Free School Principal

Published date: May 20, 2024
  • Location: California, United States

Summary Description

At Grow, the Principal is the beating heart of the school campus. The Principal serves as the instructional and learning leader and is responsible for the strong academic program, ensuring a healthy and positive school-wide culture, building community with family and staff, and efficient and effective operations of a charter school. The Principal will ensure successful academic, social-emotional, and health & wellness outcomes for all students. In collaboration with the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and fellow GPS Principals, the Principal shall be responsible for:

Academic Leadership

As the academic leader of the school site, the Principal is responsible for:
Leading the implementation at the school site of an integrated and rigorous standards-aligned curriculum. The principal will optimize the integrated curriculum model aligned to the Grow Public Schools, integrating blended learning opportunities and maximizing the learning opportunities through the Edible Schoolyard, learning kitchen, learning lab and classroom.
Implementing the instructional program, assessing curriculum and pedagogy, ensuring effective standards-aligned lesson plans and observe classes (teaching and learning) on a frequent and structured basis to encourage the use of a variety of instructional strategies and materials consistent with research on the best practices for student learning and development.
Deliver consistently high levels of achievement and learning for all students through rigorous and engaging programs and classroom instruction.
Systematic use of assessment data to guide instruction; and, maximizing impact of the blended learning model.

Healthy and Positive School-Wide Culture

Establish a strong school community culture by maintaining positive, cooperative and mutually supportive relationships with faculty, staff, parents, students, and all other school stakeholders.
Implement the Grow Public Schools restorative behavioral approach schoolwide to ensure consistent norms of respectful behavior, effective learning environments in the classroom, motivating students through strong relationships with their teachers, positive reinforcement, and effective implementation of the SEL curriculum
Creating a student support system that addresses students’ academic and social-emotional needs holistically and involves parents, teachers, and all relevant staff.
Acting as Grow Academy’s point person to the local community, effectively communicating the school’s mission and vision and soliciting input from parents and families about school performance, areas for improvement, and their needs - including through LCAP outreach, and close collaboration with the Parents of Grow Academy (POGA), and English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC).
Engaging and building strong professional relationships with parents, characterized by involving parents, wherever possible in the life of the school.

Efficient and Effective School Operations

Develop and implement consistent and frequent professional learning and development opportunities for teachers, ensuring regular instructional training is consistent with the latest research-based methodologies and development program ensuring a strong, collaborative professional community, regular training opportunities and a meaningful summer experience.
Manage the school’s daily operations, including: facilities management; information/instructional technologies; food services; student data management systems; academic assessment tools; office management; budget and fiscal controls; and, student recruitment and retention.
With support from CMO leadership, exercise full engagement on compliance, budget, procurement, student data, academic assessments, and campus safety. Cooperate with the back-office service provider where necessary to meet all school administrative activities.
In partnership with the GPS CMO Team, execute a highly effective talent management system of recruiting, selecting, hiring, retaining, recognizing, and supporting all school site staff.
Collaborate with the CMO Team on the review and reporting requirements of the State of California, charter authorizing agency and Federal regulatory agencies, including charter school monitoring and the charter renewal process.
Maintain a master school calendar to be posted for all stakeholders in all appropriate mediums (i.e. website, social media, student/parent guide, employee handbook). Work with the CMO Team to ensure all marketing and communications tools are up-to-date and active.

Network Collaboration

In addition to being a strong single-site leader, the Principal will work with the CMO and the community to create a compelling and comprehensive vision and strategy for next stage of Grow Public Schools. This includes:
Cultivating partnerships with local and regional external organizations that enrich the culture of the school as well as strong working relationships with the charter school authorizers.
Along with the CMO Team and the charter authorizing agency, develop plans for expanding Grow Public Schools to additional sites.
Building relationships throughout Kern County with families and potential families to support future enrollment of families into Grow Public School programs
Along with the CMO Team, consider potential sites for the expansion of Grow Public Schools and work with the Facilities team to advance plans for an additional campus.
Review and codify Grow Public Schools’ policies, procedures and programs, in order to strenghten and replicate the school model.

Required Education and Experience:

BA/BS in a related field.
Three to five years’ experience teaching elementary school and/or secondary school.
A valid California Teaching Credential. If the candidate does not have have a current California Administrative Services Credential, one must be obtained within the first year.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

MA or MEd – PhD or EdD highly desired.
At least three years’ experience as a school leader (principal or other school administrator). Preference will be given to candidates with more experience.
Bilingual (English/Spanish).
Experience in or familiarity with a charter school setting.
A California Clear Administrative Credential or state-issued equivalent. If the candidate does not have have a current California Administrative Services Credential, one must be obtained within the first year.

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