Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School
Established in 2000, the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School (EMHCS) currently serves 840 students in Kindergarten through 11th grade. EMHCS will add grade 12 in the next school year and celebrate its first graduating class in the spring of 2020. The mission of EMHCS is “to create a safe and nurturing community of learners where students earn the Seal of Biliteracy (English and Spanish), learn to advocate for social justice, and are prepared to enjoy and access what the world has to offer.”
Eugenio Maria de Hostos is an urban school with two campuses located approximately a quarter mile from each other. The school has a full-time staff of 150 and more than 75% of the student body is considered economically disadvantaged. English language learners comprise approximately 20% of the school’s total enrollment, and students with special needs represent 8% of the total enrollment. Seventy-one percent of EMHCS students identify as Hispanic and 26% identify as Black or African American. The majority of students have roots in Rochester’s large Puerto Rican community. As one of the oldest charter schools in the state, and with an 18-year history in the community, EMHCS is generally well known. The State University of New York Board of Trustees (SUNY Trustees) authorize the school to operate largely free of the restrictions of traditional district schools in exchange for greater autonomy. 2018-19 is the fourth year of the school’s current five-year charter term. The organization is financially strong. The school is fortunate to have a Board that is invested in the ongoing success of the school and is committed to completing the addition of the 12th grade. Additional or renovation of existing facilities will be needed to keep up with the expansion to a four-year high school.
The Executive Director is “the public face” of the school in the community and, as such, works to develop relationships with organizations and individuals which are important in terms of the school accomplishing its mission and fulfilling its strategic priorities. As “the public face” of EMHCS the ED is also responsible for working with the Board on raising funds for the school. The ED supervises two principals and the administrative team.
The Executive Director (ED) reports to and works closely with the Board of Trustees. Under the direction of the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director leads all aspects of the school acting as an agent of the Board, provides information and input to the Board, manages school business and develops fundraising strategies. He/she provides leadership in developing, implementing and assessing EMHCS’s educational program and accountability goals. The Executive Director assures compliance is being maintained with all laws, regulations, and standards that apply to the school.
Development and External Relations
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Salary competitive and based upon experience.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
Equal Employment Opportunity
The School is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity with respect to all employees and applicants for employment. The School prohibits discrimination against anyone, for any reason, including, but not limited to: recruitment, hiring, compensation, promotion, job assignments, transfer, demotions, training, leaves of absence, layoff, benefits, termination, and employer-sponsored activities, including social and recreational programs. This policy prohibits discrimination against anyone, for any reason, including, but not limited to: race, color, sex, age, disability, religion, citizenship, national origin, ancestry, military status, domestic violence victim status, marital status, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics and genetic information, and any other status protected by law. In addition to the above, creed, arrest records, genetic predisposition or carrier status and participation in lawful activities outside the workplace are protected classes in New York.