POSTING DATE:06/11/2020
CLOSING DATE:07/02/2020
LOCATION:Carlin Springs ES


  • Completion of a master’s degree in school administration.
  • Extensive or progressively more responsible experience in elementary school teaching and as an elementary school principal or assistant principal or any equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Possession of or eligible for the Postgraduate Professional License issued by the Virginia State Board of Education indicating endorsement for elementary principal, or eligible for the same.
  • Experience working with students, families and staff from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Carlin Springs Elementary School serves an international community of children Pre-K through grade five. The school’s primary mission is to teach and empower students to be lifelong learners. As a national award-winning community school, Carlin Springs’ school facility is used as a base to support students and their families with the help of thirty business and community partners.
Carlin Springs’ instructional program is challenging and enriching. We were named a 2016 High Flying School by the Georgia Southern University, recognized at the 27th National Youth-At-Risk Conference, and showcased by several newspapers for our students’ significant success over the past three years. Differentiated instruction allows teachers to meet the diverse needs of students by planning instruction that is responsive to their readiness, interests and learning styles. Conscious Discipline skills and Brain Smart Starts foster a safe environment and promote wise decision-making. A strong technology program includes a STEM Lab funded by a Verizon grant and many interactive and innovative learning opportunities for all students. Class size ratios are small and learning is extended through over twenty-five after-school enrichment clubs and tutoring sessions. The school offers a wide variety of opportunities for parental involvement.
Not only is our building a wonderful place to work and learn, it sends a clear message that Carlin Springs continually strives for excellence and making a difference in every child’s life. See the school website, for more information.
The principal is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating and directing the instructional program. The principal supervises a staff of more than 100 employees, including teachers, an assistant principal, guidance counselors, librarians, instructional technology coordinator, office personnel, Extended Day staff, custodians and para-professionals. Considerable emphasis is given to systematic planning for instructional improvement and maintaining effective relations with the local community.
Within the limits of prescribed programs and policies, the principal has wide latitude in the exercise of independent judgment in conducting the daily operations of the school. The principal is expected to work collaboratively 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 the goals are being met.

  • Provides instructional leadership that promotes positive student achievement.
  • Challenges all students in a positive manner to achieve their highest potential.
  • Supports and capitalizes on teachers’ strengths as they implement the instructional program.
  • Interacts in a positive manner with students, staff and parents on a daily basis, and sets a positive tone for the school.
  • Values diversity among students and staff.
  • Accepts the uniqueness of individuals that make up the community, allowing for diversity in learning styles and personal expression.
  • Works collaboratively with students, staff and parents in the process of discipline, decision-making, and addressing school issues.
  • Helps facilitate communication among staff, students, parents, the school system and the greater community.
  • Establishes policies and procedures for the administration of the school and develops the annual plan for school improvement.
  • Participates in the selection of teaching staff, supervises classroom teaching techniques, coordinates efforts of teaching staff, and arranges and conducts programs of staff development.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of staff, the instructional program, and instructional arrangements.
  • Plans, assigns, and inspects the use of building space and equipment for teaching purposes.
  • Authorizes the use of school facilities for civic activities related to the school program and other rentals.
  • Recommends changes in curriculum and changes in personnel, space, and equipment requirements.
  • Collaborates with central office staff to promote ongoing improvement in the curriculum and the instructional program.
  • Arranges meetings and conferences with parents, plans recreational activities related to the elementary program, and addresses community groups on problems; authorizes the use of school facilities for civic activities related to the school program.
  • Participates in county school meetings and in local, state and national conferences on education; keeps informed on current teaching methods and techniques.
  • Maintains sound public relations by cooperating and consulting with officials of various groups and organizations.
  • Coordinates with the PTA, confers with parents, directs student activities related to the school program, and addresses community groups on school problems.
  • Approves the expenditure of school funds and funds allocated to the school from the School Board budget.
  • Works collaboratively with the Community School Coordinator and community partners to enhance the school’s instructional program and provide additional educational opportunities for students and their families.
  • Performs related work as required.


  • Bilingual skills preferred.
  • Knowledge of supervisory teaching principles, practices and methods related to the elementary curriculum.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and direct varied and extensive major instructional programs that set high standards for all students.
  • Knowledge of duties and responsibilities for special education and ESOL/HILT programs, including regulations governing implementation of high quality integrated programs.
  • Functional knowledge of instructional technology.
  • Ability to be responsive to internal and external events and to serve as a role model with an open door policy.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate teaching programs and to take appropriate measures to assure their successful operation.
  • Ability to organize and conduct effective training programs and to take appropriate measures to assure their successful operation.
  • Ability to speak and to write effectively.
  • Understands the importance of high visibility and a strong presence in the school.
  • Ability to develop a positive, strong relationship with the community.
  • Ability to identify and to utilize outside resources.
  • Ability to identify and to retain good teachers who work in the best interest of all students.
  • Knowledge of the needs of the school community and ways to be accessible to parents, staff, and students.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with associates, subordinates, parents, and children.
  • Ability to maintain necessary classroom discipline and to implement various disciplinary approaches which demonstrate respect for students and staff.
  • Ability to support and to build on the present Carlin Springs programs and develop a vision of where Carlin Springs should be five to ten years from now.
  • Ability to be open to innovative ideas while being sensitive to the demands of teaching.
  • Ability to recognize teachers as professionals and to implement a leadership style based on consultation, collegiality, flexibility, and participatory management.
  • Ability to organize and to conduct effective programs with staff and to maintain high morale in the school.

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 APS website in the Employment section: 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?

All selected candidates will be interviewed by a screening committee composed of representatives from the community, school faculty, student body and members of the Superintendent’s staff. The screening committee will submit a report to the Superintendent who will interview and forward a recommendation to the School Board for final selection.
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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SALARY: Salary range of $101,655 to $153,106 (2019-20 Salary Schedule).