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Elementary School Principal

Company: Uncommon Schools
Location: Kingston
Posted on: March 28, 2024

Job Description:

Company DescriptionUncommon Schools is a nonprofit network of high-performing, public charter schools providing an outstanding K-12 education in historically under-resourced communities. We have proudly built schools that reflect our student population, with more than 60% of our teachers and staff across our network identifying as a person of color. Uncommon currently manages 53 schools serving 19,000 students in five cities: Boston, Camden, New York City, Newark, and Rochester. We are proud that Uncommon graduates persist in and graduate from college at five times the rate of their peers nationally. We achieve this by offering strong academic, co-curricular, and social-emotional learning that prepares students for success in college and beyond.Job DescriptionTo build more high performing schools, we need leaders to commit themselves to the most urgent and exciting work of our time! Running outstanding schools requires leaders who can inspire students, put excellence ahead of easy, and project urgency about providing our scholars with college access. Our leaders make decisions, conduct difficult conversations, and build highly collaborative teams, all while shaping a vibrant school culture. These individuals nurture learning communities that are simultaneously academically rigorous and joyful. They know that their job is the most important one in the world. Self-reflective and humble, they are open to feedback and committed to continuously improving.Uncommon Schools is seeking a School Principal to co-lead alongside a Director of Operations. The School Principal is a full-time employee, hired, supported, and evaluated by the Regional Superintendent of Intruction. At Uncommon, our School Principals are deeply committed to and lead their schools in instructional leadership; teacher coaching and evaluation; school culture, and family engagement:Instructional Leadership

  • Provide exemplary leadership to all school community members to achieve outstanding performance in preparing each student for college;
  • Demonstrate a relentless commitment to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of school;
  • Develop and communicate strategic school systems, culture, and vision, and build a plan to achieve that vision;
  • Implement effective assessment systems and use data to inform decisions;
  • Lead all aspects of curriculum development and assessment and ensure consistency within the school program and alignment with state and other rigorous standards.Teacher Coaching & Evaluation
    • Conduct daily teacher observations and provide real-time feedback to move the needle on student achievement;
    • Oversee faculty and staff, including recruitment, evaluation, retention, and dismissal and hold primary responsibility for professional development, staff observations, curriculum development, staff communication, and program decisions;
    • Lead faculty to ensure that all staff are providing well-managed and rigorous daily lessons, reasonable and effective daily homework, and regular and productive after-school tutoring;
    • Foster commitment among staff to the development and fulfillment of the school's mission and objectives;
    • Hold teachers accountable for meeting a high bar for student performance including requirements for special education accommodations and IEP modifications in partnership with the Special Education Coordinator.School Culture
      • Build a joyful and rigorous school culture;
      • Foster consistency in academic and behavioral expectations;
      • Collaborate with school staff to support students' academic and socio-emotional development;
      • Ensure that traditions and rituals that support the school's college mission are built and maintained, grade by grade, year to year;
      • Support staff to ensure the smooth administration and effectiveness of after school enrichment programs.Family Engagement
        • Communicate regularly with families, ensuring they are kept involved with and held accountable for their children's performance, and correspond about school policies, trips, and events;
        • Respond to family concerns promptly and effectively.Qualifications
          • Passionate commitment to the mission of Uncommon Schools and investment in our vision as an anti-racist organization;
          • Passionate dedication to improve the minds, characters, and lives of students both in and out of school;
          • Strong record of driving outstanding student and teacher growth and achievement;
          • Strong data analysis skills;
          • Interest in and passion for supporting teacher growth;
          • Ability to provide high leverage feedback via classroom observations;
          • Grit, personal responsibility, and a commitment to continual professional growth;
          • Strong communications skills with multiple stakeholders including teachers, students, families, and colleagues;
          • Strong organizational skills, careful attention to detail and follow-through.Required Experience:
            • At least 3 years of teaching experience with evidence of outstanding student growth and achievement;
            • At least 1 year of experience as an instructional leader, Assistant Principal, Dean or equivalent leadership role at a high-performing urban public school;
            • A Bachelor's degree;
            • Experience at a high-performing charter school is highly preferred.Additional InformationOur people are what makes us Uncommon. We believe our compensation philosophy and benefits should reflect our values-equity, transparency, and clarity-to enhance our ability to attract and retain talent and reward their expertise. Our staff receive best-in-class training, coaching, and support to develop and operate mission-driven schools that provide a high-quality education to our students and families.Compensation for this position: The starting compensation for this role based in Camden is $113,000. The starting pay will depend on various factors that may include but are not limited to professional experience, education, training, certifications, tenure with Uncommon Schools, and work location. Because one of the things that we value is staff tenure in a role, we do not currently cap salary ranges. Please note: ranges may differ for staff who work from a location other than Camden.Benefits: We offer comprehensive, flexible, and competitive compensation, benefits and perks that support the personal health, wellness, and finances of our staff and their families.
              • Comprehensive Health Insurance
              • Financial Planning & Wellness
                • 403(b) retirement savings plan and/or region specific Pension plan
                • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program & 529 Savings plan
                • Generous Time-Off plan aligned with school calendars
                • Leave of Absence
                  • 12 weeks of fully paid parental leave +
                  • Mental Health and Counseling support
                  • Relocation Assistance
                  • Other Perks and DiscountsUncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building an exceptional team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. We also strive to ensure an inclusive community by creating a space for meaningful dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students. As an equal opportunity employer, Uncommon provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. We also ensure that individuals with disabilities receive all privileges and benefits associated with employment and are provided reasonable accommodations for the interview process and to perform core job functions. If you would like to request an accommodation, please email .

Keywords: Uncommon Schools, Trenton , Elementary School Principal, Education / Teaching , Kingston, New Jersey

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