Position: Principal – Secondary
Reports to: Superintendent
FLSA Status: Exempt
Contract Length: 220 or 261 days
Purpose: To use leadership, supervisory and administrative skills to promote the educational development of each student. Provide oversight of the students, staff and school site.
A Master’s degree in education or equivalent field;
A valid New Mexico Administrator’s license or ability to attain one;
A valid level 3B New Mexico Teacher’s license;
School Principal experience preferred.
Must have strong verbal and written communication, technology and budget management skills;
Ability to build effective relationships with the community, parents, students, staff and general public.
- Responsible for the administration and operation of their respective school site;
- Lead in the development, determination of appropriateness and monitoring of the instructional program;
- Enforce the policies of the Board of Education;
- Perform all duties in compliance with state law and regulations;
- Establish and maintain an effective learning climate in the school;
- Plan, organize and direct implementation of all school activities;
- Maintain informational communication with Administrative Council and Board of Education;
- Make recommendations concerning the school’s administration and instruction;
- Appoint a staff member as “person in charge” in the absence of the Principal;
- Responsible for the management and preparation of reports, records, lists and all other paperwork required or appropriate to the school’s administration;
- Work with members of the central administrative staff on various school issues;
- Assume responsibility for the implementation and compliance of all Board policies and regulations by the school’s staff and students;
- Assist in the development, revision and evaluation of the curriculum;
- Maintain high standards of student conduct and enforces discipline as necessary according to due process rights of students;
- Attend special events held to recognize student achievement and attends school-sponsored activities, functions and athletic events;
- Ensure, maintain and control compliance of funds generated by student activities;
- Supervise the maintenance of accurate records on the progress and attendance of students;
- Responsible for students attendance and conduct;
- Responsible for his or her own professional growth and development through membership and participation or professional organizations, attendance at regional, state and national meetings; and enrollment in advanced courses;
- Supervise all professional, paraprofessional, administrative and support personnel working in the school;
- Participate in the selection and supervision of all school building personnel;
- Orient newly assigned staff members and assist in their development, as appropriate;
- Evaluate and counsel all staff members regarding their individual and group performance;
- Conduct regular meetings of the staff for the proper functioning of the school;
- Recommend employment, promotion, transfer, discharge and termination of school employees according to established procedures;
- Make arrangements for special conferences between parents and teachers, as needed;
- Institute meaningful continuous parental involvement;
- Assume responsibility for the safety and administration of the school site;
- Identifies grounds and facility repair work, submit electronic work order and report it to Support Services;
- Plan and supervise fire, lockdown, evacuation and an emergency preparedness program, in conjunction with community as required by law;
- Assert leadership in times of civil disobedience in school in accordance with established Board Policy;
- Maintain a complete inventory of furniture and equipment under their jurisdiction;
- Provide periodic reports to the Board of Education regarding concerns, issues and progress at their school site;
- Assumes responsibility for compliance and awareness of Local, State and Federal rules and regulations to include, Board policy, Union Contract(s), OSHA, NMAA, ADA, etc.;
- Perform other pertinent duties as assigned.
- Sit, talk and hear for long periods of time;
- Use repetitive hand, arm and finger motions;
- Attend meetings during the day and in the evening at various locations in and out of the District;
- Travel as necessary to conferences, seminars, trainings and meetings;
- Read information in various formats, research information and present information in oral and written form;
- Speak publically to groups of different sizes and discuss issues at hand.
- Lift up to 40 pounds on occasion, 20 pounds frequently;
- Walk for short distances on even and uneven surfaces;
- Work in an office environment with varying temperatures and noises;
- Operate equipment with finger(s), hand, foot and eye coordination.
- Must be able to handle stress, work under pressure of deadlines, interruptions and frustrations;
- Must be able to handle difficult people and difficult situations; work on conflict resolution and problem solving;
- Lead people in creating, brainstorming, team building and project management;
- Must be able to assess situations, make decisions and provide direction;
- Must be able to utilize mathematical strategies and analysis;
- Must be able to organize test, data, information and disseminate to appropriate venue;
- Must be able to monitor projects, assignments and data to ensure work is being completed correctly and meets timelines;
- Must be able to analyze data, provide input and articulate the need for changes.
- Operate phone, fax, computer, scanner, printer, calculator, smart board, etc.;
- Operate a vehicle and hold a valid driver’s license.