PRINCIPAL

Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
Oct 07, 2019
Closes
Nov 11, 2019
Hours
Full Time

PRINCIPAL, EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER PROGRAM

JOB NUMBER P/E19-20.008

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE

BY MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2019

AND WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION IS INCLUDED.

Human Resources announces an opening for the position of Principal of Eunice Kennedy Shriver Program. This is a twelve-month administrative and supervisory position, Grade P-17, with a salary range of $101,655 to $153,106 (2019-20 Salary Schedule)

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES - EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER PROGRAM

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Program (formerly the Stratford Program) is designed for students ages 11 to 22 who are significantly impacted by their disabilities. The Shriver Program provides specially designed instruction and related services to meet the individual needs of students. Shriver utilizes both classroom and community resources to provide instruction and identify adult placements in the community. Parents and community agencies collaborate with the Shriver team to create opportunities for students to build skills and increase independence. Community based instruction and vocational training are also integrated in each student’s educational plan. Transition plans start at age 14, but actual case management with adult services starts just prior to age 18.

Preparation for adult community living is the primary goal of the Shriver Program. In order to achieve this goal, a wide range of programs are developed to address each student’s needs. Areas of instruction are based on vocational and community skills, daily living skills, communication, leisure, recreation and other independent skills.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF WORK

The principal of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Program administers the instructional, support, and operational functions of this special education center; manages the staff, program and physical resources and performs related division-wide administrative duties as required and/or assigned.  Duties are performed under the general direction of the Superintendent.

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.)

  • Maintains an instructional atmosphere where students are respected and provides the services necessary to assist students in becoming as independent as possible as adults.
  • Promotes an effective and efficient instructional environment at the school. 
  • Complies with federal and Virginia laws, and Arlington Public Schools special education guidelines.
  • Provides leadership and direction to all staff members so there is an understanding of the importance of their contribution to the instructional program and the students’ success.
  • Maintains a safe and secure program environment.
  • Develops and administers the school’s budget.  Seeks long-term program funding, replacement funding, and daily instructional materials and supplies. 
  • Assures that school property is maintained and secured.
  • Implements Arlington Public Schools’ policy of the least restrictive educational environment for each student and reviews periodic referrals from other schools and other agencies.
  • Maintains communications with all persons connected to programs to maintain awareness of educational purposes and emphasis on student learning.
  • Establishes and maintains communication with students by greeting, observing, listening, and performing other activities that recognize students for their contributions to the school community.
  • Participates in county meetings and planning activities and in local, state, and national conferences on education; keeps informed on current teaching methods and techniques.
  • Plans and provides professional development opportunities for programs and school.
  • Performs related duties as required or assigned.

MINIMUM EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE  REQUIREMENTS

  • Completion of a master's degree in school administration.
  • Extensive or progressively more responsible experience in special education teaching and transition, in particular with students with multiple disabilities at the secondary level, and as a secondary 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 Certificate issued by the Virginia State Board of Education indicating endorsement for school principal, or eligible for the same.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Bilingual skills preferred but not required.
  • Experience working with students, families, and staff from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
  • Broad knowledge of special education services, related services, and regulations related to special education, especially effective practices for transition and developing independence.
  • Broad knowledge of principles and practices of modern public school special education and the ability to apply them to the needs of the school and its students.
  • Broad knowledge of current curriculum and instructional practices and public school administration and organization.
  • Knowledge of national, Virginia, and local special education laws and regulations as they apply to public schools.
  • Knowledge of effective operational practices, e.g., facility maintenance, student transportation, food services and safety.
  • Knowledge of community resources available to assist with student educational, social, and employment opportunities.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate special education teaching, support services, student activities, and school-community relations.
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with students, staff, and the general public.
  • Excellent human relations skills.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Candidates must submit an application online and attach a resume, a written statement of interest in and qualifications for this position.  Please complete the online Administrative / Technical application on the JOBS website: www.apsva.us.  A 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?

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE

BY MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2019

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 G-2.30, 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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