Jan 31, 2019


  • Alpha Public Schools
  • San Jose, CA, USA
Full-time Education

Job Description

K-8 Principal


Alpha Public Schools is seeking a dynamic and determined instructional leader to drive excellence for our middle school scholars and families and build out Alpha’s K-4 model. Our new Principal will enjoy the challenge of working with a wide range of students, and will work to create an environment where these students will thrive academically and socially.

 The ideal candidate is an exceptional instructional and cultural leader, with successful experience working in low income communities and an unwavering belief that all students can and will go to college. This individual is unapologetic about holding students and adults to high expectations and is unafraid to enforce these expectations, as well as train and expect their team to do so.


 Alpha principals spend their time on instructional leadership, which includes driving academic results, ensuring a strong college-driven culture, and cultivating and developing a dynamic team. Alpha principals are responsible for all key metrics of running a successful school, including operational and community indicators, but are primarily evaluated on success in the three core domains of academic results, culture, and people leadership.

What you’ll do…


Instructional Leadership

  1. Set ambitious school-wide vision and goals aligned to the Alpha network vision, goals, and priorities, that lead students to master rigorous academic content that prepares them for college.
  2. Plan and prioritize time and resources to achieve school annual goals and principal performance metrics.
  3. Build personal, leadership team, and teacher knowledge of good instructional design and academic standards:
    1. Lead team to understand how standards map to curriculum and assessments.
    2. Facilitate team understanding of what students know, and what they must be able to do, and what instructional practices can bridge this gap.
  4. Ensure that high-rigor, high-engagement instruction is happening in classrooms across the school. This means ensuring that all teachers and leaders can:
    1. Analyze student data to identify gaps in understanding and what instructional response will move students toward mastery.
    2. Analyze, practice, and adjust instruction as part of a content team.

People Leadership

  1. Hire, develop, and retain a diverse, high-achieving school team.
  2. Coach the leadership team members as true owners of results.
  3. Model expectations for leaders, teachers, and students on school-wide positive learning culture.
  4. Lead high-quality support for the school team by:
    1. Observing, coaching, and developing assistant principals and instructional coaches to ensure that they are providing high-impact, actionable, bite-sized feedback to each teacher.
    2. Leading high-quality site PD that closes the biggest gaps between student understanding and student achievement.
  5. Impact and influence the school team to enact key network priorities addressing academics, culture, and data use.

 Culture Leadership

  1. Ensure that all students plan to go to college and understand the necessary steps to get there.
  2. Create and maintain a positive environment for students and staff that embodies and celebrates Alpha’s values of leadership, relationships, excellence, integrity, and joy.

 Community Leadership

  1. Engage parents in building a college-going culture for students and the community.
  2. Act as the public face of the school in the community - attending community events, board meetings, and student recruitment events as necessary.

Operations Leadership

  1. Ensure that the school operates on budget by meeting student enrollment and attendance targets.
  2. Ensure that school operations work in service of academics.


  • Belief that all students from the community we serve have the capacity to go to and through college
  • Ability to motivate a school community to take action to dramatically increase student results
  • Demonstrated student achievement results from the teachers that the leader has managed or coached
  • Ability to analyze and plan from student data and coach teachers and leaders to create excellent plans
  • Deep understanding of appropriate pedagogical strategies, differentiation techniques for diverse learners, and instructional design to serve a broad body of students
  • 1-2 years of school leadership experience with proven results
  • Conversational Spanish or Vietnamese a plus
  • BA from accredited university
  • Valid Teaching Credential
  • CA Administrative Service Credential a plus

Join our team…

Please submit your application online at https://grnh.se/11219ed81

Incomplete applications or those with errors will not be considered. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability. We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally under-represented backgrounds.

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