Assistant Principal

Posted on: May 31, 2022

Elgin Math and Science Academy
Assistant Principal

The Elgin Math and Science Academy Charter School (EMSA, opened in August of 2018 to all students residing in the U-46 attendance area. This coming year we will serve kindergarten through seventh grade.

EMSA is seeking a compelling, committed, and innovative Assistant Principal that will help to establish a positive learning environment that promotes Wow & Wonder in the classroom while modeling and encouraging the habits of scholarship for students self-discipline.
The Assistant Principal will report to and work closely with the Principal/CEO, along with the instructional coach and teachers, to develop and promote a culture of high expectations with high levels of support to ensure success for all students. The Assistant Principal will serve as a support to teachers in developing an EL Education culture around EMSA’s Habits of Scholarship (HOS) to create a positive and supportive environment in their classrooms and in achieving high levels of engagement and learning from all students. The Assistant Principal will serve as the coordinator for the EMSA Crew Program (small group advisories), developing the Crew Curriculum Map and supporting teachers and staff in the planning and delivery of Crew lessons and experiences.
EMSA Assistant Principal Responsibilities
Facilitating and Planning Community Crew weekly for the entire school to build community, celebrate, recognize and showcase student endeavors.
Build a Crew Curriculum Map and additional resources to support teachers with Crew lessons.
Lead a Crew Committee to be responsible for creating a positive school culture for staff and students.
Assisting teachers and crew leaders with building crew within their classrooms and planning crew lessons.
Facilitate and Plan Staff Crew weekly with the assistance of the Crew Committee.

Oversee school assessment schedules and procedures, and ensure timely and transparent dissemination and analysis of testing data (i.e. NWEA, IAR, ACCESS, etc.)
In charge of office referrals for significant student behaviors including assisting with the reentry of students back to class and a restorative conversation among affected parties.
Discipline data analysis to ensure checks for racial and gender biases and inequities and to ensure fair discipline practices for student behavior and character development.
Monitor GoGuardian for appropriate internet and Chromebook usage, along with updating the Acceptable Use of Technology Policy.
Implementing and training staff on Restorative Practices.
Reporting Truancy and working with families to increase attendance.
Promote and communicate clear school-wide expectations for character development and positive behavior.
Provide behavior counseling and support for high-needs students such as observations, parent conferences, home visits and intervention groups.

Classroom Management
Assist teachers in the implementation of EL Educations Management in the Active Classroom
Facilitate MAC Walkthroughs with other staff and lead conversations on the implementation of MAC building wide.
Provide staff with MAC training in various forms.
Partner with the Principal and Instructional Coach to support teachers in developing classroom structures to ensure all students are well known and establishing and maintaining consistent classroom routines in a student-centered classroom.
Provide supervision of students during lunch and recess.
Professional Development
Work with the Principal, Instructional Coach and ILT to plan and lead in planning professional development for teachers.
Work with the Principal to develop and implement professional development plans for new lead teachers. Plans should be differentiated based on teacher experience and job responsibilities.
Work with the Principal and teachers to plan the summer training institute. Participate in planning and leading sessions as needed.
Participate in the development of school-wide professional development goals and plans as a member of the ILT.
Staff Development
In conjunction with the principal, evaluate teachers and teacher assistants
In conjunction with the principal and Instructional Coach, plan and implement new staff orientation on EL Education foundational practices, MAC, the structure of crew, etc.
Update and maintain Staff Handbook.
Update and maintain Staff and Substitute Daily Procedures.
Ensure and facilitate professional development on mandated training for staff each year. Keep record of staff completion of these trainings for compliance.
School Development
Monitor progress on Work Plan and ensure alignment to EL Education credentialing and other compliance measures including credentialing plans and archiving for credentialing.
Update and maintain the Student Handbook.
Assist with the maintenance of PowerSchool.
Create Class Lists.
Create and ensure proper implementation of Standards Based Report Cards and grading practices.
Create the Master building Schedule to ensure appropriate use of spaces.
Facilitate Chromebook Distribution for one on one student use and provide instruction on Digital Citizenship.
Proactively create and develop positive relationships with all members of the school community (students, teachers, families).
Serve as a liaison to parents and facilitate parent education and involvement, including reinforcing the need for parents to support the school’s policies and practices for student discipline, dress code, and events.
Serve as a member of the school leadership team.
Demonstrate awareness of school/community needs and initiate activities to meet those identified needs.
Provide interpretation to Spanish as needed.
EL Education
Responsible for the implementation of school and classroom practices that promote and uphold a positive school culture based on the EL Education Core Practices of culture and Character
Present Professional Development for EL Education
Liaison between EMSA and School Designer and Curriculum Specialist.
Additional Duties
Communication to families.
Updating the website.
EMSA Assistant Principal Qualifications
Master’s degree in applicable field of student/education from an accredited college or university.
At least 3 years classroom teaching experience; experience in a school-based leadership role preferred.
Demonstrated experience with experimental or project-based learning.
Excellent knowledge and understanding of the teaching and learning process.
Experience and training in conflict resolution strategies and/or restorative practices.
Demonstrated knowledge of multiple forms of assessment, including Assessments for Learning, Portfolios, Student-Led Conferences, etc.
Demonstrated knowledge of how to use data to drive instruction.
Demonstrated understanding of effective practices to coach and develop teachers.
Demonstrated success in effectively solving challenging problems through a positive, collaborative approach.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work with diverse populations.

Hiring Timeline and Application Process
We seek to hire one for an August 2022 start date. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in May of 2021. To confidentially apply, please send a Cover Letter and Resume/Curriculum Vitae to Apply to

Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity
EMSA seeks individuals of all backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization and want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort. EMSA provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and prohibits discrimination with respect to the hiring or promotion of individuals, conditions of employment, disciplinary and discharge practices, or any other aspect of employment on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, disability, or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.