Principal - Middle School
Provides the leadership and management necessary at a junior high school to maximize the efforts of teachers and students in an environment which is conducive to educational enhancement, growth and achievement for students. The position is responsible for directing all daily operations of the school campus, supervising and coordinating the work of all professional and classified personnel, ensuring subordinates' adherence to District policies, regulations and goals, preparing required reports, and performing other professional, administrative and supervisory work as required. The position develops and implements programs within organizational policies; reports major activities to executive level administrators through conferences and reports.
Essential Job Functions
1.Provides leadership and management of the assigned junior high school, including all instructional and administrative programs and activities.2.Supervises professional and classified staff members, including selecting or recommending selection, training, assigning and evaluating work, counseling, disciplining and terminating or recommending termination; prepares periodic employee performance evaluations.3.Assigns responsibilities to Assistant Principals to foster professional growth and effective instructional programming; assigns responsibilities to professional staff, including assignments to instructional groups, rooms and supervision duties.4.Plans, organizes and implements staff/professional development programs.5.Seeks to maintain an atmosphere conducive to good teacher-teacher and teacher-administrator relationships.6.Prepares and administers the school's operating budget; serves as overall custodian of school funds allocated to or collected by the school; adheres to state statute and District policies related to financial accounting to ensure judicious management of all school funds; approves expenditures and prepares related reports.7.Seeks, secures and administers school-level grants for projects and programs.8.Plans, evaluates and recommends school-wide programs, policies, goals and objectives. Ensures that all Board and administrative policies are effectively explained and implemented.9.Oversees program development and monitors special programs, projects and initiatives.10.Ensures school compliance with the requirements of state and regional accreditation standards and regulations.11.Provides leadership in and collaborates with Assistant Principals, teachers, staff and others to develop strategies for the School Improvement Plan.12.Oversees school enrollment.13.Directs the development of master schedules and plans; develops staffing patterns. 14.Provides proactive, comprehensive and facilitative leadership for the school in the planning and implementation of a challenging curriculum; observes classroom environment and makes recommendations for improvement in instruction and class management as appropriate15.Assists in the selection of and supervises the distribution, storage and inventory of all textbooks, instructional materials and supplies for building operation.16.Supervises the guidance program to enhance individual student education and development.17.Participates as requested in the development and adoption of the District's testing program; manages and administers the testing program for the school; analyzes and makes recommendations related to student achievement data.18.Maintains high standards of student conduct through a guidance and development program, which focuses on prevention, communication with parents and high expectations of students; enforces discipline as necessary, complying with due process and rights of students.19.Directs transportation and food services at assigned school.20.Oversees efforts to reward student achievement and recognize outstanding staff.21.Receives and responds to inquiries, concerns and complaints from teachers, students and parents; maintains effective relationships with students and parents; works to resolve administrative, instructional and behavioral problems.22.Works with authorized personnel and/or contractors in the maintenance, modification and utilization of the building, physical facilities and school grounds; supervises building custodial care.23.Supervises and participates in
1. Requires education or training equivalent to a Master's Degree in Educational Administration or supervision from an accredited college or university.
2. State certification in Administration/Supervision at the elementary and/or secondary level, Educational Leadership, or an equivalent certification as defined by the Tennessee Department of Education;
3. Requires eight (8)- ten (10) years of progressively more responsible experience in teaching and administration or supervision, some at the junior/middle school level with two (2) years in a supervisory or leadership capacity
4. An equivalent combination of training, and experience which provide the knowledge, abilities and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered ( Examples: Adult Higher Education, MBA, Organizational Management, and Public Administrations)
Degree Equivalency Formula:
Bachelor's Degree= 4 years plus required years of experience.
Master's Degree= 2 years plus required years of experience. Where Master's degrees are required, years for Bachelor's Degrees must be included.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Can demonstrate knowledge of principles, practices, materials, and equipment used in modern public school elementary education and an ability to apply them to the needs of the school;
Knowledge of current curriculum and instructional practices and trends;
Knowledge of public school organization and administration;
ability to plan, organize, and coordinate comprehensive senior high school instructional programs;
Ability to plan, supervise, and evaluate the work of instructional and support personnel;
Ability to develop effective working relationships with students, staff, community, and the general public; and ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
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