Baystate Academy Charter Public School
Baystate Academy Public Charter School (BACPS) is a new Springfield middle/high
school that will be opening its doors to students in the fall of 2013. BACPS will be an
Expeditionary Learning school with a mission of providing an academically challenging
program to students in grades 6-12 with a health science foundation. The school’s
board seeks a founding principal to develop the school’s program, establish the school’s
curriculum and hire the founding teachers.
The Principal is the instructional leader of the school. The individual will be responsible
for implementing the school’s mission and vision as well as for establishing school
culture that is safe, academically rigorous, socially stimulating and intellectually
challenging for students and faculty. The individual must demonstrate a strong
commitment to fostering academic excellence and personal growth in every student.
He or she must have successful experience with English language learners, special
education and low-income student populations, staff professional development,
supervision and instructional improvement, preparing students to be college-ready, and
in-depth knowledge of curriculum development and middle/secondary program design.
The BAPCS Principal will spend the majority of their time on instruction and direct
supervision of the faculty and student administration in support of the strategic goals of
Leads the staff in the Expeditionary Learning approach to the development of
Ensures that curricula is academically rigorous, engaging for students, and
integrates the health sciences mission of the school
Displays a high level of understanding of the conditions that promote quality
teaching and learning, and articulates an informed and cohesive philosophy of
learning and teaching.
Understands and clearly articulates the links between curriculum, assessment
and pedagogy and demonstrates skills to identify, promote, and evaluate the
quality of classroom practice, in concert with the Executive Director and the
Understands how best to develop systems of collaboration to support student
learning, development and behavior.
Fosters an innovative, futures-focused culture based on a commitment to
Assures that data collection systems are in place and that data is being used to
improve instructional practices, curriculum and assessment practices.
Collaboratively develops and implements a school improvement plan that
supports increased student achievement and success.
Provides constructive and professional feedback, coaching and mentoring to
members of the school staff.
Ensures for professional growth and development, attainment of the schools
instructional goals, implementation of curriculum and effective use of all staff-
based and facility-based resources.
Protects and promotes school’s mission.
Sets the tone and culture of the school.
Models and promotes respect for the diversity of student backgrounds,
experiences, developmental needs and learning approaches.
Creates a safe and productive learning environment, including establishing
guides for proper student conduct.
Celebrates student and staff achievement through a range of highly visible
strategies and uses a range of influence strategies that engage all staff in the
school’s programs and policies.
Develops a strong culture of student leadership and decision-making
Hold students accountable to school wide behavioral expectations with an
emphasis on a “sweat the small stuff’” design.
Encourages parent participation and active contributions within the school from
Supervises the day-to-day operations of the school.
Maintains strong relationship with Executive Director and Board of Trustees.
Monitors the needs of the school program(s) and solves problems quickly.
Approves and participates in a variety of pupil activities, such as Student Council,
athletics, and special day events.
Develops and implements effective management structures, strategies, and
Supervises a staff of administrators, teachers, and support staff
Oversight of all compliance issues related to education activities.
Passion for working in the field and commensurately strong work ethic
Master’s Degree in education from an accredited college or university.
Five (5) years of instructional/classroom experience in urban middle or high
Educational philosophy aligned with the tenets of Expeditionary Learning.
Experience in an EL school preferred
Demonstrated ability to get results in student achievement
Ability to create trust and work effectively with wide range of people
Strong writing and public speaking skills
Understanding of the field of health care
Entrepreneurial spirit; experience in start-up setting preferred
School leadership experience preferred.
Bilingual Spanish/English preferred.
MA Principal Certification preferred, but not required at point of hire.
Hiring range is between $85,000 -$105,000.
Anticipated start date:
Any time after September 1, 2012 and before December 31, 2012
July 28, 2012