TITLE: MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
- Masters or Doctoral Degree in Education.
- NJ Principal Certificate.
- Minimum of 3-5 of administrative experience required; 5 -7 years of administrative experience preferred.
- Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills with demonstrated initiative, leadership and business ethics and a demonstrated ability to motivate others.
- Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills; Bilingual (Spanish) a plus.
- Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board may find appropriate and acceptable.
- Pass mandatory pre- employment physical, including drug screening in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6:3-4A.4
- Pass mandatory criminal history screening in accordance with 18A:6-7.1.
- Consistent attendance as defined by the New Jersey Department of Education.
- Proficient with Microsoft Office, Google and general computer skills.
REPORTS TO: Superintendent and/or his/her designee.
SUPERVISES: All personnel in the assigned school.
JOB GOALS: Under the direction of the Superintendent and/or designee, the Middle School Principal manages the operation and educational programs of his/her school, including supervising teachers and other staff, and implementing, evaluating and establishing educational programs that promote the academic and personal development of each student.
1. Serves as the chief educational leader and supervisory officer within his/her school consistent with State law, Board of Education policies/regulations and instructions from the Superintendent or his/her designee.
2. Responsible for the general supervision, health, safety, and welfare of students, personnel, and visitors, inspecting all facilities to ensure compliance with all applicable codes and regulations including access for individuals with handicapping conditions.
3. Communicates regularly with the Superintendent and his/her designees about the needs, successes, and general operation of the school and reports to the Board monthly as directed by the Superintendent.
4. Displays the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards when working with students, parents, school personnel, and agencies associated with the school.
5. Establishes and promotes high standards and expectations for all students and staff for academic scholarship and behavior.
6. Monitors student progress indicators for attendance, academic success and discipline and develops remedial programs as necessary and is responsible for promotion/retention of students.
7. Devotes the maximum amount of time possible directly to the continuous improvement of instruction.
8. Collects and analyzes data regarding the achievement and needs of students from State assessments and other pertinent sources for the purpose of modifying, developing and implementing services and programs to improve instruction.
9. Organizes and oversees procedures for identifying and addressing special needs of students including health related concerns, and physical, emotional, and learning disabilities, coordinating the resources of the school and community to assist students and their families.
10. Assist the Superintendent in the preparation, implementation, and evaluation of annual district program goals.
11. Ensures that technology in the building is functional and used effectively as a part of daily instructional practices and to meet district needs and improve efficiency.
12. Maintains adequate student discipline through the implementation of a fair and effective discipline code, social-emotional development, and positive behavioral supports. Serves as liaison for student discipline hearings.
13.Organizes and supervises instructional programs, extra-curricular programs that support the curriculum, and school activities as appropriate.
14. Collaborates with the Curriculum & Instruction Director other district staff concerning curriculum development/modification and textbook adoptions that ensure cohesive vertical and horizontal curriculum articulation and recommends needed changes to programs/services.
15. Maintains visibility with students, staff, parents, and the community, attending school and community functions regularly to demonstrate a genuine interest in the students and staff.
16. Meets periodically with department leaders, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, and the Superintendent to assist in curriculum evaluation.
17. Oversees services of Guidance, Nursing, Child Study Team, and Media services as they operate within the building.
18. Supervises the instructional programs of the school, evaluating lesson plans and observing classes on a regular basis to improve effectiveness of instruction, and to encourage the use of a variety of instructional strategies and materials consistent with research on learning and child growth and development. Assists teachers directly in the improvement of instructional practices.
19. Oversees the maintenance of accurate student, personnel, and fiscal records, ensuring confidentiality in accordance with State and Federal law and Board policy.
20. Coordinates orientation of staff new to the building.
21. Monitor staff attendance according to policy and assign suitable teacher coverage as necessary. Be responsible for the orientation of the substitutes.
22. Ensures effective use of professional learning communities (PLCs) and Teaching & Learning (T&L) sessions, ScIP teams, Climate & Culture Team, etc. to analyze data and adapt instruction accordingly and to share successful practices and strategies.
