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5 Apr 2022

Principal or Vice Principal Middle School Turnaround Principal

South Bend Community School Corporation
 South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, United States

Job Description

Position Title:   Middle School Turnaround Principal (Edison Middle School; Jefferson Traditional School)

Salary Range: $80,000-$120,000 based on experience and performance   

Contract Length:    Contractual Year 

Immediate Supervisor:    Director of School Learning- Turnaround         

Application Deadline: The preferred application deadline to apply for this position is April 20, 2022. After this date, we do not guarantee review of submissions.  


Basic Function: The principal’s core responsibility is the improvement of student learning toward the vision of Quality Learning for Every Student Every Day actualized when every student meets grade level expectations. This work is done by an individual who is a visionary, disciplined, and courageous in their instructional leadership efforts.  Toward this end, 70% or more of his/her time is to be devoted to curriculum, instruction, professional learning, and the systems necessary to support these. Serves as the instructional, organizational, and cultural leader of the school.  Supervises all certified and non-certified personnel serving in the school.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:  Demonstrated proficiency at the following, with consistent focus on the achievement of high standards by all students:

  • Developing and nurturing a school climate focused on and supporting significant learning by all
  • Engaging community stakeholders and partners in the educational opportunities of the building 
  • Prioritizing family and community member engagement in service of improving student learning outcomes
  • Developing systems around the use of Restorative Justice, PBIS, and a MTSS to address the needs of all learners including adults
  • Formulating long range goals and using  a systems approach to planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and services
  • Accurately assessing the effectiveness of teachers on the dimensions of;
    • understanding and organizing subject matter for student learning
    • planning instruction and designing learning experiences for all students
    • creating and maintaining an effective environment for student learning
    • engaging and supporting all students in learning,
  • Assessing student learning, and developing as a professional educator to address the needs of all students;
  • Developing and using a formative and summative assessment system at the building level that guides and informs instruction and student learning supports
  • Developing, facilitating, and assessing professional learning programs and activities guided by the Standards for Professional and other best practice.
  • Providing effective leadership and facilitation in administrative and leadership teams;
  • Organizing personnel, materials, and facilities in efficient support of student learning;
  • Working effectively with diverse people and groups;
  • Cultivating a safe school environment that is conducive to teaching and learning
  • Developing a collegial environment that supports student leadership, collaboration, and growth
  • Establishing and maintaining a school culture of high academic and behavioral expectations
  • Evaluating the progress of all school-based staff in accordance with state law and policy


Turnaround Abilities: Demonstrated ability to lead turnaround efforts in a collaborative environment including both external and internal partners.  Ability to put systems in place to ensure accelerated achievement of students, while ensuring sustainability of achievement and growth. 

  • Setting a vision for the school’s academic program and inspiring buy-in from staff and students
  • Hiring, training, managing, supervising, and coaching school-based staff with a focus on providing actionable, concrete feedback
  • Monitoring, supporting, and developing staff instructional learning experiences through targeted, results-oriented professional development experiences
  • Collaborating with teacher leadership teams develop and approve operational plans that set policies for the school
  • Developing, managing, and implementing a budget that supports the Zone’s vision, mission, and goals
  • Consistently monitoring progress towards goals and pursue continuous improvement
  • Delegating leadership and decision–making effectively throughout the school
  • Communicating and engaging with the broader school community in an effective, timely, and compelling manner
  • Collaborating with external educational partners to develop clear improvement and turnaround strategies 
  • Ability to think from a systemic perspective
  • Engaging strategies to overcome obstacles such as implementation gap, collective bargaining, etc. 
  • Leading and making decisions based on data and evidence/research based practices
  • Creative thinking ability and the ability to effectively manage others towards outcomes and ambitious goals despite significant obstacles.
  • Relentlessly focused on results and committed to the continual improvement of the building and greater community of the school 


Qualifications:  A Master’s degree.  A valid state supervisory certificate.  Five years successful teaching experience or equivalent.  Three years successful experience as a building administrator  in an urban and diverse community.  Extensive experience in school turnaround, improvement, and/or continuous improvement initiatives. History of effectively coaching both new and experienced teachers towards improving their ability to deliver outstanding instruction.


Physical Demands:

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and other technologies and office equipment, sitting, standing and walking for extended periods of time; kneeling; bending at the waist; lifting; pushing; pulling and carrying equipment, supplies and materials weighing up to 25 pounds; repetitive hand movement and fine coordination to use a computer keyboard; emotional stability to work effectively under pressure and to keep all aspects of the job under control; hearing and speaking to exchange information in person or on the telephone; seeing to read; prepare and assure the accuracy of documents.


It is the policy of SOUTH BEND COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION to forbid acts of discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, limited English proficiency, national origin, age or disability in its educational programs or employment policies as required by the Indiana Civil Rights Act, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay act of 1973, Title IX (1972 Education Amendments), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title I and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991.  (Educational Policy #1200)

Information about designated compliance coordinators and grievance processes may be obtained by contacting the receptionist at the Administration Building, 215 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601 at 574-393-6000.

How to Apply

Please apply here.

Bureaus: Indiana. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Principal or Vice Principal.