Independence Mission Schools (IMS) is a non-profit network of 15 independent Catholic schools providing a transformative education to children of all faiths in low-income neighborhoods across the city of Philadelphia.
The vision of the IMS network is that all IMS Scholars will be
morally formed by our Catholic example
academically prepared by our high-quality instruction and ready to serve the world
Our school principals are vital levers in the realization of this vision for the nearly 5,000 PK through 8th grade students across the current IMS network.
The Principal will guide his or her school in the realization of this IMS vision within their school. Keeping the work emblematic of the school’s unique Catholic identity and legacy, the Principal will advance the moral formation, teaching and learning within their school to continually improve outcomes for our students. The Principal sets the tone for the entire school through direction within the school and through interactions at all levels with faculty, staff, students, parents, board and community partners. The ideal candidate will be committed to the development, achievement, and well-being of the school’s students and the pursuit of academic excellence by those students.
Vision-Driven – Advance the Catholic identity of the school, being mindful of our welcome to children of all faiths, while ensuring a school culture of student achievement and high expectations grounded in moral development. Inspire teachers and staff to realize this vision throughout the school.
Leadership & Management – Recruit and develop talented teachers and staff. Lead faculty development in their roles as Catholic instructional leaders driving student achievement. Direct the work of school staff to provide structure and support to school operations. Establish a school culture built on student achievement, empowerment, and collaboration and ensure a learning environment that is transformative, holistic, and safe. Use data to establish performance goals for student academic results and faculty development and outcomes. Work with IMS leadership team to ensure core values are effectively communicated and upheld within the school community.
Instructional Expertise – Build the capacity of school staff to deliver exceptional, high-quality instruction in service to student learning. Promulgate the effective use of data to support student achievement. Evaluate and address the requirements and needs of the school’s student population and identify resources to provide access for all students.
School Advancement – Serve as an ambassador and advocate of the school’s mission, goals and achievements and oversee student recruitment, admissions, and advancement. Support school development and community relations, including public relations and fundraising activities for the school as needed.
Educational and Credential requirements
An individual of strong Catholic faith who is possessed of a growth mindset, is mission-drive, and is committed to serving children of all faiths in an urban environment
Current PA School Administrator’s License (K-12) – preferable but not required
A Master’s (or higher) degree in education or related fields (or commensurate experience), with a minimum of 5-7 years of experience in the field as a teacher, instructional leader, principal, or other leader
Experience in teaching and/or coaching teaching staff to use Common Core Standard’s aligned curriculum materials
Ability to effectively build, develop, and maintain strong relationships with internal and external constituents including staff, teachers, parents, students, board members, and community stakeholders
Demonstrated success leading a high-performing K-8 school or schools in an urban setting, using strategic educational initiatives that result in measurably improved student achievement and preferably experience in administration across multiple schools or in a network setting
Demonstrated experience in design, implementation and management of a school’s academic program including knowledge of and experience with high-quality, standards-aligned curriculum, effective instructional practices, analyzing, interpreting, using data to drive results, and leadership development
Strong leadership and staff development skills including an encouraging, motivating presence exhibited in conflict management, team building, and staff engagement
Ability to self-direct and prioritize among competing goals, exhibit flexibility and good judgment, and drive results in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
Capable of representing the organization and its goals effectively in both oral and written communications and across multiple venues
Applicants with a desire to work in an urban school setting are highly encouraged to apply.
To learn more about Independence Mission Schools, please visit: https://independencemissionschools.org/
To apply, please visit: https://independencemissionschools.org/careers/
Successful candidates must be able to clear all background check and clearance requirements.
EOE: IMS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and celebrates staff diversity. We strive to be and build a diverse team that is representative of our students and the communities in which we serve. If you identify as an individual of color, we highly encourage you to apply!
To apply for this job please visit independencemission.tedk12.com.
Independence Mission Schools provides a transformative Catholic education to children of all faiths in low-income neighborhoods across the city of Philadelphia.
One of the poorest urban centers in the nation, Philadelphia has 400,000 residents living in poverty. Among students attending an Independence Mission School, 36% live in poverty, nearly double the rate of children across the nation. That’s a staggering number.
Each day we open our doors to nearly 5,000 students, many carrying with them the challenges of life below the poverty line — food insecurity, home insecurity, violence and fundamental learning deficits. These circumstances could seem like insurmountable odds for these young learners. Yet they are resilient and come to us energized and full of promise.
Unlocking this potential starts with a culture of love that values and embraces each child. The promise of God’s love, shown by our faculty and staff, is at the very core of the Catholic education our schools deliver. This atmosphere sets our students, from Pre-K to Grade 8, on the path to a promising future confident in their own worth so they can be ready to succeed both in and out of the classroom.