Who We Are
RePublic Schools is a network of high-performing public charter schools based in Nashville, TN and Jackson, MS with a mission to reimagine public education in the South and prepare all of our scholars to graduate from college. In addition to providing a world-class traditional academic curriculum, we empower our students to be change-makers by teaching them to code – starting in the 5th grade.
Despite the fact that our scholars come from traditionally underserved communities (approximately 85% identify as low-income, and nearly 95% as students of color), we have seen them defy the odds to achieve outstanding results. RePublic’s schools have scored in the top 5% of all open-enrollment public schools across the state of Tennessee for both student growth and absolute achievement – making ours the first (and only) charter schools in state history to achieve this dual distinction.
At RePublic, we cultivate a cohesive community of families, staff, and scholars committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure our scholars succeed. We are looking for an ambitious, determined Assistant Principal in Jackson, MS for the 2019-20 school year in one of RePublic’s Nashville schools (middle or high school). Candidates must share our unwavering belief that all children can achieve at high levels and change the world. Sound like you?
What You’ll Do
At RePublic, we believe that the people in front of our schlars each day are the key determinants of their ultimate success. We believe that trajectory-changing teachers are not born - they are coached and developed by strong school-based leadership teams deeply dedicated to their success. In our schools, the Assistant Principals are responsible for directly managing, coaching and developing talented teams of teachers across content areas to achieve extraordinary results for kids. Through their work empowering teachers to prepare for and deliver rigorous, engaging, and data-driven instruction, and build deep relationships with kids and families, the Assistant Principal is able to move adults to lead scholars to extraordinary outcomes.
Reporting directly to the Principal in each school, the Upper Middle School and Lower Middle School Assistant Principal in each school work in tandem to ensure the highest levels of instructional quality, and have wide responsibility for the healthy operation of the school as a whole.
- Serve as the second-in-command to the Principal and take ownership for the overall success of all scholars and teachers in the grade levels he/she serves across all subject areas.
- Drive student academic achievement and character development results through providing best-in-class instructional coaching to RePublic teachers that demonstrably moves teacher practice
- Serve as the primary lever for teacher growth and development, and continually improve the effectiveness of teachers across the school through implementing a variety of coaching levers:
- Observe classroom instruction daily and providing “live” real-time coaching to ensure teachers are able to lead scholars to academic and interpersonal excellence;
- Engage in consistent (weekly or bi-weekly) observation/check-in cycles to provide more substantive feedback and to help teachers set and track progress towards development goals;
- Lead teachers in curriculum planning sessions to ensure all teachers regardless of experience are capable of creating rigorous, differentiated, and engaging instructional materials aligned to course goals;
- Lead teachers to intellectually prepare for strong lesson execution, including anticipation of student misunderstanding, pacing, and questioning designed to elicit in-the-moment data and ensure all scholars can access lesson content;
- Lead teachers to analyze student work and study formative and summative data to ensure teachers are able to close academic gaps and ensure dramatic gains for all scholars; and
- Plan and execute formal professional development opportunities to move teacher practice at the school level, and, depending on experience, support network-wide professional development for teachers and leaders across all RePublic schools
- Serve as a primary, lock-armed member of the school-based leadership team, responsible for designing, implementing, managing the execution of, and measuring the effectiveness of initiatives that span the realms of academics, culture, and operations
- Represent as a critical face of the school and network with external stakeholders, including families, and work actively to ensure strong community buy-in to the school’s vision and approach to education
- Serve as “next in line” to the school leader, and work actively to develop a broad scope of leadership skills to eventually assume a Principal position as RePublic grows as an organization
Who You Are
Our ideal Assistant Principal will have an unwavering belief that our students can achieve at an exceptionally high level. Beyond that, a successful candidate is:
- Deeply committed to serving our kids. You have elected to work with historically underserved students, and do this work because you believe that all students, regardless of background, are capable of excellence - and that it’s on us as adults to get our kids there. You can speak knowledgeably about our mission, and demonstrate a commitment to our educational model. You understand that educational inequity is more pronounced in the South than anywhere else in the nation, and you want to work with RePublic in part because of our commitment to this region.
- An instructional guru. You have at least 3-5 years of teaching experience with a demonstrated track record of exceptional student outcomes. You nerd out over content, long-term planning, and creating instructional materials that allow students to meet ambitious goals.
- A data maven. You look for and are able to discern trends that drive your decision making, and you evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions based on how the data changes.
- A people developer. You believe that strong leaders move adult practice to impact scholar achievement, and your interest in leading others stems from your passion for seeing them productively struggle, develop, and grow as educators for kids - as evidenced by student outcomes. You thrive when others succeed, and you want to lead strong formal and constant informal professional development for diverse adult learners.
- ...and a people leader. Let’s be real - managing people is hard. Ideally, you’ve coached, directly managed, and demonstrably moved the effectiveness of other adults before taking this job. You build relationships across lines of difference, inspire and motivate others to buy into your vision, navigate challenging conversations with finesse, make tough calls, communicate effectively in all formats, give and receive feedback fluidly, and model/hold a high bar for adult excellence and exuberance.
- A growth-minded tinkerer. You are self-aware and humble enough to understand where you rock, where you need to pick up your game, and how this impacts the people you lead. You seek feedback constantly because you’re hungry to get better, and you take extreme ownership of the outcomes of the people you coach and manage - you always “pull back the thumb” before you “point the finger.”
- A masterful executor. Your organizational systems ensure you get things done. You prioritize your time and fervently plan to maximize the time each day you spend moving teacher practice. You do the things you say you’ll do, and you communicate when you won’t. You delegate when needed, set deadlines, and hold others accountable to get across important finish lines.
- A gritty problem-solver. You keep it cool when things are crazy, approach problems with viable solutions, and know when you need to roll up your sleeves to support your team.
- Eager to one day assume the role of Principalship. At RePublic, we invest a ton in the development of our school-based leadership teams, and we expect that folks who assume the Assistant Principal role are interested in one day leading RePublic schools as we grow.
- Other qualifications:
- A bachelor’s degree with a preference for a graduate degree in a related field.
- At least 3-5 years of experience in K-12 instruction with a track record of impressive student achievement results required; experience serving scholars who are historically underserved strongly preferred
- At least 2-3 years of prior experience directly coaching and managing teachers strongly preferred
- Prior experience in high-performing charter organizations with aligned mission statements strongly preferred
- Valid teaching certification in TN, MS, or in states with reciprocity not required, but strongly preferred.
Salary is competitive and commensurate based on experience. Compensation at RePublic includes a comprehensive benefits package.