Valley Charter Elementary School (VCES) invites highly qualified educational leaders to apply for the position of Principal. Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Principal of VCES is the educational and instructional leader of the Charter School, and works with the ED to create systems that ensure a data driven, project-based, standards-based, constructivist educational program. Our ideal Principal is a visionary whose experience, knowledge, and drive will set the tone for a supportive school climate that challenges and motivates our students, teachers, and families to achieve academic excellence, character growth, and social change.
This position is for you if:
You are both visionary and action-oriented: As an educator or administrator, you bring passion and follow-through to the goals you set, and you have a track record of achieving them.
You are an effective and empathetic communicator, and you are committed to doing the work of deeply engaging and building relationships with the entire school community—students, teachers, parents, volunteers, and beyond.
Your background shows your commitment to building and sustaining intentionally diverse educational communities. Striving to close the educational opportunity gap for your students is part of your everyday work.
You are a highly motivated lifelong learner who is ready to take a high-performing charter school to its next level of success.
Duties & Responsibilities
Provide hands-on guidance to teachers as they create a project-based curriculum that relies on rubrics to assess student learning of both State Standards and additional learning goals (the Charter School’s definition of an educated person in the 21st century)
Lead backward design curriculum creation efforts that ensure students will master State Standards and be prepared for state standardized assessments, also incorporating learning goals beyond the state standards
Lead, support, and develop VCES’s constructivist and project-based approaches to teaching and learning
Use multiple sources of data to develop a data-driven instructional plan for the improvement of student achievement
Professional development for educators: Help teachers develop their pedagogy with a constructivist approach to teaching and learning
Work with teachers to develop a teacher evaluation process
Lead the design and implementation of the Charter School’s programs for Special Education, EL, and GATE students
Hire and retain high quality faculty and staff
Promote the Charter School mission and philosophy throughout the Charter School community
Charter School and Community Relations:
Schedule and participate in regular family and community meetings
Encourage and develop parent/guardian involvement/partnerships
Maintain positive relationships with LAUSD and its related entities
Develop partnerships with similar schools to enable VCES teachers to be both learners and mentors
Charter School Management:
Day to day site management with a commitment to ensuring the health and safety of students, faculty and staff
Participate in all aspects of Charter renewal, review and compliance;
Work with the ED in the strategic planning for the growth of the Charter School;
Financial management, monitoring expenses, and co-creation of budget with ED
Skills and Experiences
Three or more years of elementary school teaching experience with a track record as a successful and progressive educator, plus some administrative experience OR significant out-of-classroom experience (e.g. as a school counselor, PD coordinator, curriculum coordinator, dean, teacher on special assignment, or a similar role)
History of working to close the academic opportunity/achievement gap among subpopulations—especially with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, English proficiency, community wealth, familial situations, or other related factors.
Relationship building and communication: A track record of maintaining positive relationships with the many stakeholders that comprise a school community, including students, teachers, parents, and volunteers
Experience in a public or charter school environment (preferred)
A valid California Administrative Services credential (preferred)
Bilingual Spanish-English (preferred)
Master’s level or higher degree in education or related field (preferred)
Preferred Qualities and Approaches:
Proven commitment to being a highly visible, accessible, and approachable school leader
Deep commitment to building and sustaining a diverse school community
Honest and transparent in appraising the conditions of the school
Creative in seeking solutions through a collaborative process
Supportive of innovative teachers who wish to advance effective programs for all students
Service leadership approach: Sees the role as serving the interests of the school community as a whole
Additional Salary Information: This is a full-time position based in North Hills, CA. Compensation will be determined upon hiring, commensurate with the candidate’s experience and skills. Valley Charter Schools’ benefits package includes: 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision benefits for full-time employees as well as their dependents, plus disability insurance, flexible spending account, and retirement benefits through CalSTRS.
About Valley Charter Schools
Valley Charter Elementary School believes that all children deserve an education that is both academically excellent and individually focused to recognize and capture the whole potential of each student. We believe children of all backgrounds should learn together and from one another, and that communities and parents can create great schools and provide the highest quality education to all children.
Five design principles support our mission:
Design Element 1: We value process over product. Learning is experiential, interdisciplinary, collaborative, and relevant to students’ lives.
Design Element 2: Social emotional development and self-advocacy are the foundational principles of student learning and personal growth.
Design Element 3: We develop effective communicators who are able to connect with varied audiences.
Design Element 4: Learning is a social process accomplished through authentically collaborative work.
Design Element 5: We are committed to building intentionally diverse schools. Our core values and foundational principles are authentically realized through this diverse community.
Valley Charter School student population reflects the rich diversity ...of the San Fernando Valley, with parents and community members providing invaluable and consistent support to the school. We are proud of the high degree of connection between the rhetoric of our mission statement and the actual classroom practice in our schools. Through our mission to become an intentionally diverse community, Valley Charter School is becoming a national model for urban public education.