Natchez Elementary School Principal - Acceleration Zone

Reno, NV, US
Apr 09, 2018
Grade Level
Elementary School


Under general direction, serves as the instructional leader and chief administrative officer of an elementary school. Incumbent performs related work as required.

Develops, implements and maintains the vision and mission statement of the school; involves students, staff, parents, community and stakeholders; recognizes the individual needs of all staff and students, including those of diverse cultures, backgrounds or abilities; understands student requirements and academic standards; analyzes student achievement results; plans, sets and implements goals to improve student achievement.

Advocates and serves as spokesperson for the school to all stakeholders; communicates with decision-makers outside the school community; and complies with district, state and federal laws and maintains ethical interactions with students and employees.

Builds and fosters strong interpersonal relationships with students, staff, parents and school community; articulates beliefs persuasively; defends decisions and behaves in ways that are congruent with these beliefs and decisions; demonstrates skills in verbal and nonverbal communication, including impact of personal image to communicate a positive image of the school; reports student performance to students, parents, teachers and other leaders. Communicates effectively with students, parents, community, faculty and staff; communication is effective with individuals as well as with groups including: faculty meetings, grade level meetings, PLCs, advisory councils and other committees.

Adapts leadership behavior to the needs of the current situation and constructively handles dissent; provides formal and informal feedback to staff with the exclusive purpose of improving individual and organizational performance; and recognizes and rewards individual accomplishments, celebrates school accomplishments.

Demonstrates integrity in meeting commitments with all stakeholders in a variety of settings. Demonstrates an appreciation for diversity and tolerance of different points of view; reacts constructively to making mistakes and continuously works at performance improvement; and constructively manages disagreement with leadership and policy decisions.

Applies knowledge of student growth and developmental stages; participates in the design and implementation of curriculum, focusing on congruent instruction; demonstrates knowledge of curriculum, instruction and assessment and their relationship to program goals and objectives; participates in decisions concerning consistent measurements, evaluation, and assessment strategies to further student progress; monitors the teaching methods and strategies being used and ensures that they are appropriate, varied and effective; articulates and requires effective student management strategies in all classrooms and common areas; conducts effective formal observations, walkthroughs with "Look Fors" and provides feedback to teachers; provides teachers with materials and professional development necessary to promote student success by equitable use of funding; and protects teachers from issues and influences that would detract from their teaching time or focus.

Creates a safe, orderly and healthy environment to ensure successful teaching and learning; manages the operation and maintenance of the physical plant; displays a history of completing projects on schedule and within the budget; demonstrates understanding and involves staff in the development of school budget priorities; establishes a set of standard operating procedures and routines for class assignments, master scheduling, budget allocations, etc.; and manages time with a focus on the priorities of the school.

Makes decisions linked to vision, mission, and priorities; identifies decision-making structure, including which decisions are made by consensus or by the staff independently, which decisions are made by the leader after getting input from the staff, and which decisions are made by the leader alone; uses internal and external data on student achievement as basis for decisions; uses student achievement data to initiate constructive change and make instructional decisions; evaluates decisions for effectiveness and revises when necessary; makes decisions in teacher assignment, course offerings, scheduling and curriculum/instruction based on specific needs for student achievement; demonstrates proficiency with data management systems and possess the ability to analyze student achievement data; demonstrate an understanding of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) as it relates to student success including familiarity with Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS).

Understands faculty proficiencies and areas for growth, providing staff development that is in-depth, varied, and focused on student achievement; demonstrates use of technology to improve teaching and learning; delegates to site leaders; consistently identifies potential administrators/leaders from within the school; trains strong assistant administrators to be capable of immediately assuming leadership responsibility in this school or other buildings; demonstrates improvement of specific performance areas based on the recommendations of the previous administrative evaluation; participates in planning, implementing and evaluating a personal, professional development plan; demonstrates proficiency in electronic communication and technology; understands research trends in education and leadership as they apply to the goals and priorities of the school and district; participates in leading professional development based on school and district goals; and advances the profession through participation in local, state, and national professional groups.


