Founding Principal

Whatcom Intergenerational High School Published: May 4, 2018
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Principal Job Description
Are you interested in changing the way young people learn and how we “do” school? If yes, WIHS is interested in getting to know you.

Position Starts:  July 15th 2018

Whatcom Intergenerational High School is seeking authorization to start an innovative public charter in Whatcom County. We plan to open our doors for eighty-five 9th graders in August 2019 and we will serve a culturally diverse community eventually enrolling 300 students in grades 9-12 with elders supporting the educational program as mentors. Our strategic vision is to create a unique learning environment designed with students and supported by elders to ensure every young person – no matter their life circumstances - is educated for success in school, career and life.

Planning year duties:
We are seeking a flexible and dynamic leader to join our founding team who is committed to learning and social change. The WIHS Principal will bring logistical skill in fulfilling the following duties:

  • Hire a highly qualified founding team of teachers for retention who are experts at developing learners and passionate about their craft.
  • Refine the overall curriculum framework including WA Commission performance framework, specific mission aligned goals, school calendar and schedule, implementation of all rubrics and assessment.
  • Collaborate with Educating for Change (external consulting firm) to develop the year-long professional development and curriculum development plan for the start up year.
  • Provide on-going coaching and professional development to teachers who will be developing their disciplinary and phenomenon-based learning units throughout the year.
  • Work closely with WIHS Family and Community Engagement coordinators to:

--Build positive long-lasting relationships with community members and families.

--Nurture community partners who will enhance the WIHS learning experience.

--Recruit a diverse student body of learners.

--Conduct home visits.

  • Work tirelessly to hold and model the mission that all students can be successful in high school regardless of their prior preparation or life circumstances.


The principal will be supported by School Foundry[i]; an organization that brings together a consortium of equity-driven school leaders providing design support, mentorship and leadership development. In addition, the principal will work closely with a previous school founder, and the Executive Director of WIHS as well as having an instructional coach who will provide on-going professional development to help fill any instructional gaps in understanding the WIHS framework including phenomenon-based learning, intergenerational learning, critical literacy and using UbD mapping for building comprehensive units of study. You will work closely with the professional development team in providing support to new staff throughout the planning year and developing the on-going professional development plan for Operational year 1.

Operational and Beyond:
Provide school leadership for WIHS including implementation of the WIHS learning framework, oversight of curriculum, coaching and evaluation of staff, oversight of building administration, communication with families, and the development of community partnerships necessary to promote the educational development of every student.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Demonstrate a minimum of 5 years of excellent teaching experience.
  • Understand and/or demonstrate knowledge with constructivist theories, research, curriculum, and learning and assessment strategies.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with staff to build school-wide efforts and policies that foster academic, social, cultural, emotional and behavioral learning.
  • Bring an unwavering belief in all students’ abilities to learn and grow and commitment to social justice.
  • Understand and/or demonstrate experience with and the ability to implement and oversee restorative practices that help all students be successful.
  • Demonstrate the ability to set up systems for PLC’s, lead and coach school staff in collecting, analyzing and evaluating action research data to improve student achievement.
  • Possess effective management skills; be able to use a variety of process skills for planning, organizing and problem solving and demonstrate commitment to WIHS principles and a professional work environment.
  • Develop close and positive working relationships with students, parents, and communities of all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds to create a culture that supports positive learning, sustains achievement and promotes trust, collaboration and an ethic of care.
  • Work collaboratively with staff to establish a culture that promotes learning, good judgment and high ethical standards.
  • Demonstrate ability to develop and maintain a positive school climate and learning environment in which positive, appropriate behavior and highly professional behavior is encouraged, learning is maximized and discipline problems are minimal.
  • Demonstrate success as an instructional leader (i.e., demonstrate high expectations for effective instruction, exceptional instructional methods – multiple approaches and differentiated, successful AP/internship placement, strong evidence of reflective practice).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of state and federal legal and regulatory issues pertaining to education that require compliance; understand the relationship of public policy to education.
  • Possess experience in and/or knowledge of managing a budget and resource allocation.
  • Possess experience in and/or knowledge of federal education programs (i.e. Title I, II, IV).


Additional consideration will be given to candidates who:

  • Are bilingual and/or deeply connected with WIHS target communities.
  • Have secondary and preferably high school teaching experience.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and/or experience with WIHS’s learning framework including phenomenon-based learning, intergenerational learning, critical literacy and culturally sustaining pedagogies.
  • Demonstrate experience as a highly valued Principal, Assistant Principal or Education Director.
  • Have successful Special Education experience.


Salary range/Start Date:
$95,000      11 month contract  (July 1 2018-June 1, 2019)$100,000 - $110,000  Operational Year 1 including full benefits package + retirement

Application Deadline - May 14th or until filled

To Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to
In addition, please submit a current, official transcript, copy of your license and three (3) letters of reference:
 one from your current or most recent supervisor
 remaining letters from a teacher, parent, and/or colleague.

Affirmative Action Policy: Whatcom Intergenerational High School will not deny anyone the opportunity for employment because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, honorably discharged veteran or military status, marital status, the presence of any sensory, physical or mental disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.