Job Description / Essential Elements:
PRINCIPAL, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Under professional direction, to serve as the chief administrative officer of an elementary school facility; to direct the formulation and implementation of operational procedures and practices; to plan, develop, and implement instructional objectives, and design and implement procedures to evaluate instructional program effectiveness; to assist in the planning, development, and conduct of staff development and staff training programs; to plan, develop, and carry out public and community relations programs and activities; and to do other related functions as directed.
This position classification requires subject matter expertise in educational programs, and curriculum and instruction strategies. Directly related administrative experience is necessary to assure success in an elementary school leadership role. The job requires the ability to analyze and offer alternative problem solutions. Decisions are made by the incumbent that have a critical impact on the goals, organization and administration of educational programs and services of the organization. The position classification has supervisory responsibility for planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the quality and quantity of work of professional, technical and clerical employees. Frequently meets with teachers, School Psychologists and other educational personnel to influence, motivate and monitor the result objectives of the school operation. This is a position classification that performs light work, but does require walking and standing for extended periods. The job also requires the accurate perceiving of sound, near and far vision, depth perception, handling and working with educational materials and objects, and providing oral information and direction.
Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable a person with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
· Serves as the instructional leader and operational manager of an elementary school facility.
· Plans, designs, and conducts follow-through strategies pertaining to curriculum development and the implementation of instructional programs and activities designed to meet the unique needs of students and the educational community.
· Works closely with the school staff and school site council in identifying educational and instructional needs, and in developing long- and short-range plans to improve the instructional process.
· Plans, develops, organizes, conducts, and maintains performance evaluation information systems designed to ensure that site goals and objectives are achieved, and that all levels of staff adhere to District, state, and national educational standards and goals.
· Plans, develops, organizes, and administers support systems which provide optimal educational opportunities for elementary age pupils.
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· Reviews, evaluates, requisitions, purchases, and allocates instructional supplies, materials, and equipment.
· Confers and consults with school and District personnel, parents, and pupils pertaining to educational and behavior management problems and alternative problem solutions.
· Directs, supervises, observes, assesses, and evaluates site personnel performance; establishes and maintains a positive team building and team management system.
· Confers with instructional and support personnel in developing alternative problem solutions to unusual or unforeseen problems.
· Participates in budget planning activities, and develops expenditure review and control procedures to ensure a cost beneficial and cost effective operational mode.
· Assumes a leadership role in the functions and activities of site and District advisory committees and groups.
· Assists the educational community in understanding the site and District goals and objectives, and the strategies utilized for achieving them.
· Participates in the planning, development, implementation, interpretation, and administration of policies, rules and regulations, and negotiated employee agreements.
· Supervises, directs, and coordinates the assignment of instructional personnel and student classroom assignments.
· Establishes administrative review procedures to ensure maximum utilization of monetary and human resources, and to ensure the implementation of result priorities.
· Coordinates student and family assistance programs with local social service and youth service agencies.
· Plans, develops, and provides management reports pertaining to the functions, activities, and general educational climate of the school facility.
· Confers with site personnel in resolving rights disputes which may include the conduct of formal hearings.
· Assists in the conduct of effective and efficient personnel management systems, including the recruitment, selection, retention, and separation of personnel.
· May be responsible for managing, monitoring, and evaluating specially funded programs to ensure compliance with funding agency standards and guidelines.
· Principles, techniques, strategies, goals, and objectives of public education;
· Philosophical, economic, and legal aspects of public education;
· Procedures, methods, and strategies of organization, management, and supervision;
· Modern innovative and creative curriculum and instructional trends regarding the elementary age child;
· Curriculum development, instructional program delivery strategies, and program supervision, assessment, and evaluation;
· Result and performance evaluation techniques pertaining to program and personnel performance effectiveness;
· Human relations strategies, conflict resolution strategies, and team building principles and techniques.
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· Direct, lead, and coordinate the multifaceted functions and activities of an elementary school facility;
· Demonstrate effective instructional, organizational, and administrative leadership;
· Analyze problems, determine alternative solutions, and make appropriate and effective decisions;
· Communicate effectively in oral and written form;
· Plan, develop, and maintain effective organizational and community relationships.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and skill is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and skill would be:
Five years of successful teaching experience, and the successful completion of a comprehensive administrative internship training program.
Completion of a Master of Arts or higher degree in educational administration, instructional technology, or a closely related field.
Possession of a valid California credential authorizing service as an elementary school principal.
Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
Condition of Employment
Insurability by the District's liability insurance carrier.