The Principal of Hope Academy’s Lower School (grades K-5) must be a growing disciple of Jesus Christ who has a heart and passion for Christian education, as well as extensive experience and understanding of the challenges facing inner city youth. This person will be the key leader envisioning, implementing, administering, and evaluating the entire Lower School educational program. This person will also serve as a member of Hope Academy’s Senior Leadership team.
This person will be committed to an educational program that is:
-Well-organized and inspiring
-Academically rigorous, data-driven, and one that embraces digital literacy
-Coordinated within Hope Academy’s Five Core Strategies, including a high commitment to parent involvement and accountability
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
-Works in collaboration with other senior leadership, teachers, counselors, staff, and students to ensure the smooth overall operation of the school.
-Facilitates regular meetings of faculty, facilitating clear lines of communication and the sharing of ideas between teachers in how to best manage classroom behavior.
-Meets regularly with staff and parents to discuss and reinforce policies, educational activities, and problem-solving regarding student learning and behavior.
-Provides counsel and guidance to students regarding academic, personal, and behavioral issues, along with enforcing attendance and discipline policies.
-When necessary, seeks to develop partnerships with outside communities or organizations to help meet educational needs.
-Able to teach select classes, developing good rapport with the students. For example, teaching specialist subjects such as technology, music, Bible, etc.
-Handles discipline issues.
-Resolves conflicts between students, teachers, parents, or combinations of conflicts between various individuals.
-Works in collaboration with other staff to plan and direct chapels and assemblies and other special gatherings of students for events throughout the year.
-Oversees and reviews the proper maintenance of lower school attendance records, personnel reports, planning and other activities.
-Oversees all student and teacher scheduling
-Assists with coordination and direction of the use of lower school facilities.
-Implements regularly annual plan of teacher evaluations, providing guidance to staff and students and encouraging a positive climate in the school.
-Performs daily administrative tasks such as processing paperwork and preparing or maintaining information files, records and reports.
-Ensures consistent record-keeping as required through the use of various logs, tracking records, and Student Information System.
-Works in collaboration with Dean of Admission on the admission process for Lower School students
-Assists in development of overall School Master Calendar, including helping oversee and administer the schedule of Lower School events.
-Supports and facilitates activities coordinated by the Parent Service Association and the Parent Resource Room
-Prepares, advocates for and oversees the Lower School budget and expenditures
-Oversees lower school teaching faculty
-Participates in Hope Academy staff devotional times, and provides spiritual leadership to staff, students, and families.
-When necessary, oversees special projects of the Lower School, such as building programs, special service and programs, staff convention trips, etc.
-Provides leadership in growing and shaping the Lower School Academic Program to best serve educationally at risk students, such as enhancing the Academic Support offerings before and/or after school.
-As member of collaborative senior leadership team, provides overall oversight and leadership of the school
-Assists in development and implementation of school policies and procedures, and provides leadership role in communicating these to school
-Works in collaboration with senior leadership to maintain and update policy manuals for students, staff, parents, and teachers.
-Provides information to the Board and Board Committees and/or other entities on a regular basis and as requested
-Attends all meetings of the Board and its Education Committee.
-Completes annual evaluation of direct reports; making hiring decisions for all direct reports
-Coordinates training and development of staff
-Performs other duties and projects as delegated by Senior Leadership and/or Head of School
Public Relations and Outreach
-Shares in counseling, visitation, outreach, and teaching of youth and their families
-Works with other staff to facilitate active volunteer program – both with parents and others
-Works with other staff to appropriately communicate information regarding the school to parents and individuals/organizations outside of the school
-Advocates for the school and seeks opportunities to make the school visible to the neighborhood
-When necessary, collaborates with the Head of Institutional Advancement in fundraising opportunities, donor calls, and events.
-Participates in Admission events for the Lower School
-Prepares and submits reports, documents, and suggested policies as deemed necessary by either senior leadership or the Board of Directors
Skills and Requirements
-Fully aligned with the Hope Academy Faith & Life Covenant (Link), including section on Core Theological Values; including a calling to urban ministry, racial reconciliation, a complementarian view of male-female image-bearing, and Reformed theological convictions.
