Stevens Cooperative School, which was founded in 1949, is the only nonsectarian independent elementary school with campuses in Hoboken and Jersey City. 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.
Historically, Stevens has been located in Hoboken since its inception. In 2005, the Board of Trustees approved and opened a parallel campus in the fast-growing Newport area of Jersey City. Today we operate four buildings in total with three of them located in Hoboken and one in Newport. Stevens serves over 435 students from 2-years-old through the 8th grade, of which 46% are ethnic minorities. 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 our 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 our 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 to form successful and positive relationships with the Newport faculty and staff.
FIVE-PERSON ACADEMIC TEAM AT-A-GLANCE
Newport Campus Principal: Shehla Ghouse Years at Stevens: 6
Interim Early Childhood Director: Meg Roosa Years at Stevens: 1
Director of Curriculum and Innovation: Rhiannon McElwee Years at Stevens: 10
Director of Equity and Student Services: Rachell Arteaga Years at Stevens: 1
Hoboken Campus Principal: Currently being sought
HOBOKEN PRINCIPAL JOB DESCRIPTION
The Hoboken Principal reports directly to the Head of School and keeps him 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 building-specific students are supervised in a safe and efficient manner. This senior academic administrator oversees a building of 160 students in 1st-8th grades.
Stevens Cooperative School is seeking a permanent 1st-8th grade principal at our Hoboken Campus AND is also open to an interim principal, who would remain in the role for one year. In either case, the position begins on July 1, 2021. The responsibilities for either the interim or permanent principal remain the same, except that an interim principal would be asked to also focus on the areas of maintaining stability, collecting a deep understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for continued growth, and collaborating with the head of school and senior administration to help ensure the success of an incoming permanent principal. An interim principal, if interested and qualified, may also be considered at a later date for the permanent principal role.
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 inclusiveculture 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 asfamily coffees, 1:1 meetings during helping parent/guardians days, and otheropportunities to proactively get to knowfamilies
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
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 anddeliberately 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 businessoperations 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
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
BA required as well as an advanced degree
Substantive teaching and leadership experience
Record of continued professional development
Knowledge of and passion for early childhood/elementary education, curriculum development, and social/emotional learning
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
Standard work hours and vacation as per the Faculty/Staff Handbook
The Hoboken Principal position starts on July 1, 2021 (or in mid-June if available)
Interested candidates should email their resumes and cover letters to Sergio Alati, Head of School at email@example.com. Please include “Hoboken Principal” in the subject line.
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 Stevens Cooperative School
Stevens Cooperative School is a private (independent) school for two-year-olds through 8th grade with campuses in Hoboken and Newport, Jersey City, NJ. Founded in 1949, Stevens is the oldest parent cooperative school in New Jersey. Originally an informal playgroup for children of the faculty at Stevens Institute of Technology, the school has grown into a full nursery, elementary and middle school, with more than 430 students. The school’s model for education fosters creativity and depth of thinking where the student voice can flourish. Stevens is accredited by the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. The Stevens community consists of a diverse population of families representing a broad range of towns including Hoboken, Jersey City, Weehawken, North Bergen, Secaucus, Union City, Bayonne, West New York, Cliffside Park and other NJ locations and Manhattan.
For more information about Stevens, please visit www.stevenscoop.org.