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Middle School Principal SP/ ENG


At ACE, we build optimism as a first step to lifelong success.

Since 2008, ACE has launched and operated excellent charter schools in urban San Jose with one goal: our students, by the end of their time in ACE’s middle and high schools, will confidently choose to be the first in their family to attend and graduate from a four-year college or university.


You are a leader with a proven track record of excellence in the classroom and leading a school. You are driven and relentless in your approach of instilling optimism and building college-ready confidence in students who have rarely, if ever, reached true academic success. You embrace ACE’s mantra of Grow. Everyone. Everyday. When it comes to our most precious resource, children, you are passionate and thoughtful in your approach. You have exceptional communication and follow-through with the highest integrity.


School Culture & Vision

  • Inspire students, families and staff to achieve mission of ACE by creating a joyful, structured and vibrant school culture;
  • Lead the staff in creating a school community where people feel known, important, and accountable for their role in helping ACE meet the mission
  • Consistently sets the vision for excellence, and provides opportunities for all stakeholders to reach that standard
  • Maintain a deep knowledge of the ACE Cascade and strategies, and ensure staff are constantly working towards ACE targets
  • Create a school-wide technology plan that effectively implements significant technology resources to differentiate instruction and support academic enrichment for all students;
  • Manage faculty and staff effectively;

Instructional Leadership

  • Build a culture of instructional excellence and constant improvement characterized by standards-based, data-driven instruction, collaboration, and a relentless focus on increasing student learning
  • Train the Academic Dean and Lead Teachers as instructional leaders to become exemplary coaches of teachers
  •  Hold teachers accountable for meeting high standards for student academic and behavioral performance;
  • Use data (internal benchmarks, state mandated testing, college matriculation) to analyze program effectiveness and identify areas needing improvement
  • Align resources so that curriculum development activities that provide opportunities for increased staff expertise and accelerated student learning.  Ensure resources are leveraged so that  Instructional Leadership Team can develop high-quality professional development
  • Participate in the formal teacher evaluation process.
  • Ensure all teachers have a Professional Growth Plan that is regularly updated and used as a tool for professional development.
  • Support teaching staff with suggestions and strategies to improve curriculum, instruction, assessment, and classroom management

Advisory and After School Programming

  • Through collaboration with CMO and school staff, ensures that advisory and after school programming receive the resources to be successful, and are aligned with mission and vision.


  • A deep commitment to the ACE mission, passion for our students and families.
  • 1+ years’ experience in a secondary school leadership role; preferably as a Principal or school administrator
  • Bachelor's degree is required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Bilingual in Spanish; conversational
  • Classroom teaching experience in the secondary grades (6-12), with proven track record of using data to exponentially increase student learning
  • An eagerness to set ambitious, challenging, and tangible goals, and a relentless drive to achieve


  • Salary: Starting at $100,000 and up to $130,000 DOE
  • Benefits: Competitive package including healthcare, vision, dental and CalSTRS
  • Professional development: ACE will reimburse up to $2,000 for mission-aligned tuition costs annually (BTSA, etc.).
  • Full-time; Non-Exempt


  • Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume through the ACE Charter Schools website along with your credentials. Your cover letter should include a narrative on “Why I want to work at ACE”.
  • Note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
  • Questions: Please contact Rodney Tabares at
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