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TITLE:       PRINCIPAL JOB DESCRIPTION                               1209


Purpose Statement

The school Principal serves as the educational leader, responsible for managing the policies, regulations, and procedures to ensure that all students are supervised in a safe learning environment that meets the approved curricula and mission of the District.

Achieving academic excellence requires that the school Principal work collaboratively to direct and nurture all members of the school staff and to communicate effectively with parents. Inherent in the position are the responsibilities for scheduling, curriculum development, extracurricular activities, personnel management, emergency procedures, and facility operations.

Essential Functions

Visionary Leadership

An educational leader promotes the success of every student by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by all stakeholders.

Establish high and measurable expectations for all students, educators, and stakeholders.

  •        Uses varied sources of evidence and analyzes data about current practices and outcomes to shape vision, mission, and goals with high measurable expectations for all students and educators.
  •        Aligns, revises, and adapts the vision, mission, and goals to school, District, state, and federal policies. Implements the vision, mission, and goals established by District Administration and Sevier School District Board of Education.
  •        Incorporates diverse perspectives and builds consensus to provide equitable, appropriate, and effective learning opportunities for every student to achieve.
  •        Establishes, conducts, and evaluates processes used to engage staff, community, and diverse stakeholders in a shared understanding and commitment to vision, mission, and goals.
  •        Develops shared commitments and responsibilities that are distributed among staff and the community for making decisions and evaluating actions and outcomes.
  •        Communicates and acts on commitments in the shared vision, mission, and goals so educators and the community understand, support, and act on them consistently.
  •        Uses or develops data systems and other sources of information to identify unique strengths and needs of students, gaps between current outcomes and goals, and areas for improvement.
  •        Engages faculty, staff and school community by making decisions informed by vision, mission, data, research, and best practices to identify and eliminate barriers, shape plans, programs, and activities, and regularly review their effects.
  •        Uses vision, mission and goals to guide school improvement planning, change strategies, and implement instructional programs.
  •        Obtains, aligns, and allocates resources to achieve the vision, mission, and goals.
  •        Evaluates for continuous improvement toward vision, mission, and goals to advocate for and guide plans, programs, and activities to provide equitable, appropriate, and effective learning opportunities for every student.
  •        Develops shared understanding of and commitment to ongoing professional development to achieve high expectations for all students.
  •        Builds organizational capacity that collectively improves instructional practices and student outcomes.
  •        Builds a professional culture of trust, openness and collaboration, engaging teachers in sharing information, analyzing outcomes, and planning improvement.
  •        Uses data about teacher practice to identify and support individual and team professional learning needs across a continuum of professional growth.
  •        Guides and supports quality professional development that results in improved teaching and learning and meets diverse learning needs for all students.
  •        Observe, counsel, and motivate professional development to attain the educational goals of the District.
  •        Holds regular PLC/Data Team meetings to work with individual teachers and teams to analyze student work, monitor student progress, adapt curriculum, and adjust instructional practice to meet student-learning needs.
  •        Works closely with other administrators and encourage an on going administrative team concept (i.e., administrative level PLC).
    •        Facilitates shared understanding of Utah Common Core Curriculum and standards-based instructional practices and programs by providing support and
  •        guidance to teachers in implementing, aligning, and mapping rigorous curriculum, effective instruction, content standards, and appropriate assessments to meet student learning needs.
  •        Provides and monitors effects of differentiated instructional strategies, curricular materials, educational technologies, and other resources appropriate to address diverse student populations.
  •        Identifies and uses high-quality research and databased strategies and practices that are appropriate in the local context to inform curriculum and instructional practices to increase learning for every student.
  •        Provides instructional leadership by supervising, evaluating, coaching, and mentoring educators to improve instructional practice.
  •        Collects and appropriately uses standards-based accountability data to improve the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning.
  •        Uses varied sources and kinds of information and data to evaluate student learning, effective teaching, and program quality.
  •        Uses effective databased technologies and performance management systems to support regular analysis and interpretation of data for accountability reporting and to guide continuous improvement of teaching and learning.
  •        Synthesizes data and evaluates progress toward vision, mission, and goals for all stakeholders.
  •        Distributes and oversees responsibilities of management structures and procedures to support teaching and learning while developing capacity for shared leadership of operational systems.
  •        Supervise the maintenance of the campus for safety, cleanliness, adherence to ADA requirements, and other access issues to support the learning of every student.
  •        Develops and facilitates communication and data systems that assure the timely flow of information to support teaching and learning.
  •        Evaluates and uses effective tools to revise processes and continuously improve the operational system in order to ensure teacher and organizational resources are focused to support quality instruction and student learning.
  • Principals will commit to implementing and sustaining Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as outlined in the district plan at the district, school, and classroom level. Principal will take a tiered approach that will lead to improvement of student behavioral, social, emotional, mental health, and academic success.  The principal will use the 5 interrelated PBIS elements for fidelity: equity, systems, data, practices, and outcomes. The principal will continue to reflect on PBIS implementation across all tiers and improve as necessary.
  •        Maintain a standard of student behavior designed to command respect.
    •        Coordinate school activities with related departments, outside agencies, and organizations to minimize school and classroom interruptions.
    •        Develops and administers the school budget; direct the funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures.
  •        Supervises all certified and classified personnel assigned to building for the purpose of monitoring performance, providing for professional growth and achieving overall objectives of school's curriculum.
  •        Maintains proper student records and make necessary reports as required by the District administration or State or Federal agencies.
  •        Actively participates and encourages staff participation in parent-teacher and other community groups, as a means of developing understanding, cooperation, and respect for school objectives and endeavors.
  •        Plans and organizes the school day and year to provide for efficient operation of the school.
    •        Coordinates and supervises the program and student services designed to assist students in social and emotional adjustment to school, addresses problems at home and outside concerns, and counsels and assists students to gain admission to post-secondary schools.
    •        Oversees the updating and revision of the student handbook, activities handbook, and teacher’s handbook.
  •        Operates within budget and fiscal guidelines directed effectively toward teaching and learning.
  •        Allocates funds based on student needs within the framework of federal, state, and district rules.
  •        Leverages resources to achieve vision, mission, and goals.
  •        Implements practices to recruit, develop, and retain highly qualified and effective personnel.
  •        Assigns personnel to address diverse student needs, legal requirements, and equity goals.
  •        Conducts personnel evaluation processes that develop and improve professional practice, providing timely feedback, and remediation using the District counseling form and/or terminate employment in keeping with District and state policies.
    •        Develops the master schedule of course offerings; complies with accreditation guidelines and state requirements; adjusts schedule to meet school, students, and staff needs.
  •        Advocates for and creates collaborative systems and shared leadership responsibilities that support student and staff safety and well being.
  •        Involves parents, teachers, and students in developing, implementing, and monitoring expectations and norms for accountable behavior.
  •        Develops and monitors a comprehensive safety and security plan and implements effective instructional programs and practices to address current safety and well-being topics.
    •        Maintains a safe and orderly school environment; coordinates the safety of students participating in all extra-curricular and after school activities, including inter-scholastic athletics field trips.
    •        Supervises and monitors student activities such as lunch, passing periods, assemblies, concerts, dances, and sports events; assign supervisory faculty for all student activities.

