Founding Principal

Veritas Prep - Springfield, Massachusetts - Full time

ORGANIZATION

Veritas Prep Charter School (VPCS) was founded in Springfield in 2012 with the mission to prepare students in grades 5-8 to compete, achieve, and succeed in high school, college, and beyond. VPCS now serves more than 370 Springfield students and is one of Massachusetts’ top-performing middle schools. Building on the success of VPCS, Friends of Veritas Prep partnered with the Holyoke Public Schools, launching Veritas Prep Holyoke (VPH) in 2018 as part of Holyoke’s innovative turnaround efforts. VPH is a neighborhood enrollment school serving grades 5-8.

We are excited to develop a high school for our Springfield scholars that is scheduled to launch in the fall of 2022 with 100 students in Grade 9, and ultimately, serving roughly 350 students in grades 9-12. Veritas Prep schools provide a college prep curriculum in a safe, positive, and rigorous learning environment that allows students to thrive both academically and socially. Our educators believe in expecting the best from every student and in the power of building strong relationships with students and families, creating a community that supports the achievement of all.

To learn more about Veritas Prep and the close-knit academic community of teachers and scholars in Springfield and Holyoke, please visit, please visit www.veritasprepma.org.

OPPORTUNITY

Veritas Prep seeks a full-time Founding Principal who believes all young people can achieve great things and is ready to partner with them and the community to launch an inclusive and socially just school where all scholars succeed. Opening in the fall of 2022, Veritas Prep High School (VPHS) will enable students to complete their high school diploma while earning college credits and credentials toward high-impact degrees and careers. Please consider this exciting opportunity to build on the successes of Veritas middle schools and the VPHS Design Team recommendations and create an exemplary high school program that propels students on the path towards their dreams.

Key elements may include:

  • Build on research and existing design decisions to map out the details of the school program and prepare to launch implementation
  • Finalize the details of school culture and operations
  • Contribute to the final Y1 details of our Early College and career readiness program and launch implementation aligned to our anticipated Early College Designation from the MA DESE
  • Continue to build out the multi-year plan details for Early College and career readiness and access
  • Invest stakeholders in our shared vision and plans to launch the school in the fall of 2022

RESPONSIBILITIES

Key Responsibilities of the Found Principal include:

In Spring/Summer 2022

  • Review and develop remaining details of an innovative, challenging, and socially just high school program that ensures rigorous opportunities and varied learning pathways for scholars that prepare them for college and high-impact careers. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Contribute to the hiring and development of a founding team, and review and finalize the proposed talent development system
    • Finalize details of the school culture plan, including student and staff culture and family and community engagement
    • Finalize operational details, including the proposed schedule aligned to key Y1 priorities (e.g., flexibility to include a college course in the 2nd semester)
  • Work with DHSD, HS Planning Team and Student leadership Team to build background on existing program decisions and details
  • Finalize our shared vision, values, and plans for high school roll-out and collaborate with the DHSD to project manage program development and timelines
  • Collaborate with IHE partners to flesh out remaining details of EC and career readiness programming, including targeted academic pathways and program of study details, and to complete Early College MOU and DESE applications as needed
  • Understand, leverage, and continually reflect on the Veritas Anti-Racism Standards to drive and refine all aspects of VPHS development, including culture and discipline, curriculum and academic program, professional development, hiring, leadership, and management
  • Review and contribute to the finalization of a strategic program of study, identifying quality curricular materials and assessment tools that effectively disrupt racism in education and prepare students for a rigorous Early College and career readiness program
  • Review and finalize detailed MTSS systems, innovative support strategies for early college, and a robust SEL and CCLR curriculum to ensure all scholars can achieve at high levels
  • Work to develop strong family, community, and industry partnerships and integrate those partnerships into the VPHS vision and program
  • Work with the Director of Talent to finalize hiring of a passionate and diverse team of effective teachers, operations, and support staff for year 1 of the high school
  • Participate in leadership coaching, feedback, and professional development with current Veritas leaders and external providers (ongoing)
  • Work with network and school leaders to develop a comprehensive orientation and year-long staff development plan for founding teachers, leaders, and staff

In SY 22-23

  • Lead and manage the launch of VPHS with the inaugural 9th grade class
  • Effectively lead, manage, support, and inspire staff through shared and distributed leadership to ensure all scholars receive excellent instruction
  • Implement a year-long high-quality professional learning strategy and schedule for teachers and staff
  • Implement our strategic academic program and use data and a targeted assessment systems to continuously monitor and improve scholar success
  • Implement a robust and systematic approach to school culture, including SEL and CCLR curriculum, student life and leadership, and a tiered behavior support system
  • Continue to foster family, community, and organizational partnerships that enhance our program and scholar experience and create effective pathways to successful careers
  • Work collaboratively with scholars, high school and network staff, and IHE and industry partners to build out details for sophomore year and beyond

QUALIFICATIONS

In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal Founding Principal candidate will be:

  • Our 20-21 Design Team established the following Leadership Must-Haves:
  • Commitment to centering students in all aspects of the program with an unwavering belief that they can achieve amazing things
  • Experience successfully developing and leading diverse people and teams
  • A track record of investing others in a shared vision and strategically executing on that vision
  • Deep understanding of systemic racism and its impact in education and a commitment to anti-racist curriculum, practices, and policies
  • A passion for continuous growth as a leader
  • Strong track record with culturally responsive and trauma-informed practices
  • Commitment and knowledge or experience with innovation in secondary education, including high-impact college and career pathways for traditionally underserved students and strategies to enable students to maximize their progress towards future success in high school
  • Bachelor’s degree, master’s preferred (Education/Psych.)
  • Five years of secondary teaching experience (preferred)
  • Three years of school leadership experience at the high school level (preferred)
  • Expertise in high school curriculum and programming in at least one content area
  • Expertise in implementing continuous improvement cycles to achieve strategic goals
  • A track record of success leveraging the talents of a team to execute multi-layered, complex plans
  • Have or be eligible for a MA/DESE administrator license (Principal/Assistant Principal, Grades 5-12), including SEI endorsement
  • Current authorization to work in the United States – a candidate must have such authorization by his or her first day of employment

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

This position offers a competitive salary range of $110,000-$120,000, and a robust benefits package including, medical, dental, life Insurance, MA paid family and medical leave, short and long term disability, employee assistance program, dependent care flexible spending account, retirement through the MA teachers retirement system.

TO APPLY

Please submit a resume online at https://apply.workable.com/j/9135715F61. For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Jonathan Howard at jhoward@edgilityconsulting.com or Kayanna Scott-Brown at kscott-brown@edgilityconsulting.com.

Veritas Prep 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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Role

K12 School Operations

Experience Level

Senior Level

Veritas Prep

Veritas Prep Charter School (VPCS), founded in Springfield in 2012, with the mission to prepare students in grades 5-8 to compete, achieve, and succeed in high school, college, and beyond. VPCS now serves more than 370 Springfield students and is one of Massachusetts’ top-performing middle schools.
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