Breakthrough Schools, Principal

Breakthrough Public School - Cleveland, Ohio - Full time


Breakthrough Schools is a nationally recognized network that was rated the best CMO network in Ohio by the 2017 CREDO study at Stanford University. Breakthrough Schools originated as a commitment to increase educational options for Cleveland families. In 2009, three of Cleveland’s top stand-alone public charter schools came to terms with the challenges of operating individually and decided that sharing administrative functions would help them operate more efficiently and serve more students. As a result, they formed Breakthrough Schools, a charter management organization, in 2010 with the mission to develop a growing network of distinctive school options that prepare Cleveland area students for success in life.

Breakthrough manages core administrative responsibilities including human resources, finance, information technology, facilities, student recruitment, and marketing for schools within the network. Next school year, Breakthrough Schools will serve more than 3,600 K-8 students and is committed to setting them on an early pathway to lifelong success in school, college, and career.

To learn more about Breakthrough Schools, please visit


Transformative schools require transformative leadership. At Breakthrough Schools, impact starts at the Principal level. Breakthrough seeks Principals at the Elementary and Middle School levels who are committed to driving great outcomes for scholars, and create a culture where adults and scholars are joyfully and intellectually engaged every single day. Breakthrough Principals assume responsibility for the health and well-being of everyone under their care. They need to care personally, challenge directly, and, most importantly, remain humbly driven towards their own development to grow stronger as a leader. At Breakthrough, Principals are deeply committed to lead their school in instructional leadership, data analysis, school culture, teacher coaching and evaluation, inclusiveness, and family engagement. Principals report to the Head of Schools who supports and develops their growth. Ultimately, Breakthrough Principals show an unwavering commitment to the children and families they serve in Cleveland, Ohio.


Key Responsibilities of the Principal include:

Creating school wide systems, expectations, and setting the bar for rigor

  • Create, define, and support school-wide and grade level routines, procedures, and culture system;
  • Lead deep dives into assessment data and standards to inform instruction and direction.

Coaching staff

  • Build and manage weekly observation schedules for self, leadership team, and any potential supporting teachers, ensure high-frequency touchpoints with all teachers;
  • Ensure a strong cycle of feedback from leadership to teachers, including the implementation of high leverage action steps, regular one on one meetings (O3s), practice sessions.

Leading professional development

  • Deliver high-quality weekly/monthly professional development to school-based teams that models expectations of high-quality classroom instruction, including creating a joy of learning for adults.

Establishing school culture

  • Oversee the Dean(s) of Culture to drive and support overall school culture;
  • Support in providing scholars with individual behavior plans aligned to a vision of creating warmth, love, support, and high expectations.

Hire, train, and retain

  • Implement hiring practices that create equitable and inclusive practices and work towards constantly increasing diversity. Execute a system that provides a first-class experience for the candidate as well as involves many stakeholders in the selection process;
  • Create and support systems that create a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion to ensure happiness and success for everyone on staff.


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

  • A minimum of three to five years of teaching or leadership experience in urban education required;
  • Passion for vision and mission of Breakthrough Schools;
  • Personal commitment to high expectations and the ability to inspire others to pursue the same;
  • Excellent oral, written, and verbal communication skills with varied audiences;
  • Strong communication, organizational, public relations, and interpersonal skills;
  • Self-motivated with the ability to meet deadlines, problem solve, and work independently;
  • Respected presence and ability to maintain a professional appearance and demeanor;
  • Demonstrate ability to work as a team member and foster collaboration;
  • Relentlessness - doing whatever it takes to ensure success;
  • Understanding of best practices in core content areas;
  • Experience coaching instructional staff through modeling and support.


Compensation packages are competitive and commensurate with experience. Breakthrough Schools offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision, life and disability coverage. Employees are also eligible to participate in the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS) or the School Employees Retirement System of Ohio (SERS).


Please submit a resume online at For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Kevin Bryant at or at 704.488.8115.

Breakthrough 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.

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