Elementary Principal

Cambridge, MA, US
Apr 16, 2021
Grade Level
Elementary School

Cambridge, Massachusetts is a dynamic, diverse urban city with a strong commitment to investing in our public schools. Rich in racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic and socio-economic diversity, the Cambridge Public Schools are committed to academic excellence and social justice, and providing rigorous, joyful and culturally responsive instruction to all students.

Peabody School Community:
The Peabody School is an inclusive community connected by a passion for the pursuit of academic excellence and a commitment to the arts. Community is an important value at the Peabody School. In addition to daily morning meeting, our monthly "All School Share" provides a vehicle for each grade level to come together and share what's happening in each classroom. Our weekly newsletter, The Peabody Planet, is an important communication point for our families. We are especially proud of our music programs at Peabody. Our school was the first in CPS to implement a Kodaly music program, and we embrace the Kodaly philosophy that "Music is for everyone." In addition to extra music classes during the week, students who especially love music are also welcome to join our before-school music group, The Early Bird Singers. Our annual cultural night, which takes place in October, celebrates the diversity of our community and our 4th and 5th grade Spanish offerings support our students in exploring additional languages. Peabody has been recognized by Boston Magazine on their list of the 100 best public elementary schools in Eastern Massachusetts. Learning continues beyond the school day through extracurricular opportunities such as BOKS - Build Our Kids Success, Enviro-Ed, Math Olympiad, curriculum-linked learning clubs, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Peabody families are vital to our school community. Our active Friends of Peabody organization sponsors enrichment events such as author visits, anti-bullying presentations, and educational trips.

The Role:
We are seeking an accomplished Principal who demonstrates vision, strength, and compassion in their leadership, has high academic expectations, is committed to equity and inclusion, and values the concept of school as a place of community, partnership, and relationship.

The Principal will be responsible for providing high caliber educational leadership of the school, ensuring the safety and well-being of students in grades K-5, building strong family partnerships, selecting, hiring, supervising and evaluating staff in accordance with district policies, preparing and administering the school budget, and overseeing the school building and its operations and activities. The Principal is a member of the district's Elementary School Leadership Team and CPS's Administrative Council.

Other responsibilities include:
  • Develop a culture of high academic standards and excellence in teaching and learning.
  • Ensure the smooth daily operations of the school.
  • Lead the development and implementation of the school improvement plan.
  • Support teachers, staff and students in engaging in the teaching and learning process.
  • Maintain effective communication with parents/caregivers.
  • Implement structures to advance professional learning for teachers and other staff members.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues, central office and others.
  • Develop effective community, civic, business, and university partnerships.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned.
Your Skill Set:
  • Master's degree or from an accredited college or university, with graduate level courses in school administration and educational leadership.
  • Previous experience as a school administrator and previous classroom teacher experience, preferably in an urban, diverse setting.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in staff supervision and evaluation and in budget development and administration.
  • Knowledge of early childhood/developmental learning and growth, behavioral response and best SEL practices.
  • Ability to provide inclusive and effective educational leadership of general and special education instructional programs.
  • Massachusetts DESE licensure or eligibility for licensure: Principal K-5.
Salary :
Base salary: $138,683 - $152,323

How to Join Our Team:
Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills, experience, and commitment to equity in education meet the qualifications of the position as well as stating how you heard about this opportunity.

At the Cambridge Public Schools, we are committed to cultivating an environment where diverse perspectives and backgrounds are embraced, acknowledging that a team reflecting diversity of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital/domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, and veteran status allows us to serve our communities better. To that end, we welcome and encourage applicants to bring their authentic selves when considering employment opportunities within our school district.

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