Principal - Middle School

  • Full-time
  • Start Date: Immediate opening
  • Department: School Leadership

Company Description

KIPP Delta is part of the nation-wide KIPP non-profit network of 242 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. We are excited that KIPP Delta will serve over 1,200 students in Helena and Blytheville, AR in the 2022-2023 school year.

Job Description

We believe a strong principal is integral to a school’s success. A KIPP Delta Principal who is prepared to become a successor leader as a result of prior leadership as an assistant principal and/or instructional coach with direct management, and an intimate knowledge of KIPP and/or KIPP Delta Public Schools.  

People Leadership & Performance Management:  

  • Manage the performance of teachers directly and through assistant principals to drive strong outcomes for kids through observation/feedback and professional development. 

  • Conduct weekly meetings with each direct report on instructional strategies, content, feedback based on observations and holding them accountable to goals. 

  • Conduct regular classroom observations of members of teacher cohort. 

  • Support the creation of individualized goals and conduct twice yearly performance evaluations. 

Talent Leadership: 

  • Build strong teams characterized by trust, investment in goals, and ownership . 

Talent and Leadership Development: 

  • Identify high-potential talent and develop accordingly, manage performance with the support of the school leader, manage the growth and capacity building of next-ready leaders (GLCs, Department Chairs, and high-potential teachers). 

  • Conduct interviews for instructional staff and select instructional staff with high potential for growth, in collaboration with the principal-in-residence’s manager, in order to  grow the region’s and school’s leadership bench depth. 

  • Support the growth of KIPP Delta’s teachers by supporting regional professional development and building relationships at schools across KIPP Delta. 

Instructional Culture Leadership: 

  • Conduct weekly walk-throughs in his/her grade levels to build capacity of AP and GLC, specifically focused on aggressive monitoring, use of real-time data and strategic re-teach in classrooms. 

  • Conduct weekly one-on-one meetings with the school leader focused on outcomes of teacher cohort; uphold school leader’s vision for school culture and hold teachers and students accountable to expectations (this includes coaching around culture).  

  • Create and execute annual plans that are connected to historical performance data and drive student achievement and teacher development.  

  • Lead professional development for Assistant Principals, GLCs/DCs on teacher development, and lead professional development for teachers on highest leverage strategies for academic systems and effective lesson execution. 

  • Co-facilitate academic progress monitoring meetings at the school, through the on-going analysis of student achievement data;  collaborate with Assistant Principals and GLCs/DCs to adjust strategy, determine teacher needs.   

  • Collaborate as a member of the school leadership team and regional leadership team to ensure all students meet school goals. 

Staff and Student Culture: 

  • Support development of School Leader’s school-wide vision and take an active role in investing and mobilizing teachers to achieve the collective goals of the school; own the implementation of select school priorities in support of the school-wide vision and KIPP Delta’s three regional anchors – Love, Literacy, and Leadership. 

  • Model strong staff and student culture and manage school-wide character development and behavior management systems. 

  • Manage multiple grades of students even with students who present challenging behaviors. 

  • Build relationships with students and families across the school; ensure an inclusive school environment that respects the culture of students served. 

  • Develop relationships across the school and the region, even through conflict.   

Student Recruitment: 

  • Support student recruitment, enrollment, and retention activities as needed. 


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 3-5 years of experience as an instructional coach, assistant principal or central office leader.
  • Exhibits and advocates for others to demonstrate a positive attitude during situations requiring perseverance.
  • Engage in analytic thinking skills to proactively solve problems and make decisions.
  • Strong communication skills with multiple stakeholders including students, teachers, families, and colleagues.
  • A passion for supporting and helping students, teachers and staff.
  • Strong organizational skills, and follow-through.

Additional Information

Salary will be commensurate with experience. KIPP Delta's salary schedule is available on our website, under "State Required Information."

KIPP Delta is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all of our students, families, teachers, staff and community members. 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.


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