Rising Principals

Rising principals join our network as an assistant principal then move into a principal position the following school year. This program helps school leaders deepen their understanding of our students, systems, and routines before taking lead of a campus. As a rising principal, you will receive ongoing professional development on your coaching needs to ensure your growth and success as a leader. Your training will be tailored to prepare you to either take over an existing Rocketship campus or open a new school. Rising principals will have a gradual release throughout the spring to prepare for their transition to the campus they will be leading the following school year.

At Rocketship, you are joining a network and a community committed to excellence. We are challenging conventional approaches to teaching and collectively working to redefine and elevate the role of teachers in the 21st century. Do you believe that every student deserves the right to dream, to discover, and to develop their unique potential?  Do you want to unleash your potential to drive transformative change in underserved communities and contribute to a national movement to eliminate the achievement gap?  Then join us.

Our Ideal Candidate

  • Understands that adult preparation is essential and excellence is achieved through a constant relentless pursuit.
  • Has a deep elementary content knowledge and is eager to use that knowledge to develop excellent teachers in their planning and execution of lessons.
  • Believes that closing the achievement gap takes a lot of stamina, but is within their control.

Developing Effective Educators

  • Rising principals are deeply committed to the success of each Rocketeer and the daily workload reflects that commitment.
  • Foster a rigorous and college preparatory culture of excellence in every classroom that ensures high levels of student achievement.
  • Coach grade level teams (5-9 educators) to build content expertise in Humanities or STEM.
  • Engage in cycles of data driven instruction and assessments to inform planning and personalize instruction to student needs.
  • Ensure at least 1.5 years of progress for all Rocketeers annually through management and planning.
  • Collaborate with the Special Education team to ensure teachers are receiving the necessary support and training to maximize the delivery of instruction in our full inclusion model.

Student & Parent Partnership

  • Rising principals succeed in partnership with all students and families through frequent communication, building trusting relationships, and embracing the knowledge parents have as their child’s first teacher.
  • Create a school community that fully involves parents in student achievement through multiple outlets including home visits, regular community meetings, and parent/family meetings.

Rocketship Professional Culture

  • Rocketship assistant principals are deeply committed to doing and being their best, and to growing their skills as professionals and as individuals, so our daily and annual expectations reflect that commitment.
  • Exhibit a high level of honest and humble self-reflection owning good and bad outcomes; effectively respond to and implement constructive feedback.
  • Create a healthy, high-achieving, urgent environment where staff and students feel challenged and also fully supported and valued.
  • Promote and participate in collaborative opportunities across schools to share best practices, problem solve, and gather feedback.
  • Lead human capital activities for their school, including hiring, promotion, staffing, and termination decisions.

Required Qualifications

  • 3+ years of experience teaching in an urban city classroom and delivering significant achievement gains.
  • 1 year of experience as an instructional school leader at an urban elementary school serving a diverse student population with a track record of realizing significant achievement gains (2-3 years preferred).
  • Experience managing, coaching, and developing teachers.
  • Deep knowledge of elementary instruction and planning skills.
  • Strong leadership skills and personal drive.
  • Relentless pursuit of high expectations.
  • Result-oriented and data-driven.
  • Ability to inspire, motivate and develop others.
  • Adaptable and able to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to engage and empower parents and families.
  • Experience in building and maintaining outstanding school culture.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Strategic planning and project management experience.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Education Requirements

  • BA from accredited university
  • Valid Teaching Credential
  • DC Candidates only: Highly Qualified
  • MKE Candidates only: Valid Administrative Credential

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally climb ladders. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.

Compensation & Benefits

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health and welfare benefits, 403b retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), cell phone reimbursement, and generous paid time off.

Rocketship Public Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Rocketship Public Schools complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Rocketship Public Schools expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Rocketship Public Schools’ employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated. Click here for our Sexual Harassment Policy and here for our Title IX Policy.  For questions, concerns, or complaints, please contact Equity/Discrimination Title IX Compliance Officer, Kenzie Kilb. Email: kkilb@rsed.org. Address: 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 109, Redwood City, CA 94065. Phone: 877-806-0920 ext. 115.