Principal TK-8 Independent Charter School

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Principal TK-8 Independent Charter School

Posted date
February 13, 2018

Chatsworth, CA

Employment Type

We are looking for candidates of excellence who are interested in the position of Principal. The ideal candidate is an optimistic visionary, who trusts and listens to all stakeholders, is child­centered, with a progressive vision of leading our dynamic and evolving school community in the future. The Principal will report to the Executive Director.

Statement on Diversity
At OCS, we work to create an inclusive, progressive, and equitable teaching and learning environment for all members of our community – students, staff, and parents. This approach is a comprehensive framework for everything the school does. Education that embraces diversity focuses on both philosophy and process. We promote a climate that celebrates diversity and rejects all forms of discrimination.

Leadership Style
OCS is a deeply inclusive, highly personal community accustomed to an open and collaborative leadership style. The school’s culture is characterized by informality, trust, and mutual respect among all constituencies and everyone is known by his or her first name. In addition to demonstrating a passion for the mission and philosophy of the school, the next Principal must be comfortable in this unique school environment. The successful candidate will:
● Lead with confidence while always learning
● Be a creative problem­solver and facilitator, with the ability to quickly adapt to change
● Have the ability to manage professional conflict and strong personalities with composure, during difficult conversations and decisions
● Have the ability to make strong connections with children and adults alike
● Have a strong work ethic: participate, is present, and highly involved
● Be able to actively listen, facilitate, and build consensus among all stakeholders

Qualifications and Experience
● An administrative degree and/or an administrative services credential required
● A teaching credential
● An earned master’s degree from an accredited college or university

● Minimum 5 years full­time teaching TK­8; multi­grade level experience
● Experience teaching in a constructivist model preferred
● Minimum 2 years administrative experience, preferably principal or assistant principal in a school (public, independent charter, and/or private)
● Experience in managing multiple employees with a variety of job descriptions, or equivalent educational leadership experience
● Experience with special education preferred

Professional Qualifications:
● Has a belief system aligned to the mission of the school, both philosophically and in methodology.
● Can manage, adhere to, and recognize the relationship, intent, and history of OCS, its Charter Petition, Mission Statement, Employee Handbook, and applicable state and federal laws and regulations
● Demonstrated ability to organize and direct an educational program that provides for the social, emotional and intellectual development of the students per OCS’ Student Learning Outcomes, transitional kindergarten through eighth grade
● Understanding of and sensitivity to diversity in the school community
● Knowledge of the relationship among the charter school, the Los Angeles Unified School District, CCSA, and state and federal agencies
● Ability to communicate effectively with students, parents, peers, other charter schools, district staff, and community representatives, both individually and as a group
● Ability to effectively participate in the budgetary process and school finance
● Leadership skills in facilitating group processes, including consensus building and conflict resolution
● Strong communication abilities, both written and verbal
● Ability to respond quickly and effectively to changing daily priorities and clearly and concisely communicate effectively with staff, students, and parents
● Ability to complete all responsibilities independently, efficiently, and in a timely manner
● A firm commitment to and demonstrated record of developing and implementing a quality educational program
● Capacity to lead, develop, and empower teachers

Responsible to: Executive Director

Salary: DOE

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