We are seeking a flexible, innovative, dynamic and committed leader to not only bring the best out of each and every student, but to be part of a movement to build a school for the future that changes the way school is done. Our goal is to attract, develop, and retain one of the best faculties in the country.
The mission of Growth Public Schools (GPS) is to be a diverse, connected school community of curious problem solvers, caring innovators and creative change makers that challenges students to take ownership of their learning and find their calling. Our vision is to prepare students to thrive in high school and for the changing, dynamic world of today and tomorrow. Graduates will:
• Model successful habits for life.
• Excel at critical thinking and collaboration.
• Constantly strive for excellence.
• Be the builders, makers, entrepreneurs and artists who create stronger communities and change the world.
Every element of the school has been designed with the unwavering belief that our job is to help every student find their inner super hero. We believe that this done through a balanced learning approach which includes: 1) rigorous and engaging project based learning, 2) a commitment to non-academic skills and social emotional learning competencies, 3) personalized learning based on data and deep relationships with students.
• Collaborate daily with an experienced innovative school founder?
• Be involved with some of the most innovative work in the country?
• Lead 50+ days of professional development to build a world class faculty?
• Lead an environment where innovation is part of the DNA of the school?
• Work tirelessly to hold the mission and vision of all students being successful regardless of prior preparation or challenges outside of school?
• Every child is a super hero?
• Diversity improves outcomes for all?
• Schools need to change in order to truly prepare our young people for the future?
• All students can succeed in the right environment with the right support?
• Learning should be authentic, creative, open-minded, and rigorous?
• A culture of innovation, joy, and fun lead to the best outcomes for kids?
• Strong relationships lead to powerful communities of learning?
• Families are critical components to a thriving and successful school community?
You will hone your skills as an extraordinary leader through hard work, reflection, and a commitment to getting better every day. You will bring joy and love to the school every day. You will build strong relationships with students and adults. You will foster an environment of creative problem solving, innovation, and teaching students to become self-directed learners who take ownership over their learning and ultimately their lives. You will bring a creative and constructivist approach to professional development and leadership. You will work with all stakeholders in a collaborative environment where all voices are heard. You will work with all members of the community to help them to become their greatest selves in the long term and to work toward their goals and aspirations in the short term. You will be flexible and adaptable as we build the systems and structures to ultimately meet our mission and vision.
You are someone that believes we can do better for our kids who gotten lost in a bureaucratic educational system and want to take it back. You are an optimist who sees a better future and you want education to be leading that change. You are excited at getting in the middle of a big audacious vision for change and doing the difficult and tiring work of navigating for a better future for our students. You don’t give up in the face of failure and you know we can do better. You believe that leading innovative schools is your calling. You know that a strong community and high expectations for all leads to amazing outcomes for students. You are reflective, hard-working, a strong communicator, emotionally intelligent, agile and adaptive to change. You relish challenge, innovation, thinking outside of the box and see kids and colleagues for what makes them great and amazing. You love working with people and their joy and accomplishments are the reason that you do this work every day with compassion and enthusiasm. You know that everyone has a spark that is curious, creative, and that a commitment to excellence coupled with trust and support is the key to unlocking that potential. You know that leading a school is hard work but you are in it to win it and see education as the most important issue of our time. You can’t imagine doing any other job and you are looking for a place that will allow you to be your greatest self and embark upon your own hero’s journey.
• In collaboration with CEO, lead instructional program
• In collaboration with CEO, ensure high standards of excellence
• Observe teachers’ instruction and provide specific, actionable, qualitative and quantitative feedback and support through weekly coaching sessions
• Manage a data-driven instructional process that includes rigorous assessments that are effectively aligned with year-end assessments.
• Coach and meet regularly with specific pod (grade) level teams
• Ensure standards-aligned and consistent curriculum across classrooms while ensuring a learner driven environment for students
• Special Education
o Work with CEO and Special Education Teacher to meet all requirements (attend IEPs and 504s)
• Co-lead with CEO professional learning sessions for teacher facilitators
• Support and lead staff meetings w/ CEO
• Ensure teachers are meeting their personalized goals through coaching, support and classroom observations/feedback
• Act as the SEL and non-academic outcomes liaison for teachers
o Act as Site Liaison to ensure appropriate support
• Lead student culture with CEO
• Build and maintain a positive culture of learning for both students and adults
• Lead all-school morning meetings, focusing on the specific GPS values
• Develop and foster a school culture that is centered on GPS core beliefs and commitments and is committed to the continued growth and well-being of all GPS faculty members and students
• Oversee the implementation of a set of restorative practices and systems aimed at supporting all students in being their best selves
• Liaise with Parent Organization and CEO to oversee parent volunteers and the Parent Leadership Team
• Foster an environment where all families are welcomed and engaged in all elements of the school
• Host regular informal sessions with families to ensure consistent communication
• Ensure effective communication with families with respect to student academic performance, student conduct, school programs, and school performance.
• Oversee Standardized Testing
• Oversee Compliance w/ CEO and Director of Operations
• Minimum 5 years teaching or school leadership experience in a high performing, data-driven environment
• A Bachelor’s in Education or subject area of interest (master’s degree preferred but not required)
• A proven track-record of high achievement in elementary school classrooms and/or previous leadership position in an elementary school
• A strong understanding of early childhood development
• A commitment, belief or experience with constructivist learning
• Expertise in teaching literacy and mathematics
• Strong skills and enthusiasm to build relationships with students, faculty members, families, and external partners
• A commitment to working successfully with an ethnically & economically diverse student body and team of adults
• The ability to effectively relate to and engage students in relationships in one-on-one, small group and large group settings.
• A commitment to use data and technology to personalize learning for both adults and students
• An ability to model, live, and reinforce the school’s core values inside and outside the classroom with colleagues, scholars, families, and the larger community
• Optimism, resiliency, curiosity, perseverance, a sense of humor, and a burning passion for personal growth and student success
The compensation for this role is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Please send your resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An offer of employment will be subject to the successful completion of a background check. GPS is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of GPS to afford equal employment and advancement opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, disability, marital status, medical condition, or any other classification that is protected under applicable local, state or federal law.