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At Excel Public Charter School

Positions for the 2017-18 School Year
  • Assistant Principal
  • Director of School Operations
  • Dean of Students
  • Parent & Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Special Education (Mild-Moderate) Teacher
Assistant Principal

Reports to: Principal
Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Start Date: July, 2017
Location: Seattle, WA

Opportunity

We are seeking talented educational leaders with a desire to foster high levels of academic achievement in urban middle and high schools. The Assistant Principal will aid in leading a comprehensive middle or high school and will be held accountable for delivering student results in line with agreed upon goals.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Serve as administrator and integral part of the instructional leadership of the school, direct and supervise the curriculum and guidance program of the school.
  • Responsible for student discipline and attendance.
  • Evaluate and supervise school curriculum and instruction program with all departments.
  • Coordinate and supervise safety plan (crisis team, building inspection, building keys and inventory, compliance laws).
  • Supervise and evaluate the performance of classified and certificated personnel.
  • For high schools, coordinate and supervise the Athletic Director and the school’s athletic program.
  • Coordinate transportation and supervise classified personnel within this department.
  • Oversee scheduling of field trips.
  • Organize and inventory technology equipment.
  • Assist in developing and maintaining the school budget.
  • Assist with the development of a master class schedule.
  • Available for contact with parents, students and staff to discuss student progress and problems after class, at night or on weekends (via cell phone or in person).
  • Maintain work hours extending beyond school hours for other professional duties or functions such as staff meetings, supervision of student events, etc.
  • Maintain professional standards and a school environment that is productive, safe and focused.
  • Participate in Green Dot and individual professional development.
  • Participate in other events aimed at promoting or developing Green Dot and its schools (i.e., student recruitment).
  • Oversee community engagement and parent participation.

Qualifications

  • Possesses a growth mindset and love of learning
  • A minimum of 3 years teaching experience at the middle or high school level, with a history of improving student achievement
  • Valid Administrative Credential or comparable out of state credential which is transferrable to Washington
  • Demonstrated ability to coach teachers
  • Experience as an assistant principal or in an administrative capacity is preferred but not required
  • Experience with leadership roles (mentor teacher, department chair, assistant principal, etc.)
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities
  • Demonstrated ability in creating and managing systems
  • Proven management and team building skills
  • Experience managing budgets, creating and implementing policies
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills
  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial environment
  • A passion for improving urban high and middle schools and driving education reform
  • Ability to establish/foster a positive and safe school culture
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and implement quality professional development
  • Experience in leading/managing a team
  • Demonstrated ability to strategically engage stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability in conflict resolution
  • Experience in making data driven decisions
  • Knowledge of bilingual education

Compensation

Salary will be commensurate with experience and based on school size. We also offer a comprehensive benefits plan as well as the opportunity to impact a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of all its students.

Application Procedure

Please submit a resume and cover letter to careers@excelwa.org. Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted. The start date for this position will be in early July, 2017.

Director of School Operations

Opportunity

We are seeking a mission-driven Director of School Operations (DSO) with a strong background in operational systems, continuous improvement and team management. The DSO is a vital member of the school leadership team and manages all non-instructional school functions, allowing other leadership team members (Principal, Assistant Principal, etc.) the ability to focus on classroom instruction.

Our ideal candidate has proven leadership experience in a fast-paced environment and is a self-starter with strong attention to detail. In addition, our DSO must be a self-directed problem solver, enjoy being part of a collaborative team and thrive in finding solutions to complex operational issues. This is a unique opportunity for a highly-organized strategic thinker who enjoys planning for and executing operations that will positively impact a growing educational organization. 

