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Assistant Principal - High School

Richland County School District One-1
Columbia, SC, US

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Administrator, Assistant Principal
Grade Level
High School
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Richland County School District One, South Carolina
Classification Description Classification Title: Assistant Principal - High
FLSA Status: Exempt
220 days
Salary Range: $77,724.29 (Master's) - $111,584.06 (Doctorate)
General Statement of Job
Under occasional supervision, assists the Principal in providing the leadership and management skills necessary to maximize the efforts of teachers and students in an environment which is conducive to educational enhancement, growth and achievement. Assists in supervising classified staff members. Ensures subordinates' adherence to regulations, District goals and policies. Reports to the Principal.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Essential Functions:
  • Assists in supervising classified staff members; assigns work loads and establishes work schedules; directs and supervises duties of assigned staff including instructing, assigning, reviewing and planning work of others; maintains education, conduct and facility standards; coordinates activities; handles personnel issues and recommends the discipline of employees as appropriate.
  • Reviews the work of subordinates for completeness, accuracy and adherence to District policies; evaluates and makes recommendations as appropriate, and offers advice and assistance as needed.
  • Conducts the duties of Principal in his/her absence.
  • Assists the Principal in planning, implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of school-wide programs, policies, goals and objectives; ensures all School Board and administrative policies are effectively explained and implemented.
  • Supervises and coordinates student attendance policies and record-keeping.
  • Monitors student behavior and oversees student disciplinary action.
  • Coordinates and supervises student activities and special programs as assigned, and recruits teacher volunteers.
  • Observes and evaluates the instructional program, observes classroom environment, and makes recommendations for improvement in instruction and class management as appropriate.
  • Receives and responds to inquiries, concerns and complaints from teachers, students and parents. Works to resolve administrative, instructional and behavioral problems.
  • Assists in the preparation of the master class schedule and maintains school calendar.
  • Compiles annual budget requests and requisitions, and maintains adequate supplies and equipment.
  • May supervise the maintenance of construction, buildings and grounds.
  • Enforces policies and procedures designed to protect the safety and welfare of students and staff while on campus. Conducts safety inspections and safety drills periodically.
  • Keeps abreast of developments and innovations in the profession and ensures that staff members remain current as well.
  • Observes and evaluates faculty and staff and offers recommendations where needed.
  • Performs computer data entry to record and retrieve various information and to prepare reports and correspondence.
  • May supervise the guidance department.
  • May perform daily morning, afternoon and lunch duties on the school grounds as well as attend school evening events, off or on campus meetings, and sports games.
  • Receives, reviews, prepares and/or submits various records and reports, including budget requests, financial reports, testing data, staff reports, attendance reports, transcripts, incident reports, school schedule, faculty manual, student manual, exam schedules, performance appraisals, staff development reports, requisitions, technical and professional reports, memos, correspondence, etc.
  • Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals, such as the Superintendent, immediate supervisor, other district administrators, other principals, teachers and other school staff members, parents, students, Board members, and the general public.
  • Complies with all federal laws, state statutes, Board policies, administrative rules, and/or directives.

Additional Duties:
  • Attends and/or conducts District, staff and community meetings as necessary.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Education and Training
Requires a Master's degree in education administration supplemented by four years of experience as a successful classroom teacher, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Must possess certifications to meet state, federal and AdvancEd standards.

Minimum Qualifications and Standards Required
Physical Requirements:
Must be physically able to operate a variety of machines and equipment, including a computer, telephone, etc. Must be able to exert up to five pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for periods of time. Must be able to lift and/or carry weights of five to ten pounds.

Data Conception:
Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable functional, structural or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people or things.

Interpersonal Communications:
Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information. Includes giving assignments and/or directions to subordinates and receiving assignments and/or direction from supervisor.

Language Ability:
Requires the ability to read a variety of laws, policies and procedures, technical and professional studies, reference books and publications, etc. Requires the ability to prepare performance appraisals, policies, complex reports, schedules, correspondence, etc., with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech. Requires the ability to speak with and before others with poise, voice control and confidence.

