About Foundation Academies
Foundation Academy Charter School, www.foundationacademies.org, was founded in 2007, with the mission of supporting the residents of Trenton and to ensure that all of our students secure the academic knowledge and skills to prepare them for the nation’s finest colleges and to instill in them the core values of caring, respect, responsibility and honesty. Foundation Academy currently serves students in four schools in grade K-12. Our high school, Foundation Collegiate Academy, opened in 2011 and is an inclusive and ethnically diverse community of 250 scholars. In 2014, our first scholars graduated high school, and we are proud that 100% of our graduates are accepted to 4-year colleges and universities. In addition to rigorous academics with Advanced Placement courses, our scholars participate in a wide variety of activities including athletics, student government, and orchestra. Our students also have an opportunity to earn college credit in a dual-enrollment program at Mercer County Community College.
In order to be considered for the position of Principal at Foundation Academy, candidates must:
- embrace our mission of preparing all of our students for college and embody our core values;
- exhibit resourceful initiative and a solution-oriented mindset
- have a track record of measurable success and achievement;
- welcome the opportunity to be constantly challenged to grow, learn, and improve in a fast-paced environment
- act as team players and show flexibility;
- be extremely organized and proficient in Microsoft Office programs;
- have strong interpersonal skills and an ability to relate well with students, staff, administration, parents and the community;
- possess an unrelenting work ethic;
- communicate effectively in all verbal and written correspondence;
- exercise excellent judgment, unquestionable integrity, and confidentiality;
- pass the required criminal history background check and provide proof of U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status
Valid New Jersey Principal Certificate or Certificate of Eligibility
All Campus Non-Instructional Support Staff
Provide Instructional Leadership to Advance Proven Teaching and Learning Practices
- Ensure that the goals of the school are reflected in its educational program and operations.
- Provide for the timely completion of annual reporting and planning requirements, including school report cards, pupil performance objectives, and a quality assurance report to the public.
- Review with staff all curriculum guides and courses of study annually in accordance with a board-adopted evaluation schedule. Recommend curricula, courses, textbooks, and time schedules for board adoption.
- Ensure implementation/evaluation of all board-approved written curricula for all subjects and inclusion of mandated programs/state core curriculum content standards.
- Ensure that every student shows dramatic achievement gains and that the school meets the ambitious performance goals set by Foundation Academies relative to state and local standards.
- Keep professionally current and informed on research-based educational practices.
- Ensure that a system of free appropriate special education and/or related services is available to all pupils with educational disabilities.
- Develop and oversee the delivery of the school’s intervention and referral services for pupils who are experiencing difficulties in their classes and who have not been classified as in need of special education.
- Develop, in consultation with the school physician, a plan for the provision of school nursing services to be adopted by the board.
- Develop and implement policies/procedures related to missing children and the reporting of allegations of child abuse and neglect.
- Implement a board-approved program of guidance and counseling services.
- Ensure access to public education for homeless students in accordance with state and federal law and administrative code.
- Ensure that every student shows dramatic achievement gains and that the school meets the ambitious performance goals set by Foundation Academies.
Manage and Develop Personnel
- Hire, train, and retain a highly talented and mission-committed staff.
- Model the Foundation Academies values and set the standard for exemplary conduct and cultural leadership.
- On-board, develop strong professional relationships with, provide performance feedback to, and ensure the long-term performance improvement of all site staff.
- Direct and supervise all school instructional and student life staff.
- Serve as the senior hiring manager for the school site, recommending the appointment, transfer, renewal and/or dismissal of all site staff to the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Trustees.
- Ensure that all staff is informally observed on a regular basis and formally observed in accordance with law and organizational protocol.
- Ensure that all teaching staff members fulfill continuing professional development requirements and receive in-service training.
- Analyze data with teachers regularly to maximize student performance.
- Effectively accomplish the above-mentioned expectations by following the six pillars below:
- Observe lessons frequently (2 hours / day) and provide targeted, actionable feedback;
- Lead individual or small-group coaching meetings focused on building instructional skill;
- Meet with teachers to co-plan units and daily lessons;
- Provide feedback on instructional plans;
- Plan and lead professional development for teachers to improve the quality of instruction school-wide;
Oversee School Operations
- Ensure that we have an excellent culture at the school site.
- Plan, organize, and supervise all curricular and co-curricular activities.
- Establish and maintain an efficient main office system to support the administrative functions of the school.
- Ensure the safekeeping of student/personnel files and other confidential records/documents, as well as the destruction of public records in accordance with law and regulations.
- Maintain high standards of student conduct and enforce the Code of Conduct.
- Notify immediately parents/guardians to arrange for an immediate examination by a physician of any pupil suspected of being under the influence of alcohol, anabolic steroids, or other drugs.
- Report incidents of violence, vandalism and substance abuse. Ensure the removal of students in possession of firearms from the general education program and provide notification as required by law and administrative code. Work cooperatively with law enforcement authorities in maintaining a safe and drug-free school environment.
- Plan and supervise fire and other emergency drills as required by law and board policy.
- Prepare or supervise the preparation of all reports, records, and other paperwork which is required or appropriate to the school's administration.
- Conduct staff meetings as necessary for the proper functioning of the school.
- Plan and supervise regularly scheduled parent/teacher conferences and make arrangements for special conferences as necessary.
- Assume responsibility for his/her continuing professional growth and development by attendance at professional meetings, school visits, memberships in professional organizations, enrollment in advanced courses, and reading professional journals and other publications.
- Attend special events held to recognize student achievement and other school-sponsored activities and functions.
- Ensure the proper approval, collection, safekeeping, and accounting of school activity funds.
- Ensure that his/her team follows purchasing procedures and protocol.
- Perform other duties which may be assigned or required by law, code, regulation/board policy.
- Ensure that the school runs smoothly, efficiently, and on budget.
Promote School-Community and School-Network Relations
- Develop strategies to promote parental involvement in their children's education and provides opportunities for parent-teacher interaction.
- Collaborate with other Foundation Academies schools to share best practices.
- Represent the school to a variety of audiences and support all functions for school success.
Contribute to the School’s Annual Goals as Defined by Various Performance Metrics
- Increase continuous student achievement at all levels in Language Arts, Math, or Science performance on the PARCC Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies performance on the Foundation Academy Interim Formative Assessments.
- Increase continuous student achievement on other internal assessments, such as SRI Lexile testing, Fountas & Pinnel reading benchmarks, STAR Reading Assessment, SAT, ACT, BCT, etc.
- Maintain or increase student engagement in non-instructional capacities (homework completion rates, attendance/punctuality rates, community service hours, and attrition rates).
- Maintain or increase faculty attendance and punctuality rates.
- Receive positive feedback via Student, Staff, and Parent Surveys; Advisor call logs; nurse referral rates; and Discipline 101 Infractions.
- Attend to all metrics released by the NJ DOE in their School Performance Report Card, including but not limited to the following:
- Percentage of students who score Proficient or Advanced on the NJASK
- District comparisons
- Peer rankings
- Student growth percentiles
- 4-year Adjusted Cohort graduation rate
- Do whatever else is necessary or requested to prepare our students for college and to instill in them our core values of caring, respect, responsibility and honesty.
This is a full-time position. Foundation Academy offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package.
Qualified candidates will be notified and may be asked to submit additional materials. Do not contact the school directly.
Foundation Academy is an equal opportunity employer.