Cresthaven Academy Charter School ( learn more )

Cresthaven Academy

Planfield, New Jersey ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3890712
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : May 16, 2022
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description


Instructional Coach


10 Months 


K-5, K-8








Instructional Coach 

Cresthaven Academy Charter School exists to provide a comprehensive education to our scholars that develops the ‘whole child' through academic excellence, physical wellness, emotional health, and character enrichment.  Our school is built on the belief that all children, regardless of race or economic status, can succeed when given equal access to a high-quality education.  Each of our scholars will be empowered to overcome challenges and equipped to sustain their success in school and beyond.  

Cresthaven Academy Charter School opened in August 2016 with 75 kindergarten scholars, and adds a grade each academic year until we are a K-8 school.  All Cresthaven Academy scholars receive access to the best educators and resources, serving to actualize each child’s potential and setting them on the path to college.  Cresthaven Academy Charter School is supported by Cresthaven Academy Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Foundation exists to support the school and teaching  staff in all things outside of classroom instruction, reducing the risk of burnout and raising academic standards by allowing educators to focus on their scholars. Together we incorporate comprehensive support for scholars and families into the education model, including an afterschool program, in order to inspire excellence in character, identity, and academics in each child.  

Cresthaven Academy is focused on supporting excellent teaching that closes the achievement gap.  We recognize that teachers are the most important in-school factor contributing to student achievement.  We also value leadership and support staff because they facilitate, encourage, and help to foster the developmental growth of scholars to achieve physical, social and mental well-being by providing quality care and expertise in their respective roles.  

Instructional Coach 

The Instructional Coach is a critical lever in improving student achievement. The role of the coach is to build teacher capacity and their understanding of instructional practices as related to New Jersey Student Learning Standards, Common Core and Data Driven Instruction. An instructional coach is a learner who models continuous improvement, lifelong learning, and goes above and beyond to ensure student success. The Instructional Coach will  be directly accountable to the Principal/Executive Director and Director of Curriculum and Instruction (DCI) for the advancement of the school’s mission as measured by the school’s academic success and maintenance of a rigorous school culture.  The Instructional Coach at Cresthaven Academy Charter School will support the Principal, DCI,  staff, scholars, parents and the community, and along with the DCI, will work as a colleague with classroom teachers to support student learning and teacher practice. The Instructional Coach will focus on individual and group professional learning that will expand and refine the understanding about research-based effective instruction for teachers. In order to meet this purpose, the Instructional Coach will provide personalized, 1:1 support based on the goals and identified needs of individual teachers. 


The Instructional Coach should be an individual who...

  • Has alignment to and a sense of urgency around Cresthaven Academy Charter School’s mission and vision; 
  • Has the ability to learn quickly and to be effective in a fast-paced, dynamic, entrepreneurial environment and is able to work autonomously and thoroughly, as well as take direction as needed;
  • Is deeply self-reflective, passionate and committed to world-class schooling and excellence;
  • Has a deep desire to codify best practices in instruction and leadership;
  • Has the ability to move comfortably between high level strategic thinking and intricate details;
  • Is an excellent team player, always puts the team’s goals first and works to support and motivate peers;
  • Has excellent project management skills with proven systems to maintain integrity and efficiency;
  • Is a leader with conviction who knows how to build relationships across teams and can inspire their school community;
  • Has grit and courage in the face of really difficult work; 
  • Has strong K-5/K-8 content knowledge with proven results; and 
  • Is a proven people manager with the ability to set measurable goals to promote advancement of their school community. 



