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Baltimore International Academy West (BIA West)
Baltimore, Maryland
Salary is determined by Baltimore City Public Schools based on qualifications & experience.
Closing date
Aug 12, 2021

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Administrator, Principal
Grade Level
Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School
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Baltimore International Academy West (BIA West) is seeking a principal for the 2020-2021 school year. BIA West is a public charter school, located at 4300 Sidehill Rd. in Southeast Baltimore City. BIA West currently serves grades K-3 and 6-8 and is still growing to become a full K-8 school.

BIA West's model is full immersion in K-5th Grade, and partial immersion in 6-8th Grade. Spanish, Chinese, and French Immersion are currently offered in elementary school and Spanish Immersion is offered in Middle School. BIA West is also an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school.

BIA West's principal will be employed by Baltimore City Public Schools and must meet state certification requirements. The candidate should have a Master's degree in Education or a related field from an accredited college or university, and should have or be eligible for a Maryland Advanced Professional Certificate with a Principal/Superintendent or an Administrator I and II endorsement. The candidate must fully understand and support charter schools, language immersion, and International Baccalaureate. Candidates should understand the basics of Maryland charter law, which varies from other states. Fluency in Spanish, Chinese, or French and experience with immersion education is required.

Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) offers a competitive salary and benefits. Below is more information about this, as well as the full Principal job description. Please visit and to learn more about BIA and BCPS. 

Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) Principal Job Description:

The Principal is an instructional leader that is critical to the acceleration of improved student outcomes across City Schools, through the support and supervision of instructional and school support staff and collaboration with Instructional Leadership Executive Directors. The Principal represents the district as the instructional leader in the community and strives to create a culture of rigorous learning with increased outcomes for all students, rooted in the mission to eliminate disparities in achievement and to ensure college and career readiness for all students.  

Essential Functions

Leading Teacher Learning and Development

  • Develops and Implements coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, and assessment that promote the mission, vision, and core values of the school, embody high expectations for student learning, align with academic standards, and are culturally responsive.
  • Develops the pedagogical and programmatic plans of the school, sets key objectives and measurable benchmarks that are coherent, aligned, data-driven, and address the learning needs of all students
  • Utilizes multiple data-based indicators to inform, drive change, and assess progress in instructional practices aligned to school performance goals
  • Conducts regular formal and informal observations and gives specific, actionable feedback aligned to City Schools Instructional Framework and school priorities
  • Develops the professional, instructional, and pedagogical knowledge and capacity of school personnel to promote each student?s academic success and well-being
  • Provides tools, protocols, and professional development opportunities to strengthen school teams in their ability to implement effective instructional practice
  • Promotes the effective use of technology in the service of teaching and learning.
  • Actively seeks out and engages in professional activities that deepen content and pedagogical knowledge as well as foster leadership development and talent management skills
  • Models the use of personal growth goals to guide personal professional development
  • Continually engages staff in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the school-wide performance plan

Managing Talent

  • Implements organizational structures for selection and retention of high-quality staff that bring to bear a track record of improved student well-being and academic performance, dynamic learning environments, and high expectations for student learning and achievement
  • Actively promotes leadership opportunities and employs a distributive leadership style to maximize and develop leadership capacity throughout the organization in support of excellent instruction
  • Utilizes data to assess the effectiveness of staffing patterns, scheduling, and organizational structures in attaining desired student outcomes
  • Utilizes data to assess staff performance and potential in order to effectively retain, develop, and leverage staff in a way that maximizes student outcomes

Creating and Sustaining Conditions for Learning that Focuses on Instruction and Equity

  • Develops, advocates and strategically implements a clear vision and mission that promotes a supportive learning environment for students, staff, community and all other stakeholders
  • Ensures that all stakeholders clearly understand and can articulate school goals, action plans, and key priorities at the school
  • Engages with individuals from diverse backgrounds through a lens of cultural proficiency, sensitivity and equity, minimizing confrontational or strained relations and maximizing community cohesion and positive interpersonal relationships with stakeholders.
  • Ensures that each student has equitable access to effective teachers, learning opportunities, academic and social support, and other resources necessary for success.
  • Cultivates an inclusive, caring, and supportive school community that promotes the academic success and well-being of each
  • Strategically develops, implements, and evaluates actions to achieve the vision for the school.
  • Collaborates with members of the school and the community through use of relevant data to solve problems, manage conflict, build consensus, and advocate for the school community in an effective and timely manner
  • Applies teacher and staff performance management systems in a way the ensures a culture of continuous improvement, support, and accountability throughout the school for the benefit of all students
  • Strategically aligns people, money, and time to drive student achievement and promote each student?s academic success and well-being
  • Develops school-based systems and operations, such as school budgets, to ensure alignment with school?s data, priorities, and goals
  • Actively engages and pursues a deep understanding of the school community, its strengths and needs, and develops productive relationships to leverage the community?s cultural, social, intellectual, and political resources to promote student learning and school improvement


Desired Qualities

  • Demonstrates a firm understanding of City Schools? strategic plans, goals, and theories of action
  • Brings a sophisticated understanding and ability to apply theories of and effective practices for: student learning, growth and development; differentiated instructional strategies; and academic standards and accountability systems
  • Demonstrates effectiveness in using data from multiple sources, qualitative and quantitative, to support academic and personal student outcomes
  • Operates with a nuanced understanding of how school-level operations and systems are implemented and interact to achieve school and student goals
  • Approaches complex issues and decision making as a ?systems thinker? - showing strong analytic and problem-solving skills and offering innovative solutions to challenges
  • Effectively prioritizes and responds quickly to competing demands, especially in times of crisis
  • Engages in, and seeks engagement with, diverse stakeholders to build consensus and effectively address challenges
  • Approaches their role with a personal sense of accountability for the success of the larger group
  • Actively listens to and effectively interprets others? motivations and perceptions
  • Acts with cultural competence and responsiveness in their interactions, decision making, and practice.
  • Motivates, inspires, and moves others to action and to achieve ambitious goals
  • Demonstrates skill in building, managing, and developing a team by distributing leadership and leveraging each person's talent and skill
  • Establishes clear goals, expectations, deliverables, deadlines, and metrics for success
  • Sets clear agendas and facilitates effective school-based meetings
  • Brings a high standard of ethics, honesty, and integrity in all professional matters
  • Performs and promotes all activities in compliance with equal employment and nondiscrimination policies; follows federal laws, state laws, school board policies and professional standards

Desired Qualifications

  • Master's degrees education or a related field from an accredited college or university
  • Maryland Advance Professional Certificate with an Principal/Superintendent or Administrator I and II endorsement
  • Five years of administrative and/or supervisory experience, including school-based administrative experience
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and exercise swift decision-making, grounded in sound judgment and understanding of nuanced circumstances focused on an unwavering commitment to the diverse learning needs of students
  • Demonstrated success in implementing culturally relevant pedagogy and ability to support instructional and school support staff in leading a diverse learning population
  • Track record of achieving measurable gains in student achievement resulting from effective leadership
  • Demonstrated success in identifying, growing, and leveraging the potential of staff and teams
  • Experience in school-based budget preparation and management.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; including proficiency in the use of computer applications (including Microsoft Office products), email, and mobile technologies

Health insurance

  • Employees can choose medical plans from Kaiser, BlueChoice, and CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield.
  • Dental coverage includes a dental HMO and a buy-up plan.
  • No-cost vision coverage provides for services every two years, with an optional buy-up plan.
  • Prescription medication coverage is available with a modest co-pay.

Retirement and pension

  • In addition to pension plans through the State of Maryland or City of Baltimore (depending on position and bargaining unit), employees can participate in 403(b) tax-sheltered savings plans.

Additional benefits

For new teachers, we provide specialized support including a summer institute, professional learning, and site-based mentoring. 

All staff can access the following at no or modest cost:

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