Carmen Middle School of Science and Technology, Northwest Campus opened in August 2013 and has grown to serve 233 students in grades 6-8. The school is co-located with Carmen High School of Science and Technology, Northwest Campus at 5496 N 72nd St. in Milwaukee, WI. Carmen's Northwest Middle School Campus provides a rigorous college and career preparatory curriculum in addition to an advisory program, a focus on community service, and multiple structures for students who need additional support.
This is an exciting opportunity to be the leader of a high-performing middle school in a supportive and collaborative network of public charter schools with a nationally-recognized track record of success. The Principal reports to the Chief Schools Officer.
Carmen Schools seeks a proven school leader who understands and commits to implementing the Carmen Education Model to ensure all students graduate prepared for success in college, meaningful careers, community involvement, and family life; advocates for and nurtures a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth; ensures a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment; collaborates with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizes community resources; always acts with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner; and promotes and embodies Carmen’s core values and character traits.
Licensed Wisconsin Principal or eligibility for Wisconsin Principal license.
A minimum of 5 years of progressive, full-time administrative experience, preferably in an urban setting; Principal experience strongly preferred
A minimum of 5 years of teaching experience in an urban setting; high school teaching experience preferred
Proficient in use of technology to support student academic achievement
Proven track record in building and managing a team
Ability to vision and lead a team in executing a strong school culture that maximizes learning and ensures student have a positive school experience
Willing to engage in critical conversations as needed
Strong knowledge of secondary curriculum and instructional standards
Proven ability to focus time and energy on highest leverage priorities to best support student and faculty/staff growth
Proven ability to work well with a cross-functional team, including a team of other principals.
Proven ability to lead in a clear and efficient manner in a fast-paced environment with strong problem-solving skills and a mature approach to challenges
Proven ability to model and hold others accountable to high expectations and a growth mindset
Commitment to practicing and embodying the core values and character traits that create and uphold the culture of a Carmen school
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
1) Diagnosis and Planning
Recruit, hire and develop a strong staff aligned w/ the vision and mission
Articulate and implement a school-wide instructional vision based on the current student needs
Create a sense of urgency among the school community to reach our mission
Create a strategic plan with annual goals and clearly communicate this with all stakeholders
Build buy-in from all stakeholders and empower them to contribute to annual goals
Regularly track data and student growth and give/receive feedback to inform strategic plan
2) Priority Management and Communication
Focus on highest-leverage activities that will result in meeting annual strategic plan and network goals
Design and implement sustainable systems for tracking key data aligned to strategic plan and network goals
Create & maintain a school culture that minimizes distractions and focuses on student learning
Effectively manage leadership team to meet school wide goals
Identify potential leaders and provide opportunities to grow new leaders within the campus
Communicate regularly with all key teams (leadership team, grade level leads, office staff, etc.) and cross-campus teams (instructional leadership team, principal team, etc)
3) Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Create and manage systems of collaboration aligned to standards-based instruction
Ensure that data are utilized to collaboratively plan instruction
Support instructional team and teachers around goal-setting and data analysis
Ensure that high-quality, standards-aligned, common assessments are utilized at all grade levels to track progress towards standards mastery
Empower teachers to conduct data analysis after formative and summative assessments to identify problems and develop re-teaching/enrichment instructional strategies
Ensure that teachers are utilizing backwards design to develop rigorous standards-aligned units/assessments and maintain a system that provides regular feedback on these tools
Model and support data-driven planning/instruction among all content areas
Boost morale and a sense of efficacy by getting colleagues to own and celebrate growth
4) Supervision, Evaluation, and Professional Development
Plan and implement professional development that supports school-wide goals
Plan and implement teacher coaching model that meets the needs of all teachers, from early career to seasoned educators
Complete formal evaluations and ensure other instructional staff implement teacher evaluations with fidelity
Provide consistent opportunities for staff to develop and share their strengths, experiences and achievements with other staff
Provide feedback to staff on an ongoing basis as and train/encourage staff to engage in critical conversations with colleagues in order to provide valuable, regular feedback
5) School Culture and Family Involvement
Empower staff to create and maintain a consistent school climate and behavior expectations, routines and consequences reflective of Carmen’s vision, mission and core values
Efficiently resolve any disruptions to the learning environment, using data to analyze patterns and create preventative interventions
Ensure that students are regularly celebrated for their growth and achievement
Create an environment and school-wide practices that make families feel welcome and respected
Respond to family concerns and enlist families to actively support their student’s growth
Ensure ongoing communication to all families regarding academic and social-emotional growth
6) Management and External Relations
Set the highest example for ethical and professional behavior
Create a work schedule that maximizes support for teaching and learning
Maintain transparency in how and why decisions are made and involve all stakeholders in the decision-making process whenever possible
Manage operational and fiscal issues so that they support the school vision and mission
Tap all human and community resources to support the school’s vision, mission and strategic plan
Serve as a resource within and leverage resources available from the Carmen Schools network
Principal supervises all school staff directly or indirectly.
Principal will work predominantly Monday – Friday in a middle school environment. Work schedule will include evening and weekend hours as required.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
Carmen Schools of Science and Technology provides competitive salaries and benefits for all full-time employees, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and a 403b retirement plan.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Carmen is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment in our network of schools. Carmen Schools of Science and Technology does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.
About Carmen Schools of Science & Technology
Carmen's mission is to graduate all students as critical thinkers and self-directed learners prepared for success in college, meaningful careers, community involvement, and family life.