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Elementary School Leader

Department: Leadership
Dept./Subject: Elementary (all content areas)
Role Type: Full Time
Grade: n/a
Reports To: Chief Executive Officer
School Year: 2021-22 School Year
Start Date: June 2021

Our Belief in the Importance of Teachers

The School Leader’s primary job is to drive academic and character outcomes for students. We expect our School Leader to focus the majority of their time on instructional leadership, specifically all of the activities involved in leading and developing teachers to improve their instruction and drive student achievement. At Legacy, we also expect our School Leader to play a leading role in building lasting and sustainable organizations by developing a pipeline of future School Leaders and creating systems for the ongoing development of school staff. Overall, the School Leader will lead all instructional activities and programming with the goal of setting a clear school vision that is ambitious and rigorous, while driving student achievement and instructional leadership.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Set ambitious school-wide vision and goals, aligned with Legacy Schools, that lead students on a path to and through college
  • Plan and prioritize time and resources to achieve annual goals
  • Develop leadership team members by teaching and insisting that they are true owners of the work and coaching and designing stretch activities
  • Model expectations for leaders, teachers, and students on school-wide practices for a positive learning culture
    • Pursue challenging professional goals each year
    • Receive and implement constructive feedback to develop your skills
    • Problem solve around school-wide issues to best support your Team and Family
  • Build systems, structures, and relationships to develop and retain diverse, highly-effective staff
  • Build own and school staff’s knowledge and expertise in effective instructional design and academic standards
    • Develop teachers’ conceptual understanding of what students must know and be able to do and what instructional methods drive student mastery
    • Develop knowledge of how standards map to curricula and assessments
    • Develop and execute high-quality, standards-based school curricula and instructional content consistent with the philosophy, values, and mission of the school and Legacy Schools
  • Develop teachers to provide rigorous and high quality instruction
    • Lead analysis of, and develop teachers’ ability to analyze, student data to identify strategies that will move students toward mastery.  Document all feedback and observations within the state-wide tracking system.
    • Regularly observe and coach instructional leaders to ensure they are providing high-impact, actionable and bite-sized feedback to teachers on a weekly basis
    • Ensure teachers can collaborate, analyze their practice and their student data, and adjust instruction in content teams
    • Lead whole-school professional development workshops that drive highest-impact improvements in teacher practice
  • Cultivate School Leader’s own success and sustainability by engaging lifelines and renewing to get stronger
  • Manage and develop a strong school leadership team (including Directors) that supports teachers and staff to provide strong student outcomes.
  • Lead anti-racist work in your school by creating a safe, inclusive culture for staff and families, critically examining school practices to dismantle white supremacy’s effects/legacies, facilitating school-wide PD on anti-racist practices, and working with the Central Office staff to further Legacy’s mission to be an anti-racist organization

Competencies:

The exceptional candidate will excel in the following competencies:

  • Student Focus: Belief that all students, regardless of background, have the ability to go to and through college and lead lives of choice and opportunity; demonstrated commitment to the school’s unique community
  • Anti-Racist Approach to Leadership: Tackles equity within the school through an awareness of racist institutional systems that impact both him/herself/themselves and students and is working to disrupt those systems.
  • Direction Setting: Ability to set direction across an entire school and motivate others to action
  • Performance Management: Demonstrated student achievement results from teachers and leaders that they manage and coach
  • Talent Development: Demonstrated success in developing leadership capacity in others
  • Cultural Competence: Demonstrated ability to create inclusive environments that celebrate and support a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives
  • Instructional Leadership: Adept at data analysis; ability to extract meaningful insights across school-wide data
  • Instructional Leadership: Expertise in what the school-wide academic standards and state assessments require of students’ knowledge and skills to demonstrate mastery; able to translate student mastery requirements into instructional plans and strategies
  • Instructional Leadership: Deep understanding of appropriate application and differentiation of high-leverage instructional strategies based on comprehension of child development and pedagogy
  • Instructional Leadership: Command of instructional design and the benefits and tradeoffs of school design decisions in driving student achievement
  • Achievement Orientation: Demonstrated resilience and focus on student outcomes

Employment Qualifications:

Education
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four year institution
  • Master’s degree in education or related field from an accredited college or university (highly preferred)
Experience
  • Five years of administrative/supervisory experience, classroom leadership experience
  • Experience in an urban education environment preferred
  • Student growth results in K-12, demonstrating effective teaching and learning practices
  • Minimum of 5 years teaching experience in the classroom in a tested subject area (3rd/4th grade, math, or ELA)
  • At least 1 year as an Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, or Director of School Operations
Skillset
  • A deep commitment to the mission of Legacy Schools and an unwavering belief in the potential of all our students
  • An unwavering commitment to anti-racism, equity, and inclusion
  • Possess a deep commitment to both racial equity and improving the lives of kids from low-income communities; experience working within predominantly Black, Brown, and/or economically-disadvantaged communities
  • Demonstrated leadership with the ability to lead people and get results through work with others year over year
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, thrive in a start-up environment, demonstrating strong prioritization, organization and follow-up skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; positive attitude, enthusiasm and energy
  • Experience using data analysis to facilitate and support decision making
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, human relations, and stress and conflict management skills
  • Excellent planning, goal setting, coordinating, problem analysis, and decision-making skills
  • Ability to facilitate and lead change initiatives and embrace innovation
  • Enthusiasm to engage parents and community
Mindset
  • Self-aware: Aware of own strengths and areas of growth, work relentlessly to improve upon areas of growth, are open to feedback, willing to take personal responsibility, show balance in confidence vs. humility, and behave professionally
  • A passion for being part of a team-oriented, mission-driven school culture
  • Strong belief in the Legacy Prep mission and educational model, including experience implementing – or a passionate desire to learn how to integrate elements of project based learning – personalization and social emotional learning into instruction
  • High moral character
  • Values the importance of working in a diverse, inclusive, and equitable
  • Exhibits a growth mindset as an educator and lifelong learner
  • Positive and effective collaborator
  • Communication: Speak and write effectively. Inspire through communication
  • Personal organization: Prioritize and multi-task effectively. Punctual, prepared, and detail oriented
  • Passionate about continuous improvement

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