FUTURE OPENING: K-8 SCHOOL PRINCIPAL (SY20-21)

Bridge Boston Charter School

Roxbury, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3251021
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : March 24, 2020
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

MISSION
Bridge Boston Charter School students will thrive in a challenging, joyful, inclusive K1-8 public school community that values close partnerships with families, and a focus on the whole child. Our students will develop the skills necessary to excel academically in rigorous high schools, reach their individual potentials, and view themselves as creators of their own futures. Through full-service programming, Bridge Boston Charter School will work to remove the health and social obstacles that hinder student learning.

OVERVIEW
Bridge Boston Charter School is a tuition-free, K1-8 public school serving 335 students in Roxbury, Massachusetts and the surrounding community – many of whom have experienced social, emotional, and developmental barriers to learning. Bridge Boston’s robust social-emotional program is designed with an eye to supporting students who have experienced trauma in their homes and communities.

Three core beliefs guide our work:

? Students do best in a rigorous academic environment that teaches basic skills and inspires a love of learning.
? Students will only succeed if the school plays an active role in eliminating barriers, working closely with families and partner organizations to meet each student’s health and social service needs.
? Students will thrive if they live and learn in a nurturing community where they are respected as individuals, where they are encouraged to explore the world around them, and where their efforts are fully supported.

Six core values form the foundation on which we perform work and conduct ourselves:
• Joy
• Achievement
• Generosity
• Unity
• Acceptance
• Resilience

Bridge Boston also has a Foundation Board that is a 501c non-profit for fundraising to support the school.

Learn more about Bridge Boston here.


THE POSITION
Reporting to the Executive Director, Bridge Boston’s next Principal will provide strong leadership to our teachers and staff members so as to provide the best possible opportunities for student growth and development. Specifically, they will be responsible for:

Shaping a Vision of Academic Success for All Students
? Establishing a schoolwide vision of commitment to high standards and the success of all students;
? Living and modeling the mission of Bridge Boston Charter School;
? Using, developing, and implementing proactive and responsive restorative practices in order to foster a safe, supportive, and positive school culture;
? Ensuring the needs of students receiving Special Education Services are met; including
? Desire to become familiar with the procedural safeguards section of IDEA, which summarizes a school's legal obligations
? Desire to gain a sound understanding of the best ways to discipline students in these classes
? Desire to support special education teachers in their role
? Ability to build relationships with the parents of special education students and familiarize
themselves with students' individual needs and abilities before signing IEPs, as parents are more likely to be understanding of situations where mistakes or oversights may occur if they trust that principals to have their child’s best interest at heart.
? Effectively communicating an instructional vision for academic excellence which clearly articulates what leaders are doing, what teachers are doing, what students are doing, and how families are engaging in the teaching and learning process.

Creating a Climate Hospitable to Education
? Ensuring that Bridge Boston allows both adults and children to put learning at the center of their daily activities (e.g. safety and orderliness);
? Experience with successfully implementing PBIS, making it a priority, and monitoring program effectiveness;
? Fostering a supportive and responsive attitude toward all children and nurturing a community of professionals focused on good instruction; and
? Making decisions that prioritize student engagement, student motivation, student achievement, teacher development, staff retention, and community engagement.

Cultivating Leadership in Others
? Developing a professional community of teachers who guide one another in improving instruction;
? Cultivating educator talent, through real time feedback and coaching, leading to greater academic and behavioral achievement and growth;
? Providing instructional leadership development and coaching to assistant principals, academic directors and leaders so that they may amplify teaching and learning excellence expectations throughout the school;
? Co-hosting learning walks among Instructional Leaders to examine the degree to which educators are performing to the level of excellence that is required to actualize school-wide priorities;
? Promoting healthy and effective integrations and partnerships amongst leadership to ensure that Instructional Leaders and Student Success Leaders are able to collaborate to create programming that best supports the school community; and
? Leading and promoting professional development sessions that drive growth in teacher capacity and student achievement, especially with regard to our school-wide priorities.

