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9 Mar 2022

Principal or Vice Principal Head of School

Animas High School
 Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, United States

Job Description

The Opportunity

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to lead an outstanding high school of choice in a beautiful part of the country?  Animas High School is a high-performing charter school founded in 2009 and authorized through Colorado Charter School Institute that uses an innovative, student-centered, project-based curriculum to prepare students for postsecondary success. Located in Durango, Colorado, AHS serves approximately 200 students in grades 9-12.  AHS will complete a newly constructed, state-of-the-art school facility on the campus of Fort Lewis College in fall 2022, providing a groundbreaking opportunity to grow its already outstanding programs and practices, to provide an unparalleled 21st educational experience that will inspire its graduates to make a positive impact on the world.


AHS Mission

Animas High School prepares all students for college and postsecondary success by creating critical thinkers and engaged citizens through an innovative, student-centered, project-based curriculum.

  • Rigorous academics, where all students are prepared for college success
  • Culture of excellence, where students are held to high expectations
  • Strong faculty-student relationships, where students are well known
  • Engaging learning, where students see the relevance of their education


Job Description

The Head of School is Animas High School’s chief executive/administrator and reports to the school’s Board of Directors.  


Core Responsibilities:

  • Execute the mission, vision, values and strategic plan of Animas High School 
  • Drive efforts to support meaningful academic and personal growth for students through project-based learning model and develop metrics to measure student progress
  • Sustain and enhance AHS’ Culture of Excellence to ensure a safe and productive learning environment for all students
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with AHS students and families
  • Oversee staff hiring process, manage professional development for all school staff, develop metrics to assess staff success, evaluate efficacy of staff roles and make decisions around employment offers/termination
  • Lead and manage all school operations
  • Manage the annual budgeting process and ongoing fiscal management
  • Oversee all government compliance including testing, charter-school reporting requirements and adherence to the Unified Improvement Plan
  • Oversee the relocation into the new facility and develop collaborative programs with Fort Lewis College
  • Maintain and grow positive partnerships with other local schools and community agencies, exhibiting leadership in the Durango and regional community



  • MA in Education Administration or equivalent education and experience
  • Experience/strong familiarity with project-based learning
  • 3+ years of high school level teaching experience
  • 3+ years of high school level administrative experience
  • Proven ability to lead successfully in academic environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent problem-solving and communication skills with a proven ability to work professionally and collaboratively with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of school-based budgeting/planning
  • Knowledge of the laws, procedures, and programs related to the operation of a school
  • Experience with IDEA, ADA, and Gifted & Talented requirements and programs
  • Proven skills in problem solving and conflict management
  • Charter school experience preferred


Salary negotiable based on experience 


Commencement Date: July 1st, 2022



To apply for the Head of School position, please submit a CV, letter of interest outlining skills and abilities and three professional references to 


Application Deadline: March 15, 2022


How to Apply

Email resume, cover letter, and three letters of recommendation/professional references to

Bureaus: Colorado. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Principal or Vice Principal. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.