Knowledge of the current trends, research and best practices related to assignment. Knowledge of personnel procedures. Knowledge of the organization and operation of the district. Knowledge of federal, state and district rules, regulations and policies as they relate to job function. Skill in human interaction and conflict resolution. Ability to handle constituents’ problems, concerns and emotional distress with sensitivity and tact. Ability to read and interpret applicable laws, rules, policies and procedures. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing. Ability to plan, organize and establish priorities related to assignment. Ability to make presentations to a variety of audiences. Basic understanding and knowledge of the use of current technology. Ability to develop and manage budgets. Ability to carry out job responsibilities and handle sensitive information in a confidential manner. Ability to work independently and make decisions with minimum supervision. Ability to handle multiple tasks in a professional and courteous manner. Ability to select, hire, evaluate, and reappoint personnel in accordance with collective bargaining agreements. Ability to understand the unique needs, growth problems and characteristics of elementary school students.
PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES: Instructional Program Leadership/Development
*(1) Provide instructional leadership and supervision for student achievement.
*(2) Manage and administer the development, implementation and assessment of the
instructional programs at the assigned school.
*(3) Utilize current research, outside resources, performance data and feedback from
students, teachers, parents and the community to make decisions related to improvement of instruction and student performance.
*(4) Promote high student achievement.
*(5) Coordinate the School Advisory Council.
*(6) Coordinate program planning with district instructional staff.
*(7) Supervise the selection of instructional materials and equipment.
*(8) Supervise the assessment program for the school.
*(9) Align school initiatives with district, state and school goals.
*(10) Establish and coordinate procedures for students, teachers, parents and the community to evaluate curriculum.
*(11) Direct the development of the school’s schedule and assign teachers according to identified needs.
*(12) Facilitate the horizontal and vertical articulation of curriculum within the school, as well as between the school and its feeder system.
*(13) Monitor the delivery of ESOL services.
*(14) Facilitate the development and implementation of the school technology plan.
*(15) Provide leadership in the effective use of technology in the classroom.
*(16) Provide students with opportunities to use technology to gather and share information with others.
*(17) Facilitate student access to the use of electronic resources.
*(18) Explore and evaluate new technologies and their educational impact.
*(19) Use technology to review student assessment data.
*(20) Assist classroom teachers with the effective use of technology.
*(21) Analyze and report the results of the School Improvement Team’s efforts on student
Personnel Action Services
*(22) Supervise the establishment and maintenance of individual professional development plans for each instructional employee.
*(23) Interview and select qualified personnel to be recommended for employment.
*(24) Supervise assigned personnel, conduct annual performance appraisals and make
recommendations for appropriate employment action.
*(25) Implement and administer negotiated employee contracts at the school site.
*(26) Assign and supervise school personnel to special projects for the enhancement of student
*(27) Establish job assignments for school-site administrators, teachers and support personnel.
*(28) Develop and administer duty rosters for certificated and noncertificated staff as required.
*(29) Manage and administer personnel development through training, inservice and other developmental activities.
*(30) Provide training opportunities and feedback to personnel at the assigned school.
School Operations/Delivery Systems
*(31) Supervise the operation and management of all activities and functions at the assigned school.
*(32) Develop positive school/community relations and act as liaison between the school and
*(33) Access, analyze, interpret and use data in decision-making.
*(34) Coordinate school maintenance and facility needs and monitor progress toward meeting those needs.
*(35) Monitor the custodial program at the school to ensure a clean, healthy and safe learning
*(36) Supervise the orderly movement and safety of transportation services on school grounds.
*(37) Manage and supervise the school’s financial resources including the preparation and disbursement of the school’s budgets and internal accounts.
*(38) Establish and manage accurate student accounting and attendance procedures at the assigned school.
*(40) Communicate, through proper channels, to keep the Superintendent informed of
pending problems or events of an unusual nature.
*(41) Direct the establishment of adequate property inventory records and ensure the security
of school property.
*(42) Implement the School Board policies, state statutes and federal regulations as they
pertain to the assigned school.
*(43) Supervise the preparation and maintenance of accurate and timely reports and records.
*(44) Provide a safe, positive and creative environment for optimum growth and development
of all stakeholders.
Student Support Services
*(45) Establish school guidelines and enforce district guidelines for proper student conduct with implementation of disciplinary procedures and policies that ensure a safe and orderly environment.
*(46) Facilitate a program of family and community involvement.
*(47) Supervise the student support program and services to ensure that individual student
educational and developmental needs are met.
*(48) Establish procedures to be used in the event of school crisis and/or civil disobedience and
provide leadership in the event of such happenings.
*(49) Coordinate the supervision of all extracurricular programs at the assigned school.
*(50) Approve all school-sponsored activities and maintain a calendar of all school events.
*(51) Maintain visibility and accessibility on the school campus.
*(52) Attend school-related activities and events.
