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:: Aspiring Transformational Principal Academy Facilitator ::

Superintendent's Office

Position Code:
30023814 - Aspiring Transformational Principal Academy Facilitator

Work Hours:
Varies; See Below

Application Deadline:

Position Description:

SUMMARY: The Facilitator plays a central role in the district’s new Aspiring Transformational Principal Academy, an innovative program designed to prepare aspiring principals to lead change in the most struggling MPS schools and significantly increase learning outcomes and opportunities for all students.  The Facilitator is responsible for the learning, assessment, and development of a cohort of 6-8 program participants and for the success of the program as a whole.  The Facilitator supports the development of the program’s curriculum and the recruitment and selection of program participants.  He/she teaches full-time during the Summer Intensive and leads weekly professional development sessions during the school year.  The Facilitator also observes and coaches Aspiring Transformational Principals at their residency sites and meets with mentor principals to support and monitor the residency experience. 

For more information about the Aspiring Transformational Principal Academy, visit

The Aspiring Transformational Principal Academy is based on the NYC Leadship Academy program model.  For more information about the NYC Leadership Academy, visit  


We are seeking two Facilitators with availability to work part-time during the school year and full-time during the summer.  Below is an overview of the Facilitator schedule and responsibilities.


  • Part-time from January to May 2013 (approximately 30 days)
    • Curriculum development
    • Participant recruitment and selection
    • Facilitator training
  • Full-time from June to August 2013
    • Facilitation of the Summer Intensive
  • Part-time from September 2013 to May 2014 (approximately 2.5 to 3 days/week)
    • Design and delivery of weekly professional development seminars
    • Individual coaching of program participants at residency sites
    • Program evaluation and improvement
    • Participant recruitment and selection


Because we are committed to attracting the most talented and diverse candidates to this role, there is some flexibility with the time requirements.  If you have strong adult facilitation skills, experience as a successful principal, and a genuine enthusiasm to learn about and lead a very innovative, highly experiential principal preparation program, we encourage you to apply.



ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:


·        Participate in the creation and modification of problem-based, experiential instructional units and select materials (texts, videos, etc.) to structure student learning experiences

·        Facilitate in-class sessions (full-time during the summer and part-time during the school year)

·        Provide personalized written and verbal feedback on individual and group work

·        Visit, observe, and debrief with each participant monthly in his/her residency school

·        Act as a liaison to mentor principals in structuring the residency experience for participants

·        Evaluate participant performance, assess participant learning needs, and create support mechanisms to maximize growth during the residency

·        Assume responsibility for the learning and development of all program participants and the success of the program overall

·        Participate in program evaluation and improvement

·        Participate in candidate recruitment and selection


Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

Master’s Degree; experience and strong results as a school principal (preferably in an urban, turn-around school); OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.


Skill in:

·        Experience and strong results as a school principal (preferably in an urban, turnaround school)

·        Urgent desire to prepare principals to transform underperforming schools in MPS and dramatically improve learning outcomes for all students

·        Unyielding, high expectations for students, adults, and self

·        Deep self-awareness and committed to constant learning

·        Demonstrated expertise and results with facilitating/coaching adults with diverse backgrounds

·        Experience with and appreciation for problem-based, experiential learning and coaching pedagogies

·        Strong written and oral communication skills

·        Keen observation and assessment skills

·        Inspired to manage the ambiguity and discomfort of being a trailblazer in principal preparation and a public learner

·        Motivated to take risks and try new approaches

·        Comfortable with conflict in service of learning




A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required. MN State K-12 Principal teaching license preferred.



Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work.






Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready. Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.


Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.



METHOD OF APPLICATION: All applicants, including MPS employees, must complete an on-line application at (click on careers).In addition, upload an electronic copy of both your cover letter and resume to your application at the time that you apply. Make sure that you apply for the specific position in which you are interested. Only complete applications, which include all of the following items, will be considered:


- Cover Letter

- Resume

- On-Line Application


Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee.

Aspiring Transformational Principal Academy Application Directions
1. Download the Aspiring Transformational Principal Academy Application (pdf | doc)

2. Complete the application

3. Upload it in the “Cover Letter” section of the MPS online employment application

Letter of Recommendation Directions
1. Download 2 copies of the Letter of Recommendation form (pdf | doc)

2. Email the recommendation form to two professional references who know you well and can speak to the competencies and mindsets on the form

3. Instruct the recommenders to complete the form and submit it using one of the following three methods:
  • Email it as a pdf to
  • Mail it to:
    Stacy Strauss
    Minneapolis Public Schools
    Davis Center, N2-027
    1250 W. Broadway Ave.
    Minneapolis, MN 55411
  • Drop if off at the Davis Center front desk, ATTN: Stacy Strauss, N2-027