Principal – Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy

Reports to: Area Superintendent 

Classification: Full-time, Salaried, Exempt 

Start Date: July 1, 2021 

Location: Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy, Los Angeles CA 


Green Dot Public Schools California is a non-profit network of public charter schools helping to  transform the public education system so that ALL students graduate prepared for college,  leadership, and life. Our schools are founded on an unwavering belief in the potential of all  students, and there are four key elements to our school model that help us unlock the inherent  potential in every student we serve: quality teaching and instruction, a college-going culture, a  focus on fostering leadership and life skills, and a focus on eliminating barriers to learning. We  have 19 schools and over 11,000 students across Los Angeles. Our schools are located in  some of the most underserved communities that have been denied access to high-quality  educational opportunities, and we seek to prove that it is possible to close the access and  opportunity gap that exists between low-income students and their more affluent peers. 

What differentiates Green Dot California is our intense focus on truly serving ALL students, our  collaboration with reform-minded unions, our work focused on large-scale turnarounds of  schools formerly run by the districts, and our ability to take on the toughest challenges with the  same public funding received by traditional district schools but accomplishing very different  results. Green Dot California’s results are undeniable. Nine of our high schools have been  ranked among the top schools in the country. We have three California Distinguished schools  and 3 California Gold Ribbon schools, and several of our schools have been recipients of the  CORE Districts’ Academic Growth Awards, which honor schools having the greatest impact on  student achievement. Additionally, Green Dot’s first turnaround, Alain LeRoy Locke College  Preparatory Academy, was named Charter School of the Year by the California Charter Schools  Association in 2019. 


We are seeking talented educational leaders with a desire to foster high levels of academic  achievement in urban middle and high schools. Principals are held accountable for delivering  student results in line with agreed upon goals. Visit to learn more about what it is like to be an administrator at Green Dot, and to view our Los Angeles locations. 


> Hire and develop school staff (certificated and classified) 

> Serve as administrator and instructional leader of the school, direct and supervise the  curriculum and guidance program of the school 

> Responsible for planning the master schedule of classes for students and for assigning  members of the certificated staff 

> Evaluate the performance of teachers and other school employees and coach them on their  individual development 

> Craft student discipline policies to meet unique student population needs > Direct financial and human resources at the school site 

> Responsible for school budgetary planning and business operations

> Work closely with parents and the community at large 

> Initiate and implement community support and advisory groups 

> Accountable for students’ overall academic performance 

> Available for contact with parents, students and staff to discuss student progress and  problems after class, at night or on weekends (via cell phone or in person) > Maintain work hours extending beyond school hours for other professional duties or functions  such as staff meetings, supervision of student events, etc. 

> Maintain professional standards and a school environment that is productive, safe and  focused 

> Participate in Green Dot and individual professional development 

> Participate in other events aimed at promoting or developing our organization and schools  (e.g., student recruitment) 


> You possess a growth mindset and love of learning 

> You hold a valid CA Clear Single Subject or Multiple Subject teaching credential or PPS  credential in School Counseling (or an equivalent out-of-state credential which is transferable to  California)  

> You hold a valid CA Administrative credential/Certificate of Eligibility (or an equivalent out-of state credential which is transferable to California), or are in the process of obtaining one > You have a minimum of 5 years of teaching or counseling experience at the middle or high  school level, with a history of improving student achievement 

> You have prior experience as an Assistant Principal, as well as other leadership roles (mentor  teacher, department chair, etc.) 

> You have proven management and leadership capabilities, as well as team-building skills > You have experience managing budgets, creating and implementing policies and  demonstrated ability in creating and managing systems 

> You have excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills 

> You have experience working in an entrepreneurial environment 

> You have a passion for improving urban middle and high schools and driving education reform > You are knowledgeable about bilingual education 

> You have the ability to establish/foster a positive and safe school culture  > You have experience planning and implementing quality professional development, as well as  with coaching teachers 

> You have experience strategically engaging stakeholders 

> You have experience with conflict resolution 

> You have experience in making data-driven decisions 

> You have experience and demonstrated ability managing multiple teams and resources > You have experience creating and monitoring strategic plans 

> You are dependable, humble, have a sense of humor and a rock-solid commitment to Green  Dot’s mission and the communities we serve  

> Bilingual (English/Spanish) is highly desirable 

> You will need to pass a TB test and background check at time of offer 

The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities  of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to perform the job. 


The annual salary for a Principal ranges from $115,000 – $151,565, based on experience. In  addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits plan including (but not limited to) medical, dental,  vision, life insurance and STRS participation, as well as the opportunity to impact a growing,  mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of all students. (Visit to learn more.) 


We ask that you complete an online application at Only those applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted, and we hire on a rolling basis.  We are looking to fill positions for a July 1, 2021 start date. 

Green Dot Public Schools has embedded a diversity, equity and inclusion lens in our organizational  culture, as well as in our educational and talent practices. We are committed to hiring those who reflect  the diversity of our communities, and we recruit, employ, support, compensate and promote employees,  without regard to their actual or perceived race, religious creed (including religious dress or grooming  practices), color, national origin or ancestry (including native language spoken), physical or mental  disability (including HIV or AIDS), medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics), genetic  information, marital status (including registered domestic partnership status), sex (including pregnancy,  childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), gender (including gender identity and expression),  parental status, age (forty (40) and over), sexual orientation, Civil Air Patrol status, military and veteran  status, citizenship, immigration status or any other consideration protected by federal, state or local law.  

Please note that we are unable to sponsor H1-B Visa applicants