Principal Fellow

Uncommon Schools

About the organization

Uncommon Schools is a non-profit network of 53 outstanding public charter schools in grades K-12 across New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Our mission is to start and manage outstanding urban public charter schools that close the achievement gap and prepare students from low-income backgrounds for success in college and beyond. We are accomplishing that mission every day, with a college graduation rate that is well above the national average and thousands of stories of our students and alumni achieving their dreams.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Principal fellowship provides a robust development process to prepare Principal Fellows to lead a school in conjunction with the Director of Operations. This Fellow and eventual Principal is a full-time employee, hired, supported, and, evaluated by the Assistant Superintendent. The Principal Fellow must have a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of four years of teaching experience and at least 1 year of experience leading or coaching teachers.

Prepare for Success
Leaders are born, sure. But those who become great principals do so through hard work and deep learning. At Uncommon Schools, we make that learning possible through a year-long principal fellowship. The Principal Fellowship year is based on a foundation of six core elements that are aligned to the competencies of Uncommon Principals. Each element is designed to build a Fellows’ capacity towards becoming effective principals. These include the following:

Evaluation and Feedback;
Fellowship Deliverables and Immersion;
Professional Development;
Reading and Discussion Groups;
School Startup Preparation; and
School Visits.



Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds, characters, and lives of students both in and out of school;
Demonstrate a strong record of driving exceptional student results;
Demonstrate strong data analysis skills;
Have the ability to provide high leverage feedback to teachers via classroom observations;
Demonstrate grit and personal responsibility;
Demonstrate high quality communications skills with multiple stakeholders including teachers, students, families, and colleagues;
Able to have difficult conversations in a respectful manner;
Committed to continual professional growth;
Demonstrate strong organizational skills, extremely careful attention to detail and follow-through
Minimum Education Level
The Principal Fellow must have a Bachelor’s degree.
Experience Required
4 or more years of teaching experience highly preferred;
1 or more years of experience coaching or leading teachers (e.g., grade level chair, content/department chair, Assistant Principal, Dean of Curriculum, etc.) highly preferred.

Application instructions

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