The DSO reports to the School Principal and manages a two-person operations team as well as outside vendors/service providers.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Director of School Operations responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Leadership & Team Management: Manages a two-person school operations team and supports their growth in both performance and development. Works with the school Principal and administrative staff to create and maintain an exceptional organizational culture by building strong relationships, finding solutions to problems, and holding others accountable to systems. In partnership with the School Principal, develops the school-wide operations vision that supports the academic and cultural vision of the school. Participates in the leadership team’s strategic and annual planning and budgeting processes.
  • Finance and Purchasing: Oversees procurement for the school including approving orders and coordinating annual purchasing including technology, furniture, and curriculum, as well as maintaining an inventory for asset management. Manages cash receipts, deposits, credit card reconciliations, and staff expense reimbursements. Submits bi-weekly payroll and oversees time tracking for hourly staff and substitute teachers and tracks teacher PTO. Ensure adherence to financial policies; provides assistance to the Principal with budget management by tracking monthly operational expenses. 
  • Student Information and Reporting: Manages the student information system to perform data audits and ensure error-free student records. Oversees daily attendance reporting and intervention process by creating a system to communicate absences to teachers, parents, and administrators that complies with state law on mandatory student attendance. Ensures confidentiality and security of files and all information pertaining to students, parents, staff, and community members.
  • State & Federal Compliance: Acts as the point of contact for the school on all compliance-related data requests. Ensures processes are in place to monitor compliance with state and federal regulations for school operations (e.g., Free and Reduced Lunch, Special Education, monthly enrollment count, immunizations) and meets all compliance deadlines. 
  • School Nutrition Program: Oversees all aspects of the School Nutrition Program including managing food servers, coordinating with meal vendor, maintaining accurate data tracking for meal reimbursement, and ensuring food safety standards and federal compliance requirements are observed. Manages ordering process to minimize food waste and ensure meal program financial health. Oversees annual lunch application process including the distribution and collection of free and reduced lunch forms, coordination of the income verification process, and accurate data input of students’ lunch status into the student information system. Manages the logistics of meal delivery (breakfast, lunch, snacks) including cafeteria schedules and routines. 
  • Student Transportation: Oversees all aspects of student transportation including vendor management, arrival and dismissal procedures, and staff duty schedules. Coordinates the school’s transportation services to ensure eligible students receive transportation in a safe, reliable, and cost-efficient manner. Maintains accurate transportation records including bus stop locations, route times, and student ridership counts. Ensures that all transportation issues and complaints are documented and parent concerns are resolved as soon as possible. Manages field trip and after-school transportation logistics. 
  • Facilities: Oversees the school’s facility including signage, aesthetics, shared space coordination, and building safety. Oversees the upkeep of the school’s facilities and coordinates school facility projects. Performs regular preventative maintenance walkthroughs with custodial staff and provides training to school staff to manage issues immediately. Ensures the main office is organized and welcoming and contains all pertinent parent materials. 
  • Student Enrollment and Lottery: Develops and manages the annual student recruitment strategy to ensure that enrollment targets are met by the start of school. Oversees enrollment database, including student recruitment, lottery and waitlist management and actively recruits to fill empty seats. Conducts parent enrollment orientations and ensures parents receive key information about the school prior to enrolling students. 
  • Student Health and Safety: Manages school safety processes including emergency preparation, safety drills, and staff training, ensuring compliance with state and county mandates. Oversees school visitor and volunteer procedure to ensure safety of all students. Oversees student health requirements and liaises with contracted nurse to ensure student health needs are met. 
  • Event Planning & Coordination: Plans and coordinates logistics for school events and activities as needed, including back to school nights and parent conferences/meetings. Acts as point of contact special events hosted at the school. Oversees other tasks or special projects as needed. 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required, Master’s degree preferred.
  • 4+ years of professional experience; with a proven track record of at least two years of leadership experience managing others in a professional capacity.
  • A demonstrated passion for improving K-12 public education; prior experience working with
    underserved communities, families and/or students preferred.
  • Positive attitude and strong work ethic with an entrepreneurial spirit; willingness to do whatever it takes to meet goals and get the job done.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Comfortable in an ambiguous, fast-moving, start-up environment with a drive towards clarity and
    solutions.
  • Demonstrated success in improving the effectiveness of an operation; ability to create and implement internal systems across multiple functional areas and manage various stakeholder relationships.
  • Strong analytical and project management skills, with a deep attention to detail coupled with the ability to think critically, problem-solve complex questions, and identify solutions.
  • Demonstrated initiative, leadership and tenacity with a desire to grow as a professional
  • Humility, sense of humor, and rock-solid commitment to Excel’s mission and the communities we serve.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook; proven aptitude in learning new computer programs.

Compensation

Salary will be commensurate with experience and based on school size. We also offer a comprehensive benefits plan as well as the opportunity to impact a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of all its students.

