Head of School Philadelphia

Job Type

Full Time




United States



Philadelphia Hebrew Public Charter School, Hebrew Public


Hebrew Public is a national network of public charter schools with a commitment to racially and economically diverse schools (we are a member of the Diverse Charter School Coalition). We are focused on global citizenship, and our schools help students become empathetic, ethical, intellectually curious young adults committed to solving the world’s problems. Hebrew Public schools are dual language schools that offer partial immersion programs in Modern Hebrew with an accompanying focus on the study of Israel.

Hebrew Public’s network currently contains eight schools (six elementary and two K-8) in four states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 2,500 students. In NYC, we serve as the Charter Management Organization for schools in Brooklyn and Harlem.

PHP plans to open in August 2019, serving 156 students in kindergarten and 1st grade. The school will add a grade level each year until it ultimately serves grades K to 8 in the 2026-27 school year. PHP will provide students with a sophisticated core curriculum in English Language Arts, mathematics, Modern Hebrew, the sciences, social studies, art, music, and physical education.

To learn more about Hebrew Public, please visit www.hebrewpublic.org. Read about our work and mission at: https://www.the74million.org/article/learning-to-laugh-in-hebrew-how-two-nyc-charter-schools-used-an-ancient-language-to-achieve-integration .


This is an exciting time to join Philadelphia Hebrew Public as the founding Head of School. Hebrew Public is accepting applications for a Head of School (HOS) to launch and lead staff and student learning at PHP. This role offers a unique opportunity to take the 2018-19 school year to reflect, plan and develop a comprehensive strategy before launching the school in 2019-20. The HOS may have the opportunity to participate in the Diverse Charter School Coalition’s (DCSC’s) inaugural School Launch Program Fellowship cohort. Participation will be determined in collaboration with DCSC.

Reporting to the school’s Board, the Executive Director of PHP and with matrixed reporting to Hebrew Public’s Chief Schools Officer, the HOS will serve as the school’s program and instructional leader and manage a growing leadership team that oversees all instructional and classroom support staff. This opportunity is ideal for a visionary, entrepreneurial and results oriented individual to lead the work of shaping a school committed to helping students from all backgrounds attain high levels of academic achievement and prepare students to be engaged global citizens.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

● Coach and develop PHP’s leadership team and teachers by providing regular, ongoing instructional feedback, support, and formal evaluations

● Build an active, engaged professional learning community among the school’s staff

● Partner with the Hebrew Public and school leadership teams to provide high-quality professional development based on identified school and teacher needs

● Set rigorous instructional goals and build a culture of continuous improvement

● Actively monitor the progress of student and staff growth through collection and analysis of formal and informal data

● Develop and sustain a strong, positive, rigorous, nurturing school culture

● Manage relationships with key stakeholder groups, including parents, teachers, students.

● Partner with the Hebrew Public’s Chief Talent Officer to recruit and select a team of talented educators

● Partner with key staff to recruit students

● Collaborate with the Executive Director to oversee the school’s operations, finances and compliance functions

● Partner with the Executive Director to develop both long-term and short-term strategic plans to support school development, growth, and improvement


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

● A passion for and record of driving student achievement and overall success in diverse communities

● High standards for student achievement and school culture

● A deep belief that all students can thrive in a challenging, high-quality, nurturing and supportive learning environment

● Experience in managing and coaching teachers to great outcomes

● Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills and a proven record of creating and fostering excellent relationships through teamwork and empathy

● A strong work ethic and commitment to results

● Proven ability to work in a creative and innovative environment

● Charisma and the ability to motivate staff and students toward common goals

● An authentic commitment to the Hebrew Public mission and school model, including the values and attributes of global citizenship

● High levels of self awareness and a commitment to reflective practice

● Sense of Humor


● A minimum of three years of experience as a successful elementary or middle school teacher, ideally in a public school setting

● A minimum of two years of experience in an educational leadership role, ideally in an elementary or middle school setting

● Pennsylvania Administrative Principal Certificate

● Pennsylvania Instructional Certification

● Knowledge or experience creating intentionally diverse student communities

● Knowledge of dual-language methodology and bilingual education practices preferred

● Bachelor’s degree required and a graduate degree a plus


All team members are expected to be committed to the mission, vision and values of Hebrew Public, have a positive and professional attitude, exhibit a very strong work ethic (including a willingness to work long hours) and possess an inner drive for personal and professional excellence. The ideal candidate will thrive in an entrepreneurial, collegial, and results-driven environment.

LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA


We offer competitive salaries with a comprehensive benefits package. The targeted start date is Fall 2018.

Hebrew Public is committed to building a diverse staff team that reflects the communities we serve. Candidates of color and those from backgrounds that are underrepresented in school leadership roles are particularly encouraged to apply.


To be considered, interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@hebrewpublic.org. No telephone inquiries or recruiters please.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply


Please send your resume to jobs@hebrewpublic.org