Assistant Principal of Specialized Services - Philadelphia - 2021/2022 School Year

Philadelphia, PA /
School Leadership and Support – Specialized Services /
Full-Time 2021-22 School Year
About Mastery:
We believe educational inequity is the most pressing social problem facing our country and the civil rights issue of our day. Mastery exists to help solve this problem. Our ultimate goal is to create a model urban school district that serves all students with excellence. We are organized around one driving mission: All students learn the academic and personal skills they need to be truly prepared for postsecondary success and able to pursue their dreams. To fulfill this mission, we attend to the whole child – academically and emotionally – matching high expectations for students with high levels of support.
Mastery Charter Schools is a nonprofit network of more than 24 schools serving over 14,000 students in Philadelphia and Camden.   We are the largest turnaround school operator in the nation and have been lauded by President Obama and the US Department of Education for our ability to dramatically boost academic achievement in historically low-performing schools.
We know neighborhood schools matter, all students deserve access to a great education, and the people in our building can grow and develop sustainably to make the biggest impact possible in this work.
Mastery's Equity Vision:

We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to achieving our mission.

We strive to be an anti-racist school district that eliminates the inequities in academic achievement that limit our students’ choices; that cultivates classrooms where every student is affirmed, supported, and held to high expectations; and that nurtures a diverse organization where students, staff, and families are valued, respected, and included.

This role is eligible for up to $8,000 in bonuses! Positions available in both Philadelphia and Camden!

The Opportunity:
Mastery Charter Schools is seeking dynamic and passionate Assistant Principals of Specialized Services to lead our urban school turn-around efforts in Philadelphia. The Assistant Principal of Specialized Services is directly responsible for improving the academic and behavioral performance of students with disabilities. The Assistant Principal manages and coordinates all specialized services including special education, counseling, and all other related services. The overarching goal is to help our special education students achieve breakthrough academic achievement and to ensure that the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) needs of all special education students are met with robust and rigorous strategies.

Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Manage the special education program for a school of approximately 600 students.
    • Implement, supervise and facilitate the Mastery intervention programs and curricula
    • Supervise and coordinate the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and 504 processes.
    • Supervise and coordinate evaluations and related services for students.
    • Coordinate and monitor the Mental Health services of partner organizations.
    • Chair and conduct manifestation determination meetings and other special education meetings.
    • Ensure the implementation of accommodations in the general education environment.
    • Ensure that student files are in full compliance with all special education
    • Provide leadership on the school’s Administrative Le Team.
    • Conduct informal and formal evaluations for special education teachers and other school staff members.
    • Support principal and other assistant principals in leading the school and creating a culture of student achievement.


    • Knowledge of teaching methods, curriculum, and education programs designed for students with learning, physical and behavioral disabilities.
    • Knowledge of medical and psychosocial issues related to individuals with learning, developmental, and/or emotional disabilities
    • A strong sense of personal agency and accountability for student achievement
    • A belief that all students should be held to high academic standards
    • The ability to communicate effectively with parents
    • Demonstrated professionalism and responsibility, and a strong work ethic
    • A positive, high-energy attitude and a drive for personal excellence

Education and Experience:

    • Master’s Degree in Special Education with at least five (5) years of urban education experience
    • Must be PA or NJ state certified in special education and administration

Physical Requirements:

    • Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as maneuvering in classrooms and office space-reaching file cabinets, filing, faxing, scanning, coping, typing, mailing, and making phone calls; Must be able to sit for up to two (2) hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard and mouse and typing.
Mastery Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. We offer a full benefits program and opportunities for professional growth.

UPDATE AS OF MARCH 2021 - Please review Mastery’s Back to School Plans here to learn about our response to COVID-19 for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years. For ongoing positions, Mastery roles are designated as in-person, with regular on-site responsibilities, unless otherwise noted.  As such, Employees must be able to support Mastery Schools’ academic plan and business strategies on-site – at a Mastery campus - as required.  

Exceptions to this requirement will be considered on an individualized basis.