20-21 Secondary Assistant Principal

KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools

Posted: 2/10/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Education/Training

Primary domain: Education

City: Philadephia

Postal code: 19131

State: Pennsylvania

Country: United States

Organization Information:


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Mission statement:

Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

About Us
KIPP is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools in educationally underserved communities.  Over 100,000 students attend one of the 242 KIPP schools that operate in 31 regions across the United States.  KIPP Philadelphia Schools Public Schools (KPPS) is a part of the national KIPP network and currently leads six schools serving approximately 2,400 students in North and West Philadelphia. 

Our Mission
Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. 

Teaching & Leading at KPPS
We know that talented, committed, culturally competent teachers and leaders have the power to amplify our children’s potential by creating a school experience that affirms, values, and challenges them each day. We seek to create a professional environment full of joy, candor, care and respect where excellent educators can make a long-term home. Educators at KIPP –

  • Embrace new learning via regular 1-1 coaching and professional development
  • Work with and alongside peers to tackle challenges, celebrate successes 
  • Play an active role in shaping and reshaping school and grade-wide practices and systems
  • Actively examine the dynamics of identity and power via equity sessions and affinity groups
  • Operate with clarity on individual & school-wide goals and their progress toward achieving them
  • Embody our core values: Children First, Cultural Competence, Ownership, Community
  • Enjoy a competitive, equitable, predictable approach to compensation and 100% employer-paid health benefits for employees and their families
We are seeking exceptional leaders grades K-12 for the 20-21 school year. Leadership opportunities at KPPS begin in July of 2020. Submitting this application considers you for all 2020-2021 leadership opportunities for which you are qualified. To browse immediate openings, please visit our careers website.

Position Overview  
Reporting to the School Leader, the Assistant Principal is responsible for ensuring that the school’s instructional program and learning environment prepares every student for success in college and in life.  They will accomplish this by: managing a number of direct reports, including teachers and other staff members; developing those direct reports, and; ensuring the smooth operation of all aspects of the school, creating the optimal learning environment for academic achievement.

Managing Direct Reports 
  • Ensure all direct reports have clarity on the expectations of their role
  • Set performance goals for all direct reports that include metrics to evaluate both practice and outcomes, and align to school and regional goals. 
  • Regularly observe all direct reports doing their job at a frequency agreed to with his/her school leader
  • Regularly meet with all direct reports to provide feedback on his/ her practice, review outcome data, and provide the support needed for him/ her to meet their performance goals at a frequency agreed to with his/her school leader
  • Evaluate direct reports against their performance goals, and conduct mid-year and end-of year review meetings
Developing Direct Reports
  • Develop his/ her own knowledge and expertise in all aspects of the KIPP Philadelphia Schools instructional design including curriculum, assessment and instructional moves.
  • Coach all direct reports through frequent observation, real time feedback and practice sessions.
  • Design, lead, and participate in staff professional development, including but not limited to workshops, content teams, data step backs and planning meetings
  • Recommend their direct reports for specific externally conducted professional development opportunities, such as ELP, KIPP Foundation Programming, or content-specific workshops and conferences
  • Participate in the bi-annual school talent review, making recommendations about the readiness of their direct reports for promotion or additional development.
Ensuring the Smooth Operation of All Aspects of the School
  • Model KIPP Philadelphia’s values and beliefs at all times
  • Support the implementation of proactive student discipline strategies
  • Build strong relationships with students and implement systems that develop the character, knowledge, and skills of all students
  • Establish and maintain strong lines of communication with all fellow employees, parents and community partners
  • Lead school-wide events and act as school leader when necessary
  • Lead and help execute school initiatives including but not limited to, annual planning for the coming year, implementation of new focus areas, and other duties as assigned by the School Leader


Qualifications and Credentials
Strong candidates for this position will demonstrate an unwavering focus on student achievement and a record of success. Additional qualifications include:

  • Love and see the high potential of all children
  • Demonstrated ability to drive student growth and achievement and to create a warm, inclusive, rigorous learning environment
  • Belief that teachers are the primary drivers of student achievement and able to challenge staff while inspiring them
  • Passion for subject/content area and demonstrated commitment to professional learning
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute positively to a school team
  • 2+ years of full-time teaching experience (outside of substitute teaching) in an urban setting
  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Pennsylvania State certification Level I or II preferred. If uncertified, must be –
  • committed to working toward certification by enrolling in a PA-approved certification program within one year 
  • able to submit transcripts upon hire (required for emergency permit application)
  • Complete all required criminal and child abuse background checks:
    • PA State Police Clearance
    • PA Child Abuse Clearance
    • Cogent Federal Fingerprinting
    • ACT 168


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

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How to Apply:

To Apply
KIPP Philadelphia Schools is an equal opportunity employer.  Employees are selected on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.  

To apply, visit http://kippphiladelphia.org/join-our-team/apply-now/ 


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