Founding Elementary School Principal – Ashé Prep

Ashé Prep Published: June 11, 2018
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Ashé Preparatory Academy (Ashé Prep) is seeking a School Principal whose primary responsibility is to cultivate the genius of a diverse population of students and prepare them to excel in high school, college, and career and to serve as leaders in and for their communities.

We are seeking a leader who is committed to changing academic and non-academic outcomes for students who have not had equal access to a high-quality, rigorous education that prepares them for 21st century leadership and success.  Our Principal will:

  • Be a flexible, innovative, dynamic leader with a strong grounding in diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Have meaningful, positive, authentic relationships with Ashé Prep’s target populations and communities
  • Lead a team of dynamic and innovative teachers in implementing research-based practices, strategies, methodology, and pedagogy that are effective in the education of students of color, students learning English, students from low-income families, and students with special needs
  • Change the way school is done

Ashé Prep will serve 450 K-8 students from the Skyway/West Hill community – beginning with grades K, 1, 2, and 6 in 2019.  Ashé (ah-SHAY) is a philosophical concept from the Yoruba of Nigeria, West Africa that affirms the power to make things happen and produce change.  Ashé Prep will make things happen and produce change by addressing the unmet educational needs of Skyway/West Hill students.  Ashé Prep students will be change-makers in their community.

Hiring Timeline

  • Cover letter and resume are due by 5:00 pm on June 15, 2018.
  • Phone Interview (30-minutes) with the School Founder will be held June 18, 2018.
  • In-Person Interview (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm) will take place June 19 or 20, 2018 


Primary Duties ​
The Principal will exceed expectations, establish effective initiatives, and display logistical skill in fulfilling the following primary duties:

  • Articulate a vision, strategy and set of goals and operations that align with Ashé Prep’s Mission and Core Values.
  • Lead a culture of high expectations for every student, teacher, and staff member with a commitment to success in college, career, community, and life.
  • Create a culture of and oversee the implementation of a sense of “belonging” that supports the education, growth, and development of all students, teachers, and staff AND the families and communities we serve.
  • Participate in the WA Charters Strong Start Program, School Foundry, NewSchools Venture Funds Community of Practice, and other professional development and collaborations.
  • Ensure there is excellent instruction occurring every minute, every period, every day.
  • Attract, develop, and retain exceptional teachers and staff.
  • Build meaningful, positive, authentic relationships with Ashé Prep parents, families, and communities.
  • Ensure effective and consistent communication with Ashé Prep families and communities regarding student academic performance, student conduct, school programs, and school performance.
  • Oversee standardized testing and charter contract compliance.
  • Create and maintain a budget that is both balanced and mission-aligned.


  • Commitment to Ashé Prep’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values
  • A deep commitment to an asset-based approach to the education, growth, development, and success of students of color, students learning English, students from low-income families, and students with special needs.
  • The ability to effectively relate to and engage racially, ethnically, linguistically, and economically diverse students in relationships in one-on-one, small group and large group settings
  • Experience using data and technology to personalize learning for both adults and students
  • Master’s degree in Education (or higher) and Principal/Administrator license, preferred
  • 4+ years as an instructional coach and/or school administrator
  • Proven track record of increasing student achievement and a commitment to education reform
  • Positive and relevant knowledge of, experience with, and deep relationships with the diverse families and communities Ashé Prep will serve, especially the African/African American community; appreciation of our families’ and communities’ cultural capital is essential
  • Flexibility and experience in effectively solving challenging problems through a culturally responsive, positive, collaborative approach
  • Team leadership skills, especially around the coaching and direct management of other professionals
  • A strong understanding of child development, especially early childhood and adolescent development, experience with High Scope pedagogy preferred.
  • Experience with or commitment to project-based learning environments emphasizing self-efficacy for all students, teachers, and staff, preferred
  • Authentic, strong social and communication skills to build relationships with Ashé Prep students, teachers, staff, families, communities, and external partners
  • Expertise in teaching literacy and mathematics to students who are working below grade level
  • Experience leading a student-​oriented, student-centered, culturally responsive organization
  • Specific management and planning skills related to running an organization
  • Optimism, resiliency, curiosity, perseverance, a sense of humor, and a sense of purpose


The compensation for this role is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Selection Process

  1. Screening interview (School Founder)
  2. Second/Extended Session Interview (School Founder and Board/Leadership Team)
  3. Completion of background check and reference checks
  4. Offer extended

An offer of employment will be subject to the successful completion of a background and reference checks. Ashé Prep is an equal opportunity employer. Ashé Prep does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

To Apply

Candidates will be required to submit a resume and cover letter of interest to initiate the selection process. Send to: