School Principal (2021-22 School Year)

Distinctive Schools - Chicago, Illinois - Full time

Position Title: School Principal

F.T.E: 1.0

Location: 11530 S Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60628

Reports To: Executive Director - Chicago Schools

Start Date: by August 2, 2021

The Mission of Distinctive Schools, an educational practice leader committed to social justice and the elevation of access and achievement in historically marginalized communities, is to support each child in becoming an engaged and curious learner, a confident self-advocate, and a creative problem-solver by setting high expectations and nurturing a positive culture that honors diversity, collaboration, and optimism.

At Distinctive Schools we believe in professional growth opportunities for our teachers and leaders. Our current School Principal has been promoted to our Executive Directors-Chicago in which she will support the network mission and vision to support all of our schools. What this means for you is that you will receive mentoring support, a strong induction program, and opportunities for professional development.

Position Description:

The School Principal is the instructional and operational leader of a particular Distinctive School’s (DS) campus. The School Principal takes on responsibilities typical of a school principal- supervising and maintaining all campus functions including school budgets, staffing decisions, and parent communication. The School Principal also develops and executes the campus vision, mission and strategic plan as communicated via Distinctive Schools.

Vision & Mission

  • Develop and execute the DS vision, mission and strategic plan
  • Develop and execute the campus vision and mission
  • Uphold a positive climate and culture across the building and community

Finances & Operations

  • Oversee and approve all budget, facilities and school operational decisions including federal, state and local funding
  • Maintain systems and processes that support school functioning, finances, and safety
  • Oversee student enrollment
  • Oversee campus compliance


  • Supervise all campus personnel
  • Oversee compliance and accountability of staff members
  • Hire and approve all hiring decisions
  • Ensure building is fully staffed at all times
  • Work alongside the Talent Team to ensure strong execution of any events related to talent sourcing and recruitment

Student Services

  • Oversee the Student Services Team
  • Uphold all components outlined in the school handbook
  • Oversee, support and approve all final disciplinary decisions


  • Uphold the Distinctive Schools instructional model as the instructional leader
  • Lead personalized learning vision and model
  • Conduct formal observations for all teachers and provide timely feedback
  • Oversee personalized professional learning for staff
  • Send weekly memos to staff
  • Serve as the instructional leader for all teaching staff


  • Communicate with all stakeholders including staff, students, families, community members and outside partners
  • Oversee all after-school programming
  • Coordinate and help lead special events at the school, including visits and tours
  • Oversee parent involvement groups
  • Organize all grant proposals
  • Coordinate and lead all Title funds for families
  • Oversee the Parent Teacher Committees
  • Organize all grant proposals


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Illinois Professional Educators License
  • Illinois School Principal Endorsement
  • 3-5 years school administration/leadership experience in education

Why Join the Distinctive Schools Team:

  • We are a collaborative team of professionals supporting each other to instill a love of learning in our students
  • We empower students, families and staff to contribute to our mission in a meaningful way
  • Distinctive Schools was named one of Crain’s 2021 Best Places to Work in Chicago; culture is at the heart of what we do
  • We make an impact in our communities by serving some of the most historically marginalized in the city
  • We offer a great benefits package for full time employees (Medical; Dental; Vision; PTO; 403b match, discounted gym membership, tuition reimbursement options, referral bonus)

Distinctive Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.

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