Environmental Charter Schools - Gardena, CA - Full time

Environmental Charter Schools - Gardena, CA - Full time

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Environmental Charter Schools is a non-profit charter management organization with a growing network of free public schools in South Los Angeles. What makes Environmental Charter Schools unique is our ability to create and refine engaging, project-based, environmentally-themed, arts-integrated, social-justice driven, interdisciplinary curricula and assessments.


Environmental Charter Schools is seeking an experienced, visionary, talented, dynamic leader with a proven record of success in urban settings and school transformation. The candidate should be experienced with resetting culture and expectations and instilling a collaborative and positive professional culture.

The Principal will enjoy a significant degree of autonomy and flexibility to lead our school, educators, and students. We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.

The Principal reports directly to the Executive Director and collaborates with the ECS leadership team to ensure the following:



  • Works collaboratively with the ECS leadership team to set the strategic direction of the school site
  • Reviews and analyzes data and implement mission-aligned strategies to ensure student success
  • Engages with the ECS Board of Directors, the school authorizer, and other government agencies and seek opportunities to understand the larger role that charter schools play in public education. Work to influence the larger picture by attending events, advocating, and interacting with key influencers and donors
  • Models a personal code of ethics and develops professional leadership capacity by researching and keeping abreast of administrator best practices, attending trainings, and coaching
  • Models reflective practice and utilizes survey data, student achievement data, and other information to think forward, strategically lead, and inspire others to higher levels of performance, commitment, innovation and motivation
  • Works to close gaps in opportunity and achievement for low-income students of color


  • Responsible for the climate and morale of students by building and maintaining a strong, positive, results-oriented school culture
  • Oversee and maintain equity for all students
  • Work to create and maintain a strong, positive culture amongst staff through events and various communications (staff appreciation week, birthday celebrations, team building, etc.)
  • Plan, facilitate and attend school functions such as parent meetings, open house, parent teacher conferences, sporting events, fundraisers, etc.


  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the school inclusive of the school office, maintenance, facilities, and food services
  • Oversee and professionally develop Assistant Principal
  • Uphold all relevant state laws, contracts, and policies
  • Manage and oversee counseling, student support services, special education, intervention and enrichment programming as well as after-school programming. Supervise SPED coordinator, attend IEPs, data analysis, and PIR
  • Provide ELD support and logic model collaboration
  • Maintain a balanced budget aligned to the strategic goals of the school
  • Manage key budget drives including enrollment and attendance, staffing and instructional programming needs
  • Responsible for staffing, supervising, developing, retaining, and monitoring school team
  • Ensure and provide resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment
  • Collaborate with the home office in order to ensure effective fiscal and operational practices in support of school achievement
  • Responsible for creating school calendar
  • Supervise, coach, develop, and evaluate teachers via regular observations, feedback, and coaching
  • With proper strategic planning will fulfill compliance and reporting requirements
  • Collaborate with other site leaders to share best practices, problem solve, share strategies, and advocate for students
  • Resolve, share, and brainstorm with staff regarding any concerns and/or feedback. Adhering to an open-door policy


  • Collaborate with teaching staff and Instructional Leadership Team to use appropriate data (such as benchmarks, classroom data, parent and student feedback) to establish rigorous, concrete goals in the context of student achievement and instructional programs.
  • Motivate, lead, and mentor teachers to improved instructional practices, increase content expertise, improve student performance, and instill rigorous expectations. Provide professional and instructional support through observing and providing feedback for classroom observations, designing and reviewing professional growth plans, reviewing instructional documents, check-ins and facilitate weekly PD/staff meetings in alignment with ECS strategic vision and goals


  • Collaborate and meet with stakeholders, communicate about school programs and support the development of partnerships to best support and enhance ECS goals.
  • Manage outreach and development of strategic partners for internships, field trips, after school, etc.
  • Collaborate with families and community members, respond to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilize community resources


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s or Doctorate preferred
  • Charter school experience preferred
  • Experience working with parents and schools in a similar school community
  • A minimum of 5 years administrative experience
  • A minimum of 3 years teaching experience
  • Experience in managing budgets
  • Experience creating and implementing policies and systems
  • Experience in coaching teachers, leading and managing a team, particularly in a turnaround environment
  • Entrepreneurial mindset with a drive for innovative practices
  • Ability to learn, laugh, grow, question, work hard, develop, think big, collaborate, and innovate

ECS does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of age, actual or perceived race, actual or perceived gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. ECS complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to all qualified individuals with a disability.

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Environmental Charter Schools

Environmental Charter Schools is a non-profit charter management organization in Los Angeles. What makes ECS unique is our ability to create and refine engaging, project-based, environmentally-themed, arts-integrated, social-justice driven, interdisciplinary curricula and assessments.

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