Executive Principal

Caliber Schools - Richmond, CA - Full time

Caliber Schools - Richmond, CA - Full time

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Background

The mission at Caliber Schools is to shift the experiences, expectations, and outcomes for students in historically underserved communities. Caliber provides students with a challenging and engaging personalized education that equips them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in competitive colleges, careers, and communities. Caliber graduates will be academically college ready; have emotional intelligence or ‘EQ’; be critical thinkers, and have the skills and desire to be changemakers in their communities and the world.

Caliber’s four graduate pillars--Heart, Smart, Think, Act--guide their work. Caliber is a community-based organization and celebrates the diversity of the communities it serves. Caliber parents are active partners, frequently engaging through school events, restorative practices, and academic support.

Founded in 2013, Caliber now proudly serves more than 1,300 students in the Bay Area at two schools-Caliber: Beta Academy in Richmond and Caliber: ChangeMakers Academy in Vallejo. Beta Academy is in its 4th year of operation, serving 800 students in grades K-8; ChangeMakers Academy is in its 2nd year of operation serving 500 students in grades TK-4, 6-7. Both schools outperformed the District on CAASPP testing for 2016-17, and each year, the organization has more than doubled the number of students scoring proficient or above on SBAC Math from fall to spring. Caliber has plans to open a high school so it can serve students from kindergarten through high school graduation.

The Opportunity

Caliber Schools is searching for a K-8 Executive Principal at Caliber: Beta Academy in Richmond, CA. Caliber: Beta Academy has seen improving results on the CAASPP and has a robust framework for Social Emotional Learning, Restorative Justice, and mindfulness. While there is a strong existing foundation, there is also room for the new Executive Principal to drive significant improvement and lead an innovative school from a startup to established excellence.

The K-8 Executive Principal role has been recently created to manage three small schools and their respective assistant principals (K-2, 3-5, and 6-8). The Executive Principal will have significant autonomy to help shape and implement the instructional model for the school, building off the existing Caliber framework and further innovating exciting new programs such as makerspaces. While innovating, this role will also sustain and lead a successful teaching staff that responds to and inspires a diverse student population.

The ideal candidate has been a principal in a high performing school and is ready to step into a senior leadership role both for Caliber: Beta Academy and as a contributor to the network’s Senior Leadership Team. Caliber is seeking an adaptable self-starter who is passionate about ensuring high levels of academic success for all students and dedicated to social-emotional learning and equitable practices. This leader will have instructional and coaching expertise and an exceptional ability to build strong relationships with students, families, teachers, staff, and leadership. Beyond building a strong school culture, the new leader will also shepherd the development of a long-term facility for the school.

The Executive Principal will manage the APs of the three small schools as well as the following schoolwide roles: Director of SEL and Mental Health, Operations Coordinator, Program Specialist. The ideal start date for the new Executive Principal is June 2018.

Responsibilities

Leading Instruction

  • Drive instructional excellence by setting aspirational goals, coaching the instructional Assistant Principals, and ensuring that teachers receive appropriate and targeted coaching and professional development to implement successful classroom management and teaching strategies;
  • Oversee implementation of a comprehensive teacher evaluation system that includes regular classroom observations, goal setting and tracking, and formal evaluations drawing on multiple sources of evidence;
  • Identify strong teacher performance, drive retention of strong performers, and create opportunities for teacher and staff growth.

Creating a strong culture through systems and substance

  • Define and communicate a consistent vision for the school, both within the school’s walls and the greater school community;
  • Engage students by being a visible, high impact presence in their daily lives;
  • Create a culture of high expectations and continuous improvement with a relentless focus on student achievement, operational efficiency, and self-improvement;
  • Direct and supervise the behavioral program of the school, instituting supportive student discipline policies to meet student population needs;
  • Collaborate closely with the school operations coordinator to ensure a safe and consistent school environment for students.

Fostering Partnerships and Community Engagement

  • Support deep family engagement and communications, helping parents understand and support academic learning at home;
  • Work with the school services team to ensure that the instructional model and school environment responds to the needs (particularly mental, behavioral, and social-emotional) of students;
  • Refine our current SEL approach for a more consistent implementation;
  • Participate in the Senior Leadership Team of Caliber Schools, and in the Instructional Leadership Professional Learning Community;
  • Develop community partnerships to enhance school programming and attend District and Authorizer Board meetings as needed.

Qualifications

Experience

  • A minimum of two years experience in a school leadership role at a high performing elementary or middle school in an underserved community;
  • Experience with and commitment to integrated Social and Emotional Learning curricula;
  • Prior experience in high performing charter school strongly preferred;
  • A proven track record of improving student achievement with data documenting improved student outcomes;
  • Demonstrated success developing school programs, curricula, and building a strong student culture;
  • Record of success in managing people and teams, coaching teachers and leaders to improve and excel, and building a positive and collaborative adult culture.

Skills

  • Strong relationship building skills; appetite for and ability to engage families and community members; cultural competency with at-risk students and families;
  • Manages multiple priorities simultaneously to accomplish urgent and important needs;
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized with the ability to keep the big picture in mind;
  • Highly collaborative and team-oriented.

Mindset

  • Unwavering belief that all children can learn and high expectations for all students;
  • Commitment to equitable practices;
  • Respect and humility: seeks to understand other perspectives; capacity to respond to new information, adapt, and learn;
  • Entrepreneurial energy to work with innovative new model;
  • Intellectual curiosity.

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Administrative Services Credential preferred

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Role

C Level Executive Leadership

Experience Level

Senior Level

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