Though 9 in 10 Latino young adults say a college degree is important for success in life, fewer than 15% age 25 or older hold a bachelor’s degree. Voices College-Bound Language Academies exist to change that.
Founded in 2006 by East San Jose native and National Board Certified Teacher Frances Teso, Voices is a public charter school network with a mission to prepare all students for the challenges of higher education through the context of an academically rigorous dual-language program. With the Voices dual-immersion model, students receive 80% of instruction in Spanish and 20% in English starting in kindergarten. The percentages shift by 10% per year until reaching 50:50 in third grade. As a result, every student, regardless of home language, graduates bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish.
In 2019-20, Voices will operate four public charter schools: Voices-Franklin McKinley (K-8), Voices-Morgan Hill and Voices-Mt. Pleasant (both Transitional Kindergarten - 5th, growing to Transitional Kindergarten - 8th) and Voices West Contra Costa (Transitional Kindergarten- 3rd). As we expand to serve more traditionally underserved students in Santa Clara County and surrounding counties, Voices seeks additional team members who share a commitment to its mission and believe joyful learning and world-class academic preparation are not mutually exclusive.
Voices Academies’ Vision
All students graduating from Voices College-Bound Language Academies will possess the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed in any career path they choose to pursue in life by mastering academic standards and subject matter. Students will be aware of the many positive possibilities for their future, and enjoy learning throughout their lives. They will be able to think critically by asking questions, especially when confronted with the status quo. Our students will have a sense of social responsibility to make their communities better.
Voices seeks candidates passionate about bilingual education who are interested in preparing to be future Voices principals. This is an accelerated opportunity for candidates seeking a principal position at Voices in 2019-20. The Principal in Training will successfully complete an intensive residency, including professional development and coaching to lead a Voices school. Training includes, residencies at Voices schools, individualized coaching from a dedicated coach, as well as formal learning opportunities. All learning is structured to align with Voices Leadership Competencies. The residency is designed to provide experiential learning opportunities and insight into the processes and best practices involved in school leadership, such as instructional leadership, parent organizing, serving special populations, and developing school culture.
- Submits to the CEO recommendations relative to all matters requiring Board action or attention, together with the materials needed for informed decisions
- Reports on school operations to Chief of Staff
- Interviews, Train, supervise and evaluate staff
- Develop and implement a school-wide and individual staff development plan and provides ongoing support and coaching to teachers to help them meet their individual professional development plan goals
- Coordinates the work of all school educators and volunteer staff
- Advise the CEO or/and Chief of Staff regarding the leave, classification, resignation, promotion, suspension or dismissal of school employees
- Assigns personnel within the school in accordance with Board policy
- Maintains appropriate channels of communication within the school and ensures that staff is informed about relevant federal, state, and county laws, policies, regulations and procedures, and matters related to the improvement and welfare of the students
- Plans, leads, and conducts staff professional development and staff meetings
- Manage and/or oversee all daily school operations, including student admissions and discipline, facilities, food service, front office, school scheduling, etc.
Students and the educational program:
- Serve as the chief educational leader, including ensuring that the school mission and instructional program are being effectively implemented in each classroom
- Monitor the school’s instructional and operational accountability, including collecting, analyzing, and reporting school and student performance data. Use this data to develop school priorities and to drive decision-making.
- Enforces compulsory attendance laws
- Continuously observes the instructional program and provides the CEO with regular evaluations of school programs and student progress
- Studies the curriculum and makes decisions regarding the course of study, major changes and time schedules, and sound innovative programs
- Under appropriate circumstances, recommends to the Board a student’s suspension or expulsion
- Participates in student study teams and IEP meetings
- Maintains and updates adequate census and scholastic records, business and property records, and personal records as applicable
- Annually prepares and submits to the Financial Department the school’s budget for the upcoming year, revises this budget or takes other related action as the Board /CEO designates
- Approves all expenditures in accordance with Board policy and within Board-approved appropriate limits
- Makes recommendations to the CEO regarding the maintenance, safety, improvement and/or expansion of school facilities, sites, equipment and transportation services.
- Represents and advocates for the Board in relationships with city, county and state governments, private agencies, and the school community
- Sees that the community is informed about school matters through appropriate informational materials
- Serves on local committees such as ELAC, VPAC, Schools Leadership, etc.
- Participates in appropriate community organizations and functions to obtain support for the attainment of school goals
- Hears complaints against the school and solves controversies between employees or between employees and students or parents/guardians
- Develops and maintains cooperative, collaborative working relationships with and among various stakeholders, including staff, students, families, Board members, District personnel, and the broader community
- Facilitates and builds community among people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives
Voices Academies Principal candidates will have the following
- BA/BS Degree in Education or related field
- CA Multiple Subject Clear Credential with Bilingual Authorization (BCLAD/CLAD)
- Demonstrated classroom level achievement results
- Skill in fiscal management
- Demonstrated passion for the mission, vision and values of Voices Academies with a deep commitment to improving the lives of students from low-income communities
- Minimum 3 years working with similar student and community demographic.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish.
- Outstanding written, speaking, and organizational skills with experience interacting with a broad range of stakeholders.
- Commitment to accelerated educational progress of children.
- Experience or commitment to public education, social justice, efficacy and equity.
- Masters Degree in Education
- Tier II Administration Credential
- Knowledge of and experience working with low-income communities preferred
- Proven track record of success managing school employees to achieve ambitious goals.
- Entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility, and demonstrated success in Administration, Organizational Management
- Successful completion of results-oriented leadership training program (ex. Innovate Fellowship, NLNS)
- Understanding of dual language instructional practices and school design and the unique characteristics of public charter schools is a plus.
- High proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Google Apps
- Ability to work well independently and within a team environment; working efficiently, and exercising excellent judgment in making decisions.
- Tolerate high levels of stress
- Regular requirement to stand, sit, walk, talk, hear, see, read, speak, reach, stretch with hands and arms, stoop, kneel and crouch
- Lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 lbs.
- Occasional evening and or weekend work
- Occasional travel
- Willingness to be trained as needed
Prior to Employment: Once an offer has been extended, a candidate must meet the following criteria to receive a final contract:
- First Aid/CPR Certification
- Clear Criminal Background Check
- Valid TB Clearance
- Annual Salary Range $80,000 to $100,000
- Medical benefits
- Exceptional growth opportunities
- Retirement plan
- Reports directly to CEO
- Permanent Salaried, Exempt Position
- At-Will Contract
If you have any questions about this position, please contact our hiring team by email at [email protected]. Thank you.
Voices College-Bound Language Academies is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Voices to afford equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, citizenship status, medical condition, or any other legally protected status.