DC Scholars Public Charter School was founded in 2012 and opened with grades PS-3. Today, DC Scholars Public Charter School serves approximately 500 students in Preschool - 8th grade. We emphasize academic achievement and firmly believe that we must support students’ emotional, social, and physical growth to improve student learning. Since 2012, DC Scholars PCS has cultivated a like-minded and collaborative team; staff are enthusiastic about constantly setting and reaching a high bar for students. We deeply believe in affirming the identities of students and families as a community school invested in building strong partnerships and relationships.
THE PRINCIPAL ROLE
The DC Scholars Principal is charged with articulating and implementing DC Scholars’ vision for student achievement and the school community. The Principal demonstrates the belief that all students can learn at a high level; develops and holds teachers and leaders accountable for meeting the school’s goals; and maintains an unwavering focus on results in the face of the myriad complexities of running a school.
The Principal will work closely with the Head of School and other school leaders to manage school operations and execute the DC Scholars Strategic Plan. The Principal will collaborate with and manage other leaders to achieve results and meet financial and legal requirements. The Principal will lead the school’s daily operations and ensure that each teacher executes the DC Scholars Way, bringing urgency, rigor, preparation, and joy to the classroom.
School Culture:Establishing and maintaining an achievement-focused, cooperative, and positive school culture:
Content Expertise and Knowledge Sharing:Developing teachers and leaders in research-based best practices;
People Recruitment, Development, and Investment: Hiring, developing, and working to retain strong talent;
Strategic Thinking and Planning:Using time and resources strategically to reach long and short term goals;
Self Management and Team Building:Managing self, working across teams, facilitating change, and inspiring others; and
School Community:Modeling and leading others to uphold the school values and work toward our mission, demonstrating a growth mindset and unwavering commitment to feedback.
Build upon DC Scholars’ existing vision, centered on student achievement in academics and character, and use that vision to strengthen culture, and collaborate with the leadership team in refining programs and systems, and making decisions
Provide leadership to all staff and students in establishing a positive, structured, and achievement-oriented school culture
Monitor and/or collaborate with the culture team to monitor schoolwide culture data systems to assess progress and barriers to reaching goals, determine areas of need, and prioritize supports and actions to respond
Be highly present and visible during arrival and dismissal, transitions, school events, and in classrooms
Manage the Student Support Process
Design the family engagement program and manage the execution of family events
Create schoolwide calendars and schedules
Manage major schoolwide routines, including arrival and dismissal and lunch and recess
Content Expertise and Leadership
Implement a robust, compelling and data-driven instructional vision and program
Possess understanding of Common Core Standards, curricular materials, instructional best practices and assessment programming. Use knowledge and skills to help staff and students to grow.
Collaborate with other leaders to develop teacher expertise in curriculum implementation through modeling, observing, providing feedback, and supporting teacher reflection
Implement DC Scholars’ coaching and evaluation model with fidelity, using a menu of best practices that lead to the improvement of students and staff
Collect and analyze student data to guide the formation of academic and school plans, goals and objectives
Identify and prioritize professional development needs through analysis of student data, teacher growth areas and school needs.
Lead effective meetings and professional development sessions
People Recruitment, Development and Investment:
Manage the Schoolwide Leadership Team
Build the capacity of staff to participate in selection, hiring and onboarding processes
Develop, manage and provide feedback to staff on their strengths, areas of growth and overall performance
Hold oneself, colleagues and staff accountable
Use effective strategies for communicating, investing staff and managing change
Strategic Thinking and Planning
Develop clear objectives and action steps to meet short- and long-term goals
Solve problems and manage priorities effectively
Use resources effectively in developing plans or solving problems. Make strategic choices that leverage limited resources and time to address gaps and drive results
Self Management and Team Building
Take personal responsibility for mistakes and demonstrate strong emotional management skills
Follow through on commitments made to others, focus and work hard to complete tasks, attend carefully to the key details necessary for strong execution
Demonstrate flexibility in supporting staff and students towards school goals; weather change in service of the larger mission
Set clear norms, expectations and goals for members of the team, ensuring that team members are clear on the details of their roles, details/ criteria for various tasks and projects, and how to collaborate within and across teams on those tasks and projects
Build a high level of trust and teamwork in interactions within and across teams
Model the school’s core values and set the standard for professional behavior
Build collaborative, supportive and honest relationships with staff and families
Ensure / manage all staff to ensure ongoing communication with families about school expectations and student discipline
Develop and manage all staff to encourage, support, and maintain parent buy-in for schoolwide practices and systems and to actively encourage parents to participate in school activities such as parent meetings, field trips, and other events
Coordinate with members of the operations team to ensure strong day-to-day operations
Coordinate with members of the finance team to ensure school is operating within budget and in compliance with charter board and state requirements
Support schoolwide enrollment and reenrollment efforts
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE
At least three years of teaching experience in an urban public school
At least 2 years experience as an instructional leader (ideally Assistant Principal/manager level or above)
Demonstrated leadership, management and coaching experience
A record of improving student achievement for a whole school and/or subset of grades or student subgroup
Unwavering commitment to DC Scholar’s mission and vision
DC Scholars encourages individuals of all identities and backgrounds to apply for this position. We are an equal opportunity employer fully committed to hiring a talented and diverse group of individuals. DC Scholars does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, national origin or ancestry, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law.