Middle School Principal

Job Type

Full Time


Details: We offer a competitive salary depending on experience and qualifications.



Start Date:


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3600 Georgia Avenue NW
United States



E.L. Haynes Public Charter School was founded in 2004 and has an award-winning program based on effective practices for advancing student achievement. E.L. Haynes is among the top-performing charter schools in Washington D.C., and is recognized locally and nationally as a model and for our exceptional student achievement gains. E.L. Haynes currently serves 1,200 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade.


Our Mission 

Every E.L. Haynes student of every race, socioeconomic status, ability level, and home language will reach high levels of academic achievement and be prepared to succeed at the college of his or her choice. Every E.L. Haynes student will be adept at mathematical reasoning, will use scientific methods effectively to frame and solve problems, and will develop the lifelong skills needed to be successful individuals, active community members, and responsible citizens. 



As a member of the Leadership Team, the Middle School Principal will have a unique opportunity to lead the school’s implementation and execution of key strategies to achieve outstanding results for all students. The Principal is critical to the success of the mission and vision and has the rare challenge of preparing a student body that consists of students who have grown up at E.L. Haynes and new students from throughout DC. Half of the sixth grade class (approximately 50 students) are new to E.L. Haynes, and the other half (50 students) are promoted from within E.L. Haynes.


The Middle School Principal is responsible for leading his/her team to dramatically catch up students who are below grade level and to accelerate students who are on or above grade level while offering an exciting program of core academics (i.e. English Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Science), electives (e.g. Music, Art, Health & Fitness, Robotics, Drama), world language, and competitive athletics to all our students, including those who have English language acquisition and special education needs. The Principal will be responsible for supervising instructional staff, overseeing the development of curriculum, ensuring all student needs are met and engaging families in the support of every student. In order to lead the remarkable staff, s/he must have core content expertise in order to coach teachers and guide their development.


The Principal will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer; Chief Academic Officer; Senior Director of Student Support Services, the Elementary and High School Principals, and Middle School Leadership Team to provide consistent, effective school leadership. He/she will report to the Chief Academic Officer.

The following is a general list of responsibilities of the position; additional duties may be assigned.

Teaching and Learning

Oversees and supports the effective, consistent teaching practices described in the E.L. Haynes Teacher Competency Rubric.

Supports individual teachers in improving instructional practice and reaching personal goals.

Plans and facilitates biweekly Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) meetings.

Supervises the Assistant Principals, Behavior Intervention Coordinator and Dean of Culture.

Works with the Director of Student Information to organize and analyze data.

Supports teachers in administering assessments and collecting data.

Diagnoses and monitors student learning, instruction, and the curriculum with data.

Provides teachers with analysis of data and identified needs.

Communicates with parents about the curriculum/instructional program at E.L. Haynes.

Supports the implementation of a comprehensive arts, Spanish, and health/fitness program.

School Culture

Communicates the school’s vision and builds teams to support the mission, vision and values.

Motivates adults to demonstrate their belief that all students can learn at high levels and to accept responsibility for meeting student achievement goals.

Leads the development and revision of the school’s advisory curriculum.

Monitors and supports the use of the culture curriculum,especially Developmental Designs practices.

Fosters student leadership, efficacy and stewardship.

Is accessible to students and parents.

Engages families and larger community in the life of the school.

Aligned Staff

Develops annual strategic staffing plan with CAO.

Works with the Chief Talent & Equity Officer to recruit, select and evaluate high quality staff.

Plans and leads weekly Professional Development aligned with school goals.

Plans professional development for new staff with Core LEadership Team.

Facilitates setting of campus and grade level achievement SMART goals.

Meets with teachers about individual professional development goals.

Seeks professional development opportunities for individuals and entire staff.

Arranges school visits and supports peer observation and critique.

Leads a high functioning Instructional Leadership Team (ILT).

Prepares weekly staff notes to provide ongoing communication with teachers and campus staff.

Systems and Operations

Works with the Operations Manager to manage the day-to-day operations of the campus.

Develops school calendar with other principals and Chief Academic Officer.

Develops the bell schedule for all grade levels and content areas with Chief Academic Officer.

Develops inclusion and English language learning schedule with Senior Director of Student Support Services, Campus-based Assistant Director of Student Support Services, and Director of English Language Learning.

Attends Board meetings and Board’s School Performance Committee Meetings, as needed.

Works with principals and Chief Financial Officer to draft budget.

Manages middle school budget.

Personal Leadership

Models the behaviors of effective leadership: goal-oriented, facilitative, resilient, adaptive, belief-based action, culturally-competent.

Demonstrates self-awareness and commitment to ongoing learning.

Sets ambitious targets and maintains a relentless focus to achieve school goals.

Takes personal responsibility for student achievement and success.

The Ideal Candidate will possess:

A belief that all children, from every background, must receive an excellent, college-preparatory education, and are able to reach high levels of academic achievement.

Fully embraces serving students with English language learning and special needs.

A track record of success as the Principal of a high-performing school and/or as a Principal that has led dramatic increases in student achievement.

Content expertise in a core subject area (Math, Reading and Writing, or Science) required.

Demonstrated ability to coach, lead, and collaborate with adults from a diverse range of perspectives and backgrounds.

Demonstrated ability to build and keep strong relationships with diverse students and families.

Outstanding written and oral communication skills.

Self-motivation, especially when juggling competing priorities.

Ability to think strategically, translate thoughts to action, and follow-through with all details.

Humility, a sense of humor, and flexibility in an entrepreneurial environment.

Master’s degree required.


Our benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, life & disability and flexible spending accounts.

E.L. Haynes is an equal-opportunity employer, and it is our policy to recruit, hire, and promote for all jobs on the basis of merit, qualifications, skills and competence. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, marital status, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other protected status. E.L. Haynes will fully comply with all employment-related and other laws. All employment decisions will be made solely on the basis of the individual's qualifications as related to the requirement of the position being filled.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply



Please visit the Join Our Team page on the E.L. Haynes website; https://www.elhaynes.org/apply-for-a-job to submit an application. If you have any questions about the role please contact Manuela Monsalve, Talent Acquisition Manager at mmonsalve@elhaynes.org. You may upload your resume and other relevant documents.