MISSION: The mission of the Indianapolis Public Schools is to prepare and empower all students for life.
VISION: IPS will be the flagship in innovative urban education, preparing all students to be successful in the global economy.
SUMMARY: Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) is looking for exceptional founding principals to lead our new, autonomous high schools focused on college and career readiness through innovative choice programs and career themed academies. By 2020, we expect every high school student in IPS to have either chosen a career pathway, be actively engaged in researching pathways, or be enrolled in one of IPS’ existing, high -performing choice programs.
Our new High Schools require bold and visionary leadership combined with relevant career experience and a demonstrated skill set. Specifically, we are looking for leaders who are able to articulate a vision for excellence and work relentlessly to achieve this vision alongside students, staff, parents, and community members. In addition to demonstrated instructional leadership, we are seeking individuals who are strong human capital managers and skilled in hiring, developing, and retaining mission-driven team members. Our principals must be able to navigate uncertainty, operate with autonomy, demonstrate strong judgement, and deliver results in an outcomes-oriented environment. Above all, we are looking for individuals who believe in the potential of our students and are passionate about demonstrating what is possible in secondary education.
As principal, you are the chief building administrator responsible for developing and implementing policies, programs, curriculum activities and budgets in a manner that promotes the educational development of each student and the professional development of each staff member. The principal is responsible for managing and overseeing all functions of the individual school site including all aspects of the instructional program, school environment, and the operational and fiscal health of the school. As IPS high schools continue to expand to serve more students, the principal will develop and refine a comprehensive strategic plan to ensure every high school student is on the path to be enrolled in a two or four-year college or university, enlisted into the military or employed with a livable wage upon graduation.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.
Develops and Implements Plans to:
Communicates, collaborates, and builds strong relationships with key stakeholders including:
Selects and mentors a highly quality school staff through professional development, formal, and informal observations.
Develops and maintains quality data, a balanced budget and operational systems closely tied to instructional priorities.
Directs and maintains records on the materials, supplies and equipment, which are necessary to carry out the daily school routine.
Other duties may be assigned.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Stakeholder Management: Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop productive working
relationships with stakeholders across functional and organizational lines
Achievement Orientation: Possess an entrepreneurial spirit, be flexible, and to go above and beyond to meet the varied and constant needs of students
Influencing Others to Achieve Outcomes: The capacity to define a vision, build and influence teams to achieve results despite tremendous obstacles
Critical Thinking: Ability to use data in the decision-making process and demonstrate strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Growth Mindset: Operate with a commitment to continuous improvement combined with a strong sense of personal responsibility for the success of all students.
Strategic Communication and Execution: Maintaining a high bar for quality of work and operating with meticulous attention to detail in work products and verbal communication. Remaining calm in the midst of changing circumstances and a high-pressure environment.
QUALIFICATIONS: A strong record of helping students achieve academic success, primarily with minority and low-income students
A record of success in leading adults; prior experience with direct management, supervision and growth of employees with high staff retention rates.
A deep passion for social justice and equity for all children; believes that all students can achieve at the highest levels, regardless of demography
Alignment with IPS Core Commitments and Beliefs
A history of leadership in engaging a team in the development of task-focused, organized and systematic work habits.
Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education/Experience: Master's degree required. A minimum of three years’ teaching experience and experience in an administrative or supervisory capacity. Must possess successful experiences working with a diverse population of students and faculty.
Language Ability: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals in English. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence in English. Ability to speak effectively before groups of employees, parents, and students of IPS. Ability to speak Spanish a plus.
Math Ability: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and database software.
Certificates and Licenses: Applicable Indiana Administration and Supervision license required.
Supervisory Responsibilities: Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.