Aspiring Transformational Principal Academy Facilitator
Minneapolis Public Schools - Minneapolis, MN

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The Facilitator plays a central role in the district’s new Aspiring Transformational Principal Academy, an innovative program designed to prepare aspiring principals to lead change in the most struggling MPS schools and significantly increase learning outcomes and opportunities for all students.

The Facilitator is responsible for the learning, assessment, and development of a cohort of 6-8 program participants and for the success of the program as a whole.

The Facilitator supports the development of the program’s curriculum and the recruitment and selection of program participants.

He/she teaches full-time during the Summer Intensive and leads weekly professional development sessions during the school year.

The Facilitator also observes and coaches Aspiring Transformational Principals at their residency sites and meets with mentor principals to support and monitor the residency experience.

For more information about the Aspiring Transformational Principal Academy, visit


The Aspiring Transformational Principal Academy is based on the NYC Leadship Academy program model. For more information about the NYC Leadership Academy, visit


We are seeking two Facilitators with availability to work part-time during the school year and full-time during the summer. Below is an overview of the Facilitator schedule and responsibilities.

Part-time from January to May 2013 (approximately 30 days)

Curriculum development

Participant recruitment and selection

Facilitator training

Full-time from June to August 2013

Facilitation of the Summer Intensive

Part-time from September 2013 to May 2014 (approximately 2.5 to 3 days/week)

Design and delivery of weekly professional development seminars

Individual coaching of program participants at residency sites

Program evaluation and improvement

Participant recruitment and selection

Because we are committed to attracting the most talented and diverse candidates to this role, there is some flexibility with the time requirements. If you have strong adult facilitation skills, experience as a successful principal, and a genuine enthusiasm to learn about and lead a very innovative, highly experiential principal preparation program, we encourage you to apply.



Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities


include, but are not limited to, the following



Participate in the creation and modification of problem-based, experiential instructional units and select materials (texts, videos, etc.) to structure student learning experiences


Facilitate in-class sessions (full-time during the summer and part-time during the school year)


Provide personalized written and verbal feedback on individual and group work


Visit, observe, and debrief with each participant monthly in his/her residency school


Act as a liaison to mentor principals in structuring the residency experience for participants


Evaluate participant performance, assess participant learning needs, and create support mechanisms to maximize growth during the residency


Assume responsibility for the learning and development of all program participants and the success of the program overall


Participate in program evaluation and improvement


Participate in candidate recruitment and selection

Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

Master’s Degree; experience and strong results as a school principal (preferably in an urban, turn-around school); OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.

Skill in:

Experience and strong results as a school principal (preferably in an urban, turnaround school)


Urgent desire to prepare principals to transform underperforming schools in MPS and dramatically improve learning outcomes for all students


Unyielding, high expectations for students, adults, and self


Deep self-awareness and committed to constant learning


Demonstrated expertise and results with facilitating/coaching adults with diverse backgrounds


Experience with and appreciation for problem-based, experiential learning and coaching pedagogies


Strong written and oral communication skills


Keen observation and assessment skills


Inspired to manage the ambiguity and discomfort of being a trailblazer in principal preparation and a public learner


Motivated to take risks and try new approaches


Comfortable with conflict in service of learning


A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required. MN State K-12 Principal teaching license preferred.


Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work.


Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready. Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.

Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

METHOD OF APPLICATION: All applicants, including MPS employees, must complete an on-line application at (click on careers).

In addition, upload an electronic copy of both your cover letter and resume to your application at the time that you apply. Make sure that you apply for the specific position in which you are interested.

Only complete applications, which include all of the following items, will be considered:

  • Cover Letter


  • On-Line Application
Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee.

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