APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017 AND WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION IS INCLUDED.
Human Resources announces an opening for the position of Principal, Williamsburg Middle School, effective July 1, 2017. This is a twelve-month position, Grade P-17, on the administrative and supervisory salary scale with a salary range of $101,655 to $153,106 (2016-2017 Salary Schedule – Salary will be revised to reflect the 2017-18 salary adjustment once it is finalized).
Williamsburg Middle School (grades six through eight) is part of Arlington Public Schools (APS), a system of approximately 25,000 students located directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. Students in the system come from 124 countries and speak over 90 languages. The school system is financially strong, with wonderful teachers and staff, and a high level of community support, along with multiple programs to meet individual student needs.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES – WILLIAMSBURG MIDDLE SCHOOL
Williamsburg Middle School challenges students to learn in an environment that is organized as a series of Teams within the school, with experienced faculty working with students both inside and outside the classroom. The middle school model for grades six, seven and eight, allows students who leave elementary school to have a more successful transition between elementary and high school.
Williamsburg's program consists of a team approach for learning where students can grow and develop academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. Teachers, counselors, administrators, and support staff work together to design educational activities that are child-centered and give students the opportunity to become thoughtful, productive, and contributing members of society in an atmosphere of acceptance and respect.
Within each grade level, Williamsburg uses Interdisciplinary teams for student grouping and teaching of the core subjects of English, math, science, and social studies. Team teachers meet daily to discuss student progress, coordinate programs, and plan instructional activities; Team Leaders, instructional and content Lead Teachers meet with the principal to analyze test data and set the instructional focus for students, which includes professional learning for teachers. Williamsburg is also a Professional Learning Communities (PLC) school and teachers meet with like content teachers weekly to discuss content, pedagogy, assessment and interventions. What is
achieved is consistent oversight of the educational program and a process for self-reflection and continual improvement.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF WORK
The principal is responsible for directing the instructional program and the general operation of a middle school of approximately 1200 plus students. The principal is responsible to the Superintendent of Schools for planning, organizing and coordinating the educational program and supervising a staff of approximately 140 employees, including teachers, assistant principals, director of counseling services, guidance counselors, librarians, office personnel, custodians and para-professionals. Considerable emphasis is given to systematic planning for instructional improvement, including effective staff development, and effective community relations programs.
Within the limits of prescribed programs and policies, the principal has wide latitude in exercising independent judgment in conducting the daily operations of the school. The principal is expected to work carefully with staff and community in preparing performance goals for the work of the school, in developing strategies to achieve them, and in assessing the extent to which these goals are being met.
ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK (May not include all duties performed – These are intended as an illustration of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)
- Interacts in a positive manner with students on a daily basis.
- Challenges all students in a positive manner to achieve to their highest potential.
- Supports and capitalizes on teachers’ strengths as they implement the instructional program.
- Establishes policies and procedures for the administration of the school and develops annual plan for school improvement.
- Assigns duties and responsibilities to the administrative staff, the teaching staff, and support services personnel.
- Participates in the selection of teaching staff, supervises classroom teaching techniques, coordinates efforts of teaching staff, arranges and conducts programs of staff development.
- Works collaboratively with the teaching staff in the decision-making process and in addressing school issues.
- Collaborates with central office staff to promote ongoing improvement in the curriculum and the instructional program.
- Evaluates the effectiveness of staff, instructional program and institutional arrangements; reports the results of evaluations to the staff, students and/or parents.
- Coordinates with the PTA, confers with parents, directs student activities related to the school program, and addresses community groups on school problems.
- Authorizes the use of school facilities by community groups within the framework of School Board policy.
- Participates in county meetings and planning activities, and in local, state, and national conferences on education; keeps informed on current teaching methods and techniques.
- Prepares the school budget as well as special and regular reports of school activities.
- Approves requisitions for required supplies and equipment.
- Approves the expenditure of school funds and those funds allocated to the school from the School Board budget.
- Performs related work and other duties as required.