Boston is regularly ranked among the top cities in the country for quality of life and was recently rated as one of the top cities in the world. Boston’s colleges and universities are among the best research institutions anywhere, and Boston Public Schools - and the work of our school leaders - are among the most frequently featured subjects in educational research projects and popular studies.
As the birthplace of public education in this nation, the Boston Public Schools is committed to transforming the lives of all children through exemplary teaching in a world-class system of innovative and welcoming schools. We partner with the community, families and students to develop within every learner the knowledge, skill, and character to excel in college, career, and life. There are 125 schools in the BPS portfolio in 2017-2018. They include traditional district schools, exam schools, pilot schools, Horace Mann charter schools (also called in-district charter schools), Turnaround schools and Innovation schools.
ABOUT THIS JOB POSTING
Boston Public Schools is looking for dynamic leaders, who are eager to work in the top performing urban school system in the country and share our priority of making equity in instruction a reality in all classrooms. Principals and Headmasters in Boston are part of a select group of educational leaders, playing a key role in designing new approaches to improve student learning at their individual schools, and working as part of a high-capacity team to bring effective strategies to scale system-wide.
This is a rare opportunity to join the BPS team! We are currently building a pool of strong candidates for positions in SY2018-2019 when they become available. This posting is not tied to specific openings; however, Boston Public Schools is seeking candidates who are interested in leading traditional elementary, middle and high schools as well as schools with unique characteristics. We consistently seek candidates interested in leading the following types of schools:
Autonomous (Horace Mann Charter, Pilot, Innovation)
CURRENT VACANCIES FOR SY 2018-2019
The following schools are undertaking a School Leader search for SY2018-2019. Potential vacancies are not limited to this list, and more vacancies may arise as the school year progresses.
Martin L. King K-8
Samuel Adams K-5
Boston Latin Academy 7-12
English High 9-12
This job posting ONLY includes principal and headmaster positions. This job posting DOES NOT include Assistant Principal, Assistant Headmaster, Director of Instruction, Director of Operations, or Dean of Students positions. If and when these positions arise, they will be posted individually.
All applications will be screened by the BPS Office of Human Capital and qualified candidates will be invited to participate in a series of in-person, job-related tasks before entering a pool to interview at select school sites.
The Boston Public Schools is currently seeking visionary and dynamic individuals to serve as educational leaders in our schools. We seek highly effective principals with a track record of success, including evidence of improving measurable student outcomes and narrowing opportunity gaps. We seek instructional leaders who also possess an exemplary managerial, instructional and operational skill-set. Our school leaders must be committed to the belief in the potential of all students and be able to focus his/her work in a way consistent with the district’s strategic plan and Acceleration Agenda. We seek leaders who are committed to the ideals of collaboration, innovation and equity and who will do what it takes to ensure all learners attend a high-quality school.
GENERAL SKILLS & COMPETENCIES
A Boston Public School Principal/Headmaster must engage skills and competencies consistent with the following:
Lead with equity and authenticity.
Inspire commitment to a common vision.
Build and sustain thriving teams that solve problems.
Use data to make decisions.
TYPES OF BPS SCHOOLS
Admission to our three award winning exam schools—Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School, and O’Bryant School of Math and Science—is based on students’ scores on an entrance exam.
Pilot Schools: Our 21 pilot schools were explicitly created to be models of educational innovation and to serve as research and development sites for effective urban public schools. Pilot schools are part of the school district but have autonomy over budget, staffing, governance, curriculum/assessment, and the school calendar to provide increased flexibility to organize schools and staffing to meet the needs of students and families.
Horace Mann Charter Schools: Our six Horace Mann charter schools are innovative, semi-autonomous schools that are approved by both the Boston School Committee and the Mass. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education and funded by Boston Public Schools. They are also called in-district charter schools.
Turnaround Schools: State authority granted in 2010 allowed BPS to rapidly intervene in our lowest-performing schools by changing staff, increasing class time, and adding new supports for students. With these flexibilities, these "Level 4" schools can access new tools to rapidly improve performance. In 2013, two Level 4 schools became Level 1 schools (the highest level possible) after just three years of Turnaround effort.
Innovation Schools: BPS was among the first districts in the state to open an Innovation school in 2011, transforming an underperforming school with new leadership, autonomy, and flexibility. In 2012 we opened a dual language (English/Spanish) Innovation high school and began transforming our technical vocational high school. We now have eight Innovation schools.
ADDITIONAL SKILLS & COMPETENCIES BY SCHOOL TYPE
Autonomous: Among other skills and competencies, a candidate must understand how to effectively leverage the specific rights and privileges, especially the budget, hiring and evaluation process, in order to improve, sustain and achieve high goals and learning targets for all students.
