Alpha Public Schools - San Jose, CA - Full time

REPORTS TO: Chief of Schools


  • Alpha Public Schools students and families
  • Alpha school leaders, office manager, teachers, education specialists and network staff


  • Alpha: Cornerstone Academy (K-7th)


Alpha Public Schools is a network of public charter schools serving the students of East San Jose.

Alpha students, families and teachers collaborate to develop the 21st century academic skills and character strengths students need for success in school, college and career. Together we create self-reliant leaders committed to making positive change in the world.


Alpha is seeking entrepreneurial leaders who will thrive in a dynamic startup environment. Alpha is seeking a successful educator for the principal role. The ideal candidate is a great teacher, knows how to lead others, has the entrepreneurial spirit required for a startup, and deeply believes in the no excuses/high expectations world of charter success. A growth mindset and strong mission alignment will be the defining characteristics of successful applicants.

Principals will receive professional development and hands-on leadership training. Principals will have high expectations for students, staff and self; they are willing to work hard and do whatever is necessary to ensure the success of every student; take risks; embrace change; be innovative; commit to continuous improvement; and learn from data and failures. Alpha school leaders will embrace and learn to foster a growth mindset in others, deliver constructive criticism, and collaborate as part of a team. These leaders will also possess strong character and a consistent track record of high performance that is results-oriented. Finally, Alpha’s leaders will hold a deep belief that all students can succeed in college.


  • LEADER: Alpha school leaders have 3+ years of teaching experiences, particularly in low-income schools. They should be able to identify increasing levels of responsibility and showcase exceptional student outcomes. Demonstrate exceptional classroom management and discipline skills
  • DRIVEN: Alpha school leaders have a sustained commitment to the school and workplace that demonstrates persistence and drive to complete a job.
  • ENTREPRENEURIAL: Alpha school leaders demonstrate risk taking, innovation, self-confidence, and the ability to push oneself beyond one’s comfort zone.
  • RELATIONSHIP BUILDER: Alpha school leaders demonstrate how they have leveraged relationships to improve outcomes for students and will develop strong relationships with Alpha students, families, and staff.
  • FLEXIBLE: Alpha school leaders adapt to meet the needs of students and a startup work environment.
  • At least 2 years teaching experience preferred with demonstrated track record of high student achievement
  • A high level of organization and resourcefulness
  • Ability to plan and think strategically, coupled with excellent execution skills and flexibility to work within a complex or ambiguous context
  • Ability to exercise diplomacy, honesty, integrity, humor and tact
  • Excellent project and process management skills, writing skills and attention to detail
  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to "manage by influence"
  • Conversational Spanish or Vietnamese a plus.
  • BA from accredited university
  • Valid Teaching Credential


Teacher and Staff Management

  • Promote Alpha’s staff culture, mindsets and values
  • Manage self and others in a manner that creates a healthy, high-achieving environment where staff feel challenged, and also fully supported and valued
  • Analyze data with other teachers regularly to maximize student performance
  • Plan and lead teacher professional development sessions
  • Formally supervise, observe, and evaluate all school staff
  • Manage the Assistant Principals, Instructional Coaches, Office Team and Teachers

Student Achievement and Management

  • Lead and oversee the school’s instructional model
  • Ensure that every student shows dramatic achievement gains and that the school meets the ambitious performance goals set by Alpha Public Schools
  • Carry out and supervise disciplinary consequences for students who violate student code of conduct and expectations

Family and Community Engagement

  • Create and implement an annual Parent Engagement Plan
  • Cultivate positive relationships with parents and the local community
  • Communicate regularly with teachers, parents, and students both informally and through weekly staff and parent memos and events such as Community Meetings

School Leadership

  • Ensure that the school runs smoothly, efficiently, and on budget
  • Collaborate with Alpha Network Teams to ensure that annual goals are set and that teachers and students receive necessary support
  • Manage school budget
  • Oversee school operations to ensure the school is running effectively
  • Manage hiring, selection, development and retention of all school staff
  • Implement school wide policies and procedures to ensure campus safety and student discipline
  • Delegate appropriately to the school leadership team

Apply to work at Alpha:

Please submit your application online

  1. Resume
  2. A cover letter that includes the following:
    1. Why do you want to work at Alpha Public Schools? (250 words or less)
    2. Describe your experience working with youth and with people of diverse backgrounds, and culture. (250 words or less)

Incomplete applications or those with errors will not be considered. 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. We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally under-represented backgrounds.

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Alpha Public Schools is a network of public charter schools serving the students of East San Jose.

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