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:: Principal, Lyndale Community School ::

Academic Superintendent Office

Position Code:
30004502 - Principal, Lyndale Community School

Work Hours:
1.0, 45 wks

Application Deadline:

Position Description:


Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is seeking a passionate, visionary leader who assumes personal responsibility for all students’ academic success and who develops teachers and partners with students’ families and communities to lead Lyndale (PreK-5) Community School.


Lyndale Community School ( is a warm, welcoming learning environment that fosters academic excellence, engages the community, integrates the arts, promotes responsibility, and celebrates diversity.  The school, which serves students in Pre-K through fifth grade, is located in the Powderhorn neighborhood in Minneapolis.  Lyndale offers:  All-day Kindergarten • High Five (Pre-K) • Arts for Academic Achievement • Band • Choir • Talent Development and Gifted Education • English Learner (EL) Program: Somali, Spanish • Parent-Involved Leadership • Parent Teacher Organization • Special Education • Visual Arts • Vocal Music • Arabic Language • Community Partnerships

Candidates interested in becoming the principal at Lyndale Community School should familiarize themselves with reports and data about the school’s student population and academic achievement and input from the school community on the characteristics identified as important for the new principal.  Some key reports include:

Lyndale Progress Report (designed for families and community members):

2012-13 School Improvement Plan:

In-Depth Student Achievement Data via the MPS Scorecard:

School Community Insights:


The principal is a senior leader in the MPS system responsible for setting an ambitious vision for student achievement and leading the school community to realize the vision.  The principal strategically implements the school’s mission and effectively manages students, staff and resources to prepare every child to be ready for college, career, and life.

The principal is responsible for:

  • Leading instruction
  • Building a culture that prepares all students for success
  • Managing and developing staff members towards results
  • Organizing resources and stakeholders around a vision of excellence
  • Adhering to school district, state, and federal requirements


Leads the school’s instructional program to ensure that all students are college and career ready

  • Develops a shared vision for equitable results; sets aligned, ambitious short- and long-term goals; and creates an actionable school improvement plan (based on data and multiple sources of information) to ensure achievement for all students
  • Creates a sense of urgency to achieve goals and vision and takes immediate action to ensure early successes
  • Establishes and reinforces a school culture that regularly uses data and assessments to monitor progress towards goals and strategically adjust practice
  • Frequently observes instruction, reviews student data and work, and provides effective feedback and coaching on instructional practices
  • Leads implementation of strong, research-based assessments, curricula, and instructional practices, including Focused Instruction
  • Organizes and schedules time in alignment with instructional goals

Creates a safe environment that promotes equity, effective instruction and high levels of student achievement

  • Establishes a safe learning environment for staff and students
  • Inspires and sustains a school-wide culture committed to continuous improvement in pursuit of excellence
  • Engages parents and families in supporting their students’ learning at school and at home
  • Communicates regularly with staff to identify and address individual student needs and barriers
  • Creates systems and processes to foster a culture of collaboration, understanding, inclusion of diversity and mutual respect
  • Solicits and eagerly receives feedback from all stakeholders to improve professional skills

Effectively recruits, selects, evaluates, develops, and retains a high-performing staff members

  • Recruits and selects staff members based on evidence of a commitment to, and results with achieving, high levels of academic success for all students
  • Holds all staff members accountable for achieving ambitious, measurable standards of academic achievement
  • Conducts timely and effective staff member performance evaluations
  • Assumes responsibility for staff member improvement and establishes a professional development plan with clear goals linked to school improvement priorities
  • Fosters opportunities for staff members who consistently meet high academic achievement and professional standards
  • Takes action with staff members who consistently fail to meet high standards
  • Develops the assistant principal(s) into effective school leader(s)

Efficiently and equitably manages resources and builds an inclusive and collaborative school community

  • Creates effective systems and processes to align, obtain, allocate and efficiently utilize human, financial and technological resources to ensure staff and students have the support needed to succeed
  • Identifies and engages the key influencers and community resources necessary for success
  • Communicates effectively with diverse groups and community stakeholders
  • Responds to stakeholder concerns in a timely and professional manner
  • Advances school district policies, procedures, and initiatives in pursuit of transformative change within the school


Mindsets and Dispositions:

  • A deep belief that all students can and will excel academically
  • Initiative, persistence and drive to go above and beyond
  • Resilience in the face of challenge and a solutions-orientation
  • High expectations for self and others
  • Drive to continuously improve, commitment to using data, and openness to feedback
  • Confidence to lead with humility, authenticity, and personal responsibility

Knowledge of:

  • Student and school performance data
  • Mission and values of school community
  • Best practices in management and leadership (e.g., effective systems and processes to develop human capital in support of student learning, theories about leading change, etc.)
  • Best practices in curriculum, instruction, and assessment, including for special student populations (e.g., English learners, students who receive special education services, and students who are advanced, off track, etc.)
  • Principles and practices of administrative management, including strategic planning, budgeting, and contract management
  • Legal, ethical and professional rules of conduct

Skill in:

  • Developing an ambitious vision and setting aligned goals
  • Creating a school strategic plan
  • Executing plans and effectively managing resources to achieve goals (including planning, organizing and coordinating work of assigned staff members)
  • Strategic problem solving
    • Using data and evidence to inform decisions and ensure continuous improvement
    • Assessing and reprioritizing tasks, projects, and demands when necessary
    • Taking action to achieve goals and mission without day-to-day direction and despite ambiguity, obstacles, and/or resistance
    • Assuming responsibility for mistakes, while consistently following up with analysis and corrective action
    • Setting clear expectations and holding others accountable for performance
    • Engaging, motivating, and empowering others
      • Building relationships and communicating effectively with diverse stakeholders (e.g., students, families, staff members and the broader community), verbally and in writing
      • Collaborating and building effective teams
      • Hiring, evaluating, developing, and retaining an effective school staff
      • Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software
      • Ability to learn MPS, state and federal policies, procedures and programs

Education, Training and Experience:

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in education or related field AND a minimum of three years of K-12 teaching experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Successful experience as a principal, principal intern, assistant principal, or teacher leader, preferably in an urban school
  • Exceptional results with raising student achievement
  • Experience transforming a team or organizational unit
  • Multi-lingual


  • Applicants must possess a valid principal’s license
  • A valid driver’s license may be required

¨ Complete the MPS online employment application
¨ Upload a current resume
¨ Download the Principal Application (pdf | doc)
¨ Complete the Principal Application
¨ Upload the completed Principal Application in the “Cover Letter” section of the MPS online employment application
Note: If you are applying for more than one principal position, you may use the same responses to essay questions 1 and 2 in the Principal Application, but your response to essay question 3 must be unique to this specific school. (Please copy and paste your full responses to questions 1 and 2 into every application you submit so that your application will be complete and eligible for consideration.)

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Please contact Jason Loewe at with any questions.