TITLE: Elementary School Principal
· Master’s Degree with training in administration, supervision, and elementary curriculum development.
· Illinois State Certificate with supervisory or administrative endorsements.
· Five years or more of successful teaching, support, administrative, or supervisory experience.
· Ability to make firm decisions in the areas of responsibility and delegate responsibility to members of the staff.
· Knowledge of sound elementary school educational programs.
· Ability to create, develop, and implement new educational plans and programs at the elementary school level.
· Ability to function effectively as a member of the district’s administrative team.
· Ability and disposition to work effectively and cooperatively with pupils, parents, school personnel, and community members.
· Ability to communicate effectively in speech and writing.
REPORTS TO: Assistant Superintendent
(Directs and evaluates the work of:)
· Classroom teachers
· Teacher Assistants
· Playground and bus supervisors
· Support staff
IS A MEMBER OF:
· General Cabinet
· Elementary Cabinet
· May serve on various task forces and communities as assigned.
MAINTAINS LIAISON WITH:
· All members of central administration
· All members of general cabinet
To use leadership, supervisory, and administrative skills so as to promote the educational development of each student.
(The following are the essential fundamentals to include but not limited to the following job duties.)
· Administers Board Policies, Administrative Regulations, and Board-Employee Agreements at the school level.
· Provide educational leadership to the staff.
· Plan and administer, in cooperation with the staff and with the approval of the Assistant Superintendent, the instructional program for the schools.
· Maintain a healthy educational climate with good conduct and attendance of students.
· Keeps up with current developments, research, and literature in the field of elementary education.
· Conduct in-depth evaluations of the instructional program and make recommendations for its improvement in cooperation with the staff, the Director of Research, and Assistant Superintendent.
· Safety and well-being of students and staff, conduct fire drills, disaster drills, lunchroom and playground supervision, and guidance of students.
· Supervision, classification, evaluation, and guidance of students.
· Makes recommendations, together with the Assistant Superintendent, for the employment, promotion and dismissal of elementary teachers and aids.
· Assist teachers in the improvement of their teaching techniques through use of visitations, evaluation instruments, and in-service training.
· Encourage staff to full utilization of community resources for enrichment of the educational program.
· Conduct staff meetings as required for the proper functioning of the school.
· Encourage parents to volunteer their services and work cooperatively with the school.
· Maintain good school-community relations, outline and interpret the school program to students and parents.
· Formulate and administer the budget in cooperation with the staff and Assistant Superintendent.
· Preparation of federal, state, and local reports as required.
· Requisition books, equipment, and supplies necessary for the school operation.
· Control of all monies collected in the building.
· Make recommendations regarding immediate and long-range building needs.
· Adopts procedures for school personnel to report dangerous practices, accidents and unsafe conditions to the school office as they become know, and communicates these procedures to appropriate personnel.
· Institutes a program of regular inspection of buildings, grounds, facilities, and equipment to uncover hazards and dangerous conditions.
· Takes steps to promptly eliminate, repair or correct defects or deterioration of, removes obstructions from, and cleans the school building and grounds.
· Trains personnel to be safety conscious.
· Develops reasonable regulations for pupil traffic in corridors, on stairways and elsewhere on school premises.
· Provides adequate supervision for field trips and other educational activities away from the school.
· Provides adequate supervision to play areas and other areas in the school and on school grounds where pupils congregate during school hours.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Salary is based on the salary schedule established by the Board.
220 Days per year
Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board's policy on Evaluation of Professional Personnel.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Handle work which deals mostly with people, objects, equipment in a general setting; depth perception and field of vision are important. Employee regularly is required to bend, stoop, twist, turn, reach, lift (up to 50 pounds), carry, pull, push, climb, and kneel; walking and standing approximately 50-75% of each shift. Employee must recognize differences in sound, such as voices/noises that are loud and playful instead of angry and combative; ability to differentiate tones and volumes in conversation.
The Principal must ensure that children are supervised at all times, and that children are involved in safe and appropriate activities. There may be a number of situations happening at once, and the Principal must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The Principal will have to manage a number of people and projects at one time, and will be interrupted frequently to meet the needs and requests of students and staff members. The Principal may find the environment to be busy, noisy and will need excellent organizational and time and stress management skills to complete the required tasks.
The foregoing statements describe the general purposes and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills that may be required.
Decatur Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has an Affirmative Action Program.