Far Northeast Assistant Principal

Location: Denver, Colorado
Date Posted: 09-22-2017
This role will support administrative needs in multiple campuses in Far Northeast Denver for the 2017-18 school year.
About STRIVE Preparatory Schools:
Founded in 2006, STRIVE Preparatory Schools (STRIVE Prep) is a Denver-based community of free, open enrollment, public charter schools committed to providing every student with an excellent, college-preparatory education. We believe that students from all backgrounds deserve a college preparatory education regardless of race, economic circumstance or previous academic achievement. We are committed to preparing all students for educational success from kindergarten through college and career by challenging them to realize their full potential through high expectations in a safe, rigorous, and compassionate learning environment with shared accountability among students, families and staff.
Our teachers, leaders, faculty and staff clear a path for all families to have access to a high-quality school that’s just down the street, not across town.  By building great schools in Far Northeast, Northwest and Southwest Denver, we will create depth of impact and long-lasting community change.
At STRIVE Prep, transformation is a choice that has led to:
  • The opening of 11 free, public charter schools within Denver Public Schools (DPS) throughout Far Northeast, Northwest and Southwest Denver.
  • A shared vision of making a college prep education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception, by growing from 11 schools serving 3,500 students to 17 schools serving 7,500 students by the year 2022.
  • A commitment to serve all students from the neighborhoods in which we operate, whereby approximately 97% of STRIVE Prep students identify as students of color, 91% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, 42% are English Language Learners and 12% receive Special Education services.
  • One or more STRIVE Prep schools consistently ranking in the top 10 high performing secondary schools within DPS since the DPS School Performance Framework was introduced.
  • The welcoming of any scholar from kindergarten through twelfth grade who desires to STRIVE for college. Because STRIVE Prep participates in the DPS SchoolChoice process, enrollment is open to any student in the communities we serve regardless of race, economic circumstance or previous academic achievement.
About STRIVE Prep-Montbello:
  • STRIVE Prep-Montbello is one of three STRIVE Prep campuses serving the Far Northeast communities of Denver.
  • STRIVE Prep-Montbello had the highest academic growth of all DPS middle schools during its opening year, 2012-2013, and received an award the past two years for, "exceptional success in supporting student TCAP growth."
  • The Montbello campus runs extensive after-school programming, which includes competitive sports and teacher-led clubs, such as tutoring, drum-line, step team, etc. Teacher stipends are available.
  • The Montbello campus serves 340 students in grades 6-8; the student population is approximately 70% Latino or Hispanic, 20% African American, and 10% Mixed-race or other races. Approximately 60% of students are ELL, and 10% receive Special Education services.
About STRIVE Prep - GVR:
  • Currently in its sixth year of operations, STRIVE Prep-Green Valley Ranch (GVR) opened in 2012, as one of our first campuses serving the far northeast Denver community.
  • Every year between 2012 - 2015, STRIVE Prep-GVR was recognized as a Distinguished school, the highest possible rating on the Denver Public Schools School Performance Framework.
  • The GVR campus serves approximately 370 students in grades 6-8; the student population is approximately 67% Latino, 18% African-American, 10% White, and 5% Mixed or Other race.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Establish and execute systems and routines in order to create a safe, purposeful, and welcoming school environment.
  • Support the campus instructional coaching program in close coordination with the Principal.
  • Lead highly effective, regular instructional coaching meetings with teachers and teacher leaders that are informed by student data, student work and frequent classroom observations.
  • Lead highly effective, regular coaching meetings with instructional coaches to ensure effective instructional coaching is taking place at all grade levels.
  • Support the school-wide incentive and discipline systems, student events, and parental and community engagement opportunities.
  • Support campus discipline and support systems for students with social and emotional needs.
  • Ensure that students are safe and maximize learning time by upholding school-wide behavioral expectations and supporting larger student discipline issues.
  • Plan and facilitate morning meetings that model excellent instruction and invest scholars in the STRIVE values.
  • Consistently and effectively model revolutionary instruction and management strategies.
  • Provide daily leadership during community gatherings that set the tone for academic program.
  • Meet regularly with Grade Level Lead/Chair(s) to further develop his or her capacity to lead a positive and pro-active grade-level team.
  • Communicate regularly and often with families to both solicit input and share student social and academic progress, while empowering teachers to do the same.
Our Aspiring Assistant Principal:
  • Has demonstrated proven leadership skills in an urban setting with an emphasis on data-driven instruction and demonstrable gains in student achievement. 
  • Has a minimum of one year of instructional coaching in math, ELA or science at the middle or high school level (required).
  • Has a minimum of three years of teaching experience in an urban setting (required) at the middle or high school level (strongly preferred).
  • Has experience in sheltered instruction and supporting diverse learners.
  • Holds at least a bachelor’s degree (required), and preferably an advanced degree.
  • Speaks Spanish fluently (strongly preferred).
  • Has experience working with bilingual students (strongly preferred).
  • Is dedicated to educational success for first generation college-bound urban students of color.
  • Is fired up about social justice, eager to empower our scholars, and committed to being change-makers.
  • Is committed to constant growth and reflection through regular coaching and professional development.
  • Brings enthusiasm, professionalism, and positivity to their students and our adult community.
  • Assumes the best in others and is willing to have courageous conversations in order to do what is best for students. 
  • Is hard-working and views challenges as opportunities for improvement.
  • Has high expectations of themselves and others, and a willingness to hold themselves and others to those expectations.
  • Is effective at communicating and building relationships with students, teachers, and families through consistent partnership and communication.
  • Is willing to provide administrative support across multiple campuses based on campus need and beginning immediately with coverage at STRIVE Prep - Excel.
What we Offer our Assistant Principals:
  • Competitive compensation package and annual cost of living and performance based raises.
  • Participation on the Colorado PERA retirement program including a PERA 401k contribution option.
  • Funding of 100% of individual medical benefits and a wide range of insurance plans.
This position begins immediately.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
STRIVE Prep is an equal opportunity employer.
Visit our Careers Page at http://www.striveprep.org/join-our-team/teach-at-strive/ to learn more about what to expect in the hiring process and who we need.
Please contact Susan Andersen at sandersen@striveprep.org  with any questions.
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