High School Principal (2020-2021)

Leadership and Staff Opportunities Boston, Massachusetts






Position: High School Principal

Location:  Match High School (Boston)

Start date: July, 2020



Match Charter Public School is a free, high-performing charter public school in Boston. We are a PreK-12 school serving 1,250 students. Our mission is to prepare students for success in college and careers in order to achieve economic security and mobility.  Students gain acceptance to our schools via an annual blind public lottery open to all Boston residents. Our families bring amazing racial and cultural diversity to the school community - they represent over 20 different countries of origin with over 20 different languages spoken at home. 94% of our students are people of color. Our students bring a diversity of needs to our school, and we are prepared to serve them. 21% of our students qualify for special education services; 30% of our student body are English Language Learners. Knowing it’s important to the success of our work, Match Charter Public School is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse team.


We work in a fast paced environment that values learning, collaboration, and inclusive decision making.  Our schools operate with a high degree of autonomy and accountability: we innovate and change course as needed.



Match seeks an educator with a track record of success to lead the high school faculty as the Principal starting in the 2020-21 school year. The Principal will manage the growth and development of our 9th-12th grade student body. This is an incredible opportunity for someone who has achieved success as a school leader in an urban school, or an experienced teacher with leadership potential ready to take the next step.


We have an Interim Principal leading the school for the 2019-20 school year. Our Interim Principal will support the onboarding of the permanent Principal.



The main priority for the HS Principal is to deliver excellent short-term and long-term student outcomes on measures like MCAS, SAT, AP and selective college admissions, and student and staff attrition.


In meeting that priority, the Principal will be responsible for:


The growth, performance, and retention of teachers and other school staff. This work will be the primary focus of the Principal. The Principal, in his or her work as an academic leader, is responsible for the management, development, and performance of the school faculty. This work is all encompassing and includes hiring decisions, evaluation, development and retention of faculty members through weekly PD sessions, summer training, weekly meetings, observations, and more. The Principal manages the school staff – instructional leaders, Dean of Students, Special Education Director, Dean of Students, and Match Corps Director – who supervise and coach school faculty, associate teachers, and tutors.


Strategic Planning and Change Management. The Principal will work collaboratively with the high school leadership team and Match Central Office leadership on the long-range planning process for the high school, including staff development, retention, and growth pathways, course offerings, course sequences, and refinement of tutorial and curriculum.


Leadership and vision on curriculum, assessments, and pedagogy. The Principal will be responsible for collaborating closely with high school instructional leaders, curriculum directors, and the CAO to ensure that the Match School curriculum and assessments are effectively implemented to ensure that Match’s instructional vision and approach are reflected in every Match classroom.    


Student culture and discipline. The Principal will have overall responsibility for all levels of school culture and discipline in the school. This includes both making sure the day-to-day culture and enforcement of policies is strong, and dealing with more specific, more severe, student issues. This does not mean that the Principal will be responsible for processing all discipline infractions. It does mean that s/he is responsible for creating a team and leading that team to address all discipline issues both large and small.


Family and Community. As the head of the school, the Principal ensure there is relentless relationship building and communication with students and families.



The Principal will report directly to the Deputy Executive Director of Match Charter Public School.


Reporting to the Principal will be the Match High School Instructional Leaders, the Director of Operations, the Match Corps Director, Special Education Director, the Dean of Students, as well as other school based staff.




Competitive applicants will possess:

        Prior experience as a successful school principal or assistant principal in a school with similar demographics, or significant experience leading teams and managing adults

        At least 5 years of teaching experience with a proven record of student success

        Excellent interpersonal and communication skills,

        Strong presence

        Thoughtful and decisive decision making ability

        An unwavering commitment to Match’s mission of college success and beyond,

        Excitement about the possibility of receiving feedback and using it to grow continually,

        A desire to see all students succeed.



Match Education (www.matcheducation.org) is the shared brand name of The Match Charter Public School, The Match School Foundation, Inc., and The Sposato Graduate School of Education®.


Match Education is an engine of discovery and applied innovation in education. We operate high-performing urban public charter schools and a unique graduate school of education that trains teachers for high-poverty schools. Out of this applied work, we refine, validate empirically, and eventually disseminate new ideas and practices on core questions in education reform.




The Match Foundation, Inc., The Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education, Inc., and Match Charter Public School prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, religion, veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law in any aspect of the access to, admission, or treatment of students in its programs and activities, or in employment and application for employment..

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