Principal, The Bancroft School

Bancroft School | Mount Laurel, NJ


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Posted Date 11/14/2023
Expiration Date12/14/2023

For more than 135 years, Bancroft has provided the best-in-class education for children with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities. With more than 2,700 employees across 200+ facilities and homes in NJ, PA, and DE, Bancroft continually builds upon founder Margaret Bancroft’s determination to make a difference in the lives of children. 


Bancroft’s education program and services are highly respected by professionals and families alike: the Bancroft Early Education Program (Cherry Hill) for children ages 3 to 9; The Bancroft School (Mt. Laurel) for students ages 9 to 21, including the Transition Program that helps students learn practical job-seeking, social and life skill; and The Bancroft School at Voorhees Pediatric Facility, an NJDOE-approved private school pediatric specialized care facility.


The Bancroft School is seeking a Principal to lead the 265-seat, 44-classroom institution. In a new facility opened in 2018 as part of the 80-acre Bancroft Raymond & Joanne Welsh Campus, The Bancroft School features an activity pool and gymnasium, convenience store, horticulture center, health center, and staff training facility. Other campus facilities include the Lindens Neurobehavioral Program and the Campus Residential Treatment Program, with 105 residents who attend the School. More than 100 districts in NJ in PA send students to Bancroft; 70% of students are non-verbal, and 80% have 1-to-1 aides. The Bancroft School uses an ABA-informed approach to teaching.


Hear From Real Employee, Sara, About Teaching at Bancroft



1. Develops, implements, and ensures adherence to established Bancroft policies and procedures. Ensures strict compliance with Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) regulations, Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations, DDD Supported Employment/Day Program (SE/DP) Manual standards (if applicable), Department of Labor (DOL) regulations (if applicable), Department of Human Services 1047 regulations (if applicable), Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) standards, and applicable state/local/federal regulations at all times.

2. Develops and administers the school’s programs to conform to education, social, and emotional needs of the students and ensures that programs meet the criteria of licensing and accrediting agencies. Consults with clinicians and other professionals to analyze the suitability of the educational program for meeting the students’ changing needs and, in conjunction with educational staff, implement curriculum revisions as necessary.

3. Evaluates ongoing curriculum, makes suggestions for changes, if needed, at all levels of instruction.

4. Plans and implements periodic in-service training programs for faculty members.

5. Selects staff; recommends promotions, transfers, and discharges of staff. Also evaluates performance, recommends salary adjustments and establishment of new positions to ensure adequate staffing.

6. Coordinates with staff in other disciplines (clinical, residential, vocational, and medical) to provide continuity in each student’s program.

7. Participates in admissions procedures, as necessary, by interviewing prospective students, administering educational evaluation tests, etc. and make intake and educational program recommendations to Admissions Evaluating Team.

8. Prepares educational budget parameters and submits, purchase requisitions for supplies, equipment, and services necessary to the educational program.

9. Directs the effective use of schools’ physical resources and is accountable for their care, maintenance, or replacement.

10. Provides oversight to direct and indirect reports within assigned area of responsibility: Directly, or indirectly through others, provides ongoing leadership, advice, training, and guidance to staff regarding the daily instruction and safety of persons served at specific program site as outlined in the Individual Program Plan (IPP), Annex A and/or program descriptions; Conducts regular staff meetings and attends program management meetings to promote a constant flow of information, open discussions, knowledge sharing, and to ensure staff are well-informed;Attends various internal management meetings, external conferences, family conferences, etc., to both obtain and share information;Directly manages the ongoing job performance of direct reports; develops and communicates performance goals, completes performance evaluations within established timeframes; provides feedback, develops and takes action on performance improvement plans, and determines and implements disciplinary action as needed;Approves capital expenditures up to the limit of authority. Develops a priority list of capital improvements.

11. Meets with outside visitors (parents’ agencies, school districts, etc.) to describe the school programs. 

12. Represents the unit/division at professional seminars, workshops, and conventions. Serves on Bancroft wide committees.

13. Assures program operates in compliance with a New Jersey Department of Education Administrative Code Regulations.

14. Evaluates and/or oversees the performance evaluations of all professional staff.

15. Performs related duties, special assignments and projects as required.

16. Abides by the Bancroft Code of Ethics, Mission Statement, and Vision Statement in promoting ethical behavior, establishing relationships and providing guidance in decision-making situations.

17. Remains current with required training certifications, meets state-regulated licensing and regulatory accreditations, and adheres to mandatory requirements.

18. Maintains effective verbal and written communications with colleagues, those served, and their family members and/or guardians when applicable.

19. Willingly and effectively cooperates with Bancroft, The Department of Human Services, The Division of Maintains a safe and respectful environment, free of abuse, neglect, or exploitation; does not allow weapons, threats, bullying or intimidation. Developmental Disabilities (DDD), and other licensing or state agency or local municipalities in any inspections and investigations, upon request.

20. Reports any violations to the appropriate individual as soon as the incident occurs.

21. Maintains levels of supervision as defined in behavior plans; e.g., Individual Program Plan (IPP), Individual Rehabilitation Plan (IRP), Individual Education Plan (IEP), Individual Service Plan (ISP), etc., when applicable.

22. Demonstrates Bancroft’s core values of Teamwork, Compassion, and Independence in the performance of position responsibilities.


Competitive candidates will have at least 10 years of leadership experience and five years working with people with disabilities and neurological challenges. They will be exceptional communicators whom internal and external stakeholders feel they can approach with ideas or problems. The ability to envision and lead toward stability and growth while managing in a continually changing environment is essential. Specific requirements and preferences include:


  • A degree in Special Education; 
  • A Master's degree in Education, Special Education, School Administration or a related field; 
  • Principal Certification; 
  • Knowledge of Applied Behavioral Analysis is highly valued;
  • BCBA certification is a plus.


What You’ll Love About Bancroft: 

  • Meaningful Purpose: We truly make a difference in the lives of our students, and it inspires us to be better teachers.
  • Lasting Bonds: We are a close-knit, committed team who feel like a second family
  • Personal Growth: There are opportunities to learn and build skills, professional development, career advancement, tuition assistance, and loan repayment programs 
  • Outstanding Benefits: We offer competitive salaries, retirement savings program, generous paid time off, medical and dental insurance, and more


What May Challenge You: 

  • Every hour of each day is different 
  • Working with students with behavioral and other challenges can be physically, mentally, and emotionally tough


About Bancroft

At Bancroft, you’ll do more than just make an impact. We are a care team of 2,700 employees across 200+ facilities and homes in NJ, PA, and DE committed to making a lasting difference in the lives of the people we serve and their loved ones. Together, we work diligently and compassionately, to improve the lives of the people we serve. Find your purpose and more at Bancroft.


Real Life. Real Purpose.

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