A high-performing, diverse-by-design public charter Montessori school in Washington, DC, with a commitment to high-quality Montessori education and anti-bias / anti-racist practices.
As the Principal-in-Residence, you will have one full year under the tutelage of our current Executive Director and Head of School to become the academic and cultural leader of one of our two school sites. Given that, we are actively seeking emerging school leaders who have a hunger for feedback and professional growth and a dedication to excellence. We seek leaders who hold exceptionally high intellectual expectations of their schools and create a culture of joyful academic discovery, who are passionate about achieving their schools’ academic and organizational goals, who develop enduring relationships with students, teachers, parents, and community members, and who build and maintain a strong presence for the school in the community.
This role is an ideal opportunity for a dynamic and visionary individual to play a central leadership role in growing and shaping one of our early grade Montessori charter school locations, committed to creating a diverse and interconnected community that redefines high-quality education by pairing Montessori with Anti-Bias/Anti-Racist (ABAR) practices.
What You’ll Do
As Principal-in-Residence some of your core responsibilities will include the following:
- Recruit and retain high-quality teachers and staff Set ambitious school-wide and organizational goals for student achievement, culture, and operation;
- Oversee and supervise overall school performance and operational performance and relentlessly pursue ways to continuously improve to ensure maximum student success;
- Complete all required reporting in a timely and efficient manner;
- Provide feedback on effective instructional practices through observation and evaluation Supervise all compliance with Federal, State, and District programs and laws, including IDEA;
- Supervise, develop, and sustain meaningful relationships with families, including ability to engage in detailed dialogue regarding student progress and social-emotional development;
- Supervise, develop, and sustain meaningful relationships with community leaders and partners Apply, sustain, and monitor all aspects of school culture and behavior;
- Continue to develop and sustain overall school professional development program;
- Supervise and monitor parent engagement model Speak on behalf of the school in various community forums Communicate effectively with district personnel and other key stakeholders in the charter school or Montessori community;
- Coordinate and monitor teacher mentorship and instructional coaching, collaborating with external agencies and partners as needed;
- Conduct on-going observations and provide substantive, actionable feedback to teachers; Coach and develop staff to maximize effectiveness and increase student achievement;
- Calibrate teacher assessments, including alignment of individual goals with school-wide objectives; Serve as a professional development resource for teachers (modeling lessons, co-teaching, targeted observation, coordinating out of classroom professional development for all staff on curriculum and instruction, etc.).
Who You Are
An Innovative Leader. With at least three years serving as a school leadership capacity leading a high performing school district, charter or independent school, you are an innovator, analytical thinker and strategic thought partner with a proven track record of success. You have skillfully implemented innovative, disciplined, and continuously improving processes and systems for academic teams and held teams accountable for achieving measurable results.
An Academic Performance Strategist. As a seasoned school leader and former teacher, with a proven track record, you understand what it means to drive dramatic student achievement gains and to devise the conditions, the processes and data metrics that predict that success – year over year. Your deep understanding and experience in coaching staff to utilize data will support the organization’s student achievement gains while promoting student agency that leverages a Montessori or progressive education approach.
A Developer of People. As a leader and expert in talent acquisition and development, you have devised and implemented cutting edge strategies for teacher retention and recognition, ensuring that experienced, highly qualified staff are not only recruited to an organization but stay for years to come.
A School Culture Builder. You understand how to develop a strong culture through great leadership and have experience in developing and collaborating with school leaders to do the same. You demonstrate this belief in the ways you interact with staff and students, how you communicate with families and in your day-to-day work. Your passion and personal commitment to closing the achievement gap is contagious and drives school culture.
An Effective Communicator. As a seasoned spokesperson, you are able to articulate the organizational and student achievement gains to the larger education community, charter school boards and potential funders.
An Anti-Racist Educator. Throughout your career you have demonstrated a consistent and deep connection to BIPOC communities and have continued to build your own knowledge and understanding about the many ways systemic racism has and continues to marginalize people of color. You are committed to amplifying the voices and opportunities for the BIPOC community in all the choices you make each day as a school leader.
3-5 years of public school and/or Montessori teaching experience with a proven track record of elevating student achievement, preferably in an urban setting
At least three years in leading with direct management of adults or teams of adults resulting in a proven track record of improved effectiveness
Bachelor’s degree, with an advanced degree preferred
Other Things to Know:
Status: This is a full-time role.
Benefits: This school has a comprehensive benefits package, including: a 403B retirement plan with matching employer contributions; 90% of healthcare costs covered for you and your family/spouse/partner; 2 weeks of paid time off and 4 weeks of school holidays, in addition to federal holidays.