Application Procedure

Please submit a resume and cover letter to careers@excelwa.orgOnly applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted. The start date for this position will be in early July, 2017.

Dean of Students

Reports to: Principal
Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Start Date: July, 2017
Location: Seattle, WA

Opportunity

We are seeking a mission-driven Dean of Students to join our team. Our ideal candidate is hard-working, entrepreneurial, and possesses a strong desire to foster high levels of academic achievement and personal relationships with academically under served students. We are looking to build a leadership team that is passionate about middle school and excited to join our growing school community.

Excel leaders are committed to continuing their own learning and refining their practice to stay current in the field, ensuring a quality education for all. Excel will have professional development and specialized cross-network professional development days; regular observations, coaching and feedback; summer training; and various opportunities for teachers to attend professional development conferences. We believe strongly in providing training and support to our staff in order to enable strong student culture, teaching and learning in every classroom

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Serve as a member of the school leadership team to establish a joyful, structured and achievement-oriented school culture.
  • Support teachers to hold all students to high and consistent behavioral expectations.
  • Serve as the point person for dealing with behavioral crisis-intervention and severe behavioral issues.
  • Act as a resource to teachers in their instructional practice especially as it relates to issues of discipline, relationships with students, classroom management and school culture. This may include coaching and professional development support, in alignment with the school leadership team priorities.
  • Serve as the administrator on duty for discipline/culture issues, and first responder for office referrals.
  • Assist teachers, students and parents in the effective creation and implementation of individual behavior plans.
  • Reinforce the effective use of a school-wide behavior plan, including norming and managing the school’s Restorative Justice and Positive Behavioral Intervention Systems (PBIS) merit/demerit systems.
  • Ensure the physical environment of the school reinforces school culture and facilitates student achievement.
  • Be highly present and visible during school hours, relentlessly ensuring the school has an exceptional school culture.
  • Proactively circulate throughout classrooms and hallways during the day to gain valuable context on student behavior and help support positive school culture.
  • Monitor behavioral pull-out and in-school suspensions.
  • Manage lunch and after-school detention.
  • Coordinate school culture messages at all-school meetings.
  • Lead advisory curriculum and development.
  • Facilitate student culture committee and student leadership responsibilities.
  • Manage school-wide collection and analysis of behavior data for students and staff, documenting all conferences, suspensions and phone calls for behavior.
  • Track behavior on the school bus, ensuring students are exemplary bus riders to and from school.
  • Ensure that behavioral expectations and school culture standards are met outside of the classroom as well as inside, including establishing and monitoring bus behavior/culture as well as cafeteria behavior and culture.
  • Oversee and coordinate school-wide initiatives and incentives related to behavior.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum 3 years teaching experience in an urban district and/or charter school setting.
  • Desire and ability to build positive, supportive, lasting relationships with students, staff and families
  • Deep belief in the capacity of all children to meet academic and behavioral expectations and educators’ capacity to coach and grow students in those efforts
  • Strong organizational skills and able to multi-task effectively
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and able to build positive, trusting relationships with staff, students, families and community members
  • Creative and able to motivate students to be their best selves
  • Passionate about improving educational outcomes for historically underserved children and communities.
  • Growth mindset and love of learning
  • A strong ethical base and self-awareness
  • Relentless commitment to and high standards for high quality execution
  • Passionate with a high level of personal responsibility towards ambitious goals
  • Strong sense of integrity, ethics, and drive to achieve and grow
  • Humility, sense of humor, and rock-solid commitment to Excel’s mission and the Kent community
  • Commitment to building programs from beginning to end
  • Ability to multi-task and function in a high-energy environment

Compensation

Salary will be commensurate with experience and based on school size. We also offer a comprehensive benefits plan as well as the opportunity to impact a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of all its students.

Application Procedure

Please submit a resume and cover letter to careers@excelwa.org. Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted. The start date for this position will be in early July, 2017.

