Elementary School Principal
The mission of Academy District 20 is to educate every student in a safe and nurturing environment and to provide comprehensive, challenging curricular and extracurricular opportunities that meet the unique needs of every individual by expanding interests, enhancing abilities, and equipping every student with the knowledge, skills, and character essential to being a responsible citizen of our community, our nation, and the world.
- An educated citizenry is the cornerstone of a democratic republic.
- Every individual has innate worth and is entitled to be treated with respect.
- Learning is a lifelong endeavor.
- Every individual can learn and does so in a variety of ways.
- The education of each student is a responsibility shared by students, families, schools, and communities.
- Parents have both the right and the responsibility to choose the school, curriculum, and program(s) that best meet the needs of their student(s).
- The development of virtuous character is equal in importance to academic growth and critical to developing responsible citizens of our community, our nation, and the world.
- Whether in the classroom or at home, students achieve best in a nurturing environment where physical, intellectual, and emotional health is emphasized and safety is assured.
- Students must be held to the highest standards of academic achievement while recognizing the true success of our academic program is measured by the success of each student relative to his or her unique potential and individual progress.
- Every graduate must be fully prepared for the post-graduation path of his or her choice.
- Every student, staff member, and volunteer is responsible for the effective and efficient use of supplies, facilities, and financial resources.
Academy District 20 (ASD20), founded in 1957, serves more than 25,000 students in northern Colorado Springs. A growing district, ASD20 added approximately 7,000 students in the past 15 years, and anticipates adding 5,000 in the next 10 years. With 32 schools, including 18 elementary schools, one K-8 online school, six middle schools and seven high schools, the district is considered, "The Peak of Excellence." For seven consecutive years, the district has been Accredited with Distinction by the Colorado Department of Education and thanks to the overwhelming support of its constituency, the ASD20 passed a $230 million bond measure in 2016. The bond funds will provide improvements to each school and also build two new elementary schools, one new middle school and a learning and innovation center.
High Plains Elementary School, an inclusive, culturally-diverse neighborhood school, will develop future-ready citizens of knowledge, character, and action by equipping, inspiring, and empowering all students to be confident, global-minded leaders within a safe, socially and emotionally healthy, personalized learning environment.
Provides dynamic leadership in the school by creating educational options which lead to academic growth and achievement for all students through a thorough knowledge of curriculum, instruction, assessment, supervision and evaluation, staff professional learning, community engagement, and positive school culture; implements a student-focused vision and collaborative leadership style to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of all students.
The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and other key duties that may be required. The description may not include all functions performed by the incumbents in various locations. The district reserves the right to modify or change the duties or the essential functions of this job at any time.
- Reports consistently for work as scheduled
- Performs other duties as assigned
- Attains proficient or higher evaluations on established Performance Standards
- Articulates, models and positively reinforces a clear vision and values of the school’s culture, and involves students, families and staff in creating an inclusive and welcoming climate that supports it
- Attends all community, staff and school board meetings and conferences as directed by the Superintendent or designee
- Collaboratively develops the vision, mission, values, expectations, and goals of the school, collaboratively determines the processes used to establish these foundations, and facilitates their integration into the life of the school community
- Creates and utilizes processes to distribute leadership and support collaborative efforts throughout the school among teachers and administrators while being viewed by peers as a leader in school improvement
- Creates processes and schedules which maximize instructional, collaborative and preparation time
- Demonstrates a commitment to a diverse population of students by creating an inclusive and positive school culture by recognizing and rewarding student academic accomplishments, and provides instruction in meeting the needs of diverse students, talents, experiences, and challenges in support of student achievement.
