Assistant Principal- Indianapolis Metropolitan High School

Indianapolis Metropolitan High School

The Assistant Principal will serve as a member of the school leadership team, assisting the Principal in the direction of a “best fit” environment for teenagers with significant barriers to education.  The Assistant Principal focuses with the Principal on key school-wide duties including communication, strategic planning, continuous improvement, developing a positive climate and culture, team coordination, enrollment management, liaising with internal teams, and summer/break programming.  With our core values of Professional, Unstoppable, Motivated, Accountable, and Supportive, the school priorities include:

  • High rigor, high support instruction to close academic gaps and prepare students for post-secondary opportunities.
  • Trauma-informed social-emotional learning.
  • Student and family empowerment through coordination with a robust student services team of coaches, counselors, and more.

Example Duties and Activities

Staffing, and Supervision

  • Holds regular check-ins and provides ongoing observation/feedback/coaching, with emphasis on building the management capacities of other adults.  Assists staff in identifying strengths and/or gaps, and develops strategies to optimize strengths and address gaps providing development and/or improvement plans.
  • Assists the staffs’ direct reports with restorative conflict resolution between staff or with a parent/student to mitigate escalation.
  •  Serves as the driver of talent by monitoring employee retention, forecasting staffing needs, and building/fostering a network of prospects.
  • Facilitates hiring process, including building a network of potential candidates, and creates and implements the onboarding planning for new hires.
  • Identifies and addresses performance and professionalism issues with clear, proactive communication and, when appropriate, support and improvement plans.

Building Team Capacity  

  • Assists with strategic planning and continuous improvement efforts by monitoring and evaluating key data metrics.  Gathers and submits relevant data as requested.
  • Guides teams in strategic planning:  identifies and paces priorities and strategies, delegates tasks as appropriate.
  • Oversees planning and delivery of team capacity building (professional development and coaching).  Confirms all staff has regular development opportunities that ensure professional growth.
  • Executes strategy by helping Cabinet members follow-up and ensures corrective action is taking place when progress is not on track.
  • Partners with the principal to revise/update policies and procedures in line with mission and feedback from stakeholders.

Budget, Compliance, and Partnerships

  • Facilitates contractors/volunteers onboarding, including appropriate background checks and signs off on policies/procedures prior to start date.
  • Reviews and signs contracts and MOUs.
  • Monitors compliance to legal protocols and network/school SOPs for specific teams (i.e. graduation audits, special education timelines, discipline protocols).
  • Ensures formal evaluations are completed for relevant staff.
  • Identifies legal/ethical issues, consults with SOPS and/or principal, and documents and monitors response.
  • Makes requests for budget and monitors spending for teams, creates budget requests, delegates spending responsibilities to relevant staff.
  • Participates in monitoring process with grants team and Manager of Operations.
  • Builds capacity through cultivating and maintaining external partnerships.

Required Competencies

  • Degree and Credential Requirements – Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as secondary education.
  • Proven Leadership – Leads, develops, and gets results for a team, department, and organization through qualities of integrity, accountability, empathy, humility, resilience, vision, influence, and positivity, ideally in a school leadership role managing professionals.
  • Communication Skills – Articulates thoughts and expresses ideas effectively using oral, written, visual, and non-verbal communication skills, as well as listening skills to comprehend others’ needs.
  • Organizational Aptitude – Plans and attends to details and pursues quality in accomplishing multiple tasks in an organized and timely fashion.  Exhibits careful attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Informed Decision-Making – Identifies and comprehends issues, problems, and opportunities; compares data from different sources to draw conclusions.
  • Information Monitoring/Reporting/DesignCreates, collects, reviews, and maintains information to manage or improve the achievement of learning goals.
  • Instructional Coaching – Provides timely guidance and effective feedback to help teachers strengthen specific knowledge/skill areas needed to accomplish a task, solve problems, or reach goals within their role.

Preferred Competencies 

  • Licensure – Possesses current Indiana Secondary Administrator’s License and/or a Special Education Teaching License.
  • Diversity Awareness – Works with diverse populations including people who have experienced barriers to their education.
  • Industry Standards – Displays a working knowledge of the Indiana Academic Standards, Common Core State Standards, and 21st Century Skills and knowledge of disciplinary literacy.
  • Preferred experience in restorative student practices and/or background in social, emotional learning approaches

Other Requirements

  • Background Screening – All candidates must pass a pre-employment background check.

Benefits: Full-time employees may participate in a comprehensive benefits program that includes:

  • Continuing education and leadership development as well as tuition reimbursement
  • Comprehensive health plan
  • Generous paid time off (PTO) and paid holidays
  • Sabbatical and parental leaves
  • Life, dental and vision insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability plans
  • Nationally recognized preventive health and wellness program
  • Section 125 pretax health spending account, dependent care spending account, and premiums
  • Retirement plan with generous match or contribution into Teachers’ Retirement Fund
  • Eligible for the Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program

Goodwill Education Initiatives

Goodwill strongly believes it is essential to raise education attainment levels in Indiana. Not only are the lifetime earnings of high school graduates significantly higher than those of dropouts, children of high school graduates are 50% less likely to drop out of high school than the children of dropouts are. Goodwill provides opportunities for adults (The Excel Center) and youth (Indianapolis Metropolitan High School).

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Charter High School

Indianapolis Metropolitan High School is a free public school offering a high school education to students in grades 9-12. Indianapolis Met is a best-fit school for students experiencing circumstance that may present a barrier to education. Our school places an emphasis on ensuring students enroll in college or enter into a career that offers a living wage post-graduation.

Indianapolis Met is designed to serve students who are experiencing circumstances that may become barriers to their education.

Job Type
Grade Level
High School (9-12)
Grade Categories
Administrator, Other, Support Staff
School Year