WHIN Music Community Charter School
Manhattan, NY
Leadership Position
$120K - $140K/year
Kindergarten - 6th

WHIN Music Community Charter School staff actively contributes to creating a school environment where all students are valued, supported, and challenged academically. They strive to create a scholastic environment that nurtures as it challenges, works purposely and in partnership with scholars and families to lay the foundation of a life-long learning process which enables students to master the academic rigors of college, meet the challenges and opportunities of 21st century employment, and be empowered agents of social change.

The Principal commits to upholding WHIN’s mission, instructional vision, and commitment to excellence. The Principal, who reports to the Executive Director, will work collaboratively with teachers, staff, and other administrators. S/he will partner with and support the WHIN staff in its collective commitment to foster a safe, joyful, and nurturing learning environment creating the conditions for students to thrive. Moreover, s/he will play a critical role in shaping the school's culture and impacting the overall experience of all stakeholders (scholars, families, staff, and community partners).

​​Why WHIN?

WHIN Music Community Charter School is the first school of its kind! Built on the principles of

El Sistema, WHIN is a place where children learn, grow, and make music together. At WHIN, we

are building a nucleo, a community where staff, families, and students work together to make a

powerful shift in public education that puts learners’ needs first.

Our Mission:

To provide our diverse student population with rigorous academic instruction, intensive music

education and a positive learning environment so that every student can thrive academically and


We believe…

● that all children deserve a high-quality education, with access to academic rigor, music

creation, and a holistic approach to developing character.

● that a collaboration with families ensures the greatest success for our learners.

● that restorative justice, inquiry-based hands on learning, and authentic learning

experiences provide the most effective environments for growth, success, and joy.

We are looking for educational leaders who are…

● looking to grow and prosper in a collaborative work environment

● excited about working in a school and neighborhood where diversity is central.

● committed to supporting students be his/her best in pursuit of our mission

In action, our mission looks like caring deeply about all aspects of our young learners’ potential. We make academics while also ensuring students’ character and personal growth. In addition to having music at the core, students also experience working together to create greater impact and communal success every single day. This approach extends to our classrooms where project-based, hands-on learning cultivates curious, creative, and hardworking learners.

WHIN is currently seeking a high performing Principal ready to help lead a unique school community where compassion, kindness, and curiosity drive each and every day.

The Principal at WHIN is responsible for:

Curriculum and Instruction:

● Providing instructional leadership that promotes positive student achievement

● Overseeing the effective implementation of a progressive curriculum and assessment calendar

● Delivering effective staff development including professional development sessions, observation

cycles, coaching and feedback, etc

● Directly supervising the AP, two Directors of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Special Ed,

and Director of Student Culture

School Culture:

● Working collaboratively with staff to inform the development of a culture and climate that

promotes and sustains student achievement and adult learning

● Ensuring that our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism is embedded in all

aspects of the WHIN community

● Creating and maintaining a culture of academic excellence, safety, joy, and rigor throughout the

school based on the principles of Responsive Classroom

● Working collaboratively with leadership, students, staff and families in the process of discipline,

decision-making, and addressing school issues

● Overseeing the execution of the schools Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports system

Strategic Leadership:

● Serving on the School Leadership Team to create cohesion between all aspects of the school

● Modeling WHIN’s Core Values and WHIN Ways of Being (collaboration, growth mindset, etc.)

● Implementing all school-wide policies, protocols, and procedures and monitoring them for impact

● In partnership with the Executive Director, leading short-term and long-term strategic planning

● Attending monthly Board and Committee meetings

Operational Leadership:

● Evaluating the effectiveness of staff, the instructional program, and instructional arrangements

● Facilitating and participating in regular school-based team meetings to review data to drive school


● Engaging in staff recruitment, hiring, and onboarding

● Performing other duties as assigned

Qualifications for the Principal are:

● Knowledge of supervisory teaching principles, practices and methods related to teaching

● Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, or other applicable area

● At least two years experience as a school leader and at least two years of teaching experience in

an urban school setting

● New York State School Building Leadership (SBL) certification or equivalent preferred

● Ability to organize and conduct effective training programs and to take appropriate measures to

assure their successful operation

● Experience working with students, families and staff from various cultural and linguistic


● Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

● Commitment to and proficiency in partnering with families in service of their children’s


● Strong organization and communication skills

● Ability to develop a positive, strong relationship with the community.

● Ability to work autonomously as well as take coaching as needed

● A sense of humor and kindness towards your colleagues

● Enthusiasm and excitement for your own ongoing professional learning

● Bilingual skills preferred

EEO Policy: WHIN Music Community Charter School is an equal rights and opportunity agency and

does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, ancestry,

marital status, or any other legally protected classification in its activities, educational programs, or

employment practices as required by Title VI, IX, and Section 504.

Compensation and Benefits: WHIN Music Community Charter School offers a highly

competitive salary and robust benefits as well as a fun and professional working environment

with ongoing professional development opportunities.

To Apply: Email a cover letter and resume to