Principal, Erie Elementary Charter School

Posted on: April 25, 2022 | |

Role: Principal, Erie Elementary Charter School
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Chicago, IL

Located in Humboldt Park, Erie Elementary Charter School is a caring and collaborative community for
children in grades K-8. Founded in 2005, Erie was born from Erie Neighborhood House, a social service
agency with a 150-year history of service and education. Erie Elementary’s culture is grounded in
building a just and inclusive society. We provide families an opportunity for students to receive a
nurturing, culturally-responsive K-8 education.

Erie provides children with a quality dual-language education that values their unique life experience,
language and culture. With the value-driven culture at Erie, we foster the habits of heart, mind, and
work to create stronger communities, which provide students with the self-confidence necessary for
success in college, career, and life.

We seek a leader with an educational vision aligned to Erie’s values and commitment to building upon
the school’s achievements, dual-language philosophy, and strong community to realize our mission. This
individual will lead Erie in instructional leadership, school culture and staff management.This is an
opportunity for an exceptional candidate to leverage the school to help bring about educational equity in
our greater community.

Responsibilities and Goals
Lead the School Community
● Nurture a culture such that Erie maintains high expectations, while remaining an authentic and
caring community that prepares all students for success;
● Ensure that Erie reaches high levels of academic performance, by internal and external
measures, including district and state benchmarks;
● Prioritize meeting the social and emotional learning (SEL) needs of our students and families;
● Engage proactively and respectfully with faculty and staff in pursuit of school goals and respond
to identified needs;
● Communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders—faculty, staff, students, families, volunteers,
community members, as well as Board members and donors in collaboration with Executive
Lead Instructional Excellence
● Model and lead our educational philosophy through planning and implementation of rigorous
academic/intellectual and integrated social/emotional educational framework, including
responsive classroom;
● Champion and guide Erie’s dual language mission, ensuring that the approach is equitable,
supported, and integrated throughout the school;
● Set the school’s instructional strategic plan and manage the plan’s execution;
● Guide and supervise the instructional leadership team in planning, implementing, and evaluating
academic programs and in supporting and supervising faculty and staff;
● Elevate data-driven instructional practices, including both formative and summative
● Develop the instructional practice and expertise of teachers through frequent observation,
feedback, and professional development;
● Oversee the recruitment, training, evaluation, and retention of faculty;;
● Guide and support special education best practices.
Manage Toward a Sustainable Organization
● Set vision for, measure, and communicate academic organizational performance to Executive
Director and board and key stakeholders in collaboration with the Executive Director
● Manage relations with parent leadership groups to promote organizational priorities and
community inclusiveness;
● In partnership with the Executive Director and appropriate staff, ensure adherence to school
regulatory compliance matters, finance/resource allocation, and talent management.
● Working closely with operations staff, manage school facilities and school budget.
You may be a great fit if you:
● Embody the mission and vision of Erie;
● Lead with inspiration, confidence, responsiveness, inclusivity, and clarity among faculty and staff,
as well as external stakeholders;
● Have led diverse teams successfully and with purpose;
● Are collaborative, approachable, knowledgeable, compassionate, and solutions-oriented;
● Bring excellent communication and management skills;
● Are intellectually curious and are a lifelong learner;
● Excel at balancing multiple tasks simultaneously and making timely and sound decisions;
● Bring poise and networking skills to effectively act as the champion of Erie for all academic and
cultural related purposes.
● Embrace diversity, equity and inclusion and respect the importance of the wide range of faiths,
beliefs, and life experiences within the school community;
● Lead by example.
● A belief that all children can succeed.
● Bachelor’s degree required; an advanced degree in education/educational leadership strongly
● Professional Educator License (PEL) with Principal Endorsement.
● ESL Language certification and/or Bilingual Education Teacher – Spanish certification preferred.
● Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred.
● Clear and effective communication skills both in writing and orally.
● Three or more years of experience in successful school administration/instructional leadership in
an urban setting, including staff supervision.
● Demonstrated skill and success in developing and maintaining a rigorous academic program that
meets the needs of all students, with experience in dual language programs preferred.
● Positive experience working in, for, and on behalf of individuals and organizations within urban
● Experience and practice in Responsive Classroom approach preferred
● Experience in and/or knowledge of public education accountability, compliance, and related
legal requirements.
Additional Details
● Full-time, twelve-month work year
● Competitive salary based on qualifications and experience
● Start date is flexible, with a target of July 1,2022

To Apply
Please review our website ( for additional background. Then to apply, email your resume and a thoughtful, job-specific cover letter – both in PDF format – to

Please include your name in the subject line of your email. We regret that we are unable to respond to phone inquiries for this position. Erie faculty, staff, families, and Board members will engage with candidates in a robust interview process as we identify our next school leader.

Erie Elementary Charter School (EECS) is an equal opportunity employer. EECS will not discriminate
against any person in employment because of race, color, marital status, parental status, ancestry, source
of income, religion, sex, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, need for special
education services, or any other protected status. This same non-discriminatory consideration will be
used in all employment relationships and in student admissions