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K-8 Principal at The Academies CMO (Sycamore Valley Academy, Blue Oak Academy)

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About the Employer

TK-8 Public Charter Schools Our schools offer a site-based, academically accelerated instructional program with multi-age grouping, differentiation, project-based learning (“PBL”), gifted education for all students, development of scholarly habits of mind, enriched curriculum (including Spanish language, hands-on science, service-learning, and arts instruction), social and emotional learning (“SEL”), authentic assessment, mastery orientation, and collaboration in the whole school community. We support the individual needs of all students, including those who have the desire to work ahead or work deeper in their studies and those who need extra supports to succeed. Our constructivist educational philosophy and program for gifted learners make our schools unique in the area. The MISSION of The Academies is to provide a rich, meaningful education in a nurturing environment, where students are continually challenged and their natural curiosity, creativity, and talents can thrive. We are a collaborative community of educators and families working together to help our students grow into virtuous, courageous, and intelligent citizens, equipped with a love of learning and a love of life, and eager to contribute to a better world. Our VISION: The Academies’ charter schools model transformative change in education by elevating expectations of learning and growth. With grit, tenacity, and empathy, we improve the world around us by embracing challenges as problem-solvers. We create an inclusive community with access to rigorous and enriching educational experiences that challenge and support individuals to achieve their personal best and realize new opportunities.

Job Information

Date Posted: 1/12/2017 Application Deadline: 3/15/2017 11:55 PM Pacific
Employment Type: Full Time Length of Work Year: 225
Salary: $107,000 Number Openings: (At time of posting) 1
Contact: TACMO Admin Email:
Phone: 559-730-7422
Job Location: Blue Oak Academy
Job Description / Essential Elements: Print   

Job Title: Principal

 Job Purpose: 

The Principal serves as the chief administrator of a Charter School, developing and implementing programs, curriculum and instructional resources, and budgets in a manner that promotes the educational growth of each student and the professional development of each staff member. The Principal supervises the instructional and non-instructional staff and manages the Charter School’s day-to-day functions. The Principal acts as an instructional leader at the Charter School and is responsible for facilitating the instructional program as outlined in the “Educational Philosophy and Instructional Program” sections of the governing charter.

Team Relationship: 

