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Brilla Public Charter Schools Grade and Content Lead in Bronx, New York

About Brilla Charter Schools

Brilla Public Charter Schools is a network of elementary and middle schools that currently serve over 730 students from the Mott Haven area and surrounding neighborhoods in the South Bronx. We plan to grow our network from a current three campuses to eight over the next decade, reaching some 3,200 students in the Bronx. Brilla Public Charter Schools aims to empower their scholars and community through an innovative approach that combines co-teaching practices and blended learning, with core elements of a classical education - helping students know and appreciate Truth, Beauty, and Goodness. Brilla Public Charter Schools focus on teaching the whole child, instilling a deep sense of character through the Core Virtues of courage, justice, wisdom, and self-control, while setting a high bar for academic performance and teaching content that has withstood the test of time. Brilla?s commitment to holistic child development is paralleled with its commitment to creating a joyful community for families and staff. In order to achieve results for students, Brilla staff model the intellectual and social competencies Brilla Public Charter Schools desire for all of their scholars to become young men and women of good character and spirit, and to be prepared for excellence in high school, college and beyond.

Position Overview

The primary responsibility of the Grade Chair & Content Lead (GCL) is to provide organizational leadership and support to all teachers within their grade level as well as their assigned content team to ensure teachers meet ambitious student achievement goals aligned to network and school strategic priorities. In addition to meeting the requirements of both a Content Lead and Team Lead, the GCL serves as the key communicator and liaison between Network/School Leaders and teachers in their grade level and content area. GCLs facilitate and coordinate professional development, grade-level team meetings, organizational practices, parent communication, and grade-wide activities. Supervised by a Principal or Assistant Principal, GCLs rely on the Brilla Leadership Competencies to impact student achievement including strong mission conviction, high-impact instructional leadership, strategic thinking with integrity and wisdom, standard-setting professionalism, and the ?one-school? mentality.

GCLs regularly provide instructional and content coaching to their teams, greatly influencing the overall success of the school. GCLs are highly motivated collaborators who go above and beyond for their teachers and their students, regularly meeting with Learning Specialists, Student Service Coordinators, and other stakeholders to ensure that each child is succeeding. They are consistently effective teachers with many demonstrated strengths according to the evaluation framework . They are positive, grounded in virtue, calm in the midst of adversity, model growth mindsets for adults and students, and deeply believe in the Brilla mission. GCLs are also the ?culture carriers? of the mission and vision for their teams - ensuring that all aspects of the Brilla model are implemented with fidelity, excellence, and joy. GCLs seek regular feedback, solicit input, and engage in courageous conversations in order to better themselves and others.

Core Competencies & Responsibilities

Brilla GCLs Set the Standard

  • Establish a vision for the grade level and content in coordination with school leaders and establish ambitious goals for the grade-level team and its students

  • Establish a structure for team collaboration, decision-making, and grade level team meetings aligned with Network and School Strategic Priorities that prioritizes student achievement

  • Supervise and evaluate grade-level teachers, ensuring deadlines, surveys, data and assessment and other professional responsibilities are met and completed with quality and fidelity

  • Cultivate teachers? ability to analyze, create, synthesize, and evaluate plans and high quality instruction for constant improvement

  • Set and uphold high academic and social expectations for all teachers through a strong sense of personal accountability for student achievement and ongoing child development - assisting and modeling Love & Logic and following Tier 2 and Tier 3 instructional and behavioral protocols

  • Visibly live and hold others accountable to the Brilla Mission through consistent professional dress, modeling of core virtues, execution of professional norms, and enthusiastic, regular engagement in ongoing professional development and community-building

Brilla GCLs Honor the Team

  • Foster, maintain, and hold others accountable to productive, collaborative, and collegial working relationships with leaders, team members, staff members, parents, and community members

  • Contribute to a positive classroom and school culture and environment through consistent implementation of behavior management strategies, attendance at Brilla-sponsored Culture Events, and regular, professional communication

  • Model and uphold consistent, aligned, team-wide and school-wide approaches to student and teacher routines throughout the school day and school year with fidelity and positivity

  • Plan, facilitate, and attend regular, mission-critical programming including weekly network leadership meetings, school leadership meetings, bi-weekly SSO meetings, summer development sessions, data days, parent workshops, family conferences, and other opportunities

  • Commit to be available by phone after school hours until 7:00pm each workday to address any student or family questions or concerns (cell phone provided by school)

  • Perform other duties as assigned including but not limited to attending regular network/school walkthroughs, test preparation small group instruction, model teaching, validating report cards and comments, mediating parent concerns, Parent University facilitation, ordering supplies, maintaining communication logs, ensuring accurate attendance, and registering teachers for external trainings

Brilla GCLs Make it Count

  • Design, schedule, and facilitate regularly scheduled team meetings, looking at student data protocols, weekly coaching observations and debriefs, and, if applicable, daily test preparation debriefs

  • Lead the creation of grade-level schedules, special schedules with direct supervisor aligned to Strategic Priorities

  • Organize, implement, and analyze the individualized learning technology programs and corresponding data used by all students on a consistent basis within the grade-level

  • Develop and maintain monthly accurate and complete grade-level data dashboards

  • Lead and ensure that students maintain aggressive growth rates through the consistent use and modeling of data

  • Demonstrate preparation and skill in working with and leading students & colleagues from diverse cultural, economic and ability backgrounds

  • Organize and manage time and commitments efficiently to maximize productivity and intentionality throughout the school day and school year

Brilla GCLs know It Starts with Them

  • Demonstrate an entrepreneurial mindset and is proactive in collaborating with colleagues and leadership to build on the excellence of the model/position

  • Embody courage, justice, wisdom, and self-control, while championing a positive, flexible attitude and solution-based approach to challenges

  • Actively solicit feedback from colleagues and leaders in order to strengthen competencies and capacities - being willing to be held accountable for successes and failures

  • Reflect and seek to understand both individual strengths and areas for growth, committing to continuous personal growth and professional development as an individual, teacher, mentor, and leader

  • Challenge assumptions and beliefs about teaching and learning in order to best meet the needs of students and the mission of the organization

  • Seek to grow both professionally and personally as a classical educator by deepening literary and humanities content mastery, reading literary classics, and improving in understanding of classical form and pedagogy


  • Bachelor?s Degree or higher from an accredited institution, Master?s Degree preferred

  • Possession of current teaching certification as an elementary/middle school school teacher

  • Experience as a Brilla Charter Schools Team Lead, Content Lead, or Content Specialist with demonstrated results

  • Demonstrable evidence of excellent parent engagement and behavior management