Principal - The Soulard School
Position: Principal
Subject Area: (none)
Job Title: Principal
Job Location: The Soulard School
Beginning: Jul 01, 2019
Deadline: Jan 31, 2020**
District: The Soulard School
Saint Louis, MO 63104
Telephone: 314-865-2799
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Job Description:
The Soulard School, a St. Louis charter school, is seeking a Principal for the 2020-21 school year.
Our Story: Established in 2004, The Soulard School grew from an early childhood program, with the founding staff and families at that time working hand-in-hand to create a different type of schooling for their children. 
Beginning in 2019, our elementary program transitioned to a charter model, while our early childhood program remained independent. 
Located in the historic Soulard neighborhood, with a current enrollment of 155 that will eventually grow to 180 students, The Soulard School is looking for a school leader for the next phase of our growth. The principal will continue our core programming and mission, and add their knowledge and expertise to further school goals. 
Principal Overview
The Principal works collaboratively with the Executive Director, Assistant Principal and staff of 30 to provide elementary education to a diverse group of students as well as supports the Soulard Education Center's early childhood and out-of-school programming. The Principal supports and shapes all aspects of the school, with a special focus on curriculum planning and classroom management. Strong skills and background in these areas will be key in the hiring process. 
Responsibilities
Mission/Vision
Promote and clearly articulate the shared mission and vision for learning.
Be a creative and innovative leader with a passion for innovative, hands-on learning. 
Demonstrate knowledge of current teaching methods and educational pedagogy, differentiation of instruction based upon student learning styles.
Promote diversity of all kinds throughout the school. 
Encourage staff to continue to grow professionally and to integrate new approaches or strategies for teaching.
Positively engage families in establishing a shared sense of community for the school.
Student & Family Relationships
Coordinate student transition to middle school; liaison with alumni.
Work cooperatively with teachers and administrators to address individual student behavioral and academic needs.
Support effective communications between teachers and parents. 
Encourages parental involvement in students' education and ensures effective communication with students/parents.
Staff Supervision
Hire, orient and supervise teachers and staff in school.
Provide clear and consistent expectations for teachers and staff based on school policy as established in the staff handbook.
Implement and supervise instructional programs with an emphasis on professional development for student achievement and individualized learning.
Support teachers in all areas of their development through: consistent review of lesson plans, regular meetings and observations, and formal performance evaluations.
 Assist teachers in creating and maintaining a yearly PD plan and supporting a continuation or advancement of their professional certifications.
Operations/Reporting/Data
Working with Assistant Principal to document/report student behavior and academic data. Use that data to create (with teacher feedback) school goals in support of increased student progress in both areas.
Oversee use of facility, scheduling classes and activities.
Maintain student trimester report system and support teachers with implementation.
Coordinate programs/activities with community partners.
General Skills
Effective verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to prioritize, problem-solve and manage multiple aspects of school operations. 
Flexibility to attend events outside the school day including student activities, board meetings and workshops. Perform other duties as necessary to support the mission and vision.
Qualifications
Master's degree or higher in the field of education, including elementary certification. Principal certification preferred. 
Elementary classroom experience required, school leadership experience strongly preferred.
Affinity for, and experience with, a progressive, non-traditional, project-based approach to learning such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, etc. 
Please review our website prior to applying to gain familiarity with our structure and philosophy. 
Application
Send cover letter, resume and 3 references to employment@soulardschool.org. Equal Opportunity Employer.
Hiring process to be completed by early spring, with the position to include some transition time in late spring and Summer 2020.  Begin full-time July 1, 2020.

** District reserves the right to close any Job Posting when a suitable applicant has been found before the deadline date.
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