Requires the ability to apply principles of logical thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions, to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical, schedule or diagrammatic form, and to deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Requires the ability to apply influence systems in managing staff members, to learn and understand relatively complex principles and techniques, to make independent judgments in absence of supervision, and to acquire knowledge of topics related to primary occupation. Must have the ability to comprehend and interpret received information.

Verbal Aptitude:
Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow and give verbal and written instructions, and to counsel and teach employees. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with persons of varying educational backgrounds and in a variety of technical and/or professional languages, including education administration, curriculum development, budgeting, personnel, etc.

Numerical Aptitude:
Requires the ability to add and subtract totals, to multiply and divide, to utilize mathematical formulas, to determine percentages and decimals, and to determine time. Must be able to use practical applications of statistics.

Form/Spatial Aptitude:
Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape, and visually read information.

Motor Coordination:
Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes using office machinery.

Manual Dexterity:
Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, keyboards, office equipment, control knobs, buttons, switches, catches, etc. Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination:
Requires the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color.

Interpersonal Temperament:
Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under stress when confronted with emergency situations, volatile situations or tight deadlines. Worker may be subject to danger or risk to a slight degree and to tension as a regular, consistent part of the job.

Physical Communications:
Requires the ability to talk and/or hear (talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear).

Performance Evaluation Criteria
Job Knowledge:
Has thorough knowledge of the methods, procedures and policies of the District and High School Services as they pertain to the performance of duties of the Assistant Principal. Is knowledgeable of the laws, ordinances, standards and regulations pertaining to the specific duties and responsibilities of the position. Is able to help ensure departmental compliance with all laws and regulations and control the activities of the department through effective supervision. Has considerable knowledge of the functions and interrelationships of Richland District One and other governmental agencies. Has thorough knowledge of school administration, organization and curriculum theories and practices. Knows how to react calmly and quickly in emergency situations; is able to handle volatile situations calmly and professionally. Is able to perform duties effectively and professionally in an environment in which discrimination and other public issues are constant concerns. Knows how to help supervise a high school instructional and administrative staff. Knows how to apply supervisory and managerial concepts and principles. Is able to perform teacher and employee evaluations and to make recommendations based on results. Has the ability to offer guidance and assistance to subordinates, co-workers and employees of other departments as required. Has the ability to offer instruction and advice to subordinates regarding departmental policies, methods and regulations. Has the ability to use independent judgment as needed in performing routine and non-routine tasks. Is able to take the initiative to complete the duties of the position without the need of direct supervision. Is able to read, interpret and apply complex professional and technical reports, statistical reports, budget documents and related materials pertaining to the responsibilities of the job. Knows how to prepare reports, performance appraisals, correspondence, records, etc. Has a comprehensive knowledge of the terminology and various professional languages used within the department. Knows how to maintain effective relationships with personnel of other departments, professionals and members of the public through contact and cooperation. Is able to make sound, educated decisions. Knows how to make public presentations. Has the mathematical ability to handle required calculations. Has the ability to plan, organize and prioritize daily assignments and work activities. Has good organizational, technical and human relations skills. Has the ability to learn and utilize new skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency. Has skills in the use of computers. Is able to help compile, organize and utilize financial information necessary in the preparation of the departmental budget.

Quality of Work:
Maintains high standards of accuracy in exercising duties and responsibilities. Exercises immediate remedial action to correct any quality deficiencies that occur in areas of responsibility. Maintains high quality communication and interaction with all District departments and divisions, co-workers and the public.

Quantity of Work:
Performs described "Specific Duties and Responsibilities" and related assignments efficiently and effectively in order to produce quantity of work which consistently meets standards and expectations of the District.

Assumes responsibility for completing assigned work. Completes assigned work within deadlines in accordance with directives, District policy, standards and prescribed procedures. Remains accountable to assigned responsibilities in the technical, human and conceptual areas.

Attends and remains at work regularly and adheres to District policies and procedures regarding absences and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and time-off requests.

Initiative and Enthusiasm:
Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant and self-starting approach to meet job responsibilities and accountability. Strives to anticipate work to be done, and initiates proper and acceptable direction for the completion of work with a minimum of supervision and instruction.

