Assistant Principal

Posted on: April 2, 2020 | |

Great Lakes Academy Assistant Principal

Great Lakes Academy is a high performing charter school that opened to serve families on the southeast side of Chicago in 2014. For the 2020-21 school year we are serving students in grades K-7 and will continue to add a grade level annually to reach K-8. We are seeking a high capacity, fiercely positive, growth oriented Assistant Principal to support the Campus Director in setting and executing the cultural and academic vision for the school and ensuring that every adult in the building is focused on preparing students for success in college and life.

Job Description

The Assistant Principal works closely with the Campus Director, and Campus Leadership Team in establishing and maintaining a fiercely positive, supportive school culture that allows for social emotional growth as well as high academic achievement for all students. The Assistant Principal ensures high academic outcomes by coaching the instructional team, planning PDs, planning curriculum, planning and supporting data review cycles, supporting the content Specialists, and managing the performance of the full instructional staff with the Principal and Campus Director. The Assistant Principal also supports a calm, focused, joyous school environment by supporting high behavioral expectations and calm, consistent, supportive and positively framed classroom management.

Job Outputs

Maintains a strong adult culture with annual staff retention of over 80%
Supports teachers to grow across their practice from classroom management to lesson planning to lesson execution to data review, through feedback, coaching and Professional Development
Maintains student and family satisfaction with low annual student attrition under 15% that reflects high family satisfaction
Classroom systems and procedures at school are clearly communicated and consistently implemented to 100%
Student Culture reflects the BE GREAT core values, a love of learning, a growth mindset and consistent social emotional growth
Rigorous Common Core standards aligned curriculum is analyzed, selected and utilized at a highly effective level for students as demonstrated by student assessment data
Professional Development is targeted, effective per student data, and responsive to teacher and student needs

Job Responsibilities

Supports leadership of instructional team including Teachers and Teacher Leaders and paraprofessionals
Supports the Campus Director/Principal in developing the educational programming, including the school’s curriculum and enrichment programming
Supports utilization of online learning platforms and online curriculum such that all instructors are comfortable utilizing the platforms daily.
Supports an instructional culture around data analysis and responsive action planning for all subject areas
Supports assessment coordination and scheduling and preparation
Supports continuous tweaking and execution of the MTSS program and tutoring program per student data
Trains or coordinates the training of all staff members, including teachers with Instructional Leadership
Selects and trains the staff on the assessments used by the school, such as STEP, in addition to state tests
Drives teachers’ growth at high levels by facilitating individual goal setting and coaching around classroom culture, curriculum development, lesson creation and lesson execution, and data analysis and action planning
Works with the school Leadership Team to develop, implement and maintain every detail of the school’s systems and procedures, including homework, discipline, transitions, entrance and exit, community celebrations, morning meetings, and classroom culture so that GLA is structured and highly joyful with a focus on growth
Coaches leadership team members on coaching teachers on executing daily, weekly and interim assessments and analysis, implementing highly responsive instructional action plans that bring 100% of scholars to mastery of 100% of objectives such that every single student masters every single standard
Creates system for tracking school culture and monitors, analyzes and defines action plans based on this data
Coordinates staff-wide professional development programming with Instructional Leadership
Drives positive staff culture that is reflected as average staff ratings of “strongly agree” and “agree” for job satisfaction on quarterly surveys
Continuously works to identify any gaps across classrooms, grades or school and works to address those gaps and drive the school towards ever stronger cohesion and performance
Supports strong family communication regarding both academic and social/emotional status of students


Strong teaching track record of student success in the classroom and around student culture & learning as demonstrated by classroom academic data
Experienced teacher coach with track record of growing instructors in lesson planning, curriculum building, action planning, data analysis, classroom management, and lesson execution
Deep knowledge of the teacher “taxonomies” per Teach Like A Champion
Deep knowledge of K-8 curriculum in Math and ELA and science
Deep knowledge of curricular resources and programs, including an understanding of common core standards and best practices for social-emotional learning
Strong executor able to create high quality work product and stay highly organized in a multi-faceted role with intense time pressures
Strong communicator and relationship builder with adults, including all school stakeholders such as staff, students, families and community partners
Able to work in a stressful school setting with emotional continuity, calm and positivity along with system and procedural consistency
Demonstrated school based leadership skills – highly organized and efficient, execution oriented, self-motivated, self-aware, self-directed, solution driven, and humble
Strong problem solver – able to adapt and problem solve in the moment

Job Requirements

Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred; and
Minimum of four years teaching experience in an urban public school or urban charter school setting; and
Previous school based leadership team experience required; and
Experience and success leading and training adults to positively impact student outcomes; and
Belief in and alignment with Great Lakes Academy’s core beliefs and educational philosophy is non-negotiable.

Culture Fit- Do these words describe you?

Fiercely positive, Sense of humor, Hard-working, Intelligent, Organized, Humble, Self-reflective, Self-directed, Goal-oriented, Enthusiastic, Friendly

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As an equal opportunity employer, Great Lakes Academy hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law.