Principal (School Leader)

2022-23 School Leadership San Francisco, California


Description

About KIPP Public Schools Northern California

We are a thriving nonprofit network of 17 free, public charter schools open to all students. At KIPP, we believe all children should grow up free to create the future they want for themselves and that schools can and should be a critical partner in making their vision a reality. Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. 

Our student community consists of over 6,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, Redwood City, and Stockton. Our student community demographics are: 94% identify as students of color, 79% qualify for free or reduced price lunch, 23% are English language learners, and 10% receive special education services.  We strive to cultivate a representative team of teachers and leaders that reflect our students’ diversity.

School Leader Job Description

The School Leader (or Principal) sets the tone, and is an ambassador of, a powerful vision for student achievement based on KIPP’s philosophy and Five Pillars. The School Leader must strategically implement the school’s mission through effective leadership and management of the school’s students and staff. The School Leader’s collaboration with their leadership team will result in an instructional program and school environment that prepares every student for success in college and in life.
 
Key Responsibilities:

The School Leader manages and oversees all functions of the individual school site, including the following duties for in-person and virtual learning:

Prove the Possible
  • Cultivate a positive learning environment on campus and virtually that supports student achievement, behavior and character development.
  • Ensure follow through of grade level specific discipline and academic policies that address student needs and maintain high behavioral expectations for all students in order to drive student achievement.
  • Lead through a lens of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Drive Results
  • Develop organizational goals and objectives consistent with the mission and values of the school and KIPP Public Schools Northern California.
  • Foster a school climate that supports both student and staff success and promotes respect and appreciation for all students, staff and parents that is aligned with the mission and values of the school.
  • Monitor progress of self, school, and staff on dashboards and
  • Individual Development Plans
  • Manage student recruitment and enrollment process. Ensure high standards for student behavior, performance, and attendance. Address any disciplinary issues immediately.
    Lead long term strategic planning and medium term process improvement as needed. Design and facilitate school-wide professional development sessions throughout the school year.
Instructional Leadership
  • Manage, evaluate and develop a team of teachers.
  • Ensure use of effective, research-based teaching methodologies and practices, and consistency amongst team of teachers.
  • Monitor progress of all students.
  • Lead data-driven discussions about student performance and ensure data drives instruction.
  • Work with teachers to improve their teaching practice and approach to DEI through coaching, professional development, modeling, and collaborative planning.
  • Keep abreast of successful instructional methodologies and practices, with a focus on the Common Core State Standards.
  • Ensure learning environment and classroom instruction to maximize student learning.
Operational Management
  • Manage resources, maintain a budget, and oversee facilities and student records.
Manage People
  • Communicate the vision that supports the school’s goals and values.
  • Lead others through a vision of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Create an effective, collaborative team of people jointly responsible for the attainment of school goals and committed to achieving excellence.
  • Hold direct reports accountable to performance expectations and follow through with school protocols and procedures.
  • Manage some human resources at school site.
  • Recruit, select, hire, and manage the performance of all staff.
  • Continually monitor progress on all measures of school and staff performance.
  • Adhere to KIPP Public Schools Northern California’s HR policies and state/federal employment laws.
Build Relationships
  • Build effective relationships among teachers, parents, and the community to improve student performance.
  • Develop positive relationships with the local school district, local government, neighboring schools and other stakeholders.
  • Serve as school’s spokesperson. Exhibit a high degree of professionalism in all elements of this position, while serving as a contributing member of the school team and a dedicated role model for other employees.

Participate in KIPP Public Schools Northern California's Community
  • Actively participate in School Leader Community of Practice by attending monthly meetings, engaging in discussion, sharing best practices, and participating in Snap Shot visits.
  • Respond to requests from the Regional Support Office in a timely manner, working with regional staff to ensure compliance of all KIPP Public Schools Northern California policies and procedures.
  • Conduct monthly 1:1s with their School Leader Manager. With school staff, visit at least one other KIPP school annually.
Perform other duties as required and assigned
  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and support the KIPP Public Schools Northern California mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.
  • Adhere to KIPP’s health and safety guidelines as outlined by the CDC, CDE, and public health agencies’ recommendations


Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree (required); Master’s Degree (preferred)
  • A minimum of 3-5 years teaching in a low income school with demonstrated exemplary student results.
  • At least two years of leadership in a low income school with demonstrated exemplary student results.
  • A valid teaching credential in California or a transferable credential from another state
  • Deep knowledge of effective research based instructional strategies.
  • Ability to effectively manage instructional and non-instructional personnel.
  • Ability to evaluate instructional programs and teaching effectiveness.
  • Excellent communication, public relations, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to implement effective business systems that ensure proper stewardship of school funds.
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision‐making.
  • Knowledge in the selection, training, and supervision of personnel.
  • Cursory knowledge of the laws, rules, procedures, and programs specifically related to the operation of charter schools
  • Proficient knowledge of Google Suite applications (Google Classroom, Hangout, Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.)
  • Ability to learn and utilize instructional technology to support in-class and distance learning (i.e. Zoom, Nearpod)

     

    Compensation

    We are dedicated to you and your family's well-being! KIPP offers a competitive salary as well as a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and transportation benefits. Although KIPP does not post salary scales, we are happy to walk candidates through the compensation package.

    Questions? Email us at [email protected]

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