Application Deadline: Friday, May 13 by 5 pm

Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary and Visual & Performing Arts Magnet
, located in the heart of Watts and home of the Champs, serves 450 students in grades ETK-5. Students have access to a wide range of in-school and after-school activities, and are supported by a loving community of adults. Community partners are central to Joyner’s service to students and families, including Children’s Institute and City Year. Joyner is also a part of LAUSD’s Black Student Achievement Plan network of schools. The leadership team includes three assistant principals, an instructional coach, a restorative justice teacher, a psychiatric social worker, pupil services and attendance counselor, and many others! Learn more at

The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools seeks a transformational elementary school leader who is committed to every student and family in Florence Griffith Joyner's Watts community.
Our Vision for Transformation:
We believe that the end goal of a school’s transformation journey is reaching Powerful Schooling. A powerful school is one where a unified staff engages in sustained, intentional work to create a professional culture where they feel affirmed, supported, and can thrive in their practice. As a result, educators ensure students experience joy as they learn and grow, in an environment where students develop a positive sense of their identity, where student voice is empowered, where culturally responsive pedagogy and practice is enacted, and where students and families see the school as a liberative force within the community. By enacting those things, a powerful school has high functioning systems, strong student academic performance, and a robust college-oriented culture.
Partnership network principals are responsible for meeting all obligations as described in the LA Unified School Leadership Framework, including building a culture of learning and growth, overseeing classroom instruction, managing school operations, engaging families and community, and owning the growth and development of adults in the school community.
Our principals are all part of a professional learning community that emphasizes instructional leadership and cross-school learning. Leading a school in the Partnership network means that our principals and their staff have access to our robust team of support-providers in areas from Literacy and Math instruction to school operations to teacher hiring to family engagement and community partnerships. You can learn more about our teams here!

Partnership principals belong to a tightly-knit network of like-minded transformation leaders who desire to learn from one another. All principals report to a Senior VP of School Transformation who supervises and coaches 4-6 principals, so each principal gets the attention and support they deserve.
Partnership schools are LA Unified schools, so administrators earn the same competitive pay, benefits and Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA) membership as in any District school, AND there are additional opportunities for Partnership school leaders.
Partnership principals have higher earning potential than for most
LA Unified schools, as our principals are paid to work the year-round calendar and may be recognized and rewarded for their impact and tenure.
There may be an additional signing bonus for administrators who join our network with significant prior principal experience and proven impact with students.

  • You have a deep belief in the power of our communities as well as respect and love for the students and families within the communities we serve, who are primarily Latinx and Black/African American
  • You believe in the Partnership's mission and core values of courage, creativity, collective action, and continuous improvement
  • You foster an anti-racist culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging for all
  • You are committed to improving academic achievement and growth for all students
  • You believe that all people can learn and grow, yourself included
  • You have humility and respect for the hard work of school leaders, fellow teachers, parents, and students
  • You possess an unmatched work ethic and the highest level of integrity
  • You seek to continuously improve you leadership practice through peer collaboration and reflection
  • You are relentless in your pursuit of excellence for yourself, students and teammates

More about the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools
Launched in 2007, the Partnership is a nonprofit organization that serves 13,500 students across 20 schools in the LA Unified School District (LAUSD). The Partnership is one of the largest, in-district public school transformation organizations in the U.S. We manage our school sites directly. We are not a charter organization and the employees of our schools are LA Unified employees.
Over the past decade, our high schools have seen their graduation rate skyrocket from 36% to 87% and college acceptances have risen by 17 percentage points from 32% in 2015 to 49% in 2020. Suspension rates across the network are at less than 1%, compared with 21% when we first started. Learn more about us at

All minimum requirements must be met on or before the filing deadline.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that documentation of minimum requirements is on file with the LAUSD HR Administrative Selection Unit.  For questions about submitting documentation, please email

Minimum Requirements:
  • At least eight years of successful full-time public school certificated service, including:
    • Three years of experience as a teacher in a K-12 public school program
    • Two years of experience at an elementary school
    • Two years of service in an administrative or supervisory position utilizing an administrative credential, such as an assistant principal or equivalent position
  • A valid California Administrative Services Credential
  • A valid California teaching credential requiring a Bachelor's degree and a program of professional preparation, including student teaching
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Multicultural coursework (candidates have one year to complete after hire)
  • District Master Plan requirements (candidates have one year to complete after hire)
For all school based administrative positions, candidates must be in the appropriate LAUSD eligible pool for the position or currently serving in the class for which they are applying. In order to be placed in the eligible pool, candidates must successfully complete the appropriate LAUSD Aspiring Administrator Program. Qualified applicants not in an eligible pool from within or outside LAUSD may be considered if fewer than five applicants from the eligible pool apply for the position.

COMPENSATION - 42G - E basis
Total first year salary ranges from $117,872 - $147,191.
Compensation comes from two sources: LAUSD provides the base salary (between $105,679 - $131,965 42G, E-Basis, 234 paid days) and the Partnership supplements the principal’s salary for working a year-round school calendar (equivalent to the A-Basis calendar of 260 paid days). 

Department: School Site Positions (will be employees of LAUSD)
This is a management position
This is a full time position

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