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Essex Street Academy is a small, project-based high school in the Lower East Side.  As a member of the NY Performance Standards Consortium, ESA students are exempt from state tests and graduate by completing in-depth projects demonstrating the mastery of core skills and content.  We value diversity and inclusion in our community with respect to all identities and learning styles, and we strive to continuously build a community at ESA that is affirming, inspiring, and advances racial and social justice.

The staff at ESA is committed to learning from one another and our students. Our teachers write their own curricula to be student-centered with an emphasis on authenticity, depth of understanding, and multiple perspectives.  In class students examined essential questions such as “Is nationalism a force for good in the world?” and “How much do our genes really matter?”

We view our community at ESA as a family.  In advisory, students build close ties while developing social-emotional skills over the course of four years together.  We meet regularly as a whole school for our student-led Town Meeting to celebrate accomplishments, discuss tough issues, and just have fun.  We have built a strong foundation in restorative practices as a way of strengthening and maintaining our community over time so that ESA can always be a place where all students thrive.


We are interviewing for a parent coordinator.


The Parent Coordinator is part of the administrative team working under the supervision of the principal. The Parent Coordinator will engage with and involve parents in the school community by working with the principal, school staff, school leadership team, parent associations, community groups and parent advisory councils.

This position focuses on creating a welcoming environment for parents. The Parent Coordinator will identify parent and related school/community issues and work with the principal to see they are addressed in a timely manner.

  • Increases parent involvement in the school by working closely with all school, parent and community organizations.
  • Serves as facilitator for parent and school community concerns and issues including, for example, school policies or facilities issues.
  • Conducts outreach to engage parents in their children’s education.
  • Convenes regular parent meetings and events around topics of key concerns to parents.
  • Attends parent meetings along with the principal, where appropriate.
  • Works with the school parent association, where needed, to provide assistance in establishing by-laws, holding elections and conducting their affairs in accordance with Chancellor’s Regulation A-660.
  • Serves as a school liaison to Central and Field-based parent support staff.
  • Maintain and foster ongoing and new contact with community organizations that are involved with providing services to the school’s educational program.
  • Organizes back to school and other events to increase parental and community involvement and creates a welcoming school environment to parents.
  • Designs and composes weekly Parent Newsletter on academics, community updates, programming opportunities, etc.
  • Help Coordinate open houses for new and interested parents
  • Coordinates Weekly Parent Email Updates
  • Coordinates Monthly PA Meeting Planning
  • Coordinates Monthly PA Meeting Facilitation
  • Coordinates and Develop Work Based Learning and Volunteer / Internship Opportunities for Students
  • Support career and job-related resources, working papers, etc.
  • Facilitate Community Service opportunities / club for students
  • Coordinates SYEP
  • Liaison for Access VR
  • Help Coordinate Transfers w/ Family Welcome Center
  • Help Coordinate Summer Transfers w/ Family Welcome Center
  • 12 Month Position

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college and two years of experience in community work in an area related to the duties described above; or an Associate’s degree or its educational equivalent and four years of experience in community work in an area related to the duties described above is preferred OR:

A high school diploma and six years of experience in community work in an area related to the duties described above.

The following qualifications are also preferred for the position:

  • Familiarity with the New York City public school system.
  • Presently or formerly a public school parent.
  • Experience with convening workshops.
  • Bilingual where there is a significant non-English speaking population.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
  • Conflict resolution and mediation skills.
  • Experience working with families and parents in education and/or community issues.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.

Position will require flexibility with respect to work hours in order to meet the needs of parents, including early mornings, evenings and weekends.  The position may also require occasional assignment to different work sites such as during summer months.




Fill out this form to apply and send it, along with a copy of your resume, no later than January 12th, 2024 to

NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability.


It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, unemployment status, caregiver status, consumer credit history, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation.  For more information, please refer to the DOE Non-Discrimination Policy.