Jan 11, 2021

High School Director

  • STEM Preparatory Academy
  • Nashville, TN, USA
Full-time Education School Leadership

Job Description

Award-winning charter operator is looking for a passionate, committed, and results-driven instructional leader to set vision and direction for their proof-point high school. Through a rigorous college prep academic model, dual credit programs, and industry certification pathways in the health sciences, STEM Prep has changed opportunity for thousands of students. We seek a leader who will build upon this foundation and chart the next course for our community. 

Who are you? 

  • You are a highly effective, visionary school leader with a strong track record of proven results for students and teams. 
  • You are driven to serve our unique and very special student population and school community. You have an unwavering commitment to our people. 
  • You are humbled by our tight-knit culture, knowing that you must build strong relationships fast. 
  • You are hungry to grow. You lean in to feedback, crave it, thrive on it. 
  • You are a people person. You are a great listener, the person everyone comes to for advice. 
  • You are trustworthy and operate with full integrity. When you make a commitment to a community, to a place, to the people, you follow through every time. 
  • Your favorite places to be are joyful and rigorous classrooms, bustling hallways, the family section of the soccer game, and the living rooms of your students. You are committed to leading from within the mix, collaborating and partnering to ensure every single student is successful and our school is family. 

What do you believe?

  • You know, deep in your bones, that under your leadership every single student can, wants to, and will achieve as a result of great teaching and great leadership. 
  • Every single student, regardless of their background, will graduate from college. And when they do, you’ll be in the front row. 

What will you do? 

Blaze the trail for unparalleled academic achievement. 

  • Lead STEM Prep High School to become the highest performing charter school in Nashville, serving primarily low-income students and one of the largest populations of English Learners in this Southeast region of the nation. 
  • Set and own the academic and cultural vision for the High School, aligned to our college-going mission for ALL students. 

○ Manage and develop the SPH leadership team, including Academic Deans, Dean of Students, and Dean of Academic Operations in successfully fulfilling our school goals. 

○ Demonstrate and execute on thorough knowledge of effective curriculum, assessment, and instructional practices to close the achievement gap. 

  • Create, maintain, and regularly revise systems and processes to drive student achievement. 

○ Meet or exceed agreed upon goals set for increasing student performance in formative assessments (MAP, benchmark testing, etc.) as well as achievement data (TNReady, ACT, ACCESS testing). 

○ Ensure the school’s diverse student populations are making progress equal to those students in its regular education program. 

○ Ensure the school meets and is in compliance with all federal, state, and local rules and regulations. 

  • As the leader of a data-driven organization, root all decisions - academic, cultural, etc- in data.
  • Ensure that all teachers and leaders regularly use assessment data to meet individual student needs and make daily instructional decisions. 

Create lasting, positive student relationships that yield academic results. 

Oversee the school-wide positive behavioral support program and practices to cultivate a student culture of excellence undergirded by the organization’s mission and core values. 

○ Approach all student concerns through the lens of Love and Logic. 

○ Demonstrate thorough knowledge of effective PBS systems and practices that support a culture of excellence, growth, and care. 

Invest in, commit to, develop, and lead our people. 

  • Staff culture: Create a staff culture and work environment in which highly effective staff members are actively engaged and feel unwaveringly connected to the organization and its mission. Make the school a place where staff and students are all committed to excellence and believe that hard work is the key to achieving it. 
  • Professional Development: Develop, maintain, and regularly review and revise systems and practices that improve staff ability to increase student achievement. 
  • Staff retention: Successfully retain top performers. Creates an environment where staff is committed to a long tenure and would recommend working at the school to others. 
  • Create and maintain a culture that promotes student achievement and college preparation for all students. 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to competent communication and conflict resolution. 
  • Consistently evaluate and proactively improve people, processes, programs, and services for greater effectiveness, efficiency and value. 

Cultivate a culture of excellence and care for our entire community. 

  • Build and maintain family satisfaction. 

○ Provide indication of a high level of parent satisfaction with the organization as evidenced by feedback and low student attrition rates. 

○ Listen and respond respectfully to the range of concerns expressed by various constituents. 

  • Uphold our open door policy, ensuring that all families and stakeholders, regardless of home language or country of origin, feel welcome and comfortable at our school. 

The success of our work depends on our collaboration across the entire network. 

  • Partner with the Middle School leadership teams, Network team, and support staff. 

○ Ensure an effective flow of critical information between and among leaders, staff, teachers and students. 

○ Work closely with leaders to keep all parties fully informed on all important aspects of the status and development of the academic program to ensure transparent and effective oversight of the organization as a whole. 

○ Collaborate with members of senior staff to bolster quality of programming and ensure continuous improvement of the academic program and organization as a whole. 

Who We Are Founded in 2010, STEM Preparatory Academy remains dedicated to delivering a rigorous, college preparatory education with a specialized focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We aim to increase the number of underrepresented students who (1) successfully graduate from college, and (2) become the leaders and innovators of the 21st Century. Since we opened our doors, STEM Prep has committed to serving the diverse student population in South Nashville with a particular focus on English Learners, many of whom are the city’s newest arrival immigrant and refugee students. 

The 2011 inaugural cohort graduated from STEM Prep High School in May 2019, garnering almost $3 million in scholarships, with full four-year college funding for our DACA students, and achieving 100 percent college admission. STEM Prep is the recipient of the Nashville Public Education Foundation’s Inspiring Innovation Award and has been named Reward School by the Tennessee Department of Education and designated Excelling School by Metro Nashville Public Schools. STEM Prep has also been awarded Innovative School of the Year, Middle School Teacher of the Year, Technology Educator of the Year, and Community Advocate of the Year. Stanford University’s Center on Research in Education Outcomes (CREDO) has ranked STEM Prep as one of the state’s highest performing in both reading and math. 

STEM Prep currently operates STEM Prep Middle School (5-8), STEM Prep High (9-12), and the Nashville Newcomer Academy, which is a novel partnership with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and the City of Nashville. 

Want to learn more about us and our communities? Check out our YouTube channel here. 


  • Bachelor’s degree required, in education or related field; master’s degree preferred 
  • 3+ years as a successful high school principal with unmatched results, or 3+ years in a senior school leadership position with a robust track record of driving results for both students and teachers 
  • Evidence of advancing student achievement on state assessments required if candidate has prior teaching experience
  • Experience in working with English Language Learners preferred

Application: apply using the link here, and please submit a cover letter and student achievement results. 

Compensation: Compensation and benefits packages are highly competitive and exceed limits of local public school districts. 

STEM Preparatory Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, color, age, and/or disability in admission to, access to, or operation of its programs, services, or activities. STEM Prep does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.

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