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K-8 Principal

The principal of our K-8 300 student private school is responsible for overseeing instruction, curriculum, assessment, and professional development. The principal is expected to demonstrate leadership skills in all aspects of the job. He or she is responsible for the collective success of the school, including the learning, growth and achievement of both students and staff. She or he will create systems that maximize the utilization of resources and human capital, foster collaboration, and facilitate constructive change with a commitment to equity and continuous improvement.

As the instructional leader, the principal is responsible for ensuring staff have a productive working environment and supportive community. We expect the principal to understand and practice the principles of collaboration. Additionally, the principal will work with staff and parent leaders to ensure that "learning for all...whatever it takes" is the driving force behind every decision. As a member of the administrative team, the incoming principal has the responsibility for contributing to the school district as well as to the profession. A successful principal will work collaboratively with the all administrative teams and actively support school wide initiatives.

 

The principal must have the ability to:

Make sound decisions that are data-based, anchored in sound theory and practice and focused on what is best for the short and long-term interests of the students;

Create and implement structures and processes which rely on collaboration and consensus in making decisions;

Develop and sustain strong relationships resulting in a cohesive staff and strong partnerships with parents;

Coach and mentor new teachers;

Develop skills and strategies that enhance a collaborative practice;

Understand and appreciate diverse cultures.

 

INSTRUCTIONAL & SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

Provide exemplary leadership to all members of the school community to achieve outstanding performance in the school’s mission of ensuring each student meets grade level standards

Work to dramatically improve student achievement by leading the educational program

Effectively manage faculty and staff

Continue to collaborate with faculty and staff to develop and communicate the school’s systems, culture, and vision, and create a plan to achieve that vision

Oversee curriculum and assessment within the school

Implement effective internal and external assessment systems and use data to inform decisions

Ensure strong consistency within the school program and curricular alignment with state and other rigorous standards

Select and share effective curricular and instructional practices from and with other schools

Serve as point person for all students and families

Work with the educational leadership team (ELT) to plan and implement instructional supports across the school

Help oversee school-wide strategic planning and problem solving

 

FACULTY AND STAFF SUPPORT

Oversee faculty and staff of the school, including recruitment, selection, evaluation, supervision, retention, and dismissal

Manage teaching staff, including professional development, staff observations, curriculum development, staff communication, and scheduling and program decisions

Lead faculty to ensure that all staff are providing well-managed and rigorous daily lessons, reasonable and effective daily homework, and regular and productive afterschool tutoring

Foster commitment among faculty and staff to the development and fulfillment of the school’s mission and objectives

Model and expect a growth mindset

Lead data processes including data meetings and data-driven instruction practices

Hold teachers accountable for meeting high standards for student academic and behavioral performance

Work with staff on all curricular, instructional, assessment, and professional development issues and activities to ensure data drives classroom instruction

Work with staff to foster consistency among staff in upholding school-wide discipline policies

Facilitate positive faculty dynamics

Work with Special Education Coordinator to ensure 504 accommodations, IEP modifications, and counseling needs are met

 

FAMILY SUPPORT

Maintain communication and relations with the families of the school, ensuring they are kept involved with and held accountable for their children’s academic and behavioral performance

Communicate regularly with families regarding student performance and academic achievement

Work with staff to correspond regularly with families regarding school policies, trips, events, and milestones

Work with staff to plan, coordinate, and support family meetings and special events

Respond to family concerns promptly and effectively

 

STUDENT SUPPORT/SCHOOL CULTURE

Collaborate with school staff to maximize the ability of the school to support students’ academic and socio-emotional development

Provide leadership to all staff and students in establishing a positive, structured, achievement-oriented, and fun school culture

Oversee students’ academic and behavioral program, including disciplinary decisions, scheduling and class decisions, educational program, and assessment and accountability

Ensure that traditions and rituals that support student achievement and the school’s Habits of a Learner are being maintained, grade by grade, year to year.

 

Minimum educational level:

Master’s Degree

Principal license or appropriate credential/experience

Experience as a principal, dean or instructional leadership role highly preferred

 

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