Georgia Charter Schools Association

Chattahoochee Charter School – Elementary School Principal

About Us:

Chattahoochee Hills Charter School (CHCS) is a first-year, open-enrollment public charter school serving families residing in Fulton County, Georgia. CHCS, located south of Atlanta, is a recently approved charter school opening in August 2014 with grades K-5 for the 2014 – 2015 academic year. Commencing with 2015 – 2016 academic year, CHCS will add one grade level each year through the 8th grade. CHCS embodies student/teacher engagement and interactive learning, and will feature 15 students per class with a total enrollment of 270.

Our mission is to inspire all of our children to the highest levels of academic achievement through rigorous curriculum that integrates the wonders of the natural world. CHCS’s goal is for our students to cultivate the capacity to achieve a meaningful, healthy, flourishing life that embodies responsibility, stewardship, and experimental engagement with the arts, agriculture and environment in informed, imaginative, and rigorous ways.

Thus, CHCS’s focus involves a hands-on, thematic instructional approach, using the institution’s unique rural environment as a framework for student learning. At CHCS, students will select a thematic academic track—agriculture, environment, and arts—from which lenses the state and federal educational performance standards can be achieved.

Position Summary:

CHCS is searching for its Principal. This position is a unique and exciting opportunity to open and grow a new charter school, including hiring all faculty and staff and building a world-class instructional platform.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Alignment with an unqualified belief in the CHCS mission, values, and academic philosophy

  • Belief that all children can achieve academic excellence

  • A Master’s degree in Education or Administrative Leadership from a 4-year, accredited college or university

  • An aggregate of eight (8) years of appropriate teaching and administrative experience

  • A minimum of two years serving as a Principal of a school with grades K-5

  • Pass a criminal background check and other applicable background security measures

  • Be nice and sincere and possess integrity

Preferred Qualifications (though not required, the following will enhance a candidate’s application):

  • Experience starting and leading a charter school

  • Familiarity with Environmental Education, the constructivist approach to teaching and learning, and Environment as the Integrated Context for Learning (EIC)

  • Familiarity with the Georgia core content standards, grades (K-8)

    Standard Duties and Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

    The CHCS Principal is regarded as CHCS’s internal and external operational leader. S/he will be responsible for providing the instructional, operational, and administrative leadership necessary to ensure the success of the school. S/he organizes, administers, supervises, and evaluates all aspects of CHCS school design within the school and the greater school community. The CHCS Principal will be held accountable for the continuous growth and improvement of the school and its personnel and for increased student achievement.

    CHCS views leadership in terms of three distinct functions: instructional, business, and school culture. Accordingly, our performance standards for Principals, represented in this job description, are listed in the three below-indicated categories:

    Instructional leadership:

    • Provide leadership, direction, and support to the implementation of the school’s instructional and program plans

    • Provide instructional leadership in advancing proven teaching and learning practices; continue to ensure the development and honing of pedagogical strategies and classroom management techniques in order to create enriching learning atmospheres

    • Provide leadership in the formulation and annual adjustment of the school’s instructional and program plans

    • Supervise and evaluate staff to ensure quality instruction and student achievement

    • Ensure that continuous improvement is guided by student academic standards, school performance standards, and concrete data from federal, state, and local assessments

    • Ensure that continuous improvement processes address the achievement of all students

      Business Leadership:

      • Supervise and maintain all operations involving the management of the school, including school funds, district funds, payroll, purchases, inventories, and office operations

      • Ensure a safe and orderly environment

      • Establish and maintain a close working relationship with the local and state boards of education/trustees, the Fulton County, Georgia community, and other applicable educational platforms needed for the school’s success

      • Demonstrate a commitment to continued professional development, individually as well as a group

      • Uphold all school policies and procedures

Organizational Leadership:

  • Communicate the mission and vision that supports the goals of CHCS, articulate the school’s mission and values and model such attributes

  • Develop a plan for achieving the school’s mission and vision; achieve a common understanding with the school community

  • Foster a culture of and commitment to the school’s mission, values and learning philosophy

  • Engage parents and community in planning and implementing programs, including community use of the school site

  • Build on the strengths of staff; recognize continuous improvement

  • Support and monitor the development of all staff and implementation of program improvements

  • Possess and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit, being flexible, willing and able to play different roles at the school, and going above and beyond to meet the varied and constant needs of the CHCS community

    Reports To:

    The Principal reports to the Governing Board of CHCS.


    For this position, CHCS offers a competitive compensation package, including salary and comprehensive benefits. Our benefits package includes health, dental, vision, 401(k), retirement, and life insurance.

    To Apply:

    Interested candidates should forward his or her application package to Stephanie Walsh, Start-up Operations Manager, at The application package should include: (1) cover letter; (2) resume; (3) contact information for three (3) references; and (4) any other items that you feel appropriate to demonstrate your qualifications. The application closing date is June 30, 2013.

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    DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.