Under direction of the Superintendent, to work in close cooperation with the staff of the elementary school, administrators of the District, Board of Education, parents, pupils, and other members of the community to determine common educational goals and objectives that will provide for an effective educational program directed toward meting the intellectual, emotional and social needs of each student; to act as the educational leader and manager of the school; to have direct responsibility for the administration of the school and its educational programs; and to perform other duties as required.
This position requires subject matter expertise in both educational programs, and curriculum and instructional strategies. Administrative experience directly related to this position is necessary to assure success in a school leadership role. The job requires the ability to analyze and offer alternative problem solutions. Decisions are made by the incumbent that have a critical impact on the goals, organization and administration of educational programs and services of the school. The elementary school principal has supervisory responsibility for planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the quality and quantity of work of professional, technical and clerical employees. He or she frequently meets with teachers, ancillary staff, and other educational personnel to influence, motivate and monitor result objectives of the school operation.
ESSENTIAL FUNCITONS/EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Oversee all school site academic policies and procedures including scheduling, teacher and room assignments, and discipline.
Oversee and participate in all aspects of curriculum design and instruction including core curriculum, arts, electives, and physical education.
Oversee co-curricular programs, student leadership, advisory, community engagement programs, electives, field trips, outdoor education – appointing teacher-leaders where appropriate.
Work with teachers to develop and review the academic program – align curriculum and methodologies to standards and to the school’s mission.
Promote hands-on, active, cooperative & project-based learning throughout the school community and provide hands-on guidance to teachers as they create and implement the program.
Work to create a culture that values learning, reading, community engagement, and respect.
Lead the design and implementation (in concert with district leadership) of the school's programs for Special Education and English Learner students, and develop Special Education and English Learner programs that comply with all federal, state and local regulations.
Recruit, hire, train, evaluate, and work to retain high quality faculty.
Create a positive and fair work environment where teachers and other employees feel enthusiastic about the school.
Collaborate with teachers to develop and review assessment plans and provide hands-on guidance to teachers in the development of multiple assessments tied to standards.
Collaborate with teachers to develop benchmarks for each grade level and adjust as appropriate.
Work with teachers to create and use multiple sources of data to develop a plan for the improvement of student achievement.
Create systems and planning tools for teachers to track which standards are being taught and how to measure student progress; Define and track annual student achievement goals.
Work with teachers to select textbooks and supplemental materials that are aligned to curriculum and standards and fit the mission of the school.
Create and implement a professional development program for faculty.
Work with district administration on facility requirements for the school.
Oversee academic team for program improvement.
Work with the School Site Council and parent organizations to coordinate the efforts of the parents with the mission and goals of the school.
Attend all district board meetings, and School Site Council, site parent advisory and parent organization meetings.
Meet with district leadership on a weekly basis to review status of academic program and individual student achievement.
Manage all resources at school site, including: setting and maintaining a balanced budget, planning for future needs, and ensuring compliance with restrictions and reporting requirements of categorical funds and restricted donations. Adhere to district policy and protocols for sound fiscal management.
Design a master calendar of programs and activities to implement the facility goals and objectives.
Evaluate expenditure requisitions and allocate instructional supply, material, and equipment funds appropriately.
Perform other related duties as required and assigned.
The ideal principal is a visionary whose experience, knowledge, and drive will set the tone for a supportive school climate that challenges and motivates students, teachers, and families to achieve a passion for learning, engagement in the community, and a respect for self and others. Resourcefulness, flexibility, and an entrepreneurial spirit are key qualities for this middle school leadership position. The ideal candidate will have (preferable but all are not required):
Ability to effectively analyze problems, determine alternative problem solutions, and make appropriate and effective decisions;
A track record as an effective administrator especially regarding program improvement;
Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form;
Experience with differentiated instruction and student-centered approaches to teaching and learning;
Excellent communication skills and experience motivating and working with parent volunteers;
Knowledge of or experience with diverse populations;
Ability to effectively motivate and guide employees to continually improve their skills;
Strong computer skills, and the ability to use information technology and communications;
A willingness to go the extra mile in order to meet the educational needs of our students;
Some facility with Spanish;
Commitment to the mission and values of King City Union School District;
Ability to be flexible and be a team player;
Experience in attracting and retaining highly qualified employees.
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION
Experience in elementary school teaching and leadership (a minimum of 5 years of experience preferred);
A Master's Degree in Education and Administrative Credential (prior leadership experience required);
Possession of a valid California credential authorizing service as an elementary school principal;
Possession of a valid California driver’s license.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK CONDITIONS
Mobility: Must possess mobility of arms to reach and dexterity of hands to grasp and manipulate small objects such as would be needed to use a pen or keyboard. There is a frequent requirement to attend meetings, make presentations, which may involve prolonged periods of walking, sitting and standing. Ability to routinely lift and/or carry instructional supplies, printed material and equipment weighing up to 25 pounds. Position requires the active supervision engagement of certificated, classified staff and students during the course of daily activities.
Vision: Must possess vision (which may be corrected) to read small print and computer screens.
Speech and Hearing: Must possess hearing (which may be corrected) to use a telephone and to hear discussion and questions during training sessions. The individual is required to speak clearly and distinctly, to make oral presentations, and to converse by telephone.
Mental and Emotional: The person in this position is required to establish supportive, effective, and confidential relationships with a wide range of people. The person in this position must exercise tact, diplomacy, and empathy especially while working with new teachers.
Other: The person in this position is required to operate a motor vehicle for the purpose of travel within and outside the district.
School working environment subject to bending, crouching or kneeling to assist students, pushing/pulling and lifting of instructional equipment and supplies, sitting on chairs and/or floor and leaning over desks for prolonged periods of time and reaching in all directions.
Office working environment subject to sitting at a desk and/or conference table for long periods of time, using telephone for prolonged periods of time, and reaching in all directions.
About King City Union School District
We are located in a small rural farming community in California's Central Coast. King City is within an hour's distance from the beautiful Monterey Peninsula and the Paso Robles Wine Country. We offer a competitive salary and benefit package. We are a TK-8 district with approx. 2,650 students served. Our primary grades keep a 23 to 1 or less student teacher ratio with para-educator support in kinder and sped classes. We have a K-8 music program and dedicated teacher collaboration time built into our weekly schedules.