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Job Opening: Assistant Principal of School Culture

Posted: May 06, 2009

Founded in 2001 by a coalition of business, academic, and civic leaders, Mastery Charters Schools is a network of schools that prepares underserved Philadelphia youth in grades 7-12 for college and careers by fostering self-discipline, critical thinking, teamwork, and cooperation.

Position Overview:
Mastery Charter Schools is currently seeking a dynamic and passionate Assistant Principal of School Culture to conceptualize and implement restorative practices within an urban secondary school in Philadelphia. Reporting to and working closely with the Principal, s/he will serve as the cultural and behavioral leader of the school and will cultivate a participatory, achievement-focused, and outcomes-driven school culture. S/he will also coach a talented team of teachers around best practices in classroom management, create and oversee extracurricular activities that bridge school culture with academics, and foster parental and community involvement.

This individual will be a prevalent leader within the school community, partnering with teachers, parents, administrators and students to ensure desired academic achievement and a culture of accountability. As such, the ideal candidate will know how to build superior relationships with people at all levels and backgrounds, possess superior project management skills and be highly organized and thorough.

Responsibilities include:
-Drive and support implementation of Mastery Charter Schools’ vision and guiding principles to ensure a positive, achievement-focused school culture among teachers, staff and students
-Create and implement a robust and effective merit-based system of accountability and positive reinforcement
-Manage disciplinary processes and records for up to 700 students within a restorative justice model that empowers students and promotes positive discipline
-Oversee scheduling and implementation of extracurricular activities (including sports and academic clubs) and school community events
-Supervise weekly, student-led community meetings and classroom circles to promote healthy dialogue, as well as social and emotional learning among students
-Coach teachers in the delivery of effective classroom management strategies; provide professional development opportunities for all staff
-Engage parents and other community members in the creation of a safe, supportive, and cooperative school environment that enhances the learning process
-Maintain and monitor safety and order by being accessible and visible to the school community

-3-5 years of demonstrated success in a urban secondary school administration role or in a direct-service role as counselor or youth worker
-Interest in providing only the highest quality educational, social and emotional experiences for students and their families
-Superior grasp of effective, research-based behavioral methods and strategies for urban youth, including a restorative justice model
-Proven ability to influence and enhance cooperative working relationships within a team environment
-Ability to lead within a fast-paced, dynamic, and rapidly-changing environment
-Ability to leverage computer software programs and other technology that will support the learning environment
-Zest and a sense of humor that contributes to enhancing the positive school culture
-Experience in and/or understanding of the public school system or charter schools is desirable
-Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in social work, counseling, education or related field preferred

Highly competitive; commensurate with experience

To Apply:
Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format, here. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Mastery Charter Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes a particular effort to recruit candidates from all backgrounds.


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