Hiawatha Academies is a growing network of high-performing, K-12 open enrollment public charter schools. We are driven by our mission that, “All Hiawatha Academies scholars will be empowered with the knowledge, character, and leadership skills to graduate from college and serve the common good.”
We have demonstrated success in student achievement, consistently recognized by the Star Tribune as Beating the Odds Schools. Hiawatha Academies is proof of what happens when we give every child the opportunities they deserve.
Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop (HLA-Northrop) is a results-driven elementary school that is part of the growing Hiawatha Academies charter school network. Hiawatha Academies opened HLA-Northrop, its second elementary school, in the fall of 2013. HLA-Northrop currently serves kindergarten through 4th grade.
Educators at HLA-Northrop join a growing team of motivated, mission-driven professionals who are committed to going above and beyond for their students. All HLA-Northrop staff are charged with creating a safe and welcoming learning environment in which all students can thrive. Our teachers plan and implement rigorous, relevant, and engaging lessons in reading, writing, mathematics, and global studies (science and social studies) each day while also promoting curiosity, social/emotional learning, and positive identity development.
As a school we recognize that there is a strong link between academic success and social-emotional learning. We utilize the Responsive Classroom approach for managing schoolwide and classroom culture and discipline. We believe every adult in the school is responsible for creating an environment which promotes a sense of belonging, significance and emotional safety for all students so they are able to focus on learning. We know all students are able to meet high expectations for both learning and behavior when they receive the support they need to do so.
The Assistant Principal for Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop is responsible for supporting a powerful vision for student achievement based on Hiawatha’s Six Core Values and for motivating others toward the realization of that vision. They will work directly under the guidance of the Principal. The Assistant Principal must strategically support the Principal and the school’s mission through effective leadership and management of the school’s staff and students. The Assistant Principal will provide support for the instructional program in grades K - 4 and help to foster a school environment that prepares every student for success in college and in life.
Candidates that are selected for an interview will receive additional information regarding the specific roles and responsibilities.
Prove the Possible
Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of school
Foster a school climate aligned with the mission and values of the school that supports both student and staff success and promotes an achievement-oriented culture of respect and appreciation for all students, staff and families
Research, design, and/or supplement the academic curriculum for all subjects and grades based on successful models and approaches
Analyze school wide data in order to design responsive student interventions; devise and monitor high-impact support plans for struggling students
Ensure high standards for student behavior, performance, and attendance
Address any disciplinary issues immediately with support from Principal and Operations team
Observe lessons regularly and deliver targeted feedback to teachers
Contribute to the Principal’s management and coaching of teachers
Facilitate regular, meaningful data-driven discussions about student performance with teachers to ensure that teachers are using current data to drive instruction
Work with teachers to improve their teaching practice through coaching, professional development, modeling, and collaborative planning
Ensure consistencies in instruction and practice among a team of teachers
Ensure learning environment and classroom instruction maximize student learning
Coordinate and manage creative, inspiring professional development sessions in line with school goals and priorities
Effectively communicate vision that supports the school’s goals and values
Participate in staff recruitment
Continually monitor progress on all measures of school and staff performance
Lead staff trainings at start and end of school year and on professional development days
Assist teacher leaders (e.g., mentor teachers, grade team leaders) in developing leadership skills
Model the Hiawatha C.A.R.E.S. values at all times; be a visible and highly engaged leader in the school community, relentlessly ensuring the school has an exceptional school culture.
Support teachers to hold all students to high and consistent behavioral expectations
Build effective relationships among teachers, parents, and the community to improve student performance
Contribute to an effective, collaborative team of people jointly responsible for the attainment of school goals and committed to achieving excellence
Exhibit a high degree of professionalism in all elements of this position, while serving as a contributing member of the school team and a dedicated role model for other employees
Perform other duties as required and assigned
The Assistant Principal must demonstrate knowledge of and support Hiawatha Academies’ mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.
Core Value and Beliefs
All Hiawatha Staff must demonstrate a passionate belief in and commitment to the following core values:
1) Children are at the center of everything we do.
2) Our mission requires bold thought and action.
3) We choose optimism.
4) We push ourselves to improve.
5) We are stronger together.
6) We create fun and a little weirdness.
To honor the humanity of all people, we actively disrupt systemic inequity in pursuit of an equitable world. To learn more about our equity vision, click here.
Hiawatha Employment Logistics
Hiawatha Leadership Academy – Northrop students’ school day is from 7:10am-3:10pm, Monday-Thursday and 7:10am-1:15pm on Friday.
Staff must be present from 7:00am-3:15pm, Monday-Friday.
Professional development sessions are held each Friday from 1:40pm-3:15pm.
All Hiawatha Staff are expected to attend and participate in all Family Events at the school.
Skills & Qualifications
A minimum of 4 years of relevant teaching experience with demonstrated student results
Demonstrated ability to effectively coach and develop instructional staff
Ability to evaluate instructional programs and teaching effectiveness
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to build trust with colleagues
Excellent judgment in decision-making
Knowledge in the selection, coaching, and supervision of staff
Ability to learn the budgeting process, laws, rules, procedures, and programs specifically related to the operation of a Minnesota charter school
Salary for this position is competitive and based on prior experience. Hiawatha offers a collaborative and committed team of colleagues, and a comprehensive benefits plan including medical, dental, life, and retirement.
Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity
We believe that diversity is strength, and we are committed to maintaining an inclusive, multicultural network. We are an equal-opportunity employer and welcome all qualified applicants.