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Job Title: Assistant Principal
Company Name: KIPP Public Charter Schools
Location: Miami, FL
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 03/10/2018
Expire Date: 04/10/2018
Job Categories: Education and Library, Information Technology, Research & Development, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services, Energy / Utilities
Job Description
Assistant Principal

KIPP Miami
Assistant Principal Job Description

Role Overview
KIPP Miami is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as the founding Assistant Principal for KIPP Miami’s first elementary school. The Assistant Principal (AP), reporting to the School Leader, is a senior, school-based leadership role that oversees instructional excellence, culture and vision setting.
The Assistant Principal’s job is to support the school in driving academic and character outcomes for students as a key member of the school’s leadership team. We expect our Assistant Principals to lead both instruction and school culture and also to be able to develop leadership in the school’s emerging leaders. At KIPP, we believe that the Assistant Principal is the School Leader successor and is being actively developed for school leadership. The AP should consider him/herself an apprentice to the School Leader and the AP should gradually build capacity to lead a KIPP school.
Context: KIPP Miami
KIPP is a non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools educating 80,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in 200 schools across the country.
KIPP Miami is a new region and the first elementary school will set the pace for excellence and lay the foundation for school-based structures across the region. Over the long term, KIPP Miami plans to serve students from grades K-12 in multiple schools across the city.
Regional and School Mission/Vision
KIPP Miami Schools Mission
KIPP Miami Public Schools seek to create and sustain a high achieving and inspiring community schools that battles inequity by empowering students to develop the skills, character strengths, and habits to thrive in college and beyond, shape their futures, and positively impact the world.
KIPP Miami elementary school
At KIPP Miami’s elementary school, we will seek to unleash the power, passion and wisdom within each student so their light can shine brightly. Students’ light will make them the future citizens and equity leaders of our local and global communities. KIPPsters honor themselves, their families and their communities by critically questioning, innovating and solving the problems of tomorrow. Students believe in the “beautiful struggle” – the belief every challenge is a ray of opportunity. KIPPsters seek excellence, hope and joy in all that they do because they know education will give them the power, opportunities and freedom to change their world and their place within it and will light the path for others to do the same.
Key Responsibilities
Model and support implementation of the school’s vision and goals
  • Supports development of School Leader’s school-wide vision and takes an active role in investing and mobilizing teachers to achieve the collective goals of the school; owns the implementation of select school priorities in support of the school-wide vision
  • With guidance from the School Leader, leads the planning and goal setting for the grades/departments that he/she coaches and ensures alignment with school-wide goals
Contribute to school-wide planning and prioritizes time to accomplish goals
  • Provides input into the school-based strategic planning including and identifies what the school’s strategic plan means for his/her own leadership and people that he/she manages
Develop emerging leaders with School Leader’s guidance
  • Supports the School Leader in identifying and developing emerging and teacher leaders (Department Heads and/or Grade Level Chairs) through goal setting, coaching and providing feedback          
Model strong staff and student culture and manage school-wide character development and behavior management systems
  • Supports teachers in understanding process and roles in student support and intervention and develops systems and structures to ensure that limited time is spent on reactive student discipline
  • Manage parts of the daily school operations (e.g. arrival/dismissal, lunch/recess, school trips)
  • Acts as the first Leadership Team contact on student intervention and parent engagement hierarchy; determines next steps for issues that rise above the teacher/grade level/department chair
Collaborate with School Leader on hiring diverse, highly-effective teachers and school staff
Build own and direct reports’ instructional knowledge of standards, content and instructional methods
  • Content (Standards, Curriculum, and Assessment):
    • Develops deep mastery over the academic standards in the subjects/grades for which he/she coaches, and strong understanding of academic standards for all subjects/grades.  Understands the implications of standards on what a student should know and be able to do, connect teachers with relevant resources to improve their content knowledge,  and therefore what a teacher needs to know and be able to do to facilitate student mastery 
    • Studies curriculum and assessment content and further develops understanding of how assessments map to content mastery, and what is required of students and teachers to accomplish mastery on the assessments
    • Teaches teachers how to assess for both student mastery and growth towards college readiness and insists that assessments are used to inform teacher instruction
  • Research-based Instructional Practices (Methods and Time):
    • Develops own and teacher’s knowledge of best practices in instructional methods and teaches teachers how to match particular strategies to gaps in student mastery
Develop teachers to provide rigorous and high quality instruction and support School Leader in planning and implementing enabling systems of the Academic Strategies Pyramid
  • Data Analysis (Data-driven Instruction and Progress Monitoring):
    • Lead data-driven instruction. Help teachers: determine how data aligns to end-of-year goals (what is being assessed and how it maps to standards); break-out data to analyze how different student groups are performing; determine what data is saying about areas of student mastery and growth; and identify specific instructional actions and adjustments to fill students’ knowledge and skill gaps and a timeline to do so
  • Teacher Instructional Development (Instructional Coaching, Content Teams, and Workshops):
    • Provide high-quality instructional coaching with frequent and scheduled teacher observations, actionable and bite-sized feedback, and accountability for adjustment in practice
    • Coach emerging leaders on their instructional coaching practice  
    • May lead or coach others who lead department/content/grade-level meetings that focus on planning for and norming on instruction and culture, practicing instructional strategies, and progress monitoring the department/content/grade level
    • Recommend to the School Leader what school-wide professional development will be the highest leverage in improving student results; lead engaging, actionable, adult-learning workshops; and hold staff accountable for implementation of the workshop practices  
Prioritize Assistant Principal’s own success and sustainability by engaging lifelines and renewing to get stronger
  • Student Focus: Belief that all students, regardless of background, have the ability to go to and through college; demonstrated commitment to the school’s unique community
  • Direction Setting: Ability to set direction for a team and motivate others to action
  • Achievement Orientation and Performance Management: Demonstrated student achievement results in own classroom and from teachers that he/she manages 
  • Cultural Competence: Demonstrated ability to create inclusive environments that honors and supports a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives 
  • Instructional Leadership: Adept at data analysis; ability to extract meaningful insights across school-wide data
  • Instructional Leadership: Expertise in what the  school-wide academic standards and state assessments require of students’ knowledge and skills to demonstrate mastery; able to translate student mastery requirements into instructional plans and strategies
  • Instructional Leadership: Deep understanding of appropriate application and differentiation of high-leverage instructional strategies (e.g. make kids sweat, pacing, stretch it, etc.) based on comprehension of child development and pedagogy
  • Achievement Orientation: Demonstrated resilience and focus on student outcomes
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