POSITION TITLE: Principal - Elementary School K-6, K-8 DEFINITION: Functions as chief executive and educational leader of an elementary school; responsible for its programs, personnel, facilities, and all other related activities as assigned. DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE TO: Director - Elementary Schools SUPERVISION OVER: Teachers, clerical, part-time and volunteer personnel, and on-site supervision over custodians, cafeteria personnel and bus drivers.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to): 1. School Climate: The climate of the school is reflected in student, staff, community attitudes and behavior. The school principal is responsible for the establishment of a positive, cooperative school climate. Specific functions include: establishment of the school philosophy, goals and objectives, with input from staff and parents, revised periodically for relevance to current school/community needs; supervision and support of student government activities; establishment of student discipline; supervision of facilities and grounds to insure safety of students and staff; sensitivity and responsiveness to individual student/parent/staff problems; follow-up on staff, parent, student concerns; recognition of staff and student accomplishments. 2. Community Relationships: The relationship of the school to the community is a critical factor in the development of a sound educational program. The school principal has the prime responsibility for establishing that relationship. Specific functions include: support of, and attendance at community special services clubs; organization of, and attendance at parent clubs/PTA meetings, and back-to-school and open house events. 3. Communication: An effective communication system (oral/written) is essential to the success of the school program and student progress. The school principal is responsible for developing and maintaining an effective communication system: Specific functions include: preparation and distribution of staff and parent bulletins, agendas for faculty meetings, minutes of meetings, and newsletters; organization of parent meetings, staff meetings, feeder school meetings with follow-up action; organization of parent initiated and principal initiated conferences with parents for resolution of concerns; positive communication with students on a group or individual basis; effective consultation with teachers regarding program and/or individual concerns; articulation of programs and concerns with other principals and district administrators; receipt and response to incoming mail and telephone messages; effective communications with news media. 4. Management of Resources: The school principal is responsible for the management of resources including school revenue and expenditure of funds; use of time/talents; selection, direction, motivation, supervision and evaluation of personnel, and care of facilities and equipment. Specific functions include: development and maintenance of the school budget; supervision and evaluation of plant maintenance and grounds including the initiation of work orders; establishment and implementation of emergency procedures; determination of staffing to meet student, school and community needs as well as legal requirements; development of the master schedule; monitoring of classes for teacher coverage, requesting substitutes as appropriate; coordinated efforts with support staff (i.e., counselors, nurses, speech therapists, resource teachers); organization of volunteer help programs; monitoring accurate record keeping of student attendance, student files, employee absences and tardiness, employee time cards, purchase orders and invoices, work orders, student transfers, supply order cards, etc.; monitoring of bussing and transportation of students as well as field trips for safety and appropriateness; personnel management including selection, training and evaluation; coordination with intermediate feeder schools; management of employer/employee contracts as they relate to personnel in his/her school; completion of district reports as required; monitoring and articulation of the gifted and special education programs; supervision of fund raising activities and funds. 5. Curriculum/Program Development: The principal is responsible for the development and maintenance of a strong curriculum, meeting all student needs, articulating and coordinating with the school program, special services programs and feeder school programs. Specific functions include: development of curriculum goals and objectives within those of the superintendent, the division, and the state framework, utilizing input from staff and community; monitoring of school curriculum, including reevaluation and redevelopment; review of new curriculum materials; organization of, and attendance at school site council meetings; providing avenues for gathering instructional resources and data; identification of deficiencies and provision for staff in-service. 6. Pupil Assessment and Achievement: The school principal is responsible for the assessment and achievement of pupil progress, both academic and behavioral. Specific functions include: periodic meetings with teachers, parents, and resource personnel to review and assess pupil progress; monitoring of pupil attendance with follow-up and resolution of individual problems; resolution of student discipline cases; attendance at special education SAT-EAS placement meetings. 7. Interpretation and Application of Appropriate Laws: In order to assure compliance with appropriate laws the school principal must be knowledgeable, keep current, interpret accurately, and apply local, state, and federal legislation as it relates to his/her school environment. Specific functions include: communication with law enforcement agencies as related to students' problems; review arc interpretation of legal documents including district policies and procedures, county, state, and federal laws, as well as proposed legislative bills. 8. Quality of Instruction: The principal, with district resources, has the ultimate responsibility for the quality of instruction in his/her school program. Specific functions include: supervision of class instruction: establishment of performance objectives (October 15) and evaluation of program goals and objectives annually (April); identification of instructional needs and deficiencies with in-service training plans to meet needs; teacher conferences, individual and group as appropriate. 9. Professional Growth: In order to be sensitive to the total educational environment, the school principal must keep abreast of new legislation, trends, district policies, procedures and practices that affect his/her school programs. Specific functions include: attendance at school board, administration and professional meetings on a periodic basis; participation in district initiated assignments when appropriate: self-evaluation of deficiencies with attendance at appropriate conferences and workshops for professional growth; review of periodicals appropriate to division and school programs.
Additional Salary Information: Excellent benefits
Internal Number: 2110
About San Juan Unified School District
San Juan Unified School District
3738 Walnut Avenue
Carmichael, CA 95608