Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts
Position: FOUNDING PRINCIPAL of charter elementary school
Organization: Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts
Location: Los Angeles, CA
The Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts is seeking a Founding
Principal to lead the school from pre-charter approval, through post-
approval start-up, and into the 2006-2007 academic school year. The
job would be part-time this winter and full-time by the spring.
LOS FELIZ CHARTER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS (losfelizarts.org)
The mission of LFCSA is to provide an arts-integrated curriculum and
an inclusive community by bringing together arts-focused
institutions, community-based organizations, parent volunteers, and
multi-talented teachers of both core disciplines and art-specific
domains. The school will open in September 2006 with 120 students
in grades K through 2 and then grow by 40 kindergarden students each
The main components of the LFCSA educational program are:
An arts-integrated, project-based curriculum
A constructivist, child-centered approach to teaching and
Coursework in visual arts, music, drama, dance
Diverse assessments that evaluate multiple intelligences
Character education and service learning projects
Partnerships with community-based organizations
Initiated by parent volunteers, we have formed partnerships with
several organizations and have an Advisory Board of experienced
educators guiding our start-up efforts.
The successful candidate will be highly organized, energetic,
knowledgeable about operational and financial issues common to a
school, experienced in creating and implementing creative
curriculum, and passionate about a school model that empowers
teachers and values arts-integrated and project-based learning.
Other desired attributes include:
Elementary School teaching experience
Precise and persuasive interpersonal, communication and
Relevant masters or equivalent education.
Able to organize and supervise volunteers and artists-in-
residence, and hold others accountable for work responsibilities.
Prior administrative experience a plus.
Bilingual/bi-literate Spanish a plus.
Demonstrated experience in grant generation and management
is a plus.
INSTRUCTIONAL LEADER: Hire, develop, support, and evaluate
all LFCSA staff to ensure high quality implementation of the charter-
specified educational program; seek out and maintain relationships
with partner organizations and model schools that provide support,
resources, and services to the school.
FINANCES: Develop and monitor the school's budget; create
detailed financial reports; manage payroll and benefits; manage
contracts with outside vendors, property managers, etc.; and file
reports with the district, county, state, and federal agencies, and
the IRS, as required.
GRANTS & FUNDRAISING FINANCE: Coordinate outside grant and
financial development efforts; work with LFCSA Board to implement
development plan; work with parent committees to implement
fundraising plan; maintain donor database and monitor follow-up
communication with donors.
COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS: Facilitate communication
among all key school entities, ensure effective communication
between the administration and the parent body; Manage public
relations and ensure good press.
STRATEGIC & LONG TERM PLANNING: Manage process for
determining priorities; Set development timetables and support
school team in achieving deliverables; Work with LFCSA Board in
finding and funding permanent school site.
STANDARDIZED TESTING: Schedule standardized testing; Order
test materials; Maintain security of test materials; ship tests and
analyze and post results.
TECHNOLOGY: work with LFCSA Board to develop and implement
technology plan to support administration and instruction; Serve as
liaison with IT consultant around maintenance and repair of
computers and network.
HIRE AND OVERSEE OFFICE MANAGER WHO WILL:
o Establish and maintain records and information system
database of student documents on registration, enrollment,
attendance, grading and parent volunteer hours; Obtain previous
student records and transmit records as requested to other schools;
Maintain employee personnel records; Coordinate fingerprinting
process for staff and volunteers;
o Generate reports, transcripts, report cards; Prepare all
required reports including CBEDS, Free and Reduced Lunch, English
Learners, Monthly Attendance; Monitor attendance and produce reports
as needed to help staff monitor and acknowledge participation of
students (could include daily, weekly, monthly, by term).
o Manage daily operations, facilities, safety, and
administrative processes at school site, including addressing issues
and problems that arise in a principle-centered, creative,
thoughtful and constructive way; following-up with constituents as
needed; and seeking outside support as appropriate.
OTHER: Performs other related duties as required and assigned
SALARY: $70,000-$90,000 commensurate with experience
APPLY: Please send resumes and letters of interest to