Principal – New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy (2022-2023)

Principal Position Description

The Opportunity

The New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy (NOMMA) is a high-performing Type-2 public charter school serving 8th – 12th grade students (“cadets”) from across the New Orleans metropolitan area. NOMMA offers a Marine Corps/military-style structure and is dedicated to the education of all cadets no matter their background or previous school experience. Cadets at NOMMA study in a focused, college preparatory environment guided by a team of teachers and retired military instructors who bring unparalleled experience to the classroom. All NOMMA students are dually enrolled as cadets in the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training (JROTC) program, which focuses on strong character
development, leadership, personal responsibility, and service. The mentorship provided by the JROTC instructor, instruction from our highly-skilled academic faculty, and the autonomy we have as a charter school allow us to meet our cadets where they are and enable each of them to achieve their personal and academic potential. NOMMA also offers Career and Technical Education (CTE) training to develop cadets towards exciting and
rewarding careers as maritime professionals, cyber/IT professionals, and first responders, as well as an array of extracurricular clubs and sport programs. Our unique, challenging, and tailored program provides our cadets with the knowledge and the skills needed to succeed as future leaders.

NOMMA is seeking a principal to serve as our educational leader, building upon our success as a high-performing school. The principal reports to the Commandant (CEO) to continue to deliver an exceptional academic program and uphold the values and mission of the Academy.

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Application: Interested applicants can apply by completing this application form. The priority deadline is Friday, March 11, 2022; we may continue to accept applications on a rolling basis after this date, but we encourage interested applicants to apply as close to this date as possible.

Timeline: The start date is flexible, approximately mid-June 2022. The exact start date is dependent on the final candidate’s and the school’s specific timeline needs.

Position Details

  • Academic Leadership: The principal sets the vision for the instructional program for the school and oversees the day-to-day functions of the Academy to ensure NOMMA is providing an excellent education to all of our cadets.
  • Ensure the academic success of all cadets.
  • Lead and inspire faculty to deliver consistently engaging and rigorous instruction.
  • Set the standard for an ethos of ongoing improvement driven by a culture of learning and feedback, high-quality professional development, and instructional coaching. Lead professional development sessions for all academic staff, conduct classroom observations, and coach other faculty (e.g., assistant principals) to effectively do the same.
  • Keep up to date on current and emerging best practices for secondary education, in particular those impacting academics, curricula, and assessments.
  • In partnership with teachers, make curricular decisions and oversee the implementation of Tier 1 curricula across the school. Develop and monitor faculty use of curricula and make changes when needed.
  • Lead the process for setting academic goals and establish data collection and analysis processes to drive student outcomes.
  • Plan the annual school calendar and oversee student scheduling. Partner with assistant principals to ensure cadets are meeting graduation requirements.
  • Maintain a strong understanding of the state accountability system, standards, and high school credentials and ensure the academic program is aligned.
  • Ensure all cadets’ individual needs are being met, regardless of learning styles and life experiences, and monitor compliance with all legal requirements (inclusive of general education, special education, English language learners, etc.)
  • Work with faculty to ensure responsive layers of learning support to meet the needs of a wide range of students.

Cultural Leadership: Aligning with the Commandant’s vision and the school’s values, the principal supports the cultural development of the Academy and ensures all aspects of the school are promoting our beliefs that we treat each other with respect and dignity and that we have a highly disciplined environment with high expectations and accountability.

  • Maintain a strong school culture that honors Marine Corps/military principles and that lives out our values of respect, kindness, and inclusivity among a diverse faculty and student population.
  • Uphold the core principles of our program by participating in traditions, rituals, and routines that align with our beliefs for what is important for young people (e.g., morning colors, formations, uniform inspections, etc.).
  • Facilitate community service requirements and foster the culture of service for all cadets.
  • Develop our focus on “responsibility-centered discipline”, helping cadets to accept personal responsibility, reflect on their conduct, and support them to identify solutions to adopt behaviors that are more constructive.
  • Work with leadership team, faculty, and support staff to provide layers of emotional-behavioral support to students with significant social emotional needs.
  • Celebrate successes throughout the community, school wide and individual, and promote a culture that sets cadets up for success in life.
  • Foster a spirit of collaboration and cooperation among all the faculty and staff, ensuring academic civilian faculty and retired Marine faculty are working in partnership.
  • Ensure all mandatory reporting happens in a timely, detailed, and efficient manner.

