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Founding High School Principal-Lodestar

Lodestar Leadership | Oakland, CA | Full Time

Job Description


Social justice movements come in all shapes and sizes.  Here at Lighthouse Community Public Schools, we are engaged in an educational movement that goes beyond our classrooms working to disrupt educational inequities by providing our students and families exceptional educational opportunities every day. Grounded in our core values of community, integrity, agency, love, and social justice rooted in EL Education Model, LCPS is a leader in fostering innovative schools achieving exceptional student outcomes where each child is at the center of their own learning. Our mission is to prepare diverse students for college, a career of their choice, and to be lifelong changemakers.

Founded in 2002, LCPS operates a high-achieving K-12 public charter school, and our K-8 sister site, Lodestar, that opened in Fall 2016; serving nearly 1,000 students in East Oakland. Lighthouse is a beacon for public education and our graduates fulfill the promise of a better, brighter Oakland.  95% of our graduates, almost all of whom are first-generation college students, are accepted into four-year colleges.  We were named the Hart Vision Charter School of the Year in 2013, and the #1 high school for closing achievement for low-income Latino students in  2016. If the work we do here at LCPS appeals to your values regarding quality education for all then please join our movement!  Learn more at


About Lodestar—A New Way of Doing School

Lodestar is an innovative, new school that opened in East Oakland in Fall 2016. Lodestar staff and families are excited by the possibility of transforming the traditional model of education to be student-centered and experiential. Our teaching pedagogy is built around:

  • Students belonging to an educational community that provides personalized learning

  • Project-based learning expeditions using Making/Arts/Design

  • “Just right” instruction in math and literacy.

This model allows our teachers to specialize in delivering either project-based interdisciplinary learning or small-group, multi-age math or literacy instruction. We opened our doors in 2016 with K-2 and 6 grades and have been growing since. In Fall of 2019, we will open the high school with our first class of 9th graders rising from 8th grade, adding grades until we have our first class of graduates in Spring of 2023. Take a look at our work and watch our lab in action here!



Lighthouse Community Public Schools (LCPS) is looking for an innovative, highly-motivated, and dedicated school leader to be the founding principal of Lodestar High School. At LCPS, the Principal is the instructional leader and holds primary responsibility for ensuring the high academic achievement of all students. Lodestar’s Founding High School Principal will have the unique opportunity during a planning year and beyond to shape the next phase of Lodestar’s innovative instructional model and design the high school vision for student-centered learning. The Founding Principal’s primary responsibility will be to design, launch, and manage the new high school’s academic program and develop, inspire, empower, and supervise teachers and other staff. The Principal is also responsible for cultivating school culture, including serving as a champion and liaison for students and families. The principal will be accountable for student and staff outcomes across 9-12, accelerating achievement for all students and eliminating equity gaps (with particular attention to students with IEPs, English learners, and African-American boys).  The Founding High School Principal will work in close collaboration with the existing school community and the CAO to design a high school that builds on our expeditionary learning model and aligns to our vision of college and career readiness for every student.

This is an exciting opportunity for an inspiring, innovative, committed, and equity-focused instructional leader who is energized to lead within a family of schools and passionate about transformational growth for yourself, the teachers, staff, students, and families you will serve, and our Oakland community.



As a strategic and visionary leader for equity, LCPS Founding Principals:

  • Inspire a shared vision of college and career readiness by making high-impact decisions, setting clear academic priorities, and developing strategic plans.

  • Ensure an exceptional education for all by articulating, fostering, and monitoring an academic program and by facilitating data-driven and equity-focused teams..

  • Encourage the heart by promoting and courageously leading a joyful organizational & school culture that attends to the needs of the whole child and adult.

  • Empower and engage the community by mobilizing families, students, staff, and other community stakeholders as partners to achieve our vision.

  • Enable others to act by ensuring processes and systems of development and distributed leadership are in place that result in the recruitment and retention of a diverse and high-performing staff.

  • Innovate and problem solve by exhibiting persistence, creativity, flexibility, motivation to make change, and the ability to imagine new approaches and opportunities for impact.

  • Model the way as a leader for equity through skilled and culturally competent collaboration, communication, and relationship-building.

