Randolph Elementary School (pre-K through grade 5) is part of Arlington Public Schools (APS) which serves the citizens of Arlington, Virginia’s geographically smallest county, located across the Potomac River from the District of Columbia. APS educates one of the nation’s most diverse and sophisticated student populations – students come from 127 countries and speak 105 different 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.
Randolph Elementary School is a neighborhood school and our students represent 40 countries and 20 languages. Randolph is a fully authorized Primary Years Program of the International Baccalaureate (PYP IB) school. We teach Virginia’s Standards of Learning (SOLs) through interdisciplinary units. Our program emphasizes critical thinking skills, taught through inquiry. We also include foreign language instruction in Spanish during the school day. The PYP IB teaches our students a global perspective and emphasizes respect for others, independent study/research skills and critical thinking. We are fully accredited by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The strong sense of community at Randolph is nurtured by the involvement of our PTA, business partners, neighbors and also by the community service our children provide to others.
The principal is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating and directing the instructional program. The principal supervises a staff of more than 85 employees, including teachers, an assistant principal, guidance counselors, librarians, instructional technology coordinator, office pre-K personnel, Extended Day staff, custodians and para-professionals. Considerable emphasis is given to systematic planning for instructional improvement and maintaining effective relations with the local community.
Within the limits of prescribed programs and policies, the principal has wide latitude in the exercise of independent judgment in conducting the daily operations of the school. The principal is expected to work collaboratively 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 the goals are being met.
MINIMUM EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Completion of a master's degree in school administration.
Extensive or progressively more responsible experience in elementary school teaching and as an elementary school principal or assistant principal or any equivalent combination of training and experience.
Hold or be eligible for the Postgraduate Professional License issued by the Virginia State Board of Education with an endorsement in Administration and Supervision PreK-12.
Experience working with students, families and staff from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
Bilingual skills preferred, not required.
Experience and understanding of the IB PYP.
Knowledge of supervisory teaching principles, practices and methods related to the elementary curriculum.
Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and direct varied and extensive major instructional programs that set high standards for all students.
Knowledge of duties and responsibilities for special education and ESOL/HILT programs, including regulations governing implementation of high quality integrated programs.
Functional knowledge of instructional technology.
Ability to be responsive to internal and external events and to serve as a role model with an open door policy.
Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate teaching programs and to take appropriate measures to assure their successful operation.
Ability to organize and conduct effective training programs and to take appropriate measures to assure their successful operation.
Ability to speak and to write effectively.
Understands the importance of high visibility and a strong presence in the school.
Ability to develop a positive, strong relationship with the community.
Ability to identify and to utilize outside resources.
Ability to identify and to retain good teachers who work in the best interest of all students.
Knowledge of the needs of the school community and ways to be accessible to parents, staff, and students.
Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with associates, subordinates, parents, and children.
Ability to maintain necessary classroom discipline and to implement various disciplinary approaches which demonstrate respect for students and staff.
Ability to support and to build on the present Randolph programs and develop a vision of where Randolph should be five to ten years from now.
Ability to be open to innovative ideas while being sensitive to the demands of teaching.
Ability to recognize teachers as professionals and to implement a leadership style based on consultation, collegiality, flexibility, and participatory management.
Ability to organize and to conduct effective programs with staff and to maintain high morale in the school.
About Arlington Public Schools
Arlington Public Schools (APS) serves the citizens of Arlington, Virginia’s geographically smallest county, located across the Potomac River from the District of Columbia. APS educates one of the nation’s most diverse and sophisticated student populations – students come from 127 countries and speak 105 different 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.