Assistant Principal – Elementary School

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Organization Bridges Public Charter School (view profile)
Location 1250 Taylor Street NW
Classification School Administration/Leadership
Job Type Full time / part time
Date of posting 7/18/14


POSITION: Assistant Principal – Elementary Schoo, 12 month position
REPORTS TO: Principal of School

Position Opening for the 2014-15 School Year
Start Date: August 2014

Overview of Bridges – An innovative, growing school
• Inclusive learning for students of all abilities
• 211 students, growing to more than 400
• $4 million in revenue, growing to $12 million
• Two campuses consolidating to a new, single location

Bridges was founded in 2005 and is an expanding elementary school, growing to 5th grade by the 2017-2018 school year. The school seeks an Elementary School Principal for the 2014-2015 school year.

Bridges currently serves 211 students from Pre-K through 1st grade, and will grow to serve more than 400 students in grades Pre-K through 5th grade by the 2017-2018 school year. We will be consolidating two locations into a single campus within the next one to two years. The growth represents an exciting time for Bridges Public Charter School.

Our Mission
Bridges is unique in its inclusion mission. We provide an exemplary educational program that brings together students of all abilities. Historically, the demographic breakdown for our student population has been:
• 47% African American, 24% Latino, 22% Caucasian, 7% Asian
• 50% - 60% Students who qualify for free or reduced meal
• 42% English as a Second Language Learners
• 25-40% Students with special needs (levels 1 – 4)

Bridges, the name of our school, symbolizes an inclusive learning community that builds bridges of understanding, awareness, and support by connecting children and families with a variety of different needs, cultures, and backgrounds.

At Bridges we believe that inclusive education is beneficial to all of the students who have the opportunity to participate. Inclusion builds compassionate relationships among students, develops self-esteem in individuals, and develops the awareness that everyone has strengths and challenges.

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Overview of the Role
The Assistant School Principal will be charged with maintaining and building upon the strong foundation of the Bridges PCS early childhood program for students with and without special needs. The Assistant School Principal is responsible for leading his/her instructional early childhood teams (i.e. instructional coach and teachers) to meet the academic and developmental needs of a highly diverse student population. He/she will accomplish this objective by facilitating a culture of constant learning and collaboration with students, instructional staff, families and community members. The Assistant School Principal will ensure that the early childhood program provides all students with core academics through the implementation of hands-on, exploratory learning opportunities.

In partnership with the Bridges PCS School Principal, the Assistant School Principal will be responsible for supervising the early childhood instructional coach and staff and oversee the development of the early childhood curriculum. The Assistant School Principal will provide and secure meaningful and relevant professional development, serve as a model teacher, and further develop systems and protocols to ensure academic achievement and school culture consistently reflect the values and goals of Bridges PCS. Expertise in the early childhood core academic content areas is of significant value. In addition, the Assistant School Principal will collaborate with the School Principal and other academic instructional team members in the evaluation, modification and development of instructional best practice that lead to higher student achievement and character development.

The Assistant School Principal will work collaboratively with the School Principal, Curriculum Coordinators /Instruction Coaches and teachers to provide consistent and effective school leadership for the early childhood school program.

The following is a general list of responsibilities of the position; additional duties may be assigned.

Teaching and Learning
• Oversees and supports the effective, consistent teaching practices in all classrooms.
• Supports individual teachers in improving instructional practice and reaching professional goals.
• Supports and monitors the execution of the school’s Academic Plan.
• Implements on-going development of curriculum and instruction with the support of the School Principal, Curriculum Coordinators, and Instructional Coaches.
• Plans and facilitates biweekly meetings with instructional coaches for the early childhood program.
• Supervises the Curriculum Coordinators and Instructional Coaches.
• Works with program staff to diagnoses and monitors student learning, instruction, and the curriculum with data.
• Communicates with parents about the curriculum/instructional program at Bridges PCS.

School Culture
• Communicates the school’s vision and builds teams to support its mission, vision, and values.
• Monitors the implementation and development of the school’s social curriculum.
• Monitors and supports the use of the social curriculum.
• Is accessible to students and parents.
• Models, promotes and coaches others toward effective communication with parents so that families are more fully engaged in the life of their student and in the mission of Bridges PCS.
• Is part of the school’s team to recruit students each year.

Staff Oversight and Development
• Is part of the school’s team to recruit, select and, evaluate high-quality staff.
• In coordination with the School Principal and School Leadership Team, evaluate school performance data to make holistic and individual recommendations for improving instructional practices.
• Plans and leads professional development aligned with school’s goals.
• Plans and implements summer training for new staff with School Principal, Director of Students Support Services, Curriculum Coordinators / Instructional Coaches.
• Meets with teachers about individual professional development goals.
• Seeks professional development opportunities for individuals and entire staff to support goals in coordination with the Curriculum Coordinators / Instructional Coaches.
• Participates on Instructional Leadership Team (ILT).

Systems and Operations
• Works with the Operations staff to manage the day-to-day operations of the early childhood campus.
• Oversee placement of substitute teachers for both planned and unplanned leave by teaching staff for all classrooms, Pre-K – 2nd grade. Use contractual agency and school substitute staff to meet the needs for classroom subs.
• Develop a co-hort of substitute teachers who are able to support both inclusion and high level special education classrooms.
• Develops school calendar with Head of School and School Principal.
• Develops instructional schedule for all grade levels and subject areas with School Principal, Curriculum Coordinators / Instructional Coaches.
• Monitors implementation of inclusion and English language learning schedule at the early childhood campus.

Personal Leadership
• Utilizes behaviors of effective leadership: facilitative, adaptive, culturally-competent and solution oriented.
• Demonstrates self-awareness and a commitment to ongoing learning.
• Uses effective interpersonal skills to build trust.
• Takes personal responsibility for all students’ achievement and success.

The Ideal Candidate will possess:
• Embraces serving students with Special Education needs and English language learners.
• A minimum of two years, ideally five, of full-time classroom teaching experience.
• A track record of success serving in an instructional leadership position within a school environment.
• Content expertise in a core early childhood instruction.
• Demonstrated ability to coach, lead, and collaborate with adults from a diverse range of perspectives and backgrounds.
• Demonstrated ability to build and keep strong relationships with a diverse community of students, families and staff.
• Willing and able to play different roles at the school, and to go above and beyond to meet the varied and constant needs of the students and staff at Bridges PCS.
• Experience in analyzing student data and using data to inform instruction
• Model positive and healthy character traits and habits, such as being organized, consistent and understanding.
• Strong written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to think strategically, translate thoughts to action, and follow-through with all details.
• Unquestioned integrity and commitment to the Bridges PCS mission
• Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred in K-12 school administration, curriculum & instruction, or a related field.

Salary & Benefits
Salary is based on educational level, certification(s), and years of experience. Successful candidate will be contracted yearly. Contract will be renewed according to evaluations and staff interest. Health benefits (medical & dental), disability insurance, and a retirement plan: 401(k) or the continuation of the DCPS retirement plan included.

How to Apply
Submit a cover letter and resume via e-mail to:

The cover letter should be addressed to Kristine Rigley, Principal and explain your interest in the position and qualifications for it. Please include "Assistant School Principal" in the subject line of the e-mail.

To ensure safety for all students, all staff members will be fingerprinted and background checks will be conducted on all school staff prior to their service as employees. Bridges is an Equal Opportunity, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion. We evaluate all applicants without unlawful consideration of race, religion, age, color, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Spanish-speakers and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.