Falmouth Public Schools
East Falmouth, MA, US

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Falmouth High School


Start date is July 1, 2022

Vision of the Successful Candidate: The Falmouth Public Schools is seeking high quality candidates for the Falmouth High School principalship to lead our high performing high school, which enrolls approximately 800 students. This well-appointed facility supports powerful and relevant student learning and innovation that is complemented by a well-balanced program of study. Our high school provides an optimum learning environment in a very supportive Cape Cod community. In addition to a rich partnership focused on STEM learning, the district also offers numerous opportunities in the arts, music, technology, student clubs/government and athletics to ensure every student has a way to engage in the school community. The chosen candidate will work with a committed and talented staff and a strong district leadership team to maintain the tradition of excellence and ensure the forward thinking needed to prepare CLIPPERS for life beyond our walls.



  • Licensed as a Massachusetts Secondary School Principal
  • Master's Degree or higher from an accredited college or university, with a concentration in educational leadership and supervision
  • At least five (5) years of successful teaching experience in a secondary setting
  • Minimum of three (3) years of administrative experience or extensive educational leadership experience of other types
  • Provides leadership for curriculum, instruction, and assessment of student achievement
  • Experience in observation and feedback for professional growth
  • Such alternatives or exceptions to the above qualifications as the Superintendent of Schools may find appropriate and acceptable





  • Advocates an innovative secondary school philosophy with strong attention to academics
  • Listens, is flexible in exploring options, and is decisive in setting direction
  • Displays initiative, resourcefulness, effective problem solving
  • Collaborates routinely with colleagues and stakeholders within and across the school community
  • Develop school-based leaders and promote an environment of distributed leadership and collective responsibility among the leadership team.
  • Reflects and communicates in a timely and clear manner
  • Communicates effectively in multiple media for different audiences
  • Maintains composure in challenging situations
  • Develops professional working relationships that motivate others
  • Organizes multiple tasks, delegates, and follows through
  • Displays a professional personal appearance
  • Maintains a sense of humor



Teaching & Learning:



  • Coordinates with the Assistant Superintendent/Director of Teaching & Learning to ensure a relevant and articulated program of study
  • Provides leadership for the identification of curriculum needs and for program development, in both regular and special education
  • Organizes, supervises, schedules, and evaluates instructional programs geared for academic excellence
  • Establishes a climate that promotes effective teaching and learning
  • Promotes the use of technology and digital tools across all disciplines and programs


Policy Making:



  • Establishes fair and equitable policies, procedures, and ethics relative to economic, ethnic, racial, religious, sex differences and those with disabilities
  • Ensure that policies and practices enable staff and students interact effectively in a culturally diverse environment in which students, families, and staff backgrounds, identities, strengths, and challenges are respected.
  • Develops school and program goals with students, staff, and community
  • Keeps abreast of changes and developments in the profession and shares information with staff and colleagues
  • Responds to emergencies with calm, clear, and appropriate measures





  • Interviews, recommends, and allocates staff within the school
  • Assesses and builds on the strengths of the staff
  • Supervise the evaluation cycle for all administrators in the school to ensure quality actionable feedback based on evidence, aligned to school/district goals, and educator evaluation
  • Administers employee contracts knowledgeably


Organizational Management and Relations:



  • Envisions the school as central to the community and develops strong relationships
  • Builds an effective administrative team for long-range planning and shared decision-making
  • Develops professional working relationships that motivate others
  • Organizes multiple tasks, delegates, and follows through
  • Maintains professional attitude in confidential matters
  • Provides clear and decisive directions after appropriate input
  • Actively displays caring about, and relates effectively with, all students
  • Oversees the supervision of student behavior with concern for fairness, restoration of harms, and due process
  • Understands the laws governing student discipline, and is willing to approach student discipline with a restorative practice lens
  • Maintains reasonable consistency and clarity of responses to behavior
  • Plans and supervises an emergency evacuation and preparedness program in line with the District's emergency plan
  • Understands how to implement and advance the school's Vision of the Graduate
  • Familiarity with the NEASC accreditation process for public high schools


General Responsibilities:



  • Provides for the administration and supervision of all curricular and extracurricular programs in the school
  • Supervises accurate record keeping and reports
  • Develops budget and expends funds according to school priorities and needs


District-wide Efforts:



  • Interprets and enforces School Committee policy and administrative regulations
  • Participates with the superintendent in developing district-wide policies and procedures
  • Coordinate with the Director of Student Services to ensure the provision of Special Education services in the school
  • Considers the welfare of the total system in decisions as well as the individual school
  • Serves on district-wide committees as requested
  • Works with school based and District leadership team to implement the Falmouth Public Schools and Falmouth High School vision and mission
  • Establishes effective communications between the school and central office administration
  • Performs such other duties as may be assigned by the Superintendent of Schools


TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Non-Union 12 month Position

EVALUATION: Performance will be evaluated annually by the Superintendent of Schools.

REPORTS TO: Superintendent of Schools

SALARY: 125,000-140,000 commensurate with experience

#Principal FHS23-1 Lori Duerr, Ed.D. Superintendent

Posted: 02/04/2022

EOE: The School Committee affirms a policy which guarantees equal employment opportunity in the recruitment, application, selection, compensation, retention, transfer, promotion, benefits, work assignment and career progression process without discrimination for reasons of individual's race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, ancestry, citizenship, military status, sexual orientation, disability or genetic information.


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