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SUMMARY:  Provides instructional leadership to staff, including: curriculum planning, review and implementation; professional development; the implementation of all school committee policies, and the development of administrative systems and procedures which maximize the effectiveness of the middle school program. Responsible for the day-to-day administration of the building and the safety and wellbeing of students and staff. Ensures a safe, pleasant and effective educational atmosphere, provides discipline as necessary and enforces school policy.

SALARY RANGE: $115,000-$130,000

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  The essential functions or duties listed below are illustrations of the type of work that is performed and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for by this position. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Exhibits leadership qualities and skills such as effective communication, interpersonal, problem solving, technology proficiency, and collaboration.
  • Assumes responsibility for classification, promotion, or retention of students within the building.
  • Oversees attendance, conduct, and health of students. Assumes responsibility for supervision and discipline of students.
  • Interacts with students in a constructive manner to encourage each individual to perform at his/her highest level.
  • Serves as co-chairperson for the school council.
  • Administers the implementation of educational plans for students with special needs, in accordance with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regulations.
  • Assumes responsibility for organizing the playground, lunchroom, and noon hour activity in the best interests of the students.
  • Monitors all student support meetings.
  • Initiates staff and/or parent conferences when appropriate.
  • Participates as an active member of the local Parent/Teacher Organization and maintains relations with parents, parent groups, school volunteers, and outside agencies.
  • Communicates regularly with parents by means of newsletters, notes, phone calls, conferences, etc.
  • Supervises, evaluates, and schedules appropriate certified and non-certified personnel that are assigned to the school.
  • Evaluates performance and effectiveness of programs and staff. Coordinates in-service training for staff.
  • Recommends new professional and support staff to the Superintendent of Schools, in accordance with the School Committee policy.
  • Conducts regular faculty meetings.
  • Conducts an orientation for new staff members. Participates in district-wide and school-based induction activities.
  • Serves as a member of the District Administrative Council and other district-wide activities, in-services, and committees, as appropriate.
  • Supervises the maintenance of the school facility and recommends all necessary repairs to the Director of Facilities.
  • Works with Central Office personnel to coordinate processes for the effective functioning of the school.
  • Establishes systems and processes which insure the safety and well-being of all school members, i.e., fire drills, bus evacuation, and cafeteria dismissal.
  • Approves the use of the school facilities by parents and the community, and forwards this information to the Director of Facilities.
  • Oversees the ancillary services of food service and community programs to benefit the school.
  • Directs the educational program of the school.
  • Initiates, designs and implements programs which meet the needs of the school in concert with the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Schools.
  • Works collaboratively with other administrators in coordinating academic standards, instructional programs, curriculum, and other system-wide responses.
  • Coordinates the assessment programs for the school.
  • Coordinates the development and implementation of the school improvement plan which is aligned to the district improvement plan.
  • Establishes priorities for educational materials to meet the needs of students and teachers with allowable anticipated funds.
  • Prepares, monitors, and administers the building budget, in conjunction with the School
  • Council, the Director of Finance and Operations, and the Superintendent of Schools.
  • Assumes responsibility for ordering supplies, textbooks, equipment, and all other materials necessary to the operation of the school, through the Director of Finance and Operations, in compliance with district finance policies and procedures.
  • Keeps abreast of changes and developments in the profession by maintaining a currentProfessional Development Plan and administrative licensure as required by the Massachusetts Department of Education.
  • Takes an active interest in local, state, and national professional organizations to promote professional improvement and render greater service.
  • Ensures that all policies and regulations at the local, state, and national level are fulfilled by staff and students.
  • Completes other duties as assigned by the Superintendent of Schools.


Manages employees in the elementary school. Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of this unit. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. The Superintendent may waive or modify the qualification requirements.


Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional periodicals and journals, technical procedures and governmental regulations
Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals
Ability to use reasoning ability to evaluate information and determine/recommend an appropriate course of action
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
Ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory in the educational field
Ability to use professional literature, evidence-based research, and continuing education content to make practice decisions
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in oral and written form
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups including staff, parents and the general public
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, parents, staff and the community
Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks and manage several projects simultaneously
Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies
Understands confidentiality requirements regarding student records
Ability to exercise good professional judgment in assessing emergency situations and act accordingly
Ability/willingness to plan, coordinate, conduct and participate in ongoing professional and staff development
Ability to operate a computer and related software including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite

Master’s Degree plus five years’ teaching experience required.


Must possess valid Massachusetts Principal/Assistant Principal, PreK-6 certification or ability to become certified.


The employee must also often remain in a stationary position for considerable periods of time. The employee may be required to occasionally traverse throughout the school building. The employee must frequently use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and use hand strength to grasp tools. Frequently operates a computer and other office productivity machinery (i.e., a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer). The employee must be able to input information into a computer and as well as read material from a computer monitor as well as handwritten or printed matter with or without visual aids. The employee must be able to communicate effectively with students, parents, and other staff members in person and on the telephone. The employee must be able to see and hear on a continuous basis in order to ensure the safety of students as well as observe and provide feedback to instructional personnel.


The noise level in this environment is quiet to loud depending upon the activity in the particular part of the day and location. The employee interacts with students, parents, and other staff members and occasionally must meet multiple demands from several people. While the majority of the work day is spent inside, the employee must spend time outdoors for fire drills and special activities.

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change.


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