Education/Experience : Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:
  • Education: A Master's Degree in School Administration or related field;

  • AND
  • Experience: A minimum of two (2) years of leadership at the school site level as an assistant principal or principal; preferably at the elementary level; or successful completion of an approved principal training program (WASL), or comparable program of study;
  • AND
  • Experience: Five (5) years teaching experience;
  • AND
  • Satisfactory evaluations in the last five (5) years.

  • Knowledge of: Child development and a special understanding of pre-adolescent and early adolescent youth; the philosophy of elementary school education; human relations, especially with respect to other school district personnel such as teachers, counselors, coordinators and school district administrators in the fields of curriculum, personnel and business; the problems of parents and community leaders and be willing to cooperate with them; modern instructional techniques and competence in elementary school curriculum areas; the vertical structure of the courses of study in the District and the importance of articulation in these areas; principles and practices of school administration, including school finances, teaching methods and techniques, evaluations, and program development, applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, ordinances and policies; human resources development; school law; conflict resolution; public relations; principles of effective management, staff supervision and administration.

    Skill at : Planning, organizing, assigning and coordinating the activities of a professional and support staff; presenting ideas effectively, verbally and in writing; dealing constructively with conflict and developing consensus; selecting, supervising and evaluating subordinates; dealing effectively with people within the community; team building; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; working with people, staff supervision and administration.

    Physical Demands: The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee sits comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items, such as papers, books, or small parts; or driving an automobile. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.

    Work Environment: The environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms, libraries, residences, or commercial vehicles, e.g., use of safe work practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, observance of fire regulations and traffic signals. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated.

    Licenses/Certificates : Nevada School Administrator Endorsement must be obtained prior to placement as an administrator. Proper endorsement is necessary for commencement of a contract.


    The Washoe County School District is committed to providing a safe and respectful learning and working environment for all students, staff, and visitors. The District prohibits bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, and/or discrimination based on an individual's actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, veterans or military status, marital status, disability or the presence of any sensory, physical or mental handicap in any of its educational programs/activities and employment, or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The District prohibits discrimination against any youth group listed in Title 36, as a patriotic society, (i.e. Boy Scouts of America) from access to public school facilities use.

    11 Month, Range 40
    Salary Range: $82, 916 - $119, 233

    Salaries are subject to adjustment and may increase and decrease each fiscal year. New employees hired by Washoe County School District are normally placed on the entry step of the range of the position.

    Internal Job Number: 2018-19-A1800049

    Range/Grade: 40

    Endorsements: Administrative, School

    Additional Job Information:
    This position is being opened for eligible transfer applicants and simultaneously open to eligible principal pool candidates. In order to be considered for a principal position, you are required to be a current principal or in the principal hiring pool. A current principal may apply for transfer to a principalship at any level.

    Any Washoe County School District administrator who is eligible for and interested in requesting a transfer to the positions listed above, should apply online at by completing an Administrative application and attaching a resume and letter of interest to your online Administrative application, or by updating an existing Administrative application no later than 11:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Applications must be linked to the job posting to be considered.

    Area superintendents will review WCSD principals, eligible licensed administrators, and candidates from the principal hiring pools. An interview will be held with a committee comprised of school, district, and community stakeholders. Interviews with stakeholders ensures that the decision is made with the input of district, staff, parents, and community members.

    If you have any questions on the application process or would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact Human Resources at (775) 348-0321.

    The Washoe County School District pays an additional legislatively-designated amount to the Public Employees Retirement System on behalf of the employee for retirement benefits. No retirement contribution is made by the employee.

    New employees will have $55.00 deducted from their first paycheck to help defray the cost of fingerprinting.

    Please be advised there is a 90-day waiting period for insurance benefits.

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