Job Title: RISE Resident Principal
School Year: 2021-2022
DC Public Schools is seeking talented, dedicated leaders who have the skills and experience to lead our schools and the desire to help transform DCPS into the highest performing urban school district in the nation-for all of our students.
We believe that all students can achieve at the highest levels and are committed to closing the achievement gap. To do this, we need inspiring leaders who:
- Are passionate about student achievement and closing the achievement gap.
- Believe that the urgency of closing this gap is too great to accept excuses of any kind.
- Motivate and support their teachers and staff while holding all adults in the building accountable for ensuring student success.
The Rise Resident Principal will serve as a full-time Assistant Principal while also actively preparing to apply for and matriculate to the principalship. In this role, the Rise Resident Principal will receive targeted coaching and job-embedded development designed to help accelerate the acquisition of the competencies critical to the principalship. As an Assistant Principal, the Rise Resident Principal will be charged with working collaboratively with the principal to establish and maintain a culture grounded in the school improvement process that promotes high quality instruction and yields ambitious student outcomes.
This position is a safety-sensitive position. As a result, throughout employment this position will be subject to the Employee Mandatory Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy.
The RISE Resident Principal will report to the Principal.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.
- Articulating a clear instructional vision alongside the principal with a school-wide focus on teaching and learning that is data-driven, standards-aligned, and rooted in a belief that all students can achieve at high levels.
- Aligning human resources to school needs, setting high expectations, and effectively managing all or a subset of school employees to meet school goals.
Leading for Increased Effectiveness
- Focusing on evidence-based growth and results to drive the school towards annual and long-term goals.
- Engaging school community members effectively to ensure all stakeholders are included in school improvement efforts. Listening to and communicating with all the school's stakeholders; building successful interpersonal relationships with faculty, staff members, family and community members, and students.
- Managing the change process with the principal, including making tough decisions when necessary to move the school and students forward.
- Engaging in constant personal learning, including the need to learn and adapt when faced with challenges and successes.
Depending upon school placement, some DCPS Assistant Principals will be responsible for the following additional duties:
- With the principal, implementing consistent school-wide instructional practices that are clear, results-oriented, and research-based. Creating opportunities for ongoing learning and staff development that are informed by data.
- Executing results-focused school operations and resource management that ensure minimal disruptions to teaching.
- Developing and maintaining a purposeful school culture that supports a safe and effective learning environment.
All RISE Assistant Principal Residents will be responsible for the following additional duties:
- Participation in monthly professional learning community cohort meetings.
- Participation in monthly mentorship meetings with a veteran principal.
- Completion of a leadership portfolio to be submitted at the culmination of the residency experience.
- The successful candidate is motivated by the mission to transform the District of Columbia Public Schools into the nation's highest-performing public school system. This position offers the opportunity to have a profound and lasting impact on student learning and achievement. Candidates must possess the following professional qualifications:
- Applicants must obtain an Adminstrative Services Credential (ASC) through the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). To obtain an ASC, at minimum, applicants must: EITHER (1) possess at least a master's degree, (2) have spent two years or more in a full-time, K-12 school-based position, and (3) have earned a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA). OR (1) possess a bachelor's degree and (2) have completed a state-approved program in K-12 Leadership/Administration. For a full description of ASC requirements, please visit OSSE's website: OSSE ASC Requirements.
- Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
- STUDENTS FIRST: We recognize students as whole children and put their needs first in everything we do.
- COURAGE: We have the audacity to learn from our successes and failures, to try new things, and to lead the nation as a proof point of PK-12 success.
- EQUITY: We work proactively to eliminate opportunity gaps by interrupting institutional bias and investing in effective strategies to ensure every student succeeds.
- EXCELLENCE: We work with integrity and hold ourselves accountable for exemplary outcomes, service, and interactions.
- TEAMWORK: We recognize that our greatest asset is our collective vision and ability to work collaboratively and authentically.
- JOY: We enjoy our collective work and will enthusiastically celebrate our success and each other.