Assistant Principal (ASCEND)

Assistant Principal (ASCEND)

REPORTS TO: Site Principal Position SummaryASCEND TK-8 school is looking for a dynamic and visionary leader who will work alongside the ASCEND community of staff, students, and families as we strive to reach our vision and mission of access to opportunity for all students. The assistant principal collaborates closely with the principal in communicating and supporting our vision and collective growth, maintaining a focus on deeper, rigorous learning, nurturing our expeditionary and arts-integrated instructional programs, creating a collaborative, creative professional learning community, analyzing and responding to community need, supporting teachers in their growth, and evaluating and responding to the effectiveness of interventions and instructional practices. They engage community partners and families in serving the whole child and ensuring ALL children can reach their full potential and be prepared to succeed in any setting. They will relish the privilege of serving students in an urban school setting school with a high English Learner and low-income population, and will exhibit a well-developed set of cultural and equity-focused competencies and awarenesses. About ASCEND TK-8 SchoolASCEND is a school serving 490 transitional kindergarten through 8th Grade students in the Fruitvale community of Oakland, CA. We are driven by a vision of equity and opportunity for all students that includes Expeditionary Learning, a focus on arts integration, and a commitment to deeper learning, critical literacy, and social emotional growth. ASCEND was established nearly 20 years ago by parents who believed their children had a right to an educational experience in which each child is embraced as a whole human, their strengths are identified and nurtured, and choice and agency in learning is expected and celebrated. ASCEND families seek educational experiences that rigorously develop their child's critical thinking and inquiry skills, as well as mastery of content. We believe this too, and strive to make their dreams a reality in the work we do every day.Learn more about us here: http://www.ascendtk8.org/ ASCEND’s Vision The vision of Ascend is to nurture a passion for learning and cultivate personal agency in order to discover who we are, what we need, and how to advocate for it. Together, our community of students, families and staff explores, learns and grows through success and failure. Diverse learners thrive through an approach that develops the whole individual, which includes arts-integration, expeditionary learning, personalization, and a focus on social and emotional growth. Through a common vision guided by love, we empower each other to forge our own paths and create a school that reflects the world we want. About Education for Change Public SchoolsFounded in 2005, Education for Change (EFC) is a charter management organization that was created as a partnership between Oakland Unified School District and the education reform community in order to leverage the flexibilities in charter law to facilitate greater innovation and to address the underperformance of our most vulnerable student populations. EFC is Oakland’s largest charter operator, serving over 3,000 students in the Fruitvale and Elmhurst neighborhoods of East Oakland. Five of seven of our schools were formerly OUSD schools that converted to EFC to leverage the flexibility and agility provided by charter law for greater outcomes for our students. Your Work: Be an Integral Part of Leading the Team·       Participate in school site planning and implementation processes; ensure the site budget and the site plan are strategically developed to maximize human, financial, time, and programmatic resources to move toward ASCEND’s vision.·       Follow all established EFC policies and procedures·       Develop and manage programmatic logistics and operations so that student learning and opportunity is maximized·       Work collaboratively with the Site Operations Manager to ensure that the school site is safe, clean and well maintained·       Develop, lead and manage systems for efficient and efficacious daily operations·       Communicate with all stakeholders efficiently and with clear, values-driven transparency Lead Toward Equity·       Understand the complex system(s) in which we work and actively disrupt patterns that perpetuate oppression and unequal access to opportunity·       Respond to student behavior and community culture needs through a restorative approach that fosters learning and belonging and exhibits cultural competence·       Embrace discomfort and lean in to conflict in the name of growth: model openness to feedback and a commitment to continually doing this work better, together·       Operate from a place of empathy that humanizes all those in the building while maintaining an unwavering set of high expectations for what our kids deserve·       Get to know and build connectedness with families by showing up as a listening, empathetic leader while still upholding high expectations for what we can accomplish together·       Build strong relationships with students that empower them to have agency and purpose within their educational journeys Get the right people on the bus; develop them; keep them on board·       Attract, recruit and select incredible teachers/staff who are equally passionate about and aligned in their work to our vision·       Lead staff to set meaningful personal and professional goals that bring them closer to realizing the full potential of their impact on students·       Evaluate personnel in an effective, timely manner that fosters growth and high expectations·       Nurture a culture of mutual respect, collective ownership, and shared accountability Lead Toward Our Academic Vision·       Cultivate and maintain a culture that is focused on student growth and achievement through common and uncommon measures·       Deeply know and adaptively respond to the needs of adult learners such that professional development and coaching continually strengthens their capacity to serve all students·       Provide concrete and actionable feedback for teachers to drive instructional growth·       Support and guide teachers as instructional leaders of their space(s) as they implement standards-based curricula and design deep, expeditionary learning experiences·       Continuously model a sense of urgency around student needs and what they deserve·       Utilize research-based content and pedagogical knowledge in core areas including the reading and writing process, mathematics instruction, educational theory, research and current issues in urban education·       Take lead on the coordination and execution of key events throughout the year that showcase ASCEND’s instructional programs and celebrate students’ work Become a Connected Member of the Community·       Skillfully and appropriately involve parents and the community in school activities·       Maintain good community relations and effective, regular communication with parents·       Foster and maintain positive working relationship with neighboring district schools·       Develop and execute strategy to attract and retain students and families to ASCEND·       Function as a collaborative team member·       Effectively collaborate with community partners and leverage community resources·       Actively participate in key student events·       Build strong relationships within and around the ASCEND community that enable meaningful partnerships and collaboration in service of student growth Must-Have Qualifications:·       Minimum of 3 years teaching experience with at least some site-based leadership·       Strong relationship and community building skills·       Outstanding communication and organization skills·       Knowledge of the Common Core standards and instructional practices·       Must posses a growth mindset and be able to use feedback to refine practice·       Successful experience working in a collaborative environment·       Experience working with English Language Learners·       Experience working with diverse communities Desired Skills and Qualifications:·       Experience as a teacher leader, instructional coach, or site leader·       Experience coaching, mentoring and developing teachers·       Experience in and passion for arts-based, expeditionary learning·       Spanish proficiency·       Masters Degree·       Strong skills in analyzing and responding to a variety of data