19-20 Middle School Principal (School Leader)

KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date PostedMay 20, 2019
IndustryK-12: Charter Schools
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNot Specified

Principal (School Leader)
Start Date: July 1, 2019
Employment Type: Full-time

KIPP Philadelphia Schools (KPPS) is a network of free, public, open-enrollment schools for historically underserved students in Philadelphia, PA. Our mission is to develop the character, knowledge, and skills of our students so they will succeed in college, giving them the freedom to shape their futures and positively affect their communities. KPPS's vision is to achieve its mission at critical mass – a cluster of schools in Philadelphia – thereby reinvigorating public education in this city through the performance of its students and the leadership of its educators. KPPS currently operates six schools, and plans to expand to ten schools within the next five years, enrolling 4,400 students each year.

Position Overview
The School Leader’s primary job is to drive a joyful, rigorous school experience for students that yields strong academic outcomes, putting students on the path to college success. To that end, we expect our School Leaders to focus 75% of their time on instructional leadership, specifically all of the activities involved in leading and developing teachers to improve their instruction and drive student achievement. At KIPP, we also expect our School Leaders to build lasting and sustainable organizations by developing a pipeline of future School Leaders and creating systems for the ongoing development of school staff. The School Leader is responsible for developing his/her successsor and the leadership capacity of his/her staff.


  • Set ambitious school-wide vision and goals, aligned with the KIPP region, that lead students on a path to and through college
  • Plan and prioritize time and resources to achieve annual goals
  • Cultivate a diverse, high-potential school leadership pipeline (from teacher leader to AP to successor) and develop leadership team members by teaching and insisting that they are true owners of the work and coaching and assigning stretch activities
  • Model expectations for leaders, teachers, and students on school-wide practices for a positive learning culture
  • Develop systems and structures to hire and retain diverse, highly-effective staff
  • Build own and school staff’s knowledge and expertise in effective instructional design and academic standards
    • Develop teachers’ conceptual understanding of what students must know and be able to do and what instructional methods drive student mastery
    • Develop knowledge of how standards map to curriculum and assessment
  • Develop teachers to provide rigorous and high quality instruction
    • Lead analysis of and develop teachers’ ability to analyze student data to identify strategies that will move students toward mastery
    • Regularly observe and coach instructional coaches (Assistant Principals) to ensure they are providing high-impact, actionable and bite-sized feedback to teachers on a weekly basis
    • Ensure teachers can collaborate, analyze their practice and their student data, and adjust instruction in content teams
    • Lead whole-school professional development workshops that drive highest-impact improvements in teacher practice
  • Cultivate School Leader’s own success and sustainability by engaging lifelines and renewing to get stronger

  • Student Focus: Belief that all students, regardless of background, have the ability to go to and through college; demonstrated commitment to the school’s unique community
  • Direction Setting: Ability to set direction across an entire school and motivate others to action
  • Performance Management: Demonstrated student achievement results from teachers and leaders that he/she manages and coaches
  • Talent Development: Demonstrated success in developing leadership capacity in others
  • Cultural Competence: Demonstrated ability to create inclusive environments that honors and supports a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives
  • Instructional Leadership: Adept at data analysis; ability to extract meaningful insights across school-wide data
  • Instructional Leadership: Expertise in what the school-wide academic standards and state assessments require of students’ knowledge and skills to demonstrate mastery; able to translate student mastery requirements into instructional plans and strategies
  • Instructional Leadership: Deep understanding of appropriate application and differentiation of high-leverage instructional strategies (e.g. make kids sweat, pacing, stretch it, etc.) based on comprehension of child development and pedagogy
  • Instructional Leadership: Command of instructional design and the benefits and tradeoffs of school design decisions in driving student achievement
  • Achievement Orientation: Demonstrated resilience and focus on student outcomes
  • Staff Culture: Ability to drive a positive, results-oriented staff culture
  • Family Relationships: Belief in parents and families as authentic partners in students’ school experience; ability to forge strong relationships with families
  • Decision-Making: Ability to exercise excellent judgement in decision-making
  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • 3+ years of experience leading (Principal experience preferred, Assistant Principal experience minimum) a strong school that serves an under-resourced population
Salary is competitive with other charter management organizations and is commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package included.

To Apply
KIPP Philadelphia Schools is an equal opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.

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