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VCP Culture

At VCP, we rally around a school and workplace environment that we describe as joyful, urgent, and intentional. We focus staff development on practice and execution, and we know there’s power in consistency. To equip our team with common language and help define the most important characteristics driving our joyful, urgent, intentional culture, Team VCP grounds ourselves in the following Core Observable Behaviors (COBs).  

High performing employees throughout VCP:

  • Fully Engage and Contribute to the Team with a Positive Sense of Urgency and No Excuses.
  • Have a Personal Commitment to Excellence and the End Result. 
  • Present and Pursue Sustainable Solutions as Opposed to Dwelling on Problems.
  • Do What They Say They Will.
  • Are Respectful, Honest and Straightforward.
  • Continuously Improve Self and Organization. 

All team members receive ongoing support and feedback on their execution of these behaviors as part of their quarterly snapshot conversations with their manager and the formal evaluation process.

VCP Beliefs 

  • Our team is what sets us apart.
  • Great teaching will close the achievement gap.
  • We can change the story on education in Arizona and encourage a commitment to long-term teaching.
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VCP's Strong Staff Retention

87% Staff Retention

  • Since opening in 2013, VCP has averaged 87% year-over-year staff retention.
  • VCP attributes our strong staff retention to a few key factors, including coaching and support for all staff members, collaborative relationships with VCP families, strong student achievement results, and positive school culture.
  • In quarterly staff engagement surveys, 95% of VCP staff report:
    • "My coach or manager gives me action-oriented feedback that helps improve my performance."
    • "VCP is a place where anyone, regardless of background, can do their best work."

VCP Employment Benefits

money-1VCP offers a competitive compensation package, including comprehensive health benefits and perks.  

target-1At VCP, we empower teachers to focus on teaching. We equip our team members with the tools needed to succeed, including instructional materials, quality professional development, laptop computer, email, and classroom supplies.  

plane-1VCP team members will enjoy 27 paid holidays in the 2019-20 school year. School-based faculty and staff also have 7 days of paid time off (sick days and personal days) to use when they need it. Our mission-aligned substitute teachers help put our teachers at ease when taking time off. 

like-1Vista College Prep offers multiple medical and dental plans you can choose from to best meet your needs. VCP pays 80% of the monthly premium cost for medical and dental, depending on the plan you choose. VCP pays 100% of vision, life, and short-term/long-term disability insurance.

chart-1All full-time faculty and staff may elect to contribute to VCP's Simple IRA, including a 3% match. We believe it is important for our team to plan for the future and feel supported in doing so.

time-1VCP is very proud of our strong parental leave policy: maternity leave is 12 weeks, including 6 paid weeks through short-term disability and 6 weeks of paid leave for eligible staff.  VCP provides spouses with 2 weeks of paid time off immediately following the birth of their child.


VCP Salary Comparisons

  • Among all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Arizona has the largest pay gap between the average teacher salary and overall statewide average salary, with the starting rate for teachers at $34,473 and the average salary at $49,290.
  • Starting with the 2019-20 school year, VCP increased our starting teacher salary to $40,000.
  • All staff at all levels of experience are eligible for annual increases in their salary.

VCP Interview Process: What to Expect

  • Step 1: Apply by submitting your resume. If possible, send along a cover letter and video of yourself in the classroom as well.
  • Step 2: Participate in a first round phone screen to share more about your goals and experiences.
  • Step 3: Participate in a second round video interview, discussing your reflections on videos and scenarios that we’ll share with you ahead of time to help us get to know you better and to give you an opportunity to learn more about VCP.
  • Step 4: Tour one of our schools, teach a demo lesson on campus, and debrief your lesson. Your in-person interview will simulate the experience of joining Team VCP and provide further opportunities for mutual assessment of fit.

  • Step 5: Share reference information and complete any final steps as required for the role(s) you’re applying for.

If VCP's mission, vision, and culture align with what drives you, please fill out the form below and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly.