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Principal - Dora Moore School – Denver Public Schools

Denver Public Schools | Denver CO 80218 USA | Full Time - School Year | Revised: 03/24/2014

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Principal – Dora Moore School – Denver Public Schools

Denver Public Schools is seeking exceptional school leaders who live by our Shared Core Values (Students First, Integrity, Equity, Collaboration, Accountability, and Fun) and exhibit key leadership expectations in the following areas: Culture and Equity, Instructional, Strategic, Human Resource, Organizational, and Community. Effective school leaders in every school are critical to successfully meet our mission to provide all students the opportunity to achieve the knowledge and skills necessary to become contributing citizens in our diverse society.

Our District

Denver Public Schools is a forward-thinking, dynamic urban education district, frequently acknowledged for pursuing innovative ways to drive student performance and close the achievement gap. We have been recognized as one of the top cities in the country for cultivating a healthy environment for school reform to flourish. We are the fastest growing large urban school district in the country and our state assessment scores have grown by double-digits during the last several years. To continue making such strides, we are committed to ensuring that we have the right leaders in the right schools to drive student performance and our vision that Every Child Succeeds.

Our district is made up of a diverse student population. The African American and Latino communities represent a large portion of our ethnic demographics, and over thirty of the world’s languages are spoken by our students and their families. We also have a high number of students who are identified as English language learners. With such cultural, linguistic and economic diversity, real achievement gaps exist amongst the students of Denver. In order to close these gaps we are seeking leaders who are knowledgeable about English Language Acquisition instruction and who can support our ELA teachers. We need leaders who celebrate our students’ diversity and who are champions of equitable access to education for all students.

Dora Moore School 

Dora Moore serves grades ECE-8 in central Denver’s historic Cheesman Park neighborhood. The school features a rigorous scholastic curriculum designed to foster high self-esteem through stimulating intellectual challenges and meaningful academic accomplishment.  Dora Moore offers an individualized instruction program aimed at identifying and enhancing the strengths of every student through active, personalized, and authentic learning activities. This enriched environment honors individual students’ interests, choices, and goals to help cultivate a lifelong love of learning and a strong desire for self-development. Dora Moore seeks a passionate educator to help guide the diverse student population to greater levels of achievement in reading, language arts, math, science, technology, and world languages. 

Our School Leadership Framework

At DPS, we’ve developed a School Leadership Framework that details the expectations required for all of our school leaders. The framework and the behaviors associated with each indicator are available at

  • Leads for equity toward college and career readiness
  • Leads for culture of empowerment, continuous improvement and celebration
  • Leads for high-quality, data driven instruction by building the capacity of teachers to lead and perfect their craft.
  • Implements strong systems for identifying, recognizing, and distributing talent
  • Leads the school’s vision, mission and strategic goals to support college readiness for all students.
  • Distributes leadership to inspire change in support of an empowered school culture.
  • Strategically aligns people, time and money to drive student achievement.
  • Actively advocates for members of the school community and effectively engages family and community.
  • Leads for the academic and social-emotional success of diverse student populations. Diversity includes race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, mental/physical abilities (students with disabilities, gifted and talented), religion, age, and political beliefs. DPS places particular emphasis on the needs of students of color and students with disabilities in order to close achievement gaps for these groups of students.
  • Leads for effective English Language Acquisition programming (ELA Program School Leaders)
  • Applies teacher and staff performance management systems in a way that ensures a culture of continuous improvement, support, and accountability.

Successful applicants will demonstrate the key leadership traits embedded within our framework:

  • Evidence of the DPS Shared Values in interactions in the school, district, and community
  • Strategic problem-solving and project management
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to connect and communicate with parents and the community
  • Capability to build solid relationships
  • Self-reflection and continuous professional growth
  • Solid ethical commitment to this work

Master’s Degree and previous leadership experience preferred. A current, valid State of Colorado Principal License (professional or provisional) in place by the time the position starts. If you have not completed administrative coursework needed for licensure, but do have leadership experience, you may participate in our alternative licensure program and will still be considered for this position.

Position Details

*Bilingual preferred

Salary Range: Commensurate with education and experience, with the ability to earn additional compensation based on working in a Hard to Serve School, Top Performing School, a High Growth School, or meeting the Unified Improvement Plan.

Work Year Contract Days: In general, these are 207-Elementary, 223-Middle, 233-High

Application Due Date: Open until filled

Position Start Date: If possible, candidates would be available to spend time at the school starting in April of 2014 to transition with the current principal, however this is not a requirement for the position. Candidates would lead the school for the 2014-15 school year.

Reports To: Instructional Superintendent

How to Apply
Please visit and look under Current Openings for additional information and links to the application.


You may email us at or call us at 720-423-3378.

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Location Denver, CO, United States
Categories Head of School/Principal
Organization Type Public School
Grade Level Pre-School/Early Childhood, Elementary 1-3, Elementary 4-6, Middle School/Junior High

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