MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL (SY21-22, HOLYOKE)

Veritas Prep Holyoke ( learn more )

Veritas Preparatory Charter School

Springfield, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3426293
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : January 11, 2021
  • Starting Date: July 1, 2021

Job Description

Veritas Prep Charter School (VPCS) was founded in Springfield in 2012 with the mission to prepare students in grades 5-8 to compete, achieve, and succeed in high school, college, and beyond. VPCS now serves more than 370 Springfield students and is one of Massachusetts’ top-performing middle schools. Building on the success of VPCS, Friends of Veritas Prep partnered with the Holyoke Public Schools to launch Veritas Prep Holyoke (VPH) in 2018 as part of Holyoke’s innovative turnaround efforts. VPH is a neighborhood enrollment school currently serving grades 5-7 and adding grade 8 in school year 21-22.

What You’ll Do

As the Principal you will build on the success of Veritas Prep Holyoke as it enters its fourth year of operation. You will lead, manage, and oversee all functions of the school, partnering with educators, families, Veritas network leaders, and the District to ensure the continued academic and social-emotional success of all students.

You’ll also:

Provide instructional leadership:

Establish and implement a vision for school improvement that is focused on outcomes, maintains high expectations for teaching and learning, and is aligned to the district's strategy for turnaround
Enhance the consistency and rigor of classroom instruction through implementing the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, which include Common Core Standards
Support and inspire teachers to continuously improve planning and instruction through coaching, feedback, resources, training, and evaluation
Foster a culture that utilizes performance and other data at the school-, grade-, classroom-, and student-levels to understand student needs, help teachers improve instruction, and monitor teacher/student progress
Build and cultivate a high-performing and collaborative school culture:

Maintain high expectations for the achievement of all students, particularly the traditionally underserved student populations (i.e., students with disabilities, limited language proficiency, and low socio-economic status)
Support and develop a school instructional leadership team that effectively cultivates a high- performing and student-centered school culture
Effectively plan and lead meetings and PD sessions that prioritize high-quality instruction
Cultivate an environment that promotes collaboration and hard work
Lead the development and implementation of a multi-tiered system of social-emotional and instructional supports for all students
Manage and operate a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment:

Implement systems and procedures (e.g., student behavior management systems, schedules, interventions, PD, food services, transportation) that promote teaching and learning
Manage a human capital system (e.g., hiring, induction, evaluation, coaching, development) that ensures high-quality teaching in every classroom
Build and manage a budget that prioritizes teaching and learning while controlling costs
Adhere to district policies and state/federal regulations (e.g., special education, ELL services)
Partner with families and community members:

Build relationships and engage frequently with parents and community members as critical partners in school improvement
Thoroughly understand the diverse culture and backgrounds of students and families
Commit to anti-racist policies and practices:

Utilize an anti-racist lens and Veritas’ Anti-Racism Standards to make decisions about policies and practices that affect our scholars, teachers, families, and staff
Ensure the implementation of comprehensive anti-racism training, discussions, and practices for teachers
Ensure the development of an inclusive, anti-racist curriculum that engages students in conversations about racism, bias, and injustice


Requirements
What You’ll Need (Qualifications)

An unwavering belief that all students can achieve amazing things
A passion for continuous growth as a leader
Deep understanding of systemic racism and its impact in education and commitment to anti-racist practices and policies
Bachelor’s degree, master’s preferred
Three to five years of secondary teaching experience
Two years of school leadership (preferred)
Experience successfully managing people and teams
Expertise in middle school curriculum and programming in at least one content area
Have or be in the process of obtaining a MA/DESE administrator license (Principal/Assistant Principal, Grades 5-12), including SEI endorsement
Current authorization to work in the United States – a candidate must have such authorization by his or her first day of employment
Wondering if you should apply? Are you an experienced leader who is passionate about giving every child access to an education that will prepare them for wherever life takes them? Are you a life-long learner who thrives on feedback? If you answered yes, you should apply!

Think you don’t quite meet all the qualifications listed above? Apply anyway! We are looking for a truly diverse team of leaders, and research shows that historically marginalized groups are less likely to apply if they don’t meet every requirement. We want to recruit and support a diverse staff, to understand the history of inequity in education, and to ensure students see teachers, staff, and leaders who look like them working in their schools.

Still not sure? Set up a call with a recruiter by emailing recruitment@vpcs.org.

Veritas Prep is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or qualified job applicants on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran or military status, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other status or condition protected by applicable law. This policy extends to, but is not limited to, recruitment, selection, compensation, benefits, promotion, training, and termination.

Benefits
About Veritas Prep

Veritas Prep Charter School (VPCS) was founded in Springfield in 2012 with the mission to prepare students in grades 5-8 to compete, achieve, and succeed in high school, college, and beyond. VPCS now serves more than 370 Springfield students and is one of Massachusetts’ top-performing middle schools. Building on the success of VPCS, Friends of Veritas Prep partnered with the Holyoke Public Schools, launching Veritas Prep Holyoke (VPH) in 2018 as part of Holyoke’s innovative turnaround efforts. VPH is a neighborhood enrollment school currently serving grades 5, 6, and 7 and growing one grade per year through grade 8.

We are excited to develop a high school for our Springfield scholars which is tentatively scheduled to launch in the fall of 202 with 100 students in Grade 9, and ultimately, serving roughly 350 students in grades 9-12.

Veritas Prep schools provide a college prep curriculum in a safe, positive, and rigorous learning environment that allows students to thrive both academically and socially. Our educators believe in expecting the best from every student and in the power of building strong relationships with students and families, creating a community that supports the achievement of all. To learn more about Veritas Prep and the close-knit academic community of teachers and scholars in Springfield and Holyoke, please visit www.veritasprepma.org.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Administrator > Principal/Dean/Head of School
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Veritas Preparatory 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

    • At least 5 years of relevant experience preferred
    • Bachelor degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Contact Information

    • Rachel Romano
    • 370 Pine St.
    • --
    • Springfield, Massachusetts 01105

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