Principal- Bellingham Public Schools

Post Date: 01/16/2018

AFFILIATION: Bellingham Administrators Organization
SALARY LEVEL: Principal salary schedule
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Deputy Superintendent or Designee

The principal is responsible for the development and continuous improvement of a quality instructional program and productive, safe learning environment within his/her school community. Using leadership, communication, and management skills, the principal will work collaboratively with staff, parents, and students to promote learning for students and staff.


 Articulate and support the mission, goals, and policies of Bellingham Public Schools as specified in administrative policy and The Bellingham Promise.
 Articulate and model high expectations and motivate others to achieve high levels of performance.
 Work collaboratively with staff, students, parents, and other members of the school community to help improve student learning using data, judgment, best practices and problem-solving skills.
 Utilize leadership skills to work with staff, parents, and students to articulate, implement, achieve, and evaluate district and school improvement goals.
Instruction and the Learning Environment
 Ensures alignment and implementation of best instructional practices.
 Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate level curricula and assessment practices.
 Provide support and resources to school staff to employ effective classroom instructional strategies that meet student needs.
 Analyzes and interprets multiple data sources to inform school-level improvement efforts.
 Assists staff in using data to guide, modify and improve classroom teaching and learning.
 Establish efficient schedules and other organizational routines that enhance instructional program improvement and student learning.
 Demonstrate knowledge and use of technology as an essential learning tool in the classroom and overall instructional program and assess the use of technology.
 Work cooperatively with district administrators and program specialists to meet student needs.
 Provide a variety of opportunities for student involvement in clubs, government, and recreational activities.
Supervision and Evaluation of Personnel
 Monitors & assists staff in implementing effective instruction and assessment practices.
 Maintain a confidential relationship with employees regarding individual personnel matters.
 Provide appropriate, timely, and meaningful verbal and written feedback to certificated and classified staff regarding performance.
 Develop a plan for assistance or remediation with certificated or classified staff when needed.
 Be accessible for consultation with certificated and classified staff.
 Demonstrate effective coaching, mentoring, and conferencing skills.
 Create, implement, and evaluate the inservice and professional growth opportunities for staff.
 Demonstrate knowledge of and uphold the laws, regulations, policies, and contractual obligations related to the supervision and evaluation of school personnel.
 Communicate frequently and effectively with all members of the school community and the district.
 Maintain a positive relationship with students, staff, parents, and community by modeling respect, cooperation, and professionalism with others, recognizing the personal achievements and professional contributions of others and demonstrating knowledge of and sensitivity toward individuals and groups from all racial, ethnic, socio-economic, gender, disability, and lifestyle backgrounds.
 Develop a school communications and family engagement plan to address important issues for the school, district, and community.
 Report student progress in ongoing and meaningful way to parents.
Management and Administration
 Work cooperatively with other district administrators and program specialists to secure resources and support for basic school needs, including the selection of personnel and appropriate work roles to staff.
 Develop and monitor plans for the efficient and safe operation of the school facility and grounds.
 Manage resources and budgets according to district and school program needs and involve others in decisions concerning school operations and safety.
 Provide for physical, intellectual and emotional safety in order for effective teaching and learning to take place.
 Demonstrate knowledge of and uphold all policies, procedures, regulations, laws, and contractual obligations to effectively manage the school facility and instructional program.
 Supervise and approve the preparation and timely submission of all school reports and forms for the district office, e.g., payroll, enrollment, work orders, requisitions, etc.
Professional Preparation and Growth
 Work cooperatively with his or her supervisor to develop goals for personal growth and organizational improvement.
 Demonstrate responsibility for pursuing goals and professional growth and demonstrate knowledge of the best practices and innovations in educational leadership, program development, and instruction.
 Participate in essential professional growth opportunities and apply new knowledge and skills in practice.
 Participate as a team member with colleagues, including initiating or sharing new ideas.
 Seek suggestions for and respond positively to suggestions for professional improvement.
 Perform such other tasks and responsibilities as may be assigned by the Deputy Superintendent.
 Master's degree with a major in educational administration or appropriate related field.
 Valid Washington State principal credentials or ability to obtain.
 Experience in public school administration and supervision preferred.
 Successful experience as a classroom teacher and/or in a support position.
 Demonstrated ability to work with people in a leadership capacity.
 Evidence of experience and training needed to perform the functions described in the job description.
 Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the district my find appropriate and acceptable.
 Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

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