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Organization: RiseUp Community School
Date Posted: 3/1/2019
Date Needed: 7/1/2019
Primary Category: Administrator/Principal/School Leader
Education Requirement: Colorado Principal License

Description & Details

RiseUp Community School: Director/Principal Job Description

Employees at RiseUp Community School must be committed to the Vision and Mission of the School.

Our vision is that all young people, regardless of their circumstances, have access to an education that will prepare them to counter social inequities and realize their full potential. Our school empowers young people to transform themselves and become leaders in their communities. Our school is a haven of trust and respect, where students can prepare for success in careers, post-secondary education and life. The mission of RiseUp Community School is to engage young people who have previously dropped out of school or are at risk of dropping out.  In a supportive learning environment, each student is held to high expectations, cultivates a sense of social justice, and is inspired to obtain a high school diploma and prepare for college and careers after graduation.

School Overview:

We believe that all students deserve an education rich in experience that allows students to be agents of change in their own lives. RiseUp Community School is a charter high school that operates in DPS that works to provide students with a community integrated and context-based education. Employees are key in the creation of an education experience that encompasses academic, career and college planning, and believe that the best way to learn is through applying new knowledge and skills to real-world projects. RiseUp Community School opened with our first cohort of students in the fall of 2015.

Position Overview:

The Director/Principal is responsible for the successful implementation of the school's mission and vision. The Director/ Principal reports directly to the Rise Up Board of Directors and has several major

constituencies, including parents, students, faculty, and Denver Public Schools as Rise Up’s authorizer.

The five main areas of school leadership that have been identified for the Director/Principal of Rise Up are:

Vision & Strategy

  • Participate with the Board of Directors to ensure that the organization has a long-range strategy and that it achieves annual goals that align with the broader vision

  • Communicate the mission and vision to all staff, students, parents, community members, and stakeholders

  • Lead and manage activities to implement strategic plans, goals, and operating priorities; measure and report goal achievement; evaluate results and revise strategies as necessary

Curriculum & Instruction

  • Oversee effective delivery of classroom instruction using data to track status and progress

  • Lead the instructional team in supporting teachers to achieve proficiency and growth goals

  • Lead and refine the instructional model

People & Culture

  • Hire and evaluate staff  

  • Manage and oversee staff development and growth

  • Maintain a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates diverse, highly qualified staff

  • Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with all students and parents/guardians

  • Steward the values of the school and organizational culture

Community & Equity

  • Build and manage strategic partnerships that support the programming of the school

  • Represent the RiseUp Community outside the school community, locally and nationally

  • Create the systemic structures to identify and mitigate inequities within the school and to value and respect each family’s diversity and culture

  • Lead stakeholders in creating an inclusive environment committed to equity

Operation & Organization

  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to define policy

  • Lead on financial strategy including setting the annual budget, ensuring ongoing financial health, and participating in the auditing process.

  • Establish clear revenue generation strategies, annual goals, and detailed enrollment and fundraising plans

  • Engage personally with donors; cultivate strong relationships with foundations, major donors, and other funding partners

  • Ensure effective financial, security, and facilities management policies are in place and consistently followed

  • Know and honor all relevant local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations; manage any infractions

  • Manage press relations, social media strategies, and effective internal communications

Skills and Qualifications

  • Colorado Principal License or the equivalent in another state (with a commitment to become licensed in CO)

  • Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership or related field

  • At least four years of teaching experience and a strong record of helping underserved students achieve academic success

  • At least two years of experience serving in a leadership position

  • Flexibility and willingness to actively participate in school community including, but not limited to: teaching classes, tutoring students, and working with parents and families

  • Outstanding organizational skills and high attention to detail; outstanding written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to manage the ambiguity and multiple priorities inherent in an entrepreneurial environment

  • Proactive problem solver who demonstrates initiative and teamwork

  • Strong work ethic coupled with an enthusiastic and passionate approach to one’s work

  • Commitment to the belief that all students can learn and to the mission of educational equity

  • Spanish bilingual preferred

This position will begin July 1, 2019. Salary will be commensurate with experience. We provide comprehensive employee benefits.


RCS does not discriminate on the basis of the characteristics listed in Education Code (actual or perceived disability, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or religion or any other characteristic that is contained in the definition of hate crimes set forth in the Penal Code or association with an individual who has any of the aforementioned characteristics) in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. RiseUp Community School’s “Non-discrimination/Harassment Policy” complies with the requirements of Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990, and other applicable federal and state laws.

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How to Apply

Please provide the following as attachments to:

  1. Cover letter explaining why you are an outstanding candidate who possess the skills and qualifications for this position.

  2. CV/Resume (include list of references)

For full consideration, completed applications must be submitted by March 15, 2019.  The position will remain open until filled.

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