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Elementary Principal - Elementary School District 33 - West Chicago - IL

Department:    Specific Building                                                                                

Reports to:      Superintendent

Employment:   Full-time; 205 days

FLSA Status:   Exempt

Union:              Exempt

JOB GOAL

To support student learning and the District’s strategic goals, the Elementary Principal serves as a model and productive change agent; insures the education of each student to mastery of the District's learner outcomes and components; encourages creativity and originality; and functions as the instructional leaders of the assigned building.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Appropriate Illinois certification and licensure for school administrators. 
  • Training and certification for teacher evaluators under the Performance Evaluation Reform Act.
  • Broad knowledge and experience in the Illinois Standards for Principals.
  • Interpersonal skills for effective interaction with a variety of stakeholders, excellent organization and time-management, effective verbal and written language skills, and the ability to use sound judgment in decision-making.  
  • Knowledge of and ability to use database software; student outcome assessments data; and internet, inventory, project management, spreadsheet and word processing software.
  • Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board may find appropriate and acceptable.   

ESSENTIAL PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES

The majority of the Principal’s time is to be spent as the instructional leader of the assigned building. The tasks listed below are representative of the essential performance responsibilities the Elementary Principal is expected to perform to a proficient level.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

STANDARD #1:  Living a Mission and Vision Focused on Results
Elementary Principals work with the staff and community to build a shared mission, and vision of high expectations that ensure all students are on the path to college and career readiness and hold staff accountable for results.

The Elementary Principal will:

  • facilitate efforts to establish and implement a shared mission and vision for the school that leads to academic growth for all learners;
  • ensure that the school’s identity, vision, and mission drive all school decisions;
  • conduct difficult but crucial conversations with individuals, teams, and staff based on student performance data in a timely manner for the purpose of enhancing student learning and achieving improved results.

STANDARD #2:  Leading and Managing Systems Change
Elementary Principals create and implement systems to ensure a safe, orderly, and productive environment for student and adult learning for the purpose of achieving school and district improvement targets.

The Elementary Principal will:

  • lead the development, implementation, and monitoring of school improvement targets which measure school wide academic achievement and school climate indicators;
  • establish and maintain a safe, effective learning environment;
  • collaborate with district and school staff to allocate personnel, time, material, and adult learning resources appropriately to achieve school improvement plan targets;
  • support district and school goals by managing fiscal and physical resources of the school responsibly, efficiently and effectively;
  • utilize current technologies to support leadership and management functions;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the change process and use leadership and facilitation skills to manage it effectively.

STANDARD #3:  Improving Teaching and Learning
Elementary Principals work with the school staff and community to develop a research-based framework for effective teaching and learning that is refined continuously to improve instruction for all students.

The Elementary Principal will:

  • collaborate with staff to develop and implement a consistent framework for effective teaching and learning that includes a rigorous and relevant standards-based curriculum, research-based instructional practices, and high expectations for student performance;
  • establish a continuous improvement cycle that uses multiple forms of data and student work samples to support individual, team, and school-wide improvement goals, identify and address target areas for improvement, measure outcomes and celebrate successes;
  • ensure that differentiated instructional practices which address identified student needs are implemented with fidelity;
  • select and retain teachers with the expertise to deliver instruction that maximizes student learning;
  • evaluate the effectiveness of instruction and of individual teachers by conducting frequent formal and informal observations and provide timely, specific feedback on instruction as part of the district teacher appraisal system;
  • ensure the development of high performing instructional teacher teams by providing training and support grounded in best practices which are designed to advance student learning and performance;
  • develop systems and structures for professional development and teacher collaboration that provide and protect time allotted for these purposes;
  • ensure that professional growth plans are linked to data derived from school improvement plan results and teacher evaluations.

STANDARD #4:  Building and Maintaining Collaborative Relationships
Elementary Principals create a collaborative school community where the school staff, students, families, and community interact regularly and share ownership for the success of the school.

The Elementary Principal will:

  • create, develop and sustain relationships that result in active student engagement in the learning process;
  • utilize meaningful feedback of students, staff, families, and community in the evaluation of instructional programs and school practices;
  • engage families and communities proactively in supporting student learning and the school’s shared mission, vision and learning goals.

STANDARD #5:   Leading with Integrity and Professionalism
Elementary Principals work with the school staff and community to create a positive learning environment by ensuring equity, fulfilling professional responsibilities with honesty and integrity, and modeling professional behavior.

The Elementary Principal will:

  • treat all people fairly, equitably, and with dignity and respect;
  • demonstrate personal and professional standards and conduct that enhance the image of the school and the educational profession;
  • create, model behavior, and support a climate that values, accepts and understands cultural diversity and multiple perspectives;
  • protect rights and confidentiality of the students and staff.

STANDARD #6:  Creating and Sustaining a Culture of High Expectations
Elementary Principals work with staff and community to build a culture of high expectations and aspirations for every student by setting clear staff and student expectations for positive learning behaviors and by focusing on students’ social-emotional learning.

The Elementary Principal will:

  • establish and monitor a culture of  high aspirations and achievement for every student;
  • require staff and students to demonstrate consistent values and positive behaviors aligned to the school’s vision and mission;
  • lead a school culture and environment that successfully develops the full range of students’ learning capacities – academic, creative, social-emotional, behavioral and physical.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The additional duties and responsibilities described here are representative of those necessary to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • ability to stand, sit, walk, use hands and fingers to handle or feel, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, or crouch.
  • vision abilities required by this job include close vision
  • physical, sensory, emotional and mental abilities necessary for effective communication in person, in stressful and emergency situations,in writing and by telephone
  • good memory skills; ability to organize thoughts and activities and articulate them clearly
  • ablility to work occasional nights and weekends, participate in occasional overnight travel, and provide own transportation during the performance of responsibilities

EVALUATION

The Elementary Principal is evaluated annually by March 1 by the Superintendent