VOICE Charter School (http://www.voicecharterschool.org/) is an elementary and middle school located in Long Island City, Queens that serves about 650 students across grades K-8. We are located just minutes from Manhattan (two stops outside of Manhattan on the F, N, and W train lines) and Long Island City’s growing waterfront district, thriving arts community, and rapid residential growth. We are looking to identify extraordinary educators and administrators committed to urban education who wish to join a dynamic professional learning community.
Our mission is to create a safe and healthy learning environment that will nurture, motivate and challenge all of our children to achieve the highest level of academic excellence and to develop into mindful, responsible, contributing participants in their education, their community and the diverse society in which we live.
What makes VOICE different?
At VOICE, it’s not just about the music. It’s about the people. It’s about what you can be. It’s about using your passion. It’s about relationships. It’s about having the opportunity to choose. It’s about caring enough. It’s about each individual child and adult.
We believe in efficacy. At the core of our academic culture is the idea that all students are capable of doing well in any discipline. At VOICE, all students will learn – being smart is not something that you are, it is something you become. At VOICE, you will be pushed to become more.
We support and develop the effectiveness of our teachers. We believe that teachers need time to collaborate to build their practice, so we provide our team with over two hours of planning time a day as well as additional days for collaborative thought partnership and planning during the school year.
We promote participation in music and the arts. Asmusic and art help develop problem solving and critical thinking skills and open children’s imaginations, all VOICE students participate in and learn from daily activities in the arts including rigorous choral training. We design our arts-integrated curriculum to bring joy and wonder to the lives of our children, providing them with the skills necessary to forge their own path.
All Staff at VOICE:
- Love and nurture all of our students as they become deeply caring and responsible individuals;
- Take personal responsibility and work collaboratively to ensure that all students achieve and grow, understanding that the performance and progress of our students is directly under our control;
- Ask questions and empower students to exercise curiosity and wonder about the world around them;
- Hold themselves to the highest standards;
- Push and support themselves, their students, and their colleagues;
- Proactively seek and incorporate feedback;
- Help each individual child gain the opportunity to choose what his or her future will be.
Curriculum and Planning
- Collaborate with colleagues in developing and regularly revising purposeful, rigorous, and engaging daily and long-term plans aligned to VOICE standards
- Create, administer, and analyze meaningful and frequent assessments and regularly use the information gained to plan effective re-teaching
In the Classroom
- Maintain a productive, safe, and disciplined learning environment in which teaching points, process charts, and student work are clearly displayed
- Uphold all school policies within the classroom
- Infuse VOICE values, rigor, and joy into lessons
- Integrate feedback and goal-setting into lesson delivery
- Provide the differentiation and accommodations needed for the growth and success of all students
- Model strong written and verbal skills
- Go above and beyond to ensure that all students are meeting appropriate standards
- Review and comply with the guidelines of students’ IEPs, follow IDEA reporting requirements, and provide information about student performance and services received
Communication and Collaboration
- Fully embrace VOICE’s mission and values and promote them to students, parents, and colleagues
- Collaborate as part of an interdisciplinary team coordinating all instructional activities with grade-level teachers, coaches, and other teachers
- Proactively seek assistance or advice when faced with challenging teaching situations
- Maintain positive relationships with and support the development of all staff members
- Appropriately give and receive feedback to/from students, parents, faculty, staff, and administration
- Keep parents well-informed about student performance and progress
Professionalism and Work Day Expectations
- Fully participate in all school and grade-level meetings, designated school functions outside of school hours, and opportunities for individual and school-wide professional development
Skills and Characteristics
- Deep belief in VOICE’s mission, vision, and values
- Unwavering commitment to the high academic achievement of all students
- Flexibility, exemplary written and verbal communication, and outstanding critical thinking skills
- Willingness to give and receive feedback to facilitate the growth of both students and faculty
- Unwavering humility, perseverance, and kindness
- Content area knowledge including art history; ability to teach arts classes in a variety of mediums and techniques, including but not limited to realistic drawing
- Willingness and flexibility to implement a visual arts curriculum across two campuses
Educational Background and Work Experience
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
- Willingness to pursue New York State teaching certification
- Achievement of NCLB “Highly Qualified” status for New York State
- Significant experience working with and/or teaching children ages 5-13
Compensation and Benefits: Compensation is competitive and based on experience. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including participation in the TransitChek program and partial reimbursement for monthly commuting expenses, gym reimbursement, cultural enrichment reimbursements, participation in the Teachers Retirement System pension program, frequent access to baked goods, and many opportunities to get to know your VOICE colleagues!
VOICE Charter School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In its employment decisions, VOICE does not discriminate on the basis of an applicant or employee’s race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, unemployment status, or any other status protected by law.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit an electronic application (including a VOICE-specific cover letter and resume) at https://voicecharterschool.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED