PRINCIPAL

Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
Apr 06, 2017
Closes
May 05, 2017
Hours
Full Time

PRINCIPAL – WILLIAMSBURG MIDDLE SCHOOL

JOB NUMBER P/E16-17.051

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017 AND WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION IS INCLUDED.

Human Resources announces an opening for the position of Principal, Williamsburg Middle School, effective July 1, 2017.  This is a twelve-month position, Grade P-17, on the administrative and supervisory salary scale with a salary range of $101,655 to $153,106 (2016-2017 Salary Schedule – Salary will be revised to reflect the 2017-18 salary adjustment once it is finalized).

Williamsburg Middle School (grades six through eight) is part of Arlington Public Schools (APS), a system of approximately 25,000 students located directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.  Students in the system come from 124 countries and speak over 90 languages.  The school system is financially strong, with wonderful teachers and staff, and a high level of community support, along with multiple programs to meet individual student needs. 

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES – WILLIAMSBURG MIDDLE SCHOOL

Williamsburg Middle School challenges students to learn in an environment that is organized as a series of Teams within the school, with experienced faculty working with students both inside and outside the classroom. The middle school model for grades six, seven and eight, allows students who leave elementary school to have a more successful transition between elementary and high school.

Williamsburg's program consists of a team approach for learning where students can grow and develop academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. Teachers, counselors, administrators, and support staff work together to design educational activities that are child-centered and give students the opportunity to become thoughtful, productive, and contributing members of society in an atmosphere of acceptance and respect.

Within each grade level, Williamsburg uses Interdisciplinary teams for student grouping and teaching of the core subjects of English, math, science, and social studies. Team teachers meet daily to discuss student progress, coordinate programs, and plan instructional activities; Team Leaders, instructional and content Lead Teachers meet with the principal to analyze test data and set the instructional focus for students, which includes professional learning for teachers.  Williamsburg is also a Professional Learning Communities (PLC) school and teachers meet with like content teachers weekly to discuss content, pedagogy, assessment and interventions.  What is achieved is consistent oversight of the educational program and a process for self-reflection and continual improvement.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF WORK

The principal is responsible for directing the instructional program and the general operation of a middle school of approximately 1200 plus students.  The principal is responsible to the Superintendent of Schools for planning, organizing and coordinating the educational program and supervising a staff of approximately 140 employees, including teachers, assistant principals, director of counseling services, guidance counselors, librarians, office personnel, custodians and para-professionals.  Considerable emphasis is given to systematic planning for instructional improvement, including effective staff development, and effective community relations programs.

Within the limits of prescribed programs and policies, the principal has wide latitude in exercising independent judgment in conducting the daily operations of the school.  The principal is expected to work carefully with staff and community in preparing performance goals for the work of the school, in developing strategies to achieve them, and in assessing the extent to which these goals are being met.

ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK (May not include all duties performed – These are intended as an illustration of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)

  • Interacts in a positive manner with students on a daily basis.
  • Challenges all students in a positive manner to achieve to their highest potential.
  • Supports and capitalizes on teachers’ strengths as they implement the instructional program.
  • Establishes policies and procedures for the administration of the school and develops annual plan for school improvement.
  • Assigns duties and responsibilities to the administrative staff, the teaching staff, and support services personnel.
  • Participates in the selection of teaching staff, supervises classroom teaching techniques, coordinates efforts of teaching staff, arranges and conducts programs of staff development.
  • Works collaboratively with the teaching staff in the decision-making process and in addressing school issues.
  • Collaborates with central office staff to promote ongoing improvement in the curriculum and the instructional program.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of staff, instructional program and institutional arrangements; reports the results of evaluations to the staff, students and/or parents.
  • Coordinates with the PTA, confers with parents, directs student activities related to the school program, and addresses community groups on school problems.
  • Authorizes the use of school facilities by community groups within the framework of School Board policy.
  • Participates in county meetings and planning activities, and in local, state, and national conferences on education; keeps informed on current teaching methods and techniques.
  • Prepares the school budget as well as special and regular reports of school activities.
  • Approves requisitions for required supplies and equipment.
  • Approves the expenditure of school funds and those funds allocated to the school from the School Board budget.
  • Performs related work and other duties as required.

MINIMUM EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Completion of a master's degree in school administration.
  • Extensive or progressively more responsible experience in middle school teaching and as a middle school principal or assistant principal or any equivalent combination of training and experience that would provide the above noted knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Possession of or eligible for the Postgraduate Professional License issued by the Virginia State Board of Education indicating endorsement for middle school principal, or eligible for the same.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Experience working with students, families, and staff from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of supervisory teaching principles, practices and methods related to the middle school curriculum.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and direct varied and extensive major instructional programs that set high standards for all students.
  • Knowledge of various models of middle school scheduling.
  • Knowledge of duties and responsibilities for special education and ESOL/HILT programs, including regulations governing implementation of high quality integrated programs.
  • Functional knowledge of instructional technology.
  • Ability to be responsive to internal and external events, serve as a role model with an open door policy.
  • Ability to organize and conduct effective professional learning training programs, and to take appropriate measures to assure their successful operation.
  • Ability to speak and to write effectively.
  • Understands the importance of high visibility in the school and a strong presence.
  • Ability to develop a positive strong relationship with the community.
  • Ability to identify and utilize outside resources.
  • Ability to identify and retain good teachers who work in the best interest of all students.
  • Knowledge of the needs of the school community and ways to be accessible to parents, staff and students.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with associates, subordinates, parents and children.
  • Ability to work with teachers in maintaining necessary classroom discipline and implement various disciplinary approaches which demonstrate respect for students and staff.
  • Ability to support and build on the present Williamsburg program and develop a vision of where Williamsburg should be five to ten years from now.
  • Ability to be open to innovative ideas while being sensitive to the demands of teaching.
  • Ability to recognize teachers as professionals and implement a leadership style based on consultation, collegiality, flexibility and participatory management.
  • Ability to organize and conduct effective programs with staff, and to maintain high morale in the teaching staff.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Candidates must submit an application online and attach a resume, a written statement of interest in and qualifications for this position which includes recent staff development activities.  Please complete the online Administrative/Technical application on the JOBS website: www.apsva.us.  A minimum of three letters of reference must be attached.  (Reference letters may be sent in separately.)

Candidates must also submit a written paper of no more than three pages on the topic: As principal, how would you design and implement a transition plan in a new school community?

SELECTION PROCESS

All selected candidates will be interviewed by screening committees composed of representatives from the Superintendent’s staff, community and school faculty.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017 AND WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION IS INCLUDED.

                 EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER                                  

It is the policy of the Arlington School Board, as stated in the School Board Policy 35-4.4, that employment opportunities shall not be restricted, abridged or otherwise adversely affected on the basis of race, national origin, creed, color, religion, gender, age, economic status, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, and/or disability.