K-8 School Director—Cleveland

The K–8 School Director will lead a school that is committed to the ongoing academic development and wellbeing of its students, teachers, and staff. The Director will provide strategic and instructional leadership and will oversee management of the day-to-day operations of the school.

The K–8 Director oversees daily school operations regarding academics, day-to-day activities, security, and staffing to ensure a successful school. He/she ensures high standards and expectations of student achievement and is accountable for student achievement and behavior. The K–8 Director agrees with and is committed to the academic goals and philosophy of Cambridge Education Group. He or she understands, abides by, and implements the policies, directives, and guidelines set forth by the management company. He or she must also:

  • Leadership and Operations
    • Provide ethical and motivational leadership appropriate to the cultural and political context in which the school operates
    • Ensure responsive and effective systems and management of people and systems such that all students, parents, teachers, and staff are well supported
    • Ensure an orderly, motivational, and aspirational culture and a strong school community where teaching, learning, and healthy relationships can thrive
    • Develop and implement school policies
    • Facilitate and maintain professional internal and external relations with the board, donors, and local and national communities
    • Develop mutually supportive relationships with parents, characterized by good communication strategies and the intent to involve parents and involving parents
  • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Encourage, develop, and monitor high levels of student achievement and learning through rigorous and engaging classes through implementation of the instructional framework
    • Implement consistent, data-driven strategies and support systems for managing students with the most challenging behaviors in a deterrent and therapeutic manner that does not allow disruption of the norms of the school and the learning of other students, instruction, curriculum, and professional development
    • Implement student support system that addresses students’ academic and behavioral struggles holistically and involves parents, teachers, and all relevant staff as appropriate
    • Develop and maintain partnerships with external organizations that enrich the culture of the school through service opportunities, life and cultural experiences, educational and support programs, and other resources
  • Administrative
    • Participate and monitor the RTI process
    • Maintain building-level budgets, expenses, and spending in an appropriate manner
    • Effectively create and submit weekly/monthly reporting to supervisor
    • Maintain confidentiality concerning all student and staff information and in all professional matters
    • Develop and implement marketing plan to recruit students to the school and maintain enrollment
    • Oversee the school admissions process, ensuring compliance with the state charter law and school contract
  • Facility and Personnel Development
    • Supervise on-going development of teaching for all staff by observing and implementing:
      • Lesson observations
      • Regular use of data
      • Collaborative planning and inquiry
      • Informal support strategies including coaching and mentoring
      • Systematic use of formative assessment data to guide learning support and drive
    • Provide strategic leadership for school improvement and development o Coordinate professional development workshops for all staff
    • Maintain facilities in the appropriate manner and follow the appropriate procedures to remediate issues
    • Interview, evaluate, and hire, through the appropriate processes, staff without discrimination
    • Collaborate with colleagues demonstrating a model of connected educators and develop positive working relationships with students, parents, and school staff
    • Be part of a whole school team, actively involved in decision-making on the preparation and development of policies and programs of study, teaching materials, resources, methods of teaching and pastoral arrangements
  • Perform all other job duties as assigned


We’re looking for candidates who have a passion for improving educational opportunities for urban students and for building a strong, mission-driven organization. Our employees have a commitment to continued personal and professional growth, and a commitment to the company’s mission, vision and growth, as well as:

  • Master’s degree in Educational Leadership (Administrative certification welcomed but not mandatory)
  • 3–5 years’ experience as a school leader with significant areas of responsibility
  • Teaching experience
  • Excellent communication, leadership, and presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience in providing professional development trainings in areas of school improvement
  • A demonstrated record of success
  • Passion for working with, and teaching, youth of various social, educational, and economic backgrounds and levels
  • Willingness to go above and beyond to support students in achieving academic goals
  • Commitment to continued personal and professional growth
  • Proficiency in the use of technology


Working Environment
The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions require the following physical demands: some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; and significant fine finger dexterity. This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment.



  • No annual contracts
  • Paid holidays and personal days
  • PTO buy back options
  • Health/dental/vision insurance options
  • Gym membership subsidy
  • $1,000 vacation credit
  • Continuous service bonus
  • STRS eligible
  • Extensive professional development opportunities and allowances
  • Growth opportunities for proven leaders
  • Freedom to be innovative to best serve your students

Become a member of an organization that aspires to the best people developer in the industry.