Exercises analytical judgment in areas of responsibility. Identifies problems or situations as they occur, and specifies decision objectives. Identifies or assists in identifying alternative solutions to problems or situations. Implements decisions in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and procedures and with a minimum of errors. Seeks expert or experienced advice where appropriate and researches problems, situations and alternatives before exercising judgment.

Accepts supervisory instruction and direction, and strives to meet the goals and objectives of same. Questions such instruction and direction when clarification of results or consequences are justified (i.e., poor communications, variance with District policy or procedures, etc.). Offers suggestions and recommendations to encourage and improve cooperation between all staff persons and departments within the District.

Shares knowledge with managers, supervisors and staff for mutual and district benefit. Contributes to maintaining high morale among all District employees. Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships with department employees, staff and managers in other departments, representatives from organizations, and the public so as to maintain good will toward the District and to project a good district image. Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions and complaints from other departments and persons in order to maintain good will within the District. Emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive image within the District. Interacts effectively with higher management, professionals and the public.

Coordination of Work:
Plans and organizes daily work routine. Establishes priorities for the completion of work in accordance with sound time-management methodology. Avoids duplication of effort. Estimates expected time of completion of elements of work and establishes a personal schedule accordingly. Attends required meetings, planning sessions and discussions on time. Implements work activity in accordance with priorities and estimated schedules.

Safety and Housekeeping:
Adheres to all safety and housekeeping standards established by the District and various regulatory agencies. Sees that standards are not violated. Maintains a clean and orderly workplace.

Plans, directs and uses information effectively in order to enhance activities and production of the department. Knows and understands the expectations of the District regarding the activities of the department, and works to see that these expectations are met. Designs and formulates ways, means, and timing to achieve the goals and objectives of the department and the District. Within constraints of District policy, formulates appropriate strategy and tactics for achieving departmental and District objectives. Effectively and efficiently organizes, arranges and allocates manpower, financial and other designated resources to achieve the goals and objectives of the department and the District.

Organizes work and that of subordinate staff well. Ensures that staff members know what results are expected of them, and that they are regularly and appropriately informed of all District and department matters affecting them and/or of concern to them.

Works with the Human Resources Department and upper management, where appropriate, to select and recommend employment of personnel for the department who are qualified both technically and philosophically to meet the needs of the department and the District. Personally directs the development and training of department personnel ensuring that they are properly inducted, oriented and trained.

Provides a work environment which encourages clear and open communications. Has a clear and comprehensive understanding of the principles of effective leadership and how such principles are to be applied. Provides adequate feedback to staff so they know whether their performance levels are satisfactory. Commends and rewards employees for outstanding performance yet does not hesitate to take disciplinary action when necessary. Exercises enthusiasm in influencing and guiding others toward the achievement of District goals and objectives.

Provides a work environment which is orderly and controlled. Coordinates, audits, and controls manpower and financial resources efficiently and effectively. Coordinates, audits, and controls the utilization of materials and equipment efficiently and effectively. Has a clear and comprehensive understanding of District standards, methods and procedures.

Assigns duties to staff as necessary and/or appropriate to meet department goals, enhance staff abilities, build confidence on the job and assists staff members in personal growth. Has confidence in staff to meet new or additional expectations.

Decision Making:
Uses discretion and judgment in developing and implementing courses of action affecting the department. When a particular policy, procedure or strategy does not foster the desired result, moves decisively and explicitly to develop and implement alternatives.

Regularly seeks new and improved methodologies, policies and procedures for enhancing the effectiveness of department and District. Employs imagination and creativity in the application of duties and responsibilities. Is not adverse to change.

Human Relations:
Strives to develop and maintain good rapport with all staff members. Listens to and considers their suggestions and complaints, and responds appropriately. Maintains the respect and loyalty of staff.

Policy Implementation:
Has a clear and comprehensive understanding of District policies regarding the department and District function. Adheres to those policies in the discharge of duties and responsibilities, and ensures the same from subordinate staff.

Policy Formulation:
Keeps abreast of changes in operating philosophies and policies of the District and continually reviews department policies to ensure that any changes in District philosophy or practice are appropriately incorporated. Understands the relationship between operating policies and practices and department morale and performance. Works to see that established policies enhance same.
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