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Employment Type:
Full time
Job Category:
High School Principal
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Job Description

Do you have a passion to lead a High School to success?


The High School Principal serves as the educational leader and chief administrator of the high school, responsible for implementing and managing the policies, regulations, and procedures of the District to ensure that all students are supervised in a safe learning environment.  Achieving academic excellence requires that the High School Principal work collaboratively to lead and nurture all members of the school staff and to communicate effectively with parents, members of the community, and colleagues in other districts and schools. Inherent in the position are the responsibilities for planning, curriculum development, program evaluation, extracurricular activities, personnel management, financial management, emergency procedures, resource scheduling, and facilities operations.


Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Serves as the instructional leader and demonstrates authentic leadership skills, capable of making tough decisions and leading a cohesive team. Is present and visible around the school.  
  • Plans, designs, and conducts follow-through strategies pertaining to curriculum development, and the implementation of instructional programs and activities designed to meet the needs of student and the educational community.  
  • Leads school and decision making process to ensure the development of a comprehensive program that includes, annual student achievement targets, supported by parents, staff, and community members.
  • Conducts and maintains school’s performance evaluation information and its systems to ensure that site goals and objectives are achieved, and that all levels of staff adhere to District, state and federal educational standards and goals.  
  • Organize, manage, evaluate, and supervise effective and clear procedures for the operation and functioning of the entire school consistent with the philosophy, mission, values and goals of the school and district, including instructional programs, extracurricular activities, discipline systems to ensure a safe and orderly climate, financial management, facilities maintenance, program evaluation, personnel management, office operations, emergency procedures, and community relations.  
  • Establish the master schedule for instructional programs, ensuring sequential learning experiences for students.  
  • Supervise the instructional programs of the school, evaluating lesson plans and observing classes on a regular basis to encourage the use of a variety of instructional strategies and materials consistent with research on learning and child growth and development.  
  • Ensure that the instructional programs engage the learner in tasks that require analytical and critical thinking, questioning the known, problem solving and creativity, that they address the range of skills and developmental needs found in the classroom, that they encourage the student to define individual goals and accept responsibility for learning, and that they provide a variety of methods for the student to demonstrate performance and achievement.  
  • Serve as a role model for students, dressing professionally, demonstrating the importance and relevance of learning, accepting responsibility, and demonstrating pride in the education profession.  
  • Collect and analyze data regarding the needs and achievement of students, including State assessments, and other pertinent information affecting the design and implementation of services and programs, using the information to recommend new programs and modifications to existing programs.
  • Plans, develops, organizes, and administers support systems which provide optimal educational opportunities for adolescent age students. Is a strong advocate for the school and its students to get things done in a timely manner.  
  • Empowers students, staff and parents to articulate and implement their goals and ideas.  
  • Plans, develops, and implements budget planning and expenditure control procedures.  
  • Manages a comprehensive physical facility, identifying needs and recommending additions, modifications, and services.  
  • Confers, consults with and advises District, public and private agency personal and parents concerning student educational and behavior problems and alternative problem solutions.  
  • Manages, supervises, observes, and conducts staff professional development and staff training programs which identify and encourage leadership potential.  
  • Confers with site and District instructional support staff in decision making processes, and in the development of alternative approaches to solving educational concerns and issues.  
  • Assists the school community and the public in their awareness of the site goals and objectives and the strategies for achieving them.  
  • Assists in the development, implementation, interpretation, and administration of policies, rules and regulations, and negotiated employee agreements. Ensure compliance with all laws, administrative codes, Board policies and regulations.  
  • Establishes and maintains procedures for the resolution of conflict in an effort to maintain a high level of staff morale.  
  • Responsible for managing, monitoring, auditing, and evaluation of specially funded programs.  
  • Plans, develops, and provides, as required, management reports pertaining to the educational climate and the functions and activities of the school.  
  • Supervise all personnel assigned to the building, establishing clear expectations for role, responsibilities, and performance to ensure that all job responsibilities are met and exceeded.
  • Supports the relationship between Garfield School District RE-2 and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors, and District staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and District information; performs other duties as required or assigned.
  • Maintains regular and reliable attendance.




Education and Experience:

Master’s Degree in education administration; AND at least two years of administrative experience as a Principal, Assistant Principal or Administrator; High School level teaching and administrative experience preferred; OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.


Required Licenses or Certifications:

  • Must possess a valid Colorado Driver’s License and acceptable Motor Vehicle Record.
  • Must obtain a Colorado Department of Education Principal License: Building-level leadership or ability to obtain an initial/alternative principal preparation authorization prior to the beginning of the 2018/2019 school year required.




Knowledge of:

  • Thorough knowledge of the practices, methods and techniques used in the administration and supervision of all programs in a school.
  • Demonstrate excellent leadership and organizational skills and the ability to motivate people.
  • Demonstrate excellent integrity and good moral character and initiative.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with school officials, parents, students,
    teachers, support staff and associates.
  • Ability to develop curriculum and lead instructional programs.
  • Ability to interact with a broad and diverse population of internal and external stakeholders.  
  • General office procedures, policies, and practices.
  • Administrative principles and practices including goal setting and program budget development and implementation.
  • Recordkeeping, report preparation, and records management techniques.


Knowledge of (Job Class Standard):

  • District organization, operations, policies, and procedures.
  • Principles and practices of public administration.
  • Organizational development theory and practices.
  • Modern technology, systems, and software designed to assist in the computerized management of information.
  • Legal, ethical, and professional rules of conduct for school environments.
  • Principles and practices of public sector administrative management, including personnel rules, cost accounting, budgeting, contract management, and employee supervision.
  • Techniques and practices for efficient and cost effective management of resources.
  • Methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis, and report presentation.
  • Principles and practices of conflict resolution.


Skill in:

  • Highly organized and strong follow-through with tasks and promises.
  • Oral and written communications.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Developing cost estimates and budgets.


Skill in (Job Class Standard):

  • Developing and executing strategic plans.
  • Applying logical thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Drafting clear, complete, accurate, and logical written and verbal communications.
  • Researching, compiling, and summarizing a variety of informational and statistical data and materials.
  • Planning, organizing, assigning, directing, reviewing, and evaluating the work of staff.



  • Work is performed in a standard office environment with some work being performed at various District properties.

Garfield School District RE-2 is seeking a High School Principal.

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