The principal needs to be both the lead educator and the head of administration of two campuses.
Starting Date: June 2019
Qualifications and Experience:
Fluency in German and English, excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Comprehensive understanding of standards, curriculum, general and differentiated language instruction, assessment and evaluation, responsive classroom practices, faculty supervision and support.
Experience in the field of language instruction.
Administration experience in school environment with supervisory, recruiting and budgetary responsibilities.
Skills to create synergies in combining the interests of the stakeholders of GSC: children, parents, teachers, administration, sponsors and governmental agencies
Advanced degree (M.A. or Ph.D.) in language or language education preferred
Requirements for the role of School Principal
As such the principal is both the lead educator and the head of administration of the German School of Connecticut (GSC) on both of its campuses.
As the lead educator, the principal needs to guide curriculum development and execution. She/He strategically allocates teaching resources to areas of need, to manage suitable classroom sizes, and to enable an environment of high quality learning. The principal monitors teaching and learning quality. She/He uses data to reflect upon and improve classroom and organizational practices. She/he is able assists teachers to improve student participation and performance in tests of German (AATG’s, IVA 1/ 2 , DSD A1/2, DSD B1, DSD C1, other). She/he will also ensure student involvement in cultural events in the German/Austrian/Swiss community (e.g., participation in the annual NYC Steuben Parade, annual Weihnachtsfeier and Maifeier).
As the head of administration of the school, the principal needs to ensure all administrative tasks are completed in an orderly manner and consistent with board approved policies and guidelines. The principal is responsible to present the board annually at the end of a school year a budget for the next school year and operate the school within the framework of the approved budget.
The principal is the face of the GSC to the public, to the parents and third parties, in particular governmental agencies and professional organizations. The principal represents the GSC vis-à-vis third parties – he/she is the voice of the GSC.
The principal of the GSC needs to be both visionary when it comes to the future of the school and pragmatic when it comes to managing the daily affairs of its administration.
The principal supports the mission of the school adopted by the board of directors and periodically will propose amendments as the school evolves.
She/He ensures that both campuses are safe learning environments for students and staff. Minimum requirement is compliance with policies laid out in the insurance policies (e.g., around background checks, building safety, harassment training, etc.) but tighter procedures can be deployed, if needed to ensure the safety of students and staff.
As lead educator and head of administration of the GSC as one school having two campuses the principal has to be recognizant of the needs of each campus and its respective community. Meeting the diverse needs of the campus and furthering the identity and community of the GSC as one school is one of the core responsibilities of the principals.
The principal needs to be a strong leader to staff, a fair hiring agent for new teachers and aides, an advocate to students, and able to discipline/dismiss staff when necessary.
The principal advises the board of directors on and proposes candidates to board of directors on the appointment of an assistant principal for each campus. The assistant principal represents and assumes the responsibilities of the principal on the respective campus in the name and on behalf of the principal.
The principal, in consultation with the assistant principals, hires teachers and teachers’ aides, oversees their performance, and disciplines/dismisses them, if needed.
The principal works closely with the administrative team and needs to be able to engage, motivate, and organize volunteers to maximize their effectiveness.
The principal is generally expected to be present each Saturday during the school year at one campus and ought to allocate such time to each campus in accordance the number of enrolled students and as needed.
The principal is accountable to the board of directors recognizing that the board of directors is ultimately responsible vis-à-vis the students, parents, teachers, donors, and the general public. The board of directors appoints the principal, approves compensation for the principal, and dismisses the principal, as needed.
The principal of the GSC maintains ongoing and strong relationships with government entities, especially the German Consulates in New York and Boston, the Auswärtiges Amt (AA) in Berlin, and other entities, as needed.
The principal of the GSC represents the GSC at the German Language School Conference, at Weltverband Deutscher Auslandsschulen (WDA)and other organizations, furthers the interests, mission and work of the GSC.
As and when needed, the principal will engage with donors in a manner that is conducive to positive and productive donor relations.
The principal will also be available for marketing purposes of the school and will respond to inquiries from current and prospective parents, as and when needed.
Approximate time commitment and compensation
The approximate weekly time commitment will be 15 hours per week. However, at times it could be more (during peak times) or less (during semester break).
The annual compensation reflects the responsibilities and time commitment in light of the non for profit status of the GSC.
The principal must be fluent in German and be comfortable and skilled in navigating both a German and an American cultural environment.
Candidates must have extensive language teaching experience either at the middle school, high school, or college level and must be cognizant of the difference of DaF, DaZ, DaM, DaM , the requirements of ACTFL and the CEFR and various testing forms.
Minimum two years of successful school administrative leadership in an educational setting with demonstrated results in improving academic performance of students
A Master degree in Language (Education) is required. A PhD with a focus on language and/or language education is preferred.
Candidates must be legally allowed to work in the United States. The German School of Connecticut will NOT be able to sponsor candidates for work authorization in the United States.
Candidates must agree to and pass a formal background check.
Instructional leader who can show evidence of improving student achievement
Leader with high ethical standards who understands and models cultural competence, both in a German cultural setting and an American cultural setting
Highly skilled communicator who can create connections with teachers, volunteers, students, families, the board of directors, donors, and government entities
Effective manager with a record of excellence with integrity, fairness and organizational skills
This person should be diplomatic in all decisions, but willing to stand up for what she/he believes is right.
A principal must be motivated and able to motivate.
For more information and to submit letters of interest, résumés, and professional credentials write to: firstname.lastname@example.org