2022-23 High School Principal Pool

Kent School District
Kent, WA, US

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Job Category
Administrator, Principal
Grade Level
High School
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*Screening for this position will begin on February 28, 2022.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Kent School District is accepting applications for outstanding high school principal candidates.

Kent School District is the fifth largest school district in the state of Washington, and is centrally located in the Seattle Metropolitan area ( KSD Fast Facts ). KSD covers 72 square miles, and is one of the most culturally diverse districts in Washington.

The City of Kent is home to the fourth largest industrial center in the nation, including The Boeing Company, REI, and other aerospace, technology and distribution companies. KSD is the second largest employer in Kent. The breathtaking outdoors setting; sports and entertainment facilities; a contemporary, open-air urban village (Kent Station) with housing, access to the train station, retail shopping, dining, movie theatre and colleges; a strong local economy; and a culturally rich city and school district make Kent a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Please visit our website at www.kent.k12.wa.us for additional information on the Kent School District.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: The purpose of the position is to establish an appropriate school climate for achieving district objectives through curriculum implementation and for carrying out district policies, procedures, and programs in a senior high school.

  • Maintains knowledge of current educational issues, trends, and best practices regarding curriculum, instruction, and assessment; maintains knowledge of state and district goals, policies and procedures as they relate to the area of responsibility.
  • Establishes objectives, designs and schedules programs to meet objectives, and establishes the necessary budget allocations for the building.
  • Recruits, selects, and recommends the appropriate personnel based on the major functions of the position; develops a building team to implement learning plans and to accomplish learning and achievement goals.
  • Maintains current information regarding educational reform issues; communicates information regarding state and national reform; implements measures to achieve reform objectives.
  • Delegates authority to appropriate personnel and maintains constructive personnel relations between individuals and groups; mediates and resolves conflicts related to areas of responsibility which involve staff, students, parents, and community.
  • Directs supervises, and observes performance of staff members; conducts annual performance evaluations; works with human resources to develop plans of improvement.
  • Supervises the discipline and management of students in all phases of the educational program.
  • Maintains relationships with parents, patrons, and advisory committees through regular and open communications to promote the attainment of educational objectives.
  • Directs special projects as assigned by the executive director.
  • Serves on various community and district committees.
  • Serves as a spokesperson for the school and the district as appropriate.
  • Serves as a member of the leadership team of the district performing duties as related to the position as assigned.


  • Master's degree in educational administration or related field*
  • Washington State principal certification
  • Three years of teaching experience (at the high school level); five years preferred*
  • Two years of demonstrated successful school-based secondary leadership experience.

(* allowable substitutions: any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that would provide the applicant with the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work and to meet certification requirements, may be allowed at the Superintendent's discretion)


  1. Develop and supervise cohesive teams of people within a K-12 setting; guide teams to establish and achieve goals; creates a climate in which people want to do their best; assesses each person's strengths and uses them to get the best out of him or her; promotes confidence and optimistic attitudes; is someone people like working for and with
  2. Is a leader who communicates a compelling and inspired vision or sense of core purpose; makes the vision sharable by everyone; can inspire and motivate entire staff
  3. Good judge of talent; accurately projects what people are likely to do across a variety of situations
  4. Supervise instructional and support staff by establishing clear directions; sets stretching goals, and assigns responsibilities that bring out the best in people; promotes staff development ; establishes a good work plan and distributes the workload appropriately; tactfully dispenses direct and actionable feedback; is open and direct with others without being intimidating; is a people builder
  5. Strong multicultural and ethnic understanding; support equal and fair treatment and opportunity for all; foster a climate of inclusion, promote culturally responsive instruction and leadership where diverse thoughts are freely shared and integrated
  6. Prefer candidate fluent in English as well as a second language, and who holds an ELL (English Language Learner) or bilingual endorsement
  7. Successful experience using computer technologies to enhance classroom instruction and school management; possesses required functional and technical knowledge and skills to do his or her job at a high level of accomplishment; demonstrate active interest and ability to enhance and apply new functional skills
  8. Uses analysis, wisdom, experience, and logical methods to make quality decisions and to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; appropriately incorporates multiple inputs to establish shared ownership and effective action
  9. Steadfastly pushes self and drives for results and perseveres in the face of resistance or setbacks
  10. Is widely trusted in the school community at large; is seen as a direct, truthful individual; presents truthful information in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; does not misrepresent himself or herself for personal gain; is warm and easy to approach; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact to diffuse tense situations
  11. Represents the school and district in the community at large through business partnerships and other public service activities; is effective in a variety of formal and informal presentation settings; commands attention and manages group process during the presentation; cognizant of audience response and able to adapt content and style accordingly
Additional annual benefits include: medical, dental, and vision benefits; district retirement contribution; 25 vacation days; 12 sick leave days; 6 flex days; 3 employee discretionary leave days; TSA match up to $2400; and opportunity to cash-out 10 vacation days annually.
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