Faculty Management, Support, and Development: A core responsibility of this role is adult leadership, managing others to success, and ensuring they do the same for the people they manage. The principal establishes clear roles and responsibilities for all positions and creates structures to ensure everyone is supported, growing, and accountable.

  • Set a vision of high expectations, collaboration, and support for all adults and manage everyone to meet those expectations, directly and through others.
  • Supervise and mentor Administration (e.g., assistant principals, discipline team, counselors, SPED dept, data/IT manager, registrar, athletic director, etc.), providing support, development, and holding them accountable to clear expectations.
  • Oversee recruitment and hiring process for non-military (civilian) faculty and staff, with support from HR and designated staff.
  • Design and manage tight execution of onboarding processes and systems for development and evaluation for all staff (academic and nonacademic).
  • Develop systems for growing talent within the school community and ensure high levels of staff retention year-to-year.
  • Make recommendations for staffing structures and roles and responsibilities to the Commandant.
  • Manage personnel issues, resolve conflicts, and have challenging, direct conversations, as needed, that are guided by the mission and values of the school and in the best interest of the cadets, faculty, and the greater school community.
  • Solicit and authentically listen to faculty input, making informed, strategic decisions on next steps as a result, and communicate decisions in a timely and effective manner.

Parent and Family Engagement and Communication: The principal ensures families are receiving information in a thoughtful, planned manner, and communicates directly with individual caregivers when needed.

  • Take steps to establish partnerships among families, educators, practitioners and the community with shared responsibility for the personal success of cadets.
  • Communicate proactively and thoughtfully with families on a regular basis (e.g., all-school newsletters, relevant updates, celebrating successes, updates in policies, etc.).
  • Follow up with individual families in a timely, respectful, and intentional manner, connecting with other relevant staff as appropriate.
  • Oversee the planning for special events for current and prospective families, such as open houses, graduation ceremonies, and awards night.
  • Listen to families’ feedback, make relevant changes as appropriate, and communicate back about decisions.

Additional Responsibilities: As a single-site, stand-alone charter school, NOMMA operates with an “all hands on deck” and “find a way to get it done” approach. In addition to the responsibilities outlined, it is expected that the principal will be brought in on projects and work streams where their skills, expertise, and leadership would necessitate their involvement. Including but not limited to the following:

  • Attend board meetings and present academic data and/or other relevant information.
  • Support the Commandant in developing the annual budget and multi-year budget planning. Monitor school spending to ensure alignment with the budget and school purchasing for compliance with financial policies.
  • Support and guide grant application content and reporting as needed.
  • Oversee student recruitment and enrollment processes.
  • Represent the school to the media and external community if needed.
  • Partner with operations staff on facility related issues, staff coverage schedules and daily duty assignments, and other school related operations work.

Skills and Mindsets

  • Belief in NOMMA’s Model and Values – Above all, the principal must have a military-friendly mindset and a commitment to and belief in our structured, disciplined educational program with character development and service as core tenets of our approach. The principal must demonstrate a high level of integrity and model the core principles of the Academy.
  • Exceptional Employee Leadership and Management – Experience setting a clear vision and accompanying expectations, exhibiting respect and care for others, leading a team of adults to results, addressing areas requiring improvement, and growing people’s strengths.
    The principal will have a service leadership approach toward management, demonstrating empathy, openness to feedback, team building, and a commitment to continuously improving.
  • Proactive Planning and System Design/Improvement – Demonstrated skill and experience in creating a thoughtful and comprehensive plan and overseeing its execution by managing and supporting others. Skills in designing and implementing systems that work towards school improvement and can sustain themselves. The principal is the key developer, implementer, and evaluator of school programs and systems.
  • Steady and Tenacious – The ability to keep calm, level-headed, and solutions-oriented in challenging situations. A willingness to do whatever it takes, even under complicated, rapidly changing, and difficult circumstances.
  • Results-Oriented – A bias toward action and getting things done. Expertise in setting goals, deciding what data needs to be collected, and then analyzing results to make informed decisions. Has demonstrated results in previous roles and takes personal ownership for their work and the overall results of their team.
  • Communication – Direct and clear communication skills, in writing and verbally, with a variety of audiences, adapting communication based on the situation and needs of others.

