1. Assists the principal in the development, implementation, and evaluation of efforts related to student academic achievement, including reducing the disproportionality gap; ensures that the school meets or makes satisfactory progress towards District standards on the School Effectiveness Profile, the goals in the Academic Achievement Plan (AAP), and Value-Added Assessment Profile. (10% of the time)
2. With the principal, provides instructional leadership for school staff; articulates clearly the mission and vision of the school as well as clear expectations of students and staff; leads instructional staff in aligning curriculum, instruction, and assessment with state and local learning goals; identifies, implements, and monitors school-wide strategies that challenge high achievers and accelerates learning for low achievers; uses strategies that appreciate and recognize diversity; observes teaching and gives feedback based on Best Practices instructional strategies; accesses resources and people to assist instructional staff; provides for the professional development needs of teachers and staff, as identified in the AAP; demonstrates knowledge about and complies with all relevant State and Federal laws and regulations and Board policies and Collective Bargaining Agreements. (5% of the time)
3. Assists in the development, implementation and evaluation of data-driven AAP’s in collaboration with the Building Leadership Team and staff; assists in ensuring that budget and staffing are aligned with AAP and that the AAP incorporates Standards Based Learning System (SBLS) and technology; assists in the establishment and executes a monitoring plan for instruction of SBLS and the infusion of technology into the instructional program; establishes and executes a monitoring plan for student intervention plans and accelerated learning plans (plans that meet individual student needs); uses data to drive all decisions. (10% of the time)
4. Supervises and evaluates school staff; models District standards of ethics and professionalism; follows District policies and the collective bargaining agreements in evaluation of teachers/staff; visits classrooms and uses observation data to give feedback to teachers and to document performance; monitors, assists, and evaluates staff implementation of school improvement plans and effective instructional and assessment practices; evaluates staff appropriately based on expectations; takes appropriate steps when employees do not meet performance expectations or engage in misconduct; encourages staff to engage in learning; increases understanding and use of best professional practices. (20% of the time)
5. Assists in maintaining a safe and orderly environment; prepares emergency procedures and communicates them to students, teachers and staff; collaboratively develops and implements a school discipline plan that contains clear expectations, a system of positive reinforcement, and sequential, consistent, progressive consequences and addresses disproportionality in discipline; reviews it annually and keeps a record of student discipline; takes quick and appropriate action when student or staff safety is at stake; maintains and monitors safety and order by being accessible and visible in hallways, on playgrounds, during arrival/dismissal of students, etc.; maintains a clean and orderly school site; consistently follows through with reasonable judgment. (15% of the time)
6. Influences a school culture conducive to continuous improvement for students and staff; fosters, recognizes, and supports ethnic, cultural, gender, economic and human diversity throughout the school community, while striving to provide fair and equitable treatment and consideration for all; establishes positive relationships with teachers, staff, parents and students with an attitude of appreciation, respect, and the highest level of professionalism; collaborates with Building Leadership Team, all staff, parents, and community when decisions affect them but is appropriately decisive, when appropriate; develops and recognizes teacher/staff leaders; acknowledges employees who exceed performance expectations; provides for school, students, staff celebrations so high performance, customs and traditions can be honored; promotes, maintains and fosters a harassment free environment. (10% of the time)
7. Assists in administering and managing human resources; communicates effectively verbally and in writing; increases understanding and use of current professional skills in technology, systems thinking and other areas; complies with contracts established by the school and District; recommends staffing in accordance with District standards and within the focus of the school; develops systems, personally and within the school, that cause the school to operate efficiently; equitably distributes responsibilities to staff matching strengths with duties, when possible; solves problems effectively and mediates conflict when it occurs; seeks assistance from the central administration in a collaborative manner; makes day-to-day decisions needed to run the school. (10% of the time)
8. Assists in managing fiscal resources effectively; collaboratively facilitates the preparation, implementation, and monitoring of the school’s annual budget in alignment with the AAP and staffing plan; seeks additional resources for school and manages resources effectively; allocates and expends funding to provide for the unique needs of children who are categorized as special education, bilingual, Title I, etc.; seeks staff input on the development of the AAP, the Professional Development Plan and the school’s budget. (10% of the time)
9. Assists with the development of effective community relationships; seeks community support to form new partnerships as aligned with the school mission, vision, and AAP; fosters relationships with other organizations and partners; involves staff in partnership activities; promotes the school to attract enrollment; maintains positive media relationships; is responsive to parent concerns. (5% of the time)
10. Participates in activities to enhance personal and professional development, including District leadership development opportunities; expands use of technology; demonstrates and utilizes a variety of group process and facilitation skills; prepares and implements an annual individual professional development plan after self-reflection and input from supervisor; implements a self-care plan; increases understanding and use of best professional practices. (5% of the time)
11. Attends meetings, activities and events; serves on a variety of committees; makes presentations; serves as a mentor or trainer for other administrative staff.
12. Performs related duties consistent with the scope and intent of the position.
REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to the Principal
Mental, Physical Demands : Write frequently (34-66% or 3-6 hours/day)
Master's degree in Education or related field.
Years of Experience :
Three (3) years of successful certificated school experience or as required to obtain a Washington State Principal Certificate at the appropriate school level.
Certifications & Licenses :
Valid Washington State Principal's Certificate with appropriate level of school emphasis; valid Washington State driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility.
Criminal Justice Fingerprint or Background Check.
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities :
Knowledge and ability to act pro actively in advancing the SIP’s impact on learning; guide staff through the change process while maintaining focus on student learning goals; assist staff in self evaluation leading to effective practice; engage all instructional staff in decision-making, implementing, and evaluating the SIP; use data to make informed decision-making about instruction and assessment; use a variety of monitoring structures, e.g., informal observation, assessment analysis, formal lesson observation, etc., to improve instruction and assessment; to clearly communicate effective instructional and assessment practice for staff; develop collaboration and peer monitoring among staff.
