Middle School Principal

Rhode Island
$95,000 - $100,000 + benefits
Jan 23, 2018
Job Category
Administrator, Principal
Grade Level
Middle School
Job Type

Paul Cuffee School, a K-12 public charter school of choice, educates a diverse community of students from Providence, RI.  We respect each individual and the world we share. This quality of our community is central to our mission. In the spirit of Paul Cuffee’s life, we teach students to value and practice personal initiative, perseverance, and social responsibility.  Our School accomplishes these goals through a rigorous academic program which, enriched with maritime experiences, fosters discovery and critical thinking.  We prepare students for higher education, lifelong learning, and active citizenship.

The primary role of the Principal is to maximize learning outcomes for students and staff; lead improvements in curriculum, instruction, and assessment; to manage faculty and staff, and to coordinate operations in the building.  The Principal is a member of the senior staff and reports directly to the Head of the School.  The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Creates a conscious community of continuous learning for all faculty, staff, and students
  • Fosters a culture of high expectations for all students, faculty, staff, community members, and guests
  • Establishes an instructional vision and implements a focused plan for improving student achievement
  • Supports teachers in improving their instructional practice through regular formal and informal observations and feedback
  • Leads or assists the Head of School and other administrative team members in determining and implementing strategic institutional initiatives and K-12 programs
  • Hires, inducts, and evaluates faculty members and implements and trains for the Rhode Island Educator Evaluation system
  • Chairs Campus Leadership Team and helps to develop, implement, and revise improvement plan with staff, parents, and community members 
  • Leads or assists with professional development for all faculty and staff in building
  • Works closely with Business Manager and Head of School on devising and revising budget
  • Understands and embraces our focus on our social-emotional development philosophy, including training teachers and working with students and specialists to develop individual support for student growth 
  • Manages all accreditation processes and assisting with mandated reporting
  • Articulates and supports the School’s mission and vision while understanding and promoting its history 
  • Provides staff support at meetings of the Board of Trustees
  • Attends administrative meetings, Board of Trustees meetings, Parents’ Association meetings, Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) meetings, other school meetings or outside meetings as a representative of the administration


  • Excellent writing and overall communication skills
  • Strong administrative experience; experience with faculty evaluation, preferred
  • Familiarity with laws and regulations governing public charter schools, preferred
  • Three to five years of relevant leadership experience preferred
  • RI Building Level Administrator Certificate required


It is the policy of Paul Cuffee School not to discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, gender, sex, physical or mental disability, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, uniformed military service, protected activity (i.e., opposition to prohibited discrimination or participation in proceedings covered by the anti-discrimination status) or any characteristics protected by law with respect to recruitment, hiring, training, promotions and other terms and conditions of employment.