Perspectives Charter Schools Network is seeking an Assistant Principal of Culture for the 2022 – 2023 school year!
About Perspectives Charter Schools
All Perspectives Charter Schools will provide scholars with a rigorous and relevant education, based on the ethical principles of A Disciplined Life®, preparing them for life in a changing world and helping them further become intellectually reflective, caring and ethical people engaged in a meaningful life. All of Perspectives Charter Schools achieved Level 1 or 2+ this year. As one of the first charter schools in Illinois, Perspectives has a long record of preparing scholars for success in college and beyond. Our five schools across the South Side of Chicago offer an education that combines character development and academic rigor through the A Disciplined Life® education model. Our scholars come from some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the country, but they graduate from high school, enroll in college, and persist in college at a rate above the national average. The keys to our success are our dedicated, hard‐working, creative, and compassionate colleagues.
Perspectives’ Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement
We are committed to reducing barriers and fostering an anti-racist, non-discriminatory and inclusive environment by internalizing our core values of A Disciplined Life® and ensuring that our practices allow our diverse population of students and staff to grow, thrive, and excel.
Assist in the implementation of the principal’s vision for classroom instruction, school culture, and school operations. While responsibilities may vary at each campus, typically our assistant principals of culture coach and develop teachers using the A Disciplined Life education model; build strong departmental teams; manage student support services personnel, including social workers and deans, to create a vibrant A Disciplined Life school culture; and leverage strong community and family partnerships into robust after-school programming. The assistant principal position is a 52-week position which directly reports to the principal and performs other duties as assigned by the principal.
Duties and Responsibilities
In collaboration with school leadership team, faculty, students, and parents, develop and implement a school-wide vision for school culture rooted in A Disciplined Life
Continuously monitor progress toward the school-wide vision for school culture with strong information systems that monitor attendance, GPA, student engagement, etc.
Use student-level and teacher-level data to design and deliver learning opportunities that align to the next edges of growth for Joslin’s school culture. These include individual coaching sessions; small-group skill-building teams; and whole-group professional development.
Develop a strong and frequent accountability cadence that features positive and genuine praise, timely and clear feedback, and clear expectations
Leads the development and implementation of school-wide positive incentive programming, including rewards, celebrations, and student meetings (in-person or virtual)
Frequently liaises with all student leadership initiatives, including Peace Team, Student Government, and similar teams, to build student investment in school culture
Leads deans in the Equitably enactment the Perspectives Charter Schools student code of conduct, using restorative justice practices when at all possible and appropriate
Ensures all student discipline for students with disabilities is discharged in a manner compliant with all local, state, and federal special education policies and laws
Coaches, supervises, and evaluates student support staff, including deans of students
Builds family and community partnerships through systematic outreach, cultivation of new partnerships, and development of robust after-school programming
Maintains confidentiality and privacy of all school records
Coordinates and supervises support services as assigned by the principal (i.e. food service, facilities, etc.)
Implements the school’s emergency plan
Delegates and supervises hall watch, security, breakfast, lunch, student entry, tardy students and school services
Works in conjunction with the principal in supervising all school activities (dances, concerts, orientation programs, etc.)
Other duties as assigned
3-5 years of experience in an educational setting
Experience as a teacher in underserved communities with demonstrable results
Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership preferred
Type 75 certification preferred
Experience managing, coaching, and developing other adults in a school environment
Demonstrates success in engaging and empowering parents and families from underserved communities
A strong commitment to live by the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life
Passionate in the belief that all students in Chicago deserve an excellent education
Operates through an equity lens that constantly strives to eliminate inequities for our students, families, and school community
High level of comfort leading change and acting fearlessly in service of students
Leads by example and has meticulous follow-through with all stakeholders
Capacity to identify school growth areas independently, engage teams to develop solutions, and then implement solutions—with results
Demonstrates an enthusiastic disposition toward continuous improvement; regularly seeks feedback and enacts it
Operates with a generosity of spirit in interactions with students, staff, family, and community members
Demonstrates a willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve outstanding student outcomes
Exceptional managerial skills with the ability to set clear goals and objectives for team members
Excellent writing skills and interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders
Discretion, confidentiality, honesty and integrity in dealing with staff, students, families and the community
Demonstrated initiative and a willingness to take responsibility
Majority of work will be performed in a general office/school environment. Position requires availability for extended hours plus non-traditional hours required to perform job duties. Also requires participation and attendance at organization sponsored events and meetings.
Perspectives offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package for all full-time employees, including health insurance, dental, vision, paid time off including holidays, short and long term disability, paid life insurance, 403B, and the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund.
Perspectives Charter Schools works affirmatively to include diversity among its workforce and does not discriminate in the selection of its staff on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, income, marital status, or any other dimension of diversity. We encourage diverse candidates to apply for this position.