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19 Jan 2024

Principal or Vice Principal Principal, McAuliffe International Middle School

Northeast Denver Innovation Zone (NDIZ)

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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.


Primary Objective 

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) 

For more details about DPS growth and performance systems (LIFT & CCE) -click here 


Key Responsibilities
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. 


Essential Functions


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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  


criteria here 

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. 








How to Apply

Apply on the Denver Public Schools website and send questions to We are excited to meet you.

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