Principal or Vice Principal Principal, McAuliffe International Middle School
PRINCIPAL, MIDDLE SCHOOL
|Manager Reference Guide
|MANAGER REFERENCE GUIDE
|Overview & Purpose
Provide an overview of the core challenge(s) this role will be called upon to solve internally or for our partners
|Broad responsibility for leading a team of managers to execute against the overall business plan, based on guidance from leadership. Directs, plans and oversees team initiatives, to ensure implementation and administration of programs align with district goals.
Why the job exists & what role it plays within DPS
|To provide overall direction and leadership of a DPS Middle School.
|Core Values & Competencies
|Shared Core values
As a values-based organization, achieve goals through our shared commitment to Students First, Integrity, Equity, Collaboration, Accountability and Fun.
The Leadership Investment Framework for Talent (LIFT)
The LIFT framework is comprised of five (5) main competency groups (called LIFT Drivers), which are integrated into every Essential Function. The “LIFT Evaluation Category” (or Level) for this position’s category is specified above. The Core Competencies Evaluation (CCE) framework includes one additional category identified below.
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|1 P&V Personal & Values
2 V&S Vision & Strategy
3 O&O Operational & Organizational
4 P&C People & Culture
5 C&E Community & Equity
6 P&P Policy & Procedure (CCE only)
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|Key Responsibilities Lift Drivers
Vision & Strategy
Strategic alignment: deeply focuses on ensuring alignment to district initiatives by organizing and prioritizing initiatives, formulating a successful agenda, and delivering instructions to managers.
Personal & Values
Operational excellence: directs operational units by acting as a business advisor to managers, including: make final decisions, examine and evaluate current process, identify and solve barriers.
Develop methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for projects and programs. Ensures budget and schedules meet all business requirements.
Operational & Organizational
Program management: develops policies and programs, authorizes and influences implementation of these programs, use innovative concepts, and promote new ideas. Influence projects by participating in initial planning, assigning teams, directing work, evaluating progress, making decisions and advising on issues.
Community & Equity
Stakeholder relations: coordinate and build collaborative relationships with cross functional departments internally and positively represents DPS in the broader community which includes school boards, parents, students, teachers and community members.
Corporate governance: ensure compliance with state and federal laws, Board of Education policies and regulations, maintain and direct activities related to the District’s safety and security efforts.
People & Culture
Team Management: coach, direct and set team managers up for success by delegating work, solving complex issues, empowering improvement, and monitoring performance. Hire, train, evaluate, assign and direct work for senior managers within certain departments.
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Description % of Time Spent
- Lead a staff of administrative, certificated and classified personnel assigned to the school.
- Determine, through established measures and protocols, whether the individual educational needs of pupils are being met. Develop plans that improve the quality and adequacy of instruction, and foster student achievement, growth and development.
- Work with and support parents, various individuals, agencies and organizations in the community, the School Improvement and Accountability
Council, and the Collaborative Decision Making Committee (CDM) to develop a School Improvement Plan (SIP) that includes high and achievable goals and objectives.
- Establish guides for proper student conduct. Encourage the development of student spirit through rewards, privileges, recognition, discipline and other methods. Participate in varied or designated pupil activities, such as Student Council, educational excursions, bilingual efforts, affirmative student placement, and special interest events.
- Review recommended purchases of textbooks, library materials, reference books, computer hardware and software, multi-media, and other materials, supplies and equipment with supervisory staff, teacher representatives, and in compliance with budgetary restraints.
- Research and demonstrate an understanding of, and communicate the education-based aims and needs of the community to school staff and central administration.
- Develop a public relations program to enhance the community’s understanding and support of individual school-based and district-wide educational programs.
- Supervise certificated and classified staff and ensures for: professional growth and development, attainment of district and building instructional goals, implementation of curriculum, and effective use of all staff-based and facility-based resources. Monitors all staff and recommends promotions, transfers, dismissals, and position reclassifications, when appropriate.
- Evaluate, as required, the performance of certificated and classified staffs regularly assigned, and offers guidance and assistance as needed.
