Aspire Public Schools, Elementary Principal

Aspire Public Schools - Multiple Locations - Full time


Aspire Public Schools operates a network of high-performing, college preparatory charter schools serving TK-12 scholars in communities across California. Founded in 1998—in an effort to transform the inequitable racial, social, and gender outcomes that our communities persist through—Aspire is one of the largest and most forward-thinking open-enrollment public charter school systems in the nation.

Our purpose is to prepare our scholars for success in college, career, and life. At Aspire, we set a foundation for our scholars to gain knowledge, skills, and power to access and make choices for their families and post-secondary lives. Every day, our community of students, families, teachers and staff comes together to learn, work, and play in an environment grounded in our values of Bienestar (Well-Being), Culture of Belonging, Community Partnership, Agency & Self-Determination, and Joy.

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The Site Principal leads, manages, and oversees all functions of an individual school site. This includes the education program to ensure student academic performance, budget to ensure fiscal health of the site, school office operations, community relations, people management and facilities.


Key Responsibilities of the Elementary Principal include:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions

Provide instructional leadership for the school site:

  • Maintain school-wide focus on high standards of student achievement
  • Ensure coverage of CA standards o Model Aspire instructional guidelines
  • Manage process for analyzing data to increase student achievement
  • Support all teachers in their professional development
  • Support New Teachers through Induction

Manage all human resources at the school site:

  • Attract and select top performers
  • Provide professional development opportunities
  • Develop collaborative team culture
  • Manage performance o Adhere to company policy and state/federal employment laws
  • Consult with Human Resources as appropriate

Manage all resources at the school site:

  • Manage daily operations, facilities, safety, and administrative processes school
    • Address issues and problems that arise in a principle-centered, creative, thoughtful and constructive way
    • Follow-up with constituents as needed
    • Adhere to Aspire best practices, policies and procedures
    • Seek outside support as appropriate
  • Set and maintain a balanced budget Plan for future needs
  • Ensure compliance with restrictions and reporting requirements of categorical funds and restricted donations
  • Adhere to company policy and protocols for sound fiscal management

Develop an effective school community:

  • Work with parents to better serve students
  • Garner support from community groups and leaders
  • Develop positive relationships with sponsoring district and neighborhood schools


  • Manage process for determining priorities; set development timetables and support school team in achieving deliverables
  • Lead long term strategic planning and medium term process improvement as needed
  • Work in collaboration with other Principals and Home Office to achieve organizational goals


  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and support, the Aspire Public Schools mission, vision, value statements including antiracism, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior
  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned


In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal Elementary Principal candidate will have:


  • Demonstrated commitment to students and learning
  • Demonstrated knowledge of curriculum development and program design
  • In-depth experience developing teachers
  • Strong experience in performance assessment
  • Excellent relationship-building and management skills
  • Strong problem-solving and consensus-building abilities
  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively
  • Excellent organization, time management and follow-up skills; high sense of urgency; demonstrated ability to successfully handle multiple projects concurrently; ability to work as a team
  • Strong community-building skills
  • Entrepreneurial passion
  • Demonstrated P&L responsibility

Minimum educational level:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Masters or Ph.D. in Education preferred
  • Administrative Credential preferred
  • NCLB Highly Qualified preferred

Experience required:

  • 7+ years teaching and administrative experience
  • 3+ years working in historically marginalized communities as a full-time teacher preferred

Physical requirements:

  • Stand, walk or bend over, kneel, crouch, reach overhead, grasp, push, and pull. Move, lift and/or carry up to 30 pounds to shoulder height
  • Repetitive use of hands (i.e. fine manipulation, simple grasping, and power grasping)
  • Demonstrate normal depth perception
  • Sitting, walking or standing for extended periods of time
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, operate standard office equipment, and use a telephone
  • See and read a computer screen and printed matter with or without vision aids
  • Hear and understand speech at normal levels and on the telephone with or without auditory aides

Work authorization requirements:

  • Clear the Department of Justice background screening
  • Authorized to work in the United States
  • Provide health (TB) clearance (most update every four years)


This position offers a competitive salary range of $110,000 - $160,000, and robust benefits, including paid time off, 100% core health benefits coverage on select plans, life insurance/long-term disability, participation in a CA state retirement plan, tuition reimbursement plan, and adoption assistance program.


Please submit a resume online at For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Corina Ramos at or at 510.495.0040.

Aspire Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds. Candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.


Aspire Public Schools provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant.

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Oakland, California
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K12 School Operations

Experience Level

Mid Level

Aspire Public Schools

Aspire Public Schools operates a network of high-performing, college preparatory charter schools serving TK-12 scholars in communities across California. Founded in 1998, Aspire is one of the largest and most forward-thinking open-enrollment public charter school systems in the nation.
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