-Models a lifestyle of obedience to Christ with integrity
-Shares with others a clear testimony of Christian faith
-Has a consistent discipline of devotional life in worship, prayer, Bible study and reflection
-Communication Skills: Clear, credible, winsome and age-appropriate communication of the Scriptures and educational objectives to students, staff, and parents.
-Administrative: Demonstrative background of short and long-range planning, scheduling, organizing, delegating and evaluating.
-Team Skills: Possesses a teachable spirit and is able to select, teach, guide, build, motivate, cooperate with and evaluate teachers, staff, and adult volunteers, providing development opportunities at all levels.
-Interpersonal: A listener who seeks to understand, able to counsel, demonstrate compassion, discernment, personal warmth and kindness.
-Style: Creative, innovative, flexible, engaging, friendly, associative, prayerful, and disciplined.
-Curricular and Educational Oversight: Experience with and deep knowledge of Christian educational approaches, including classical curriculum and pedagogy. This person will collaboratively oversee curriculum selection, instructional improvement, and continuing and improving our disciplined school culture.
-Digital/Technological Literacy: A commitment to the integration of technology in the classroom, as well as a desire to see students equipped with technological skills.
-Organizational Development: Able to establish and maintain organizational structure and integrity, maintaining clear lines of accountability and open communication; creatively anticipate project needs and assign staff to assist. Oversee job descriptions and reviews for positions of direct report.
Must have at least three (3) years of classroom teaching experience at the primary level (grades K-5) (urban setting preferred; some experience in a Christian school environment also preferred); also:
-It is strongly preferred that the candidate have two (2) or more years of service as an Assistant Principal or Principal in a similarly-sized or larger school environment (urban setting preferred); and/or
-Three (3) or more years of service in a Christ-centered educational setting or with a faith-based para-church Educational Ministry for urban youth in which the responsibilities carried out and experience gained is deemed equivalent to that necessary to serve in this role.
-B.A., B. Ed. or equivalent from an accredited college or university, and
-M. Ed. or M. RE. from an accredited university, college or seminary, with emphasis and practical experience in school administration and supervision is preferred.
NOTE: Applicants with another Masters degree or Doctorate (but without an M. Ed. or M.RE) may be considered if there is equivalent experience in educational administration and supervision.
Commensurate with the Hope Academy pay scale for administrators, which takes into consideration the education and experience of the candidate.
Benefit eligible, including health, life and long-term disability insurance, flexible benefits plan, 401(K) account, and vacation time determined collaboratively.
Subject to satisfactory background check
How to Apply/Who to Contact
Interested applicants should carefully review the Critical Position Requirements and then prepare the following items:
2) References - Include three references that can testify to your character and administrative gifting. Please include both a pastor and fellow educator.
3) Your answers to the following statements/questions:
Give a brief account of your experience as a disciple of Jesus and how God has called you to the general ministry of urban education, and to Hope Academy in particular.
What assets and experiences would make you an effective leader in an urban, multi-ethnic educational setting?
Share your philosophy of education, and your experience and passion for classical pedagogy and curriculum.
Given the enormous challenges of urban education, what creative ideas do you have that would mobilize the broader community to help students succeed?
Explain the importance of integrating a Biblical worldview in your teaching, and give one example of how you would help your teachers practice this more effectively in the classroom.
Given a situation where a teacher is facing persistent classroom management problems and/or disrespect from his or her students, describe your process of helping him or her better manage his or her students.
How does the utilization of test data affect how you lead and oversee teachers?
Share a significant conflict you were involved with involving a parent of students in your school. Share how you handled it, and also how you would have handled it differently.
Share your vision for the integration of technology in the classroom, as well as how you would ensure students at Hope are equipped with technological skills. Provide specific examples of how you have encouraged and motivated teachers to seek creative and innovative approaches for improving outcomes in the classroom.
Please read and carefully review Hope Academy’s Mission, Vision, our Statement of Faith, and our Faith and Life Covenant. Please share what attracts you to this Covenant community. If you have any concerns or disagreements regarding these doctrinal or educational commitments, please explain those here.
Please send completed documents in PDF format via e-mail to:
Tennille Ziegler, Human Resources @ hr(at)hopeschool.org (replace "(at)" with @) with “Application for Lower School Principal” in the subject line.
A confirmation email will be sent to you letting you know that we have received your application.