SR1 College Preparatory and STEM Academy (CPSA) Principal

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SR1 College Preparatory and STEM Academy (CPSA) Principal

Posted date
November 18, 2021
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Ridgeland, MS

Employment Type

SR1 OVERVIEW: SR1 is an award-winning non-profit located in Ridgeland, MS with more than 10 years of experience in providing high-quality college preparatory services to K-12 students in Central Mississippi. SR1 has been authorized to open SR1 College Preparatory and STEM Academy (SR1 CPSA), the first public STEM charter school in the Fall of 2022.
POSITION OVERVIEW: Are you an Elementary Principal looking to help build a National Blue Ribbon school from the ground up? Look no further than SR1 College Preparatory and STEM Academy (SR1 CPSA) for the opportunity to build the foundation for years to come.

SR1 College Preparatory and STEM Academy (CPSA) Charter School, located in rural Madison County (Canton, MS), is seeking an Elementary Principal who is an educational visionary with the skill set to modernize education and take on societal challenges to promote the highest level of college access and success. The Elementary Principal will assist from start-up: planning, policy development, school design, hiring of staff, curriculum development, student recruitment, school culture and other critical start-up needs for 2021-2022. SR1 CPSA will open for the 2022-2023 academic year, and the school will be the first STEM focused charter school in the State of Mississippi.
SR1 CPSA OVERVIEW: America is a nation of entrepreneurs and innovators, and our economic vitality and national security depend on strengthening that vibrant culture for all. Science, technology, engineering, mathematics—these are fields in which our children need to be fluent. STEM skills will be expected of virtually everyone in tomorrow’s American workforce. SR1 believes the best time to teach STEM is when students are young because children are natural STEM learners based on great curiosity and imagination. SR1 desires to make America STEM strong by taking on the educational challenge in Mississippi, a state that has faced a high level of equity challenges, but has an even higher level of talent and potential to overcome them.

The SR1 CPSA’s mission is to prepare students for success in college and beyond. The CPSA will be a high-performing, innovative public charter school in rural Madison County (Canton, MS) serving students from K to 5th grade on a creative campus. To learn more about SR1 CPSA’s proposed campus, please click here to see our video.

Our model is based on the following guiding principles that guide our work daily –
● Creating a community that is built upon genuine and meaningful relationships.
● Being surgical in our approach to differentiation of instruction and support of ALL students and team members.
● Setting and exceeding high expectations for academic growth and character development for all students in preparation for success in college and beyond.
SR1 Educational Equity Beliefs:
● Equality in education is achieved when students are all treated the same and have access to similar resources.
● Equity is achieved when students receive the resources they need so they graduate prepared for success after high school.
We accomplish SR1 CPSA’s mission by:
● Cultivating an environment where all students and staff are known and valued and are provided with the support and compassion they need to succeed.
● Delivering individualized academic support to our students daily through academic services.
● Pairing a rigorous curriculum and teaching with intense personal support and high academic expectations for each student.
The SR1 CPSA Elementary Principal is responsible for:
School Culture. The principal defines and builds a transformative school culture consistent with SR1 CPSA core values and mission. With the Chief Academic Officer, the principal designs and implements programs and initiatives and devises school-wide rituals and routines that promote the culture and sustain the school's values. The principal develops positive relationships with all stakeholders, including staff, students, families, and community members/organizations.
Instructional Leadership. The principal provides instructional leadership for the school, including; maintaining school-wide focus on high standards of student achievement, ensuring state standards are taught, managing process for analyzing data to increase student achievement and teacher effectiveness, and supporting all teachers and staff members in their professional development.
Student Management. The principal works to define and implement behavior management tools, including overseeing staff training in behavior management policies, techniques, and strategies and ensuring consistent school-wide deployment of behavior management tools.
Staff Resource. The principal serves as a resource to teachers on matters, instructional practices, school culture and policies, professional development, and resource management; Observes and coaches teachers and staff on a consistent basis.
Student Motivation. The principal works to develop school-wide programs to incentivize positive behaviors and create a school-wide identity among the students using proven concepts such as positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) and educational entertainment (edutainment).
Talent Acquisition & Talent Development. The principal manages all academic staff at the school site, including coordinating (along with the recruitment team) recruitment and training of staff and volunteers, provides feedback and evaluations to staff and volunteers, secures professional development opportunities, and develops a collaborative team culture.
The Principal must:
● Be committed to preparing every student for college;
● Exercise strong leadership and team skills;
● Assist with designing indoor and outdoor learning environments;
● Be a self-aware leader who knows how to treat all members of the school's community with respect, appraises his or her strengths and weaknesses accurately, and is perceptive about how he or she is regarded;
● Have superb organizational and self-management skills and be able to handle multiple responsibilities effectively; have strong planning and execution skills; be a goal-oriented and effective problem-solver;
● Be dependable;
● Be driven to improve the minds and lives of students, families and staff;
● Be dedicated to helping all SR1 CPSA students achieve academic success;
● Be passionate about academic learning and insistent on academic excellence and rigor at all times;
● Understand the current and future STEM trends;
● Be innovative in Project-Based Learning.
Candidates must have:
● School Administrator licensure;
● STEM awareness that connects student learning to “real” world application;
● Ability to infuse STEM into every day learning;
● At least two years of successful experience teaching in a school environment; Grade level leader, department chair, or instructional leadership experience;
● A clear record of elevating student achievement in an underserved school, with a strong understanding of pedagogy that drives results;
● A relentless work ethic and commitment to achieving the school's mission;
● Excellent strategic planning, leadership, management, and communication skills, with a proven ability to lead instructional and non-instructional staff;
● Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
● Excellent skills in organization and follow-through;
An advanced degree from a competitive university/college is strongly preferred.
It’s estimated that our students will arrive, on average, significantly behind grade level. Many live in poverty – a higher percentage than most schools in the country. Upon arrival, they are statistically less than 10% likely to graduate with a 4-year degree. Our mission is that each child ultimately graduates from college.
● Employees will take responsibility to reverse negative outcomes of failing students and make every effort to work proactively to engage each student, such that each is legitimately prepared to succeed in college.
● It is a given that all of the staff will work diligently. All staff will each seek – through formal and informal feedback – to dramatically improve. At SR1 CPSA, an ongoing quest for improvement is not considered remedial; it is essential and ongoing for all staff.
SR1 CPSA is committed to building a talented team that reflects the diversity and cultural richness of our world. We believe that racial justice and equity is critical to our mission of preparing students for success in college and beyond. We strive to be an organization that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and elevates our student voices in preparing them for life and college.

SR1 CPSA offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, professional development and coaching, and retirement benefits as part of the state pension plan.