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Applying for Position:
PK-1 PRINCIPAL
Escuela Bilingue Internacional - Emeryville,
Emeryville, CA

This opening calls for specific administration qualifications set by the school.

CalWest's client school, Escuela Bilingue Internacional (EBI), is seeking a Principal (PK-1) who reports to the Head of School and in addition to their specific responsibilities, demonstrate the following:

  • Enjoy working in an international, diverse school environment;
  • Share in our values of bilingualism, educational excellence, diversity, international mindedness, and character;
  • Support the mission and vision of EBI;
  • Bring a positive attitude and a sense of professionalism to the School community;
  • Embody all attributes of the IB Learner Profile


This position is responsible for supervising the day-to-day operations of the PK-1 IB PYP Program and campus, including all activities involving the Pre-Kinder-1st grade students, families, faculty and staff. The PK-1 Principal will lead, manage and administrate the program for the holistic development of learners as well as promote parent and community involvement. The Principal of PK-1st grades serves on the Senior Leadership team and reports to the Head of School.

Ideal Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood or related field required Master 's degree preferred Early Childhood units (per licensing requirements) strongly preferred
  • Two or more years of experience as an administrative leader are required, preferably in independent school.
  • Five or more years as a classroom teacher is required
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English. Native Spanish strongly preferred
  • Strong understanding of the physical, social and emotional developmental stages of students ages 3 to 7.
  • Knowledge and experience with the IB PYP Programme strongly preferred
  • Deep understanding of IB school communities with an ability to design, implement, and evaluate innovative educational programs for multiple constituencies.
  • Ability to maintain composure, confidentiality, tact, sensitivity, and flexibility during peak stress periods and crisis situations.
  • Joyful and empathetic educator who is a strategic thinker and a visionary builder.
  • A champion of both students and faculty and staff.
  • Thoughtful and adept at conflict resolution. Empathetic problem-solver.
  • Cultural competence in working with a diverse school population and have a demonstrated commitment to addressing issues of equity, inclusion, and belonging, and privilege
  • Collaborative leadership style and intentional commitment to life-long learning.
  • Courage to support and/or make difficult or unpopular decisions, when needed.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, listening, and organization skills.


Specific responsibilities:

  • Assure compliance with State Licensing Child Care and county regulations including completing and keeping appropriate paperwork and documentation.
  • Maintain congruence between the school's mission and all activities of the school.
  • Maintain a visible presence on the Alcatraz Campus of the school and be regularly available to students, faculty, staff and parents to work toward a resolution of all problems - both routine and unique - as they arise
  • Keep the Head of School informed of the general programs, activities, and challenges of the school.
  • Be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the PK-1 division, including compliance with regulations, and communications with staff and families.
  • Serves as a lead member of the EBI Student Success Team.
  • Function as the chief articulator of programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed consistent with their individual roles.
  • Serves as a member of the CAIS/WASC Accreditation Team.
  • Oversee the IB PYP self-study in collaboration with the Director of PYP Teaching and Learning.
  • Serves in Board Committees as assigned by the Head of School.


TEACHING, LEARNING and ASSESSMENT

  • Responsible for the implementation of the EBI 21st-Century Whole Child Education vision.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of the IB PYP programme at the Alcatraz Campus.
  • Oversee and provide direction, support and guidance to the Director of PYP Teaching and Learning, in collaboration with the 2-8 Principal.
  • Responsible for the vertical and horizontal alignment, evaluation, and continuous improvement of the f PK-1 curriculum, supported by the administrative team and Director of PYP Teaching and Learning.
  • Collaborate with the 2--8 Principal to ensure the alignment of PK-8 teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Collaborate with the Director of PYP and MYP Teaching and Learning and other members of the Pedagogical Leadership Team in the development and implementation of the 18 PYP and MYP.
  • Monitor and guide the developmental growth and learning of all 2-8th grade students; maintain complete academic records for all students; oversee the evaluation and the reporting of progress and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement.
  • Direct and oversee the development of personalized learning plans for students.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Well-being, Character and SEL programs and other members of the EBI Student Success team to support student success.


