K-8 Principal, Christel House West

Christel House Academy West

The mission of Christel House Indianapolis is to create empowering opportunities through an equitable, rigorous, and holistic education for all students and alumni so they actualize their aspirations and develop effective leadership skills. Christel House Indianapolis provides a holistic human development approach that focuses on building strong character to complement each student’s rigorous academic foundation. By building meaningful relationships, Christel House staff empower students of all ages to achieve academic and socio-emotional success. Taking this holistic approach allows Christel House to truly support students’ life aspirations, and in turn transform whole communities. Through their College and Careers program, Christel House Indianapolis continues to support graduates for 5 years after graduation through post-secondary education and job placement, so they become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. Christel House Academy was originally organized by Christel DeHaan in 2002 and is the oldest charter school in operation in the state of Indiana. Christel House Academy South was Indiana’s first charter school to receive the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform’s “School to Watch” designation. Christel House Indianapolis received additional recognition as an Indiana Achievement and Breakthrough School and both Christel House Academy South and West have been named National Schools of Character by Character.org, the only schools in the state to receive this national distinction. We want you to help us fulfill our mission by leading our Christel House Academy West campus. This position plans, directs, and coordinates the academic administration of instructional and support staff to ensure the best possible opportunities for student growth and development and is the leader of school culture.

● Lead the academic work necessary to meet the academic improvement goals in our strategic plan.
● Foster a sense of belonging for all students, staff, and parents in the school in accordance with our diversity, equity, and inclusion commitments.
● Observe teachers in classrooms and examine materials to evaluate curriculum and teaching practices, and to determine areas where improvement is needed.
● Collaborate with instructional staff to develop and maintain curriculum standards and set performance goals and objectives.
● Enforce enrollment, discipline, and attendance policies.
● Confer with parents and staff to discuss educational activities, policies, and student behavioral or learning problems.
● Collaborate with the director and financial staff to develop annual budget needs.
● Plan and conduct staff meetings as necessary.
● Recommend and implement changes which will lead to improved administration, supervision and opportunity for student development.
● Plan and lead professional development activities for teachers, administrators and support staff.
● Coordinate and direct extracurricular activities and programs.
● Actively participate and encourage staff participation in parent-teacher and other community groups to develop understanding, cooperation, and respect for school objectives and endeavors.
● Recruit, hire, train, and evaluate instructional staff.
● Review, authorize, or disapprove all professional staff requests for instructional materials and equipment within the approved budget.
● Review and authorize all time sheets and payroll requests.
● Obtain information for parents when requested, promptly return phone calls and answer emails.
● Maintain compliance with state, federal, and local laws.
● Participate in Network and Board meetings.
● Participate in appropriate professional activities.
● Other duties assigned.

● Demonstrate preparation and skill in working with students from diverse cultural, economic, language acquisition, and ability backgrounds.
● Demonstrate experience with improving academic performance of students.
● Have experience with effectively utilizing restorative practices.
● Use data effectively to drive decision-making.
● Model effective, differentiated instruction rooted in student-centric, research-based instructional practices.
● Encourage and emphasize ongoing professional growth.
● Encourage parent and community involvement in the life of the school.
● Encourage and provide relational support to students & instructional staff.

● Master’s degree in education.
● Indiana Administrators License.
● 5+ years’ effective teaching experience.
● Experience in leadership and supervision of students of color and/or English language learners preferred.
● Documented success in teaching and achieving outstanding results.
● Ability and willingness to work collaboratively; maintaining cooperative and effective working relationships.
● Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
● Ability to report to work on a regular and punctual basis.
● An agreement with the mission statement and goals of Christel House Indianapolis and Christel House International.

● Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time
● Ability to reach with hands and arms
● Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds

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Elementary (K-6), Middle School (6-8)
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