Principal | Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

About Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools is the largest nonprofit charter school organization in Los Angeles, serving nearly 13,000 low-income scholars across 25 free public middle and high schools on 28 campuses. In our 14th school year, Alliance has a proven record of success: though our scholars come to Alliance on average four grade-levels behind in reading, 95% of Alliance graduates have been accepted to college—including 77% to a four-year university in 2017. We strive to truly change the life trajectories of our scholars and communities, with a goal of 75% of Alliance graduates completing a four-year college degree. We also value our people, illustrated by being in the top 10% of Gallup’s global Best Place to Work survey. Now is the time to join our collaborative community to make long-lasting change across Los Angeles.

Role Summary

Alliance is seeking outstanding instructional leaders and managers to shepherd its schools into the next chapter of even greater academic excellence. We expect our Alliance school leaders to possess a deep knowledge of great teaching and instruction, and to have demonstrated success in engaging and inspiring a school community to achieve high levels of student achievement. We want culturally competent and self-reflective leaders who understand the effects of race, class, ethnicity, income, disability, and other issues of difference and have personally worked in communities like Alliance’s to ensure that all students have an opportunity to succeed.

Our Principals enjoy a significant degree of autonomy and flexibility to lead their schools toward these academic results and to build engaged, rewarding work environments that retain the most talented educators committed to college and career success for all students. Alliance Principals also receive substantial professional development to continue to hone their craft, including monthly full-day professional development sessions, semi-annual network-wide leadership retreats, and ongoing coaching from Area Superintendents and a Director of School Leadership. Principals receive robust support from the Alliance Home Office to enable their leadership autonomy, including support selecting and implementing research-based, rigorous curriculum and utilizing assessment data to drive instruction, as well as back-office supports (e.g., finance, operations, HR, IT, facilities).

Essential Responsibilities

We expect our Alliance Principals to:

Instructional and Visionary Leadership

  • Drive instructional excellence by setting aspirational school goals and ensuring that teachers receive appropriate, targeted coaching and professional development to meet goals.
  • Prepare all students to apply to, enroll, attend, and succeed in college by implementing a college-ready curriculum and supporting instructional activities, and by using multiple data points and ongoing data analysis to continually revise and improve the school’s instructional program.
  • Supervise, coach, develop, and evaluate teachers via regular observations, feedback, and coaching as part of Alliance’s rigorous teacher development and support system.

Positive School and Community Culture

  • Create a culture of high expectations with a relentless focus on student achievement, college and career readiness, operational efficiency, and self-improvement.
  • Maintain a safe and positive school environment in which students thrive, develop and grow.
  • Develop a best-in-class work environment to retain and develop exceptionally talented staff.
  • Foster an environment of deep collaboration with families and caregivers, building strong relationships and encouraging their direct engagement in their students’ school experiences.
  • Partner with the Alliance Home Office to secure and allocate the resources and supports 

The Strongest Candidates Will Have/Be:

  • A belief in and alignment with Alliance’s core beliefs and educational philosophy to prepare students for the intellectual rigor of college and the skills required for 21st century careers
  • Deep understanding of the nuances of urban school environments and school culture
  • A proven track record of leading, managing, and coaching other educators to increase student achievement with a similar student population as Alliance schools in an urban or charter school
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse student populations and leading differentiated instructional support for special populations and different levels of learners
  • Expertise in building a positive and collaborative adult culture
  • Deep instructional expertise, including knowledge of Common Core -aligned instruction, developing student-centered classrooms, promoting personalized learning, and using instructional technology
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • An entrepreneurial spirit with an interest in innovative practices
  • Ability to thrive in settings with autonomy, independence, and high levels of personal flexibility
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build and cultivate relationships with adult stakeholders
  • A willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university.
  • Valid California teaching credential. Some Alliance schools require an administrative credential authorizing service as a principal or the ability to obtain this credential in California.
  • At least three (3) years teaching experience and two (2) years of school leadership experience.


Alliance is committed to being a Best Place to Work, where employees find meaning and joy in their work every day, within a culture of collaboration, support, and excellence. Alliance offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience, as well as a comprehensive health benefits packages, including dental and vision.  Alliance school leader base salaries are up to 15% higher than the local district. Alliance covers 100% monthly premiums for individual employees or up to $900/month toward family plan premiums.