Springfield Public Schools

Job Description

Job Title: Principal – Elementary School
Department: Academics
Pay Grade: A131
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports to: Executive Director- Elementary

This position is responsible for leading the instructional process with specific responsibility for directing overall site operations, services, and staff at an elementary school with a primary focus on improving student achievement, including enforcing established policies and regulatory requirements; coordinating school activities, and managing student and site learning and behavioral issues.

 Provides instructional leadership focused on current research and best practices in
order to continually increase student achievement.
 Oversees all aspects of the instructional program, school environment, and the
operational/fiscal health of the school.
 Supervises, monitors, and coaches staff in the building with a focus on growth and
continuous improvement.
 Oversees the professional development of teachers and staff, including regular
supervision and evaluations.
 Fosters an environment where staff work cooperatively together and hold each other
accountable to reach high levels of student achievement.
 Fosters an environment where students and staff from diverse backgrounds are
welcomed and supported.
 Manages organizational systems and resources for a safe, high-performing learning
 Collaborates with families and stakeholders who represent diverse community interests
and needs; mobilizes community resources that support and improve teaching and
 Allocates and coordinates the movement of resources to ensure the health, safety, and
productive learning of staff and students.
 Collaborates with other elementary, secondary, and district administrators to provide an
overall direction for teaching and learning in the school district.
 Effectively manages school operations in terms of personnel, budgets, buildings, and
grounds, etc.
 Promotes a positive tone for collaborative school/community relations by articulating
the mission, seeking community support, encouraging diversity, and fostering rapport
with all stakeholders.
 Confers with parents and staff to discuss educational activities, policies, and student
behavioral or learning issues.

 Facilitates and oversees committee meetings as required.
 Coordinates and supervises after-school events, activities, conferences, and meetings.
 Performs other related duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
• Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university.
• Minimum of three (3) years of job-related experience with increasing levels of
responsibility is required.
Certificates, Licenses, and Other Special Requirements
 Missouri School Administrator Certificate required.
 Must pass a Criminal Background Clearance, the results of which must be satisfactory to
the District required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

 Knowledge is required to perform algebra and/or geometry; review and interpret highly
technical information, write technical materials, and/or speak persuasively to
implement desired actions; and analyze situations to define issues, draw conclusions
and create action plans.
 Knowledge-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the
job include elementary curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices; child
development, brain development and best practices in education; curriculum
development; safety practices and procedures; conflict resolution; and crisis de-
escalation techniques.
 Skill-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job
include effective hiring techniques; budget management.
 Ability to schedule a significant number of activities, meetings, and/or events; routinely
gather, collate and/or classify data; and use job-related equipment.
 Ability is required to independently work with others in a wide variety of circumstances;
analyze data utilizing a variety of complex processes, and operate equipment using
standardized methods.
 Ability to work with a significant diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with data
of widely varied types and/or purposes, and utilize a variety of job-related equipment.
 The ability to problem-solve with data requires an analysis based on organizational objectives; problem-solving with equipment is limited to moderate.
 Ability to maintain confidentiality; set priorities; meet deadlines and schedules; work
with detailed information; and adapt to changing priorities.
 Ability to work as part of a team; adapt to changing priorities; and apply logical
processes and analytical skills.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements
 The work environment is primarily inside, where the noise and temperature levels are
 The work is light work that requires exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally,
and/or up-to 10 pounds of force to move objects.
 Must possess the physical ability to perceive the nature of sounds, make rational
decisions through sound logic and deductive processes, express or exchange ideas by
the spoken word, substantial movements (motions) with the hands, wrists, and/or
fingers, and discern letters or numbers at a given distance.
 Additionally, the following physical abilities are required: balancing, climbing, crawling,
crouching, feeling, grasping, handling, hearing, kneeling, manual dexterity, mental
acuity, reaching, repetitive motion, speaking, standing, stooping, talking, visual acuity
and walking.