Position:           School Principal, posted January 14, 2023

Status:              Full Time Exempt

Duration:         12 Month Employee

Location:          Hertel

Reports to:      Director of Schools

Salary:              Commensurate with experience

The Opportunity

Elmwood Village Charter Schools is looking for a servant leader to join our school community as Principal of our Hertel Campus. We are seeking a Principal with an asset-based mindset who is passionate about urban education, rigorous academics, social-emotional learning, diversity, and inclusion. The Principal is the key culture leader and sets the tone for a positive and supportive school environment.

Job Description:

The Principal works with the Shared Leadership Team and other key employees to perform these primary job duties:

School Culture

  • Creates and oversees a School culture that fosters a student-centered approach to teaching, a love of learning, and exemplifies EVCS’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Is the face of the School and is visible and accessible to all stakeholders
  • Cultivates and inspires a culture of collaboration, trust, learning, and respect
  • Builds strong relationships with all stakeholders to promote student success
  • Ensures fidelity to the Responsive Classroom approach school-wide
  • Creates and maintains a welcoming, positive, and inviting learning environment
  • Oversees and ensures strong systems that support a calm and orderly school
  • Upholds the EVCS Code of Conduct and implements student disciplinary procedures with fairness and equity

Human Resources Management

  • Fosters a positive working environment where each employee is motivated to perform at high levels
  • Demonstrates a commitment to EVCS’ hiring practices that are equitable, inclusive, and representative of our diverse school community and participates in the process of selecting qualified mission-aligned faculty and staff
  • Develops and implements systems to hold staff to high expectations, and supports practices that contribute to retention of high quality school-based employees
  • Supervises school-based employees and performs annual school based evaluations
  • Understands, implements, and enforces the organization’s employee discipline model with fidelity, equity, and fairness
  • Delegates appropriate responsibilities to the Assistant Principal and Main Office Staff

Instructional Leadership

Although the Director of Curriculum and Instruction is the Key Instructional Leader across both campuses, the Principal provides input, supervises the quality of instruction, provides evaluative feedback, conducts evaluations, and ensures that the instructional program is implemented with fidelity at a high level.

  • Models and communicates a shared vision and mission for student success
  • Communicates and monitors progress towards goals that result in measurable progress for all students
  • Provides ongoing direct evaluation feedback to maximize student success
  • Supervises instruction and ensures fidelity to the school’s instructional programs
  • Reviews student achievement data and participates in data meetings
  • Supports and participates in high-quality professional development opportunities for school-based employees
  • Communicates regularly with Instructional Coaches to monitor classroom instruction and student progress

Organizational Management

  • Participates in all tactical meetings and some strategic meetings with the Shared Leadership Team
  • Contributes necessary information to those responsible for data collection and reporting
  • Participates in weekly planning and coaching meetings with the Director of Schools
  • Acts as a responsible steward of the organization’s fiscal resources
  • Collaborates and communicates with the Operations department to ensure that school safety plans are implemented with fidelity and that the school facility is safe, secure, and in working order on a daily basis
  • Adheres to school safety plans with fidelity and acts as the incident commander in an emergency
  • Demonstrates proactive building-level decision making and efficient operation of the school at all times, and identifies a designee when appropriate
  • Follows federal and state legal guidelines and regulations as they relate to school operations

Communication and Community Relations

  • Communicates school-based information to all stakeholders through multiple channels in a timely fashion
  • Collaborates with stakeholder groups for input and feedback
  • Collaborates with community organizations to locate resources and promote positive relationships within the larger community
  • Coordinates opportunities for family involvement in school life and facilitates the organization of school-wide events
  • Collaborates closely with the Community Association (CA) and attends CA meetings or arranges for a designee to attend meetings


  • Ensures administrative presence is visible, available, and provided at all times for the school
  • Responds to emails and phone calls in a timely manner
  • Makes school-based decisions that support the mission and vision of EVCS
  • Assumes responsibility and takes initiative to support the mission of EVCS
  • Possesses a growth mindset to improve personal and professional skills
  • Listens thoughtfully and responds constructively to feedback
  • Communicates effectively and professionally in speaking and writing
  • Is ethical, punctual, and reliable; maintains professionalism at all times

What We Look For

We want someone who:

  • Has commitment to the Mission and Core Values of Elmwood Village Charter School
  • Has commitment to continuous improvement and development
  • The ability to work with students in grades K-8 in a nurturing school environment
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • A passion and commitment for social justice
  • Is able to build interpersonal relationships with diverse audiences
  • Maintains a positive attitude, even in the face of pressure
  • Is a team player and open to receiving feedback
  • Thrives in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, and is flexible
  • Is solutions-oriented and completes tasks and projects effectively and in a timely manner
  • Takes initiative, prioritizes tasks effectively, and can work independently with little direction
  • Maintains confidentiality and exercises discretion in the dissemination of information
  • Has strong organizational, problem-solving and data-gathering skills


  • The successful candidate will have a proven track record of success in school leadership, as well as a commitment to the Responsive Classroom model of social and emotional learning
  • Masters Degree in Education, Educational Leadership, or similar degree
  • Minimum of 5 years of successful teaching experience; minimum of 3 years leadership experience (school based leadership experience preferred)
  • NYS certification as a school district administrator or school building leader (or comparable experience)
  • Passionate about urban education and a belief that all students deserve an excellent education regardless of socioeconomic status, race, or zip code.
  • An adept problem-solver with a demonstrated ability to think critically, plan strategically, as well as research and perform detailed data analysis
  • Strong ability to build relationships with a variety of stakeholder groups
  • Skilled in written and oral communication to diverse audiences and facilitating decision-making among multiple parties
  • Ability to provide high leverage feedback via classroom observations and school walk-throughs

What We Offer

EVCS offers an excellent working environment supported by a shared leadership model to ensure each person’s strengths can be utilized and fostered.

EVCS offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package.

EVCS believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our community to thrive. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Join Our Team

To apply to this opportunity, please send your resume. and a cover letter on Elmwood Charter Schools’ website: http://www.evcsbuffalo.org/careers.

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