The Principal is directly responsible to the Superintendent.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Ensures the Charter School enacts its mission/vision.
  • Supervises and evaluates site teachers and staff, as indicated by organizational chart.
  • Communicates and reports to the Superintendent.
  • Oversees school site finances and ensures timely processing of Accounts Payable invoices, maintains up-to-date financial records
  • Administers school site contracts (i.e. copier, telephone, Internet, etc.).
  • Participates in fundraising for the Charter School.
  • Manages student discipline in a manner consistent with Charter Management Organization (“CMO”) protocols and, as necessary, implements the suspension and expulsion process.
  • Participates in IEP, 504, SST and other parent meetings as necessary.
  • Hires qualified substitute teachers as needed.
  • Ensures the security of the school building and ensures School Site Safety Plans are annually updated, and staff receive adequate training to ensure student safety on a daily basis, as well as in an emergency situation.
  • Serves or appoints a designee to serve on any committees of the Charter School.
  • Ensures site-level compliance with all applicable state and federal laws
  • Communicates with parents, recruits new families and students, and assures families of academic growth.
  • Takes responsible steps to secure full and regular attendance at school of the students enrolled in accordance with policies established by the Board of Directors.
  • Ensures that appropriate evaluation techniques are used for both students and staff.
  • Follows CMO protocols for managing confidential or sensitive information and organizational tasks such as student records, teacher records, teacher credentialing information, contemporaneous attendance logs, purchasing records, etc.
  • Engages in general planning, conceptualizes the broad goals of the school and plans accordingly to ensure that procedures and schedules are implemented to carry out the school program.
  • Coordinates staff to ensure the Charter School is aligned with the legal, financial, and organizational structure of the CMO. The principal articulates the responsibilities and accountability of staff members at the Charter School to ensure effective use of personnel resources and an effective team.
  • Enhances staff, providing training/activities which facilitate the professional growth of the school staff and enhance the quality of the instructional program. Implements staff development or training, encourages follow through via support/feedback to staff; encourages and supports teacher professional development.
  • Assists the Superintendent in the development of the CMO Local Control Accountability Plan by identifying school goals/objectives and annual school results in relation to these.
  • Ensures that instructional/curricular objectives are articulated, and involves the faculty and others in the development of specific curricular tools to ensure student progress and attainment of students’ personal best within a standards-aligned curriculum.
  • Evaluates student progress in the instructional program through regular data analysis. Allocates resources (such as Intervention staff) to maximize impact on student achievement.
  • Facilitates organizational efficiency, and maintains positive and timely inter-school and CMO level communication.
  • Develops and maintains good relationships with students, staff, and parents.
  • Identifies the staffing needs of the school site, recruits new staff, orients and assists new staff to ensure all staff are prepared to fulfill their role in a manner consistent with the mission/vision and CMO culture.
  • Interviews and recommends employee hiring, promotion and/or dismissal.
  • Disciplines, issues corrective feedback, or establishes Improvement Plans for individual staff members as needed.
  • Identifies annual enrollment openings for student recruitment and orients new students/families.
  • Manages, directs, and maintains records on the school’s materials, supplies, andequipment which are necessary to carry out the daily school routine. The principal involves the staff in determining priorities for instructional purposes.
  • Participates in professional development workshops and training as needed.
  • Maintains appropriate working relationships with crucial stakeholders (the board, staff, authorizer(s), district itinerant staff, and community).
  • Attends monthly CMO board meetings, and makes site reports to the board.
  • Is a staff liaison to the site’s Parent Teacher Organization (“PTO”).
  • Promotes positive public relations and interacts effectively with media.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Job Qualifications:
  • Education/Certifications
  • Bachelor’s degree. (required)
  • MA or equivalent. (desirable)
  • California Administrative and Teaching Credential. (desirable) 
  • Teaching experience. (desirable)
  • Administrative experience. (desirable)
  • Charter school experience. (desirable) 
Skills, Knowledge, and/or Abilities Required:
  • Excellent communication and community-building skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience with curriculum development.
  • Belief in the Charter School’s educational philosophy and program elements, including commitment to the Mission of the Charter School and gifted education advocacy.
  • A thorough knowledge of special education needs and issues.
  • Strong leadership capabilities, including entrepreneurial and strategic vision.
  • Caring for students and their success in learning: a deep commitment to student achievement.
  • Strong instructional leadership and a positive role model for staff and students.
  • Knowledge of educational psychology, learning theories, developmentally appropriate practices, and curriculum development.
  • Commitment to excellence and ongoing professional growth.
  • Effective conflict resolution skills.
  • Integrity in all dealings with the school community; is respectful, thoughtful, decisive, principled, honest, and fair.
  • Recognition and acceptance of his/her responsibility for the success of the school as an entity, as well as the success of individual students, and flexibility, resourcefulness, and commitment to both.
  • Ability to follow established procedures in an emergency situation.
The CMO Board will consider candidates for the Principal position based upon a combination of education/certifications, experience, skills, knowledge and/or abilities, and mission fit. 


Requirements / Qualifications

Requirements / Qualifications

cover letter resume 3 letters of recommendation: 1 of these from a parent perspective Complete online "Career Interest Form"- link can be found on our website [Get Involved- Work With Us page]

      cover letter resume 3 letters of recommendation: 1 of these from a parent perspective Complete online "Career Interest Form"- link can be found on our website [Get Involved- Work With Us page]

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          posting for Blue Oak Academy

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          posting for Blue Oak Academy


          Application Deadline

          3/15/2017 11:55 PM Pacific

          Date Posted



          TACMO Admin

          Number of Openings




          Length of Work Year


          Employment Type

          Full Time

          Job Location:

          Blue Oak Academy