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Job Opening: School Leader, Ceiba College Prep Middle School, Watsonville, CA

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    CEIBA PUBLIC SCHOOLS OVERVIEW Ceiba Public Schools is a nonprofit charter management organization committed to closing the college-readiness gap for
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      CEIBA PUBLIC SCHOOLS OVERVIEW
      Ceiba Public Schools is a nonprofit charter management organization committed to closing the college-readiness gap for historically underserved students.

      Our first school, Ceiba College Prep Middle, is in its fifth year of operation and currently serves 265 students in grades 6-8. Ceiba has an Academic Performance Index (API) of 845, a 97% parent satisfaction rate, and is ranked #1 of the 100 most demographically similar schools in California. Ceiba Middle School feeds into Ceiba High School, which currently serves 120 students in grades 9-10 as it ladders into a 9-12 program. Both schools are located in downtown Watsonville, a small city in southern Santa Cruz County.

      At Ceiba, every student is prepared for college success through the cultivation of creativity, effort, integrity, benevolence, and assertiveness (C-E-I-B-A). Our program is based on explicit and ambitious expectations for student achievement, a small school feel offering personalized attention, an extended school day and school year, a challenging academic course load including art and physical education, and a positive, structured school environment. Ceiba also feature extensive after-school activities and high levels of academic support in order to achieve exceptional results.

      QUALITIES SOUGHT
      Ceiba's Middle School Leader must be the model of teaching, learning, leading and school citizenship. We are constantly working to create an environment of focus and perspective, rigor and engagement, self-reliance and support.

      Ceiba seeks a passionate and entrepreneurial school leader with an interest in building the best public school in California. The successful candidate must possess:
      • A high degree of urgency, courage, and initiative
      • A team-oriented and mission-driven approach
      • The ability to inspire greatness in others
      • A relentless drive for all students to achieve greatness and a willingness to do whatever it takes in that pursuit

      DESCRIPTION & RESPONSIBILITIES
      The School Leader, with support from the Home Office and Assistant Principal, must model and instill a high level of urgency that ensures every student acquires the academic skills and cultural acumen necessary to succeed in college and in life. The School Leader will be responsible for using data to inform cycles of improvement, developing and implementing a disciplined planning process, providing instructional support to faculty, planning and leading staff development, and overseeing parent involvement and community building at the school.

      School Culture & Personnel
      • Establish a positive, small school feel centered around C-E-I-B-A Values (creativity, effort, integrity, benevolence, and assertiveness)
      • Foster an environment that engages students in collaboration, exploration and self-reflection
      • Maintain Ceiba's school-wide behavior accountability system
      • Ensure effective communication with families with respect to student academic performance, student conduct, school programs and school performance
      • Create a collaborative professional environment in which staff regularly reflect on and refine curriculum and instruction through the use of data, student work, observation and experience
      • Oversee selection and onboarding of staff, including teachers and school-based support staff
      • Continually monitor progress across all measures of school and staff performance
      • Support and expect excellence from each student and staff member at the school

      Instructional Management
      • Lead staff orientation and onboarding
      • Coach, manage, and evaluate the teaching team in collaboration with the Assistant Principal and Department Heads
      • Design professional development plans for teachers to build on strengths and address deficits, including regular observations and objective feedback
      • Manage a data-driven instructional process, including the development of standards-driven year-long plans before the school year starts, rigorous interim assessments that are effectively aligned with year-end assessments and college readiness, and regular discussions about student performance

      Student Achievement
      • Set ambitious achievement goals and support students in pursuit of those objectives
      • Work with teachers to continuously drive student achievement
      • Ensure that the school supports and challenges all students

      School Management & Administration
      • Develop organizational goals and objectives consistent with the mission and vision of Ceiba Public Schools
      • Develop and implement plans and systems that identify, manage and monitor school goals, school growth and school priorities
      • Develop a budget in collaboration with the home office to ensure alignment with school priorities
      • Work with the Home Office Staff and Assistant Principal to optimize school operations

      PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
      • Bachelor's degree required; Graduate degree preferred
      • Demonstrated leadership in the classroom, including a track record of significant student
      achievement gains with at-risk youth
      • Exceptional organization, time management, and follow-through skills
      • Bilingual Spanish preferred
      • Prior school administrative experience preferred

      COMPENSATION
      We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package that is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

      START DATE
      Ideal candidate to begin onboard process Spring 2013 with full transition of responsibilities Summer 2013.

      TO APPLY
      Please visit our website: http://ceibaschools.org

      STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
      Ceiba Public Schools is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment. Ceiba does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.
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