Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

Principal, Edwin Markham Middle School

Employment type
Full Time
about 1 month ago
Los Angeles


The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools in a non-profit organization created in 2007 to transform historically under-served schools and serve as a scalable transformation model for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the State of California, and the nation. The Partnership dramatically accelerates achievement for students in the district’s highest-need schools by operating a network of 19 schools (15,000-student enrollment) in Boyle Heights, South LA, and Watts. The Partnership is one of the largest public school turnaround initiatives in the nation. Since the network was founded,

Partnership schools have more than doubled their four-year graduation rate from 36% to 81% and have made gains every year on math and literacy assessments. The Partnership has also been a critical partner to LAUSD as an advocate for better policies and programs for high-need schools across the district. To learn more about the Partnership, please visit our website at


Edwin Markham Middle School is an Investment School (REED) located in the Watts community of Los Angeles, serves approximately 800 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. The student body is 78% Latino and 22% African-American, and about a quarter of the school’s students are English language learners. The Markham staff and community look forward to finding an inspirational leader with a strong instructional background. Highest priorities for the campus are continued implementation of rigorous Common Core-aligned instruction, using data to guide instructional decision-making, and building a culture of high expectations and excitement about learning throughout the campus.


The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools seeks a highly effective, transformational urban school leader to drive continued growth and sustain a positive academic culture and safe climate for children and adults at Markham. The Principal will be responsible for ensuring that all students have the tools they need to be academically successful, that all members of the community (students, teachers, parents and families) have high expectations for student achievement and conduct, and that academic performance improves continuously for all students. The Principal will be an experienced, committed, and entrepreneurial school leader who is excited by the challenge of school transformation and who has demonstrated success at dramatically improving student achievement at a high-need school. Below are the responsibilities and qualifications required of Partnership principals. The specific school community’s stakeholders, including school staff, parents, students, and partner organizations, will also provide their highest priority qualities and characteristics. These priorities will inform the hiring committee’s selection process.


The Principal will be responsible for success in the following key areas of the LAUSD School Leadership


  1. Leadership and Professional Growth
    1. Models learning-centered leadership behaviors
  2. Change Management
    1. Leads and manages change
    2. Develops a shared vision around high expectations for student learning
    3. Creates a culture of continuous improvement
  3. Instruction
    1. Provides support for teachers to improve instruction and build leadership capacity
    2. Promotes quality teaching and learning
    3. Assesses the performance of all staff
  4. Culture of Learning and Positive Behavior
    1. Creates and maintains a culture conducive to educator growth
    2. Creates and maintains a culture conducive to student growth
  5. Family and Community Engagement
    1. Engages families and community members as partners
    2. Communicates with families and community members
  6. Systems and Operations
    1. Manages people, time and resources
    2. Creates and maintains a productive school environment
    3. Demonstrates legal and policy compliance


The ideal Principal candidate will demonstrate the following qualities and qualifications:

  • Track record of positive impact on student achievement while in an administrative position; evidence of increasing student growth on standardized test scores and other indicators for all students as well as success in raising achievement for student subgroups
  • Passion for improving academic achievement and life outcomes for low-income students of color; a belief that all students can reach high levels of achievement with support from adults
  • Competent in the areas of driving for results, problem-solving, and showing confidence to lead
  • Demonstrates strong instructional leadership skills, with an emphasis on successful teacher development and extensive knowledge of the Common Core Standards
  • Successful classroom teaching experience in urban schools
  • Completion of rigorous classroom observation training preferred; it is highly desired that LAUSD candidates have completed the Educator Development and Support: Teachers (EDST) Observer
  • Certification and can show evidence of certification. Out-of-District candidates will need to enroll in this LAUSD training and obtain certification.
  • Knowledge of research-based best practices in the field of education pedagogy including curriculum design, professional development and assessments
  • Experience supervising implementation of multiple programs at the school level, including but not limited to special education, Title I, and ELL
  • Ability and passion for leading a diverse team of adults to high levels of performance
  • Inspiring leader, able to quickly build trust and strong working relationships with students, teachers, classified staff, parents and other community members
  • Strong understanding and implementation of positive behavior interventions and supports; experience with Restorative Justice preferred
  • Prior experience in a Reed Investment School preferred
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with blended learning models preferred
  • Demonstrates cultural competence; comfortable, respectful and humble when working with diverse populations (parents and students, teachers and staff, community partners, and others)
  • Ability to model an open and honest dialogue with all stakeholders; ability to have difficult conversations when needed in order to create the best working environment for students and adults
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Reflective, self-aware and open to new ideas and opinions
  • Spanish proficiency preferred


All minimum requirements must be met on or before the filing deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that documentation of minimum requirements is on file with the LAUSD HR

Administrative Selection Unit. For questions about submitting documentation, please call (213) 241-6886.

Minimum Requirements:

  • A valid California Administrative Services Credential
  • A valid California teaching credential requiring a Bachelor's degree and a program of professional preparation, including student teaching
  • At least 8 years of successful full-time public school certificated service, including:
  • At least 2 years of successful service in an administrative or supervisory position utilizing an administrative credential, such as a Principal or Assistant Principal position,
  • At least 3 years of successful experience as a teacher in a K-12 public school program
  • Two years of experience at an elementary, middle or senior high school
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Multicultural coursework (candidates have one year to complete)
  • District Master Plan requirements (candidates have one year to complete)


Total first year base salary ranges from between $114,990 and $143,402 – 45G, A-Basis, 261 paid days.

The Partnership may provide an additional one-time bonus for additional experience and/or performance.

To apply

For more information about this position, please reach out to Claire Brown at [email protected].

To apply, please visit and click on the position you will apply for.

The online application requires that you submit a resume, a cover letter, and that you respond to short answer questions related to this position.

Since Partnership school staff are all employees of LAUSD, selected candidates will also be asked to go through official LAUSD hiring procedures as well. The selected candidate will sign their contract with LAUSD.

FILING DEADLINE: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by 5:00 pm