2022-2023 American Indian Academy of Denver Middle/High School Principal

$85,000 - $105,000 yearly
  • American Indian Academy of Denver
  • 1865 West Mississippi Avenue, Denver, CO, USA
  • Dec 29, 2021
Full time Education

Job Description

Status: Full-Time

FLSA Classification: Exempt

Reports To: Executive Director

Annual Work Days: 233


Our mission is to collaborate with students, educators, families, and community members in creating a school where indigenous principles and knowledge are placed in a 21st century curriculum to prepare all students to be college, career, and life ready.

Our vision is a flourishing community of students, families, and educators where students are supported holistically, secure in their cultural identity, empowered to become community leaders, and prepared to excel in life.


American Indian Academy of Denver (AIAD) is an Indigenized STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) public providing rigorous learning opportunities for 6-10th grade students. We are committed to creating a sustainable environment where students, staff, and parents are safe, feel they belong, and are actively engaged. All variations within the identities of race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, language, ability, nationality, tribal affiliation, immigration status, age, and class are honored; each member of the school community is deeply valued and provided with what they need to be healthy physically, socially, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.



AIAD is a mission-driven, community-based school looking for a Middle/High School Principal who, under the supervision of the Executive Director, is the educational leader and chief administrator of the AIAD; plan and directs the instructional programs and school plant operations; plans and facilitates staff, student and community activities; organizes, directs, evaluates and supervises assigned certificated and classified staff. Responsibilities also include school safety, student attendance, and student discipline and community relations.



  • Embody the mission and vision of AIAD;
  • Lead AIAD staff and students in achieving a Sense of Belonging and Academic Excellence through Cultural Identity, Meaningful Relationships, High Expectations, and Strong Whole Child Supports;
  • Directly manage the growth and development a subset of instructional staff;
  • Serve as an instructional coach for teachers through real-time coaching, regular observation and feedback sessions, data meetings, co-intellectual prep and additional supports in order to build capacity in others and ensure the instructional program achieves our ambitious goals
  • Plan and execute small group and staff-wide professional development sessions;
  • Co-lead AIAD’s Instructional Leadership Team and MTSS team;
  • Research and develop best practices for the school to leverage in areas where improvement is needed;
  • Analyze student achievement data as well as teacher performance data on a variety of metrics, both quantitative and qualitative, and use information to collaborate with leaders on short- and long-term planning to enhance performance;
  • Assist in coordination and management of all standardized student assessments and evaluations, including state assessments, interim assessments, and curriculum-based assessments;
  • Manage assigned aspects of school-wide operational routines such as arrival/dismissal procedures, lunch, transitions, etc.;
  • Develop, support and maintain a culture of high behavioral and academic expectations that ensures every child is in a position to engage with and learn challenging, grade-level content;
  • Consistently use school-wide behavior management systems that ensure logical consequences and restorative practices that are predictable and supportive of student development;
  • Take personal ownership of growth and development while taking and swiftly applying feedback;
  • Directly communicate with families and oversee other staff members in their family communications to ensure a strong and healthy relationship between school and home;
  • Participate in additional school-related activities including field trips, intensive academic support sessions, and other required programs as needed throughout year;
  • Develop deep and meaningful relationships with the local community;
  • Complete all administrative requirements before given deadlines.


  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Education, or closely related field is required; Master’s degree in Educational Administration, or closely related field strongly preferred;
  • Valid Colorado teaching, pupil personnel service or administrative services credential;
  • At least four years of successful elementary, middle or junior high school teaching experience (required);
  • Successful completion of an administrative training program and administrative licensure strongly preferred;
  • At least two years of demonstrated successful leadership in a senior administrative position in a public or private school (required), preferably in a high school as a Head of School and preferably working with a board;
  • English Language Acquisition (ELA) endorsement, advanced degree, or other qualifications that demonstrate ELA expertise;
  • Commitment to decolonized mindsets and practices;
  • Deep internalization of shared leadership model and co-creation processes;
  • Deep understanding of what it means to live as part of a marginalized group of people;
  • Great relationship skills and high emotional intelligence;
  • Fostering positive adult and youth culture that welcomes failure and growth mindsets;
  • Training and/or work experience in Restorative Justice and/or Positive Behavior Interventions and/or Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Best Practices


  • Competitive salary range: $85,000 to $105,000, contingent upon education credentials and administrative experience;
  • Participation in the Colorado PERA retirement program;
  • 100% of medical, dental, vision, and life benefit covered for all employees;
  • Monthly employer contributions to either employee Health Savings Account or Health Reimbursement Account;
  • Weekly personalized coaching and supports;
  • Potential access to signing bonuses and moving stipends.