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Elementary School Principal

San Juan Island School District | Friday Harbor WA 98250 USA | Full Time - 12 Month | Revised: 01/02/2013

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Friday Harbor Elementary School Principal

The San Juan Island School District is seeking a dynamic K-6 Elementary School Principal to lead Friday Harbor Elementary School, a high performing school of 383 student FTE, located 100 miles north of Seattle on beautiful San Juan Island (reached by Washington State Ferries from Anacortes).   The school enjoys broad community support and benefits from many community-based learning experiences for students.


Personal Qualities

  • Clear and effective communicator
  • Exceptional human relation skills
  • Creative problem-solver
  • Communicates a vision and passion for learning
  • Motivated and enthusiastic
  • Organized, confident, and able to delegate
  • Leads a balanced life and values the importance of family time for staff
  • Interested in making a personal investment in an island community
  • Possesses strengths in relationship building and integrity 

Required Qualifications 

  • Masters degree and valid Washington State Principal Certificate
  • Successful teaching experience
  • Demonstrated competence in educational leadership (ISLLC Standards)


Preferred Qualifications

  • Successful experience as an elementary school principal
  • Successful elementary school teaching experience
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and openly with staff, parents and the community
  • Successful experience promoting and maintaining high expectations and clear academic standards for our learning community
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to navigate school reform
  • Knowledgeable about the school’s curricular programs
  • Successful experience analyzing performance data to improve instruction
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a talented staff toward common goals
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership for selection, placement, professional development and evaluation of staff
  • Knowledge and experience working with highly capable and special needs students, behavioral issues, accommodations and related laws
  • Demonstrated ability to provide a nurturing climate for students including a plan for proactive discipline
  • Experience promoting a safe, civil and productive environment
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership for multiple models of classroom organization including teaming, looping, and multi-age classrooms
  • Demonstrated ability to use technology effectively to improve instruction
  • Successful experience managing building financial resources and facilities, and obtaining financial and volunteer support from the community.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time effectively, design schedules maximizing instructional time, and to make effective use of staff meetings
  • Demonstrated ability to use technology effectively to improve instruction 


The successful candidate and District will negotiate the final compensation package. 

$91,500 – $96,500 (213 days) is the starting salary range.


Application Process

 A completed application will include the following:

  • Letter of application addressing the preferred qualifications
  • Administrator application completed and signed
  • Resume
  • Written responses to eight questions
  • Copy of any current professional certificate(s)
  • 3 – 5 letters of recommendation no more than 5 years old
  • Transcript of graduate work (unofficial transcripts acceptable)
  • Placement file (optional)



  • December 20 . . . . . . . . . .   Position Opening
  • February 15 . . . . . . . . . . . .  Applications Due
  • Week of March 4 . .   Screening of applications
  • Week of March 11 . . . . . . . .  .  .  .  Interviews
  • July 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . Starting Date


Please download an administrator application on our website and forward to: 

San Juan Island School District

Attn: Marie Rothlisberger

PO Box 458

Friday Harbor, WA  98250


For additional information, please contact Marie Rothlisberger, HR Coordinator at (360) 370-7904 or or Rick Thompson, Superintendent at (360) 378-4133 or


About San Juan Island School District 

San Juan Island School Districtis located on the east side of San Juan Island in the town of FridayHarbor, also the San Juan County Seat.  The District serves approximately 833 students in its elementary, middle, high and alternative schools.  The schools are unique learning communities with growing economic and ethnic diversity.  Students are encouraged to reach their highest potential in academics, athletics, and the arts.  Special programs include a full range of rigorous academic choices, an exceptional music program, and outstanding interscholastic sports programs.  Students also benefit from many community-based learning experiences.  The District enjoys strong community support of its operating and capital levies. 


About San Juan Island      

San Juan Island, located in the heart of the San Juan Islands in northern Puget Sound, is reached by Washington State Ferries departing from Anacortes,Washington.  Living in theSan Juan Islands comes with charms and challenges.  The Islandsare treasured for their scenery, wildlife and tranquility.  TheSan Juan Island community values education and strongly supports the schools. The community has a state-of-the-art theater that features diverse performing arts, a comprehensive library, many wonderful restaurants, historical museums, two national parks, miles of public shoreline, and a strong agricultural community.  The island has over 120 non-profit organizations dedicated to a variety of goals to strengthen schools, land stewardship, nature, and children and families – there are ample opportunities to become involved in community life.  Residents embrace the 90 minute ferry ride to the mainland as a buffer from the pressures and stress of city life.  Be prepared to plan off-island travel around the ferry schedule, tourist season, and sometimes the weather.  Most Islanders agree that the trade-off for large city conveniences is more than offset by the quality of island life.  Plan a visit…. Stay for a lifetime.

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Location Friday Harbor, WA, United States
Categories Head of School/Principal
Organization Type Public School
Teaching field Elementary Education
Experience Years 3 yrs

Location Maptop

Contact Informationtop

Contact Name Marie Rothlisberger
How to apply Applications are no longer accepted for this job posting.
Primary Phone (360) 378-4133
Primary Fax (360) 378-6276
Job Code -