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16 Dec 2020

Principal or Vice Principal Head of School

The Juniper School
 Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, United States

Job Description

The Juniper School

Head of School Job Description


Job Title:  Head of School           Pay Grade: Admin. Pay Scale

Job Family:  Administration         FLSA Status:  Exempt

Department:  Administration       Prepared Date:  December 2020

Typical Work Year:  11 months   Employee Status: At-will

Salary Range: $75,000-$95,000


Summary: The Head of School, with the support and supervision of The Juniper School Board of Directors, will uphold a quality education program, which follows the schools philosophy and pedagogy by fulfilling the following responsibilities:


Duties and Responsibilities


  • Serve as educational leader for The Juniper School
  • Articulate and share the mission of The Juniper School and alternative public education for students, families, staff, & community
  • Be inspirational, visible, and accessible to the community
  • Possess knowledge of Colorado Academic Standards 
  • Attend all Board meetings as a non voting member and prepare and present reports as requested by the Board 
  • Manage relationships with students, faculty, and parents 
  • Maintain professionalism, particularly during challenging situations  
  • Provide staff training to implement the school’s methodology 
  • Write and monitor all improvement planning
  • Support and exemplify a positive school culture



  • Implement strategic school goals, objectives, and action steps that have been mutually established with the Board
  • Hire, supervise, mentor, and evaluate teaching and support staff as needed
  • Oversee admission of students, including lottery procedures 
  • Make decisions regarding disciplinary action or dismissal of staff in consultation with the Board of Directors and aligned with school policy
  • Ensure a healthy work environment for all staff
  • Ensure that all state reporting requirements are met
  • Ensure proper delivery of Special Education services in collaboration with Durango 9-R School District 
  • Facilitate staff meetings 



  • Communicate with care and professionalism
  • Maintain regular, ongoing, and open dialogue with the Board of Directors
  • Promote communication between the Board, the staff, and families
  • Foster a positive relationship with the Durango 9-R School District and all other districts, as well as the Colorado Department of Education 


Finance and Fund Development 

  • Prepare annual budget recommendations including personnel, committees, facilities and programs in partnership with the Business Manager
  • Participate in creating reports for annual audits – financial and academic 
  • Identify grants that support the economic viability of the school 
  • Be familiar with and understand best practices in fund development 
  • Assist in identifying and building relationships with prospective donors 
  • Assist in fundraising efforts of the school or the BOD


Compliance and Accountability for School Operations 

  • Conduct written evaluations of staff
  • Oversee ongoing program evaluation, including curriculum standards and development
  • Ensure that the school is in compliance with all applicable government laws and regulations 
  • Oversee daily school operations
  • Participate in creation and monitoring of authorization documents and negotiations with BOD and authorizer as needed


Education, Training and Experience

  • Master’s degree from an accredited university required
  • Minimum three years of classroom teaching required


Certificates, Licenses and Registrations

  • Colorado Teaching License with endorsements for the levels and subject areas teaching
  • Certification and/or experience in Project and Inquiry-Based Learning and Montessori Methods preferred
  • Administrator/Principal certification and/or experience preferred. 


Technical Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal relations, oral and written communication skills
  • Strong decision making, analytical and organizational skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Experience with staff supervision 
  • Self-motivated
  • Appreciation for students with learning differences as well as for students from diverse family and socio-economic situations
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the job
  • Value cooperation and collaboration
  • Ability to recognize the importance of safety in the workplace, follow safety rules, practice safe work habits, utilize appropriate safety equipment and report unsafe conditions to the appropriate department
  • Must be able to stand, sit, and walk for long periods of time. Must be able to use hands, reach with hands and arms, and stoop or kneel for average periods of time. Must be able to talk and hear.  Must be able to push, pull or carry up to 50 pounds at any given time. Must be able to work in a moderate to loud environment. ADA accommodations can be met for successful candidates.


Reporting Relationship

Position reports to The Juniper School Board of Directors.


To apply for this position please submit the following:


  • Cover letter
  • Resume/Vitae
  • Unofficial transcripts


Submit all information at one time to be considered to


How to Apply

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Bureaus: Colorado. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Principal or Vice Principal. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.