Facilitate a process of creating a shared vision, mission, and goals.

 Sustain strong organizational commitment to vision, mission and goals aimed at continuous improvement.

Teaching and Learning

An educational leader promotes the success of every student by advocating, nurturing and sustaining a school focused on teaching and learning conducive to student, faculty, and staff growth.

Ensure strong professional cultures that support teaching and learning using District adopted, board supported, tools and initiatives

 Require all educators to know and use Utah Common Core Curriculum and current Utah Effective Teaching Standards

Implement District adopted, board supported systems of assessment and accountability

 Management for Learning

 An educational leader promotes the success of every student by ensuring management of the organization, operating, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.

Distribute responsibilities and supervise ongoing management structures and practices to enhance teaching and learning.

Oversees acquisition and maintenance of equipment and effective technologies to support teaching and learning.

Strategically allocate and align human, fiscal, technological, and physical resources.

 Protect the well-being and safety of students and staff

Community Collaboration

An educational leader promotes the success of every student by collaborating with faculty, staff, parents, and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs and mobilizing community resources.


Collaborate with families and diverse community stakeholders to extend programs, services, and outreach.


  •        Collects, analyzes, and shares data and information with the community pertinent to the educational environment.
  •        Uses effective communication strategies with families and community members to provide stakeholders with timely and accurate information including a schedule/calendar of school activities.
  •        Applies communication and collaboration strategies to involve families in decision-making about their student’s education and develop positive family partnerships.
    •        Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive inquiries of students, parents, and faculty and complaints regarding school system policies and procedures.
  •        Facilitates communication between personnel, students and/or parents for the purpose of evaluating situations, solving problems and/or resolving conflicts.

Respond and contribute to community interests and needs.


