Principal- Indianapolis Metropolitan High School (’24-25 School Year)

Indianapolis Metropolitan High School

This is not an immediate need but will be for the ’24-25 school year.

The Principal heads up the school leadership team, setting the direction of a “best fit” environment for teenagers with significant barriers to education.  The Principal focuses on key school-wide duties including communication, strategic planning, continuous improvement, developing a positive climate and culture, team coordination, enrollment management, and liaising with internal teams.  Provides a hands-on approach to leadership in directing, planning, managing, and coordinating the educational goals and vision of the school.  Ensures that staff follows the principles of the Indy Met and the school is meeting the desired outcomes.  Supports and leads 30-40 staff members.  Works within a distributive leadership model to empower and develop leaders throughout the school.  Essential functions include supervision and management of faculty and staff, creating and maintaining a safe and secure educational environment for approximately 270 students, and managing the fiscal activities of the school.  The position works with the leadership of Goodwill Education Initiatives (GEI) in establishing school goals and objectives.  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 staff in setting priorities, facilitating meetings, and developing leadership skills.
  • Serves as the driver of talent by monitoring employee retention, forecasting staffing needs, and building/fostering a network of prospects.
  • Facilitates the hiring process, including building a network of potential candidates, and oversees the onboarding planning for new hires.
  • Leads efforts to monitor and continuously improve staff culture.
  • Identifies and addresses performance and professionalism issues with clear, proactive communication and, when appropriate, support and improvement plans.

Building Team Capacity  

  • Develops strategies, goals, and objectives for the school and manages the implementation of these objectives.  Participates in the development of overall educational strategies and ensures coordination across teams.
  • Leads strategic planning and continuous improvement efforts by monitoring and evaluating key data metrics.  Identifies and paces priorities and strategies and delegates tasks as appropriate.
  • Oversees planning and delivery of team capacity building (professional development and coaching).  Confirms all staff have regular development opportunities that ensure professional growth.
  • Leads communication strategy for internal and external stakeholders of the school, in collaboration with Goodwill Education Initiatives leadership.
  • Works with the school leaders to revise/update policies and procedures in line with mission and feedback from stakeholders.

Budget, Compliance, and Partnerships

  • Ensures formal evaluations are completed for relevant staff.
  • Ensures compliance with applicable laws and expectations from the IDOE, charter authorizer, Goodwill Education Initiatives, and other governing bodies
  • Identifies legal/ethical issues, consults with SOPS and/or official guidance, and documents and monitors response.
  • Develops and monitors budget and spending, reviews and determines budget requests, and delegates spending responsibilities to relevant staff.
  • Oversees enrollment management process and adjusts goals, strategies and budget implications as needed
  • Provides leadership in the development of new partnerships and/or methodologies in response to the changing needs of students and the community in fulfilling the organization’s mission.
  • Represents the school, as appropriate, in community planning and policy-making activities, including to the Goodwill Education Initiatives school board.

Required Competencies

  • Degree and Credential Requirements – Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as education and current Indiana Secondary Administrator’s License, or willingness and eligibility to obtain.
  • 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.
  • Industry Standards – Displays a working knowledge of state standards and postsecondary expectations for students.  Displays a working knowledge of current best practices to support student learning.
  • 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. Delivers information in person, in writing, and in a digital world.
  • 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.
  • Technical Knowledge – Has working knowledge of G Suite and MS Office.
  • Informed Decision-Making – Identifies and comprehends issues, problems, and opportunities; compares data from different sources to draw conclusions; uses effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; takes action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
  • Information Monitoring/Reporting/Design – Creates, collects, reviews, and maintains information to manage or improve the achievement of learning goals.
  • Instructional Coaching – Provides timely guidance and effective feedback to help educators strengthen specific knowledge/skill areas needed to accomplish a task, solve problems, or reach goals within their role.

Preferred Competencies 

  • Teaching Expertise – Plans and delivers instruction and evaluation of student learning, ideally for high school-age students in a high poverty, racially diverse setting.
  • Trauma-Informed Social Emotional Learning Expertise – Plans and delivers interventions to support social emotional learning and resilience, particularly among students who have experienced trauma and systemic barriers
  • Diversity Awareness – Works with diverse populations including people who have experienced barriers to their education.

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, Classroom Teacher, Other, Student and Family Services, Support Staff
School Year