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Assistant Principal 2018-2019 School Year

Who are we?

After successfully building a school turnaround model in Detroit, Newark and Washington D.C., Matchbook Learning, a non-profit charter management organization, recently moved our team to Indianapolis, Indiana, to launch a single PreK-8 Innovation Charter School in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). We have been granted a charter to restart and turn around a low performing IPS school beginning summer 2018. Our innovative, award winning blended turnaround school model, the first of its kind in the nation to be offered to schools with the highest poverty rates and needs, has already achieved extraordinary results. Now, we are excited to develop a scalable model for inner city public education in Indianapolis.   

What are we looking for?

Matchbook Learning is looking for Turnaround School Assistant Principal candidates who either have a strong background as a Reading Specialist, Math Specialist, or a Dean of Culture.  The candidates must be innovative, coachable, courageous, and maintain growth mindsets even when the work gets challenging.  In addition to their mindset, we are looking for someone with a background in urban high poverty schools and those that have the ability to perform at a high level in each of our Leadership Performance Areas below.

Principal Performance Areas

Instructional Leadership: The leader fosters the success of all students by facilitating the development, communication, implementation, and evaluation of a shared vision of teaching and learning based on the established Matchbook Learning vision, instructional model, and goals that leads to student academic growth, teacher and staff growth, as well as overall school improvement.

School Culture & Climate: The leader fosters the success of all students and staff by developing, advocating, and sustaining an academically rigorous, positive, supportive, restorative, trauma informed, and safe school climate for all stakeholders.

Talent Development: The leader fosters effective human capital management by assisting with selection and induction of staff members as well as by supporting and encouraging professional growth for all staff members, along with evaluating, and retaining quality instructional and support personnel.  The leader supports and encourages growth for all personnel in line with Matchbook’s leadership philosophy that the higher the level of leadership, the higher the level of servitude.  

Organizational Management: The leader fosters the success of all students and staff by supporting, managing, and overseeing their portion of the school’s organization, operation, and use of resources.

Communication and Community Relations: The leader fosters the success of all students and staff by regularly communicating and collaborating effectively and in a timely manner with all stakeholders.  

Professionalism: The leader fosters the success of all students and staff by demonstrating professional standards and ethics, engaging in continuous professional learning, and contributing to the profession.

Student Growth: The leader’s leadership is results orientated across all metrics of the school culture, academics, community, operations, etc.  

Parent and Community Advocacy:  The leader’s leadership will result  in building solid relationships within the community and parental advocacy.


What do you need to have?

  • 4-5 years’ leadership and teaching experience working with urban schools, high poverty, ethnically diverse student populations, and turnaround situations preferred. 
  • Master's degree required in education, teacher leadership; or Education Leadership
  • Background in one of the following: math leadership, reading leadership, or culture leadership (restorative justice, trauma informed care)
  • The school is based in Indianapolis and preference will be given to local candidates
  • An entrepreneurial heart and mindset. Serving in a turnaround or restart school requires both the courageous vision to take on a challenge with massive potential AND the quiet humility to be willing to try, fail and try again.
  • A coachable spirit. Our model is new, innovative and on the cusp of being proven as a powerfully sustainable, scalable way to serve students in low-income, high need schools.


What do we provide?

  • Weekly one-on-one coaching and mentoring from our Chief Academic Officer, serving as the founding Head Principal
  • A dedicated central and back-office team to support the school's financial, operational, HR, technology and marketing needs
  • Preparation to take on a Head Principal role
  • A competitive salary and benefits package
  • The opportunity to work at a Matchbook Learning flagship turnaround school in Indiana


How do I apply?

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter here: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


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