About the School

Stevens Cooperative School, which was founded in 1949, is the only nonsectarian independent elementary school in Hoboken. Stevens is the oldest parent cooperative school in New Jersey, and an excellent model of progressive education in action. Originally an informal playgroup for children of the faculty at Stevens Institute of Technology, the School has grown into a full progressive nursery, elementary and middle school, with campuses in Hoboken and Jersey City. Today the school serves over 435 students from two-year-olds through the 8th grade.

Historically, Stevens has been located in Hoboken since its inception. In 2005, the board of trustees approved and opened a parallel Kindergarten-8th grade campus in the fast-growing Newport area of Jersey City. Unique to Stevens, the cross-campus academic team collaborates to provide parallel educational experiences for students to help maintain our long-term and board-approved goal of being two campuses and one school.

Each of the buildings hosts an academic site director who is charged with knowing all of the respective students and families well and fostering a tight-knit community, which is a hallmark and strength of the school. This commitment extends to the Hoboken faculty and staff, who value professionalism, support and an excitement for teaching and learning in a progressive setting. As there are a number of cross-campus collaborations including activities, committees and curricular planning meetings, it is important for the Hoboken principal to form successful and positive relationships with the Newport faculty and staff.

Stevens Cooperative School is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and staff body and is eager to consider applications from traditionally underrepresented groups.

About the Position

Stevens Cooperative School is seeking a 1st-8th grade principal for its Hoboken Campus, with the position beginning on July 1, 2022. The Hoboken Principal reports directly to the Head of School and keeps the Head informed of general programs, activities and issues. The Hoboken Principal is considered an instructional leader and is responsible for managing the policies, regulations, and procedures to ensure that all students are supervised and cared for in a safe environment. This senior academic administrator oversees a building of 160 students in 1st-8th grades.

The Principal:

  • Serves as a member of the Leadership Team and the five-person Academic Admin Team
  • Assures that the school is meeting its mission and its long-term goal of being one school with two campuses
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the school’s four strategic pillars of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Progressive Teaching and Learning; Community; and Continuous Improvement and Innovation
  • Works to maintain congruence between the school’s mission statement, diversity statement and philosophy with all of the activities of the school
  • Builds on the school’s diversity, equity and inclusion work to create an inclusive culture and climate, curricular program, and support students’ success as learners, leaders and community members
  • Supervises and works with the faculty in the development, articulation and implementation of curriculum, pedagogy, materials and assessment, which are consistent with the ability and developmental stages of the students
  • Develops opportunities to get to know students well
  • Communicates effectively with parents/guardians and the community at large
  • Creates different opportunities for parents/guardians to provide feedback such as family coffees, 1:1 meetings during helping parent/guardians days, and other opportunities to proactively get to know families
  • Contributes to the creation of a coherent overall school program including the educational program, schedule and calendar, testing, extracurricular activities and safety drills
  • Assists with the coordination of the accreditation activities
  • Keeps current with educational research and conducts regular faculty meetings which deal with school matters and the exchange of ideas of educational interest and concern, as well as potential dangers and liability issues
  • Participates in meetings of the Child Study Team, the Academic Team and the Leadership Team
  • Collaborates with Director of Curriculum and Innovation to maintain parity in curriculum and program offerings between Newport and Hoboken campuses
  • Acts as a liaison between the Hoboken Board of Education and the school and assists in coordinating services and completing necessary paperwork for students receiving services
  • Monitors and tracks student performance, conduct, and discipline; keeps consistent and reliable records and reports
  • Makes recommendations to the Head of School regarding the hiring, dismissal, retention, and general assignment of the faculty
  • Participates in peer evaluation of Head Teachers, writes final evaluations, and reports results to Head of School in preparation of contracts
  • Actively engages, mentors and supports teachers and helps to grow them
  • Mentors Associate Teachers through monthly meetings
  • Revises and edits progress reports
  • Assists in all aspects of the admissions process: interviews, open houses, tours, and student application review
  • Participates in the high school guidance process for 8th grade students, including writing recommendations, guiding families, communicating with schools, and working with other members of the high school guidance team
  • Helps to plan and oversee the Academic Budget
  • Works with the advancement team to forward development efforts by attending cultivation receptions and participating in the school’s development strategies
  • Coordinates logistics in a shared building with 3 different schools and works with the Landlord (HOPES management) on security and supervision of safety drills

Qualifications

  • BA required as well as an advanced degree in the education field
  • Substantive teaching and leadership experience
  • Record of continued professional development
  • Knowledge of and passion for Elementary/Middle School education, curriculum development, and social/emotional learning

Characteristics

  • Deep experience with fostering cultural competency, inclusion, and diversity
  • Demonstrated commitment to implementing anti-bias curriculum
  • Has ability to broach sensitive and complex topics thoughtfully and deliberately with all constituents
  • Uses inclusive language as part of their communication style
  • Works with advancement in the cultivation of donors as well as fundraising activities
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaborating with administrative colleagues
  • Appreciates and is able to take an “enterprise approach” in working with business operations administrators as well as educational leaders to help Stevens thrive
  • Resilience and strong work ethic
  • Demonstrates strong listening skills
  • Has a warm and welcoming approach to working with others
  • Highly organized
  • Strong emotional intelligence
  • Comfort with public speaking and communicating in written form
  • Ability to project calm self-assurance and positive energy
  • A reputation for enthusiasm, optimism, and sense of humor
  • Is passionate, flexible, reflective, a strong communicator, and a motivator of people

How to Apply

Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the materials listed below as soon as possible.

  • Letter of Interest addressed to the Search Committee
  • Resume
  • A Statement of Educational Leadership Philosophy
  • A list of five or more references with contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses)
  • Up to three letters of reference (optional)

Please address any inquiries or expressions of interest to:

  • Nat Conard, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC (email: nconard@educatorscollaborative.com, phone: 908-531-5183)