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Job Opportunity: Principal
Location: Washington, DC
Application Deadline: Until filled
Employment Type: Full-time
Reports to: Executive Director
Compensation: Salary starts at $105,000-$140,000 and will be commensurate with degree and years of experience
FLSA Status: Exempt
About Breakthrough Montessori Public Charter School
Breakthrough Montessori Public Charter School’s mission is to enable children to develop within themselves the power to shape their lives and the world around them.
Founded in 2016, Breakthrough Montessori is a public charter school in Washington, DC. In the 2023-24 school year, we will serve 372 students in PK3 through grade 6. At Breakthrough Montessori PCS, we believe in the unbounded potential of all children. Students of all races, classes, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, and backgrounds deserve a personalized education.
Our school is grounded in an institutional commitment to development, prevention, and community. We support human development through an uncompromising application of the time-tested Montessori instructional model. We support prevention through early learning, support and intervention, enabling us to quickly and effectively address learning challenges. Finally, we support the community through an intensive approach to family engagement.
Breakthrough Montessori PCS is committed to equity in all areas of our school’s work. We are a supportive environment that seeks to employ a diverse staff reflective of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, and backgrounds.
Breakthrough Montessori PCS is a coaching school; all team members receive and give coaching to support professional growth.
The Principal leads a talented team of educators dedicated to public Montessori education. The Principal is a member of the school’s leadership team and reports to the Executive Director. The Principal supervises the academic leadership team, teachers, assistants, instructional support staff, and extended day coordinator. The Principal oversees all instructional areas of Breakthrough Montessori to ensure that the school’s mission is fully supported and achieved. The Principal is:
-An experienced and exemplary public Montessori educator
-Adept in educational leadership
-Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
The Principal is a 12-month position. Typical working hours are Monday-Friday from 7:45 am-4:15 pm. Responsibilities include the following:
-Lead the curriculum and educational program of Breakthrough.
-Establish clear schoolwide expectations for strong developmental outcomes for children.
-Promote and sustain a school culture rooted in high-fidelity Montessori practice and Breakthrough’s Statement of Values.
-Promote and sustain a staff culture that embraces equity, collaboration, data-informed practice, and continuous improvement through goal setting and review.
-Articulate Breakthrough’s mission and goals into action plans that directly benefit students and staff professional development.
-Promote consistent discipline in accordance with school policy and procedures.
-Determine school schedules, including staffing plans and substitute coverage.
-Supervise the extended day coordinator to ensure the quality of the school’s before and aftercare programs.
Professional Development and Human Resources
-In collaboration with the school leadership team, design and implement a comprehensive, equity-focused talent acquisition and retention plan.
-Lead the hiring of instructional staff that reflects the diversity of our student body, including academic leaders, teachers, and assistants.
-Conduct performance assessments of instructional staff, including academic leaders and teachers.
-Establish an annual strategy and calendar for professional development that directly supports the school’s mission and goals.
-Coach members of the academic leadership team.
-Leverage school climate and culture data to promote and sustain high staff morale.
-In collaboration with the Director of Equity & Engagement, lead the development of ongoing and varied opportunities for family education.
-Develop positive relationships with families.
-Address academic needs/concerns raised by families.
-Communicate with families about discipline issues and support plans.
-Participate in school events, including open houses, orientation meetings, family education events, and schoolwide activities.
Equity and Inclusion
-Work with the Director of Equity and Engagement to monitor the school’s progress towards its antiracist, anti-bias goals.
-Lead the development and implementation of antiracist, anti-bias curriculum and pedagogy in all classrooms.
-Work with the Director of Equity & Engagement to plan and lead professional development for all
-Breakthrough staff that builds their individual and team capacity to identify and interrupt systemic oppression.
-Ensure the Multi-Tiered Support System is implemented with fidelity throughout the school.
-With the Director of Student Support, ensure the quality of Special Education, 504, and ELL programs.
-Meet with instructional coaches regularly to ensure that Child Study is organized and properly documented.
-Collaborate with the academic leadership team on developing goals and accommodations for qualifying students and advocate for the plan and child as necessary.
-With the Director of Student Support, collect Special Education student data and report as needed.
-Work with the Director of Operations and the Executive Director to establish an annual budget for programming and materials.
-Work with the Director of Operations to manage the departmental budget.
Compliance and Accountability
-Oversee and schedule student screeners, assessments and standardized testing through direct facilitation and management of the academic leadership team.
-Maintain record-keeping systems for student academic, social-emotional, behavioral and attendance data.
Required Competencies and Qualifications:
-Firm commitment to public Montessori education, the school’s mission, and anti-bias/anti-racist pedagogy
-Extremely knowledgeable of the Montessori philosophy, scope and sequence, and instructional method for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 6
-Strong interpersonal and communication skills
-Committed to accountability for student growth and school performance
-Commitment to collaboration
-Commitment to continuous improvement and learning through professional development
Education and Experience:
-Master’s degree (education or related field preferred)
-Montessori credential from either AMI or AMS
-Demonstrated successful Montessori teaching experience (public Montessori experience preferred)
-Demonstrated successful Montessori leadership experience (public Montessori experience preferred)
-Demonstrated experience with diversity, equity and inclusion work in schools
-Demonstrated experience making data-informed decisions that support student growth, staff development, and family engagement
-Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations of students, families, and educators.
Benefits Include but not limited to:
-Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance premiums are subsidized by the employer
-Paid time off
-Paid Covid leave
-TIAA Simple IRA Plan with employer contributions and matches after one year
-Free parking for staff
-Employer paid life insurance for $50,000
For information on Breakthrough Montessori PCS, including more information on employee benefits and our company culture, visit our website at www.breakthroughmontessori.org.
Breakthrough Montessori PCS is an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.