Pre-K thru Elementary, Middle/Junior High thru High School
HudsonWay Immersion School (HWIS) is a progressive pre-K through Grade 8 Mandarin and Spanish Immersion School founded 15 years ago in the NJ/NY area. The school’s mission is to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and character to become global contributors and citizens of the world. The school recently expanded its NY location to a new facility to support a doubling of enrollment from approximately 100 to over 200 students. The values are excellence, respect, teamwork, integrity, communication, innovation, transparency, customer service, and accountability. HWIS has a strong academic reputation. Students perform well above average and are accepted at top tier independent schools.
HWIS is seeking a dynamic, innovative educator who can join the senior leadership of the school. The successful candidate will lead by example, support the growth and development of teachers, and seek to continually improve the educational quality of the program. The individual will possess warmth, humor, energy, and joy of teaching and learning. This position reports to the Head of School and supports approximately 20 staff and faculty.
Supports positive school culture in line with the values of the school
Creates/maintains systems for internal and external communication
Collaborates on development of strategic planning for school
Addresses student behavior issues
Enforces school and regulatory policies
Ensures operations are within budget, approves spending
Oversees the school facilities, licensing and day to day operations
Manages the campus specific office manager
Supports hiring, development and retention of teachers
Holds regular staff meetings to ensure effective organizational communication and collaboration
Shares best practices among faculty
Supports social-emotional health of the school team
Supports ongoing development of Mandarin program keeping abreast of best practices in the field
Connects with other schools to develop programs in all areas
Together with the Head of School oversees school events, field trips and service-learning abroad offerings
Supports the development and collaboration of the curriculum for all languages – English, Mandarin, Spanish and for all subjects from early childhood through Grade 8
Benchmarks curriculum to national/state standards and that of other high performing schools.
Collaboratively develops and executes assessment plans
Identifies, orders, and deploys resources and materials to support instruction
Organizes professional development for teachers on research-based immersion/ pedagogical strategies
Regularly observes instruction and provides modeling, support, and feedback and substituting as necessary
Organizes instruction in other programs – clubs, after school, summer camp, etc.
Refers children for further evaluation and support as needed
Oversees school data reporting systems and data analysis to inform instructional practice
Reviews progress reports
Communicates effectively with parents regarding individual student issues, school-wide policies etc.
Collaborate with HWISPA to develop joint programs and initiatives
Supports marketing & admissions in recruiting, assessing prospective students and in supporting ex-missions
Active in ensuring student retention through Grade 8
Communicates school projects and initiatives to marketing team
Contributes blogs and social media content as needed
The successful candidate will possess many of the following experience, skills, and attributes:
MA in Educational Leadership or related field (Administration, Curriculum & Instruction, Linguistics, etc.)
Knowledge and experience with immersion programs
Must be bilingual and biliterate in Chinese and English
Minimum 2 years’ leadership experience, preferably in an independent school
Minimum 5 years’ classroom teaching experience
K-8 and early childhood experience
Experience establishing clubs and after school activities
Understanding of leadership as service
Ability to collaborate with an energetic and passionate team
Experience with positive supervision, evaluation, and support of faculty
Knowledge of curriculum development; instructional coaching and assessment
Open to 360-degree feedback
An understanding of the use of technology in supporting learning
Excellent communication skills– proactive, empathetic, direct communicator
Ability to manage administrative paperwork
Ability to travel from one campus to the other on a weekly basis
This is a full-time 12-month position to start July 1, 2021. The position offers a competitive salary along with a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, FSA, PTO, 401K, etc.
Please email your cover letter (including salary requirements) and resume with Assistant Principal/Dean of Mandarin Program in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1, 2021.
HWIS is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in the workplace. We actively encourage all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation to apply.
About HudsonWay Immersion School (www.hwis.org)
HudsonWay Immersion School (HWIS) has the reputation as the “best Mandarin and Spanish immersion program in NYC and NJ” due to its unique full immersion model, early start in preschool, teacher training and immersion leadership. Reflecting that reputation, the school’s mission is to develop students as flexible thinkers, culturally aware and linguistically capable in at least two languages.
HWIS, now serving children ages 2 to Grade 8, is the oldest independent Mandarin and Spanish immersion program in the NY/NJ area with two campuses – one on the west side of midtown Manhattan, and one in Stirling, NJ. HWIS was also awarded Accreditation by the The Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) effective December 1, 2020.