Job Description

The school principal is responsible for setting a powerful vision for student achievement, motivating others to follow that vision, and executing on that vision through effective planning, leadership, and management. The principal has a deep understanding of high-leverage instructional strategies and is a skilled instructional coach and manager. He or she establishes data-driven academic and culture systems that include sustainability and accountability measures. The school principal is willing to roll up his or her sleeves to build a school community where students, staff, and families are motivated and empowered to partner in preparing students for college and beyond.

The principal leads, manages, and oversees all functions of his or her respective school, including, but not limited to:

Instructional Leadership

  • Articulates a clear instructional vision and plan that is standards-driven, focused on high quality teaching and learning, and aligned with organizational goals
  • Facilitates the use of research-based teaching strategies to identify and address the needs of teachers and provides direct coaching to assistant principals and teachers
  • Consistently analyzes teacher practice through ongoing classroom observations, data analysis, and examination of student work
  • Develops and implements a robust, standards-aligned data strategy, that includes analyzing student data to inform instructional planning and interventions
  • Co-plans and co-leads differentiated professional development and communities of practice for instructional staff


  • Models the highest levels of personal and professional trust and credibility with staff and students
  • Holds staff accountable for high quality job performance and modeling organizational values
  • Builds capacity in direct reports to interpret and use data, develop teacher skill, and implement targeted interventions
  • Identifies and develops emerging leaders through goal setting, coaching, job-embedded opportunities for growth, and regular feedback

School Culture

  • Develops, implements, and monitors a school-wide culture plan that includes routines and expectations for students and staff in and outside of the classroom
  • Institutes systems to ensure a student-centered environment focused on trust, collaboration, and high expectations
  • Creates inclusive environments that honor and support a diversity of background and perspectives


  • Designs school-wide systems to gather data for the purpose of assigning and determining the appropriateness of interventions
  • Ensures all students are receiving the services necessary to exceed their learning potential and that high school staff are executing all interventions with fidelity
  • Partners with school leaders and teachers to lead IEP meetings when appropriate

Building Community

  • Creates and models a culture where the staff collaborate and work as dedicated members of a team
  • Actively participates in activities, both during and after-school, that foster connections with families, students, and community groups
  • Models positivity and cultural competence during interactions with staff, students, families, and community members

School Operations

  • Collaborates with the Director of Operations to set and maintain a budget that ensures fiscal solvency
  • Manages all parts of the school’s daily operations (e.g. arrival/dismissal, lunch/recess, school trips, etc.)


Washington, DC


Paul Public Charter School offers a comprehensive benefits package and a salary commensurate with experience.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s strongly preferred
  • A minimum of three years teaching in a secondary school in an academic core subject is required
  • A minimum of two years in a K-12 instructional school leadership role
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively coach and manage adults in a school environment
  • A systems-thinker who has experience designing, implementing, and evaluating organization-wide initiatives
  • Strong data analysis skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • 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 with Principal Application as the subject. If you have a preference between Middle School or High School, please indicate that in your subject line. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered and replies will only be sent to qualified applicants.

When you send the files, please use the following naming conventions:

  • Last name_First name_Principal_Resume
  • Last name_First name_Principal_Cover Letter








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