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JOB TITLE:     Assistant Principal/Dean                                                             

REPORTS TO:     School Leader  

DUTY SCHEDULE:     12 Months



A KIPP Houston Assistant Principal/Dean will provide assistance to the School Leader with the overall administration of instructional programs and the school.  An AP/Dean may focus on a specific area such as faculty, students, or culture or may handle all areas on the campus.

The Assistant Principal/Dean 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 an instructional coach, and through the direct management of teachers, the Assistant Principal/Dean will focus on maximizing school-wide academic growth and character development. The Assistant Principal/Dean 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. 



Depending on the focus of the position, the Dean/AP will be responsible for:

Instructional Management

  • Participate in the development and evaluation of educational programs
  • Encourage and support development of innovative instructional programs, helping teachers pilot such efforts when appropriate
  • Assess curriculum by monitoring syllabi, course overviews, and lesson plans
  • Maintain internal and external assessment systems and help teachers use assessment data to further improve the quality of instruction
  • Manage academic support programs such as Saturday School, tutoring, service learning work, etc.


School Culture

  • Regularly check in with faulty to help mediate conversations between faulty members and assess overall morale at school
  • Support leadership with faculty reward programs and activities

Faculty Management

  • Observe employee performance, record observations and conduct evaluations
  • Conduct one on ones teachers and grade level or department chairs
  • Collaborate and advise teachers on classroom management methods and interventions
  • Ensure the continuous professional development of all staff by collaborating with other Leadership Team members to design, develop, and execute individual and staff-wide professional development
  • Assist School Leader in interviewing, selecting and orienting new staff

Student Management

  • Monitor overall academic progress for students
  • Intervene with support when students have challenges with attendance, academics or discipline
  • Work with students to set goals and increase student motivation
  • Administer disciplinary actions


Parent Outreach

  • Assist teachers to develop strong partnerships with parents by enhancing communications
  • Work closely with faculty to develop strategic plans to monitor compliance of the Commitment to Excellence on behalf of the parents and students


School Management

  • Maintain and monitor compliance in areas such as Special Education, 504, LPAC and At-Risk students
  • Coordinate and manage state, district, and local testing
  • May be responsible for the school in the School Leader’s absence



Education and Knowledge

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



  • 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 passionate and loving attitude toward all children
  • 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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