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SY19-20 Commerce Assistant Principal

Springfield District


SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts

Closing date: April 30, 2019, 1:45 PM UTC

About the job

Assistant Principal

Grade Level: 9-12

Full Time Start Date: July 1, 2019



In the fall of 2017, the High School of Commerce (“Commerce”) entered into a year-long redesign process - bold, substantive and inclusive in nature – all to operationalize the community’s articulated desire for a more personalized Commerce experience that fostered college and career success. This redesign process – fundamentally student-centered, with existing educators and students serving as the lead drivers of the work – engaged in an extensive, nationwide discovery of the emerging and established approaches to realizing impressive results for students. This discovery lead the redesign team to put together a plan to launch a redesigned High School of Commerce, starting with a 9th Grade Pathways Program for 2018-19 and growing in each successive year.



Commerce is now seeking values-aligned individuals to serve as Assistant Principals committed to equitable instruction for all learners. The essential responsibilities for these leadership roles will be guided by the following two values:

  1. AGENCY: We believe that each and every Commerce student should be empowered to pursue their fullest academic and personal potential. We believe students’ agency to become their best academic and non-academic selves should be organized around rigorous personalized pathways - a four-year arc that prioritizes career interest exploration in a student’s 9th/10th grade years and application/deepening of individual career interest in their 11th/12th grade years. With student-driven personalized pathways, a student will own the setting and the attaining of their short-, mid- and long-term academic, college, career and life goals.
  2. RELATIONSHIP: We believe that each and every Commerce student thrives in a positive, welcoming learning environment that emphasizes intentional and proactive relationship-building. Supported through an explicit and universal culture of restorative justice - prioritizing growth and atonement over punishment and separation – a student will recognize the value of and play a leading role in developing interdependent relationships, with all members of the Commerce community working collaboratively in pursuit of this vision.

Therefore, all candidates interested in pathways team roles in the redesigned Commerce should be prepared to articulate how they have lived, or aspire to live, these values of agency and relationship in realizing the following:

  • Transformational Change with Your Students:
    • Providing access for students to new and tangible academic/non-academic heights, so that all of your students see themselves as empowered, goal-oriented learners.
  • Transformational Change with Your Mindset and Practices:
    • Demonstrating openness to growing your professional mindset and instructional practices in a deliberate and adaptable manner, so that you see yourself as an empowered, goal-oriented professional.
  • Transformational Change with Your Peers:
    • Exercising leadership and responsibility to peers in the pursuit of a common goal, with you seeing yourself as an empowered, goal-oriented collaborator.


Assistant Principals at Commerce are practitioners who believe in the values of agency and relationship, and who are committed to the three types of transformational change noted above.  Commerce is prepared – considering the centrality of these positions to the success of the school’s redesign – to invest substantially in the capacity of leaders to receive the training, coaching, and resources/infrastructure necessary to thrive.


To that end, Assistant Principals will engage in extensive professional learning, both as part of the larger school, with strategic departments, and in small groups.


The Assistant Principal experience at Commerce will be unlike any other leadership role in the following ways:

  • Explicit focus on ensuring equitable access to high-quality instruction for all learners and the deep cultural foundations to allow all students limitless growth
  • Work with intimate cohorts of teachers and students organized in community-centered “houses”
  • Extensive time and support for coaching, collaborating, and innovating instructional and cultural practices with teachers and peers
  • Extended time for ongoing collaboration within and across vertical and horizontal teams
  • Opportunities to develop meaningful relationships with staff and students through restorative justice practices, student- and staff-developed “X-Blocks” and celebratory events

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Master’s degree from and accredited college or university preferred
  • Appropriate administrator licensure from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 

Desired Skills

  • Experience teaching or supporting Special Education preferred
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred


SEZP offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Assistant Principals in SEZP qualify for benefits (personal/sick days, health insurance, etc.) offered to other leaders in the Springfield Public Schools.


Positions will be filled on a rolling basis; applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. Please contact with any questions.

Based on collective bargaining unit salary schedule

Employer: Springfield District

Posted 551 days ago