Letford Elementary School Principal

Johnstown, Colorado
Minimum of $75,000 with amount to be determined based on experience
Jan 09, 2019
Job Category
Administrator, Principal
Grade Level
Elementary School
Job Type

District Information:

Weld County RE-5J School District is a rural school district in northern Colorado, located in both Weld and Larimer counties. Our schools serve 3,800 students in the towns of Johnstown and Milliken, and also small portions of the town of Berthoud and the city of Greeley.

Weld County RE-5J School District places a strong emphasis on educating the whole child and inspiring our students to be lifelong learners. From kindergarten through high school, our students are empowered to be involved in their learning and to own their educational experience. We are committed to ensuring every student reaches their full potential and is prepared for college or a career when they graduate from high school.

School Information:

Letford Elementary School is a neighborhood school with small class sizes located in Johnstown, Colorado that serves approximately 500 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Our team at Letford is dedicated to the safety, health, and success of our students and we are proud to be part of our community. Clubs and activities include Student Council, Gifted, Robotics, After School Academy, Technology, Yearbook, and Wellness. We went from being a Priority Improvement school in 2017 to a Performance school in 2018 per school performance frameworks, and part of what makes Letford special is that we have 1:1 technology across the building.

Position Overview:

Under the supervision of the Superintendent of Schools, the Principal will provide leadership and supervision in administering the educational program in order to promote the educational development and achievement of students in accordance with Board of Education policies, administrative procedures, rules and regulations, and applicable law. The Principal will also provide leadership in program development and improvement, as well as in professional staff development.

The Principal should possess these qualities: the ability to develop and support meaningful collaboration among staff, parents, and students; dedication to strengthening our community partnerships; the skills to improve academic performance; and a commitment to hold students and staff to high expectations.

Essential Functions:

  • Develops and administers school programs consistent with school district goals and objectives.
  • Provides leadership and direction to staff with regard to the ongoing evaluation and improvement of educational programs, including curricular and extracurricular activities.
  • Promotes a school environment that is safe and conducive to individualized instruction, cooperative curriculum development, and student learning.
  • Ensures that Board policies and procedures are implemented and followed at the school.
  • Continues to acquire professional knowledge and learn of current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops or professional meetings, or by conducting research.
  • Encourages staff to continue to grow professionally and to experiment with new approaches or strategies to teaching.
  • Organizes and maintains a system for accurate and complete record-keeping and reporting for all student activities, attendance and records as required by law.
  • Coordinates the work of school staff and school district program leaders to develop and implement instructional programs and teaching practices.
  • Conducts ongoing assessment of student learning, and works with teaching staff to modify instructional methods to fit students' needs, including students with special needs.
  • Coordinates with the administrative office for recruitment and selection of employees, the proper maintenance of employee personnel files, the administration of collective bargaining agreements, corrective action, and other human resource issues.
  • Organizes and conducts regular meetings with teachers for continuing development of instructional techniques.
  • Involves staff in the evaluation of programs and the planning of new programs.
  • Encourages parental involvement in students' education and ensures effective communication with students and parents.
  • Ensures that student conduct aligns with the school's standards and school district policies.
  • Supervises and evaluates teaching staff and other building employees in accordance with the school district's evaluation plan, and makes recommendations regarding goals, areas needing improvement and continued employment.
  • Organizes and manages the budgetary and financial affairs of the school consistent with school district policies.

Additional Duties:

Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Superintendent and other central office administrators as designated by the Superintendent.

Note:    The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities.  It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.

Travel Requirements:

Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of current teaching methods and educational pedagogy, as well as differentiates instruction based upon student learning styles.
  • Knowledge of MTSS/RtI.
  • Knowledge of Special Education rules and procedures.
  • Knowledge of ELL programs and requirements.
  • Knowledge of elementary school curriculum and concepts.
  • Knowledge of best practices in administration, program evaluation and staff supervision.
  • Knowledge of data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education.
  • Ability to develop and implement projects.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with students and parents.
  • Ability to organize multiple tasks and conflicting time constraints.
  • Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to leadership, performance and professional growth.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others.
  • Ability to use computer network system and software applications as needed.


State Certification as required for position.


Bachelor's and Masters Degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in School Administration.

Sixth year, doctorate, or other planned program in related field preferred.


A minimum of five years of successful teaching experience at the elementary level, preferably in more than one grade level.

Successful administrative experience at the elementary school level preferred.

FLSA Status:  



  • Application will close on January 23, 2019
  • Applications will be screened January 24-25th
  • We will have an open house the evening of January 31st and the first round of interviews February 1st. Second interviews with final candidates will be held on February 4th. These will be in-person for local applicants and via Skype for out of state applicants.
  • Position will begin July 1, 2019!

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