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Jr/Sr High School Principal- 1.0 FTE

ANDERSON VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

JOB DESCRIPTION

Principal – Anderson Valley Junior-Senior High School

 Nature of Position:

 

  • Under the direction of the Superintendent, serves as the educational leader and chief administrator of Anderson Valley Junior-Senior High School, Anderson Valley Adult School and Rancheria Continuation School.
  • Consistent with the educational goals of the District, administers and supervises the total school program, providing educational leadership for students and staff members.
  • Organizes, directs, supervises, and evaluates site personnel.
  • Participates in staff, student, and community activities.
  • Oversees school site operations.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Educational Leadership:

 

  • Establishes positive relationships with teachers, staff, parents, and students with respect and the highest level of professionalism.
  • Collaborates with staff, parents, and community when decisions affect them but is appropriately decisive.
  • Develops and recognizes teacher/staff leaders.
  • Demonstrates innovation, leadership, and expertise in 7-12 research-based pedagogy.
  • Leads instructional staff in aligning curriculum, instruction, and assessment with state standards.
  • Identifies, implements, and monitors school-wide strategies that challenge high achievers and accelerates learning for historically underserved and low achievers.
  • Incorporates culturally responsive strategies.
  • Oversees scheduling and implementation of a rigorous academic program for all students
  • Drives and supports implementation of the District’s strategic plan, sets the tone and culture of the school, and ensures school-wide accountability for student achievement.

School Culture:

  • Creates an engaging, positive, and inclusive school culture and climate that supports student learning.
  • Facilitates a caring learning community where students and adults feel safe, connected and respected.
  • Influences a school culture conducive to continuous improvement for students and staff.
  • Fosters, recognizes, and supports fair and equitable treatment and consideration for all.

Management & Organization:

  • Supervises, observes, coaches, and evaluates school staff.
  • Models District standards of ethics and professionalism.
  • Follows District policies and applicable collective bargaining agreements in the evaluation of teachers/staff.
  • Takes appropriate steps when employees do not meet performance expectations or engage in misconduct.
  • Visits classrooms and uses observation data to give feedback to teachers and to document performance.
  • Monitors, assists, and evaluates staff implementation of school improvement plans and effective instructional and assessment practices.
  • Accesses resources and people to assist instructional staff.
  • Provides for the professional development needs of teachers and staff.
  • Encourages staff to engage in learning.
  • Increases understanding and use of best professional practices.
  • Manages site operations.
  • Communicates effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Increases understanding and use of current professional skills in technology, systems thinking and other areas.
  • Develops systems, personally and within the school that causes the school to operate efficiently.
  • Equitably distributes responsibilities to staff, matching strengths with duties, when possible.
  • Solves problems effectively and mediates conflict when it occurs.
  • Seeks assistance from the district administration in a collaborative manner.
  • Makes day-to-day decisions needed to run the school.
  • Attends administrative, management, school board meetings, and other meetings as required by the position.

Parent & Community Engagement:

  • Assists with the development of effective community relationships.
  • Seeks community support to form new partnerships as aligned with the District’s mission, vision, and strategic priorities.
  • Involves staff in partnership activities.
  • Maintains positive media relationships.
  • Responds promptly and appropriately to parent concerns.
  • Develops and maintains an atmosphere of equity, transparency, confidentiality, and trust.
  • Actively engages parent participation, cooperation, and support for student achievement.
  • Interacts with parents on a regular basis and maintains a variety of communication methods to provide timely and important information.
  • Plans and/or conducts regular parent meetings, trainings, and information sessions.

Knowledge, Abilities and Experience:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of instructional leadership, curriculum development, program design, teaching and learning, and student services at the Jr./Sr. High School level.
  • Knowledge of relevant California statutes and regulations, school accountability systems, resources and organizations.
  • Ability to motivate, encourage, and work with staff and students to ensure outstanding performance as well as positive engagement and morale.
  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively.
  • Demonstrates culturally proficient leadership and cultural competence through behaviors, actions, and decision making.
  • Demonstrated proficiency using technology in the performance of job duties.
  • Ability to review and analyze data from multiple sources to assist in making informed decisions leading to improved student achievement.
  • Excellent organization, time management, and follow-up skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully handle multiple projects concurrently.
  • Experience leading professional development and engaging community partners.
  • Experience leading adults to accomplish ambitious goals in the face of multiple challenges.
  • Bilingual/Bicultural/Bi-literate in Spanish highly desired.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA from Accredited College or University
  • Advance Degree preferred.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of successful classroom teaching experience.
  • Previous successful experience as principal in a diverse environment preferred.
  • Valid California Teaching & Administrative Services credentials.

Physical Requirements:

The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions require the following physical demands:  some lifting (up to 20 pounds), carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; significant manual dexterity, ability to perform keyboarding tasks, sufficient hearing and speaking ability for normal voice level conversations, telephone conversations, and to hear and speak to be understood in indoor and outdoor settings.  The job includes sitting (50%), walking (25%), and standing (25%).  This job is performed in a school environment that includes indoor and outdoor duties.