an appreciation and respect for Catholic culture, identity, and values. To achieve these results, the principal will build and maintain a school culture of high expectations, instructional excellence, and a rich Catholic identity.

Successful candidates will also be supportive thought-partners in network-level curricular implementation and assessment decisions, will leverage proven management practices across the network, and will glean insight from our nationally recognized partner organizations (Teach like a Champion, Amplify, Core Knowledge, etc).


Principal Reporting Relationships

The Principal will report directly to the Superintendent /Chief Academic Officer (CAO) of the Partnership. Reporting to the Principal will be the Pre-K to 8th grade teaching faculty and other school-based staff.


Principal responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Facilitating the implementation of a common, rigorous preK-8th grade curricula as well as the Partnership instructional model to ensure that all teachers have the tools they need to help students achieve at the highest levels
  • Building on the rigorous traditions of urban Catholic education and focus on faith formation and development of the whole child – developing self-worth, moral character, a love of learning, and a sense of civic responsibility in all students
  • Creating a calm, safe, supportive, and faith-filled learning environment where students are engaged and respectful of each other and of adults in the building
  • Ensuring that parents become partners with the school in supporting their students
  • Managing the process of academic reporting and recording, including grade reports, transcripts, permanent records, progress reports, parent-teacher conferences, and academic recognition
  • Maintaining a working knowledge of and familiarity with New York State educational standards and requirements
  • Supporting recruitment of teachers unwavering in their commitment to student achievement and with an appreciation and a respect for Catholic culture, identity, and values
  • Working to retain faculty, and other instructional and extracurricular staff who are best aligned to the mission of the school in keeping with the collective bargaining agreement of the Federation of Catholic Teachers and the Association of Catholic Schools
  • Working together with the Partnership team and the school operations manager to ensure that operations are efficient and effective, accounting and budgets are accurate and up-to-date, facilities are maintained and enrollment is maximized
  • Working together with the Partnership team and the Admissions and Development Associates to ensure that the recruitment and retention of students and families are maximized each year
  • Working together with the Partnership team to support board and development activities
  • Assuring that the implementation of the Archdiocesan catechetical curriculum meets all requirements necessary

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Deep respect for and commitment to preserving and building upon the legacy of urban Catholic education
  • Commitment to the Partnership’s mission to help historically underserved students break the cycle of poverty
  • A relentless work ethic and a high degree of patience to push through difficult challenges
  • Experience with data-driven assessments to achieve student academic goals and inform instructional decisions and interventions
  • Proven track record of setting classroom expectations and driving student achievement as a teacher, preferably in an urban classroom.
  • Demonstrated effective school leadership experience in working with students, teachers, parents, donors, and the community, preferably in a ‘gap-closing’ school
  • Demonstrated ability to balance collaboration (with teachers, fellow principals, and network leadership and staff) with strong leadership and to set goals and build buy-in from teachers
  • Knowledge of best practices and proven pedagogical techniques in urban education
  • Demonstrated openness to feedback, and a willingness to be reflective in order to grow as an educator and the school-wide instructional leader
  • Technological proficiency and adaptability
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Flexibility to multi-task, coupled with the ability to set priorities and follow through with results
  • Relentlessness and willingness to do whatever it takes to ensure success
  • Maturity, sense of humor, humility, and a “roll-up-my-sleeves” scrappy attitude


Position Requirements

  • An uncompromising belief that all students can learn
  • At least four years of urban teaching experience with a track record of high achievement
  • A bachelor’s degree from a competitive university is required, a master’s degree is preferred
  • Successful experience leading adults and managing cultural change
  • Respect for and appreciation of the Catholic faith and Catholic education. Roman Catholic is recommended, but not required. Must respect and uphold Catholic social teaching.
  • Must pass background check

Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Additionally, the Partnership offers a benefits package. The Partnership is an equal opportunity employer organization that values diversity.


To apply, please send cover letter and resume with Principal, First and Last Name in the subject line to Resumes sent without dedicated cover letters will not be considered.  

Sr. Patrice reading

"Our work in our schools is based on the belief that all students deserve an excellent education and an excellent Catholic education. That means all our students are provided a values-centered, faith-based education.  They are taught that they have a responsibility to themselves and to others which will equip them to become excellent students and exemplary citizens now and in the future."

- Sr. Patrice, Principal, Immaculate Conception School


Abigail with students

"Every day I think did I do enough today to help my students and teachers succeed and if not, what do I need to do tomorrow to make sure it does happen.

-Ms. Akano, Principal, Sacred Heart School