Founding High School Principal – Challenge U

Posted on January 10th, 2023

Updated on January 11th, 2023 at 11:23 am

Position: Founding High School Principal

District: Challenge U

Salary: $100,000 – $125,000 a year

Deadline: 03/01/2023

Contact: J.D. Merrill

Contact Position: School Operations Advisor

Contact Phone: (443) 629-0263

Contact Email Address:

Qualifications: Start Date on or about: July 1, 2023

Do you have experience with at-risk youth? Do you desire to make a difference in the lives of students who dropped out of high school? Our mission is to re-engage students in our dropout recovery program by providing virtual instruction, in-person coaching, wraparound services, and post-graduation opportunities. ChallengeU is known for being forward thinking and very loving and caring to our at-risk students.

We believe that every student is capable of graduating from high school and can transition into post-graduate opportunities. That’s why we are creating a year-round Ohio dropout recovery community online high school for students who have not been successful in, or are unable to attend, a traditional classroom environment.

This is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial leader to help found and lead an innovative school in Ohio. Residence in the Cincinnati-Dayton corridor of Ohio is required with the expectation that travel to other locations in Ohio may be necessary as our school grows. This is a full-time, 12-month-a-year position that will have a flexible work schedule as approved by the supervisor.

See the following job description for more information.

Who You Are:
An entrepreneurial educational leader with a strong belief in the ability of every student to graduate from high school and transition into post-graduate opportunities.
Experienced the shortcomings of traditional high schools first-hand but achieved results improving student outcomes anyway.
Concerned about the number of high school dropouts in our community, and on a personal mission to do something about it.
Ready to join a flexible, start-up type organization where anything is possible and without the famous “No, we can’t do that here”.
Possess a bachelor’s and master’s degree, with at least five years of school leadership experience working with at-risk youth.

The Founding Principal is expected to perform any combination of the essential functions listed below. The initial priorities will be ensuring that enrollment and Ohio State Report Card goals are met. This position responsibility listing is not intended to be an exhaustive description of all duties, knowledge, or abilities associated with this job classification but is intended to accurately reflect the initial core job elements.

What You’ll Do:
Build a “can do” culture as the leader of the school that instills and reinforces the belief that all of our students can graduate and transition into postgraduate opportunities with our help.
Implement a culture of continuous improvement through the Ohio Improvement Process (OIP) by identifying critical needs, selecting evidence-based strategies, planning for implementation, implementing and monitoring, and reflecting and adjusting.
Build strong relationships and make school “fun” by implementing student programming that enhances connections to school and to the community through orientations, field trips, award ceremonies, educational opportunities, community service, and community building.
Be present, visible, and accessible within and outside of the organization by maintaining frequent communication with staff, students, parents, community members, partners, and the Board.
Ensure the school is run well, including ensuring all assessments are administered, the Student Information System (SIS) is accurately and timely managed, and reporting and accountability requirements are complied with.
Other duties as assigned.

BA degree in education, social work, counseling, teaching, or as a behavioral specialist from an accredited college or university, or at least 5 years of significant experience in a field of high school at-risk students, juvenile probation, foster care, and related social intervention;
Ohio Principal Licensure is required
Demonstrate a natural and positive curiosity to continue learning and applying social & behavioral concepts/techniques; and
Maintain online instructional expertise as well as a strong working familiarity with the Edgenuity online education platform.


Primarily a office work settings with extensive phone and online work;
Work conducted from home or other settings as needed or determined by the supervisor;
Periodic travel is required;
Visitation to students and their families will be required at times;
All visits with students and their families will be at days, times, and locations respectful of a student’s status and the employee’s safety

Preference for an ability to communicate effectively in English in both oral and written form;
Ability to communicate effectively through various means of technology;
Possess visual, hearing and speaking skills to fulfill position responsibilities proficiently; and
Position requires a need for physical mobility to include, but is not limited to, walking, climbing or descending stairs, carrying materials up to 20 pounds regularly, and up to 35 pounds on occasion.

Extended work hours to include some evenings and weekends may be necessary;
Adjustments to the work schedule may be necessary (to be approved in advance by your supervisor);
Required to attend administrative or intervention meetings, which may occur during evening or weekend hours;
Be resourceful and creative with technology including social media (Snap, FB, IG, Text, TikTok, etc.);
Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, Google suite, and basic knowledge of student information systems;
Demonstrate an openness to accept continuous change and professional development;
Accurate and timely documentation of work data required;
Maintain and archive a list of contacts and appointments; and
Possess a valid driver’s license and reliable personal transportation.


Schedule: Primarily Monday to Friday with some evening and weekend hours periodically required

Supplemental pay types: Bonus pay

Education: Bachelor’s (Preferred)

Experience: OHIO SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: 5 years (Required), work with at-risk students (grade 9 to 12): 5 years (Required)

Willingness to travel: 25% (Preferred)

Work Location: Cincinnati and Dayton

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $100,000.00 – $125,000.00 per year

Dental insurance
Flexible schedule
Life insurance
Paid time off
Parental leave
Professional development assistance
Relocation assistance
Vision insurance

Additional Information: Application Question(s):
How many years of experience do you have with online education?
How many years of experience do you have working with at-risk students?