Personal/Professional Employee Qualities
*(53) Participate in county-wide management meetings and other meetings and activities appropriate for professional development.
*(54) Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with parents, students, teachers and the community.
*(55) Model effective listening and positive interaction skills.
*(56) Model and maintain high standards of professional conduct.
*(57) Set high goals and standards for self, others and the organization.
*(58) Keep abreast of trends and changes in educational programs and procedures.
*(59) Participate in developing the strategic plan, school calendar, staffing plan and other district-level activities as required.
*(60) Provide leadership in the school improvement process, implementation of the school improvement plan and the School Advisory Council.
*(61) Promote the vision and mission of the district.
*(62) Establish a vision and mission for the school in collaboration with key stakeholders.
*(63) Exercise proactive leadership in promoting the vision and mission of the district.
*(64) Use appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to guide individuals and groups to
*(65) Access district and community resources to meet school needs.
*(66) Anticipate problems and difficult situations and plan appropriately to handle them.
*(67) Act quickly to stop possible breaches of safety, ineffective procedures and/or interference
*(68) Provide recognition and celebration for staff, student and school accomplishment.
*(69) Build teams to accomplish plans, goals and priorities.
*(70) Promote and market the school and its priorities.
*(71) Serve as a member of the Superintendent’s leadership team.
Student Growth and Achievement
*(72) Ensure that student growth and achievement are continuous and appropriate schoolwide.
*(73) Establish and maintain a positive collaborative relationship with the students’ families to
increase student achievement.
Perform other tasks consistent with the goals and objectives of this position.
*Essential Performance Responsibilities
Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently and/or up to 10 pounds of force as needed to move objects.
May be required to restrain a physically active individual as a temporary safety measure.
Job Description Supplement 10
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with the district’s approved compensation plan. Length of the work year and hours of employment shall be those established by the district.
Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board’s policy on evaluation of personnel.
(1) Master’s degree in Educational Leadership or related educational field from an accredited educational institution.
(2) Seven (7) years experience, at least five (5) of which must have been in teaching and at least two (2) in leadership roles in public education.
(3) Satisfactory completion of the principal training program.
(4) Valid Florida certification as School Principal.
(5) Satisfactory criminal background check and drug screening
Additional Salary Information: Plus $3,400 for Education Specialist Degree / $4,400 for Doctorate
About Okeechobee County School Board
Okeechobee” (pronounced slowly with long vowel sounds throughout) is a Seminole word meaning “Big Water”, an appropriate name for the second largest freshwater lake in the United States. The lake covers an area of nearly half a million acres. The lake is part of the Okeechobee Waterway which runs from Ft. Myers on Florida's west coast, up through Caloosahatchee, past Moore Haven through the Lake, and via the St. Lucie canal, to Stuart on the east coast of Florida.
The lake is approximately 37 miles long and 30 miles wide. It's approximately 750 square miles in area, 45 miles is the average diameter. The lake is 22 feet deep at its deepest point and averages 12 feet in depth. At present, this is the state's only cross state waterway and accommodates commercial vessels as well as pleasure boats.
Okeechobee is the name of our county, our only city, our lake, and our school district. We are located in south central Florida, about 90 miles south of Orlando and 40 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. As you can imagine, we have year-round sunshine. We also have year-round fishing! With no state income tax and a cost of living that is 96% of the Florida statewide average, many seni...ors have decided to make Okeechobee their permanent home.
The City of Okeechobee is the only incorporated area within Okeechobee County. The city has approximately 6,000 residents, and an additional 34,000 people live in the county. The School District of Okeechobee County, like all other Florida school districts, serves the entire county. In addition, we serve several hundred students, including Seminole Indians, who live in adjoining counties.
Economically, the school district is the largest employer in the county with almost 900 regular employees. Agriculture, including dairy farming and beef cattle ranching, is our leading private sector. Tourism is the second major private economic sector. A state prison and several residential juvenile justice facilities located outside of town have provided jobs in the past few years. We have several shopping plazas, including a renovated downtown shopping district. Shopping is convenient at the Walmart Supercenter. We also have several great, local restaurants.
Okeechobee is just 60 miles from West Palm Beach (SE), Vero Beach (NE) and Sebring (NW). There are 5 large malls within an hour’s drive of downtown Okeechobee. For music lovers, the Kravis Center and Mars Music Amphitheater in West Palm Beach brings in all of the acts that play large cities across the country. The yearly Okeechobee Arts and Music Festival offers a multi-genre lineup of over 100 bands and DJs from around the world to reflect our extremely diverse culture and community.
Upon graduation, many of our students attend Indian River State College which has a branch campus in Okeechobee. The main campus of IRSC is in Fort Pierce just 40 miles away. Many of the District’s employees take advantage of a unique fee waiver system that reduces tuition charges for courses at IRSC. Florida Atlantic University, based in Boca Raton, has branch campuses in the region and occasionally provides courses in Okeechobee.