How to write a Principal job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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What does a Principal do?

A Principal forms the head of the administrative team within a school and is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the institution. They coordinate staff schedules, oversee the development of curriculum and enforce school policies relating to themes like discipline or safety. The Principal also coordinates staff training days and works directly with students who need help meeting or setting goals. The Principal also serves as the direct liaison between the school and the school board and is responsible for ensuring that the school operates according to school board protocols.

Principal job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Principal job titles

  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Principal (Elementary School)
  • School Principal

Principal job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Principal job summary

Our high school is interested in hiring an experienced Principal to manage school operations and provide strong leadership to our teachers and staff members. The ideal candidate will be active in the community and make themselves available for parent consultations, taking parent suggestions and discussing the educational needs of individual students. Our Principal will also be responsible for arranging major and minor building maintenance programs, while ensuring that every teacher has the resources they need to meet the state’s curriculum requirements.

Principal responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Principal responsibilities

  • Uphold our educational policies and integrate the common core government guidelines into each class curriculum
  • Create benchmarks for students and teachers and track progress towards those goals
  • Develop programs that improve teacher performance and assist students in understanding class material better
  • Provide guidance to the school’s network of student leaders and challenge those leaders to make the school a better place
  • Respond immediately to concerns from parents and school board administrators

Principal qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Principal skills

  • Master’s Degree in Education
  • 2+ years’ experience as a Principal or in a school leadership role
  • Commitment to creating a productive educational experience
  • Valid state teaching license
  • Proven history in improving teacher performance
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

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