Principal, Washburn High School
Minneapolis Public School District - Minneapolis, MN

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Position Available:


Department: Washburn High School

Work Hours: 1.0, 45 Weeks

Application Deadline: 06/03/2013


Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is seeking a passionate, visionary leader who assumes personal responsibility for all students’ academic success and who develops teachers and partners with students’ families and communities to lead Washburn High School.


Washburn High School ( ) provides students with an education that promotes intellectual, artistic and physical balance.

Students are thus challenged academically, artistically and athletically to recognize and appreciate their individual talents.

Washburn strives to create a thriving IB World School where young people from all cultures and diverse backgrounds are understood and respected.

Washburn students are encouraged to develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in post-secondary education and to become global citizens in an ever-changing world.

Washburn High School offers: International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
• Engineering and Technology Career Focus
• Advanced Placement Options
• Post-Secondary Enrollment Options
• Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
• Music Offerings
• World Languages
• English Learner Supports
• Extracurricular Activities (dance, chess, debate, robotics, theater, athletics)
Candidates interested in becoming the principal at Washburn High School should familiarize themselves with reports and data about the school’s student population and academic achievement.
They should also review input from the school community on the characteristics identified as important for the new principal. Some key reports include:
Washburn High School Progress Report (designed for families and community members):
2012-13 School Improvement Plan:
In-depth Student Achievement Data via the MPS Scorecard:
School Community Insights:

Mindsets and Dispositions:

A deep belief that all students can and will excel academically

Initiative, persistence and drive to go above and beyond

Resilience in the face of challenge and a solutions-orientation

High expectations for self and others

Drive to continuously improve, commitment to using data, and openness to feedback

Confidence to lead with humility, authenticity, and personal responsibility

Knowledge of:

Student and school performance data

Mission and values of school community

Best practices in management and leadership (e.g., effective systems and processes to develop human capital in support of student learning, theories about leading change, etc.)

Best practices in curriculum, instruction, and assessment, including for special student populations (e.g., English learners, students who receive special education services, and students who are advanced, off track, etc.)

Principles and practices of administrative management, including strategic planning, budgeting, and contract management

Legal, ethical and professional rules of conduct

Skill in:

Developing an ambitious vision and setting aligned goals

Creating a school strategic plan

Executing plans and effectively managing resources to achieve goals (including planning, organizing and coordinating work of assigned staff members)

Strategic problem solving Using data and evidence to inform decisions and ensure continuous improvement

Assessing and reprioritizing tasks, projects, and demands when necessary

Taking action to achieve goals and mission without day-to-day direction and despite ambiguity, obstacles, and/or resistance

Assuming responsibility for mistakes, while consistently following up with analysis and corrective action

Setting clear expectations and holding others accountable for performance
Engaging, motivating, and empowering others

Building relationships and communicating effectively with diverse stakeholders (e.g., students, families, staff members and the broader community), verbally and in writing

Collaborating and building effective teams

Hiring, evaluating, developing, and retaining an effective school staff

Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software

Ability to learn MPS, state and federal policies, procedures and programs

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in education or related field AND a minimum of three years of K-12 teaching experience

Preferred Qualifications:

Successful experience as a principal, principal intern, assistant principal, or teacher leader, preferably in an urban school

Exceptional results with raising student achievement

Experience transforming a team or organizational unit


Applicants must possess a valid principal’s license

A valid driver’s license may be required

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