Founding High School Leader

Caliber Public Schools - Vallejo, California - Full time

About Caliber Public Schools

Caliber’s Mission is to achieve educational equity by shifting the experiences, expectations and outcomes for students in historically underserved communities. Our strengths-based educational program validates, affirms, respects and supports students, families and staff members to reach their full potential. 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 our work. We are a community-based organization and celebrate the diversity of the communities we serve. Our parents are active partners; frequently engaging through school events, restorative practices, and academic support.

For the last two years, Caliber has undergone a high school design process to establish the key components of a high school model for our students. Families, staff, and students identified the following design principles which underpin the Caliber: High School Model: College and Career Readiness for every student, Community Leadership Opportunities for all, and Social-Emotional Learning.

Caliber staff are committed to a culture of feedback, development and continuous improvement. They validate and affirm the identities, strengths and passions of each person. Staff know that it is everyone’s collective responsibility to work in service of and alongside our school communities. We approach situations and people with empathy and kindness.

The Position

Caliber Public Schools is searching for a Founding High School School Leader at Caliber: High School in Vallejo, CA. This is a founding school role. This exceptional leader will take the heart of our design principles and operationalize and sustain them to launch Caliber’s first-ever high school in Vallejo.

The ideal candidate has been an accomplished administrator in a high-performing high school and is ready to step into a leadership role both for Caliber: High School and as contributor to the network’s Senior Leadership Team. The ideal candidate is an adaptable self-starter who is passionate about ensuring high levels of academic success for all students and dedicated to Caliber’s commitment 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.

The ideal candidate is a passionate problem-solver, who works to understand every stakeholder needs. They also love diving into the details and coming up with data-driven, creative solutions that produce results. They embrace change and are adaptive in the face of challenges. Finally, they leave a significant impact on the teams and organizations they work with. They lead initiatives, value collaboration, and drive improvements with a self-motivated and resourceful attitude.

This is a full-time position to begin when the Caliber: High School petition is approved, which we anticipate in early December 2021. We are happy to have interested candidates to begin a contract at a sooner date.


Planning Year: 2021-22

  • Establish the Academic and School Culture Visioning Plans for Caliber: High School
  • Intern with high-performing charter high schools (willingness to travel preferred)
  • Visit high-performing charter high schools (willingness to travel preferred)
  • Recruit students and families for the new school
  • Recruit teaching, leadership, and support staff
  • Partner with Caliber Public Schools’ SSO team to prepare facility, order materials, coordinate logistics, and complete compliance requirements

School Leadership: 2022-23 and beyond

Leading Instruction

  • Drive instructional excellence by setting aspirational goals aligned with Caliber’s Leadership Excellence Rubric (LER) and Healthy Schools Framework, create a structure of coaching the leadership team including but not limited to Assistant Principals, Instructional Coaches, Director of Operations, and ensuring that teachers receive appropriate and targeted coaching and professional development to implement successful classroom management and teaching strategies;
  • Implement a comprehensive teacher evaluation system aligned with the Vision for Instructional Excellence Framework that includes regular classroom observations, goal setting and tracking, data-driven instruction, 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.
  • Set and enforce standards for student achievement.
  • Ensure program meets or exceeds yearly student outcome goals.
  • Monitor progress of all students.
  • Keep abreast of successful instructional methodologies and practices.
  • Ensure consistencies in instruction and practice amongst team of teachers.
  • Ensure learning environment and classroom instruction maximize student learning.

Establishing 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, rooted in Caliber’s four pillars (Heart, Smart, Think, Act) and Values (Feedback, Affirmation and Validation, Collective Responsibility, and Empathy and Kindness).

Operational Management

  • Collaborate closely with the President and School Support Office (SSO) to ensure a safe and consistent school environment for students.
  • With the President, set and maintain a budget that ensures fiscal solvency.
  • Oversee facilities maintenance and repairs.
  • Oversee management of school records and resources.
  • Ensure compliance of local, state, and federal laws and regulations and court orders.
  • Ensure the safety and security of all students, staff, visitors, and public and private property.
  • Approve expenditures.

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 and Restorative Practices approach for consistent implementation;
  • Participate in the Senior Leadership Team of Caliber Public 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.

Participate in Caliber Public School Community

  • Actively participate in School Leader Community of Practice by attending monthly meetings, engaging in discussion, sharing best practices, and participating in school visits and school reviews.
  • Respond to requests from the School Support Office in a timely manner, working with network staff to ensure compliance of all Caliber Public Schools policies and procedures.
  • Conduct weekly 1:1s with Head of Schools, sets the agenda, and is responsive to Caliber aligned network goals and expectations.
  • Meets regularly with SSO Education Team and schedules regular classroom walk-throughs and co-observations including lead team meetings, school site professional development, and faculty meetings when appropriate.

Perform other duties as required and assigned

The School Leader must demonstrate knowledge of, and support the Caliber Public Schools mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.



  • A minimum of 3-5 years experience in a leadership role at a high performing middle or high 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.

Leadership and Management Qualities

  • Strong relationship building skills; appetite for and ability to engage families and community members; cultural competency with at-risk students and families;
  • Record of success in managing people and teams, coaching teachers to improve and excel, and building a positive and collaborative adult culture;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously to accomplish urgent and important needs;
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized with the ability to keep the big picture in mind;
  • Data-driven decision making;
  • Intellectual curiosity;
  • Humility, capacity to respond to new information, adapt, and learn;
  • Entrepreneurial energy for an innovative new model;
  • Highly collaborative and team-oriented.


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Administrative Services Credential


Please go to to submit your resume, thoughtful cover letter, and names/contact info for three references.

Caliber Schools provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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Caliber's mission is to shift the experiences, expectations, and outcomes for students in historically underserved communities. We provide students with a challenging and engaging education that equips them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in colleges, careers, and communities.
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