Principal - Middle School
- Job Type
The Principal provides leadership and management of a school site, including the effective implementation of district initiatives and the site School Improvement Plan. The principal promotes the success of every student by:
- Facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by all stakeholders.
- Advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
- Ensuring management of the organization, operation, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
- Collaborating with faculty and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
- Acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.
- Understanding, responding to, and influencing the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.
Disclaimer: The following duties are not intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional position specific duties.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Collaboratively develop and/or implement a shared district/school vision and mission
- Collect and use data to identify goals, assess organizational effectiveness, and promote organizational learning
- Create and implement plans to achieve goals
- Promote continuous and sustainable improvement of student learning and instructional practices
- Monitor and evaluate progress and revise improvement plans
- Nurture and sustain a positive school culture of professional learning communities through collaboration, trust, learning, and high expectations
- Implement a comprehensive, rigorous, and coherent curricular program aligned to adopted Arizona curriculum standards and district instructional model
- Create a personalized and motivating learning environment for students
- Ensure quality instruction and professional learning through effective implementation of the teacher evaluation system
- Implement assessment and accountability systems to monitor student progress
- Develop the instructional and leadership capacity of staff, as well as develop personal goals for leadership and learning
- Maximize time spent on quality instruction
- Promote the use of the most effective and appropriate technologies to support teaching and learning
- Monitor and evaluate the impact of the instructional program
- Monitor and evaluate the management and operational systems (support staff supervision/evaluation, facility, grounds, etc.)
- Obtain, allocate, align, and effectively utilize human, fiscal, and technological resources
- Promote and protect the welfare and safety of students and staff (school safety and security, positive behavioral systems, student discipline, school procedures)
- Develop the capacity for distributed leadership
- Ensure teacher and organizational time is focused to support quality instruction and student learning (school schedules, assessment coordination, duty assignments, etc.)
- Collect and analyze data and information pertinent to the educational environment
- Promote understanding and appreciation of the community’s culture, including coordination/supervision of athletics, extracurricular activities and events; attendance at and support of parent organization meetings and events, etc.
- Build and sustain positive relationships with families and caregivers (visibility, accessibility, verbal and written communication, timely responsiveness)
- Build and sustain productive relationships with community partners
- Ensure a system of accountability for every student’s academic and social success
- Model principles of self-awareness, reflective practice, transparency, and ethical behavior
- Safeguard the values of democracy, equity, and diversity (facilitation of Special Education, 504, Title I, ELL, gifted, McKinney-Vento programs)
- Consider and evaluate the potential moral and legal consequences of decision-making
- Promote social justice and ensure that individual student needs inform all aspects of schooling
- Advocate for children, families, and caregivers by facilitating access to available school, district, and community resources
- Act to influence local, district, and state decisions affecting student learning
- Assess, analyze, and anticipate emerging trends and initiatives in order to adapt leadership strategies
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with administration, employees, students, and the general public.
- Ability to work in stressful situations.
- Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.
- Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Ability to think strategically and comprehensively.
- Ability to teach teamwork by example.
- Ability to respond to emergency and problem situations, dealing constructively with conflict to reach effective resolutions.
- Masters Degree in Education including course work in education leadership/administration
- Arizona Principal Certification
- Minimum of three years of successful experience as a teacher
- Work experience in educational administration or leadership as assigned by a building principal (e.g. school committees, advisory assignments, etc.)
- Knowledge of education at the appropriate level