Founding Principal

Impact Public Schools Published: May 2, 2017
Job Type


Classification: Full-time, Exempt, Administration
Start Date: July 1, 2017 (start date flexible)
Location: South Seattle/Tukwila, WA
About Impact Public Schools

Impact Public School (IPS) is a new, homegrown charter network that will open its first K-5 school in Tukwila, WA in fall 2018.

At IPS, we know that excellent schools have the power to transform communities. We also know that the “factory model” of education is not working for the vast majority of students in America, particularly in economically-disadvantaged communities. Thus, there has never been a more important time than now to boldly reimagine what’s possible for all students - especially those whose voices are currently marginalized - and to create our next generation of diverse leaders prepared to transform the 21st century.
IPS was co-founded by two experienced, local leaders, Jen Davis Wickens (CEO) and Natalie Hester (Director of Operations & Engagement), who share a powerful history in community based work in the South Puget Sound Region, including building Summit Public Schools in Washington state. Prior to co-founding IPS, Jen served as the Chief Regional Officer for Summit Public Schools in Washington and Natalie was a founding parent and advocate of Summit Sierra. Based on community demand, they teamed up to build more high-quality public school options for families across the state.
IPS will redefine what's possible in Washington state by preparing a diverse student population to succeed in college and impact communities as the next generation of equity-driven, innovative leaders.
About Impact: Seattle

Impact: Seattle graduates will be the problem solvers, innovators, and change agents of tomorrow. The IPS educational model includes a mentoring program and personalized learning plans for every child, targeted curriculum, rigorous deeper learning experiences, weekly community-based arts expeditions, and student affinity groups that focus on diversity, equity and inclusion starting in Kindergarten.
The Opportunity

IPS is seeking a talented, entrepreneurial, elementary instructional leader with a drive for innovation and a history of proven results in closing the opportunity gap. The Impact: Seattle Founding Principal will be responsible for co-designing and leading a ground-breaking new K-5 model. The Founding Principal will serve as the cultural and instructional leader for IPS’s flagship school, possessing a passion for excellence and growing a world class team of educators.
This is an opportunity to:

  • Collaborate daily with an experienced team of school founders.
  • Be involved in some of the most innovative work in the country.
  • Lead 40+ days of professional development to build a world class faculty.
  • Lead an environment where innovation is part of the school’s DNA.
  • Work tirelessly to hold the mission and vision of student success regardless of prior preparation or challenges outside of school.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

We are seeking a flexible, innovative, dynamic and committed leader to not only bring the best out in each and every student, but to be part of a movement to build a school for the future. The IPS Founding Principal will:

  • Serve as administrator and instructional leader of the school.
  • Articulate a vision, strategy and set of goals that align with the mission of Impact Public Schools.
  • Lead a culture of high expectations for ALL and a relentless focus on college success.
  • Build and maintain a positive culture of learning for both students and adults.
  • Lead all-school meetings, focusing on IPS values.
  • Oversee the implementation of a set of restorative practices and systems aimed at supporting all students in being their best selves.
  • Ensure there is excellent instruction occurring every minute, every period, every day.
  • Attract, develop, and retain exceptional talent. Evaluate the performance of teachers and other school employees and coach them on their individual development.
  • Build strong relationships with parents.
  • Host regular informal sessions with families to ensure consistent communication.
  • Ensure effective communication with families with respect to student academic performance, student conduct, school programs, and school performance.
  • Oversee Standardized Testing. Oversee Compliance w/ CEO and Director of Operations & Engagement.
  • Maintain a balanced yet mission aligned budget with Home Office team.
  • Attend regular principal meetings and collaborate actively with other colleagues.
  • Develop meaningful relationships through deep and ongoing community outreach.
  • Oversee school operations and ensure all aspects of the school are mission aligned.
  • 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 IPS and individual professional development.
  • Participate in other events aimed at promoting or developing IPS and its schools.


  • 4+ years teaching and/or leadership experience, at the elementary level, with a history of success in closing the opportunity gap.
  • Master's Degree (or above) in Education (preferred).
  • A strong understanding of early childhood development.
  • Proven track record of success leading adults and a commitment to education reform.
  • Deep belief in Impact Public Schools mission, vision, and values.
  • Exceptional project management skills.
  • Proven management and team building skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills.
  • Expertise in teaching literacy and mathematics.
  • Strong skills and enthusiasm to build relationships with students, faculty members, families, and external partners.
  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • A commitment to working successfully with an ethnically & economically diverse student body and team of adults.
  • The ability to effectively relate to and engage students in relationships in one-on-one, small group and large group settings.
  • A commitment to use data and technology to personalize learning for both adults and students.
  • Experience in making data driven decisions.
  • Experience in planning and implementing quality professional development.
  • An ability to model, live, and reinforce the school’s core values inside and outside the classroom with colleagues, scholars, families, and the larger community.
  • Optimism, resiliency, curiosity, perseverance, a sense of humor, and a burning passion for personal growth and student success.


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 students.


To Apply

Please send your resume and a cover letter to by May 18, 2017. For more information, visit An offer of employment will be subject to the successful completion of a background check. IPS 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.

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