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Position: Principal-in-residence

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 the principal-in-residence program 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.

The principal-in-residence program is a one-year position that supports future school leaders in their development as they prepare to become principals. The Principal-in-residence will serve in a leadership position at one of the Partnership schools, and s/he will work alongside and learn from the current principal and the Partnership’s Superintendent/ CAO. Through these leadership and mentoring experiences both at the school and network-level, the principal-in-residence will grow, develop, and prepare to be a principal for one of the six Partnership schools.


Principal-in-Residence responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Facilitating the implementation of a common, rigorous Pre-K-8th grade curricula as well as the Partnership’s 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 focusing 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
  • Coaching teachers and providing each with the support necessary to develop into a maximally-effective instructor
  • 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
  • Maintaining a working knowledge of and familiarity with New York State educational standards and requirements
  • Helping the school principal in managing the process of academic reporting and recording, including grade reports, transcripts, permanent records, progress reports, parent-teacher conferences, and academic recognition
  • Working together with the Partnership team to support board and development activities

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, 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 in Residence, First and Last Name in the subject line to Resumes sent without dedicated cover letters will not be considered.