- Demonstrates a rich knowledge of effective instructional practices, as identified by research on best practices, in order to support and guide teachers within a culture of change that is focused on maximizing student success
- Demonstrates external development leadership
- Demonstrates human resources leadership
- Demonstrates instructional leadership
- Demonstrates leadership around Student Academic Growth
- Demonstrates managerial leadership
- Demonstrates school culture and equity leadership
- Demonstrates strategic leadership
- Designs and/or utilizes structures and processes which result in family and community engagement, support, and ownership for the school
- Develops effective interpersonal relationships in an open, honest and credible manner while proactively and efficiently managing the complexity of human interactions; exemplifies a personal and professional commitment to ethical conduct and respect for others and their rights
- Develops systems and relationships to leverage the school district and community resources available within and outside of the school in order to maximize the school’s ability to serve the best interest of students and families
- Effectively communicates and understands the impact of decisions on all stakeholders
- Ensures that a plan is in place that supports improved academic achievement and developmental outcomes for all students, and provides for data-based progress monitoring
- Ensures that clear expectations, structures, rules and procedures are established for students and staff
- Ensures that the school is a professional learning community that provides opportunities for collaboration, fosters teacher learning and develops teacher leaders in a manner that is consistent with local structures, contracts, policies and strategic plans
- Ensures that the school provides an orderly and supportive environment that fosters a climate of safety, respect, and well-being
- Establishes and effectively manages processes and systems that ensure a knowledgeable, high quality, high-performing staff
- Establishes systems for coordinating and maintaining all available school resources while developing innovative resources to improve student learning, academic achievement, and overall healthy development for all students
- Evaluates staff performance using the district’s teacher and classified evaluation systems in order to ensure that teachers and staff are evaluated in a fair and equitable manner with a focus on improving teacher and staff performance and, thus, student achievement
- Exercises reasonable and prudent leadership in crisis, political, and high-stakes situations
- Facilitates the design and utilization of various forms of formal and informal communication with all school stakeholders
- Holds all staff accountable for setting and achieving rigorous performance goals for all students, and empowers staff to achieve these goals across content areas
- Maintains accurate and complete records
- Manages student discipline in a consistent manner and provides follow-up information to staff and parents/guardians
- Plans and coordinates transportation needs with the Transportation Department
- Promotes school-wide efforts to establish, implement and refine appropriate expectations for curriculum, instructional practices, assessment and use of data on student learning based on scientific research and evidence-based practices that result in student academic achievement
- Promotes the cognitive, physical, social and emotional health, growth and skill development of every student and models the Core Principals of Behavior of the district character education program
- Regularly updates his/her knowledge of federal and state laws, and school district and board policies, and establishes processes to ensure that these policies and laws are consistently met and implemented
- Reports to appropriate district level supervisors/administrators regarding the needs of the school/program with respect to curriculum, instruction, assessment, staff, budget/resources, facilities, etc.
- Solicits input and collaborates with staff and his/her school community to implement strategies for change and improvements using change models that result in improved achievement and developmental outcomes for all students
- Stays current with educational trends, research, and best practices
- Strives to improve the profession by collaborating with colleagues, school district leadership and other stakeholders to drive the development and successful implementation of initiatives that better serve students, teachers and schools at all levels of the education system; ensures that these initiatives are consistent with federal and state laws, school district and board policies
- Supervises and evaluates all curricular and extracurricular activities and programs
- Supports teachers through ongoing, actionable feedback and needs-based professional learning to ensure that rigorous, relevant, and evidence-based instruction and authentic learning experiences meet the needs of all students and are aligned across District 20
- Takes responsibility for ensuring that all students are progressing toward postsecondary and workforce readiness standards to be mastered by high school graduation; prepares students for success by ensuring mastery of all Colorado Academic Standards, including 21st Century skills
- Takes responsibility for facilitating the preparation of students with the skills, dispositions and attitudes necessary for success in work and postsecondary education, including democratic and civic participation
- Understands the educational needs of the students and uses the flexibility permitted in the staffing design to provide instructional programs to meet those needs
