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Assistant Principal -- Hiawatha College Prep Middle School, Minneapolis

Posted on 5/17/2017 3:30:56 PM

Listing expires 6/14/2017

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5-8 Assistant Principal (17-18 school year)


Hiawatha Academies is a growing network of high-performing, K-12 open enrollment public charter schools. We are driven by our mission that, “All Hiawatha Academies scholars will be empowered with the knowledge, character, and leadership skills to graduate from college and serve the common good.”  We have demonstrated success in student achievement, consistently recognized by the Star Tribune as Beating the Odds Schools.  


Hiawatha Academies is proof of what happens when we give every child the opportunities they deserve.  Our vision is to expand our impact by growing to five schools by 2018. At scale, we will be putting five percent of all school-age scholars in Minneapolis on the path to and through college.  Hiawatha College Prep (HCP) is a results-driven middle school that is part of the growing Hiawatha Academies charter school network.


HCP is currently seeking a hard-working, passionate, goal-oriented educator with a strong background in literacy and expertise and background in reading instruction and interventions and/or coaching reading teachers to join our team as the Assistant Principal for the 2017-2018 school year.


Job Description

The Assistant Principal (AP) for HCP is responsible for supporting a powerful vision for student achievement based on Hiawatha’s Five Guiding Principles and for motivating others toward the realization of that vision.  They will work directly under the guidance of the Principal and alongside an additional AP.  The Assistant Principal must strategically support the teachers and the school’s mission through effective leadership and management. The Assistant Principal will provide support for the instructional program in grades 5-8 and help to foster a school environment that prepares every student for success in college and in life.

The Assistant Principal contributes to the leadership and management of the instructional team in collaboration with the Principal and a fellow AP.  The AP will assist the Principal and a fellow AP in the coaching and development of all teaching staff.


Candidates who are selected for an interview will receive additional information regarding the specific roles and responsibilities on the senior management team. The Principal will have a support team for daily student issues so that classroom observation and teacher feedback will be the core focus of their daily work.


TO APPLY: Qualified, passionate, and equity driven individuals should apply HERE.




Prove the Possible

·         Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of school

·         Foster a school climate aligned with the mission and values of the school that supports both student and staff success and promotes an achievement-oriented culture of respect and appreciation for all students, staff and families


Drive Results

·         Research, design, and/or supplement the academic curriculum for all subjects and grades based on successful models and approaches

·         Analyze school-wide data in order to design responsive student interventions; devise and monitor high-impact support plans for struggling students

·         Ensure high standards for student behavior, performance, and attendance

·         Address any disciplinary issues immediately with support from Principal and Operations team


Instructional Leadership

·         Lead the vision for literacy instruction across HCP

·         Coach Tier I Classroom instruction and Co-Teaching.

·         Coach Tier II and III interventions for both general education and Special Education Teachers

·         Observe lessons regularly and deliver targeted feedback to teachers

·         Contribute to the Principal’s management and coaching of teachers

·         Facilitate regular, meaningful data-driven discussions about student performance with teachers to ensure that teachers are using current data to drive instruction

·         Work with teachers to improve their teaching practice through coaching, professional development, modeling, and collaborative planning

·         Ensure consistencies in instruction and practice among team of teachers

·         Ensure learning environment and classroom instruction maximize student learning

·         Coordinate and manage creative, inspiring professional development sessions in line with school goals and priorities


People Management

·         Effectively communicate a vision that supports the school’s goals and values

·         Participate in staff recruitment

·         Continually monitor progress on all measures of school and staff performance

·         Assist teacher leaders (e.g., mentor teachers, grade team leaders) in developing leadership skills

·         Model the Hiawatha Academies’ core values at all times; be a visible and highly engaged leader in the school community, relentlessly ensuring the school has an exceptional school culture.

·         Support teachers to hold all students to high and consistent behavioral expectations



·         Build effective relationships among teachers, parents, and the community to improve student performance

·         Contribute to an effective, collaborative team of people jointly responsible for the attainment of school goals and committed to achieving excellence

·         Exhibit a high degree of professionalism in all elements of this position, while serving as a contributing member of the school team and a dedicated role model for other employees


*Perform other duties as required and assigned

The Assistant Principal must demonstrate knowledge of and support Hiawatha Academies’ mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.


Core Value and Beliefs

All Hiawatha Staff must demonstrate a passionate belief in and commitment to the following core values:


1) Children are at the center of everything we do.

2) Our mission requires bold thought and action.

3) We choose optimism.

4) We push ourselves to improve.

5) We are stronger together.

6) We create fun and a little weirdness.


Equity Vision

To honor the humanity of all people, we actively disrupt systemic inequity in pursuit of an equitable world. To learn more about our equity vision, click here.


Hiawatha Employment Logistics

·         Hiawatha College Prep students’ school day is from 8:40am-4:15pm, Monday-Thursday and 8:40am-2:30pm on Friday.

·         Teachers must be present from 8:15am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday.

·         Professional development sessions are held each Friday from 2:55pm-4:30pm.

·         All Hiawatha Staff are expected to attend and participate in all family events at the school.

·         Attend a weekly one-hour meeting after or before school one day a week at with the Campus Leadership Team


Skills & Qualifications



·         Bachelor’s Degree

·         Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to build trust with colleagues, students, and families

·         A minimum of four years of relevant teaching experience with demonstrated student results

·         Demonstrated ability to effectively coach and develop instructional staff

·         Ability to evaluate instructional programs and teaching effectiveness

·         Excellent judgment and decision-making

·         Growth mindset

·         Knowledge in the selection, training, and supervision of personnel

·         Ability to learn the budgeting process, laws, rules, procedures, and programs specifically related to the operation of a Minnesota charter school

·         Awareness of self and the ability to understand, appreciate, and interact within different cultural contexts



·         Master’s degree in Education or Educational Leadership

·         Experience as a reading instructor and coach to literacy/reading teachers

·         Bilingual or multilingual (Oromo, Amharic, Spanish, Somali, and / or Hmong)

·         A minimum of two years teaching in a high-need school with demonstrated student results

·         Experience working with students of color or students growing up in under-resourced communities

·         Minnesota teacher certification



Salary for this position is competitive and based on prior experience. Hiawatha offers a collaborative and committed team of colleagues, and a comprehensive benefits plan including medical, dental, life, and retirement.


Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity

We believe that diversity is strength, and we are committed to maintaining an inclusive, multicultural network. We are an equal-opportunity employer and welcome all qualified applicants.  



Irma Márquez Trapero (personal gender pronouns: she, her, hers) 

Director of Talent Recruitment
Hiawatha Academies

Growing Learners. Growing Leaders.



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Hiawatha's Mission: all Hiawatha scholars will be empowered with the knowledge, character, and leadership skills to graduate from college and serve the common good.

Hiawatha's Equity Vision: to honor the humanity of all people, we actively disrupt systemic inequity, in pursuit of an equitable world.