Assistant Principal

DC International School
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 03

Position description

District of Columbia International School (DCI) is a public charter middle and high school in DC. We aim to provide our students with a world-class education that empowers them to follow their passions and change the world. DCI’s education centers on the:  

  1. International Baccalaureate curriculum framework; 
  2. Advanced language learning in Chinese, Spanish and French; and 
  3. A culture focused on student agency supported by 1:1 technology.  

We currently serve 520 racially and economically diverse students in grades 6-9.  We will move to the Walter Reed campus in 2017 where we will grow into a 6-12 middle and high school and serve 1500 students.  

While only in our third year DCI has become IB World School and has been rated Tier 1, the highest rating by our authorizer the Public Charter School Board.  We are dramatically increasing our staff in 2017-18 and look forward to receiving your application. Come join a great team building a great school!

Faculty and Staff Development/Benefits:

DCI is committed to the principles of servant leadership and to providing faculty and staff with the resources and training they need to provide an excellent education experience for every student and family. 

  • We have a benefits package that includes health and disability insurance and paid leave.  
  • We offer teachers daily planning time, professional development, and reasonable class sizes.
  • Teachers and staff have the appropriate technology and support to do their work.

Assistant Principal Position Overview

We are looking for a highly motivated and skilled education leader to join our leadership team at DC International School. We seek a MS or HS assistant principal who is passionate about urban education, the International Baccalaureate MYP and DP Programmes, environmental stewardship, social justice, language immersion education, and most important, middle and high school students.

DCI will serve approximately 200 students in grades 6 and 7 in its opening year, growing to approximately 1200 students in grades 6-12. Our first class of seniors will graduate in 2020.  

DCI is the creation of a consortium of five language-immersion public charter schools in the District of Columbia in order to provide a continued language immersion pathway for our students through middle and high school. The IB MYP and DP Programmes are being implemented to continue our collective inquiry-based approaches to learning, our focus on internationalism and language, social justice, and environmental stewardship. We seek an assistant principal who embraces these values and who is excited about the potential inherent in a new school.

DC International School is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural and multilingual environment. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can contribute, through their teaching, work history, and/or language experience, to building our secondary International Baccalaureate learning community.

Our assistant principal will have the knowledge, skills, and attributes to demonstrate the following: 

Instructional Accountability

  • Inspire and enable teachers to achieve maximum student learning.
  • Articulate a clear instructional vision with a school-wide focus on teaching and learning that is evidence-based, data-driven, standards-aligned and rooted in a belief that all students can achieve at high levels.
  • Lead an IB MYP and DP school to World School accreditation based on the most recent understanding about learning, including processes which address developing, implementing and monitoring curriculum and learner progress.
  • Be a ‘leader of learning’ who fosters a vision and practical culture of maximum learning and development of potential for the full range of diverse learners.
  • Develop and maintaining a purposeful school culture that supports a rich, safe and effective learning environment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to use instruction to reach student achievement goals.
  • Identify and implement effective, evidence-based instructional practices and  provide feedback, coaching and professional development to teachers to improve the quality of instruction throughout the school.
  • Oversee a continuous evaluation program for faculty
  • Ensure that our 1:1 technology culture is implemented effectively for students

Community and Culture

  • In collaboration with the Leadership Team, develop, articulate and implement a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.
  • Possess the ability to inspire and motivate students/adults towards the vision.
  • Provide a productive and accountable environment for learning.
  • Strengthen and connect teaching and learning by promoting professional growth focused on improved student achievement.
  • Develop and mobilize resources for active parent-community involvement to improve student learning.

Professional Accountability

  • Lead and interact in ways which demonstrate a knowledge of and sensitivity to the culture of a diverse IB school.
  • Model the skills and attitudes of a global citizen.
  • Be an advocate every day for every learner and assumes accountability for student learning.
  • Focus on evidence-based growth and results to drive the school towards annual and long-term goals.
  • Engage school community members effectively to ensure all stakeholders are included in school improvement efforts.
  • Listen to and communicate with all the school’s stakeholders; building successful interpersonal relationships with leadership, faculty, staff members, family and community members and students.
  • Collaborate with leadership on the change processes necessary to move the school and students forward.
  • Demonstrate an effective approach to team-building, including clarity of purpose, shared responsibility.
  • Value, solicit and integrate different perspectives effectively.
  • Articulate short- and long-term goals to address school-wide issues/plans.
  • Identify challenges, organize people and resources appropriately to make decisions and action plans.
  • Utilize multiple sources of data to inform decision-making.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness, ability to articulate own strengths and growth areas.
  • Model continuous learning and openness to feedback and improving own performance.


Candidates should demonstrate the following professional qualifications:

  • A Master’s or other advanced degree in Education Leadership or related field
  • Experience in urban education/diverse environments
  • At least 3 years teaching experience, preferably at the secondary level
  • Experience/training in the International Baccalaureate curriculum framework
  • Experience in language immersion environment: Bilingualism strongly preferred
  • Experience leading and managing teachers
  • Knowledge of best practices for students who receive special education or ELL 
  • Understanding of the public charter school landscape in DC 
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills, both orally and in writing

Application instructions

Please send your resume and cover letter. 

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