Managing People, Data, and Processes
? Working relentlessly to improve student achievement by focusing on the quality of the instruction;
? Utilizing real-time and formative data to drive professional development, adjustments to professional practice, and teaming;
? Publicizing data to the instructional and student success community to maintain transparency with our performance towards school-wide priorities;
? Defining and promoting high expectations;
? Attacking teacher isolation and fragmented effort;
? Encouraging continual professional learning;
? Viewing data as a means not only to pinpoint problems, but to understand their nature and causes; and
? Emphasizing research-based strategies to improve teaching and learning and initiate discussions about instructional approaches, both in teams and with individual teachers.

QUALIFICATIONS
The next Principal will bring to the role a robust vision for achieving improved academic excellence through rigorous and consistent instructional practice and rich social-emotional curriculum. They will have a deep passion for social justice and educational equity for all children, extensive executive leadership and relationship-building skills, and strengths in cultural competence, strategic communication, problem solving, and team development. Moreover, the next Principal will possess the following professional skills, experience and personal characteristics that validate their stated readiness to lead a complex, urban educational organization with an ambitious mission.

Experience

? Professional experience as part of an executive leadership team in an entrepreneurial, academic setting that has demonstrated success – or significant improvement – in a high stake, high needs context;
? track record of creating the conditions for high performance and talent retention by fostering a results-oriented, productive, diverse, equitable and inclusive environment of support and accountability;
? experience effecting healthy change and creating organizational strength and synergy by encouraging collaboration and cohesion, and identifying and institutionalizing excellence in academics, and
? experience building and working with a Board of Trustees.

Additionally, qualified candidates will have the following skills:

? Dynamic, visionary leadership, and the ability to spearhead the organization’s continued development and growth;
? the capacity for authentic engagement, including the ability to convey ideas and positions to numerous audiences, including authorizers, funders, principals, teachers, community groups, students, and families;
? ability to listen to the concerns of teachers and parents and address those concerns with understanding and empathy;
? the capacity to develop and build a strong and vibrant teaching team;
? the capacity to be objective in analyzing and applying an abundance of information, and understand how results and processes may impact the school; and
? the ability to understand underlying problems that cause an operational issue, and set a plan to correct it, bringing in support if needed.

And finally, s/he must possess these personal characteristics:

? Authenticity, a strong work ethic, and an inspiring, supportive leadership style;
? the presence and integrity to inspire confidence and passion, and the persistence, zeal, and spirit to lead a mission-driven organization toward ambitious goals;
? the gravitas and sophistication required to be one of the public faces of Bridge Boston, and the eloquence and persuasiveness required to serve as a spokesperson to a wide variety of audiences;
? an orientation towards a restorative approach to school culture and inclusive approach to community;
? a willingness and aptitude to lead across difference, and have courageous conversations about race and equity in order to do what is best for students;
? commitment to continuous self and organizational improvement, and
? a collegial style that reflects joy and mutual respect and engenders trust and teamwork.

COMPENSATION
Competitive and commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY
The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should complete the Bridge Boston Job Application Form (https://tinyurl.com/ybk8ogku), which includes submission of a resume and cover letter. Should you have questions about the process, please email Gina D’Addario, Chief of Strategic Staffing and Communications, at hr@bridgebostoncs.org.


Bridge Boston is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity workplace. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Administrator > Principal/Dean/Head of School
  • Welcome to Bridge Boston Charter School!

    Bridge Boston Charter School is a tuition-free, K1-8 public school serving 335 students in Roxbury, Massachusetts and the surrounding community – many of whom have experienced social, emotional, and developmental barriers to learning.

    Three core beliefs guide our work:

  • Students do best in a rigorous academic environment that teaches basic skills and inspires a love of learning;
  • Students thrive when a school plays an active role in eliminating barriers, working closely with families and partner organizations to meet each student’s health and social service needs; and
  • Students will succeed when they live and learn in a nurturing community where they are respected as individuals, where they are encouraged to explore the world around them, and where their efforts are fully supported.

    Please visit www.bridgebostoncs.org to learn more about our community of learners Learn more about us...


    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Bridge Boston Charter School is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • Master degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Contact Information

    • Gina D'Addario
    • 435 Warren Street
    • Roxbury, Massachusetts 02119

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