(K-5) Lead Elementary Teacher (21-22 SY)

  • KIPP Albany Community Charter Elementary School, Albany, NY, United States
  • Full-time
  • Department: Teacher
  • Grade Level: Elementary
  • Subject: General Elementary
  • Start Date: Next year opening

Company Description


Together with families and communities, KIPP creates joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. KIPP is a national network of tuition-free, public charter schools open to all students. There are 255 college-preparatory KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 100,000 students. Nationally, KIPP students are graduating four-year colleges at three times the national average for low-income students.


KIPP Albany launched on July 1, 2020, as the new partnership between KIPP Tech Valley Charter Schools and Albany Community Charter Schools. KIPP Albany is a unified group of schools striving towards excellence in education in the Capital Region, with 1600 students across four schools. KIPP Tech Valley Middle School (KTVM) was founded over 15 years ago in 2005. In 2018-2019, KTVM was named a Recognition School by the New York State Department of Education. KIPP Tech Valley Primary School (KTVP) opened its doors in 2016 to 100 kindergarten students and is now fully scaled to 500 students grades K-4. KIPP Albany Community Charter Elementary (KACCE) and Middle Schools (KACCM) will continue their commitment to providing students with a nurturing and supportive environment of high expectations, love, and respect. KIPP ACCE was founded in 2006, with KACCM following in 2012 and brings a relentless focus on academic achievement and character development to their K-8 students.


KIPP Albany Community Charter Elementary School (KACCES) is a kindergarten through grade five elementary charter school.  We are an urban school with a student population in which 93% of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch, and 98% of the students are Black or Latino. We offer an extended school day, a longer school year, two instructors per class, school uniforms, and a variety of afterschool programs. Our school places a high value on collaboration, community, and culture. We have made a commitment to developing an environment that affirms and celebrates the racial and cultural identities of our students and recognizes the critical importance of having teachers and leaders that reflect the communities we serve. As our mission statement states, “We seek to develop in our students the academic and social skills necessary to enable them to discover their unique gifts and talents in order to become responsible public citizens dedicated to the advancement of one’s self, one’s family, and one’s community”.  In 2012 ACCS was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, one of the first charter schools in the State of New York and the first in the City of Albany to receive that distinction. Albany Community Charter Elementary is excited to join the KIPP network and become a KIPP school to access more of the curriculum, professional development, and other resources available within the network to provide more opportunities to the community we serve.

Job Description

Curriculum Development and Instruction

  • Adapt and execute a rigorous, standards-aligned curriculum and assess students’ progress

  • Develop academically rigorous lessons, create unit plans, rubrics and assessments

  • Use data to inform instructional decisions

  • Provide students with daily feedback on mastery performance in character and academics and plan for individual learning needs

  • Demonstrate strong pedagogy

 Commitment to School and Classroom Culture

  • Work collaboratively with your school team and those across KIPP Albany

  • Help develop school-wide culture that best fits the needs of our students, teachers and families

  • Attend and participate in all staff meetings and communicate openly with staff

  • Develop positive rapport with students

  • Create and foster a positive and calm learning environment

  • Enforce, uphold, and exhibit school’s values, student management policies and culture

 Family Engagement

  • Establish and maintain strong communication lines with all parents and share progress

  • Be available for open houses, parent teacher conferences and other events involving parents

  • Make him/herself available to students, parents and other staff members

 Growth Mindset

  • Pursue challenging professional goals each year

  • Willing to offer support and receive constructive feedback from colleagues in order to create a professional working atmosphere that is conducive to change and improvement

  • Participate in school-wide and individual professional development, including pre-service training over the summer and weekly during the academic year (held during school hours)


The following are required of all KIPP Albany Lead Teachers:

  • Valid NYS teaching license or willingness to pursue state certification, if needed

  • Commitment to working with under-served students

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Pass Criminal Background Check

  • At least two years of teaching experience (Highly Preferred)

  • Experience teaching in low-income schools (Highly Preferred)

  • Demonstrated success in raising the achievement levels of traditionally under-served students (Highly Preferred)

Additional Information

Start Date:

This position has a start date of August 1, 2021.


Competitive salary and benefits package including health coverage and retirement.


This description is intended to describe the type of work being performed by a person assigned to this position. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required by the employee.

KIPP Albany is an Equal Opportunity Employer. KIPP Albany is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment.

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