Parent & Community Engagement Coordinator

Reports to: Director of School Operations
Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Start Date: July, 2017
Location: Seattle, WA

Opportunity

We are seeking mission-driven Parent & Community Engagement Coordinator to join Excel’s growing team. Our ideal candidate is hard-working, entrepreneurial, and possesses a strong desire to engage families and community partners in the school community. The Parent & community Engagement Coordinator is a vital member of the School Operations Team and will educate and engage parents, families, and community members as well as serve as a liaison between the school and families.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Parent and Community Engagement
  • Create and lead school-wide strategy for dramatically increasing family involvement
  • Set parent engagement goals and strategy, including developing a calendar for Parent Academy and other parent events.
  • Plan, communicate, and execute at least three engaging programs per semester.
  • Attend community events and build relationships with existing and new community partners.
  • Develop and facilitate a parent leadership team or parent group to address community-based issues, organize for education reform, etc.
  • Recruit parents for the School Advisory Committees and support in the planning and facilitation of the School Advisory Committee meetings.
  • Organize parent volunteer initiatives and recruit and support parent volunteers.
Student Enrollment and Lottery:
  • Serve as school lead for recruiting new students and executing a successful student recruitment strategy.
  • Provide monthly enrollment updates to Home Office and school administrator.
  • Build relationships with feeder schools and community organizations.
  • Conduct open houses, student tours, and new parent orientations.
  • Support School Operations Manager in updating student enrollment database.
Team Engagement:
  • Participate in Excel and individual profession development programs.
Other:
  • Support school-wide supervision duties including lunchroom coverage and front desk coverage, as needed.
  • Share in main office duties with the School Operations team.
  • Translate spoken and written materials, as needed
  • Perform additional duties, as assigned.

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent (required)
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (strongly preferred)
  • Bilingual (strongly preferred)
  • Fierce commitment to the mission of Excel Public Charter Schools
  • Experience leading and developing positive working relationships with parents and community organizations.
  • Exemplary communication skills (written and oral) and the ability to communicate with a wide range of constituents, including students, parents, teachers, and community-based partner organizations
  • Proficient in MS Word, PowerPoint and Outlook; comfortable learning new computer programs
  • Ability to relentlessly pursue goals and work through obstacles. A high degree of initiative in resolving problems and implementing solutions independently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to maintain a positive, “can-do” attitude at all times.
  • Commitment to customer service.
  • Ability to complete tasks and projects effectively and on-time.
  • Ability to exercise discretion in the dissemination of information
  • Growth mindset and love of learning
  • A strong ethical base and self-awareness
  • Relentless commitment to and high standards for high quality execution
  • Passionate with a high level of personal responsibility towards ambitious goals
  • Strong sense of integrity, ethics, and drive to achieve and grow
  • Humility, sense of humor, and rock-solid commitment to Excel’s mission and the Kent community
  • Commitment to building programs from beginning to end
  • Ability to multi-task and function in a high-energy environment

Compensation

Salary will be commensurate with experience. We also offer a comprehensive benefits plan as well as the opportunity to impact a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of all its students.

Application Procedure

Please submit a resume and cover letter to careers@excelwa.org. Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted. The start date for this position will be in early July, 2017.

Special Education (Mild-Moderate) Teacher

Reports to: Principal
Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Start Date: July, 2017
Location: Seattle, WA

Opportunity

We are seeking a mission-driven Special Education teacher who possesses a strong desire to foster high levels of academic achievement with academically underserved students. Our staff is committed to continuing their own learning and refining their practice to stay current in the field, ensuring a quality education for all.  We offer small class sizes; twice-weekly professional development and specialized cross-network professional development days; regular observations, coaching and feedback; summer training; new teacher support meetings; and opportunities for teachers to attend conferences. We believe strongly in providing training and support to our staff in order to enable strong teaching and learning in every classroom

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Direct Instruction & Direct Services

  • Provide support in all academic areas and effectively instruct students in a small group setting and/or the general education classroom.
  • Plan accommodations/modifications necessary to provide access to students with disabilities to the core curriculum.
  • Co-teach general education classes to increase service delivery for special education students in the general education classroom.
  • Provide the following consultation services (and others, as they arise):
    • Utilization of evaluation data for the accommodation and modification of instruction and curriculum
    • Identification and assessment of behavior patterns in students
    • Application of effective classroom management technique
    • Identification of resources appropriate to individuals with exceptional needs to regular staff members, parents and guardians
    • Behavior management of students who have emotional behavioral disabilities.
    • Data collection
    • Managing crisis situations
  • Provide additional instruction in transition areas to support Individual Transition Plans.
  • Provide direct support to student success teams (SST) and 504 teams by developing intervention plans for at-risk students.
  • Collaborate with parents, administrators, testing specialists, school psychologists, social workers and other professionals to develop individual education plans designed to promote students’ educational, physical, and social development.
  • Collaborate with general education teachers to assess and monitor students’ progress on a regular basis using informal and formal assessment tools.
  • Teach personal development skills such as goal setting, independence, and self-advocacy.
  • Guide and counsel students with adjustment and/or academic problems.
  • Special projects and duties outside of primary teaching responsibilities as assigned.

