Company: Challenge Charter School
Location: Far Rockaway, NY 11691


School Site

Challenge Charter High School, 15-20 Central Avenue, Far Rockaway, NY 11691

Who We Are

Since its founding in 2010, Challenge Preparatory Charter School (“Challenge Prep”) has provided students and families with a successful K-8 program in Far Rockaway, Queens. Challenge Charter High School (“CCHS”) will offer a unique early college and career and technical education (“CCTE”) program to ensure that students graduate prepared to be successful in the college and/or career pathway of their choice. CCHS will provide an academically rigorous program that integrates content with real-world technical skills found in the following fields: Aviation, Culinary Arts, Health Sciences, and Hospitality. Through strategic collaborations with industry partners, students will have access to personalized academic and social-emotional learning sequences, authentic field experiences, career counseling, and college coursework.

Understanding the Role

The director of student support will report to the principal or his/her designee. This person will be a key driver of instructional and academic outcomes for all scholars. He/she will coach all guidance personnel and deans, grades K-12. The director will serve on all guidance and instructional teams as needed and give recommendations for improved student outcomes based on data. The director will collaborate closely with all sites and lead professional development as needed related to topics for student success and family relations. It is understood that we are one organization with multiple sites and it is expected that all members of the team collaborate to support all of our scholars.

Ongoing Specific Responsibilities

The staff of Challenge Charter High School is committed to teaching students the values of scholarship, respect, honesty, courage and balance in a collaborative technology infused, inclusive family-like environment. All staff are expected to attend a weeklong summer planning institute at the University of Connecticut which will offer an essential opportunity for staff to be involved in developing the school’s culture and instructional program. Serious consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate in their resume and cover letter experience and/or willingness to commit to the school’s mission and core beliefs and will be responsible to:

  • Form committees who meet regularly to social-emotionally support instructional vision and outcomes for students in collaboration with guidance counselors, social workers, deans, and other related personnel
  • Analyze relevant data and strategize accordingly
  • Support child study team meetings as needed
  • Assist with special education compliance and advocacy needs in coordination with appropriate personnel
  • Provide regular professional development for student support providers to build their content knowledge and expertise in social-emotional needs of all students
  • Provide surveys and workshops for parents
  • Make referrals to parents for outside services
  • Reach out to community organizations to establish collaborations with school for support

Additionally, the school will offer opportunities to participate in the following:

  • After-school and/or Saturday tutoring, sports, enrichment, arts and family programs
  • In-house committees of special programs
  • Professional development such as abuse training, behavior intervention strategies training, peer mediation training, and the like

Because roles in small schools are varied and complex, serious consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate in their resume and cover letter experience and/or willingness to commit to the school’s mission and core beliefs and to become involved in these essential aspects:

  • Believing that all students can succeed with ample social-emotional support in and out of the classroom
  • Collaboration amongst all faculty and staff will ensure student success

Who We Seek

Challenge Charter High School will consider candidates who can demonstrate:

  • Commitment to and alignment with CCHS mission, vision, program goals and curriculum
  • Effective leadership skills that inspire teamwork and dedication
  • Strategic problem-solving skills
  • Strong communication skills with students, families, staff, and community members
  • Exceptional management and organizational skills
  • Positive experience in taking the initiative, assuming accountability and being productive in attaining measurable goals and mission accomplishments
  • Ability to plan strategically and effectively, as well as adapting to unforeseen situations
  • Ability to create a positive school culture that is welcoming, fun, and conducive to learning


The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Evidence of commitment to continuous professional growth
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with colleagues, parents, students, industry partners, and the community

In addition to the cover letter, resume, and interview, applicants must also provide three professional references, one of which must be from a direct supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and counseling or social work certification is required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Highly motivated to work with students from underserved areas
  • Experience in an urban school setting preferred
  • Strong teamwork ethic
  • Ability to use data to drive student success

Work Year

This is a full-time position which begins in mid-August and goes through the end of June. All staff are expected to attend Confratute, a weeklong summer planning institute in mid-July at the University of Connecticut, which will offer an essential opportunity for staff to be involved in developing the school’s culture and instructional program.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Challenge Charter School is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community, particularly in the Far Rockaway area, and committed to educating students. We welcome all applicants who share our mission and vision to join us in our relentless work. Challenge Charter School offers a full benefits program and opportunities for professional growth. Learn more about our mission, team, & the exciting things happening at Challenge by visiting