- Orient personnel on the school mission, philosophy, texts and curriculum, guides, personnel policies, and school facilities for all new faculty members and classified staff, as appropriate.
- Plan, prepare and administer the school budget, including the translation of educational needs, goals and objectives into budgetary terms.
- Implement, and disseminate to certificated and classified staff, administrative school policy and State school laws. Formulate and receives suggestions for local middle school policy. Administer and enforce all approved policies accordingly.
- Establish and administer the master scheduling of all school functions and facilities, including: registration of students; scheduling only approved classes; determining and limiting class size as based on pupil-teacher ratios; utilizing special professional personnel such as nurses, social workers, and psychologists; establish extracurricular activities programs; assigning teachers to courses on the basis of qualifications; establishing and enforcing student discipline, safety regulations, and drill procedures;
|supervision of halls, grounds, lunchrooms, etc.; and oversee the use of facilities during school hours. Consult with faculty and non-certificated personnel, as necessary.
• Manage building operations, including: staff assignment of paraprofessionals, custodians, and other designated personnel; maintains inventory of materials, equipment and supplies; inspects buildings and grounds for safety and hazards; and recommends alterations to and general improvement of facilities.
• Ensure for the proper maintenance, accuracy, completeness, confidentiality and security of all data/records, including: personnel evaluations; monthly payroll; weekly census report and semi-annual report on attendance and enrollment; approval of requisitions for supplies and repairs; State reports on pupils and teachers; accident and athletic injury reports; reference and transcript requests; expulsions, suspensions, and court cases; statistical, evaluation, and test reports; drop-out studies; and instruction and organization surveys and reports.
• Perform other related duties, including special projects, as required or requested.
Include licensure and certification requirements, if applicable
|Education – Minimum
Education Level Area of Expertise
Minimum Bachelor’s Degree
|Education – Preferred
Education Level Area of Expertise
Preferred Master’s Degree Middle School/Secondary Education, Administration, Curriculum, Instruction or Guidance
Required Years Area of Relevant Expertise
5+ Five (5) to seven (7) years of actual experience as an educator. Demonstrated effective and diplomatic oral and written communication skills. Experience and
proficiency with Microsoft Office products (e.g., Excel, Word, and PowerPoint).
Bilingual skills in Spanish preferred.
|Years of Management Responsibility
|Licensure & Certifications
Required – enter any additional required criteria
Preferred – enter any additional preferred
A current, valid State of Colorado Type D
Certificate Endorsed Principal or a Colorado
Principal License or authorization.
|Knowledge, Skills & Abilities – Add additional KSAs as needed
Required/Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Required Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations
Required Experience in analyzing data, and using this data to for process and program improvements and to inform strategy
Required Outstanding facilitation and communication skills, including ability to inspire others
Required Strong interpersonal and leadership skills, including the ability to lead a high-performing team
Required Superior leadership, coaching and mentoring skills
Required Strong inter-personal skills and ability to work with individuals at all different levels in the organization
Required Self-starter/leader who can anticipate department needs in a proactive (versus, reactive) manner
Required Strategic planning and organizational development knowledge and skills
Required Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals, establish priorities, and organize resources
Required Ability to motivate and influence others
Preferred Demonstrated knowledge of DPS Human Resource and other departmental policies.
Preferred Ability to recognize and resolve conflicts or potentially controversial situations through diplomacy.
Required Ability to build community trust and support with staff, students and community
Required Commitment to the school mission
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|Required Experience in leveraging innovation status to promote student success Required Experience with Expeditionary Learning
Required Experience in creating systems for social emotional learning Required Title 1 experience with culturally and economically diverse students
Required Shows understanding of building systems to support students who experience trauma
Required Experience with successfully leading small schools
Required Stays present with staff and student
Required Committed to the school and longevity in the role
Required Generally upbeat and optimistic; displays a sense of happiness in school environment
Required Exhibits integrity, compassion, trust, collaboration, and openness to feedback
|The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel in this classification.