  • Embody LCPS’ core values of community, integrity, love, social justice, and agency

  • Bring passion to the founding of a new school as a dependable, organized, solutions-oriented, and optimistic founding leader committed to both starting up and staying.



Planning Year

During the planning year from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019, the Founding Principal will work in partnership with the Lodestar community and under the direction of the Chief Academic Officer to:

  • Guide the development of the high school vision and academic program building on the unique design principles of the Lodestar K-8 model combining personalized and self-directed learning with interdisciplinary project-based learning opportunities;

  • Develop authentic curriculum, assessment, and learning systems to be used by founding staff;

  • Hire skilled and diverse instructional and non-instructional staff for the 2019-2020 opening;

  • Develop school policies, systems, and structures;

  • Support student and family recruitment & outreach efforts to ensure the school opens with 9th grade fully enrolled in fall of 2019;

  • Plan and lead professional learning and team building experiences for founding staff, including a summer institute.

  • Strategically engage in professional learning experiences including participation in a design fellowship through Educate78 to inform Lodestar high school design (some travel required).


School Opening and Beyond

Beginning in the Fall of 2019, core responsibilities for Lodestar’s High School Founding Principal include:

Recruit, onboard, supervise, develop and support instructional staff

  • Build a strong, collaborative, equity-focused adult learning community 9-12, including hiring, developing, and retaining excellent teachers and staff to serve our students and families;

  • Supervise, observe, coach, evaluate, and develop the instructional staff utilizing knowledge of adult learning theory and in alignment with LCPS Instructional Stances and LCPS Framework for Transformational Teaching;

  • Nurture distributed leadership in support of the school’s mission and continued growth and sustainability.


Management & Monitoring of Academic Programs & Student Outcomes

  • Serve as the visionary and manager for the academic and professional programs for the school ensuring that all student are college and career ready and meet the outcomes in the LCPS Graduate Profile.

  • Assume responsibility for evaluating student learning: supervise the collection, analysis, and utilization of key data to improve learning and engagement for all students.  

  • Ensure in-class and out-of-class interventions are effective and matched with student needs, resulting in equitable outcomes for all students;

  • Work closely with Director of Finance to ensure school operates within budget.

  • Oversee retention and passage processes working to close gaps in students' successful passage and graduation.


School Culture Builder

  • Collaboratively develop systems & structures to promote a strong school culture in service of the school mission with staff, students, and families;

  • Build strong relationships with students, families, and the community.

  • Apply restorative school practices and policies in resolving conflicts in the  school community..


K-12 Systems and Vision Holder & Collaborator

  • Collaborate with K-8 principal and other instructional leaders as appropriate in decisions and resource allocation impacting the whole Lodestar K-12 community or where alignment of systems and processes is especially important.


Leadership Development and Reflection

  • Model holding a learner-driven stance for own professional learning.

  • Engage in regular collaboration, learning, and development through coaching, co-principal meetings, and one-on-one check-ins with CAO.



  • At least 5-7 years of successful secondary classroom teaching and school leadership experience, required

  • Experience teaching/leading in urban education serving students of color from low-income backgrounds

  • MA in education or related field, required; administrative credential, preferred

  • Supervisory & management experience, including coaching and evaluation of teachers,

  • Knowledge of learner-centered curriculum, instruction, and assessment,

  • Experience working in Oakland schools preferred and charter school experience, a plus,

  • EL Education experience, a plus.

  • Spanish fluency preferred,



This position reports to: Chief Academic Officer (CAO).



This position is a a full-time salaried exempt 12-month position that follows the 220-day school year and summer schedule. Includes approximately 5 weeks of paid holidays/breaks during the school year in addition to 10 days of vacation time during the summer. Start date is July 1, 2018 with some paid time in the spring to provide opportunities to engage with stakeholders and work with the leadership team prior to fully coming onboard in summer 2018.



Commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package and generous time off and vacation policies.


People of color and bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Interested candidates should submit:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter describing your interest in this position and why you are an optimal fit

  • 4-5 references with Name, Email, Phone Number and Title/nature of working relationship


Application submission screening and initial phone interviews will be completed on a rolling basis.  In-person interviews and performance tasks will take place on-site.   

Lighthouse Community Public School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels.