School Principal

Posted on: July 20, 2021 | |

Position Title: School Principal

F.T.E: 1.0

Location: 11530 S Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60628

Reports To: Executive Director – Chicago Schools

Start Date: July 1, 2021

The Mission of Distinctive Schools, an educational practice leader committed to social justice and the elevation of access and achievement in historically marginalized communities, is to support each child in becoming an engaged and curious learner, a confident self-advocate, and a creative problem-solver by setting high expectations and nurturing a positive culture that honors diversity, collaboration, and optimism.

Position Description:

The School Principal is the instructional and operational leader of a particular Distinctive School’s (DS) campus. The School Principal takes on responsibilities typical of a school principal- supervising and maintaining all campus functions including school budgets, staffing decisions, and parent communication. The School Principal also develops and executes the campus vision, mission and strategic plan as communicated via Distinctive Schools.

Vision & Mission

Develop and execute the DS vision, mission and strategic plan

Develop and execute the campus vision and mission

Uphold a positive climate and culture across the building and community

Finances & Operations

Oversee and approve all budget, facilities and school operational decisions including federal, state and local funding

Maintain systems and processes that support school functioning, finances, and safety

Oversee student enrollment

Oversee campus compliance


Supervise all campus personnel

Oversee compliance and accountability of staff members

Hire and approve all hiring decisions

Ensure building is fully staffed at all times

Work alongside the Talent Team to ensure strong execution of any events related to talent sourcing and recruitment

Student Services

Oversee the Student Services Team

Uphold all components outlined in the school handbook

Oversee, support and approve all final disciplinary decisions


Uphold the Distinctive Schools instructional model as the instructional leader

Lead personalized learning vision and model

Conduct formal observations for all teachers and provide timely feedback

Oversee personalized professional learning for staff

Send weekly memos to staff

Serve as the instructional leader for all teaching staff


Communicate with all stakeholders including staff, students, families, community members and outside partners

Oversee all after-school programming

Coordinate and help lead special events at the school, including visits and tours

Oversee parent involvement groups

Organize all grant proposals

Coordinate and lead all Title funds for families

Oversee the Parent Teacher Committees

Organize all grant proposals


Bachelor’s Degree

Illinois Professional Educators License

Illinois School Principal Endorsement

3-5 years school administration/leadership experience in education

Why Join the Distinctive Schools Team:

We are a collaborative team of professionals supporting each other to instill a love of learning in our students

We empower students, families and staff to contribute to our mission in a meaningful way

Distinctive Schools was named one of Crain’s 2021 Best Places to Work in Chicago; culture is at the heart of what we do

We make an impact in our communities by serving some of the most historically marginalized in the city

We offer a great benefits package for full time employees (Medical; Dental; Vision; PTO; 403b match, discounted gym membership, tuition reimbursement options, referral bonus)

Distinctive Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.