Middle School Principal

We are seeking an upper school principal to build upon the successes of our unique program by providing strategic vision and leadership to an expanding community of teachers and learners. The position offers an exciting opportunity to a forward-thinking educator and collaborative school leader to design and implement a middle school program that promotes a culture of equity, excellence and innovation and creates an effective instructional framework and learning environment to support the academic and social emotional development of students. We seek a flexible, focused and inspirational leader who has extensive experience working with adolescents in an urban school district, is passionate about project-based, experiential and arts-infused learning.

General Description: This position has overall responsibility for program implementation, instructional leadership, curriculum development, professional development, monitoring of interim and state assessments, hiring and supervising of teachers and staff, implementing a discipline plan and a positive school culture, with careful attention to the social and emotional well-being of all students. The middle school principal will also be responsible for resource management creating a middle school budget and allocating resources appropriately.

Reports to: Head of School

General Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership in the development and implementation of the middle school plan, including the implementation of a social emotional program and expeditionary learning.
  • Develop long and short-range plans, goals and objectives through a systematic process.
  • Recruit, hire, and supervise teachers and staff. Assign staff within the building to particular teaching or support positions.
  • Promote a positive and collaborative school culture.
  • Develop and sustain a climate of mutual respect between and among the students and adults who are members of the school community.
  • Foster good school/community relations by keeping the community aware and responsive to activities by working closely with the Communications Department.
  • Work collaboratively with each teacher in the implementation of an individualized professional development plan focused on growth, cooperation, and self-development.
  • Anticipate problems and initiate solutions to problems.
  • Provide leadership in student management, including student attendance, discipline, and student supervision outside the classroom.
  • Develop and implement the middle school budget.
  • Use academic and other data to make school decisions.
  • Prepare master schedule.
  • Plan, organize and supervise recognition programs for school activities.
  • Prioritize self-improvement and professional growth.

The middle school principal reports to the Head of School as does the lower school principal. Collaboratively, these three leaders create a seamless K-8 educational program that is integrated vertically and horizontally. The principals are provided operational support in the areas of: Human Resources, Purchasing, Facilities and Maintenance, Food Services, State Reporting, Grant Administration, Student and Staff Attendance, Admissions, and Communications.

Supports available to the middle school program:

  • Learning Through Music Curriculum Director (Expeditionary Learning)
  • Literacy Coach
  • Steward for Citizenship (Discipline, Social Emotional Learning)
  • El Sistema Music Staff
  • One other position to be determined by the Principal

Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities Required

  • Master’s degree and be eligible for Massachusetts principal certification.
  • Leadership and management experience in schools or a relevant sector.
  • At least 3 years of successful teaching experience in a middle school (preferred).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the current issues, principles, and practices in middle school education and the ability to apply them to the needs of a school.
  • Effective skills in curriculum development, instructional practices, interpretation of test data, and budget development.
  • Experience planning, supervising, and evaluating the work of teachers and other school-related staff members.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, parents, staff and the public.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

About the School:

Founded in 1999, Conservatory Lab is a pioneering Boston public charter school that fuses academics and music education in a unique, dynamic learning community with a thirst for excellence. It is the only music- infused public elementary and middle school in the state of Massachusetts. Serving students from pre-kindergarten through grade 8, Conservatory Lab will grow over the next few years to encompass 444 students.

Conservatory Lab is widely recognized for its innovative approach to cultivating student engagement, creativity, and performance, and to closing the achievement gap. Our two flagship programs, El Sistema and Expeditionary Learning, share an emphasis on inquiry-based learning that engages students through creative expression and structured collaborations with peers and adult experts. Throughout an expanded school day, a cadre of talented resident artists, all professional musicians, offer 2.5 hours of daily music instruction to all students from preschool through middle school. Students pursue musical excellence as they perform together as an orchestra. The orchestra acts as a model society that balances individual attention with collaboration and group achievement. The focus is not only on developing the child as a musician, but as a contributing member of a vital community.

Shaped by the principles and core practices of Expeditionary Learning, our academic program features rigorous, interdisciplinary, project-based leaning expeditions that cultivate a culture of high achievement and encourage students to take responsibility for their learning. Students engage in case studies, projects, and fieldwork that inspire them to grapple with real-world problems and to create high quality work that reflects original, critical thinking and a love of learning. Integrated music connections enrich the academic curriculum and often provide an interpretive lens through which students creatively express their ideas about a topic. The success of our novel approach is evidenced by the dramatic increase in state assessment scores over the past few years. With its diverse student body, representing Boston’s rich cultural and linguistic heritages, Conservatory Lab has earned the status of a Level 1 school- the highest performing category in Massachusetts.

Some facts about Conservatory Lab Charter School:

  • ·As of January 2014, the School operates at two sites – pre-K to Grade 2 and Grades 3-7 with a total enrollment of 312 students.
  • ·In August 2014, Grades 3-8 will move to a new temporary site. The total enrollment will grow to 396 students.
  • ·We are in the process of identifying a permanent site for the school that will house all grades. The estimated time for moving into this building is 2016.
  • ·Middle school enrollment (Grades 6-8) will be approximately 90-100 students.
  • ·School hours are from 8:15 a.m.- 5 p.m. This may change next year to 7:30 a.m.- 4:15 p.m.
  • ·Approximately 12% are special education students, 20% are English Language Learners, and 68% qualify for free and reduced lunch.
  • ·We serve 37% African American students, 27% Hispanic, 20% White, 8% Asian and 8% Other.

How to apply

To apply please send and/or email a cover letter and current resume by February 24, 2014 to:

John Chistolini

Chief Operations Officer

Conservatory Lab Charter School

25 Arlington Street

Brighton, MA 02135


Brighton, Massachusetts
Conservatory Lab Charter School
John Chistolini

25 Arlington Street, Brighton, MA, 02135, US