Godfrey-Lee Public Schools 

Job Description: Elementary Principal 

Position Title: Principal

Elementary Department: Elementary Education

Reports To: Superintendent

Prepared By: GLPS HR

Approved By: MP 

Updated Date: March 1, 2021 Date: March 2, 2021 

SUMMARY: Provides instructional leadership to staff including curriculum planning, curriculum review, curriculum implementation, and professional development. Responsible for day-to-day building administration and the safety and welfare of students, staff, and activities. Ensures a safe, pleasant, and effective educational atmosphere provides discipline as necessary and enforces school policy. Bilingual Spanish Required.


Interacts with students in a constructive manner to encourage each individual to perform at their highest level. Establishes and maintains an effective learning environment. Implements and supports Board policies and administrative regulations. Makes him/herself familiar with the master contract between the Board of Education and the local

education association and implements accordingly. Assists in recruiting, screening, hiring, training, and assigning professional and paraprofessional staff. Develops a program of public relations in cooperation with the Board of Education to establish guidelines in order to further the community’s understanding and support of the education program. Directs the activities, in coordination with the central office, of all building personnel in the performance of their duties. Evaluates performance and effectiveness of programs, staff, and curriculum. Maintain relations with parents, parent groups, school volunteers, and outside agencies. Participates in district-wide activities, and committees as appropriate. Implements policy and procedure changes from the Board (or the State and Federal level) at the building level. Reports appropriately to staff and to the community on Public Act 25. Implements guides for student conduct and coordinates the redefining of existing guides. Provides means to determine individual student performance based upon acceptable learning theories and practices. Develops program schedule within established goals and objectives of the school district. Delegates authority to responsible personnel to assume responsibility for the school in his/her absence. Plans and supervises fire drills and emergency preparedness programs. Supervises and assists in evaluating the school activities scheduled beyond the regular school day. Assumes responsibility for the attendance, conduct, and health of students during the school day and at school-sponsored activities. Prepares or supervises the preparation of reports, records, tests, and all other paperwork required or appropriate to the school’s administration in a timely manner. Meets with the Superintendent to assist in the building budgetary process and assists in the maintenance of school inventory. Supervises and/or coordinates all special education or 504 guidelines, policies, or laws as they affect the school building, students, or staff. Oversee K-12 Title I, Preschool, Daycare, and Section 31 Program.

Prepare appropriate grants. Prepare appropriate handbooks.


Knowledge/awareness of own cultural identity and how this influences behavior, and desire to learn about the cultural identity of others. Ability to establish and nurture an environment that promotes cultural competence and equitable treatment of staff, students, and partners of the District. Has demonstrated experience as a leader for equity and/or has evidence of success in closing opportunity gaps for students of color. Ability to nurture a school environment that celebrates, respects, and values diversity, where teaching and learning are made relevant and meaningful to students

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Manages employees in the Elementary building. Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of this unit. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Godfrey-Lee district policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: The general qualifications of an elementary teacher or administrator in the State of Michigan and at least a Master’s Degree with a major in educational administration and supervision or curriculum. At least three (3) years of successful teaching experience.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Valid Teaching Certificate, and Valid Administrator Certificate with an elementary school endorsement.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups staff, parents, and the general public. Bilingual Spanish Preferred.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES: Ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory in a specific field. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, and the community. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both in oral and written form. Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and depth perception.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in this environment is quiet to loud depending upon the activity in the particular part of the day and location.

GodfreyLee Public Schools is an equal opportunity educational institution. It is our expressed policy that no person shall be unlawfully excluded from participation, be denied benefits of, or otherwise subjected to discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, sex, age, or handicap/disability in its activities or programs as required by Title VI, Title IX and Section 504. Any person believing that the GodfreyLee Public Schools or any part of the school organization has inadequately applied the principles and/or regulations of (1) Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, (2) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, (3) the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and (4) Title II of the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 may bring forward a complaint, which shall be referred to as a grievance, to Mark Provost, the local Coordinator at the following address: 1324 Burton St. SW Wyoming, MI 49509.

Interested candidates may apply here