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About the Bard Early Colleges
The Bard Early Colleges are founded on the belief that many high school–age students are eager and ready for the intellectual challenges of a college education. The Bard Early Colleges act on this belief by providing younger scholars with a tuition-free, credit-bearing college course of study in the liberal arts and sciences following the 9th and 10th grades. Students are taught by college faculty in seminar classes; they receive up to 60 college credits and an associate in arts (A.A.) degree from Bard College, concurrently with a high school diploma. The Bard Early Colleges begin preparing students for college work as early as the 9th grade and offer ongoing guidance and academic supports.
Now in its second decade, the Bard Early College network serves over 2,800 students in campuses in Lower Manhattan, Queens, Harlem and Hudson, New York; Newark, New Jersey; New Orleans, Louisiana; Cleveland, Ohio; and Baltimore, Maryland. Since 2003, Bard College has awarded more than 3,000 A.A. degrees to its early college students.
Bard invites applications for a dynamic individual who will join our administrative team as the Principal of a Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) in Washington, D.C. The position will start in the Fall of 2018 (start date flexible) for a planning period prior to an anticipated Fall 2019 school opening.
Position Objective and Duties
The Principal is the early college’s academic and administrative leader. The Principal is responsible for: 1) ensuring that the school meets Bard’s high standards of undergraduate academic rigor and student achievement; 2) facilitating smooth and effective collaboration with the school system partner and Bard regarding all aspects of school management; 3) hiring, supporting, and supervising the faculty teaching high school and college courses across the curriculum; 4) fostering a campus culture of intellectual engagement, individual responsibility, and creativity; 5) managing the school staff; and 6) overseeing the school’s financial management and daily business operations. The Principal reports to the school system partner and to Bard College, specifically through the Dean of the Early Colleges. The Principal is expected to meet regularly with other BHSEC leadership teams.
Standard Qualities of Top Candidates
Student Achievement Focus
• Believes in the possibility, promise and potential in every student (no excuses for why children cannot achieve).
• Can speak to this promise down to the classroom level (teacher, specific subgroups, resources needed for special education, ESL, etc.).
• Develops, articulates and implements a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.
• Possesses ability to inspire and motivate students/adults on the vision.
• Demonstrates knowledge of how to use instruction to reach student achievement goals.
• Able to identify and describe effective instructional practices and how to provide feedback, coaching and professional development to teachers to improve the quality of instruction throughout the school.
• Demonstrates knowledge of educational theory and practices, including focus on standards-based instruction.
Systems & Resource Management
• Creates school-level policies, procedures and structures to effectively and efficiently operate a school.
• Maximizes resources (physical, technological, financial, time and human) to reach goals.
• Has an ability to objectively manage employee performance and growth through feedback and coaching.
• Holds adults accountable for student success.
• Ensures effective professional development and growth opportunities for all employees.
• Articulates short- and long-term goals with each problem and to address school-wide issues/plans.
• Identifies problems, organizes people and resources appropriately to make decisions and action plans.
• Utilizes multiple sources of data to inform decision-making.
Family & Community Engagement
• Interacts and communicates effectively with multiple audiences, including staff, parents, students and community members.
• Demonstrates commitment to and understanding of how to engage family and community members in the development of and work towards the school’s goals.
• Demonstrates an effective approach to team-building, including clarity of purpose, shared responsibility.
• Builds effective relationships with staff members to move everyone towards school goals, varying leadership approaches (when needed).
• Values, solicits and integrates different perspectives effectively.
Persistence & Resilience
• Exhibits relentless focus on student achievement in the face of challenges and obstacles.
• Anticipates and plans for challenges and potential obstacles; when faced with a challenge/obstacle, makes changes to achieve goals.
• Demonstrates an understanding of the realities of and difficulties leading in urban schools.
• Demonstrates self-awareness, ability to articulate own strengths and growth areas.
• Models continuous learning and openness to feedback and improving own performance.
The Principal must lead a campus that is both a high school accountable to the school system as well as a degree-granting undergraduate branch campus of Bard College that meets the College’s standards. As such, the Principal’s professional and academic experience should span both secondary and postsecondary teaching and administration, and, where relevant, scholarship.
The successful candidate for the position will possess the following characteristics and qualifications:
• Doctorate in a liberal arts and sciences discipline (corresponding to the fields available for study within the Bard College curriculum)
• Scholarship and engagement in field of study since attainment of terminal degree
• Relevant teaching experience, preferably with both college and high school students
• Relevant leadership experience
• Strong organizational and management skills
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
• Experience and commitment to working with adolescents
• Administrator certification required
To apply, send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three references through Interfolio.com at: http://apply.interfolio.com/56151. Review of applications begins immediately and will proceed until the position is filled. Visit http://www.bard.edu/earlycollege/about/ for more information on our schools.
Position is contingent upon finalization of an agreement between Bard College and DC Public Schools and availability of funds.
Bard High School Early College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. Women and members of under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.