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Founding Principal - The Delaware Met Charter School

The Delaware Met Charter School | Wilmington DE 19801 USA | Full Time - 12 Month | Revised: 02/13/2013

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The Delaware Met
Charter School

Founding Principal


The Delaware Met seeks a catalytic and forward-focused leader to serve
as the founding principal of a Big Picture Learning high school in Wilmington,
Delaware.  Big Picture Learning is a
nationally acclaimed school design which incorporates a small, highly
personalized and high performance learning environment with a rigorous and
relevant cross-disciplinary approach where students are encouraged and enabled
to discover and develop their own unique interests and passions through
real-world learning.  For further
information, go to  The
Delaware MET will open its doors to 264 students in grades 9-10 in the fall of 2014
and grow to serve 528 students in grades 9-12.


General Description

The Principal will be the Delaware MET’s instructional leader and will
hold primary responsibility for ensuring the academic success of all students. The
Principal will develop and manage the school’s academic program and will
support, develop and evaluate instructional staff in accordance with the
educational program and articulated curriculum for the school.  The Principal will report directly to the Board
of Directors and will collaborate with the school’s Charter Management
Organization (CMO) to manage the day-to-day operations of the school.  


Core Responsibilities

  • Engage
    in a shared dialogue with the board and CMO to implement a cohesive, clear vision
    and ensure the school meets its mission and academic goals.

  • Develop
    and sustain a school culture and community that embodies the Delaware Met’s
    commitment to the principles of the Big Picture Learning school design.

  • Monitor
    all criteria and requirements of the Big Picture Learning school design to
    ensure fidelity.  

  • Ensure
    high expectations and rigorous learning across the school.

  • Ensure
    that student enrollment and retention targets are met.

  • Supervise
    the collection and analysis of multiple sources of data, including DCAS, and
    employ the results to continually improve learning and engagement among all

  • Recruit,
    hire, develop, supervise, and evaluate instructional staff in collaboration
    with the CMO and Big Picture Learning, using model specific indicators and
    DPASS2 evaluations.

  • Work
    with the faculty to establish and commit to clear student achievement goals and
    provide direction and encouragement to all instructional staff in the
    accomplishment of goals.

  • Collaborate
    with the CMO to plan, implement, and support the professional development of
    instructional staff as part of the school-wide professional development plan
    that is tied to student outcomes.

  • Nurture
    and promote diverse instructional leadership in support of the school’s mission
    and continued growth and sustainability.

  • Build
    strong relationships with students, parents, families, and the community.

  • Collaborate
    with the board and CMO to meet all Department of Education reporting

  • Collaborate with the board and CMO to plan and
    organize program goals and objectives, ensuring the implementation of the
    school’s Operational Plan and budgets to support the plan.

  • Facilitate a collaborative school environment that
    values shared leadership and the participation of teachers and students in the
    leadership of the school.

  • Maintain
    a safe and clean facility.

Big Picture Learning Design

The Big Picture school, program, and curriculum designs incorporate
these features and components:

  • A
    personalized learning program wrapped around each learner’s passions and
    interests, helping him or her to develop and pursue productive career pathways.

  • A
    learning continuum resulting in high school diplomas and, in some cases, work
    and job-specific readiness certificates in a diverse range of
    career/occupational pathways.

  • Attention
    to core academic, technical, and workplace skills and knowledge as well as to
    important non-cognitive skills and understandings.

  • Postsecondary
    pathways that include community colleges and technical schools.

  • Partnerships
    with the community college system.

  • Strong
    relationships with businesses and the communities in which the school is

  • Small
    personalized learning centers in non-traditional learning environments.

  • Technology
    applications that provide students with options for flexibly addressing
    learning tasks.

  • Integrated
    learning and work.

  • Experiences
    with internships and mentoring.

  • A
    portfolio of tools to authentically assess student learning and performance.

  • Data
    and evaluation system addressed to immediate and longitudinal student
    performance and impact data.

  • Flexible
    “seat time” requirements for obtaining academic credits, including
    demonstrations and non-traditional means of certifying proficiency.

  • A
    follow-up program to ensure success at work and further learning.



  • Master’s
    Degree from an accredited college or university

  • Five
    (5) years of instructional/classroom experience

  • Principal’s
    certification from any state and/or educational leadership experience in a
    charter or private school

  • Commitment
    to accountability for all aspects of school’s charter, academic performance agreement,
    and school operations

  • Experience
    within the Big Picture Learning design, preferred

  • Successful
    leadership experience in a public or non-public school serving diverse and
    low-income student populations, preferred

  • Demonstration
    of creativity, teamwork, and out-of-the-box thinking

  • Exceptional
    organizational, communications, public relations, and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability
    to prioritize and effectively manage competing tasks and responsibilities

  • Ability
    to sustain a calm, reasonable approach and to communicate effectively in
    stressful or problematic situations


The Delaware Met engages employees without regard to race, color,
religion, creed, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation or any other
characteristic covered by law. All who believe they meet the stated
qualifications are invited to apply. The Delaware Met is an equal opportunity


Salary Range:

$80,000 - $100,000 Commensurate with education and experience


How to Apply:   

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three
references to Jenifer MacFarland at


Closing Date:  March 15, 2013

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Location Wilmington, DE, United States
Categories Head of School/Principal
Organization Type Charter School
Grade Level High School

Location Maptop

Contact Informationtop

Contact Name Jenifer MacFarland
How to apply Applications are no longer accepted for this job posting.
Primary Phone 302-298-3846
Primary Fax 302-358-2645
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