Lower School Principal (K-4)

Wilmington, DE 19801, US
Jul 03, 2018
Grade Level
Elementary School
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Position Description: Lower School Principal

About Kuumba Academy Charter School:

Kuumba Academy Charter School (KACS) is an arts integrated Expeditionary Learning school-serving students in grades K-8. In partnership with our founding organization, Christina Cultural Arts Center Inc. (CCAC), CCAC and KACS form a unique non-profit public school partnership committed to closing the achievement gap in the city of Wilmington. Kuumba Academy is dedicated to developing exceptional students with strong character who strive for academic and artistic excellence. In partnership with families, Kuumba Academy creates a culture of love and trust based on high expectations. Students, staff and families embody respect, responsibility, persistence and creativity in order to contribute to our community.

Responsibilities of Lower School Principal include but Are Not Limited to:

The principal is primarily responsible for operation of the instructional program within the school and for providing educational leadership for the staff, students and the community. The principal must see individual student success (both academic and social), as paramount and it should guide work with teachers, students and parents. The principal is responsible for establishing a climate conducive to learning; defining roles and expectations for school staff; planning, coordinating and supervising all programs in the school and identifying needed modifications in order to improve outcomes for students and families.

The principal is the voice and face of the K-4 school and is accountable for hearing and responding to parent and staff concerns and feedback. The principal reports to the Head of School (HOS) and works closely with the HOS to realize the mission and vision of the school.

Establish a structured, positive and inspiring school culture focused on high-achievement for all:
  • Provide instructional leadership to successfully implement the KACS instructional model to ensure continuous measurable improvement in student performance and achievement.
  • Provide leadership and coaching in student data analysis (academic and behavior) including developing, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions to ensure maximum response to intervention.
  • Develop positive school and community relations, which include effective oral and written communications to all stakeholder groups.
  • Propose school-wide instructional goals to HOS based on data and feedback in order to drive the schools annual work-plan.
  • Evaluate instructional staff using the Teaching Excellence Framework; establish instructional improvement plans for staff as necessary.
  • Support teachers in setting personal annual goals while monitoring and supporting progress towards achievement.
  • Work with HOS, instructional leadership team (ILT) to develop and implement a strategic plan for raising achievement of subgroups who do not meet proficiency or who do not make adequate growth.
  • Work with all internal departments (Business Office, Grant Developer, Human Resources, and Payroll) to ensure all processes and procedures are properly implemented and meet all compliance requirements.
  • Lead the school's Responsive Classroom approach which emphasizes the following:
  • Establish a calm, orderly and safe environment for students,
  • Help children develop self-control and self-discipline,
  • Teach children to be responsible, contributing members of their community,
  • Promote respectful, kind and healthy teacher-student interactions.
  • Directly support teachers in developing clear and consistent classroom expectations and routines through ongoing observation, feedback and planning
  • Promote school-wide belief that all students can learn and achieve at high levels; ensure equity in instructional delivery.
  • Develop, execute and manage after school programs including all clubs, sports and tutoring to ensure programs are adequately staffed and well defined.
  • Establish and promote a culture of love and trust focused around high expectations for all students and staff.
  • Establish processes to meet the needs of the whole child including the physical, emotional, social, and special support needs of every KACS student.
  • Ensure that school climate is characterized by The Nguzo Saba and Kuumba's Habits of Scholarship (Respect, Responsibility, Creativity, Persistence), promotes and reinforces positive self-identity, safety, kindness, and joy in learning.
  • Ensure safety and consistent use of our school's discipline policies and code of conduct.
  • Ensure schedules support instructional and curricular goals for academic and special subjects including special education.

Demonstrate exceptional leadership:
  • Conduct regular staff meetings focused on culture and academics, allow staff the space to identify potential problems, and participate in the resolution of existing problems.
  • Analyze school-wide data in order to make recommendations regarding necessary student and teacher supports utilizing a shared leadership approach.
  • Demonstrate teamwork, cooperation and open communication with all staff of Kuumba Academy, toward the achievement of school goals and objectives.
  • Lead recruitment, review and selection process for all instructional staff.
  • Provide all instructional staff with personalized professional development.
  • Conduct regular learning walks K-4 to help staff maintain a high bar of excellence and provide continuous feedback to staff.
  • Perform other duties and administrative functions as assigned by the HOS.

Qualities Skills and Characteristics:

This position requires a creative and inspiring educator with adult leadership experience, high energy, excellent organizational abilities and a talent for creating a warm and supportive environment for children and their parents. Applicants must demonstrate:
  • Strong belief in the Kuumba mission and educational model.
  • Interest in providing only the highest quality educational, social and emotional experiences for students and their families.
  • Proven ability to influence and enhance cooperative working relationships within a team environment.
  • Proven ability to proactively lead by example, effectively manage adults, and respond positively to feedback within a fast-paced, dynamic, and rapidly changing environment.
  • Exemplary instructional and classroom management skills.
  • Proven track record of meeting high standards for student achievement.
  • Excellent communication skills with diverse constituents (teachers, parents, children, board members).
  • Team player: maturity, humility, grit, flexible, follow-through, sense of humor, open to feedback and a "roll-up-my-sleeves" attitude.

Educational Background and Requirements:
  • Must hold or be eligible for State of Delaware Certification as a Principal
  • Master's degree
  • Minimum of 5 years of urban teaching experience in an elementary school
  • Minimum of 3 years of administrative experience within an urban environment
  • Experience in and/or understanding of the Delaware public school system including charter schools is desirable

  • Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Interested Candidates

Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to employment@kacsde.org attention Sally Maldonado, Head of School.

Start Date: Immediately

Reports To: Head of School

Salary Range: From/To: Commensurate with experience

  • Principal/Assistant Principal
  • School Leader I
  • School Leader II

A person may not be employed by a public school employer in any position requiring licensure and certification if the person does not meet licensure and certification requirements established under Chapter 12 of [Title 14 of the Delaware Code]..., except pursuant to a license extension and/or emergency certificate issued pursuant to Chapter 12. See 14 Del. C.§ 1313.

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