- Uses evidence and data to evaluate the performance and practices of the school, in order to continually improve attainment of Student Academic Growth; takes responsibility and devises an intentional plan for ensuring that staff is knowledgeable in how to utilize evidence and data to inform instructional decision making to maximize the educational opportunities and instructional program for every child
- Knowledge of and experience with effective conflict resolution
- Knowledge of and experience with use of feedback and reflection of professional practice to improve teaching and learning
- Knowledge of and experience in the use of technology
- Knowledge of at-risk, special populations, and related programming and instructional strategies
- Knowledge of grade level, content/subject area, and inquiry-based skills
- Knowledge of Colorado Academic Standards, curriculum, standards-based instruction, assessment, and differentiation
- Knowledge of effective classroom and positive behavior management
- Knowledge of school-based processes and operations
- Knowledge of the academic, emotional, and social development of students
- Commitment to the education of students as a primary responsibility
- Demonstrates citizenship, compassion, courage, discernment, excellence, honesty, hope, integrity, patience, perseverance, reliability, respect, responsibility, and trustworthiness
- Energetic, creative, innovative, flexible
- Excellent cooperative, collaborative, and problem-solving skills
- Follows oral and written instructions
- Fosters positive relations among students, staff, parents and the community
- Maintains confidentiality
- Experience with parent, student, staff, administrator, district, and community relations
- Proven experience in dealing with challenging situations
- Proven experience in making improvements to programs and processes
- Proven experience with the teaching and learning process
- Proven successful supervisory experience
- Strong desire to be a member of a dynamic leadership team
- Strong organizational, interpersonal, written, listening, and verbal communication skills
- Student-centered and relationship-focused
- Successful experience in involving parents in meaningful ways in their children's education
- Successful experience in the vertical and horizontal articulation of curriculum, instruction, and programming
- Successful experience in using assessment data to assist staff in a continual improvement process
- Ability to collaborate and partner with parents/guardians in the educational process
- Ability to create, access, input, retrieve, and manipulate information in various software systems
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with district personnel and members of the public
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, coworkers, administrators, departments, other agencies, and the general public
- Ability to follow oral and written instructions
- Ability to greet and interact with the public in a courteous and professional manner
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
- Ability to manage simultaneous demands and set clear priorities
- Ability to work independently
- Bachelor’s degree
- 3 years of school administrative experience
- 3 years of licensed educator experience
- Colorado Principal License or be eligible for at time of application
- Master’s degree
- 5 years of school administrative experience
The district offers a comprehensive compensation package. Placement is dependent upon experience at Administrative Salary Level E with a starting salary of $94,267. The district also offers a supplemental stipend, medical benefits, life insurance, and salary benefit dollars if an individual chooses not to take the medical benefits plan.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a staff member typically encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive.
- The noise level in the work environment may alternate among quiet, moderate, and loud.
- The incumbent is frequently required to interact in person and through communication methods with the students, public, and/or other staff.
- The incumbent is required to work scheduled school/work hours and/or days.
- The incumbent may be required to work extended school/work hours and/or days as directed.
The following are some of the physical demands commonly associated with this position. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive. All physical demands, if listed, are considered essential functions.
- Sits, stands, walks, stoops, kneels, and crouches/squats while performing duties
- Has oral and auditory capacity enabling interaction interpersonally and/or through communication devices
- Uses eyes, hands, and finger coordination enabling the use of equipment and writing utensils
The following are some of the cognitive functions commonly associated with this position. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive. The staff member may be required to analyze, communicate, compare, compile, compute, coordinate, copy, evaluate, instruct, negotiate, synthesize, reason, and use interpersonal skills.
Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to contact those applicants not selected for interviews. Thank you for your understanding.
|New applicants (including current district staff members) must register with the Academy District 20 Employment Opportunities site and complete an online administrative application. A completed online application also includes the following uploaded documents:|
|Only if you are unable to upload the required documentation within the application, you may submit the requested documentation in one of two alternative ways (duplicate submission is not necessary):|
Human Resources Department
Academy District 20
1110 Chapel Hills Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
|No other documents will be accepted. Thank you for not uploading and submitting any additional materials.|
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