PRINCIPAL

Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
Jun 21, 2018
Closes
Jul 12, 2018
Hours
Full Time

PRINCIPAL – NOTTINGHAM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

JOB NUMBER P/E18-19.002

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018 AND WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION IS INCLUDED.

Human Resources announces an opening for the position of Principal of Nottingham Elementary School. This is a twelve-month administrative and supervisory position, Grade P-17, with a salary range of $101,655 to $153,106 (2017-18 Salary Schedule)  

Nottingham Elementary School (kindergarten through grade 5) is part of Arlington Public Schools (APS) which serves the citizens of Arlington, Virginia’s geographically smallest county, located across the Potomac River from the District of Columbia. APS educates one of the nation’s most diverse and sophisticated student populations – students come from 127 countries and speak 105 different 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 – NOTTINGHAM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

At Nottingham, academic excellence flourishes in a positive, nurturing learning environment that all stakeholders in the community work cooperatively to maintain. Students receive a challenging educational experience that stimulates intellectual curiosity and encourages critical and creative thinking. Nottingham offers a wide range of educational services. Among the many strengths of our instructional program is the Nottingham Knight Writer Exemplary Writing Project. The Knight Writer is a unique program supported by Arlington Public Schools and the Nottingham PTA. Our bullying prevention program, “Steps to Respect,” is implemented at every grade level. Each class creates vision and mission statements to augment character education lessons. Using the latest technology aligned with Responsive Classroom best practices, instructional staff designs lessons to address a wide range of learning styles, abilities, and interests. At all levels, analysis of data is used to inform and adapt lessons to our individual learners.At Nottingham, we are proud of our school program, our modern learning facility and our friendly, caring approach to educating children. Our motto, “The Future Starts Here – Where Every Child is a Shining Star,” reflects the excitement of all members of our Community of Learners!

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF WORK

The principal is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating and directing the instructional program.  The principal supervises a staff of more than 120 employees, including teachers, an assistant principal, guidance counselors, librarians, instructional technology coordinator, office personnel, Extended Day staff, custodians and para-professionals.  Considerable emphasis is given to systematic planning for instructional improvement and maintaining effective relations with the local community. 

Within the limits of prescribed programs and policies, the principal has wide latitude in the exercise of independent judgement in conducting the daily operations of the school.  The principal is expected to work collaboratively 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 the 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.)

  • Provides instructional leadership that promotes positive student achievement.
  • Challenges all students in a positive manner to achieve their highest potential.
  • Supports and capitalizes on teachers' strengths as they implement the instructional program.
  • Interacts in a positive manner with students, staff and parents on a daily basis, and sets a positive tone for the school.
  • Values diversity among students and staff.
  • Accepts the uniqueness of individuals that make up the community, allowing for diversity in learning styles and personal expression.
  • Works collaboratively with students, staff and parents in the process of discipline; decision-making; and addressing school issues.
  • Helps facilitate communication among staff, students, parents, the school system and the greater community.
  • Establishes policies and procedures for the administration of the school and develops the annual plan for school improvement.
  • Participates in the selection of teaching staff, supervises classroom teaching techniques, coordinates efforts of teaching staff, and arranges and conducts programs of staff development.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of staff, the instructional program and instructional arrangements.
  • Plans, assigns and inspects the use of building space and equipment for teaching purposes.
  • Authorizes the use of school facilities for civic activities related to the school program and other rentals.
  • Recommends changes in curriculum and changes in personnel, space and equipment requirements.
  • Collaborates with central office staff to promote ongoing improvement in the curriculum and the instructional program.
  • Arranges meetings and conferences with parents, plans recreational activities related to the elementary program, and addresses community groups on problems; authorizes the use of school facilities for civic activities related to the school program.
  • Participates in county school meetings and in local, state and national conferences on education; keeps informed on current teaching methods and techniques.
  • Maintains sound public relations by cooperating and consulting with officials of various groups and organizations.
  • Coordinates with the PTA, confers with parents, directs student activities related to the school program, and addresses community groups on school problems.
  • Approves the expenditure of school funds and funds allocated to the school from the School Board budget.
  • Performs related work as required.

MINIMUM EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Completion of a master's degree in school administration.
  • Extensive or progressively more responsible experience in elementary school teaching and as an elementary school principal or assistant principal or any equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Hold or be eligible for the Postgraduate Professional License issued by the Virginia State Board of Education with an endorsement in Administration and Supervision PreK-12.
  • Experience working with students, families and staff from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Bilingual skills preferred but not required.
  • Knowledge of supervisory teaching principles, practices and methods related to the elementary curriculum.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and direct varied and extensive major instructional programs that set high standards for all students.
  • 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 plan, organize and coordinate teaching programs, and to take appropriate measures to assure their successful operation.  Experience supporting effective professional learning communities.
  • Ability to organize and conduct effective 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 maintain necessary classroom discipline and implement various disciplinary approaches which demonstrate respect for students and staff. Knowledge of and experience with Responsive Classroom Pedagogy
  • Ability to support and build on the present Nottingham program and develop a vision of where Nottingham 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, including recent staff development activities.  Please complete the online Administrative/Technical application on the APS website in the Employment section: www.apsva.usA minimum of three letters of recommendation must also be submitted online as part of your application packet.

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 the Superintendent and staff, along with an Interview Committee composed of representatives of staff and parents who will provide feedback to the Superintendent.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018 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, pregnancy status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, and/or disability.

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