Shelby County Schools

  • Principal – District Pool for 2018-19 Openings

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/20/2018 5:57 PM)
    Location Name
    Board of Education
    # of Openings
    Close Date
  • Purpose and Scope

    The Principal is a key contributor to improving outcomes for students by providing the leadership, vision and management to attract, support, retain and grow teacher, administrative and support staff. The position is responsible for directing all daily operations of the school campus, supervising and coordinating the work of all professional and classified personnel, ensuring subordinates' adherence to District policies, regulations and goals. Responsible for preparing required reports, and performing other professional, administrative and supervisory work as required. The position develops and implements programs within organizational policies; reports major activities to executive level administrators through conferences and reports. Currently the District is seeking applicants interested in potential principal positions for the 2018-19 school year at all grade levels.  

    Essential Job Functions

    1. Provides outstanding leadership by supervising professional and classified staff members, including selecting or recommending selection, training, assigning and evaluating work, counseling, disciplining and recommending termination; prepares periodic employee performance evaluations. a. Assigns responsibilities to Assistant Principals to foster professional growth and effective instructional programming; assigns responsibilities to professional staff, including assignments to instructional groups, rooms and supervision duties. b. Engages faculty and staff in data-informed, differentiated professional development opportunities. c. Directs transportation and food services at assigned school. d. Supervises and participates in the preparation and maintenance of all such records and reports as are required by law, Board policies and administrative directives. e. Oversees, through subordinate professionals, the school's athletic program. f. Conducts meetings of the staff and attends other District meetings as necessary. g. Supervises the guidance program to enhance individual student education and development. h. Builds and sustains a culture focused on continuous improvement such that educators view the evaluation process as an opportunity for professional learning and growth. i. Develops a coherent system to extend the impact of educators at all performance levels.

    2. Professional responsibilities may include but are not limited to: a. Effectively develops and articulates a compelling vision for the school for staff and students. b. Leverages the talents of all staff to improve student achievement dramatically and urgently. c. Focuses on college and career readiness at all grade levels and for all students. d. Responsible for studying, analyzing and evaluating approved curriculum resources. e. Maintains a system for monitoring student work for rigor and curriculum alignment. f. Implements ongoing strategies and feedback for peers. g. Keeps the Superintendent informed of events and activities of an unusual nature as well as routine matters related to the Superintendent's accountability. h. Conducts meetings of the staff and attends other District meetings as necessary. i. Attends training, conferences and workshops as appropriate to enhance job knowledge and skills. j. Keeps abreast of developments and innovations in the profession and ensures that staff members remain current as well. k. Participates as requested in the development and adoption of the District's testing program; manages and administers the testing program for the school; analyzes and makes recommendations related to student achievement data. l. Monitors a school-wide data plan that includes student progress tracking, establishes specific strategies to meet or exceed academic and behavioral growth and achievement goals, baseline comparisons to benchmarks throughout the year and time for instructional adjustments informed by data. m. Establishes data-specific growth and achievement targets that result in gains. n. Seeks to maintain an atmosphere conducive to good teacher-teacher and teacher-administrator relationships. o. Provides proactive, comprehensive and facilitative leadership for the school in the planning and implementation of a challenging curriculum; observes classroom environment and makes recommendations for improvement in instruction and class management as appropriate p. Establishes, communicates and enforces a set of standard operating procedures and routines aligned with district, state and federal policy. q. Reviews, approves, helps in planning and exercises ultimate supervision over all school programs, clubs, special services, projects, events and publications; provides leadership and administrative support to volunteers, parent-teacher organization officers and members, and others; coordinates school activities with those of other District schools as appropriate; attends special events, including night activities; assists in supervising students in school-sponsored events; encourages teacher participation in school and/or school-related activities. r. Provides leadership in and collaborates with Assistant Principals, teachers, staff and others to develop strategies for the School Improvement Plan. s. Directs the development of master schedules and plans; develops staffing patterns.

    3. Prepares and administers the school's operating budget; serves as overall custodian of school funds allocated to or collected by the school; adheres to state statute and District policies related to financial accounting to ensure judicious management of all school funds; approves expenditures and prepares related reports. a. Seeks, secures and administers school-level grants for projects and programs. b. Performs all budgetary responsibilities with accuracy, transparency and in the best interest of students and staff.

    4. Plans, evaluates and recommends school-wide programs, policies, goals and objectives. Ensures that all Board and administrative policies are effectively explained and implemented. a. Oversees program development and monitors special programs, projects and initiatives. b. Ensures school compliance with the requirements of state and regional accreditation standards and regulations.

    5. Oversees the maintenance and use of school property and supplies. a. Assists in the selection of and supervises the distribution, storage and inventory of all textbooks, instructional materials and supplies for building operation. b. Works with authorized personnel and/or contractors in the maintenance, modification and utilization of the building, physical facilities and school grounds; supervises building custodial care. c. Supervises the daily use of school facilities for both academic and non-academic purposes.

    6. Establishes ongoing relationships with teachers, staff, students, parents and the community. a. Responsible for fostering a safe, respectful and orderly learning environment for all. b. Partners with stakeholders in and outside of Shelby County Schools to support and provide resources for students and teachers. c. Takes measures to actively involve families in the education of their children. d. Maintains high standards of student conduct which focuses on prevention, communication with parents and high expectations of students; enforces discipline as necessary, complying with due process and rights of students. e. Oversees school enrollment. f. Recognizes and celebrates improved educator and student performance related to school vision and goals. g. Receives and responds to inquiries, concerns and complaints from teachers, students and parents; maintains effective relationships with students and parents; works to resolve administrative, instructional and behavioral problems. h. Coordinates and participates in recommending students for support programs as needed. i. Plans and participates in efforts to build or enhance community support of school programs and projects; attends and participates in community meetings as appropriate; prepares and distributes publicity materials, including newsletters, news releases and other materials. j. Commits to the belief that all students can learn. k. Strategically utilizes community resources and partners to support the school's mission, vision and goals.

    7. Performs other related duties as assigned or directed.


    Minimum Qualifications

    1. Requires education or training equivalent to a master's degree in educational administration or supervision from an accredited college or university.
    2. State certification in Administration/Supervision at the elementary and/or secondary level, Educational Leadership, or an equivalent certification as defined by the Tennessee Department of Education.
    3. Requires eight (8) ? ten (10) years of progressively more responsible experience in teaching and administration or supervision, with two (2) years in a supervisory or leadership capacity.
    4. An equivalent combination of training, and experience which provide the knowledge, abilities and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered (Examples: Adult Higher Education, MBA, Organizational Management, and Public Administrations)


    Degree Equivalency Formula: Bachelor's Degree= 4 years plus required years of experience. Master's Degree= 2 years plus required years of experience. Where Master's degrees are required, years for Bachelor's Degrees must be included.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Demonstrated understanding of Tennessee-adopted standards and instructional practices.
    • Have a history of raising student achievement.
    • Ability to translate the school vision into action and results.
    • Demonstrated ability to inspire and lead teams to achieve ambitious student achievement goals.
    • Posses a history of dynamic leadership with a diverse range of experiences in an urban school setting.
    • Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills at a high level.
    • Can demonstrate knowledge of principles, practices, materials, and equipment used in modern public school education and an ability to apply them to the needs of the school.
    • Knowledge of current curriculum and instructional practices and trends.
    • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate comprehensive instructional programs.


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