Mar 14, 2019

Elementary Assistant Principal (Meridian Public Charter School)

  • TenSquare
Full-time Administrative Education

Job Description

Meridian is a PreK-8th grade school located in the Washington DC’s vibrant U Street Corridor. Our 650+ students are a diverse mix of African-American, Latino, Asian, African, and White students. Almost 30% of our students are English language learners, and we have one of the largest Hispanic populations in DC charter schools. Meridian is committed to serving our local community, and one-third of our students live within a half mile of the school. We are also proud of the fact that Meridian is a school of choice for parents— all eight wards of the city are represented among our student population.

Meridian’s strengths include a beautiful main campus, with nearby outdoor and recreational grounds; state of the art technology for students and teachers; updated and aligned curricula; an academic program laser-focused on student growth, achievement, and social-emotional development; extensive professional development and support for teachers and leaders; and a school culture grounded in student achievement and support.

In 2015, Meridian launched a comprehensive and intensive school improvement initiative. Since then, the school has seen steady, sustained gains in student learning and achievement including:

  • A 17.6 point gain to a 59.4 on the DC Public Charter School Board’s 100-point Performance Management Framework (PMF). This increase is the among the highest PMF score increase during this two-year period for all PS-8 charter schools. Now, Meridian is on the cusp of becoming a Tier 1 school. 
  • Two out of three students at Meridian improved their math and reading scores faster than their peers across the District of Columbia and nationally.

Join us as we continue to take Meridian from good to great! For additional information about Meridian visit 

An Assistant Principal is a member of the school leadership team who collaborates with fellow leaders to design and manage the implementation of the school turnaround project. The ideal candidate will bring demonstrated experience mentoring adults, designing curriculum, and increasing student achievement, as well as an interest in personal growth and development.

Under the guidance of the Elementary Principal, the Assistant Principal will perform specific responsibilities that include, but are not limited to: 

Student Achievement

  • Implement the vision for the school’s academic program for assigned grade levels; 
  • Observe classroom instruction, provide substantive feedback based on content, and provide direct support to teachers through informal and formal observations; 
  • Develop and implement professional development aligned to the school’s academic vision and student achievement outcomes;  
  • Facilitate Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) aligned to student achievement outcomes; 
  • Collaborate with key staff to administer interim assessments and required state assessments; 
  • Drive revision of instructional plans in response to assessment data; 
  • Collect, analyze and review student achievement data in coordination with other school and student level data; 
  • Facilitate the examination of data for the purpose of teacher reflection, improved practice, and programmatic changes leading to improve student outcomes;
  • Implement academic interventions including curricular and program adjustments for students. 

Talent and Culture

  • Collaborate with the other school leaders to develop, monitor and maintain high academic and behavioral expectations for all students and teachers; 
  • Coach, supervise, and evaluate staff through informal classroom visits, regular formal and informal classroom observations, lesson plan review, and written evaluations for instructional staff; 
  • Support a cohort of new teachers with instructional delivery and classroom management;
  • Participate in the recruitment and hiring of academic staff (teachers, instructional assistants, coaches, etc.).


  • Communicate the message of standards-driven teaching and learning to parents/guardians, staff, and students; and
  • Complete other duties as outlined by the school leadership.

Successful candidates will possess the following qualifications:  

  • Experience with one or more of the following is preferred:
    • Leading professional development for teachers;
    • Working with teachers to increase rigor in lesson plans and course curriculum; 
    • Mentoring and coaching adults to excellence;
    • Conducting formal evaluations of teachers;
  • Comfort synthesizing and prioritizing data to solve problems and develop strategies to achieve ambitious academic goals;
  • Strong problem-solving, critical thinking, and analytic skills; 
  • Familiarity with Common Core State Standards and state assessment systems (SBAC); 
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills;
  • A demonstrated passion for advancing educational opportunities in low-income communities; 
  • At least four years of classroom teaching experience;
  • An advanced degree in K-12 school administration, curriculum & instruction, or a related field with strong academic preparation preferred.

Do you embody a love of learning? Do you believe in the importance of educating the whole child? Do you want to help Meridian continue to grow from good to great?  Apply today to the Elementary Assistant Principal position! 


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, veteran’s status, or any other factor, which would constitute a violation of the D.C. Human Rights Act or other applicable laws or court order.

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