Nature and Scope of Job: The Principal in close partnership with the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) is responsible for the day to day management of teaching, learning and maintaining an overall school culture and climate in line with the school’s mission and vision. The Principal will ensure the academic and social-emotional success of students by providing direct supervision of classroom teachers, school Deans, Family and Community Engagement, as well as coordinating assessments, and ensuring timely reporting of statutory dada requirements to the NJDOE.
School Culture; The Principal ensures achievement of a joyous and rigorous school environment that represents the school’s tenets and values: love fuels all things. The Principal ensures discipline targets are reached and school-wide procedures are effectively implemented across school. The Principal defines and builds a transformative school culture consistent with Philip’s Academy’s core values and mission. With the leadership team, the Principal designs and implements programs and initiatives; devises school-wide rituals that promote the culture and sustain the school’s values. Organize school events and assemblies. The Principal develops positive relationships with all stakeholders, including staff, students, families, and community members/organizations.
The Principal ensures the appropriate placement of applicants and actively participates in explaining the curriculum, instructional practices, and overall educational system to staff, parents, and students including coordinating and monitoring the communication regarding individual academic concerns with parents as appropriate: progress reports and report card distribution with teaching staff.
Instructional Leadership; Provide instructional leadership for the school, including: maintaining school-wide focus on high standards of student achievement; ensuring teaching state standards; managing process for analyzing data to increase student achievement; and supporting all teachers and staff members in their professional development including but not limited to onboarding, PLCs, and coaching plans. Observe, coach, and evaluate teachers and staff on a consistent basis; Coach Grade Level Leads and Mentor Teachers and serve as an expert resource to teachers on issues of school culture, classroom management, discipline and relationship with students and families.
The Principal plans and oversees the RTI process and manages and/or teaches intervention plans school-wide; support decision making around curricular choices; review graded assessments and assist in making grading schedules; help plan and coordinate mission-aligned, academically driven field trips.
Student Management; The Principal works with the Chief School Administrator and related staff to define behavior management tools, including overseeing staff training in behavior management policies, techniques, and strategies, and ensuring the consistent deployment of such tools school-wide and collaboration with families. The Principal ensures that discipline policies are implemented across classrooms and grades. The Principal works with appropriate staff to develop school wide programs and create a school-wide identity among the students.
Human Resources; Support the school’s human resource functions including interviewing new teachers and staff, holding regular performance reviews and developing the professional development plans as needed.
Financial and Administration; Help develop the annual budget, and authorize expenses in keeping with the budget.
Board Relations; Present data from school performance at board meetings as needed.
Operations & Regulatory Compliance; Oversee the day to day school operations. Implement school policies. Manage school logistics in collaboration with the operations team; ensure that the academic and instructional program is supported with appropriate purchases and services.
Staff and reporting relationships; The Principal reports to the Chief Academic Officer and directly supervises the second through fourth grade academic staff and performs other duties as assigned by the CAO.
- Upholds and enforces school rules, administrative regulations and board policy.
- Performs other duties not limited but including lunch duties, recess duties, and others within the scope of his/her employment and certification as may be assigned.
- Master’s degree
- Principal, Supervisor, or School Administrator certification
- Possess strong leadership and team skills.
- Have superb organizational and self-management skills and be able to handle multiple responsibilities effectively; have strong planning and execution skills; be a goal-oriented and effective problem-solver.
- Be dependable.
- Be driven to improve the minds and lives of students.
- Be dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help all the school’s students achieve academic success.
- At least three years of successful experience teaching in an urban school environment; Grade level leader, department chair, or instructional leadership experience.
- A clear record of elevating student achievement in an urban classroom, with a strong understanding of pedagogy that drives results.
- A relentless work ethic and commitment to achieving the school's mission.
- Excellent strategic planning, leadership, management, and communication skills, with a proven ability to lead instructional and non-instructional staff.
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Excellent skills of organization and follow-through.
- Ability to maintain a positive learning environment
- Required criminal history background check and proof of U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status
- Current residency in New Jersey approved residency waiver or candidate agrees to obtain residency within one year of employment
- Commitment to ensuring academic success for all students.
- Shared dedication to Philip’s Academy’s philosophy and mission.
- Excellent teamwork, work ethic, and organizational skills.
- Communicate effectively in English, both orally and verbally. Bilingual is a plus.
- Possess excellent integrity, a gentle spirit, and demonstrate strong moral character and initiative.
- Demonstrate technological abilities: word processing, data management, and informational retrieval.
- Maintain ongoing professional development.
- Be CPR, First Aid, and Blood Borne Pathogen certified or obtain certification upon hire.
- Complete a Tuberculosis test and physical and provide a physician’s documentation of both.
- Be able to kneel, bend, squat, lift, push, pull, and carry students up to 70lbs.
- Have dependable transportation.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Work year and salary to be determined by the board.
Annual evaluation: The performance of this job will be evaluated annually in accordance with New Jersey State law and the provisions of the board’s policy on the evaluation of certified staff.
Philip’s Academy Charter Schools provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.