The Director of Principal Development will be responsible for the development and support of school leadership. This individual will work with the Chief Academic Officer and all Cristo Rey school academic leaders in the areas of leadership development, school culture, curriculum, instruction and assessment. The Director of Principal Development should quickly gain the respect and confidence of school academic leaders and teachers in order to successfully lead instructional leadership development, school-wide continuous improvement and professional development efforts in support of student retention and students’ academic, social-emotional, and spiritual growth. This role requires an extraordinary commitment to serving urban, underserved youth and a keen understanding of the challenges Cristo Rey students and alumni experience in a rigorous to-and-through college-going culture.
Develop and oversee a best-in-class professional development program for Network leaders with an emphasis on impact and return on investment
Support development and implementation of an internal pipeline program for high-potential principal candidates
Develop principals and school leaders in their roles as learning leaders through impactful, specific, and action-oriented feedback and coaching
Support principals and school leaders to design measurable goals and ensure effective implementation of educational design, including school culture, curriculum, assessment, and evidence-based instruction
Facilitate collaboration among school leaders and schools to bring effective practices to scale
Support school leaders in ensuring school-wide curricular alignment to our common college-ready standards
Refine and disseminate use of evidence-based instructional leadership strategies for Network principals and school leaders, with an emphasis on high-yield instructional leadership techniques
Provide leadership and professional development in the areas of instructional leadership, school improvement, school culture, curriculum, assessment and instruction
Collaborate with school academic leaders and teachers to identify professional development priorities.
Plan and implement professional development sessions including annual four-week Summer Institute for school academic leaders and teachers; provide implementation support
Develop and refine tools for assessing individual school and organizational performance
Guide the use of appropriate benchmarks and formative assessments for collecting, analyzing, and acting upon assessment data
Manage and utilize data systems to drive results across the organization
Assist school leaders in monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of programs
Support the recruitment, hiring and development of principals in Network schools.
Collaborate with the Chief Technology Officer to ensure that the Cristo Rey educational program best uses technology to drive leadership collaboration and development
Participate in school Mission Effectiveness Reviews, as requested by the President
Other duties as assigned by the CAO
Accountability and Performance Management
Support schools in setting and achieving performance expectations
Collaborate with the Performance Measurement Manager to advise schools on the effective use of data to improve student outcomes including retention; student academic performance; and college acceptance, persistence and completion.
Come to Serve
Every member of the Network national office team exists to serve the staff and students at our schools consistent with the mission of the Cristo Rey Network. The Director of Principal Development is responsible for displaying and promoting best-in-class service.
Qualifications and Skills
Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees required
Alignment with the Cristo Rey mission and a desire to transform the lives of urban, low-income youth across America
Proven track record of delivering strong student academic outcomes
A minimum of five years of classroom teaching and five years of experience successfully driving student achievement as a principal, with experience working in urban communities
Experience coaching, managing and conducting professional development for principals
Demonstrated success leading school improvement initiatives that accelerate student achievement
Deep knowledge of school culture, curriculum and data-driven instruction, evidence-based instructional practices, school operations and management, and leadership development
Knowledge of equitable and culturally relevant instructional and curricular practices
Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly growing entrepreneurial organization
Ability to travel to Cristo Rey Network schools and Cristo Rey Network meetings on a regular basis
This position is based at the Cristo Rey Network office in downtown Chicago, IL.
How to Apply
Please send your resume and cover letter to Jazmin Fermin at email@example.com.
About Cristo Rey Network
The Cristo Rey Network® empowers thousands of students from underserved, low-income communities to develop their minds and hearts to become lifelong contributors to society. By providing students an extraordinary college preparatory education and a unique four- year, integrated corporate work study experience, we seek to transform urban America one student at a time.