Technical Vocational: Among other skills and competencies, a candidate must understand how to create a seamless experience for students in vocational and core content. The candidate must have expert knowledge in accelerating learning for a diverse population of students.
Turnaround: Among other skills and competencies, a candidate must be a strong leader in change leadership and instruction and collaborate with many stakeholders. He/she must be able to effectively diagnose learning challenges, efficiently build teacher capacity, regularly use data, engage in difficult conversations and urgently and collaboratively accelerate learning for all students. He/she must be strong in strategic school design in order to align resources to meet the needs of struggling students.
Demonstrates positive impact on student academic outcomes.
Recruit, hire, develop, and retain diverse teachers and staff to create an education team that meets the learning opportunity needs of all students in the school, including those in regular education, students with disabilities, and English Language Learners.
Develop and implement a Quality School Plan that sets the direction for school improvement efforts.
Responsible and accountable for ensuring all students leave their school ready for the demands of their next steps in education, college, career, and life.
Maintain a school-wide technology plan that effectively implements significant technology resources to differentiate instruction and support academic enrichment for all students.
Analyze student achievement data to identify areas in greatest need of improvement and to inform school improvement efforts.
Ensure that the learning needs of all students--Special Education, English Language Learners, and General Education--are met.
Effectively supervise the classroom co-teaching teams, content-based coaches, Interventionists and Learning Specialists.
Supports and supervises the design of rigorous, standards-based instruction with measurable outcomes.
Institute immediate targeted interventions and monitors their effectiveness.
Conduct daily classroom observations to analyze instruction, supervise staff and provide feedback, to ensure continuous improvement in teaching and learning.
Engage in continuous learning and ongoing professional development with other principal/headmaster colleagues.
Implement an effective and fair teacher evaluation system identifying exemplary, proficient, needs improvement, and unsatisfactory teacher rankings that take into account observation, student performance, and includes the development of appropriate teacher improvement plans.
Develop and ensure implementation of a Professional Development system for the teachers in the school that is based on the overall educational goals of the school and the individual needs of teachers identified in teacher evaluations, and which incorporates both in-school professional development hours and external, central resources.
Management and Operations
Recruit and retain a diverse staff.
Align the use of people, money, and materials to the school's instructional priorities.
Develops systems for optimal use of time by creating schedules/procedures that maximize instructional time and provide sufficient time meeting time for all teams. Deflects activities that prevent staff from focusing on student learning during team time.
Ensure a safe and nurturing environment for students, staff, and families.
Design and implement a professional development plan and/or strategy that addresses instructional improvement priorities defined by student achievement and the individual needs of staff members.
Manage school, facilities, and operations.
Complies with the state and federal laws, policies and collective bargaining agreements.
Family, Community, and Student Engagement
Strengthen teacher and staff capacity to cultivate and sustain meaningful partnerships with families of diverse backgrounds and with community members that support student achievement and student wellbeing.
Establish two-way communication tools with parents in their respective languages.
Seek and develop strategic partnerships that will provide students with access to sports and extracurricular activities and add value and help drive academic success.
Implement the BPS policies around school-based management and shared decision-making, including establishing and supporting School Parent Councils, School Site Councils, and Personnel Sub-committees in fulfilling their responsibilities.
Ensure the active involvement of students at all appropriate levels, including the development of student government and student participation in School Site Councils and Personnel Subcommittees.
Identify key levers that foster accelerated school improvement/turnaround.
Demonstrate high expectations for all students and staff and a commitment to providing the support required to attain them.
Demonstrate cultural competencies and antiracist leadership through behaviors and decision-making.
Establish a collegial environment that honors and encourages staff's continuous learning.
Manage conflicts and foster consensus building.
Foster teacher leadership through delegation, shared leadership and decision-making.
Possession of a valid Massachusetts School Principal License or proof of successful completion of MA-PAL
For Technical and Vocational positions, possession of a valid Vocational/Technical preliminary or professional license
Ability to provide an accessible, strong presence and demonstrate leadership by example
Three years teaching experience and three years successful administrative experience
Demonstrated success in leading a diverse environment
Demonstrated leadership qualities, interpersonal skills, and personal characteristics necessary for working effectively with students, teachers, administrators, and parents
Demonstrated skills in creative problem solving
Experience supervising and/or evaluating staff
Demonstrated ability to manage a budget
Experience working in complex, unionized environment
Current authorization to work in the United States – candidates must have such authorization by his or her first day of employment
Teaching experience in an urban public school setting
As the birthplace of public education in this nation, the Boston Public Schools is committed to transforming the lives of all children through exemplary teaching in a world-class system of innovative, welcoming schools. We partner with the community, families and students to develop within every learner the knowledge, skill, and character to excel in college, career, and life.