Voices College-Bound Language Academies Principal in Training (Bilingual SP/ENG) in San Jose, California


Though 9 in 10 Latino young adults say a college degree is important for success in life, fewer than 15% age 25 or older hold a bachelor’s degree. Voices College-Bound Language Academies exist to change that.

Founded in 2006 by East San Jose native and National Board Certified Teacher Frances Teso, Voices is a public charter school network with a mission to prepare all students for the challenges of higher education through the context of an academically rigorous dual-language program. With the Voices dual-immersion model, students receive 80% of instruction in Spanish and 20% in English starting in kindergarten. The percentages shift by 10% per year until reaching 50:50 in third grade. As a result, every student, regardless of home language, graduates bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish.

In 2018-19, Voices will operate four public charter schools: Voices-Franklin McKinley (K-8), Voices-Morgan Hill and Voices-Mt. Pleasant (both Transitional Kindergarten - 4th, growing to Transitional Kindergarten - 8th) and Voices West Contra Costa (Transitional Kindergarten- 2nd). As we expand to serve more traditionally underserved students in Santa Clara County and surrounding counties, Voices seeks additional team members who share a commitment to its mission and believe joyful learning and world-class academic preparation are not mutually exclusive.

Voices Academies’ Vision

All students graduating from Voices College-Bound Language Academies will possess the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed in any career path they choose to pursue in life by mastering academic standards and subject matter. Students will be aware of the many positive possibilities for their future, and enjoy learning throughout their lives. They will be able to think critically by asking questions, especially when confronted with the status quo. Our students will have a sense of social responsibility to make their communities better.

Role Summary

Voices seeks candidates passionate about bilingual education who are interested in preparing to be future Voices principals. This is an accelerated opportunity for candidates seeking a principal position at Voices in 2018-19. The Principal in Training will successfully complete an intensive residency, including professional development and coaching to lead a Voices school. Training includes, residencies at Voices schools, individualized coaching from a dedicated coach, as well as formal learning opportunities. All learning is structured to align with Voices Leadership Competencies. The residency is designed to provide experiential learning opportunities and insight into the processes and best practices involved in school leadership, such as instructional leadership, parent organizing, serving special populations, and developing school culture.

Key Responsibilities

Principals in Training are expected to actively participate in the developmental process and proactively drive their own development through engagement and commitment to the learning process. This will be comprised of the following mandatory components:

  • Formal training through a Voices partner: Participation in an intensive program with rigorous coursework and leadership development sessions throughout.

  • Residencies: Residencies at Voices schools to gain insight into the instructional, operational, and performance management practices of successful schools and school leaders.

  • Individual Development Plan (IDP): Creation of an Individual Development Plan that outlines the Principal in Training’s strengths and areas of development. This plan is formally revisited and serves as a starting point for discussions about preparedness to transition into the Principal role.

  • Stretch assignments: Develop and execute on stretch assignments to improve on areas of growth

  • Coaching: One-on-one coaching with a leadership coach.

  • Continuous Support: On-going support from the Executive Director, Chief Academic Officer, and other network leaders to coach, develop and provide the Principal in Training with feedback to accelerate his/her growth and progression in school leadership readiness.

Voices Academies Principals in Training candidates will have the following


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • Teaching Credential

  • Minimum of 3 years demonstrated classroom level achievement results working with similar student and community demographic.

  • Demonstrated passion for the mission, vision and values of Voices Academies with a deep commitment to improving the lives of students from low-income communities.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish, as well as experience interacting with a broad range of stakeholders.

  • Outstanding organizational skills

  • Commitment to accelerated educational progress of children.

  • Experience or commitment to public education, social justice, efficacy and equity.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility, and demonstrated success in setting and driving towards a vision

  • Proven track record of success developing others to achieve ambitious goals.

  • Understanding of dual language instructional practices and school design and the unique characteristics of public charter schools is a plus.

  • High proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Google Apps

  • Ability to work well independently and within a team environment; working efficiently, and exercising excellent judgment in making decisions.

  • Tolerate high levels of stress

Working Conditions:

  • Regular requirement to stand, sit, walk, talk, hear, see, read, speak, reach, stretch with hands and arms, stoop, kneel and crouch

  • Lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 lbs.

  • Occasional evening and or weekend work

  • Occasional travel

  • Willingness to be trained as needed

Prior to Employment: Once an offer has been extended, a candidate must meet the following criteria to receive a final contract:

  • First Aid/CPR Certification

  • Clear Criminal Background Check

  • Valid TB Clearance


Key Compensation:

  • Highly competitive salary

  • Medical benefits

  • Exceptional growth opportunities

  • Retirement plan


  • Reports directly to Executive Director

  • Permanent Salaried, Exempt Position

  • At-Will Contract

If you have any questions about this position, please contact our hiring team by email at jobs@voicescharterschool.com. Thank you.

Voices College-Bound Language Academies is an equal opportunity employer.

It is the policy of Voices to afford equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, citizenship status, medical condition, or any other legally protected status.