Endeavor College Prep, Principal (2018-2019) (Los Angeles, CA)

Los Angeles, CA


Date published: 14-May-2018

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Endeavor College Prep is a transitional kindergarten through eighth-grade charter school serving the historically underserved neighborhood of Boyle Heights. Among our early accomplishments are a 2012 California Distinguished School Award and a #8 ranking in USC’s 2013 list of top charter schools in the state. Our student population is 100% extraordinary, 97% Latino, 95% free/reduced lunch, 38% English Language Learners, and 14% of our students receive special education services.

Our team is made up of a highly collaborative group of teachers and staff who share a passion for closing the achievement gap. We use a co-teaching structure in elementary grades and team teaching in middle grades, modeled after the successful Uncommon Schools and Achievement First schools on the east coast.  We have high expectations for academics and discipline, and simultaneously value joy in the classroom, making learning fun for our scholars and teachers. In September of 2017, we moved to a new, beautifully renovated campus in Boyle Heights just across the LA River from the Arts District.


Position Summary

The Principal will collaborate with the Executive Director to set the vision and priorities for  academics and student culture for the school.  He/she will lead the others on the Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) to provide leadership, coaching, and support that cultivates instructional and cultural rigor and alignment throughout the school.


General Qualifications for All Endeavor College Prep Faculty & Staff

All faculty and staff must possess a firm belief in our mission and core instructional beliefs, exemplary personal character, and critical professional qualifications.  Ideal candidates for employment at Endeavor College Prep, regardless of their position, will consistently demonstrate the following:

  • Unwavering belief in and commitment to fulfill Endeavor College Prep’s mission
  • Embodiment of Endeavor College Prep’s PRIDE values -- preparation, respect, integrity, determination, and enthusiasm
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to effectively handle challenging situations with students, parents, and faculty
  • Desire to work as a member of a collaborative team
  • Willingness to have frequent and honest dialogue about job performance
  • Model lifelong learning by engaging in individual professional development
  • Demonstrate commitment to academic excellence and high standards -- for themselves, their students, and their colleagues
  • Experience working with urban student populations
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Use of data to inform decisions and drive continuous improvement
  • Comfort with basic Microsoft Office applications
  • Regular, punctual attendance, and professional appearance

Specific Qualifications for Principal

In addition to the general expectations of all school employees, the Principal should possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree highly preferred)
  • At least five years’ experience as a classroom teacher with demonstrated quantifiable and objective student performance gains that surpass state or local averages
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team, especially with leaders, colleagues, parents, and community members
  • Demonstrated success leading adults, creating curricula, writing assessments, and analyzing achievement data
  • Valid California teaching credential preferred

Job Expectations for Principal

  • TK-8 Leadership
    • Identify school-wide needs and priorities, problem-solve school-wide issues, and provide a united front in communicating all TK-8 decisions
    • Based on identified needs of the school, develop a plan for TK-8 PD throughout the year, including personally leading specific PD sessions and supporting others on the team to lead sessions, as appropriate
    • Complete weekly check-in updates with the Executive Director, prepare for weekly one-on-one coaching check-in, and communicate proactively about issues in between scheduled meetings
    • Communicate proactively with all members of the Instructional Leadership Team
    • Lead weekly TK-8 Leadership Team Meetings (LTMs) and ad hoc meetings as needed
    • Coach members of the ILT to ensure their continued professional development
    • Conduct formal evaluations of members of the ILT
    • Identify and approve opportunities for external professional development for instructional leaders and teachers
    • Participate in the hiring process for instructional team members and make final call for new hires
    • Complete other tasks as directed by the Executive Director
  • Adult culture
    • Serve as a model of Endeavor’s core values
    • Initiate crucial conversations and ensure that all members of the team also go directly to the source
    • Create a culture of collaborative teamwork and open, honest communication with all adults on campus
    • Handle and appropriately report any personnel issues including concerns with performance, deadlines, attendance, punctuality, dress code, etc.
  • Instructional leadership
    • Support and hold instructional leaders accountable for improving instructional practices through the coaching and support of individual teachers and TAs
    • Work with Executive Director to develop metrics used to analyze academic progress with the ILT and the broader instructional team and to communicate academic progress to the Executive Director and Board of Directors through an academic dashboard
    • Approve any recommended changes to curriculum
  • School Culture
    • Develop and maintain structures and systems to create a safe, orderly, disciplined school culture and maintain consistency across the TK-8 school
    • Lead and/or oversee weekly Team & Family celebrations and other campus-wide celebrations and recognition of student success
    • Provide input and ultimately approve the school’s PBIS plan and other systems to support school-wide expectations for behavior, positive behavior supports, and TK-8 character education program
    • Ensure fidelity to systems established for school-wide expectations for behavior, positive behavior supports, and TK-8 character education program
    • Manage student discipline issues that escalate beyond instructional leaders and the student supports team, including ultimate approval on any suspensions or expulsions
    • Work with the student supports team and teachers to create specific individualized plans to support students with behavioral needs
  • Student Supports
    • Hold Director of Student Supports accountable for the fidelity of the Student Success Team (SSTP) process for students with academic &/or behavioral challenges
    • Hold Director of Student Supports accountable for ensuring the appropriate delivery of IEP service minutes
    • If other administrators are unavailable, serve as the administrator in IEP meetings
    • Manage student crisis situations on campus, including using Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) techniques, coordinating with other school staff, and contacting appropriate external supports, including the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS), the Department of Mental Health (DMH), and emergency first responder services.
  • Family Connectedness
    • Manage family communications through input in the weekly Friday letter and social media, progress reports, report cards, and other family notifications as needed
    • Plan and facilitate relationship-building opportunities for families, including new family orientation, monthly Family Nights, cafecitos, and volunteer opportunities
    • Support teachers in addressing parent concerns and facilitate family meetings as needed
    • Serve as Administrator on the School Site Council
    • Serve as Administrator on the English Language Advisory Council
  • Logistics
    • Approve daily & weekly schedules for students and staff, including adjustments for testing and other special events
    • Coordinate with ILT and Mission Control (MC) for efficient arrival, dismissal, meal service, field trips, and other student routines
    • Coordinate with MC for all needed campus operations and logistics
  • Compliance
    • Provide input for any revisions to the school’s charter, including during the renewal process, related to the instructional program, school culture, and metrics for success
    • Provide input and participate in the annual LAUSD oversight visit process
    • Provide input to the school’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), Single Plan for Student Achievement, and similar school-wide plans

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