High School Principal- Lighthouse (2018-2019)

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience




United States




Social justice movements come in all shapes and sizes. Here at Lighthouse Community Public Schools, we are engaged in an educational movement that goes beyond our classrooms working to disrupt educational inequities by providing our students and families exceptional educational opportunities every day. Grounded in our core values of community, integrity, agency, love, and social justice rooted in EL Education Model, LCPS is a leader in fostering innovative schools achieving exceptional student outcomes where each child is at the center of their own learning. Our mission is to prepare diverse students for college, a career of their choice, and to be lifelong changemakers.

Founded in 2002, LCPS operates a high-achieving K-12 public charter school, and our K-8 sister site, Lodestar, that opened in Fall 2016; serving nearly 1,000 students in East Oakland. Lighthouse is a beacon for public education and our graduates fulfill the promise of a better, brighter Oakland. 95% of our graduates, almost all of whom are first-generation college students, are accepted into four-year colleges. We were named the Hart Vision Charter School of the Year in 2013, and the #1 high school for closing achievement for low-income Latino students in 2016. If the work we do here at LCPS appeals to your values regarding quality education for all then please join our movement! Learn more at www.lighthousecharter.org


Lighthouse Community Public Schools (LCPS) is looking for an innovative, highly-motivated, and dedicated school leader to be the principal of Lighthouse Community Charter High School. At LCPS, the Principal is the instructional leader and holds primary responsibility for ensuring the high academic achievement of all students. Lighthouse’s next High School Principal will have the unique opportunity to collaboratively shape the next phase of Lighthouse’s instructional model and vision for student-centered learning. The High School Principal’s primary responsibility will be to manage the high school’s academic program and develop, inspire, empower, and supervise teachers and other staff. The Principal is also responsible for cultivating school culture, including serving as a champion and liaison for students and families. The principal will be accountable for student and staff outcomes across 9-12, accelerating achievement for all students and eliminating equity gaps (with particular attention to students with IEPs, English learners, and African-American boys). The Principal will work in close collaboration with the existing school community and the CAO to support the high school’s expeditionary learning model and bring to life our Linked Learning Pathway in Design. The Principal will champion and drive forward our vision of college and career readiness for every student.

This is an exciting opportunity for an inspiring, innovative, committed, and equity-focused instructional leader who is energized to lead within a family of schools and passionate about transformational growth for yourself, the teachers, staff, students, and families you will serve, and our Oakland community.


As a strategic and visionary leader for equity, LCPS Principals:

  • Inspire a shared vision of college and career readiness by making high-impact decisions, setting clear academic priorities, and developing strategic plans.
  • Ensure an exceptional education for all by articulating, fostering, and monitoring an academic program and by facilitating data-driven and equity-focused teams..
  • Encourage the heart by promoting and courageously leading a joyful organizational & school culture that attends to the needs of the whole child and adult.
  • Empower and engage the community by mobilizing families, students, staff, and other community stakeholders as partners to achieve our vision.
  • Enable others to act by ensuring processes and systems of development and distributed leadership are in place that result in the recruitment and retention of a diverse and high-performing staff.
  • Innovate and problem solve by exhibiting persistence, creativity, flexibility, motivation to make change, and the ability to imagine new approaches and opportunities for impact.
  • Model the way as a leader for equity through skilled and culturally competent collaboration, communication, and relationship-building.
  • Embody LCPS’ core values of community, integrity, love, social justice, and agency
  • Bring passion to the school’s continued growth as a dependable, organized, solutions-oriented, and optimistic transformational leader committed to our community.


Recruit, onboard, supervise, develop and support instructional staff

  • Build a strong, collaborative, equity-focused adult learning community 9-12, including hiring, developing, and retaining excellent teachers and staff to serve our students and families;
  • Supervise, observe, coach, evaluate, and develop the instructional staff utilizing knowledge of adult learning theory and in alignment with LCPS Instructional Stances and LCPS Framework for Transformational Teaching;
  • Nurture distributed leadership in support of the school’s mission and continued growth and sustainability.

Management & Monitoring of Academic Programs & Student Outcomes

  • Serve as the visionary and manager for the academic and professional programs for the school ensuring that all student are college and career ready and meet the outcomes in the LCPS Graduate Profile.
  • Assume responsibility for evaluating student learning: supervise the collection, analysis, and utilization of key data to improve learning and engagement for all students. 
  • Ensure in-class and out-of-class interventions are effective and matched with student needs, resulting in equitable outcomes for all students;
  • Work closely with Director of Finance to ensure school operates within budget.
  • Oversee retention and passage processes working to close gaps in students' successful passage and graduation.

School Culture Builder

  • Collaboratively develop systems & structures to promote a strong school culture in service of the school mission with staff, students, and families;
  • Build strong relationships with students, families, and the community.
  • Apply restorative school practices and policies in resolving conflicts in the school community..

K-12 Systems and Vision Holder & Collaborator

  • Collaborate with Lighthouse Elementary and Middle School Principal and other instructional leaders as appropriate in decisions and resource allocation impacting the whole Lighthouse K-12 community or where alignment of systems and processes is especially important.

Leadership Development and Reflection

  • Model holding a learner-driven stance for own professional learning.
  • Engage in regular collaboration, learning, and development through coaching, co-principal meetings, and one-on-one check-ins with CAO.


  • At least 5-7 years of successful secondary classroom teaching and school leadership experience, required
  • Experience teaching/leading in urban education serving students of color from low-income backgrounds
  • MA in education or related field, required; administrative credential, preferred
  • Supervisory & management experience, including coaching and evaluation of teachers,
  • Knowledge of learner-centered curriculum, instruction, and assessment,
  • Experience working in Oakland schools preferred and charter school experience, a plus,
  • EL Education or Linked Learning experience, a plus.
  • Spanish fluency preferred,


This position reports to: Chief Academic Officer (CAO).


This position is a a full-time salaried exempt 12-month position that follows the 220-day school year and summer schedule. Includes approximately 5 weeks of paid holidays/breaks during the school year in addition to 10 days of vacation time during the summer. Start date is July 1, 2018 with some paid time in the spring to provide opportunities to engage with stakeholders and work with the leadership team prior to fully coming onboard in summer 2018.


Competitive benefits package and generous time off and vacation policies.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual in Spanish Preferred

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply



People of color and bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Interested candidates should submit:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter describing your interest in this position and why you are an optimal fit
  • 4-5 references with Name, Email, Phone Number and Title/nature of working relationship

Application submission screening and initial phone interviews will be completed on a rolling basis. In-person interviews and performance tasks will take place on-site.  

Lighthouse Community Public School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels.