SUMMARY The principal at LAMB leads a talented and experienced team of educators dedicated to the powerful combination of Montessori and bilingual education. The principal will help move the school forward in our efforts to ensure that our Montessori bilingual program serves every child to the absolute best of our ability. The ideal candidate will be:
A Montessori educator,
Fluent in Spanish and English,
Adept in educational leadership and change,
Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
OVERVIEW The Principal is part of the Executive team, reports to the Executive Director, and supervises academic leadership and Montessori teachers and program.
To achieve the mission of LAMB PCS in which students build a foundation of knowledge essential for a lifetime of learning while developing bi-literacy in English and Spanish
To promote the educational goals of the school and community and maintain a school environment in which all students and staff work and learn effectively and collaboratively
To maintain a safe and supportive school climate focused on Montessori principles by providing students, teachers, and families a clear understanding of their rights and responsibilities within the school community
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Academics and Compliance
Lead collaborative reflection on and revision of curriculum development and instructional practice (scope and sequence) that successfully delivers Montessori bilingual instruction to all LAMB students
Ensure the school is providing a program that ensures all students can meet or exceed grade-level standards
Promote a professional community that embraces collaborative data-driven reflection on practice, informed decision making, and continual goal-setting and review
Articulate the school’s educational philosophy, goals, and objectives into action plans that directly benefit students and staff professional development.
Serve as academic lead in LAMB Board School Performance Committee and work with Executive Director to develop a change plan that identifies and dismantles systemic racism in the school and programs and intentionally includes anti-racist, anti-biased professional development, curriculum, and school policies
Manage data, maintain contact, and respond to inquiries as required by the federal, local government, and related organizations such as OSSE, PCSB, the LAMB Board, etc.
Staff Development and Human Resources
Conducts the performance and evaluation of the academic leadership and supervises the performance and evaluation of teaching staff
Lead the development and implementation of staffing plans and schedules
In collaboration with the Executive Director, design a comprehensive talent acquisition and retention plan, which includes:
Recruitment and retention of a diverse body of effective teachers and staff
Professional development that engages and retains effective staff and provides clear growth opportunities and career pathways
Leadership development for teachers and support staff
Performance management that outlines the measured steps required to maintain and/or gain proficiency and the intervention procedure when goals are not met
An organizational culture strategy, including a robust on and off-boarding program
Lead and participate in the hiring of instructional staff in cooperation with the HR Manager and academic leadership
Lead staff meetings and professional development that value a collaborative professional culture and practice respectful disagreement and critical feedback
Collaborate with academic leadership to identify and implement school-wide professional development for instructional staff and related service providers, specifically including Montessori philosophy and principles
Build and maintain a positive open relationship with the families that supports trust, transparency, and responsiveness
Collaborate with Family Engagement to develop student recruitment and enrollment goals and activities to increase the number of LAMB families of color and whose home language is Spanish
Coordinate with the PTO on family events and programs
Lead and manage student class assignments and decisions regarding individual student services, grade retention, etc.
Work with Family Engagement and academic leadership to develop and deliver a plan for parent engagement and education
School Mission and Culture
Embrace and champion LAMB’s mission, vision, and values
Maintain up-to-date knowledge and understanding of best practices in the fields of Montessori, bilingual education, charter school operations, and other applicable areas.
Promote LAMB through representation in local and national meetings and events, networking with educational leaders, and fostering partnerships with local and national organizations
Promote and model the principles of Montessori education in the leadership and management of day-to-day operations of the school
Ensure the social, emotional, and physical safety of students, staff, and families through enforcement of all safety protocols and policies
Support the development, review, and revision of important school documents such as the budget, the school calendar, staff and family handbooks, etc.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field; Master’s preferred
Credential from a MACTE Accredited Montessori training program, AMS or AMI or other affiliate preferred
Demonstrated successful school leadership in a senior administrative position
Demonstrated successful teaching experience of three or more years; preferred in Montessori
Fluent in English and Spanish
Demonstrated ability and knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion work in schools that supports student achievement, staff development, and family support and inclusion
General knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Apps
Exhibited leadership and management of change in schools and in collaboration with staff, students, and the community
Commitment to accountability for student growth and school performance
Commitment to bilingual education and the Montessori philosophy
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in work with LAMB students, staff, and the community
Ability to develop relationships with students, families, staff, and key stakeholders
Salary is commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package includes medical insurance (health, dental, & vision), retirement plan, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability, flexible spending account (medical, dependent care, and transit), and vacation/sick leave.
About Latin American Montessori Bilingual PCS
LAMB PCS is a Montessori bilingual charter school serving ages 3 through 5th grade. It is the most sought after public school in DC and strives to set the standard for public Montessori bilingual education.