New Song Community Learning Center
Principal Job Description
Introduction and Description
New Song Academy is part of New Song Community Learning Center, Inc. (NSCLC) that provides a rigorous and dynamic learning experience supporting students academically, socially and emotionally. NSCLC offers the Sandtown-Winchester community, a predominantly African American neighborhood, a comprehensive educational strategy that directly acknowledges and affirms our students: their challenges and tremendous strength and possibilities. In addition to the Academy, NSCLC operates a wide variety of programs including an after-school program, parent and community engagement programs, a drop-in center for young adults with Martin Pollak Project and it seeks to expand its early childhood programming. All of the programs operate year round. Since 1991, New Song Community Learning Center has been serving the community. Many of our students graduate from high school, go to college and give back to the community by becoming instructors in our school.
New Song Academy is a public, operator-run school under Baltimore City’s “New School Initiative.” New Song Academy is approved to become a charter school in Fall 2020. The school plans to enroll 190 students in grades Pre-K through 8th for the upcoming academic year. The school features dedicated teachers, good community support and parent involvement, and small class size in a culture of empathy and caring. Given the school’s shift to become a charter school and the compressed timeline for hiring, NSCLC is seeking an interim principal for the 2019-2020 school year. The interim principal will be able to compete for the permanent position which will involve a full, inclusive, community-based process.
We are a community with a long and proud history of faith-based liberation practice, community activism, hope, resilience and strong leadership. With strong representative leadership and presence, New Song Academy seeks to develop a progressive pedagogy in a healthy and healing-centered environment to open up a world of opportunity for our students, their families and the community. We value our students, staff, parents, community members, and partners.
Embedded in how we operate — how the school educates children and provides professional development for its teachers and staff, and how we interface with the community — is a clear and unambiguous commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, racial justice and love.
The Principal leads all instructional activities and programming at New Song Academy to assure positive student learning outcomes and student success. The Principal will report to the New Song Community Learning Center’s Board of Directors through the Executive Director to further the mission of the school in a collaborative atmosphere. The Principal reports to Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) also, and is supervised by the Board of School Commissioners in collaboration with New Song’s Executive Director and Board of Directors.
A successful principal will:
- Partner with the Executive Director to lead a collaborative school community effort that defines and fulfills the school’s vision, mission and goals.
- Provide instructional leadership for the implementation and development of the curriculum and set high expectations for our scholars.
- Actively seek out professional development opportunities for faculty and staff that are culturally relevant, progressive and embrace a growth mindset.
- Oversee the hiring, development, coaching and evaluation of school-based staff and conduct regular formal and informal observations giving specific, actionable feedback.
- Develop and cultivate strong relationships with students, staff, parents and community leaders.
- Utilize restorative practices to maintain high standards for student behavior and school climate.
- Monitor and plan for learning outcomes that increase student success and achieve school performance goals.
- Lead social emotional learning and develop a healing-centered approach to create a school culture and climate that fosters learning and respect.
- Utilize data to inform decisions, assess instructional practices and drive positive change.
- Develop and administer the school’s budget in line with the school’s priorities and school improvement plan in consultation with the Executive Director.
- Infuse effective and relevant technology into school activities.
- Work closely with the families of New Song to foster a supportive, nurturing environment for students.
- Contribute to the development and success of a vibrant, thriving New Song Community Learning Center.
- Master’s Degree or higher.
- A minimum of 5 years experience as a school administrator required.
- Meets Baltimore City requirements for the principal position specifically:
- Master’s degree in education or a related field from an accredited college or university
- Maryland Advanced Professional Certificate, Administrator I and II Certification required
- Understanding of the cultural context of the Sandtown/Winchester community and the impact of trauma on children.
- Ability to forge successful community partnerships and a strong commitment to community engagement and support.
- Demonstrated leader with the ability to understand and manage institutional change, build a team and get results.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks with a willingness to be flexible when needed.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment demonstrating strong organizational and follow up skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills. Positive attitude, enthusiasm and energy. Must have high expectations and love children.
- Experience in school-based budgeting, preparation and management and familiarity with data-driven assessment processes.
- Proficient in MS Office products, internet and industry specific software program.
Please submit your cover letter, resume and references to firstname.lastname@example.org . Deadline to apply is Wednesday, August 7, 2019.
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Location: 1530 Presstman St. , Baltimore 21217
School Hours: M-F: 8am - 3pm