Elementary School Principal

Wayland, Massachusetts
$120,000 to $125,000
Jan 03, 2019
Job Category
Administrator, Principal
Grade Level
Elementary School
Job Type

The Wayland Public Schools in Wayland, Massachusetts, is looking for a principal for the Happy Hollow School starting July 1, 2019. Happy Hollow is an elementary school for Grades K-5 with approximately 375 students.

The Happy Hollow School Principal is responsible for using leadership, supervisory, and administrative skills to ensure a high-quality education for all students, and to create and sustain a positive, rigorous, and collaborative learning environment involving faculty, staff, students, parents, and community. He/She supervises all assigned personnel within the elementary school and reports to the Superintendent of Schools.


        a.    Establishes and maintains an effective learning climate in the school;
        b.    Leads in the development, determination of appropriateness, implementation, and monitoring of the instructional program, including assignment and promotion of students, administration of special services, assessment of student learning, and evaluation of the curriculum;
        c.    Oversees guidelines for appropriate student behavior and for maintaining student discipline;
        d.    Assists in the development, revision, implementation, and evaluation of the curriculum, in cooperation with the Superintendent's Office and Curriculum leadership personnel;
        e.    Schedules classes within established guidelines to meet student needs;
        f.    Initiates, designs, implements, and supervises programs to meet specific goals and needs of the school.

        a.    Directs all organization, supervision, and administration within the elementary school;
        b.    Orients newly assigned staff members and assists in their development, as appropriate;
        c.    Supervises and evaluates all staff members regarding their individual and group performance;
        d.    Assists in the recruitment of all school building personnel;
        e.    Responsible for selection of finalist candidates in all personnel matters at the elementary school;
        f.    Recommends, according to established procedures, the continuation of teacher employment;
        g.    Conducts staff meetings to discuss matters relative to the school and to keep members informed of policy changes, new programs, etc;
        h.    Establishes programs necessary for the professional growth of the staff.

        a.    Supervises the school's teaching and learning process;
        b.    Assumes responsibility for the development and administration of the school safety plan, including planning and supervising fire drills and emergency preparedness programs;
        c.    Supervises the daily use of the school facilities for both academic and other non-academic purposes, including co-curricular programs;
        d.    Knows and follows appropriate Massachusetts Law, School Committee Policies, and Administrative Procedures relative to personnel, instructional programs, student attendance and safety, and other administrative functions;
        e.    Budgets school time to provide for the efficient conduct of school instruction and business;
        f.    Approves the master teaching schedule and any special assignments, including cafeteria, co-curricular, transportation, specialists, evening meetings, as well as daily instructional periods;
        g.    Prepares and submits the school's budgetary requests, orders instructional supplies and equipment, monitors expenditures of funds, and oversees the general condition of the building;
        h.    Prepares or supervises the preparation of reports, records, and lists required or appropriate to the school's administration;
        i.    Keeps the Superintendent informed of events and activities of an unusual nature related to the operation of the school;
        j.    Provides for adequate inventories of property under his/her jurisdiction and for the security and accountability for that property;
       k.    Assumes any other responsibilities as assigned by the Superintendent or his designee.

        a.    Maintains active and positive relationships with students and parents;
        b.    Assumes responsibility for his/her own professional growth and development through memberships and participation in professional organizations;
        c.    Keeps abreast of changes and developments in the profession by attending professional meetings, reading professional journals and other publications, and discussing problems of mutual interest with others in the field;
        d.    Attends special events held to recognize student achievement, and attends school-sponsored activities and functions;
        e.    Cooperates with college and university officials regarding teacher training and preparation;
        f.    Participates in Administrative Council meetings and provides assistance in the negotiations process, when needed;
        g.    Establishes and maintains a high standard of public relations through official correspondence, newsletters, and availability to parents and other members of the community;
        h.    Serves as Co-Chair on School Council, acts as liaison between the school and community, interpreting activities and policies of the school and encouraging community participation in school life;
        i.    Attends other committee meetings as directed by the Superintendent or his designee.


1.    Master's Degree from an accredited institution, with substantial graduate study in educational administration, supervision, child development, and curriculum required; Doctorate in educational administration preferred; 
2.    Certification as elementary school principal for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts required;
3.    Minimum of five (5) years of exemplary experience as a classroom teacher at the elementary school level required;
4.    Exemplary leadership experience at the elementary school level required, whether in a formal or informal capacity;
5.    Experience with diverse populations and commitment to Wayland’s goals of diversity and inclusion;
6.    Experience in professional development program facilitation;
7.    Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Wayland School Committee may find appropriate and acceptable.


1.    Two hundred ten (210) work days per year;
2.    Competitive compensation package; salary commensurate with experience (salary range $120,000-$125,000);
3.    Other conditions and benefits as negotiated in accordance with School Committee policies.

Performance of this job will be evaluated by the Superintendent in accordance with School Committee policy and Massachusetts statutes.

For additional information and to apply, please visit our website at www.wayland.k12.ma.us/employment.