Feb 07, 2019

Founding Associate Head of School (Director of Student Services)

  • Capital Village PCS
  • Washington, DC, USA
Full-time Administrative Education

Job Description

Who We Are

Capital Village is a network of micro-schools that puts students first.

Every student is different. But time and time again, they cite the same key issues when it comes to school.  Students want more authenticity, more skills that are relevant to their everyday lives, and above all, more agency in their own learning experiences. Without these, schools fail students — and we believe they deserve better.

Capital Village Schools is born out of the urgent need to rethink the “one size fits all” model of American education. Each Capital Village School will create an environment where all students, regardless of background or circumstance, are propelled toward greatness in college, career, and life. With only 160 students at each school at full capacity, our intentionally small communities will focus on personalizing the learning experience and serving the whole child. Grounded in the principles of EL Education (formerly known as Expeditionary Learning), our students will master academic content through engaging social justice-focused projects. Our first campus, a middle school, is slated to open in Washington, DC, in Fall 2020.

Who You Are

You believe that school can be different, and you want to use your voice and your skills to help shape an innovative new school model that will ultimately grow to serve hundreds of students across the city.

You are, above all, a learner. Your potential is limitless because you are constantly growing as a person and as a professional.

You are driven by the belief that all children, regardless of their background or their zip code, can achieve at the highest levels. You believe that it is the job of a school to provide the right academic and behavioral supports so every student can succeed, including the implementation of restorative justice practices.

You are team-oriented and love to collaborate with others.

You understand that founding a school is hard work, and you are excited to roll up your sleeves and get to work.

The Founding Associate Head of School Role

The Associate Head of School (AHOS) will join the Head of School and the Director of Operations to form Capital Village’s founding school leadership team. As a leader of the school, the AHOS will oversee a number of critical components of the school’s model, with a special focus on student support systems and school culture. The AHOS will be responsible for:

● Instructional Leadership - managing and coaching a cohort of educators, creating and executing
high-quality professional development, especially in regards to how best to support diverse learners
● Special Education - leading and managing all aspects of the school’s special education program,
including instruction and compliance; managing the Student Services team and inclusion staff to
ensure that students with special needs are able to achieve at high levels
● English Language Acquisition - ensuring that English Language Learners (ELL) receive high-quality ELL instruction; monitoring our ELL student achievement data, and collaborating with instructors and families to best address the needs of our ELL student population
● Student Behavior - creating and reinforcing a positive, healing-centered school culture grounded in restorative practices; consistently monitoring behavior data and collaborating with the rest of the
leadership team to address students’ behavioral needs
● Other school priorities as they arise .

In addition to the beliefs and attitudes we described above in “Who You Are,” the ideal candidate for this role will also meet the following qualifications:

● At least a Bachelor’s degree in education; a Master’s degree is preferred
● Certification in Special Education, English Language Learning, or related services
● At least three years of school leadership experience in a special education coordinator, assistant
principal, instructional guide, or similar role
● At least three years of teaching experience in an urban setting, preferably at the middle school level
● In-depth knowledge and understanding of Special Education law, best practices, and instructional
● A track record of success in increasing the achievement of urban students
● Entrepreneurial mindset, with the drive, passion to innovate, and tolerance of ambiguity needed for a startup environment

The targeted start date for this role is July 1, 2019. The leadership team, including the AHOS, will have a full year to work together to prepare for the launch of the first Capital Village school in Fall 2020.

What Happens Next

To apply for the Associate Head of School role, please visit our online application at
https://capitalvillagepcs.applytojob.com/apply. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis and will fill this role as soon as we find the right person, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible if you are interested.

Capital Village is excited to build a diverse founding team, and we encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we hire without consideration of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or disability. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know

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