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Assistant Principal

Yellowstone College Prep

 

Classification:    Exempt, Full-time

     Reports to:     Principal

 

Skills and Qualifications

A minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university - graduate degree, preferred

At least 4 years of teaching experience with strong academic results

Demonstrably strong record of ensuring students achieve school success and holistic growth

Previous school-level leadership experience with progressive levels of responsibility

 

Yellowstone College Prep Overview

Yellowstone College Prep (YCP) is an open-enrollment public charter school currently serving 260 students in 5th through 9th grade. We are a community school preparing community leaders. At Yellowstone, we Inspire, Empower, and Invest in our students to achieve their highest potential and fulfill their intended purpose. Our model includes smaller class sizes and a culturally relevant experience that includes rigorous academics, strong character education, and a focus on parent and community engagement. YCP will grow by a grade level each year, eventually serving students in 5th-12th grade.

 

Yellowstone College Prep operates on a beautiful Third Ward campus built in 1926 that is less than half a mile from downtown Houston. As part of its unique program, YCP is co-located with Yellowstone Academy, a private Christian school that serves students in preK3 through 4th grade. This innovative public/private model is the first of its kind in the state of Texas. The Yellowstone Schools are governed by two separate Board of Trustees. They operate through a shared services agreement to leverage the Academy’s nearly 20 years of success and expand to serve close to 800 students in pre-K through 12th grade within the next five years.

 

The Opportunity

As a member of the administrative leadership team, the Assistant Principal will play a critical role in Yellowstone’s growth and success. He/She will support character and academic outcomes for students; proactively establish strong relationships with teachers, students, and families; create an exceptional learning environment on campus by ensuring daily operations run seamlessly and with excellence; assist the Principal with the supervision and training and development of teachers so teachers, students, and families are held to a high level of behavioral and academic expectations.

 

Essential Duties:

Teacher Management and Professional Development

The Assistant Principal will:

  • Facilitate and/or observe regularly scheduled grade level team meetings
  • Based on assignment, take ownership of the academic outcomes in classrooms by supporting and managing teachers through our teacher coaching cycles; and
  • Manage the administration of student progress reports/report cards throughout the school year.

 

School Culture, Student Support and Management

The Assistant Principal will:

  • Create the procedures and programming that are necessary to achieve strong student attendance
  • Assist in the development and implementation of an effective campus and classroom discipline/behavior management system that leads to strong school culture and student learning
  • Assist in the creation and execution of a family handbook that outlines Yellowstone policies and clearly communicates expectations for staff, students, and families to follow
  • Create a character development program that proactively teaches students and staff how to meet school-wide expectations that align to the values and mission of Yellowstone College Prep
  • Train staff on advisory plans that align to the character development program and manage its consistent implementation
  • Assist in the creation and execution of the school-wide quarterly character report card
  • Proactively identify and support staff who need additional classroom management coaching and development
  • Under the guidance of the Principal, own the implementation of select school priorities in support of the school-wide vision
  • Promote strong culture through the management of parts of the daily schedule (e.g. arrival/dismissal, substitutes, lunch/recess, school trips, extra-curricular school activities, school events, after school programming, facility maintenance)
  • Manage the collection and use of student/family records, data, and related information to ensure strong family engagement, communication, and appropriate privacy/confidentiality as required by law
  • Act as the first Leadership Team contact on student intervention and parent engagement; determine next steps for issues that rise above the teacher/grade level/department; and
  • Manage and support Grade Level Chairs in their role.

 

Parent and Community Engagement

The Assistant Principal will:

  • Build a strong working relationship with families to ensure there is an alignment between school and family expectations for student success
  • Create, develop, and lead parent university trainings where parents can learn about the systems, curriculum, and school-wide initiatives
  • Manage the tracking of parent engagement data to ensure Yellowstone is creating a campus culture where families are regularly updated on their student’s progress and given opportunities to engage with teachers and staff to support their child’s learning; and
  • Promote among the staff the need to involve and engage Yellowstone families in both positive and constructive ways in their student’s behavior, academic learning, and co-curricular activities.

 

Other Administrative Responsibilities

The Assistant Principal will:

  • Participate in weekly meetings, conferences, and other opportunities to stay well-informed about current best practices in education and continue their own personal and professional development
  • Work with YCP’s leadership team to develop all-staff days and other school-wide culture building activities and meetings
  • With the other members of the leadership team, serve as a daily exemplar of the Yellowstone Schools’ belief, mission, and values
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Principal

 

Physical Demands

Frequent moving about the school building to facilitate student management between classes; constantly operates a computer and other office equipment; frequent standing, talking to facilitate faculty or parent training or student instruction; Frequent exchange of communication with parents, students, and colleagues regarding behavior, academics, and other school business.

 

Yellowstone Values

Every employee at Yellowstone is committed to our PRIDE values:
 

Positivity: At Yellowstone, we smile first. We are a positive presence on campus and extend a good-natured grace and enthusiasm in all personal interactions.

 

Responsibility: We follow through on our promises and commitments. We own our actions and will never settle for less than our best effort.

 

Integrity: We demonstrate integrity in all circumstances and always put the best interests of the broader Yellowstone community first. We “walk the talk” and lead by example.  

 

Determination: We anticipate and overcome challenges. We are resilient in the face of obstacles and are committed to the success of every member of the Yellowstone community.

 

Excellence: We hold everyone (families, students, colleagues) to the highest standard of excellence and constantly look for ways to enhance the Yellowstone experience.

 

In addition, the Assistant Principal must be:

 

Passionate: enthusiastically committed to both the Yellowstone mission and to achieving extraordinary results for our staff, students, and families

 

Collaborative: a true team player who relishes the opportunity to lead and problem-solve with others, lead productive and effective meetings, readily engage in meaningful conversations, and genuinely celebrate and share other people’s successes 

 

An Excellent Coach: a “people person” with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills (both written and oral) who has a record of helping others achieve their personal and professional goals

 

An Excellent Project Manager: a hard worker with a strong attention to detail who understands how to set ambitious milestones, use data to guide decision making, can effectively delegate responsibilities, and can navigate a complex task/project from inception through to completion

 

Additional Notes

This position will include early morning, evening and weekend commitments as required and assigned by the Principal. This position will require the utmost level of discretion and confidentiality, as the Assistant Principal will have access to student files, staff files, and other related institutional documents.

 

Application Process

To apply for the position, please send a letter of interest and resume to Jasmen Denton at jdenton@yellowstoneschools.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but we anticipate hiring this position quickly to align with the end of the school year. Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

 

Yellowstone College Prep is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual with respect to, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of the individual’s race, color, sex, or national or ethnic origin. Nor do they limit, segregate, or classify its employees or applicants for employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect the status as an employee because of the individual’s race, color, sex, and/or national/ethnic origin.

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