Jun 28, 2020

Founding Principal

$106,000 - $133,000 yearly
  • IDEA Public Schools
  • Midland, TX, USA
Full-time Education School Leadership

Job Description

About IDEA Public Schools
At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years – that’s 8 times the national rate for students in our communities! IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA’s co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve nearly 53,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. By 2022, IDEA will serve 100,000 students.
Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you—with continued growth in our current regions and new launches in Houston (2020), Permian Basin (2020), and Tampa Bay (2021)!
When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.  

About Permian Basin
Permian Basin is a large region encompassing the majority of West Texas. When you think of the Permian Basin, think oil country, Friday Night Lights, sunny days and gorgeous sunsets. The two major cities that IDEA Public Schools will serve are Midland and Odessa, located about 15 miles from each other and situated almost exactly halfway between El Paso and Fort
Though only 17% of residents have a college degree, the community is eager to innovate, partner and transform the education system for the next generation of scholars. IDEA Public Schools is proud to launch in Permian Basin as a high-quality education opportunity for families, with a commitment to serve over 10,000 students at scale by launching 14
schools across Midland and Odessa.  

Role Mission: 

IDEA Principals are instructional leaders who coach and develop teachers and lead team members at their school to achieve ambitious goals with students.  Principals are focused on excellence and continuous improvement and expect and support these values in their staff and students.  Principals lead their schools to do whatever it takes so that IDEA’s mission of College for All Children becomes reality.  


Student Achievement Metrics:

  • 90% at Level II/30% at Level III on STAAR/EOC exams.
  • Junior Class ACT Average Score of 21 
  • 90% of Pre-K-2nd students are on/above grade level in reading, language, and math DI (all campuses). 
  • 85% of 1st-2nd students are on/above grade level in reading, language, and math Direct Instruction (Year 2+ campuses) 
  • 70% of 1st-2nd students are on/above grade level in reading, language, and math Direct Instruction (Year 1+campuses) 
  • 100% of IDEA seniors are accepted and matriculate to college in the fall after their senior year
  • Develop and maintain a culture in which all students are expected to go to and graduate from college
  • Communicate these expectations to all students, families, and other key stakeholders regularly and ensure targeted follow-up with all seniors until they officially matriculate
  • Ensure that 50% of IDEA seniors are accepted to Tier I/II colleges or universities
  • 25% of IDEA alumni graduate from college in 4 years; 55% of IDEA alumni graduate from college in 6 years
  • Develop and support a culture in which all students are expected to go to and graduate from college
  • Engage IDEA alumni throughout their college career, but particularly in their first two years in college to ensure they remain enrolled, persist fall to spring, and remain enrolled in college 

Student Growth Metrics:

  • 100% of schools will achieve Index 2 scores of 60 for Academies and 50 for College Preps for STAAR/EOC.
  • 50% of all students in CSI Literacy Intervention grow two or more years in Reading and Math. 

Operations Metrics:

  • School attains 97.5% Average Daily Attendance. 
  • 90% of students persist within the IDEA system year-to-year, no appeals
  • 100% of campuses meet enrollment target by close of business Friday of first week of school.
  • Manage healthy adult and student school culture, resulting in positive organizational health results, employee retention, student persistence, and family feedback (assessed informally).
  • Develop school leadership team members into transformational individuals who can lead their campus 

Staff Retention Metrics:

  • All staff retention goal of 85% 
  • Teacher retention goal of 85% 
  • Meet staff hiring goals and timelines 
  • Ensure high-quality talent review process at least twice per year for teachers and for leaders 
  • Meet organizational health metric as measured by “Great Places to Work”

Talent Development Metrics:

  • 100% of Principal-in-residence will meet ILP Development Goals (if applicable) 
  • Measure Teacher development, aligned to the GET rubric, and show growth for 100% of teachers. 
  • Utilize the Talent Review process to develop school talent 
  • Engage in 100% of the three rounds of Staff Development Cycle for each staff member 

Organization Improvement Metrics:

  • Successfully leverage key relationships in 100% of functional areas, to ask for feedback and provide guidance for both
    campus and HQ partners. 
  • Coordinate, develop and provide feedback with the following campus partners:
  • Human Assets Team: Regional Directors of Instructional Coaching, Directors of Leader Development, Regional Directors
    of Staffing, Talent Partners and Talent Recruiters
  • Program Team: both internal (e.g. curriculum team, curriculum managers, Individualized Learning Managers) and
    external (e.g. NIFDI, NMSI)
  • Operations Team: Regional Directors of Operations
  • College Success and Alumni Success Team  

We look for Team and Family who embody the following values and characteristics:  

  • Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and
    through college   
  • Has demonstrated effective outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them  
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly  
  • Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes  
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change 
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization  
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes  
  • We believe in education as a profession and hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students.  


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree 
  • Experience: Must have a proven track record of personally achieving success and of leading others
  • 3+ years of K – 12 teaching experience 
  • 3+ years of leading a school to dramatic gains in a challenging context 


  • Competitive salary package including medical, dental, vision and life insurance and employer paid retirement options; as well as bonus compensation up to 25% of salary. Salary commensurate with experience; typical starting
    range of $106,000-$133,000.

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