FACULTY AND STAFF LEADERSHIP

  • Lead the faculty in the articulation of the school mission, school goals, department goals, course objectives, subject objectives, methods and means of assessment through development of academic policies and curriculum.
  • Act as the educational leader for the corresponding area, responsible for day-to-day operations; to direct the activities of the members of the school instructional and the non-instructional staff in the performance of their duties.
  • Observe, supervise, and collaboratively evaluate the PK-1 faculty and staff in the development and implementation of curriculum, in collaboration with the Director of PYP Teaching and Learning; to supervise the learning process, and to review and evaluate the academic programs.
  • Develop and maintain the PK-1 professional development program in collaboration with the Director of PYP Teaching and Learning to provide consistency in school practices.
  • Strive for unity, harmony, and cooperation through tact, helpfulness, respect, and a recognition of individual differences and the special abilities and strengths of each team member.
  • Evaluate all PK-1 faculty and staff.
  • Collaborate with the Head of School regarding the hiring and retention, and the assignment of faculty.
  • Assist with establishing programs for the orientation of new teachers, for in-service training of all teachers, and for the evaluation of classroom teachers, to ensure that teachers are familiar with and adhere to school policies in all areas of the school operation.
  • Prepare a PK-1 class schedule, in collaboration with other division leaders, and to assign teachers and students to classes and other obligations.
  • Oversee and direct the activities of faculty committees.
  • Conduct regular meetings with faculty regarding routine school matters and to promote the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern.


STUDENT LIFE AND COMMUNITY

  • Responsible for student well-being and success.
  • Support, collaborate and guide the Dean of Students in the academic and socio-emotional development of students.
  • Serve as a consultant to teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general school procedures.
  • Engage the community at large and provide updates by hosting regular coffees and parent events.
  • Be responsible for establishing guidelines for proper student behavior and response in alignment with the school mission, values, and the 18 Learner Profile consistent with school policies; balance the individual needs of students with that of the entire community while upholding community standards for behavior; to maintain accurate records of student attendance and citizenship.
  • Serve as a consultant to teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general school procedures.
  • Engage the community at large and provide updates by hosting regular coffees and parent events.


FAMILY COMMUNICATION

  • Manage all communication between the school and families regarding the Lower School program.
  • Regularly communicate with parents regarding school activities, events and the program.
  • Meet parents as needed regarding the specific needs of their children.
  • Plan and present informative sessions for parents.
  • Publish updates related to the program in EBI Al Dia.
  • Serve as liaison between EBIPA and the PK-1st grade division.


ADVANCEMENT

  • Assist in the admission process including testing and evaluating of applicants for enrollment, interviewing families and generally supporting the selection process.
  • Participate in all admissions-specific events such as Open Houses, tours, or others.
  • Support and participate in the school's efforts to advance the mission, including community and fundraising events.
  • Responsible for the planning and execution, in collaboration with the leadership team, of academic programming events to include Black History Month, Chinese New Year Celebration, and STEM events, among others.


EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

  • Oversee the coordination of co-curricular and extracurricular activities and programs of the school; assist in the planning and the presentation of school assemblies and special events; assist in maintaining a comprehensive calendar of school events; keep the entire school community informed of various school programs and activities.
  • Partner with the Director of Community Programs to support students in their various transitions throughout the school day.


OPERATIONS

  • Provide an orderly, well-managed environment in which learning can take place,a school climate which is supportive and which reflects high morale. Monitor employee satisfaction and level of engagement and make modifications for improvement as needed.
  • To ensure compliance with legal requirements of government regulations and agencies; to maintain the educational standards established by the State of California and by those agencies that examine and accredit the school.
  • Recommend which classroom materials should be purchased according to the program implementation
  • Keep an inventory of the classroom materials to allow a good administration of the materials
  • Maintain a division budget as assigned by the Business Office and Head of School


Performs other duties as assigned by the Head of school.

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