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Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

Principal - Santee Education Complex

Employment type
3 months ago
Los Angeles

Launched in 2007, the Partnership is a nonprofit organization that serves 13,500 students across 18 campuses in Watts, Boyle Heights and South Los Angeles, California. The Partnership is one of the largest, in-district public school transformation organizations in the U.S., and is not a charter organization. Our priorities are supporting great school leadership, developing highly effective teaching, and engaging families and community partners. Over the past decade, our high schools have seen their graduation rate more than double from 36% to 80% and college acceptances have risen by 17 percentage points in the last four years from 32% in 2015 to 49% in 2019. Suspension rates across the network are at less than 1%, compared with 21% when we started our work. Learn more about us at https://partnershipla.org/.

Santee Education Complex is a Los Angeles Unified high school located in South Los Angeles, just minutes south of downtown. Santee serves approximately 1900 students in grades 9 through 12.  The student body is 95% Latino and 5% African-American, and about a quarter of the school’s students are English learners. The Santee staff and community are seeking an inspirational leader with a strong instructional background as well as a robust toolkit for managing operations.  Highest priorities for the campus are continued implementation of rigorous Common Core-aligned instruction, using data to guide instructional decision-making, continuing to build a culture of high expectations, college completion 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 students and adults at Santee.  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 Framework:
1. Leadership and Professional Growth
2. Models learning-centered leadership behaviors

  • Change Management
  • Leads and manages change
  • Develops a shared vision around high expectations for student learning
  • Creates a culture of continuous improvement
  • Instruction
  • Provides support for teachers to improve instruction and build leadership capacity
  • Promotes quality teaching and learning
  • Assesses the performance of all staff
  • Culture of Learning and Positive Behavior
  • Creates and maintains a culture conducive to educator growth
  • Creates and maintains a culture conducive to student growth
  • Family and Community Engagement
  • Engages families and community members as partners
  • Communicates with families and community members
  • Systems and Operations
  • Manages people, time and resources
  • Creates and maintains a productive school environment
  • 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 (prior Principal experience highly preferred)
  • 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
  • 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 email [email protected]


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
  • At least 2 years of experience at an middle or senior high school
  • Master’s degree from an regionally accredited college or university
  • Multicultural coursework (candidates have one year to complete)
  • District Master Plan requirements (candidates have one year to complete)


For all school based administrative positions, it is preferred that candidates be in the appropriate LAUSD eligible pool for the position or that they are currently serving in the class for which they are applying. In order to be placed in the eligible pool, candidates must successfully complete the appropriate LAUSD Aspiring Administrator Program.  Qualified applicants not in an eligible pool from within or outside LAUSD may be considered if fewer than five applicants from the eligible pool apply for the position.
NOTE: This position will be effective on July 1, 2020.

Total first year salary ranges from $123,986 to $154,645. Compensation comes from two sources:
LAUSD provides the base salary (between $111,160- $138,647, 47G, E-Basis, 234 paid days) and the Partnership supplements the principal’s salary for working a year-round school calendar (equivalent to the A-Basis calendar of 261 paid days). The Partnership may provide an additional one-time bonus for additional experience and/or performance.

Employees who have been issued a below standard Performance Evaluation, or Notice of Unsatisfactory Act(s) and/or Suspension shall be ineligible for application to any promotion process for one calendar year following the issuance of such a Notice.


To apply

To apply, please visit https://theapplicantmanager.com/careers?co=p6 and click on the position for which you are applying.

The online application requires that you submit a resume and a cover letter. 

Since Partnership school staff are all employees of LAUSD, selected candidates will also be asked to go through official LAUSD hiring procedures as well (does not include an interview; does include fingerprinting and confirmation of employment eligibility in California and in LAUSD). The selected candidate will sign their contract with LAUSD.

Applicants are advised that the selection process may be facilitated via a virtual platform.

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

Deadline:  May 29, 2020 – 5:00 P.M.