  • Ensures use of effective, research-based teaching methodologies and practices to ensure rigorous instruction for all scholars; 
  • Leads school or data-driven discussions about student performance and ensures that data drives instruction; 
  • Facilitates building, department, and grade-wide meetings as needed
  • Grows a learning environment where social emotional learning practices are the foundation for how we honor scholars, families and staff; and
  • Ensures that instruction,professional development, peer interaction and school culture are all aligned with the school’s mission, vision, and core values.
  • Monitors progress of all students, including students with disabilities (SWDs) and English Language Learners (ELLs); 
  • Upholds consistency in instruction and practices amongst team of teachers; 


  • Model effective lessons and instructional strategies; provide on-going coaching and feedback to teachers;
  • Develops coaching plans for teachers to ensure student improvement;
  • Collaborates with the DCI in supporting the instructional development of all teachers in understanding the CACS curriculum and varied assessments, the Board-approved framework for teaching, and data analysis;
  • Assists teachers in understanding the school’s mission and core values;
  • Assists teachers with resources, materials, tools, information, etc. to support classroom instruction and planning, including new resources;
  • Collaborates with the DCI in assisting teachers with pacing and planning of lessons, the development of differentiated lessons, and the selection of best practices to meet the needs of their students
  • Conducts regular in-class observations and regularly provides clear and written or verbal feedback to teachers;
  • Develops staff members’ knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors through a variety of professional development targeted topics and designs; and
  • Supports Grade Team Leads in facilitating grade-level professional learning communities.


  • Works with staff to maintain communication and relations with families, ensuring that they are kept involved with and held accountable for, their scholar’s academic performance; 
  • Works with staff to correspond regularly with families regarding instruction; and
  • Works with staff to support family meetings and special events. 


  • Collaborates with school staff to maximize the ability of the school to support scholars’ academic and social-emotional development; 
  • Helps to ensure traditions and rituals that support the school’s mission are being created, maintained, and enhanced grade by grade and year to year; 
  • Fosters and supports consistency in academic and behavioral expectations in and out of class and in and out of the school and after-school program; and
  • Works with the appropriate staff to ensure the smooth administration and effectiveness of the after-school program.


  • Builds strong relationships with teachers, administrators, and staff; 
  • Builds strong relationships among parents, scholars and the community and creates investment around attendance, homework, school culture initiatives, and overall scholar success; 
  • Works across differences while ensuring structures and practices exemplify cultural competence;  
  • Develops positive relationships with the local school district, local government, neighboring schools and other stakeholders;  
  • Represents the school at professional conferences, meetings, and workshops; and 
  • Exhibits a high degree of professionalism in all elements of this position, while serving as a contributing member of the school team and a dedicated role model for other employees. 

Instructional Coach may be asked to perform additional tasks and assume other responsibilities assigned by the Principal and/or Director of Curriculum and Instruction. 



  • Master’s degree from an accredited university required; 
  • Qualify for standard New Jersey Principal Certification as a Principal or Supervisor; 
  • A minimum of 6+ years of urban classroom experience with proven, measurable, significant academic student growth;    
  • Experience as a  Grade Team Lead, Teacher Coach or equivalent leadership role highly preferred; 
  • Experience at a high-performing charter school highly preferred, but not required; and
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English (Spanish preferred).



We are invested in hiring, training, and retaining top talent.  Before the school year begins, we offer three weeks of targeted training for new staff and two weeks for returning staff.  Support includes:

  • Built-in planning time for intense collaboration with grade teams and school leaders.  
  • Outside professional development opportunities to acquire additional skills to support all scholars. 


At Cresthaven Academy, we are working collaboratively with parents and community leaders to build a culture of success and student achievement.  We hold all members of our school community to high expectations, know every scholar and family by name, and offer comprehensive support to ensure success for all of our scholars.  

  • After-School offers us an opportunity to be creative and think out of the box to better serve our scholars.
  • Staff will have the option of receiving an additional stipend for work conducted to enhance enrichment programming.  
  • Home visits and Parent Academy are designed to build rapport with families and establish a strong sense of community.

Cresthaven Academy Charter School offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills. Cresthaven Academy Charter School  is an equal opportunity employer.

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  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Athletics & Activities > Coaching
  • Job Requirements

    • No experience required

    Contact Information

    • Monica Villafuerte
    • 530 W 7th Street
    • Plainfield, New Jersey 07060

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