Assistant Head of School

Job Type: Full Time

About the Role:

As a leader at Breakthrough, you will be at the center of this work— coaching our teachers and driving decisions that will benefit our students. Here, you will be the driver of high-quality coaching instruction that enables teachers to develop and deliver strong content and to instill a lifelong love of learning in our students. You will work with teachers to be your students’ champion who believes all students are capable of greatness and achievement.

At Breakthrough, you will grow as a passionate and constant leader who thrives on feedback, enjoys regular one-on-one coaching with our Head of School, and nurtures a voracious appetite for professional development and consistent growth. You will cultivate school wide classroom cultures built on solid structures, communication and lasting relationships. Every day, you will contribute to the education of children who will go on to become college students and career experts we hope will return to our communities as the next generation of game-changers.

As Assistant Head of School at Breakthrough Charter School, your typical week would include the following, and so much more:

Develop and uphold Breakthrough’s instructional and cultural vision

  • Develop highly effective instructional curriculum and efficient schedule, in collaboration with the Head of School.
  • Manage student behavior and promote the social emotional development of students.
  • Model how to build strong, mutually respectful relationships with students and families and support teachers to do the same.
  • Drive fidelity of school culture systems across the school, including behavior management, attendance, and more.

Use data to drive decision-making in support of students

  • Analyze school wide data in order to design responsive student interventions.
  • Devise and monitor high-impact support plans for struggling students.
  • Track other useful academic data (e.g. homework completion rates); communicate progress to students, teachers and parents.
  • Analyze school wide culture data and make adjustments to ensure fidelity to common picture.

Demonstrate exceptional teacher leadership

  • Directly coach and develop a portfolio of teachers.
  • Observe lessons regularly and deliver targeted feedback to teachers.
  • Collaborate with grade/subject teams to plan units, lessons and assessments; regularly share feedback.
  • Provide frameworks and supports for teachers and Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
  • Model outstanding instruction for teachers.

Facilitate excellent professional development

  • Coordinate and manage creative, inspiring professional development sessions in line with school goals and priorities.
  • Direct the interim assessment process to ensure teachers are using current data to drive instruction; facilitate regular, meaningful interim assessment data debriefs with teachers.

Serve as an active member of the school leadership team

  • Participate in regular leadership team meetings.
  • Lead staff training at the start and end of school year and on professional development days
  • Work closely with the school leadership team to support efforts in character development and positive school culture.
  • Assist teacher leaders (e.g., coaches, grade team leaders) in developing leadership skills.
  • Model the Breakthrough professional and core values at all times; be a visible and highly engaged leader in the school community.

Skills and Characteristics

  • A commitment to Breakthrough’s mission, deep love of content, and an unwavering belief that all students can and will succeed.
  • Track record of exemplary instructional and classroom management skills, including meeting high standards for holistic student achievement.
  • High level of personal organization and planning.
  • Excellent communication skills with diverse constituents (teachers, parents, children, board members); clear writer, facilitator and public speaker.
  • Proven ability to proactively lead by example, effectively manage adults, and seek out feedback.
  • Team player: maturity, humility, strong work ethic, follow-through, sense of humor, willingness to respond positively to feedback and a “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude.
  • Mastery of and enthusiasm for subject matter.

Educational Background and Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year institution; Master’s Degree preferred.
  • At least 3 years of teaching experience with a record of high student achievement. Experience leading and managing adults.
  • If not currently certified, obtaining necessary state certification in specific subject and grade level.


Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. Additionally, Breakthrough Charter School offers a comprehensive benefits package, partnering with PEEHIP and The Retirement System of Alabama (TRS).

Breakthrough is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. You can learn more about diversity at Breakthrough Charter School here.

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