Principal Fellow (2022-2023)

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Principal Fellow (2022-2023)

Posted date
May 27, 2022

Denver, CO

Employment Type

Position: Principal Fellow 

Reports to: School Principal 

Salary: $70,000 - $80,000*

Status: Full Time Exempt In Person position

STRIVE Prep is a Denver-based community of public charter schools that challenges every student to strive for college and thrive throughout life by helping them to discover and develop the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to succeed in college and beyond. We encourage you to read our 2021 Impact Report and learn more about what a career at STRIVE Prep is like here. 

We seek dedicated educators that live STRIVE Prep’s core values of achievement, justice, & perseverance every day and are committed to growing as an anti-racist educator. 


Do you want to perfect your craft as a school principal in preparation to lead a high-performing elementary, middle,  or high school in Denver that is rooted in academic rigor and social justice?


The STRIVE Prep Principal Fellowship is a two-year program designed to provide a pathway for those who want to become a school leader.

During the first year, participants hold a campus-based administrative role and participate in monthly professional development sessions.

During the second year, participants are a plus 1 administrator at their campuses, meaning they don’t have a specific role on campus and can take on more school-wide leadership roles. They participate in monthly professional development and also work toward completing a Principal Readiness Portfolio. Year 2 participants have a Partner Principal who provides ongoing coaching, support, and mentoring.  Year 2 of the Principal Fellowship program is essentially a trial period and Y2 Fellows will be automatically considered for promotion to a Principal position dependent on STRIVE Prep’s needs and upon successful completion of their Principal Readiness Portfolio and with the approval of their Partner Principal.


Do the following must-haves resonate with how you are wired and demonstrable in your unique talents and experiences? If so, we invite you to apply and can’t wait to learn more about you!

Feedback is your friend. You know a lot, but you're hungry to learn more. You relish the opportunity to practice, receive feedback and practice some more. You're also great at giving feedback. You have clear and high expectations for yourself, your colleagues and students and you push those around you to get better with positive and specific praise as well as supportive and constructive criticism about everything from instructional practices to organizational skills to mindsets.
You prioritize social justice AND academic excellence: Your experience in education shows a history of moving students and/or staff to transformational academic gains. You are also a champion of social justice and restorative practices, knowing that they are integral in ensuring strong academic results, student agency, and for preparing students to be agents of change. You treat each student as if they are your own and expect your teammates to do the same. You know this is key to building and fostering an inclusive, high-performance environment where students and staff are known, empowered, and trusted to be active collaborators to ensure each student’s success.
You are a people whisperer with a strong lens on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI): Your experience has shown you that investing in people and culture leads to transformative change in a school. You value diverse perspectives, seek feedback to inform the work, and innately keep those on the margins top of mind, which enables you to truly maintain an inclusive school environment. You proactively build meaningful and authentic relationships with your principal, teachers, support staff, parents, students, & community members. You bring a deep belief in equity and action-oriented commitment to advancing DEI work, and you galvanize others to do the same.  

Academic Program:

Implement a rigorous, comprehensive, standards-based curriculum.
Manage a rigorous system for student assessment, data tracking, and appropriate student interventions.
Support and develop teachers using frequent classroom observations, observation debriefs, lesson plan reviews, data meetings, and formal reviews.
Use data to drive instruction by creating and refining dashboards, conducting analysis, and developing concise teacher action plans.
Sustain supporting logistics for the academic program, including staffing structure and schedule.
Deliver a detailed professional development plan.
Partner with the network team to recruit and select high-quality teachers and staff.


Sustain rituals, systems, and structures that prioritize and promote college access and preparation.
Design an age-appropriate, school-wide system to support student conduct and discipline.
Lead community gatherings that set the tone for the academic program.
Support a comprehensive plan for extracurricular activities, including sports, fine arts, and other areas of interest.


Attend and participate in weekly staff and grade level meetings.
Participate in regular instructional coaching meetings and content-based department meetings.
Participate in STRIVE Prep’s Summer Training Institute as well as professional development throughout the school year.
Attend regular Principal Fellows development sessions to develop the leadership competencies key skills necessary to school leadership.
Regularly collaborate with other Fellows to give and receive feedback in order to hone their skills as school leaders including submitting videos of their work in action for feedback.
Reflect on their own growth as school leaders individually, with their mentor principal and with their Managing Director. 


Ensure high levels of student attendance.
Engage external partners to add value to the students’ experience of the school, especially in the areas of extracurricular activities.

Additional Responsibilities:

Collaborate and manage with the leadership team to implement standardized test administration and serve as the Site Assessment Leader.
Other duties as assigned 


Understand, appreciate, and can pull from at least 3 years of teaching experience
Have demonstrated proven school leadership skills in urban settings with an emphasis on data-driven instruction and demonstrable gains in student achievement (required).
Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree


Speaks Spanish and/or has experience working with multi-language learners 
Demonstrated success working with students of color  


Employee retention is a top priority at STRIVE Prep. Therefore we offer competitive compensation and benefits including the following:

Excellent Healthcare Plan: 100% of employee-only monthly premium paid by STRIVE Prep. 
Recognition for Years of Service: All STRIVE Prep employees will receive an additional $3,000 in their base salary after the 3rd year, 5th year, and 7th year of service at STRIVE Prep.  
Celebrated for Multilingual Abilities: We value our multilingual staff and the impact they have on our students and community. Therefore, staff that speak a language spoken by our families are eligible to receive an additional $2,000 to their base salary. 
Time Off To Refresh: Industry high 8+ weeks of annual vacation/PTO. Hard work is rewarded with ample time to refresh. 
Based on hire date, employees are eligible for up to 8 days of PTO 
All employees receive 2 floating religious holidays
All employees receive summer vacation based on work location and position
Community: Opportunity to work with passionate, mission-driven colleagues who are invested in your personal and professional growth. Join one of our Affinity Groups to build connections with staff across the network who share common identities. 
Career Support: Access to our Talent Team to support internal movement. We want you to grow your career at STRIVE!
Family & Well Being Focus: Parental and medical leave of 6 weeks paid and 6 weeks unpaid for a total of 12 weeks.
Mental Health Assistance: We value the wellness of our students and staff. That’s why we offer access to mental health support through our Employee Assistance Program with Optum. 
Resources and Development For Success: Equipment provided: laptop, Weekly coaching sessions 
Retirement Planning: Participation in the Colorado PERA retirement program, including a PERA 401k option.
For more information, you can view our compensation and benefits FAQ here. 


STRIVE Prep is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. STRIVE Prep works to make a college preparatory education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception. To achieve this we are committed to building and sustaining a diverse team by maintaining hiring and recruiting processes that are free from bias. 

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