Full Job Description
Who We Are
Serving more than 3,300 scholars in six schools across two cities; Jackson, Mississippi and Nashville, Tennessee, RePublic Schools is the only school network solely dedicated to reimagining public education in the South.
Part of reimagining education in the South means that we confront the historic inequities that work against our scholars and actively work to dismantle those inequities. We are doing this by intentionally creating environments that embrace, honor, and celebrate our scholars' identities and experiences, as well as the identities and experiences of every member of our community.
We are looking for a Founding Principal in Jackson, MS for the 2021-22 school year at Revive Prep. Founding Principal in residence will receive extensive internal and external training to prepare them to open Revive Prep in August 2022.
What You'll Do
The Principal is the most impactful leadership position at RePublic. Equal parts instructional visionary, strategic mastermind, data-driven decision-maker, people developer, and community builder, the Principal stands at the nexus of the highest-leverage unit of change in a child's life: the school. The Founding Principal will work closely with RePublic's existing schools in Jackson and Nashville, as well as our network team to receive extensive internal and external training during their year in residence (2021-22) as they prepare to launch the school in August 2022.
The Founding Principal will prepare the school to launch by:
Crafting expansive culture systems that will teach our students critical social-emotional skills, and efficient operational systems to ensure the school runs seamlessly.
Creating academic systems designed to ensure teachers drive academic outcomes by analyzing student work, responding to data, and differentiating instruction.
Working with RePublic's network operations team to ensure the school facility is gleaming and ready to welcome scholars on day one of school.
Working with RePublic's talent team to hire the founding team of teaching and leaders.
With the support of RePublic's student recruitment team, engaging with prospective families to inspire them to enroll founding scholars in the school.
Engaging with community leaders and partners to build excitement, investment, and momentum in RePublic's mission.
The Founding Principal will drive instruction and create a culture of academic ownership by:
Setting goals for student growth and achievement;
Leading the school-based leadership team and teachers to collectively and individually monitor academic progress of all scholars and analyze student achievement data to drive instructional decisions and change course as needed to ensure transformational academic outcomes;
Fostering a school-wide culture in which students love learning, are obsessed with reading, think critically, and take ownership over their own academic progress and inquiry; and
Building strong relationships with families, students, and staff to ensure collective investment in instructional priorities, initiatives, and expectations.
The Founding Principal will empower and develop teachers and leaders by:
Owning all aspects of leading, inspiring, managing, and developing a staff of approximately 15 dynamic, driven, and diverse individuals;
Setting clear, ambitious, and measurable short and long term goals and priorities for the school that align with RePublic's mission and values, investing the team in these goals and priorities, and making progress against these known to all teammates;
Managing and coaching a founding school-based leadership team of approximately 3-4 individuals;
Leading and facilitating robust school-based professional development weekly that sets staff up to: master the fundamentals of classroom management, backwards-design planning and intellectual preparation, relationship-building and communication with scholars and families, data-driven action planning, and implementation of school wide cultural, academic, operational, and extracurricular systems and initiatives;
Training and coaching leaders to effectively move individual teacher instructional practice and, subsequently, students' academic achievement, through high-leverage and consistent observation and feedback cycles; and
Creating a culture where all staff give and receive feedback fluidly – both positive and constructive – as part of daily practice to move the entire school forward.
The Founding Principal will manage the school's growth and expansion by:
Recruiting, selecting, and hiring top talent from across the nation to teach, lead, and support the mission and vision of the school;
Managing the leadership team to develop culture and operational systems that create a school environment where scholars feel safe, able to take social and academic risks, and excited to come to school each day;
Leading the school team to build deep relationships with families and scholars such that key stakeholders are inspired to remain with RePublic, and committed to persisting through challenges to produce scholars that are bound for success in college and in life;
Overseeing the growth of the school (facilities as well as the academic and extracurricular program) as it expands to full growth over four years;
Serving as a liaison to the broader Mississippi (and national) educational community to champion the work RePublic is doing and build a network of supporters committed to seeing our scholars succeed; and
Ensuring compliance with the full scope of federal and state regulatory requirements.
Who You Are
Our Founding Principal has an unwavering belief that our students can achieve at an exceptionally high level. Beyond that, you are:
A serial optimist. You've got a deep, personal commitment to the mission of RePublic Schools, and a genuine belief that all students can achieve academic excellence, regardless of race or socioeconomic status. You've got a "healthy rage" about the state of public education in the South - and you want to be a part of a team that is doing something about it every single day.
A proven school leader, and a driver of results. You've demonstrated ability to drive results in the pursuit of an ambitious vision and strategy, and you combine your exceptional strategic, analytical, and critical-thinking skills with your penchant to use data to drive decision-making to achieve impressive outcomes. You've got a background in instructional excellence, and leadership, and have both achieved your own impressive results in the classroom and have moved other teachers and leaders to do the same.
A people developer. You've led, directly managed, and coached teams and individuals over multiple years to achieve wildly impressive results for scholars. You love and actively seek opportunities to develop others through ongoing coaching, clear expectations and accountability, strong inspirational and motivational skills, high leverage feedback, and targeted professional development.
A systems builder. You're comfortable with ambiguity, and thrive in situations where you get to build something out of nothing, or create order out of chaos. You choose start-up over bureaucracy any day.
An organizational mastermind. You appreciate the big picture, but you know it's all in the details. You manage projects fluidly, fiercely prioritize, and track timelines, data, and information in an organized and systematic fashion. When you say you'll follow up with someone, you do it – and you are known as someone who doesn't drop balls.
An entrepreneurial learner. You are a self-directed go-getter. You take initiative, generate ideas/solutions to problems, operate with a growth mindset, and seek opportunities for feedback.
A strong communicator. You've got a knack for speaking and writing clearly, succinctly and persuasively such that expectations are clear, timelines are delineated, and excellence is defined. People would describe you as someone who is able to build relationships across lines of difference that allow you to motivate and inspire from a place of authenticity.
Bachelor's degree with a preference for a graduate degree in a related field
Deeply convicted by RePublic's mission, values, and educational model
As a part of reimagining public education in the South, we are intentionally creating an environment that embraces, honors, and celebrates our scholars' identities and experiences. We are working to make environments that affirm our differences across race, gender, age, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender orientation, physical abilities, socio-economic class, and other characteristics that make up our unique identities. Additionally, we've committed to hiring and developing individuals who share the life experiences of our students because we believe these individuals have an additional impact on our scholars. To hear more about our journey to make our network a diverse and equitable place, read this blog post.
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