Head of School - Principal

Posted by
WorkMonger | Washington, DC

We are seeking a dynamic, entrepreneurial Principal / Head of School to continue to build an educational environment that combines solid academic standards, differentiated instruction and a caring and empathetic culture that is responsive to individual student needs. In this role, she/he will be responsible for the recruitment of faculty and students, the continued development of the physical space and the model. Your role as Principal / Head of School is more than a manager of the campus, but rather you are the leader of a team designed to surround and support the student.

Organization Overview: We are making 21st century learning and outcomes accessible to all by building a family of quality, affordable private schools. Our model provides a boutique high school experience that positions extraordinary, empathetic full-time and adjunct teaching talent to use block teaching and the city as a campus to maximize learning and minimize tuition.

Key Responsibilities

Mission Alignment

  • Personal commitment to preparing 21st century learners.

Student-Driven Academic Environment 

  • Oversee student safety, agency, and outcomes as well as the daily operation of the school.
  • Dedicated to creating an environment within the campus that fosters an atmosphere where students and teachers can experience innovative, supportive and experiential learning.

Strong Culture Builder & Leader of Adults

  • Manage a small but nimble team consisting of the Academy Dean and Operations Coordinator, as well as the campus budget.
  • Cultivate a culture of “Excellence in Teaching,” and a healthy school atmosphere that defines, supports, achieves and articulates extraordinary student outcomes.
  • Recruit, coach and retain effective teachers as required, working to ensure exceptional course outlines, assessment and evaluation.

External & Community Relationships 

  • Drive student recruitment in a way that ensures we remain socio-economically and culturally diverse by design.
  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for the school in the D.C. community with regards to parents, advocates and other school leaders.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Assist with curriculum development and manage teacher training for the campus.
  • Conduct student entry interviews drawing upon input from Admissions and the President.
  • Work with the Dean to interface with parents and families with respect to issues (absences, behavior) as required.
  • Maintain appropriate liaison with local landlord and service providers as required.
  • Oversee the learning management and student information systems on a per term basis including transcript updates.
  • Ensure that ongoing student reporting requirements are met, as well as compliance with all company and accreditation policies and procedures as they affect the campus.
  • Work with the Director of Community Service on campus-wide community service initiatives and events.
  • Prepare and execute campus orientation programs, information sessions and other special events.
  • Assist in counseling students in secondary course selection over an academic year of four two-month terms.
  • Assist in counseling students on post-secondary plan including university applications.


A love of learning, entrepreneurial spirit, and unsurpassed written and oral communications. This is a position for an independent learner who is committed to student-centered, experiential learning; someone who likes to experiment, evaluate and improve on everything they do; someone who has a deep respect for all young people; someone who has empathy for the challenges they face in their lives.

In addition, we seek inspired individuals with:

  • Undergraduate degree, Masters degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years teaching experience.
  • Significant education management experience, proven school leaders preferred.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong leadership skills and proven track record of working effectively at the secondary school level.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • The ability to flourish in a fast-paced environment.


Salary is commensurate with experience. In order to attract highly qualified candidates, we offer a competitive benefits package, including base salary, equity options, health care benefits and professional development opportunities.

We are seeking a dynamic, entrepreneurial Principal / Head of School to continue to build an educational environment that combines solid academic standards, differentiated instruction and a caring and empathetic culture that is…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Managerial


Washington, DC