Middle School Principal – Destiny Middle School

Green Dot Public Schools Washington Published: April 29, 2017
Job Type


Reports to: Chief of Schools
Start Date: July 1, 2017 (start date flexible)
Location: Tacoma, WA

Green Dot Public Schools Washington (wa.greendot.org) is dedicated to transforming educational opportunities for students across Washington State as part of a larger solution for educational equity and access for all students. Green Dot Washington is part of the larger Green Dot Public School network (www.greendot.org) which is the leading charter school operator in Los Angeles, one of the largest in the nation, and an important catalyst for education reform. Green Dot’s mission is to transform public education so that every student can graduate prepared for college, leadership, and life. We achieve this mission by running a high performing network of 23 secondary schools in academically underserved communities in Washington State, Los Angeles and Memphis. Our academic model is designed to create small, safe, high-performing learning environments that meet individual student needs. Learn more about our work in Los Angeles and Memphis here.

Our national network employs more than 1,000 dedicated, mission-driven teachers, administrators and staff to serve more than 10,000 students. Our academic model is designed to create small, safe, high-performing learning environments that meet individual student needs. We take the time to learn each student’s needs, and work with parents, teachers and counselors to help all students succeed. Several of our California high schools have been recognized as “America’s Best” by Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. In 2014, more than two-thirds (67.3%) of Green Dot California graduates completed the "A-G" course requirements needed to be considered “college-ready” by the University of California system. This college-ready graduation rate far exceeds the statewide average of 39.4%.

Green Dot Public Schools is transforming education in Washington State. Destiny Charter Middle School, in Tacoma’s Eastside neighborhood, opened in August 2015 with a founding class of 6th graders and in 2017-18 will reach capacity serving 6th – 8th grade. Green Dot Washington is preparing for the launch of its new Seattle middle school which will open in August, 2017 and Seattle High School in 2018-19. Additionally, we support a partner school, Excel Charter Public School, in Kent, which will serve 7th – 9th grade in 2017-18. In order to support these efforts, Green Dot is building a region that will offer unparalleled coaching and support to its schools, develop relationships with community and family stakeholders, and grow strategic relationships with various statewide educational districts, agencies and nonprofit organizations. Green Dot Washington works in partnership with Green Dot’s national office in Los Angeles and Tennessee office in Memphis to provide supports to its schools.

Green Dot Washington is seeking a talented, entrepreneurial educational leader with a desire to foster high levels of academic achievement with Tacoma-area middle school students. Green Dot Destiny Middle School (DMS), is Green Dot Washington’s flagship campus located in Tacoma’s vibrant Eastside neighborhood. Destiny currently serves students in grades 6-7 and will expand to include 8th grade during the 2017-18 school year. The principal will serve as both the school’s cultural leader and instructional leader, possessing a passion for excellence and growing a world class team of educators who deeply believe in their capacity to prepare all students for college, leadership and life. To learn more about what it’s like to be an administrator at Green Dot, please visit http://careers.greendot.org/administrators/.


  • Serve as administrator and instructional leader of the school, direct and supervise the curriculum and guidance program of the school
  • Responsible for planning the master schedule of classes for students and for assigning members of the certificated staff
  • Evaluate the performance of teachers and other school employees and coach them on their individual development
  • Hire and develop school staff (certificated and classified)
  • Craft student discipline policies to meet unique student population needs
  • Direct financial and human resources at the school site
  • Responsible for school budgetary planning and business operations
  • Work closely with parents and the community at large
  • Initiate and implement community support and advisory groups
  • Accountable for students' overall academic performance
  • Available for contact with parents, students and staff to discuss student progress and problems after class, at night or on weekends (via cell phone or in person)
  • Maintain work hours extending beyond school hours for other professional duties or functions such as staff meetings, supervision of student events, etc.
  • Maintain professional standards and a school environment that is productive, safe and focused
  • Participate in Green Dot and individual professional development
  • Participate in other events aimed at promoting or developing Green Dot and its schools (i.e. student recruitment)



  • A minimum of 3 years teaching experience, preferably at the middle or high school level, with a history of success improving student achievement (required)
  • A valid Washington State Administrative Credential or comparable out of state credential which is transferable to WA (preferred)
  • Prior administrative experience as Assistant Principal or Principal (required)
  • Knowledge of bilingual education (strongly preferred).
  • Possesses a growth mindset and love of learning
  • Experience with leadership roles (mentor teacher, department chair, assistant principal, etc.)
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities
  • Proven management and team building skills
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Experience creating and implementing policies and systems
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills
  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial environment
  • A passion for improving urban middle and high schools and driving education reform
  • Knowledge of bilingual education
  • Ability to establish/foster a positive and safe school culture
  • Experience in coaching teachers
  • Experience in planning and implementing quality professional development
  • Experience in leading/managing a team
  • Experience in strategically engaging stakeholders
  • Experience in conflict resolution
  • Experience in making data driven decisions
  • Experience and demonstrated ability managing multiple teams and resources
  • Experience in creating and monitoring strategic plans

Green Dot Public Schools Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives for a balanced, productive workforce, which is diverse in terms of age, gender, and cultural identity. We do not base hiring or promotional decisions on factors other than performance and professional growth potential. Please note that we are unable to sponsor H-1B Visa applicants.

Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. We also offer a comprehensive benefits plan as well as the opportunity to impact a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of all its students.

To Apply

We require all candidates to complete an online application at https://greendot.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/WA. Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted and we hire on a rolling basis. The start date for this role is July 1, 2017 but are flexible for the right candidate.