Application Deadline: June 30 by 5:00 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


Joyner Elementary School is seeking a highly effective urban instructional leader to drive change and dramatically improve the academic culture and student achievement. 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.
Reporting to the school principal, the successful candidate will be a committed and entrepreneurial school leader who is excited by the challenge of turning around a struggling school and making a real difference in the lives of low-income Latino 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 successful candidate will be expected to support the Partnership’s key instructional initiatives that focus on teacher development and standards-aligned instruction.


The Assistant Principal will be responsible for assisting the principal in the following key areas:

Shared Vision
  • Builds a shared vision for high student achievement and for college and career readiness
  • Promotes a culture of shared accountability
  • Effectively manages change and innovates to improve student achievement

Supervision of Instruction
  • Supervises classroom instruction (Curriculum, Content and Pedagogy)
  • Utilizes multiple data sources to inform teaching and learning and to evaluate instructional program outcomes
  • Manages performance of all instructional staff through rigorous and effective evaluations

Investing in Teacher Quality
  • Differentiates professional development opportunities to ensure growth for all staff
  • Increases teacher effectiveness by hiring, placing, and retaining effective staff
  • Promotes and supports leadership team and teacher leadership opportunities

Culture of Learning and Positive Behavior
  • Creates and maintains a positive culture of learning aligned to the school’s vision and mission
  • Models and sets high expectations for professional behavior

Family and Community Engagement
  • Engages families and community members as partners and values cultures as a resource
  • Maintains open lines of communication using multiple approaches to outreach

Systems and Operations
  • Develops, implements, and monitors a clear plan for school improvement and adjusts systems and strategy based on progress
  • Organizes school time effectively to support instructional and staff development priorities
  • Allocates resources effectively to support shared vision and school goals
  • Complies with legal and ethical requirements in relationships with all stakeholders and follows all applicable state, federal, and district policies, procedures and guidelines

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following qualities and qualifications:
  • 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
  • Ability to interpret data to inform decisions and develop action plans that result in continuous and sustainable student achievement
  • A true team player and culture builder
  • 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
  • Experience with CKLA literacy program desired
  • Experience with Eureka Math desired
  • Well-developed understanding of the Common Core Standards, Teaching & Learning Framework as the common language for teacher development; ability to provide thoughtful and effective feedback to teachers through an observation cycle
  • Ability to facilitate professional development that results in improved outcomes
  • Ability to articulate clear and specific expectations for teachers and staff
  • Strong and effective planning and organizational skills
  • A variety of experiences in managing school operations
  • Certified as an observer with LAUSD desired; experience supervising and evaluating certificated and classified staff desired
  • Prior experience as a program coordinator and/or coach at the elementary level
  • 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 desired
  • 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 desired
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 information on submitting documentation, please call email

Minimum Requirements include:
  • 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
  • Five years of successful full-time public school certificated service
  • Three years of experience as a teacher in a K-12 public school program
  • Two years of experience at an elementary school
  • One year in a non-classroom leadership position, such as, instructional coach or coordinator
  • 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.

38G - B Basis ($90,289 - $112,392) – 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

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