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Secondary Principal (6-11th Grade) - 2009-2010 School Year - Oakland, CA

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  • deniceleong
    Aspire Public Schools is a not-for-profit organization that builds and operates small, high quality public charter schools to prepare urban students for
    Message 1 of 1 , May 29, 2009
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      Aspire Public Schools is a not-for-profit organization that builds and operates small, high quality public charter schools to prepare urban students for college. Aspire Public Schools has served as a model provider of public school choice in California: our schools have had strong academic results, parents and teachers are highly satisfied, and the organization was named by Fast Company Magazine and the Monitor Group as one of the top 20 social entrepreneurial organizations in the country in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008. Through personalized learning experiences, students learn and master skills needed for the rigorous work of college and post-student life. At Aspire Public Schools, we value collaboration, ownership, quality, customer service, and purposefulness. Founded in 1998, we are focused on refining our model and fulfilling our long-term vision of improving education statewide. Aspire Public Schools now operates 21 schools in six California communities – East Palo Alto, Modesto, Oakland, Stockton, Sacramento, and Los Angeles. We plan to reach sustainability by 2020, relying solely on public funding to operate more than 60 schools.

      We're looking for individuals who are:
      • 100% committed to getting all students into college
      • Organized and able to create a rigorous and respectful learning environment
      • Collaborative
      • Comfortable with using student achievement data to guide classroom instruction and continually improve
      • Resilient, proactive, and able to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.

      Lead, manage and oversee all functions of individual school site, including education program to ensure academic performance of student, budget to ensure fiscal solvency of site, school office operations, community relations, people management and facilities in accordance with Aspire standards.

      The Principal position will be at Millsmont Secondary in East Oakland. Next year, Millsmont Secondary will have 6th-11th grade students.

      Your work as a principal will not only change the lives of your students, but the lives of students throughout California. Much like the classroom is a vital part of your school community, your school is a vital part of the network of Aspire schools across the state. Together our schools are changing public education and proving that every student can achieve at the highest levels. Aspire Public Schools is a non-profit organization that opens and operates small, high-performing public charter schools that are preparing the most underserved students for college. We provide our educators with the tools and support they need to provide a high quality, personalized education for every Aspire student. We respect and treat our team members as professionals, providing full-time educators with a laptop computer, business cards and budget for classroom supplies. Our small schools and small classes give you the chance to know every student and his/her family at a personal level. Our network of schools across the state provide you with incredible opportunities to grow personally and professionally in various roles across the organization. We hope you join us in this important work for the children of California!

      • Provide Instructional Leadership for the school site, including: maintaining school-wide focus on high standards of student achievement; ensuring coverage of CA standards; modeling Aspire instructional guidelines; managing process for analyzing data to increase student achievement, supporting all teachers in their professional development, and supporting New Teachers through Induction.
      • Manage all human resources at the school site, including: attracting and selecting top performers; providing professional development opportunities; developing collaborative team culture; and managing performance. Adhere to company policy and state/federal employment laws. Consult with Human Resources as appropriate.
      • Manage all resources at school site, including: setting and maintaining a balanced budget, planning for future needs, and ensuring compliance with restrictions and reporting requirements of categorical funds and restricted donations. Adhere to company policy and protocols for sound fiscal management.
      • Develop an effective school community, including: working with parents to better serve students; garnering support from community groups and leaders; and developing positive relationships with sponsoring district and neighborhood schools.
      • Manage process for determining priorities; set development timetables and support school team in achieving deliverables.
      • Manage daily operations, facilities, safety, and administrative processes school, including addressing issues and problems that arise in a principle-centered, creative, thoughtful and constructive way; following-up with constituents as needed; adhering to Aspire best practices, policies and procedures; and seeking outside support as appropriate.
      • Lead long term strategic planning and medium term process improvement as needed.
      • Work in collaboration with other Principals and Home Office to achieve organizational goals.
      • Demonstrate knowledge of, and support, Aspire Public Schools mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.
      • Performs other related duties as required and assigned.

      1) Required knowledge, skills & abilities:
      -Demonstrated commitment to students and learning
      -Demonstrated knowledge of curriculum development and program design
      -In-depth experience developing teachers
      -Strong experience in performance assessment
      -Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively
      -Excellent organization, time management and follow-up skills; high sense of urgency; demonstrated ability to successfully handle multiple projects concurrently; ability to work as a team
      -Strong community-building skills
      -Entrepreneurial passion
      -Demonstrated P&L responsibility

      2) Minimum Requirements:
      -Bachelors Degree required; Masters or Ph.D. in Education preferred
      -Administrative Credential preferred
      -NCLB Highly Qualified preferred
      -3+ years working with urban students as a full-time teacher preferred
      -7+ years teaching and administrative experience

      Competitive depending on experience.

      How To Apply :
      To learn more about our schools and this specific opening, please go to our website at http://careers.aspirepublicschools.org, where you can create an online application. To apply for the Principal at Millsmont Secondary in Oakland, CA, be sure to select the school and location prior to your search.

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