Reports To: Chief Program Officer

Supervisory Responsibilities: Yes

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School's mission is to empower young adults (18-20 year-olds) to develop skills and connect to opportunities by fostering an environment of love, support, and respect for their whole person. Students graduate high school and successfully transition to college and career as critically conscious leaders, committed to positive change for themselves and their communities.


YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School provides an outstanding alternative education that activates the capacity of all students to learn, achieve and grow. YBPCS will be recognized as a model of authentic experiential learning, not only among programs serving out-of-school youth, but also among all high-achieving schools and youth programs in the country.

High expectations, a nurturing climate, personalized culture and rigorous real world learning experiences ensures that graduates are poised for life-long learning and career advancement. It is our vision that YouthBuild graduates will emerge as highly accomplished, self-sufficient, self aware and socially conscious citizens. Graduates will be energized about their futures and build support networks for their personal, social and emotional health and well-being.

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School will maximize its capacity to engage each student’s passion, tap into his or her individual potential and provide him or her with real opportunities for personal and professional transformation.


YBPCS’ values are deeply held and come from a love of humanity and a perspective that views each student as a community asset. The program’s three core values - respect, excellence and perseverance – are reinforced through all aspects of the program.

Impact Statement

Young people in Philadelphia who are disconnected will build skills and access resources and opportunities to achieve economic stability and personal development, and become critically conscious leaders within their communities.

Job Summary

The Principal of YouthBuild Philadelphia serves as the educational leader of the school and strengthens instructional spaces (academic, workforce and specialized services) to ensure they are meeting the needs of students and educators while also preparing students for success in their futures beyond YB.

The Principal reports directly to the Chief Program Officer and provides leadership and supervision to instructional leaders. The Principal will directly supervise the Directors of Curriculum & Instruction, Workforce Development & Specialized Services. The Principal will lead our commitment to providing proactive oversight of daily school operations while improving engagement and excellence in learning spaces across our school community.

Responsibilities and Duties:

The below section outlines the primary responsibilities of the Principal:

Instructional Leadership (in close coordination and collaboration with Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Director of Workforce, and Director of Specialized Services):

  • Perform observations with instructional staff (academic, workforce, and specialized services) and provide feedback toward our instructional framework - content, preparation, and assessment.
  • Support the development of the instructional staff by providing coaching and identifying professional development and instructional resources. Regularly meet and plan with program directors to coordinate the feedback, evaluation, support and development of the staff members on their respective teams.
  • Incorporate student voice and leadership into the school’s vision for instructional planning, delivery, assessment, and excellence.
  • Promote deep integration of academic, workforce and specialized service programming.
  • Lead staff to further recognize, codify, share and implement promising practices for student engagement across our school community.
  • Model successful engagement practices in staff planning, learning, and development spaces across YouthBuild.
  • Proactively support the integration of restorative practices within instructional efforts across the school.

Supervision & Leadership

Proactively participate in and contribute to: Program Team Meetings, Schoolwide Leadership Team meetings, Program Committee meetings of the Board (when relevant), and strategic planning efforts.

  • Proactively support progress toward clear performance expectations that are defined through individual annual goals (with Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Workforce & Specialized Services).
  • Conduct regular and consistent supervision meetings providing individualized actionable feedback and utilize work plans to provide direction with three directors.
  • Conduct rigorous, formal, bi-annual evaluations to measure progress toward achieving established goals.
  • Provide professional learning and leadership opportunities with team members.
  • Support three directors in the quality of supervision of their respective team members.
  • Oversee and lead implementation of our existing school health & safety program.
  • Positively contribute to the overall leadership vision and climate of our school community.

School Climate & Culture

  • Proactively lead and support communications around school calendar, scheduling, instructional hours, and related expectations for staff and students.
  • Contribute to relevant school wide initiatives for schoolwide improvement, restorative practices, and schoolwide culture.
  • Coordinate student handbook updates and scheduling updates with directors.
  • Actively participate in school climate activities (advisory, mentoring, community service, etc).
  • Actively contribute to restorative practices to proactively build positive relationships with students and staff members .



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; Master’s Degree preferred
  • Current Principal Certification (Required)
  • A minimum of 7 years working in a similar or related role
  • Experience with educational assessment and program evaluation
  • Ability to motivate staff through effective leadership, mentoring, coaching
  • Strong presentation, communication and interpersonal skills
  • High level of professionalism and customer service skills
  • Detail-oriented, with strong organization skills

Common Competencies

  • Mission driven to work with YB’s student body
  • Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office skills
  • Intermediate to advanced Google Suite skills
  • Commitment to social justice and racial equity
  • Demonstrated values that align to restorative practices
  • Demonstrated excellence in understanding and promoting instructional excellence across a school community of learners similar to YouthBuild students
  • Willingness to reflect on impact data and connect data with priority instructional practices

Clearance Requirements

  • FBI - Criminal History Report
  • PATCH - Pennsylvania Police Department - Criminal Background Check (and/or applicable based on State of residency)
  • PA Child Abuse History Clearance
  • TB Test Results
  • Act 24 - Arrest Conviction Form
  • NSOPW - National Sex Offender Clearance

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee.

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, medical condition, veteran status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.