School Principal: SOAR Academy

Job Locations US-WA-Tacoma
Posted Date 4 weeks ago(1/24/2018 12:00 PM)
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Seneca Family of Agencies is seeking a School Principal to join SOAR Academy’s school leadership team in the 2018-2019 school year. As a member of a trans-disciplinary school-based team, the School Principal will help prepare all students to be productive, contributing members of our increasingly global community and economy.


SOAR Academy is a Tacoma charter public school committed to providing an enriching and welcoming school community for a diverse student body from across Pierce County. First opened in the fall of 2015, SOAR currently serves K-3rd grade students and will grow to serve 4th and 5th grade students in the 2018-2019 school year. SOAR will continue to grow until reaching its full size as a K-8 school.


At SOAR, all learners are provided with a highly rigorous, engaging and personalized education, along with the individualized supports they need to thrive within an inclusive educational setting. Through the practice of culturally responsive pedagogy and strategic arts integration, we ensure students are developing the critical thinking skills and healthy habits of mind that are necessary for success in both school and life. 


“SOAR Academy has transformed the learning process for my son! He knows he can achieve his highest goals because at SOAR they not only teach the mind, but also the body, heart and soul. Dance was new and exciting for my son and he couldn’t be prouder of his work!”
—Founding SOAR Parent


  • Spend meaningful time within classrooms each day to develop an in-depth understanding of SOAR’s instructional design and to provide an exemplar teaching model for instructional staff
  • Use student academic data to drive daily and long-term instructional decisions
  • Building strong relationships with parents, students, and teachers to create investment around attendance, homework, school culture initiatives, and overall student success.
  • Guide teachers to plan lessons that reflect that they intellectually understand content at a high level
  • Provide regular, frequent feedback and coaching to teachers on lesson implementation to improve academic outcomes and classroom culture
  • Develop teacher skill around building relationships with students and their families and hold these critical constituencies responsible for outstanding academic and cultural outcomes.
  • Positively evolve and develop SOAR’s staff culture
  • Directly manage a team of teachers and oversee their instructional practice and their students’ academic achievement
  • Weigh in on decisions with the school design and oversight, including scheduling, staff recruitment and hiring, data analysis, and ensuring operational excellence
  • Identify, shift, and transform their own personal/professional working edges/challenges related to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion and supporting/challenging their staff in doing the same
  • Foster a compassionate, calm, safe and orderly learning environment capable of maximizing students’ ability to grow


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree strongly preferred in an education-related field from a competitive, accredited university
  • Three years of successful school leadership experience preferred
  • Washington State Administrative Services credential (or ability to obtain one) preferred
  • Knowledge and understanding of the needs of students from different cultural experiences, languages, abilities and background
  • Strong elementary-level content knowledge, and experience coaching or leading instructional practice at the elementary school level
  • Connectedness to and understanding of the Tacoma community
  • Ability to perform in a fast-paced, dynamic, team-driven environment
  • Excellent organizational, planning, communication, relationship-building, and presentation skills
  • Commitment to serving and caring for students with disabilities, those with trauma backgrounds, and English Language Learners
  • Fluency in a language other than English is helpful
  • Experience with school turnaround


  • Monday - Friday


  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive employee benefits package including medical, dental, vision and chiropractic benefits, and partially paid premiums for dependents
  • Employer-paid Employee Assistance Plan
  • 5 weeks of flexible Paid Time Off
  • 403b Retirement Plan
  • Ongoing scholarship, training, and professional development opportunities
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