Citizens of the World Charter Schools - Kansas City
March 2, 2018
Kansas City, Missouri
Full Time - Experienced
LAUNCHING A NEW, INNOVATIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL MODEL Citizens of the World Charter Schools – Kansas City (CWC Kansas City; CWCKC) will launch a new middle school model in the fall of 2019. The urgency and conviction for this new design is grounded in the following principles:
?Understanding and valuing students for who they are now: The three years of middle school represent a unique period in the development of a child. The design of our program should be aligned to meet the social, emotional, and cognitive needs of adolescents. ?Developing the full self: Academic mastery alone is inadequate for students to thrive in an increasingly diverse and global society. Learning to navigate change, persevere through struggle, understand difference, and develop a strong identity are requirements for success. ?Equity, inclusion, and commitment to change: Diverse communities are an opportunity to come together for understanding, for empathy, and for action. In a new model with equity at the core, we hope to create microcosms of what is possible that can have ripple effects well beyond our walls. ?Identifies and incorporates helpful curricular materials and supports that are aligned with CWC Schools approach.
The model incorporates a set of promising new school features, including a “Learning Fellowship” component that focuses on developing the self-actualization and leadership of all students; and “Interdisciplinary Courses & Voyages,” spaces where students will tackle some of the world’s most vexing and pressing challenges, and in doing so develop the knowledge, skills, and orientations of global leadership.
This will be a transformational experience for founding students and families, and the Middle School Principal will play a critical role in creating a new generation of lifetime learners and leaders.
PRE-OPENING The Middle School Principal will work closely with the Executive Director, CWCKC team members, and the CWCS network team during their months in residence as they prepare to launch the school in August 2019.
The Principal will prepare the school to launch by: ?Internalizing the vision of the school model, including the purpose and mission, key beliefs about learning and motivation, and the student outcomes and graduate profile. ?Contributing collaboratively as a member of the growing regional leadership team. ?Researching and designing planning tools and resources that can support the implementation of the 6th grade curriculum and assessment tools. ?Supporting the design of a professional development program for all founding staff. ?Crafting expansive culture systems that will build on the explicit development of knowledge and skills within the areas of academic, difference, equity and inclusion, and social and emotional development. ?Designing efficient operational systems, in collaboration with the regional operations team, to ensure the school will run effectively. ?Hiring the founding team of teaching and leaders. ?Engaging with prospective families to inspire them to enroll founding students in the school. ?Forming strong relationships with community leaders and partners to build excitement, investment, and momentum in the mission of CWC Kansas City.
SUMMARY The Middle School Principal at Citizens of the World – Kansas City is a visionary instructional leader who will create an engaging, joyful, academically rigorous learning environment built on our fundamentals of academic excellence, community, and diversity. S/he will have a sophisticated understanding of and experience with a constructivist approach, balanced-literacy, multiple intelligence theory, backward design, the creation of project-based curriculum, and building and/or working in diverse communities. ?
The principal will create and maintain a school culture that challenges and motivates our diverse students, teachers, and families to achieve academic excellence, develop as people, embrace the rich diversity of the school community, and positively impact the communities in which they live. S/he will have a commitment to the educational philosophy of our school and organization, which includes a constructivist approach, a commitment to social and emotional learning and a belief that we are better and stronger because of our differences.
The Middle School Principal will embrace the change and growth that comes with expanding into a new school building. The Principal will play a vital role in expanding our existing Primary Grades Campus (K-3) into a Upper Elementary/Middle School track of 4th-8th grades and growing the school to its full capacity.
This is a full-time position located in Kansas City, MO. For more information on Citizens of the World Charter Schools – Kansas City, please visit www.cwckansascity.org.
CANDIDATE PROFILE Candidates will be responsible for the following:
Academics and Instruction Guides instructional staff to improve teaching and learning by providing teacher support and designing professional development. Ensures that all students are learning and we continually address and work to eliminate any and all gaps in academic performance between subgroups. ?Provides instructional leadership, coaching, and support to teachers who are working with a diverse student body. ? ?Identifies and incorporates helpful curricular materials and supports that are aligned with CWC Schools approach. ?Ensures the use of a wide array of assessments that, together, reflect the educational philosophy of CWC Schools and prepare students to excel on multiple measures, including standardized measures. ? ?Uses multiple sources of data to develop a plan for the ongoing improvement of student achievement. ?
Culture Defines, models and builds a transformative school culture consistent with CWC Schools purpose, mission, core values and operating. Manages student discipline; and promote social emotional learning and assessment as part of the school’s culture.
Staff Recruits, hires, manages, and develops the school’s leadership and instructional teams, as well as operational and support staff. ? ?Builds a culture of self-reflection, relentless self-improvement and adaptive leadership for all school staff. ? ?Recruits and hires diverse mission-aligned, qualified instructional and operational staff. ? ?Manages the staff performance review and compensation review processes. ? ?Maintains a focus on mission-aligned, student-focused decision making. ? ?Ensures on-going design and implementation of staff professional development. ?
Community ?Establishes and maintains strong relationships with teachers, students, parents, and community members. ? ?Ensures that all members of the school community are engaged and valued. ? ?Communicates the school’s vision and goals in a way that ensures understanding and commitment from a racially, culturally, and socio-economically diverse community of parents, students, faculty, staff, and board members. ? ?Oversees the development and implementation of varied forms of communication with families. ? ?Maintains positive relationships with the Missouri Charter Public School Commission (MCPSC), the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and other charter organizations, serving as an active leader in the Kansas City charter community by learning from others and sharing CWCKC’s best practices.
Operations, Finance, and Compliance Ensures compliant, effective, and efficient school-based operations that support an academically high-performing school environment. ? ?Manages and supports school operations staff. ? ?Reports on activities, organizational development progress, compliance requirements, and student achievement to the Executive Director, CWCKC Board of Directors, MCPSC, and other applicable state and federal reporting agencies. ? ?Works with the Executive Director to draft and monitor the school’s budget and ensure daily financial and business activities are compliant with the school’s fiscal policies. ?Ensures school alignment with organizational goals for diversity.
STAFF & REPORTING RELATIONSHIP The principal shall formally report to the Executive Director. S/he will work closely with other stakeholders, including CWCKC’s Board of Directors, MCPSC, and CWC Schools.
QUALIFICATIONS & TRAITS Candidates must have: ?A clear record of elevating student achievement in an academically high-achieving classroom for at least two years, with a strong understanding of pedagogy that drives results, and exceptional leadership working with young people in urban communities. ? ?A bachelor’s degree from an accredited, four-year university; Master’s degree or PhD in education preferred. ?A Missouri Administrative Credential with a “K-8 Principal” Endorsement required. ?At least two (2) years of teaching experience, with demonstrated student results. ? ?Experience working in a mixed socio-economic school (SES) preferred. ? ?Fluency in Spanish preferred. ?
The Principal must: ? ?Be aligned with the philosophy and mission of the school and organization. ? ?Have an entrepreneurial spirit and be capable of managing many complex tasks with competing priorities. ? ?Possess strong leadership, team management, and community building skills. ? ?Possess strong interpersonal and communication skills. ? ?Be organized and self-managed, and be able to handle many responsibilities simultaneously. ? ?Have excellent problem-solving skills. ? ?Be committed to building a community of collaboration with a diverse group of stakeholders. ? ?Be a self-aware leader who knows how to treat all members of the school’s community with respect, appraises accurately his or her strengths and weaknesses, and is perceptive about how he or she is regarded. ? ?Be dependable and have excellent follow-through. ? ?Maintain strong personal commitment to ongoing learning and growth. ? ?Be an effective and persuasive communicator, orally and in writing.
Additional Salary Information: COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
CWC Kansas City offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. CWC Kansas City is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As an organization that values diversity and aims to serve a diverse group of students, we work to reflect this diversity in our staff as well.
About Citizens of the World Charter Schools - Kansas City
The mission of CWC Kansas City is to provide an excellent public education focused on developing and demonstrating understanding while building connections within a diverse community. Opening in 2016, we will serve 288 students in grades K-1 (24 students per class) and will expand annually until we ultimately serve approximately 1,800 students grades K-12.