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Job Starting Date: July 1st, 2023 (2023-24 School Year)

City: Durango

Location: Colorado

Country: United States

Primary Category: Education Administration

Type of Position: Full-Time

Salary Range: $75,000 - $99,000

Benefits: full health, dental, vision and life insurance paid 100I % by the school. The position has a bonus structure in addition to the salary.

Education requirement: Master’s Degree or higher and currently certified in the state of Colorado as a school Principal


Mountain Middle School (MMS) is currently recruiting for the position of assistant head of school for the 2022-23 school year. Accredited with Distinction, and expanding our 4th and 5th grades for the next school year, Mountain Middle School is seeking an assistant head of school to join our leadership team. Do you have the skills to be a leader at our wonderful school?

Our Vision
To be a distinguished educational community leader that empowers students to own their future.

Our Mission:

Within a safe and supportive culture, Mountain Middle School integrates technology and project-based learning into a rigorous curriculum that prepares students to achieve their highest academic and social potential.

MMS was founded in 2010, is authorized by the Charter School Institute (CSI), and is one of two independent public charter schools in La Plata County, Colorado. MMS serves approximately 300 full time students in grades 4th through 8th grade. We also have a thriving homeschool program that is expanding each year. As an independent charter school, MMS is able to take a creative approach to curriculum content by designing project based instructional experiences that intrinsically motivate students to succeed. The school has gone to a lottery every year since inception with a wait list growing each year. The school is currently completing construction on the new building that will include the newly expanded 4th and 5th grades along with a state of the art digital makerspace, art studio and rooftop classroom. MMS believes that every child has within them the possibility for greatness, which will be nurtured through a learning environment that is provocative, stimulating, interactive, inspirational, thought-provoking, challenging and bold!

In our pursuit of excellence, we share a collective responsibility for the success of Mountain Middle School. We embrace the support and challenges that come with being part of a team. We stay focused on the critical path of holding each other accountable to our norms. We walk our talk. We stand together in creating an innovative and open community that inspires transformation. We lean into discomfort and ideological conflict. We have each other’s backs and build trusting relationships. We embrace taking creative academic risks and support each other during our struggles. We trust and empower one another to find shared meaning through passionate learning.


Reliable/Organized/Steadfast/Hardworking: Gets things done steadily and on schedule by honoring commitments, deadlines and results. Is comfortable with ideological conflict.

Integrity/Honesty: Doesn’t cut corners ethically, says what they will do and does what they say, earns trust and maintains confidence, does what is right, speaks truthfully, their word is their bond.

Loyalty/Team Chemistry: Reaches out to peers to spread positivity and cooperates to establish collaborative working relationships and positive work environment.

Positive Attitude/Enthusiasm: Displays a can do attitude, a passion and excitement for working with students, parents, and teachers.

High Standards of Excellence: Expects personal performance and team performance to be nothing short of the best. Will hold staff accountable for excellence by building trusting relationships.


School Leadership

Serves as the assistant to our Head of School in creating a successful, unified, and comprehensive educational program and experience for all grades;
Conducts formal evaluations and improvement plans of staff;
Leads our Special Education department and inclusion efforts as well as our MTSS process;
Facilitates the resolution of any problems that might arise among teachers, students, and parents by overseeing our SPED department, nurse and school counselor;
Conducts instructional coaching aligned with PBL best practices and state standards;
Serves as our assessment coordinator for iReady and CMAS;
Serves on the school leadership team;
Leads our School Accountability Committee/SAC;


Leads in the administration and analysis of all mandated student assessments;
Prepares appropriate and required accountability reports;
Updates and works with the Head of School to achieve targeted improvements/UIP;
Ensures that instruction and assessment are in a manner consistent with the School’s mission and vision during teacher evaluations and improvement plans;
Uses data effectively to monitor and evaluate student progress in assisting in drafting the annual unified improvement plan;

Learning Environment

Creates a positive and supportive school culture of excitement, high expectations, high performance, and accountability among students and teachers;
Supports teacher efforts to design and implement activities and programs to promote curriculum and project development aligned to state standards;
Fosters a climate of excellence, innovation and creativity during instructional coaching cycles;


Stays current in and demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of effective, research-based PBL practices to improve student achievement by leading staff PD and assist staff with project ideation and project tuning sessions;
Ensures the development, evaluation, mapping and implementation of the 4th-8th grade project based learning curriculum and vertical alignment;
Develops, implements, and maintains standards and benchmarks for the school,
4th-8th grade, that meet or exceed the Colorado Department of Education state standards;

Evaluates co-teaching, differentiation, assessments, and teacher leaders across all grades;


Interacts with school community members to build supportive relationships;
Fosters communication and collaboration among staff, parents, and students to support school goals with writing bi-monthly school newsletters, website updates, press releases and meetings;
Encourages participation from all stakeholders in school programs and activities;
Leads school tours with prospective families and attends school events as necessary.

Human Resources

Administers written teacher feedback and evaluations for 4th-8th grades;
Assists in preparing professional development for teachers;
Manages all paid time off requests and sick leave for staff along with any substitute teachers needed for daily coverage when staff are absent;
Assists in recruiting and hiring needs of new teachers and administrative assistants.

General Management

Prepares reports for the Head of School, Board of Directors, Charter School Institute, and the Colorado Department of Education;
Supports fulfillment of the School’s mission by implementing and enforcing policies established by the Board of Directors and by recommending new and revised policies and procedures;
Ensures that policies and practices of the school meet requirements of the Federal
Government, Colorado Revised Statutes, the Colorado Department of Education, and the Charter School Institute.


Current Colorado Principal License required
Master’s degree or higher in education
Proficient with technology, especially Google workspace Suite and various educational software
Demonstrated effective organizational leadership
Education and experience with special needs and gifted students
Administrative experience in a school setting
Demonstrated knowledge of Colorado school law
Knowledge of and commitment to project based learning

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter addressing your interest. Please also include a current and detailed resume along with three letters of recommendation.
All documents should be e-mailed to our head of school, Shane Voss. Please reference the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line.
You may call the main office phone number in Durango with questions, 970-828-5600.
For more information on Mountain Middle School, you can visit our school website at www.mountainmiddleschool.org

Mountain Middle School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $75,000.00 - $99,000.00 per year


Dental insurance
Employee assistance program
Health insurance
Health savings account
Life insurance
Paid time off
Professional development assistance
Relocation assistance
Retirement plan
Vision insurance


Monday to Friday

Supplemental pay types:

Bonus pay

Ability to commute/relocate:

Durango, CO 81301: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


Education administration: 3 years (Required)


Colorado Principal License (Required)

Work Location: One location

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