23. Ensures timely and thorough completion of required evaluation of all certified and non-certified personnel assigned to his/her building in a fair and consistent manner that encourages accountability, growth, and excellence, in accordance with law, Board policy, and contractual requirements.
24. Identifies staff members whose performance needs improvement and develops/monitors appropriate performance improvement plans.
25. Assists the Superintendent/designee in the recruitment, selection and assignment of personnel for his/her building.
26. Recommends to the Superintendent the renewal, dismissal, withholding of increment, promotion or other actions for all personnel assigned to the school, following established procedures and timelines.
27. Collaborates with staff and administration to identify appropriate professional development opportunities to increase curricular and instructional expertise of the staff.
28. Avoids crisis situations by anticipating problems and making timely, clearly communicated and effectively implemented decisions.
29. Follows established procedures when there is suspected substance abuse, child abuse, child neglect, severe medical or social conditions, or potential suicide and notifies appropriate agencies and district administrators.
30. Prepares the master schedule for instructional staff in the building, ensuring adequate supervision of students in instructional and non-classroom areas, including but not limited to, before and after school, bus loading and unloading, halls, bathrooms, and cafeteria.
31.Meets regularly with the custodial staff to ensure a safe, clean environment within the building and the surrounding grounds and ensures coverage and set-up/breakdown for evening or weekend events.
32. Develops clearly understood procedures for and provides regular drills for emergencies and disasters, following State, local, and district guidelines.
33. Assists in the development of and ensures compliance with all laws, administrative codes, Board polices, regulations and procedures of the district as they apply to the school and effectively communicates such requirements to all stakeholders.
34. Prepares and submits to the Superintendent the proposed budget for his/her building and approves all requisitions in a manner consistent with legal requirements and Board policy, ensuring expenditures are consistent with the approved budget for the building.
35. Maintains and accounts for all student activity funds and money collected from students in accordance with district policy and auditing recommendations. Corrects any audit exceptions immediately.
36. Maintains a written inventory of textbooks, instructional materials and supplies and equipment.
37. Ensures the accurate and timely completion of required district/building reports as required by law and regulation or by the Superintendent/designee.
38. Coordinates with the Director of Facilities for the custodial evaluations and scheduling.
39. Coordinates with the Food Service Director to ensure efficient delivery of meals to students.
40. Collaborates with Business Administrator on all non-instructional support services such as transportation, food service and maintenance services.
41. Approves and oversees the use of school facilities and district resources.
42. Inspects the building prior to opening following weather and other events that could affect the safety and safe operation of the building and grounds. Coordinates with the Facilities Director to resolve issues.
43. Responds to emergencies during off hours or when the district is closed and works with emergency teams to and facilities staff to ensure safety and security of the building and grounds.
Public Relations & Personal Growth
44. Must be available to attend evening and weekend events of the school and/or district.
45. Develops open communication by respecting differences of opinion and reacting appropriately. Encourages positive staff morale.
46. Effectively communicates and supports management team decisions and school board policies via monthly faculty meetings and other means.
47. Serves as community liaison to collaborate and develop positive rapport with community agencies, parents, guardians and families and promotes incorporation of community resources into the school program.
48. Develops a public relations system that consistently celebrates and informs parents and the community of the accomplishments of students and staff and encourages community/parental understanding, support and active involvement in the programs and services of the school.
49. Interacts personally with parent groups to promote positive school/community relations, encouraging parent involvement in the school and in students’ learning.
50. Demonstrates ongoing personal growth through participation in professional activities and organizations, reading of professional journals, and participation in professional development.
51. Performs such other duties as are assigned by the Superintendent.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB: Light work: May lift, push, or pull 25+ pounds. Ability to be mobile within the building and the grounds.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Twelve (12) month position.
EVALUATION: Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board’s policy on the evaluation on Evaluation of Administrative Personnel by the Superintendent of Schools.
SALARY: As per the Penns Grove-Carneys Point RSD Administrators Association and the Penns Grove-Carneys Point RSD Board of Education Agreement