Assistant Principal

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ROLE OVERVIEW:

The Assistant Principal furthers the mission of KIPP Houston by supporting a school culture that empowers students to develop the knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary to pursue a college education and a life of value, joy, and integrity.  As a key member of the school’s leadership team, Assistant Principals are expected to lead both instruction and school culture, while developing the skills of the school's emerging leaders. As an instructional coach, and through the direct management of teachers, the Assistant Principal will focus on maximizing school-wide academic growth and character development. The Assistant Principal will work to support KIPP Houston's regional mission and culture of achievement.  We are committed to establishing high-achieving schools that are diverse, equitable, and partnered strongly with the communities they serve. 

At KIPP Houston, we believe that our Assistant Principals are our future School Leaders and are being actively developed for school leadership. The Assistant Principal should consider him/herself an apprentice to the School Leader and the Assistant Principal should gradually build capacity to lead a KIPP school.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

The Assistant Principal will:

1. Model and support implementation of the school’s vision and goals

  • Supports the development of the 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 s/he coaches and ensures alignment with school-wide vision and goals

2. Contribute to school-wide planning and prioritizes time to accomplish goals

  • Provides input into the strategic planning of the school, and identifies areas of ownership for self and direct reports
  • Effectively plan to meet goals through prioritization and excellent time management and coach others to do the same

3.  Develop emerging leaders with School Leader’s guidance

  • Supports the School Leader in identifying and developing emerging teacher leaders (Content Team Leaders and/or Grade Level Chairs) through goal setting, coaching and providing feedback   

4. 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, extra-curricular school activities, school events, facility maintenance)
  • 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

5. Collaborate with School Leader to hire diverse, highly-effective teachers and school staff

6. 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

7. Develop teachers to provide rigorous and high quality instruction and support School Leader in planning and implementing enabling systems of the KHPS 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  

8. Prioritize Assistant Principal’s own success and sustainability by engaging lifelines and renewing to get stronger

9. Excel in KIPP Houston Operations

  • Lead school-wide training as well as team and individual conversations to ensure staff know and adhere to campus policies and legal requirements
  • Effectively make and communication decisions and hold self and staff members accountable to high expectations for professionalism and performance

10. Support student recruitment, enrollment, and retention activities as needed. 

11. Other duties as assigned

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Competencies

  • 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
  • Relationship Building: Expertise in cultivating relationships and managing a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Achievement Orientation: Demonstrated resilience and focus on student outcomes

 

Education and Knowledge

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Prior experience as a highly effective teacher and leader
  • Must be considered highly-qualified based on NCLB guidelines, if applicable
  • Previous leadership experience preferred

 

Skills

  • Ability to establish rapport with families and children
  • Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative
  • Ability to work both on broad-based strategy and everyday details
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships both internal and external to the district
  • Independent, self-starter with a strong focus on student development and a passion for working with underserved student populations and their families
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills with all levels of management, both internal and external to the district
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Possession of a belief in inquiry-based learning and constructivist methods
  • Possession of a sense of urgency to do whatever it takes to assure that every student gets to and through college
  • Commitment to the vision, mission, values and goals of KIPP Houston
  • Motivation to grow as an educational professional
  • Desire to implement curriculum, instruction, and assessment that is cutting-edge based on educational research
  • Willingness to be an active member of a professional learning community focused on action research within the school and the classroom
  • Responsiveness; Follow-up and follow-through with students, families, and faculty members is essential
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Proficiency using computers, printers, copy machines, and fax machines
  • Ability to travel throughout the district and the city
  • Valid Texas Driver license with appropriate insurance coverage

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