  •        Identifies, builds, and sustains productive relationships with community partners.
  •        Uses appropriate data, assessment strategies, and research methods to understand and accommodate diverse student and community conditions and dynamics.
  •        Utilizes diversity as an asset of the school community to strengthen educational programs.
  •        Shares responsibilities with communities to improve teaching and learning.
  •        Links to and collaborates with community agencies for health, social, and other essential services to families and students.
  •        Develops mutually beneficial relationships with business, religious, political, and service organizations to share school and community resources.
  •        Develops comprehensive strategies by collaborating with the community in support of outreach programs and services.
  •        Models personal and professional ethics, integrity, justice, and fairness and expects the same of others.
  •        Behaves in a trustworthy manner, using professional influence and authority to enhance education and the common good.
  •        Demonstrates respect for the inherent dignity and worth of each individual by developing cultural sensitivity and equitable practices.
  •        Models respect for diverse community stakeholders and treats them equitably.
    •        Implements disciplinary procedures and policies related to student behavior and achievement; provides for student and parent due process in accordance with federal, state, and District policies and procedures; ensures appropriate confidentiality of all student and staff records.
  •        Demonstrates respect for
  •        Self-assesses personal assumptions, values, beliefs, and practices that guide improvement of student learning.
  •        Uses a variety of strategies to lead others in safely examining deeply held assumptions and beliefs that may conflict with vision, mission, and goals.
  •        Respectfully challenges and works to change assumptions, beliefs, and biases that negatively affects students, educational environments, and student learning.
  •        Analyzes professional work, strengths and weaknesses, and establishes goals for professional growth.
  •        Develops and uses understanding of educational policies to implement equitable or proven approaches to meet short-term goals.
  •        Sustains personal motivation, optimism, commitment, energy, and health by balancing professional and personal responsibilities and encouraging similar actions for others.
  •        Facilitates constructive discussions with the public about federal, state, and local laws, policies, regulations, and statutory requirements affecting continuous improvement of educational programs and outcomes.
  •        Actively develops relationships with a range of stakeholders and policymakers to identify, respond to, and influence issues, trends, and potential changes that affect the context and conduct of education.
  •        Advocates for equity and adequacy in providing for students' and families' educational needs so every student can meet educational expectations.
  •        Collects and accurately communicates educational performance data in a clear and timely way, relating specifics about the local context to improve policies and inform political discussions and decision-making.
  •        Communicates effectively with key decision makers in the community and in broader political contexts to improve public understanding of federal, state, and local laws, policies, regulations, and statutory requirements.
  •        Advocates within the educational policy environment for increased support of excellence and equity in education.
  •        Complies with legal and regulatory requirements of the various governmental agencies in support of learning for all students.
  •        Presents reports as requested to the school board, district and state education leaders to inform and influence policies that serve children and families.
  •        Advocates for public policies that ensure appropriate and equitable human and fiscal resources and improves student learning.
  •        Works with community leaders to collect and analyze data on economic, social, and other emerging issues that impact district and school planning, programs, and structures.
  •        Supports public policies that provide for present and future needs of children and families and improve education.
  •        Keeps District administration informed of the operation, achievements, problems, etc. of the school.
    •        Administers District policies in the operation of the school and performs other duties assigned by the district administration.

 Maximize shared school and community resources to provide essential services for students and families.


Ethical Leadership

An educational leader promotes the success of every student by acting with, and ensuring a system of integrity, fairness, equity, and ethical behavior.

Demonstrate appropriate, ethical, and legal behavior expected by the profession.

Examine personal assumptions, values, beliefs, cultural competencies, and practices in service of a shared vision, mission, and goals for student learning.

 Perform the work required for high levels of personal effective leadership performance, including acquiring new capacities needed to fulfill responsibilities.

Models lifelong learning by continually deepening understanding and practice related to content, standards, assessment, data, teacher support, evaluation, and professional development strategies.

 Systems Leadership

An educational leader promotes the success of every student by understanding, responding to, and influencing the interrelated systems of political, social, economic, legal, policy, and cultural contexts affecting education.

Demonstrate active participation in the school’s local community.

Contribute to the larger arena of educational policy making.

Increase the effectiveness of the school community’s efforts to improve education.

Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications

 Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

SKILLS are required to perform multiple, highly complex, technical tasks with a need to occasionally upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: adhering to safety practices; operating standard office equipment; performing accounting procedures; planning and managing projects; preparing and maintaining accurate records; using pertinent software applications.

KNOWLEDGE is required to perform statistical analysis; read technical information, compose a variety of documents, and/or facilitate group discussions; and solve practical problems. Specific knowledge-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: accounting/bookkeeping principles; age appropriate activities; keyboarding; office methods and procedures; pertinent codes, policies, regulations and/or laws; stages of child development; standard office software.

ABILITY is required to schedule a significant number of activities, meetings, and/or events; often gather, collate, and/or classify data; and use job-related equipment. Flexibility is required to independently work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; analyze data utilizing defined but different processes; and operate equipment using standardized methods. Ability is also required to work with a significant diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with data of widely varied types and/or purposes; and utilize a variety of job-related equipment. Independent problem solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans. Problem solving with data requires analysis based on organizational objectives; and problem solving with equipment is moderate. Specific ability-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: adapting to changing work priorities; communicating with diverse groups; establishing effective relationships; maintaining confidentiality; meeting deadlines and schedules; setting priorities; working as part of a team; working with detailed information/data; working with frequent interruptions.


Responsibilities include: working independently under broad organizational policies to achieve organizational objectives; managing multiple departments; and supervising the use of funds. Utilization of significant resources from other work units is sometimes required to perform the job's functions. There is a continual opportunity to impact the organization’s services.

Working Environment

The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 30% sitting, 50% walking, and 20% standing. The job is performed in a generally hazard free environment.

Experience    Job related experience within specialized field with increasing levels of responsibility is required.

Education      Masters degree in job related area.

Equivalency None Specified

Required Testing     None Specified

Certificates & Licenses

Bachelor’s Degree in Education

Master’s Degree in Education Administration

Professional Teaching Standards

Board Certification

Continuing Educ. / Training 

Continued Professional Growth


Criminal Justice Background Clearance

FLSA Status

Non Exempt Administrator

Salary Grade

District Administrator Salary Schedule




                                                                                                Approved        9/14/1