Assistant Principal

Cresthaven Academy Charter School | Plainfield, NJ


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Posted Date 9/07/2022
Expiration Date12/31/2022

Assistant Principal

Job Description


The Assistant Principal is effective in multiple roles and will be directly accountable to the Principal for the advancement of the school’s mission as measured by the school’s academic success and maintenance of a rigorous school culture.  The Assistant Principal  at Cresthaven Academy Charter School will support the Principal, staff, scholars, parents and the community. The Assistant Principal, along with the Principal  will be responsible for the supervision and evaluation of school staff to increase student achievement.    



The Assistant Principal should be an individual who...

  • Has alignment to and a sense of urgency around Cresthaven Academy Charter School’s mission; 
  • Has the ability to learn quickly and to be effective in a fast-paced, dynamic, entrepreneurial environment and is able to work autonomously and thoroughly, as well as take direction as needed;
  • Is deeply self-reflective, passionate and committed to world-class schooling and excellence;
  • Has a deep desire to codify best practices in instruction and leadership;
  • Has the ability to move comfortably between high level strategic thinking and intricate details;
  • Is an excellent team player, always puts the team’s goals first and works to support and motivate peers;
  • Has excellent project management skills with proven systems to maintain integrity and efficiency;
  • Is a leader with conviction who knows how to build relationships across teams and can inspire their school community;
  • Has grit and courage in the face of really difficult work; 
  • Has strong K-5/K-8 content knowledge with proven results; and 
  • Is a proven people manager with the ability to set measurable goals to promote advancement of their school community. 



School Leadership

  • Assists the Principal in the discharge of their duties at all times;
  • Acts in a supportive role with the Principal in working with parents, teachers, and the community to promote the effective flow of communications and ensure positive relations with parents,  staff, and community members;
  • Assists the Principal  to implement a cohesive, clear vision and ensure the school meets its mission and academic goals;
  • Circulates throughout the school during the day and is a visible presence in the school for staff, students, and families; and
  • Supports the  expansion of the school to ensure facilities are best suited for our teaching and learning model.

Instructional Leadership

  • Collaborates with the Principal to implement professional development training for Summer Institute; 
  • Assists the principal in the supervision of instructional staff in the implementation of curriculum; 
  • Collaborates with the Principal in the supervision and formal evaluation of classroom instruction; 
  • Assists the Principal in monitoring the progress of all students, including students with disabilities (SWDs) and English Language Learners (ELLs);  
  • Works with the Principal to support systems of accountability (school benchmarks, school report card) to close gaps between and among all students and sub-groups; 
  • Works with Principal to on-board incoming kindergarten classes and prepare for the next founding grade each school year; 
  • Works with Principal to adhere to all test administration timelines, attends and turn-keys all state assessment training sessions, and coordinates proctoring and testing oversight;  and
  • Supports Summer Academy for scholars. 

Family Support

  • Implements and co-leads monthly parent townhall meetings and co-leads sessions with the Principal; 
  • Works with staff to maintain communication and relations with families, ensuring that they are kept involved with and held accountable for, their scholar’s performance; 
  • Communicates regularly with families regarding student performance, academic achievement, and discipline; 
  • Works with staff to correspond regularly with families regarding school policies, trips, and events; 
  • Works with staff to plan, coordinate, and support internal and external community events, including; and 
  • Responds to family concerns promptly and effectively.


School Culture / Student Support

  • Collaborates with school staff to maximize the ability of the school to support scholars’ academic and social-emotional development; 
  • Provides leadership to all staff and scholars in establishing a positive, structured, achievement-oriented, and joyful school climate and culture; 
  • Helps to ensure traditions and rituals that support the school’s mission are being created, maintained, and enhanced grade by grade and year to year; 
  • Fosters and supports consistency in academic and behavioral expectations in and out of class and in and out of the school and after-school program; and
  • Works with the appropriate staff to ensure the smooth administration and effectiveness of the after-school program; 


Operational Management

  • Works with Principal and school staff to develop master schedules; 
  • Works with Principal to revise handbooks; 
  • Assists school staff in promoting school safety and supporting safety drills for fire, lockdown, etc.;
  • Assists the Principal and school staff to create, monitor, and maintain systems that enhance organizational efficacy; 
  • Coordinates programs and activities within the school under the direction of the Principal; 
  • Assists the Principal to recruit and hire a diverse, high-quality staff that shares the vision and mission of CACS; 
  • Ensures compliance of local, state, and federal laws and regulations; and
  • Maintains the safety and security of all scholars, staff, visitors, and property. 


Manages People

  • Communicates the vision that supports the school’s goals and values and inspires the teachers, staff, and school to maintain continual progress in fulfilling the school’s mission;  
  • Monitors professional development opportunities for all staff with the Principal and DCI; 
  • Continually monitors progress on all measures of school and staff performance; and
  • Adheres to HR policies and state/federal employment laws. 


Builds Relationships

  • Attends meetings of the Board of Trustees as requested; 
  • Ability to build relationships with a diverse group of constituents, including involving families and community members in all phases of the school program; 
  • Develops positive relationships with the local school district, local government, neighboring schools and other stakeholders;  
  • Represents the school at professional conferences, meetings, and workshops to keep informed of current practices in education; 
  • Builds strong relationships among parents, scholars, teachers and the community and creates investment around attendance, homework, school culture initiatives, and overall scholar success;    
  • Works across differences while ensuring structures and practices exemplify cultural competence; and
  • Exhibits a high degree of professionalism in all elements of this position, while serving as a contributing member of the school team and a dedicated role model for other employees.  


The Assistant Principal may be asked to perform additional tasks and assume other responsibilities assigned by the Principal. 



  • Master’s degree from an accredited university required; 
  • Qualify for standard New Jersey Principal Certification as a Principal; 
  • A minimum of 6+ years of urban classroom experience with proven, measurable, significant academic student growth;    
  • Experience as a Dean of Instruction or equivalent leadership role highly preferred; 
  • Experience at a high-performing charter school highly preferred, but not required; and
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English (Spanish preferred).




We are invested in hiring, training, and retaining top talent.  Before the school year begins, we offer three weeks of targeted training for new staff and two weeks for returning staff.  Support includes:

  • Built-in planning time for intense collaboration with grade teams and school leaders.  
  • Outside professional development opportunities to acquire additional skills to support all scholars. 



At Cresthaven Academy, we are working collaboratively with parents and community leaders to build a culture of success and student achievement.  We hold all members of our school community to high expectations, know every scholar and family by name, and offer comprehensive support to ensure success for all of our scholars.  

  • After-School offers us an opportunity to be creative and think out of the box to better serve our scholars.
  • Staff will have the option of receiving an additional stipend for work conducted to enhance enrichment programming.  
  • Home visits and Parent Academy are designed to build rapport with families and establish a strong sense of community.


Cresthaven Academy Charter School offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills. Cresthaven Academy Charter School  is an equal opportunity employer.

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