Coordination of IEPs and Services

  • Maintain accurate and complete student records and prepare IEPs for students on caseload, as required by laws, Excel policies and administrative regulations.
  • Participate as a member of the IEP Team in decisions regarding placement and in the development of an IEP for students with behavioral disabilities.
  • Analyze data when revising IEPs to provide accurate present level of performance.
  • Coordinate the following:
    • Referrals and assessment procedures
    • IEP Team meetings
    • Implementation of special education services provided to students with exceptional needs
    • Collection of relevant information for students referred to the IEP program team
    • Organization and distribution of special education media and materials for resources in general education classrooms

Additional Duties & Responsibilities of all Teachers

  • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence. Attend staff meetings, and serve on committees as required.
  • Effectively instruct students in assigned content area(s) as prescribed by Excel’s academic content standards through lecturing, demonstrating, and using audio-visual aids and other materials to supplement presentations with the overall goal of engaging student learning.
  • Work as part of interdisciplinary team and within content areas planning and aligning curricula to ensure that instruction follows curriculum guidelines or requirements of state and school.
  • Set clear short-term and long-term goals to drive instruction.
  • Develop and submit weekly and long range unit plans containing standards, essential questions, assessments and lesson plans; assign lessons and review homework.
  • Consistently administer tests to evaluate pupil progress, record results, and issue meaningful reports to inform parents of progress.
  • Maintain the school’s student management policies and procedures (i.e. attendance records, dress code, etc.) and report to the school administrators when necessary.
  • Maintain effective supervision and discipline in the classroom.
  • Set clear short-term and long-term goals to drive instruction.
  • Develop and submit weekly and long range lesson plans containing standards, objectives, essential questions, and assessments; assign lessons and review homework.
  • Consistently administer tests to evaluate pupil progress, record results, and issue meaningful reports to inform parents of progress.
  • Attend faculty and professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
  • Attend staff meetings, and serve on committees as required.
  • Work as part of interdisciplinary team and within content areas planning and aligning curricula to ensure that instruction follows curriculum guidelines or requirements of state and school.
  • Create and implement student intervention plans when necessary for students with special education program and general education students.
  • Maintain the school’s student management policies and procedures (i.e., attendance records, dress code, etc.) and report to the school administrators when necessary.
  • Work with other teachers and administrators to address and resolve student issues.
  • Provide necessary accommodations and modifications for growth and success of all students
  • Lead and participate in student activities such as: sponsoring student activities or student organizations, coaching a sports team, working with parents and the community as part of a committee or group, provide morning or after school supervision, and chaperoning student events.
  • Abide by all state and federal mandates in reporting sexual or physical abuse and neglect.
  • Special projects and duties outside of primary teaching responsibility as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Valid Washington State Teaching Credential with a Special Education endorsement
    • If you do not hold a valid WA teaching credential you may qualify for an Emergency Teacher Certificate. To qualify for this certificate, you must meet the following criteria:
      • Bachelor’s degree and
      • Substantial completion of a teacher preparation program
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  • Excellent collaborative and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Growth mindset and love of learning
  • A strong ethical base and self-awareness
  • Relentless commitment to and high standards for high quality execution
  • Passionate with a high level of personal responsibility towards ambitious goals
  • Strong sense of integrity, ethics, and drive to achieve and grow
  • Humility, sense of humor, and rock-solid commitment to Excel’s mission and the Kent community
  • Commitment to building programs from beginning to end
  • Ability to multi-task and function in a high-energy environment

Compensation

Salary will be commensurate with experience and based on school size. We also offer a comprehensive benefits plan as well as the opportunity to impact a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of all its students.

Application Procedure

Please submit a resume and cover letter to careers@excelwa.org. Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted. The start date for this position will be in early July, 2017.