Principal, Citizens Academy Southeast K-5 for Breakthrough Schools in Cleveland, OH

Principal, Citizens Academy Southeast K-5

Breakthrough Schools - Cleveland, OH - Full time


The Citizens Academy (CA) Schools are a cluster of three high-performing college preparatory elementary schools (Citizens Academy, Citizens Academy East, Citizens Academy Southeast) within the Breakthrough Schools network. The CA schools serve nearly 1200 Cleveland students in grades K-5, 95% of whom are students of color with over 80% of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch. CA students have successfully outperformed their Cleveland Metro School District (CMSD) counterparts within their respective neighborhoods in terms of student achievement test scores. Breakthrough Schools is a nationally recognized network that was rated the best CMO network in Ohio by a recent CREDO study at Stanford University. For more information, please visit


Breakthrough Schools seeks a leader of the highest caliber to join our team as the Principal of Citizens Academy Southeast for the 2018-2019 school year. The Principal is responsible for the overall academic outcomes of all students and works with the Model Education Leader to ensure the school’s adherence to its mission and to set short and long term goals.

The Principal is responsible to deliver on the following goals:

  • Lead the instructional vision for the school to ensure academic excellence and responsible citizenship
  • Deliver academic achievement results
  • Build and develop talent in staff members through the evaluation system
  • Create and maintain an outstanding school culture for students and faculty
  • Engage parents and families


  • Provide professional leadership to execute school mission and vision
  • In collaboration with School Leaders, ensure that the school develops and implements academic policies, programs and staffing to fulfill its mission
  • Serve in the capacity of instructional leader for the school: visible throughout the day; guide the curriculum; ensure learning environment and classroom instruction maximize student learning
  • In concert with Schools Leaders, maintain ongoing, frequent, and open communication with staff, families, and the board
  • Motivate and professionally develop staff and implement staff development based on student assessment data and the assessed needs of staff
  • Implement all components of the CA/OTES Teacher Evaluation System and CA OPES Assistant Principal Evaluation System: goal setting; scheduling and conducting walkthroughs, informals, formals; improvement plans, professional development plans; student growth measures; eTPES; supervise leadership teams’ involvement in evaluation
  • Establish academic, behavioral and attendance goals that reflect high expectations; regularly reviews student academic, behavior, and attendance data to monitor progress towards goals and implement programmatic changes as necessary
  • Champion continuous improvement while at the same time meet the educational and social/emotional needs and maintain positive relationships with all students and families
  • Work to foster a nurturing, safe school culture and a learning community that nurtures and supports students, family, staff and diversity
  • Work with the Assistant Principal to create a discipline plan, including behavior plans, interventions and consequences, that support the citizenship curriculum
  • Work with Model Operations Leader on the preparation and implementation of, and adherence to Policies and procedures that guide, track and/or document the activities of the school: this includes but is not limited to management of school records and resources as necessary and school compliance with ODE and other applicable laws and regulations
  • Oversee the development and implementation for new Board approved programs.
  • Supervise, evaluate, hire and terminate instructional staff with the academic leadership team and Model Education Leader
  • Oversee the successful execution of all school programming
  • Build curriculum which reflects the mission, values and culture of the school and is aligned with the State Common Core
  • Set the school year calendar with input from other Model Principal(s), Model Education Leader, and Model Operations Leader
  • Work with Enrollment Coordinator to ensure school meets enrollment targets
  • Provide budget input to the Model Operations Director around instructional staffing and expenses for approval by the Board
  • Oversee external relations, including facilitating partnerships with the community, the Ohio Department of Education, and other key entities involved with the school with support from the Management Company
  • Attend all board meetings and grade level team meetings on a regular basis
  • Supervise academic leadership team members
  • Keep abreast of successful instructional methodologies and practices and share with staff
  • Provide staff with multiple open channels for both giving and receiving feedback


  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Valid Ohio teaching license required
  • Minimum of three to five years teaching or leadership experience in urban elementary 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
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications
  • 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 considered competitive and commensurate with experience. Breakthrough Charter Schools offer a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision. Employees also participate in the Ohio STRS or SERS (state retirement system).


Please visit to submit your resume and cover letter. Feel free to reach out to Jamiah Hargins ( with any questions.

As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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