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Head of School Position Opening

Position Summary

The Head of School is a critical member of the executive leadership team at Thurgood Marshall Academy. This is a full-time, supervisory position that reports directly to the Executive Director.  The Head of School is responsible for daily instruction, curriculum development, teacher observation and feedback, academic assessments, and overall academic performance at the school. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of teaching experience (preferably at the secondary level) as well as supervisory experience.

About the School

Thurgood Marshall Academy is a single-site, college-preparatory public charter high school located in Washington, DC’s historic Anacostia neighborhood. The school upholds Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall’s legacy of equal opportunity through our commitment to providing an excellent education for all students. Opened in 2001, Thurgood Marshall Academy prepares students to succeed in college and instills in students an understanding of democracy and advocacy for themselves and for others.

As a non-selective high school, Thurgood Marshall Academy is open to all DC students; we do not enroll students based on academic ability. The average ninth-grade student enters our school with skills three or four grade levels behind. In order to improve their skills and help students overcome years of accumulated academic deficits, all ninth and tenth grade students receive twice as much English and math instruction (90 minutes of each per day) as they would in a traditional public school.

For more than 15 years, we have provided a high-quality education to our students, and the school has been ranked Tier 1 each year since the rating’s creation by the Public Charter School Board. Our data demonstrate the success of our programs and impact on student achievement. In 2016, nearly one-third of students entered with reading and/or math skills below a 5th grade level. The following year our 10th grade students’ scores on standardized exams are higher than citywide averages. On the 2017 PARCC exam, 53% of students scored a Level 3 or higher in ELA (compared to 32% citywide) and 50% in Geometry (compared to 32% citywide). Furthermore, 100% of seniors were accepted to college at the end of school year 2016-2017 – an achievement the school has met since 2005 – with more than 80% of graduates enrolling in school within the one year of graduation.

The education students receive at Thurgood Marshall Academy extends far beyond the classroom. Enrichment opportunities include tutoring and law-based programs at the District’s leading law firms; recreational and educational activities with adult mentors; engaging afterschool programs; and service projects to improve our local community. Our athletes compete on teams in the Washington Charter School Athletic League and host opponents in our recently renovated, state-of-the-art athletic center.

Our expectation of excellence and our steadfast commitment to the success of each student are at the heart of Thurgood Marshall Academy’s record of achievement. Every member of Thurgood Marshall Academy’s first nine graduating classes was accepted to a two- or four-year college or university and received some form of financial assistance to defray the cost of college. The school has graduated over 400 students since its first class received diplomas in 2005; 100% have been accepted to college; over 90% attend college within the first year of high school graduation; and, 94% of alumni persist from freshman year to sophomore year in college.


Duties and Responsibilities

The Head of School duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing all aspects of academics for our single-site high school, including student performance assessments, curriculum and instruction, and professional development;
  • Ensuring the school remains highly competitive in the high school sector and performance across all metrics exceeds benchmarks set forth by outside entities;
  • Overseeing the creation and implementation of benchmark assessments that are closely tied to standards and the PARCC as well as making sure that standards for TMA classes are cross-referenced between DC standards and Common Core standards;
  • Analyzing assessments in a systematic way to: a] inform instruction in the classroom, b] inform professional development for teachers, and c] evaluate teacher performance;
  • Improving and integrating the law-related curriculum, ensuring that it is aligned to the standards and the overall curriculum;
  • Supervising multiple non-instructional staff as well as teachers, including conducting regular observations (formal and informal) of all teachers to ensure implementation of high quality curriculum and teaching;
  • Overseeing the faculty recruitment/hiring process and the hiring process for academic staff;
  • Creating and implementing new policies and procedures for academics and student affairs that directly impact student achievement;
  • Collaborating with other staff to prepare for all external audits and reviews related to academics and student affairs (e.g.  Compliance Review), manage the PMF performance process, manage all ESEA and PCSB requirements; and generally support successful compliance and operations;
  • Preparing and monitoring budgets for curriculum, professional development, and multiple departments throughout the school;
  • Fulfilling other duties, administrative and otherwise, as assigned.

Additional Qualifications

In addition to required teaching and supervisory experience, the successful candidate must have superior communication skills and experience managing complex projects.  The individual must demonstrate technical competencies in both Microsoft Word and Excel.


To apply, candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and educational statement to Richard Pohlman, Executive Director at (all files must be submitted in a single email and must total less than 5MB).  The educational statement should be brief (1-2 pages) and candidates should specifically address why they are applying to work as a leader in an urban public school. Please visit our website at to learn more about the school (including our non-discrimination statement) and this position.