Principal - Elementary School

Job Type

Full Time Contract


Minimum: $95,000.00
Maximum: $120,000.00
Details: Based on years of experience, education level and certifications.



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



100 Gallatin Street Northeast
District of Columbia
United States


Bridges was founded in 2005 and is an expanding elementary school with our final year of growth by the 2018-2019 school year. Bridges currently serves 398 students from Pre-K through 5th grade, and will grow to serve more than 400 students in grades Pre-K through 5th grade by the 2018-2019 school year. The school seeks an Elementary School Principal for the 2018-2019 school year.

Our Mission

Bridges is unique in its inclusion mission. We provide an exemplary educational program that brings together students of all abilities. Historically, the demographic breakdown for our student population has been:

·        47% African American, 24% Latino, 22% Caucasian, 7% Asian

·        50% - 65% Students who qualify for free or reduced meal

·        38% English as a Second Language Learners

·        35 - 40% Students with special needs (levels 1 – 4)

Bridges, the name of our school, symbolizes an inclusive learning community that builds bridges of understanding, awareness, and support by connecting children and families with a variety of different needs, cultures, and backgrounds.

At Bridges we believe that inclusive education is beneficial to all of the students who have the opportunity to participate. Inclusion builds compassionate relationships among students, develops self-esteem in individuals, and develops the awareness that everyone has strengths and challenges.

For more information about the school, please visit

Overview of the Role

Building on our strong foundation as an early childhood program for students with and without special needs, the Elementary School Principal is responsible for leading his/her team to meet the academic and developmental needs of a highly diverse student population.  The Principal will ensure that the expanding elementary school program provides all students with core academics (i.e. reading and writing, math, social studies and science) and that the students receive academic enrichment.  The academic enrichment programs being developed by the school include: art, art integration, health / fitness, gardening, and music. 


The Principal will be responsible for supervising instructional staff, overseeing the development of curriculum, ensuring all students’ needs are met, and engaging families in the school community. Expertise in the core academic content is of significant value in order to coach teachers, guide staff development, and lead the staff.   Specific expertise in at least one of the following core academic areas is desired: reading and writing, math, social studies, or science.


The Principal will work collaboratively with the Head of School, Chief Operating Officer, Director of Operations, Directors of Student Support Services, Assistant Principal, Curriculum Coordinators / Instruction Coaches to provide consistent and effective school leadership for this expanding elementary school program.


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 in all classrooms.
  • Supports individual teachers in improving instructional practice and reaching professional goals.
  • Leads the execution of the school’s Academic Plan.
  • Oversees on-going development of curriculum and instruction with the support of the Assistant Principal, Director of Student Support Services, Curriculum Coordinators / Instructional Coaches.
  • Plans and facilitates biweekly Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) meetings.
  • Supervises the Assistant Principal, Director of Student Support Services, Curriculum Coordinators / Instructional Coaches.
  • Works with program staff to diagnoses and monitors student learning, instruction, and the curriculum with data.
  • Communicates with parents about the curriculum/instructional program at Bridges PCS. 
  • Supports the development and implementation of the school’s art integration, language study, health / fitness and gardening program. 

School Culture

  • Communicates the school’s vision and builds teams to support its mission, vision, and values.
  • Leads the implementation and development of the school’s social curriculum.
  • Monitors and supports the use of the social curriculum.
  • Is accessible to students and parents.
  • Engages families and the larger community in the life of the school. 
  • Is part of the school’s team to recruit students each year.

Staff Oversight and Development

  • Develops an annual strategic staffing plan to support school’s instructional needs, with Head of School and Director of Student Support Services.
  • Is part of the school’s team to recruit, select and, evaluate high-quality staff.
  • Plans and leads professional development aligned with school’s goals.
  • Plans summer training for new staff with Director of Students Support Services, Assistant Principal, Curriculum Coordinators / Instructional Coaches.
  • Meets with teachers about individual professional development goals.
  • Seeks professional development opportunities for individuals and entire staff to support goals in coordination with the Curriculum Coordinators / Instructional Coaches.
  • Leads Instructional Leadership Team (ILT).
  • Prepares weekly staff notes to provide on-going communication with teachers and campus staff.

Systems and Operations

  • Works with the Operations staff to manage the day-to-day operations of the campus.
  • Develops school calendar with Head of School and Assistant Principal.
  • Develops instructional schedule for all grade levels and subject areas with Assistant Principal, Curriculum Coordinators / Instructional Coaches.
  • Develops inclusion and English language learning schedule with Director of Student Support Services and Coordinator of English Language Learners.
  • Attends Board meetings and Board’s School Performance Committee Meetings, as needed.
  • Works with Head of School and Business Manager to draft budget.
  • Manages elementary school budget. 

Personal Leadership

  • Utilizes behaviors of effective leadership: facilitative, adaptive, culturally-competent and solution oriented.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and a commitment to ongoing learning.
  • Uses effective interpersonal skills to build trust.
  • Takes personal responsibility for all students’ achievement and success.


The Ideal Candidate will possess: 

  • Embraces serving students with Special Education needs and English language learners.
  • A minimum of two years, ideally five, of full-time classroom teaching experience.
  • A track record of success as the Principal, Assistant Principal, Principal in Training program or School’s Leadership Team Member.
  • Content expertise in a core subject area (Math, Reading & Writing, Science or Social Studies) a plus.
  • 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 a diverse community of students, families and staff.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to think strategically, translate thoughts to action, and follow-through with all details.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred in K-12 school administration, curriculum & instruction, or a related field.


Health benefits (medical & dental), disability insurance, and a retirement plan: 401(k) or the continuation of the DCPS retirement plan included. Pre-tax Mero savings / spending plan, as well as health savings and child care savings accounts.

Level of Language Proficiency

Strong written and oral language skills in English required.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Complete on-line application at the following website:

The cover letter should be addressed to Olivia Smith, Founder / Head of School and explain your interest in the position and qualifications for it.