Gather, analyze, and use data to create, evaluate, and manage a school budget plan; involve staff and community in developing the budget plan; of laws related to special areas (ASB, special programs, grants); in recruiting and securing the best applicants for the job; use effective staff development and improvement strategies; of effective practices, rules and regulations, related to staff supervision, coaching, and evaluation; to take someone through probation and non renewal; effectively conduct and confront difficult issues and discussions; focus school financial and human resources on teaching and learning.
Use effective communication skills and strategies to: market the school to enlist community support, resolve conflicts among individuals and groups, build common focus and collaboration to enhance student learning; partner and collaborate with administrative colleagues; build collegiate and collaborative relationships with and among school staff; share leadership based upon situation and need; identify and involve business and community leaders and key communicators; use a variety of vehicles and tools to communicate about student learning with constituents, both within and outside of the school;gather and use relevant data regarding community resources to student learning and their attitudes about the school; work with local media to get the word out regarding student learning; celebrate success across the school and community ; break down barriers between school and community ; of diversity issues; use recognition of strengths and potential areas of conflict to guide actions.
Articulate a shared belief vision for continuous improvement and life-long learning; develop an atmosphere of personal responsibility, trust, and collaboration among students and staff; promote and ensure respect and equity in the treatment of staff and students; understand the needs and strengths of the individuals in the school; apply effective group processing skills; promote and model life-long learning and continuous growth; recognize and celebrate efforts and achievements; articulate a vision with students, staff and parents of components and purpose of School Improvement Plan (SIP); analyze data to assess the effectiveness of SIPs; communicate clearly and interpret data results with constituent groups (staff, parents, board, community); collaborate, consensus build, and problem-solve with individuals and groups; create, facilitate and mobilize a group to implement the SIP of education reform elements, e.g., EALRs, WASL, state learning goals, classroom-based assessments, etc.; use assessment to diagnose learner needs and to design appropriate learning intervention to improve success on state and local measures; focus staff on priorities of teaching and learning; guide staff in curriculum alignment process; assist staff in adjusting to and accepting changes, especially the changes in teaching, learning and assessment; guide staff in alignment processes within and across curriculum areas and grade levels; of best practices of instruction and assessment; engage instructional staff in frequent conversations/reflection about classroom practice.
Shape school climate and implement systems that promote safety & order; to use a variety of instructional, management, discipline, assessment, and placement options to establish an environment conducive to quality instruction; knowledge of legal and district policy requirements regarding discipline and safety; to review, analyze, and revise school safety and discipline plans based on school data; develop open communication systems that allow for proactive identification and intervention of potential incidents; to establish and implement crisis plans and to follow up appropriately; respond effectively in a timely manner when incidents occur; communicate so that students, parents, and community members are confident the school is safe; knowledge of special education discipline/504 regulations and laws; identify and use community resources.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by those assigned to this position and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills. Employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time as needed. District employees are not authorized to make promises of employment for a particular period of time, or promises of a particular level of compensation or benefits to job applicants for certified or classified positions, and that any such agreement must be in writing and signed by the Superintendent. Any verbal or written statements to that effect by District employees other than the Superintendent are null and void. Additionally,, nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Supplemental Information :
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
· Please read the information below carefully. Failure to submit required materials will result in an incomplete application.
· All required attachments must be submitted with your online application at the time you apply. Mailed, emailed or faxed documents are not accepted.
· If you are a returning applicant, you must re-submit all required documents at the time you apply for this position. Previously submitted documents will not be reviewed for this position.
This application requires the following documents: cover letter, resume, Washington State administrator’s certificate, unofficial transcripts, two (2) letters of reference, and two (2) online confidential references.
Description of Requirement
How To Submit
Cover Letter (500 Word Limit)
Why do you want to be a principal of Seattle Public Schools, and what type of school setting would you like to work in?
The cover letter must be attached to your online application.
Highlight and demonstrate evidence of your leadership, both instructional and general. Include evidence of your leadership on student achievement. Provide current and reliable contact information where we may contact you.
The resume must be attached to your online application.
Washington State Administrator’s Certificate
A current or pending Washington State Administrator's Certificate with appropriate level of school emphasis (by date of hire)
The proof of Washington State Administrator's Certificate must be attached to your online application.
Unofficial transcript(s) from your degree granting higher education institution
The unofficial transcripts must be attached to your online application.
Letters of Reference
Two (2) letters of reference from your most current supervisors.
These letters must be in either .jpeg or .pdf format and have a valid signature from the author.
The letters of reference must be attached to your online application.
Confidential Online Survey References
Provide two (2) references from your most current supervisors.
Please direct your references to complete a confidential online survey reference here: http://bit.ly/spsadminref2012 .
Your references must complete a confidential online survey reference by the consideration date(s). Link: http://bit.ly/spsadminref2012 .
Principal Application Process - FAQs
Q: How can I verify that my two confidential online survey references have been submitted within the allotted time frame?
A: In order to confirm that your two survey references have been submitted, please ask the person submitting the reference to notify you once he or she has submitted it. Due to the number of applicants, Seattle Public Schools cannot confirm the submittal of your survey.
Q: Do I need to have my references complete a reference survey and submit a reference letter for each position I apply for?
A: Yes, you will need to provide all required documents to each specific position you apply for.
Q: How will I know the status of my application?
A: Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we do not contact every applicant. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted directly by the Hiring Manager. Please do not contact us regarding the status of your application.
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