New School Project Director

Structured Literacy School Project Director

Position Summary

The Office of School Design aims to create an equitable and effective range of school and program options for students and families in New York City through transparent and standards-based decision-making, and through the alignment of school opportunities with supportive resources and central policies. The office works to identify and develop high quality new district schools, small learning communities, dual and bilingual language programs, and career and technical education programs. The office also provides differentiated support to a set of schools in a school redesign program in collaboration with the United Federation of Teachers (UFT). The core of the work is to create many paths to the same outcome: a good education, preparation for college and productive citizenship, and a path to economic security. 

The Project Director will design and implement a plan for a new structured literacy school targeted to dyslexic students that will pilot in September 2022. The Project Director will design and collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders and partners – students, families, and divisions of the NYCDOE – to plan a new structured literacy school that will pilot with 36 students in grades 2 or 3 in the 2022/2023 school year. The Project Director will design and develop the new school, including in the following targeted areas: structured literacy, student and staff recruitment, curriculum development and data-driven instruction, school culture, serving special populations, budget, and finance.


School Support – Design and Implementation

Collaborate with DOE stakeholders to create the mission, vision and design for the structured literacy pilot launching fall 2022. 

  • Design scope and sequence, units of study and build a team from the ground up.
  • Create an innovative pilot/school model with a commitment to the Science of Reading as the basis for all language instruction.
  • Model strong organizational skills and distributed leadership to promote team empowerment through collaboration with school stakeholders.
  • Harness the power of student voice, and family and community involvement to ensure that all voices are heard and considered in the day to day life of the school. 

Performance Management 

  • Provide ongoing support, guidance, feedback, and support to collaborators to ensure high-quality contributions and full engagement. Support leaders’ work in planning deliverables. 

Qualification Requirements

Applicants must possess a valid New York State certificate in School Administration/Supervision (SAS), School District Administrator (SDA) or in School Building Leadership (SBL). 


  • Track record of success at increasing student achievement outcomes in a school.
  • Experience in data-based decision making and strategic planning around instructional implementation to increase student achievement.
  • Attentive to detail, well organized, able to work under pressure, and meet frequent and changing deadlines.
  • Sound judgment; skilled with group problem-solving and working with complex concepts in a dynamic setting.
  • Ability to organize facts and present information and figures in a clear, concise, and logical manner, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to synthesize information from multiple sources and reconcile incongruent data.
  • In-depth knowledge of the NYC public school system and the NYC Department of Education.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to receive constructive feedback and engage in a collaborative and rigorous development of school design.
  • Prior success in planning and leading the creation of a new school or program.
  • Prior success in leading adult team building—being a team leader and teaching others how to lead teams.
  • Experience in co-taught classrooms/experience coaching teachers working in co-teaching classrooms/helping teachers optimize learning in a co-teaching environment.
  • Commitment to using a direct, explicit evidence-based reading instruction across all content areas throughout the day.
  • Knowledge and background of children with language-based learning disabilities.
  • Willingness to participate in ongoing training and coaching in evidence-based practices in structured literacy. 

The Project Director for the Structured Literacy Pilot will likely become the Interim Acting Principal of the school on July 1, 2023. Appointment to the principal position is subsequently subject to selection through the Chancellor’s C30 Process.

To Apply 

Submit a resume to by May 27, 2022.