Required Experience – JROTC and/or military background are NOT required.

  • 10 or more years of work experience, including at least 4 years of proven leadership in an educational setting (e.g., principal, assistant principal, Instructional Coach)
  • Experience managing an organization or large team of adults to successful outcomes
  • Experience researching, selecting, and implementing proven curriculum (e.g., Tier 1 in Louisiana)
  • Experience working in a high school setting

Preferred Experience

  • Experience working in Louisiana schools (highly preferred)
  • Louisiana Educational Leader certificate or eligibility for the same
  • Master’s Degree in School Leadership, Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, or a related K-12 field
  • Experience working in and/or in partnership with charter schools
  • Professional experience working with a student population similar to NOMMA’s

What Makes NOMMA Unique

  • JROTC is more than a school wide “program” – JROTC forms the basis of NOMMA’s character development program and influences the entire culture of the school and all processes and procedures within the school. While cadet academic achievement is at the forefront, the regimented and military-oriented JROTC program must be an integral part of the planning, policy-making, and decision-making of the school.
  • We are a stand-alone, single-site charter school – We do not have a district office. The principal has to be knowledgeable about all aspects of the operations of the school and involved in the typical central office functions (HR, Finance, Operations). This may include reports due to the Louisiana Department of Education, preparing Super App grant budgets, systems planning, etc.
  • Traditions, routines, and expectations are still being built – We are solidly rooted as an institution given our high-performance, but as a relatively new school of 11 years, we remain open to growth, learning and building as it relates to our culture. In order to ensure we are always working toward our mission, we must refer back to our core values to guide us as we continue to expand the Academy and its programs.

What Our Teachers Say
“As a long-serving employee of NOMMA, I feel that NOMMA consistently tries to create a firm, fair, and flexible environment for cadets. NOMMA
provides high-quality education that enhances the cadets’ physical, social, and emotional needs for today’s diverse society.”

“I enjoy how many different kinds of cadets I have in my classes, how they come from all over our geographic region as well as from a variety of different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. This kind of real diversity reinforces lessons associated with contrasting views while also supporting ideals of common expectations for all cadets. I love how our school is very serious about our values, that the mission isn’t just a bunch of platitudes from a brochure but rather something that is front and center in almost everything we do as a faculty when we collaborate. I love how cadets are challenged at NOMMA every single day, how expectations are earnestly attempted to be upheld, and the emphasis upon a team atmosphere among the teachers and to operate in a way that is solution oriented.”

“NOMMA is special due to its unique Marine Corps JROTC focus, which is unlike that of any other school in the nation. In order to retain this character, however, the school requires cadets, faculty, staff and administrators who understand, embrace and reflect the naval core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment, as well as the MCJROTC program mantra of creating pupils, who are respectful of the citizenship, ethics and leadership emphasized at the school. I enjoyed working here due to the tangible benefit of seeing students flourish and achieving an education that will set them up for success in life and help to break the cycles of trauma and poverty that historically beset young people and children growing up in this region. NOMMA also has a great sense of community, caring staff and leadership, who demonstrate a strong focus towards the professional development and growth of each employee.”

Compensation and Benefits

Beginning at $110,000, starting salary will be determined based on prior experience and qualifications for the role. There will be opportunities to discuss salary expectations throughout the interview process. Additionally, there is the potential for bonus opportunities dependent on performance in the role. We also recognize the importance of providing quality benefits at a reasonable cost and are proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package to all of our eligible full-time employees that includes:

  • Health – 100% employer paid employee premiums
  • Dental & Vision
  • NOMMA Paid Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Voluntary Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Short-Term Disability and Long-Term Disability
  • AFLAC – Accident/Hospital/Critical Illness/Cancer Lump Sum Insurance
  • 401K employer contributions match – 100% match on 1st 3% contribution; 50% contribution on next 2%
  • We also understand that work home balance is key to the success of our staff. With this in mind we also offer all eligible full-time employees paid time off in addition to school holidays.

NOMMA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and upholds the principles of equal employment opportunity for all employees and job applicants. NOMMA makes employment-based decisions, including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, assignment, conditions of employment, compensation, benefits, training, promotion, transfer and termination, without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, color, age, national or ethnic origin, pregnancy, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, military status, disability, religion, genetic trait or information, or any other legally protected status or characteristic under federal, state, and local law.