Application Deadline: December 2, 5:00 pm

Jordan High School is seeking a highly effective, transformational urban instructional leader to drive change and dramatically improve the academic culture and student achievement. This position will be an Assistant Principal for Secondary Counseling Services, and as such the individual will provide leadership in the counseling and guidance program, as well as support development of the school’s master schedule. The selected candidate will have a proven track record of increasing and accelerating student achievement as evidenced by performance data, and will be prepared to lead the students, staff, and community toward dramatic academic improvement and success.

The successful candidate will be a committed and entrepreneurial leader who is excited by the challenge of turning around a struggling school and making a real difference in the lives and future college and career choices of low-income Latinx and African American students. S/he will have previously worked in similar schools and will be prepared to accept the complexities and challenges of working with all stakeholders to understand and educate students from this community. 


The Assistant Principal, Secondary Counseling Services will have these essential duties:
  • Plan and provide leadership for counseling and guidance program of the school; plan and organize allocated personnel services time to provide for individual and group counseling of students in the areas of educational, personal, and career needs; may supervise attendance accounting and reporting.
  • Assess instructional needs of the school; suggest curriculum changes, implement graduation requirements, and share responsibility for providing instructional leadership in curriculum development and implementation.
  • Collaborate with District and the community service providers to develop resources within the school to meet the needs of individual students; assist in making referrals and contacts.
  • Coordinate the identification, placement, and reporting of students eligible for Special Education, Gifted and Talented Education, and Master Plan Program for English Learners as assigned.
  • Evaluate the performance of subordinate personnel as assigned or delegated by the principal.

In addition, the Assistant Principal, Secondary Counseling Services will be responsible for supporting the principal in the following key areas of the LAUSD School Leadership Framework:

Leadership and Professional Growth
  • Models learning-centered leadership behaviors
Change Management
  • Leads and manages change
  • Develops a shared vision around high expectations for student learning
  • Creates a culture of continuous improvement

  • Provides support for teachers to improve instruction and build leadership capacity
  • Promotes quality teaching and learning
  • Assesses the performance of all staff

Culture of Learning and Positive Behavior
  • Creates and maintains a culture conducive to educator growth
  • Creates and maintains a culture conducive to student growth

Family and Community Engagement
  • Engages families and community members as partners
  • Communicates with families and community members

Systems and Operations
  • Manages people, time and resources
  • Creates and maintains a productive school environment
  • Demonstrates legal and policy compliance

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following qualities and qualifications:
  • Extensive knowledge of classroom instruction, pedagogy, teacher development, and instructional best practices; strong understanding of the Common Core Standards, instructional shifts and new assessment items
  • Extensive knowledge of counseling services, master scheduling, and the role of the counseling office in a comprehensive high school
  • Evidence of experience leading students and adults to increasingly high levels of student academic achievement
  • Inspiring leader, able to quickly build trust and strong working relationships with students, teachers, classified staff, parents and other community members
  • Passion for improving education and dramatically increasing achievement and life outcomes for low-income students of color; a belief that all students can reach high levels of achievement with support from adults
  • Knowledge of research-based best practices in the field of education pedagogy, including common core curriculum design, professional development and assessments
  • Strong ability to understand and implement instructional practices that accelerate student achievement for elementary students; understanding of child development and appropriate instructional choices for all grade levels
  • Well-developed understanding of the Teaching & Learning Framework as the common language for teacher development; ability to provide thoughtful and effective feedback to teachers through an observation cycle
  • Prior completion of the Aspiring Assistant Principal Program through LAUSD, if not already an Assistant Principal in the district
  • Certified as an observer with TLS/LAUSD preferred; experience supervising and evaluating certificated and classified staff preferred
  • Prior experience as a program coordinator and/or instructional coach
  • Ability to model an open and honest dialogue with all stakeholders; someone who is able to have difficult conversations in order to create the best working environment for students and other adults
  • Experience working with students with challenging behaviors
  • Strong understanding of Restorative Justice preferred
  • Strong understanding of second language acquisition and strategies, ELL compliance
  • Reflective, someone who is self-aware and open to new ideas and opinions
  • Ability to plan and conduct professional development for large and small groups
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and advanced computer literacy
  • Excellent human relations/customer service skills
  • Spanish fluency preferred

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE (In a public school setting):

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 more information about submitting documentation, please email

Required experience in a public school setting:
  • Five years of successful full-time public school certificated service
  • Three years of experience as a teacher in a K-12 program
  • No fewer than two years of successful experience in a middle/senior high school counseling office
Additional requirements:
  • Verification of COVID-19 Vaccination
  • 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
  • A valid California Pupil Personnel Services Credential
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Multicultural coursework (candidates have one year to complete)
  • District Master Plan requirements (candidates have one year to complete)

For all school based administrative positions, it is preferred that candidates be in the appropriate LAUSD eligible pool for the position or that they are 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.

40G – B Basis ($90,460 - $112,664) – 221 paid days
  • For an annualized employee who is changing basis during the year, this change may result in an annualized “settlement” (i.e., the process by which the District resolves an under or overpayment)
  • Selected individual may be subject to displacement due to budget limitations
  • For employees who change basis during the school year, this basis change may prevent them from earning a full year of service credit

Employees who have been issued a below standard Performance Evaluation, or Notice of Unsatisfactory Act(s) and/or Suspension shall be ineligible for application to any promotion process for one calendar year following the issuance of such a Notice.

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

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