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East Mountain High School is currently seeking to fill their open Principal position.

Job Overview

Founded in 1999, East Mountain High School was one of the first charter schools authorized in the state of New Mexico. A safe, innovative environment, EMHS engages a diverse community of learners through transformative experiences and creative problem-solving to shape forward-thinking leaders. As we enter our 24th year, we are proud of our school’s many accomplishments: an ‘A’ Rating from the Public Education Dept every year, National Blue Ribbon recognition from the US Dept of Education, #1 charter school in New Mexico (, state championship athletics, and internationally recognized extra-curricular activities.

Position Overview

East Mountain High School is seeking an outstanding Principal with a proven track record of success to begin leading in the 2024 – 2025 school year. The campus is located in Sandia Park, NM, just 20 min. outside Albuquerque and sits within the beautiful Cibola National Forest. The school serves 410 students, grades 9-12. This is a newly created position and will play a key role in the future expansion of the high school, which includes adding a middle school within 2-3 years.

In partnership with the Executive Director, the Principal is a Senior Administrator who will be responsible for mission execution and the day-to-day leadership of EMHS. The Principal leads all aspects of the instructional program in the school, teacher professional development, and improving student learning outcomes. The Principal hires, trains, and evaluates all instructional staff members; oversees an innovative and joyful school culture; and facilitates community engagement with families. The Principal reports to the Executive Director.


  • Instructional Leadership
  • Analyze, share, and use school and student achievement data to improve student learning outcomes
  • Act as the Lead Administrator for Curriculum and Instruction
  • Lead and provide accountability for effective coordination of all the departments within the school School Culture, Climate and Engagement
  • Implement Diversity, Equity initiatives, including service to the Equity Council
  • Attend Governing Council committee meetings as needed
  • Support the Dean of Students with student discipline
  • Act as administrator of athletics and activities programs
  • Performance Management and Outcomes
  • Responsible for the creation and implementation of faculty professional development program based on teacher observation and student learning data
  • Supervise & Evaluate all teaching faculty
  • Co-supervise other staff and administrators
  • Systems Development and Operations
  • Oversee day-to-day procedures of the school including: Support of Front Office, substitute management
  • Leadership and Support of all Teaching & Learning
  • Maintaining a Safe Learning Environment
  • Student Life & Opportunities
  • Serve on safety committee
  • Family and Community Engagement
  • Provide Weekly communications for students, family, and staff
  • Oversee family outreach

Required Skills

Education and Experiences

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • 10+ years of experience in education, with 3+ years of instructional leadership experience
  • Evidence of proven success in high school or middle school leadership
  • NM Admin License or ability to apply for license

Skills and Knowledge

  • A strong sense of innovation and thinking differently about education systems
  • Strong personnel management skills, with an ability to hire, develop, and evaluate outstanding teams
  • The ability to lead, support, and engage staff in ongoing professional development
  • Solution-oriented and creative problem solver with experience in data analysis and creating and managing systems
  • The ability to adhere to, develop, and implement internal systems necessary to build capacity and organizational structure
  • The ability to collaborate and build relationships with stakeholders across functional and organizational lines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, change-oriented environment

Application Process

Apply through this link:

Contact Information

Trey Smith, Executive Director, Email: