Feb 07, 2024

Assistant Principal of School Culture, Elementary

  • TenSquare
  • 770 Kenyon St NW Washington, 20010
Full-time Education

Job Description

Meridian is a PreK-8th grade school located in Washington DC’s vibrant U Street Corridor. Our mission is to inspire a passion for learning in our students and to help them build their self-confidence and self-respect through academic achievement. 

Our 650+ students are a diverse mix of African-American, Latino, Asian, African, and White students. Almost 30% of our students are English language learners, and we have one of the largest Hispanic populations in DC charter schools. We are committed to building a community of teachers and staff who reflect the rich diversity of our student body. Our middle school campus serves nearly 200 students in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in grades 6-8.

Meridian is committed to serving families from our local communities; and one-third of our students live within a half mile of the school. The U Street Corridor was once the heart of black culture in DC and offers a tangible historical archive for our students, and Columbia Heights is one of the most racially and economically diverse neighborhoods in the District. We are also proud of the fact that Meridian is a school of choice for parents— all eight wards of the city are represented among our student population.

Meridian’s strengths include two beautiful and historic campuses, with nearby outdoor and recreational grounds; state of the art technology for students and teachers; updated and aligned curricula; an academic program laser-focused on student growth, achievement, and social-emotional development; extensive professional development and support for teachers and leaders; and a school culture grounded in student achievement, collaboration, and student-centered learning.

Join us as we continue to take Meridian from good to great! For additional information about Meridian visit mpcs-dc.org.

The Elementary Assistant Principal of School Culture works alongside school leaders, classroom teachers, students, and parents to lead student culture across all grade levels. The Assistant Principal of School Culture provides direct student and teacher support and serves as the primary contact for families for all issues related to student culture, rewards, and discipline. The Assistant Principal of School Culture ensures students are motivated in a positive direction helping them become academically, socially, and emotionally successful at Meridian. 

Specific responsibilities for the Elementary Assistant Principal of School Culture include but are not limited to:  

  • Serve as primary lead for building staff, administrators, students and parents in working with students, creating a positive school climate, and helping students develop a positive sense of self.
  • Serve as a member of the Elementary School leadership team and set an example for professionalism for the rest of the staff to follow
  • Develop and manage positive behavior support systems and collaborate with school administration, teachers, school counselors, and families to implement them.
  • Develop and manage all positive incentives and recognitions (grade specific and school-wide) including honor roll, student of the month, and awards ceremonies. 
  • Develop, manage, maintain, and track individual student support plans to support students in meeting individual student culture goals including rewards, attendance, and truancy. 
  • Coordinate, facilitate, and implement disciplinary intervention steps, including PBIS, suspension, trauma-informed education, and community-wide processes.
  • Consistently communicate with families on academic and behavior related issues and document these communications.
  • Support the student referral system through Student Support Team (SST) participation and the IEP process by providing timely feedback, participating in meetings, and coordinating support documentation.
  • Lead assigned professional development for teachers pertaining to student culture.
  • Advise parents and/or legal guardians of student progress and achievement, and develop methods for improvement and/or reinforcing classroom goals in the home environment.
  • Foster student leadership, efficacy, and stewardship.

Safety and Security

  • Provide a safe and positive learning environment by actively monitoring students in a variety of educational environments, develop school safety protocols, respond to emergency situations, and resolve immediate safety concerns.
  • Devise, monitor, and manage all student supervision plans; provide student supervision for student check-in, breakfast, lunch, dismissal and school-wide events.
  • Support the school-wide emergency preparedness team meetings and implementation efforts.

Systems and Operations

  • Ensuring Meridian meets all goals and compliance requirements concerning student culture goals, family events, and attendance.
  • Collect, enter, and manage student conduct data.
  • Prepare and maintain accurate student records as required by the school, and submit such records for both internal and external compliance by established deadlines.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by school administration.

Ideal candidates will have the following education and experience:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college required; graduate degree in education or counseling preferred. 
  • At least five years of experience in a school setting as a teacher, instructional coach, counselor, dean, or school leader.
  • A proven track record of reaching successful student outcomes in prior roles. 

A recent TNTP Insight Survey of our teachers placed our staff’s satisfaction with compensation in the top quartile of all charter schools in DC. We also lead the charter sector in compensation transparency, and publish our salary scales for teachers, apprentice teachers, and dedicated aides here.

Meridian teachers and staff are compensated competitively for their time and have opportunities to earn additional income through leadership opportunities at the school level, offering extracurricular clubs and sports for students, and facilitating tutoring programs.

Do you embody a love of learning? Do you believe in the importance of educating the whole child? Do you want to join a collaborative team driving Meridian’s continued growth from good to great? Apply today! 

In accordance with Mayor's Order 2021-109, Meridian Public Charter School requires all staff to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or obtain an approval for exemption due to medical or religious reasons. 


Meridian Public Charter School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The School’s EEO policy prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.  Meridian PCS prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and will reasonably accommodate applicants with a disability, upon request, and will also ensure reasonable accommodation for employees with a disability.  Under this policy, equal employment opportunity is required in recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, termination, compensation, benefits, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment as required by applicable law.

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