HS Assistant Principal

Job Description

Position Overview: The Assistant Principal (AP) plays a critical role in driving academic achievement for students and building a rigorous college preparatory environment through collaboration with the Principal and other members of the leadership team. The AP has a deep understanding of high-leverage instructional strategies and will directly manage and coach teachers. The AP serves as a leader of the building and will ensure systems are carried out with fidelity.

The Assistant Principal is a 12 month position and reports to the Principal.

Primary Responsibilities:

Instructional Leadership

  • Coordinates with principal and other instructional leaders to support teachers’ instruction through modeling, observing, providing feedback and supporting teacher reflection
  • Observes caseload of teachers at least twice per month and provides concrete and actionable feedback through email and coaching conversations
  • Works with teachers and instructional staff in establishing positive classroom learning environments
  • Reviews teacher lesson plans for quality ensuring rigor, differentiation, etc.
  • Plans and facilitates professional development for teachers and staff based on observations and student data analysis

School Culture

  • Collaborates with Principal and Culture Team to develop, implement, and monitor a school-wide culture plan that includes routines and expectations for students and staff in and outside of the classroom
  • Provides leadership to all staff and students in establishing a positive, structured, and achievement-oriented environment
  • Creates inclusive environments that honor and support a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives
  • Models Paul’s core values and sets the standard for professional behavior
  • Is highly present and visible during school hours to ensure a positive school environment


  • Supports teachers in the implementation of ongoing assessment, data collection, and data analysis to support mastery of standards across the content areas
  • Supports teachers in differentiating instruction through modeling, observing, providing feedback, and supporting teacher reflection
  • Helps teachers develop and implement classroom-based, developmentally appropriate interventions for individual students and groups of students 
  • Assists with the Student Support Team (SST) to ensure students receive academic interventions

Building Community

  • Communicates with parents and families to share progress, as well as behavior and academic concerns
  • Creates a healthy, high-achieving environment where staff feel challenged, supported, and valued


  • Participates in working groups of staff and teachers to plan, problem solve, and support one another on an ongoing basis
  • Attends and participates in staff and other school activities and meetings as appropriate
  • Shares responsibilities across the leadership team to include planning and leading professional development, culture and discipline in common spaces, special events (trips, evening events, etc.), coordinating testing, developing the master schedule, managing teachers and other staff members, and other such duties
  • Other appropriate administrative tasks as needed to fulfill Paul’s mission for our students


Washington, DC

Start Date



Competitive salaries, excellent benefits, an innovative work environment, and an opportunity to rethink school as we know it and change the lives of our students.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree strongly preferred
  • A minimum of three years teaching in an academic core subject (including special education, EL) is required
  • A minimum of one year in a K-12 instructional leadership role is required
  • Demonstrated ability to coach, manage, and collaborate with adults from a diverse range of perspectives and backgrounds
  • Strong data analysis skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to build strong relationships with staff, students, families, and the community 
  • Belief that all students, regardless of background, have the ability to reach high levels of achievement

Application Information

Please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to careers@paulcharter.org. The subject line should read Application for HS Assistant Principal. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered and replies will only be sent to qualified applicants.









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