2018-19 Assistant Principal, Elementary School

Location: FirstLine Network





Creating and inspiring great open admissions public schools in New Orleans


About FirstLine Schools


In 1998, FirstLine Schools started the first charter school in New Orleans, which became the highest performing open admission middle school in the city.  FirstLine now operates four K-8th grade schools and a high school.  Our mission is to create and inspire great open admissions public schools in New Orleans. We do this by:


  • Ensuring college and career readiness for all students, as demonstrated by achievement, aspiration, love of learning, and confidence
  • Providing a rich variety of education experiences to nurture our students’ character, health, and active citizenship
  • Developing the skillfulness of our team members
  • Building a sustainable organization that facilitates our long-term success


Our faculty is a diverse and talented group dedicated to our students’ success and to their own growth as teachers.  Our schools are led by leaders who hold themselves accountable for student achievement and teacher development.


Position Summary:


FirstLine Schools is currently seeking school Assistant Principal candidates for the lower school at one of our K-8 schools. The ideal candidate is a passionate, dedicated leader who can manage the learning, growth, and achievement of students in K–4th grade, with significant teaching and leadership experience.


Position Responsibilities:


The Assistant Principal will be responsible for ensuring the success of the school, as demonstrated by high academic achievement and a strong school culture by working with the School Principal, School Director, School Leadership Team, and Network Leaders to provide leadership in the following areas:


Strategic Leadership

  • Develops and communicates the school’s vision and goals, setting strategies to achieve goals, regularly reviewing progress, and adapting as needed
  • Provides srategic leadership in school culture, behavior systems, and subject areas as needed

Cultural Leadership

  • Ensures all faculty, students, and parents are aligned with the school’s vision and values
  • Provides a calm and orderly environment for teaching and learning
  • Nurtures a culture that is aspirational and motivational
  • Provides cultural leadership in the specific domains of working with and managing the performance of the Dean of Scholars/Assistant Dean of Scholars in the areas of Positive Behavior Systems, Cultural Rituals and School-wide Discipline Systems

Instructional Leadership

  • Ensures high achievement through a rigorous curriculum aligned to state and Common Core standards, systematic use of formative assessment data, continually improving instruction, and layers of learning support
  • Provides instructional leadership in the specific subject areas as required

Performance Management and Development

  • Ensures clarity of job design for staff
  • Provides high quality professional development
  • Manages the performance of teachers and staff
  • Is responsible for Talent Management in several specific domains as required

Team Leadership

  • Motivates and inspires action, commitment and initiative while managing continual change and improvement
  • Builds a culture of trust where productive conflict can thrive
  • Delegates as appropriate to better achieve school goals and develop others
  • Provides team leadership in several specific domains as required

Other duties as assigned


Education & Experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Preferred, but not required: MA, MBA or Med
  • Demonstrated record of success raising test scores in an open-admissions urban school
  • At least three years’ experience as a lead teacher in an open-admissions urban school
  • Leadership experience with significant areas of responsibility, preferably in a high-performing urban public school


Desired Qualities & Characteristics:


  • Believe in every student’s ability to achieve in a rigorous college or career prep curriculum
  • Achieve results based on agreed-upon expectations
  • Take personal responsibility
  • Highly detail-oriented
  • Collaborate effectively with a range of stakeholders
  • Share a commitment to creating great schools in New Orleans
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Model the FirstLine values of Service, Learning, Collaboration and Results


Physical Requirements:


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to sit, walk, stand, talk, and hear.
  •  Light lifting of equipment may be required (up to 20 lbs.)


LOWER SCHOOL ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL reports to: Lower School Principal


How to Apply : Please apply online via: http :// www . firstlineschools . org / careers


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. FirstLine Schools offers a comprehensive benefits package with a generous 403b plan.


FirstLine Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.


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