Job Posting

Principal, Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander University of Pennsylvania Partnership School

February 27, 2020
Location: Philadelphia, PA

The Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander University of Pennsylvania Partnership School (Penn Alexander) is a high-performing K-8 neighborhood school located in the University City section of Philadelphia.  The Penn Alexander School, which opened in 2001, resulted from a groundbreaking partnership between the School District of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and the University of Pennsylvania.  Currently, the Penn Alexander School serves approximately 566 students from a catchment area that was established when the school was founded.

Penn Alexander School has earned a reputation for educational excellence and a rich learning environment grounded in evidenced-based research on teaching and learning that fosters the development of intellectual and life skills for our global society.  In addition, the Penn Alexander School contributes to the vibrancy of its neighborhood by serving as a hub for educational, recreational, cultural, and social programs for children and adults in the community.

Since Penn Alexander’s founding, the University of Pennsylvania has contributed human and financial resources to support the school’s educational programming.  University faculty members, principally from Penn’s Graduate School of Education, have provided expertise and support in a range of areas from curriculum to professional development.  The University also has committed to continuing to make an annual financial contribution of nearly $1 million annually through June 2021 to support small class sizes and support academic and co-curricular excellence.

The Penn Alexander School’s next principal will be a strategic leader with a record of outstanding performance and student success, evidence of a commitment to collaborative teamwork, experience with authentic and experiential pedagogy and a demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional growth and development for himself/herself and the school’s faculty and staff. The principal will be expected to:

  • Guide the ongoing development and realization of the school’s vision and the implementation of its core educational values
  • Execute and evaluate the strategic plan and its plan to improve and refresh its grounds
  • Develop evidence-based strategies for achieving educational excellence that are aligned with those of the School District of Philadelphia.
  • Sustain a culture that engages students, faculty, staff, and parents as partners in a cohesive community.
  • Collaborate with School District and Penn faculty in the design, evaluation, and implementation of its curricular and extracurricular enrichment programs.
  • Play a leadership role in ensuring the continued success and future development of the partnership between Penn Alexander, Penn and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.



Essential Functions

  • Promote high quality instructional practices that consistently allow for excellent instruction school wide.
  • Communicate clearly learning and development goals that reflect high expectations for learning and growth, a belief that all students can learn, and a commitment to meet the educational needs of each student.
  • Promote systems and a school culture of collegial and professional relationships among staff and students that promote critical reflection, shared accountability, and continuous improvement.
  • Maintain systems and a school culture for students and families that promote peer feedback, support, and collaboration.
  • Continue to lead the Equity Circle.
  • Provide professional development opportunities and feedback to faculty and staff, and evaluate their performance against clearly articulated goals and objectives.
  • Enrich relationships with the School District of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and other community business, cultural and not for profit partners.
  • Ensure the development and implementation of a comprehensive safe school plan that includes prevention, intervention, crisis response and recovery.
  • Manage the school budget and oversee the maintenance of school equipment, facilities, and physical plant.
  • Oversee The SchoolYard Plan.

Essential Competencies

  • Ability to engender support from staff, students and families for school’s vision.
  • Clear and effective interpersonal and communication skills for diverse audiences including students, staff and families.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to balance competing priorities and multi-task.
  • Demonstrated commitment to developing staff’s instructional and leadership capacities.
  • Ability to lead collaboratively and encourage teamwork and foster creativity and innovation to support excellent instruction and student development.
  • Demonstrate empathy and respect for the perspectives of students, staff and stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of policies and law affecting special populations, LEP students and students receiving special education services.
  • Model an exemplary work ethic with the ability to delegate appropriately.
  • Ability to leverage human and financial resources.

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited educational institution.
  • Ten years of full-time, paid, professional educational experience, five of which have been as a principal or assistant principal or other leadership position at the elementary or middle school level.
  • Valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania K-12 principal certificate.
  • Successful completion of School District of Philadelphia’s School Leader Application process for principals

To ensure full consideration, please submit a resume and letter of interest or apply through the School District of Philadelphia by April 3, 2020.