Principal - Topeka Public Schools 501
Position: Principal
Subject Area: (none)
Job Title: Highland Park High School Principal
Job Location: Topeka Public Schools, USD 501
Beginning: Jul 01, 2020
Deadline: Open until filled **
District: Topeka Public Schools 501
Topeka, KS 66611
Telephone: 785-295-3019
Job Description:
Topeka Public School District educators demonstrate a commitment to learning for all students by maintaining organized, student-centered classrooms, by presenting content-rich and standards-based lessons and activities, by meeting individual needs through the use of assessments and data, and by using a variety of instructional strategies that are reflective of current best practices and research.

To use leadership, management, supervisory and monitoring skills to promote the educational development of each student.

The incumbent must possess a Kansas building administrator license, or be able to obtain that license by the date of appointment.  Position requires administrative experience necessary for planning, organizational, supervisory, and evaluation skills which the position entails.  The incumbent should also demonstrate skills in curriculum and instructional leadership, personnel guidance, scheduling processes, policy, law, budget, school/community relations, and professional renewal.

Curriculum Development, Supervision and Evaluation
  • Leads in the development, determination of appropriateness, and monitoring of the instructional program.
  • Supervises of the school’s co-curricular and educational program.
  • Approves of the master teaching schedule and any special personnel assignments.
 Student Assessment and Monitoring
  • Emphasizes student achievement as the primary outcome of schooling.
  • Systematically assesses and monitors student progress using objective and verifiable information whenever possible.       
  • Works with staff to systematically identify and respond to at-risk students; makes referrals to appropriate community agencies when needed.
Student and Staff Relations
  • Models and facilitates good human relations skills; effectively interacts with others.
  • Solicits information from school personnel and community in gauging the school climate.
  • Recognizes efforts of students and teachers.
Establishing an Effective Workplace
  • Develops and maintains positive staff morale.
  • Works with the assistant principal to effectively implement a discipline code that is fair and promotes orderliness and student learning.
  • Protects instructional time by minimizing interruptions to the instructional process.
Staff Supervision and Personnel Evaluation
  • Supervises (directly or through others) all professional, paraprofessional, administrative, and nonprofessional personnel assigned to the school.
  • Assists in the recruiting, screening, hiring, training, assigning and evaluating of the school’s professional staff.
Communication and Community Relations
  • Keeps the Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent informed of the school’s activities and problems.
  • Maintains ongoing communications with staff, students and parents.
  • Attends events held to recognize student achievement and school-sponsored activities and functions.
  • Conducts meetings of the staff as necessary for the proper functioning of the school.
Decision Making and Problem Solving
  • Utilizes the TPS Strategic Plan and TPS Learning Principles to guide decisions.
  • Considers research when making decisions.
  • Considers alternatives and consequences in the decision-making process.
  • Makes decisions in a timely fashion and maximizes decisions' effectiveness by follow-up actions.
Professional Development
  • Keeps abreast of changes and developments in the profession by attending professional meetings, reading professional journals and other publications, and discussing problems of mutual interest with others in the field.
  • Effectively utilizes the expertise of school personnel, including self, in staff development.
  • Provides opportunities for teachers to share and demonstrate successful practices.
Building Management, Recordkeeping, and Financial Management
  • Prepares and administers the school budget and supervises school finances.
  • Prepares, or supervises the preparation of, the maintenance and distribution of reports, records, lists, and other paperwork required or appropriate to the school’s administration. such as transportation, special services, etc.
  • Monitors and controls the various local funds generated by student activities.
Performs other Duties as Assigned by the Superintendent and His/Her Designee.

To see a complete job description, please see our job posting at Principal - Secondary 2018-2019

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