School Principal - Elementary

Providence School District
Providence, RI, US
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GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: The School Principal is responsible for administering and leading the total school program which focuses on student centered learning; equity; achievement; building a positive school climate that supports the whole student; leveraging research and data to drive initiatives and instruction; and building a high-performing staff and leadership team to achieve the school's vision and goals. The principal will collaborate with parents, community members, consultants, as well as other internal/external stakeholders to implement educational programs, capital improvements, systems reform, tools and other resources to accelerate student achievement.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: The principal will be supervised the assigned Zone Director.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: The principal will plan, coordinate, organize, supervise and evaluate the work of the instructional, professional and clerical staff.


Education: Master's degree from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in educational administration/leadership and;

Experience: minimum of five (5) years in teaching experience and; must have had experience in an educational leadership position, such as my have been gained through academic coaching, or as a certified administrator; Strong knowledge of curriculum, instruction, organizational patterns, school operations, and student services; demonstrated competence in staff recruitment, training, supervision and evaluation; demonstrated problem-solving skills and demonstrated ability to act effectively under stress; ability to motivate, encourages, and works with staff to ensure outstanding performance as well as good morale; excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills and; multilingualism preferred



Results Orientation
  • Promotes a widely shared institutional belief that every child deserves and can have expert instruction and that all team members must be advocates for students.
  • Sets high performance goals for themselves and others despite instability and obstacles to success.
  • Creates a sense of urgency and takes immediate action to ensure early successes.
  • Establishes and monitors high standards for excellence with students, teachers, staff and other stakeholders.
  • Aligns school resources and prioritizes activities to achieve maximum results based on vision and goals.
  • Relentlessly focuses school activities on student achievement.
Action Orientation
  • Effectively plans and takes action to achieve goals and objectives without direction.
  • Consistently identifies potential issues and obstacles and proactively takes action to create and implement solutions.
  • Formulates and executes on action plans despite ambiguity, obstacles or resistance.
Impact and Influence
  • Establishes a culture of collaboration, learning and achievement.
  • Acts consistently to influence others' thinking and behavior to achieve results.
  • Communicates a clear vision of success and benefits to engage others.
  • Identifies and engages stakeholders (e.g. parents, community) to drive consensus, build trust and facilitate change.
  • Influences others to take action and demands change.
Develop and Lead High Performing Teams
  • Effectively builds and organizes adult teams to mirror vision and produce maximum results.
  • Is reflective about strengths and growth areas.
  • Selects assignments to build team capacity.
  • Effectively delegates to others and engages team in decision-making.
  • Encourages learning and consistently provides instruction, expectations, feedback and other developmental activities to encourage leadership and build capacity.
  • Consistently inspires excellence and promotes high morale.
  • Quickly recognizes patterns and trends related to school performance.
  • Analyzes complex information to formulate strategic vision and develop action plans.
  • Identifies appropriate metrics and uses qualitative and quantitative data to assess performance and drive goals and decision-making.
  • Recognizes cause and effect between instructional activities and results.
  • Develops right balance of strategic and tactical plans to achieve immediate success while maintaining long-term vision.
  • Develops effective processes to achieve desired results.
  • Confidence to Lead

  • Strong belief that all students can learn to high levels and thrive when given the chance.
  • Able to adapt to the complexities of the urban school environment
  • Creative thinking.
  • Ability to be analytical and think critically
  • Familiar with best practices on the school level that create and sustain change.
  • Able to build capacity in others.
  • Demonstrates leadership theories and practices.
  • Knowledge of current education policy trends.
  • Proven experience leading in urban district schools to accelerate student academic and learning performance.
  • Extensive knowledge of comprehensive assessment systems.
  • Success with professional development design and delivery to help teachers raise test scores using data.
  • Proven experience in conducting rigorous evaluations of educator and school staff performance.
  • Knowledge of social emotional wellness programs
  • Experience with effective instruction for English Learners and Special Education Students
  • Must have the knowledge and skills to build positive relationships with people from diverse populations
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of PPSD and the relevance of job functions to that mission and vision
  • You must complete the new hire compliance training prior to your first day of employment
  • Bilingual Preferred
  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check. Selected candidates cannot begin work until passing their background check.
We offer a complete benefits package to full-time employees including health care, dental, vision, retirement, deferred compensation plans, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, holidays, and Personal Time Off (PTO).
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