Principal, Middle School

Alpha Public Schools - San Jose, CA - Full time


Alpha Public Schools is a network of public charter schools serving the students of East San Jose. Alpha’s mission is to provide children from high- poverty communities with an education that effectively develops the academic skills and character competencies to overcome the achievement gap and graduate from college.


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.
  • Conversational Spanish or Vietnamese a plus.
  • BA from accredited university
  • Valid Teaching Credential highly preferred


Teacher and Staff Management

  • 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
  • Promote Alpha’s staff culture, mindsets and values
  • Manage the Assistant Principal, Office Manager, Teachers, Lead Teachers
  • Delegates responsibility for a variety of administrative functions to Assistant Principal and other personnel for the purpose of managing the workload more efficiently

Student Achievement and Management

  • Lead and oversee the school’s instructional program
  • Ensure that every student shows dramatic achievement gains and that the school meets the ambitious performance goals set by Alpha Public Schools
  • Collaborate with the Director of Academics and Director of Special Education to ensure that annual goals are set and that teachers and students receive necessary support
  • Carries out and supervises disciplinary consequences for students who violate student code of conduct and expectations

School Leadership

  • Communicate regularly with teachers, parents, and students both informally and through weekly staff and parent memos and events such as Coffee with the Principal
  • Ensure that the school runs smoothly, efficiently, and on budget
  • Collaborate with the Operations Team around school operations, finance and budget
  • Supervises the approved budget for the school and the receipt, care and inventory of equipment, furniture, and supplies purchased for the school
  • Implement school wide policies and procedures to ensure campus safety and student discipline
  • Collaborate with the Director of Recruitment & Talent with the following: hiring, selection, development and retention of school staff
  • Cultivate positive relationships with parents and the local community
  • Creates and implements an annual Parent Engagement Plan

Alpha Offers

  • Competitive starting salaries
  • Excellent medical and retirement benefits
  • A strong instructional coaching system and administrative support
  • A committed team and mission-driven organization
  • The opportunity to innovate and disrupt the traditional school model
  • A parent community committed to educational excellence

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C Level Executive Leadership

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