School Director UPSM Middle School

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The School Director serves as lead instructor and culture czar and is responsible for facilitating the development and implementation of curriculum, programs, positive school culture and climate, policies, and budgets in order to promote the educational and social development of all students. The School Director also  ensures the professional development of all staff members through observation and feedback.

Our mission is to prepare students for success in life. If you are dedicated to a pursuit of excellence both in yourself and our students; if you are self-motivated; if you are an innovator and if you want to play a key role in changing young lives --we are looking for U.

Role  Responsibilities

  • Instructional Leadership

    • Sets Academic Vision and Goals

      • Ensures implementation of state and network curricula and assessments aligned with state standards, including college and career readiness standards

    • Academics Model

      • Drives all school decisions with a focus on achieving level 4 on the Five Elements of the U

    • Data Driven

      • Monitors and ensures high-quality instructional practices among teachers and staff that improve student performance

      • Ensures teachers analyze and use assessment data to plan, implement, and modify curriculum and instruction to produce optimal learning

      • Ensures that effective instruction maximizes growth of individual students and student groups, supports equity, and eliminates the achievement gap

  • Culture and Community

    • Student-Centered Environment

      • Creates a student-centered environment focused on trust, respect, collaboration, and high expectations that will allow every student to achieve

      • Develops, implements, and sustains a shared vision of high expectations for all students and staff

    • Visible Presence

      • Maintains a visible presence in classrooms and at extra-curricular events,  co-curricular events, and network events as is appropriate to job responsibilities

  • Operations, Systems, and Planning

    • Strategic Planning

      • Collaborates with the Academics house to outline and track clear goals, targets, and strategies aligned to a school vision that continuously improves teacher effectiveness and student outcomes

    • Maximized Learning Time

      • Implements daily schedules and a yearlong plan for regular data-driven instruction cycles, gives student access to diverse and rigorous instructional programs, and builds in time for professional development

    • Resource Alignment

      • Aligns resources with the needs of the school and effectively monitors the impact of these resources and school goals

    • Policy Implementation and Advocacy

      • Collaborates with network staff to implement policies and advocates for the needs of all network students and staff.

  • Growth and Development

    • Talent Recruitment, Retention, Development, and Evaluation

      • Coaches and develops teachers and staff by giving individual feedback and aligned professional development opportunities.   

      • Implements collaborative structures and provides leadership opportunities for effective teachers and staff.

      • Provides clear expectations of performance and conducts rigorous evaluations of all staff using multiple data sources

  • Leadership

    • Growth Mindset and Continuous Improvement

      • Is solutions-oriented, treats challenges as opportunities, and supports the school and community through continuous improvement.

    • Cultural and Political Competence

      • Consistently articulates organization’s vision and strategy clearly to others

    • Decision-Making

      • Makes timely and effective decisions that drive the best outcomes for students.

      • Demonstrates excellent judgement communicating decisions and involving network staff as appropriate, based on decision-type (i.e. leaf, branch, trunk, root)

    • Change Leadership

      • Anticipates and manages internal and external political dynamics around change efforts

    • Motivation and Courage

      • Maintains focus and takes risks in pursuit of breakthrough results for students.

      • Strives to lead team in achieving results beyond what is expected.


  • Education and Certification

    • Master's degree or higher, preferably focused on educational leadership

    • Currently possess Michigan Administrator Certificate

  • Experience

    • 3 years experience as principal preferred

    • 5 or more years teaching experience preferred

    • Experience in an urban school

  • Skills

    • Knowledge of rigorous curriculum and research supported instructional strategies

    • Able to digest large amounts of information and communicate key messages appropriately

    • Project management, especially the ability to make effective strategic plans and bring ideas to fruition

    • Adroit managers of adults’ (teachers, administrators, parents) and students’ expectations and emotions

    • Coaching others to improve their teaching and leadership practice

  • Demonstrates U Prep’s Core Values

    • We work well by ourselves and teams

    • We care about people

    • Our actions have a purpose

    • We think big and do

    • Learning is exciting


Compensation for this position depends on prior experience and is competitive.  


  • Medical coverage

  • 401(k) - up to 6% matching

  • Eight sick and four personal days

  • Year round staff earn vacation days

  • Performance & Core Value bonuses

  • Career development

  • Masters program tuition reimbursement through GVSU

Detroit 9090 is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination of any kind. All employment decisions with Detroit 9090 are based on district needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or military status.

Location: Detroit, MI
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