Elementary Assistant Principal
DC Prep - Washington, DC

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The Assistant Principal for Preschool-3rd Grade works as a key member of the campus leadership team in partnership with other leadership team members and teachers to ensure that all students are making academic and social progress at DC Prep. The Assistant Principal role may vary according to the size or needs of the campus, but is always focused on curriculum/assessment or student behavior. Assistant Principals share general administration responsibilities and may also have an instructional coaching portfolio. Campus leadership team roles are twelve-month positions and lead development, refinement, and implementation of all aspects of the school’s academic and culture programs in accordance with the DC Prep Way. Leaders are on duty during regular school hours as well as nights and weekends to handle parent communication, staff after school activities, and/or to complete administrative work. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Over the next five years, DC Prep will open four additional schools and, ultimately, grow to ten campuses enrolling 3,300 students. As part of this growth, we are committed to expanding the intensive professional development that has been a cornerstone of the DC Prep model to not only ensure success in current positions but to prepare teachers and leaders for positions of increased responsibility as DC Prep expands.

School leadership team members hired for the 2013-14 school year will participate in leadership development designed to hone their skills for success in their current roles while also developing expertise needed for future leadership opportunities. Their development as leaders will be focused on participation in cohort professional development and customized coaching while also gaining practical on-the-ground experience.


Assistant Principal responsibilities fall into some or all of the following categories:

Instructional Leadership

• Coordinate with principal and content specialists to support teachers developing competence in the curricula though modeling, observing, providing feedback and supporting teacher reflection
• Provide hands-on coaching to a portfolio of teachers
• Observe teachers at least twice per month and conduct post conference meetings
• Track and monitor teacher responsiveness to feedback as evidenced by implementation of strategies
• Ensure that the core curricula are implemented with fidelity
• Work with teachers and instructional staff in establishing positive classroom climates
• Support teachers in establishing effective classroom management systems and developing students’ positive social behaviors
• Review teacher lesson plans for quality ensuring standards alignment, rigor, differentiation, etc.

Character and Discipline

• Provide leadership to all staff and students in establishing a positive, structured, and achievement-oriented school culture
• Ensure that teachers set extremely high expectations and run their classes in accordance with the DC Prep commitment to excellence
• Coach teachers to improve their instructional practices especially as it relates to issues of discipline and school culture
• Be highly present and visible during school hours relentlessly ensuring a positive school environment
• Model the school’s core values and set the standard for professional behavior
• Create and sustain programs for students that teach DC Prep’s vision, mission, culture and school expectations
• Manage, monitor, and sustain an effective behavior management program
• Collaborate with other members of the school’s leadership team to create and sustain programs for students and families that recognize and celebrate achievement and continuous progress

Wrap-Around Services

• Identify, plan, and implement strategies to address barriers to learning including, attendance concerns, behavior issues and social adjustment
• Participate in coordination of annual summer program for all DC Prep students to include remediation and student learning extension
• Assist in coordination of extended student support services, including tutoring

School Community

• Fully embrace DC Prep’s mission, vision, and values and promote them to students, staff, other faculty, parents, and members of the outside community
• Communicate regularly with families to develop a supportive home-school relationship and to reinforce school expectations and student discipline. Address parent concerns in a professional and timely manner
• Encourage, support, and maintain parent buy-in for school-wide behavior and character systems
• Actively encourage parents to participate in school activities such as parent meetings, field trips, policy council and as classroom helpers
• Model and support the DC Prep Way of purposeful and rigorous academic instruction combined with instilling and reinforcing behaviors that lead to academic and life success
• Maintain positive, constructive and professional relationships with students, their families, and colleagues


• Plan, design, and conduct follow-through strategies to implement the school attendance program
• Coordinate school attendance learning support and interventions which assist students’ daily attendance in order to improve their academic achievement

Targeted Intervention Design and Implementation

• Support teachers in the implementation of ongoing assessment, data collection and data analysis to support mastery of standards across the content areas
• Support teachers in developing and implementing targeted interventions
• Use coaching tools effectively (classroom observation tools, data sheets, student action plans, etc.)
• Support the Student Support Team (SST) process with the principal, intervention specialist and other members of the instructional staff
• Support teachers to develop competence in differentiating instruction though modeling, observing, providing feedback and supporting teacher reflection
• Help teachers develop and implement classroom-based, developmentally appropriate interventions for individual children and groups of children to enhance their acquisition of social/emotional and cognitive skills

Member of the Campus Leadership Team

• Plan and deliver professional development sessions to teachers at Friday PD, during Data Days, during teacher orientation, etc.
• Participate in grade level meetings and ensure fidelity to grade level lead protocols
• Meet weekly with leadership team members and share in the duties of running the campus effectively
• Be willing to take on additional responsibilities as necessary to fulfill DC Prep’s mission for our students

Administrative Duties

• Support the professional development plans of colleagues, including sharing expertise
• Participate in working groups of staff and teachers to plan, problem solve, and support one another on an ongoing basis
• Participate in and deliver professional development and training on issues related to student support services
• Attend and participate in staff and other school activities and meetings as appropriate
• Liaise with Home Office staff in carrying out organizational goals as necessary
• Other appropriate tasks as needed



• Desire and willingness to do “whatever it takes” to support student achievement in traditionally under-served communities
• Passion for connecting with students and families in support of student success
• Extraordinary oral skills to effectively communicate with varied audiences
• Comfort with and ability to write efficiently and effectively as part of a culture where curriculum writing, email communication, and documentation are critical
• Superior analytical skills and sound judgment to make critical decisions autonomously
• Capable of thriving in circumstances involving ambiguity and nuance
• Meticulous organizational ability in order to set priorities, organize workload, handle multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines
• Emotional constancy and extraordinary interpersonal skills to ensure purposeful and professional colleague relationships
• Positive attitude, maturity, and personal stability sufficient for a demanding position


• Minimum of 3-5 years teaching and leadership experience in an urban school community
• Familiarity with urban elementary school students, with particular experience with the developmental and social nuances of 4th through 8th graders
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Master’s degree in educational administration preferred.


• Competitive salary with the opportunity to earn performance pay based on individual and organizational results
• Comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability insurance; maternity, paternity, and adoption leave; and a 403b retirement plan
• Laptop for school and home use and monthly cell phone stipend
• Opportunities to support DC Prep’s multi-year expansion plans through job-embedded professional development or positions of increased responsibility

DC Prep does not discriminate against its employees or applicants because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, handicap, veteran status, age, sexual orientation, or marital status.

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