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For the 2019-20 school year, we are hiring a Principal to lead El Centro de Estudiantes!

All applicants must hold a valid Pennsylvania Principal's Certificate.

El Centro de Estudiantes, a Big Picture Philadelphia high school in the Kensington section of North Philadelphia, celebrating 10 years of service, seeks a passionate, committed, resilient Principal starting in July 2019. As a part of the nationally acclaimed Big Picture Learning network with more than 70 groundbreaking schools nationwide, El Centro operates on the Big Picture school design. 

El Centro de Estudiantes (El Centro) is a Big Picture Philadelphia alternative high school, re-engaging over-aged and under-credited youth through restorative practices and by eliminating barriers to student engagement. Capitalizing on relationships, real-world experiences, and resilience, El Centro’s mission is to enable and encourage underserved youth to develop their passions, strengths, and independence towards becoming positive contributors in their communities.

El Centro is a place where everybody knows everybody, where everybody is different and that’s expected and accepted. All El Centro students and staff are treated the same regardless of their race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, gender identity and expression. The school works with each student, one person at a time. The Principal is committed to this vision, and is willing and able to fight for it on behalf of El Centro’s 200 students and 25 staff.

The Principal of El Centro is an energetic and dynamic educational leader who is driven by a strong vision of high academic achievement for a diverse student population. The Principal will model effective leadership defined by integrity and clear and open communication. The Principal is experienced in supporting an authentic culture where student voice is amplified through fairness and restorative practices.


Full Family Benefits


Spanish preferred, but not necessary.


Master's degree


If you are a highly organized, hard-working individual interested in joining our learning community, please email a resume and a cover letter to David Bromley, Executive Director, at We are currently accepting applications.

For the 2019-20 school year: We are hiring Advisors in all subject areas at Vaux BPHS!
All applicants must be certified to teach high school in Pennsylvania. These are PFT positions.
Big Picture schools have a selective recruitment process because we expect advisors to make dramatic, measurable gains not just in student achievement, but in a student’s life. The challenges that today’s young adults face are enormous and very personal. That’s why we focus on educating one student at time. And that’s why we seek candidates whose philosophy and real-life experiences match nine important hiring principles, which include:
  1. Strong instructional leadership and team management skills
  2. A belief that students should be at the center of their own learning
  3. The expectations that all students will be prepared for post-secondary mobility
  4. The ability to build deep relationships with students and peers
  5. Strong convictions for your own personal and professional beliefs
  6. The pursuit of a variety of interests beyond education
  7. The ability to lead, influence, and motivate others
  8. A track record of resourcefulness and being solution-oriented
  9. Demonstrated ambition and longevity in personal and professional pursuits  

Please email Matt Prochnow if you want to join our team. We look forward to hearing from you!

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