Elementary Principal - 2019-2020

Reports To:         Assistant Superintendent- Teaching and Learning


Position Purpose

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.


Preferred Qualifications:

Doctorate and 3 years of public school administrative experience.


Physical/Emotional Requirements:

The incumbent may be required to meet the following requirements during any part of the working day:  speaking- hearing- visual skills- walking/mobility- standing- consistency of temperament- ability to work with a variety of problems at the same time- stamina for working long hours.



1.    Curriculum Development- Supervision and Evaluation

  • Leads in the development- determination of appropriateness- and monitoring of the instructional program.
    • Supervises the school’s co-curricular and educational programs.
    • Approves the master teaching schedule and any special personnel assignments.
      • Facilitates and monitors the school accreditation process.
      • Understands school curriculum- ensures the teaching of the written curriculum- helps staff to use curriculum resources.
      •  Participates in and/or leads curriculum development activities commensurate with school and district goals.
      • Provides opportunities and encouragement for staff to increase professional expertise.
      • Assists in identifying curricular and extracurricular needs by analyzing current programs and student achievement.
      • Regularly uses the results of student assessment data to identify problems and implement program improvements and/or pacing.

 2.    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.
  • Assures the proper educational placement of students.

3.   Student and Staff Relations

  • Models and facilitates good human relations skills; effectively interacts with others.
  • Solicits information from school personnel and the community in gauging the school climate.
  • Recognizes efforts of students and teachers.
  • Promotes the improvement of student and staff self-images.
  • Communicates high expectations for both staff and students and provides appropriate motivation to reach expectations.
  • Fosters collegial relationships with and among teachers and staff.


4.    Establishing an Effective Workplace

  • Develops and maintains positive staff morale.
  • Facilitates and/or works with the assistant principal (if one is assigned to the building) to effectively:
    • Implement a discipline code that is fair and promotes orderliness and student learning;
    • Protect instructional time by minimizing interruptions to the instructional process;
    • Coordinate teacher and student schedules to promote maximum learning and minimize conflict;
    • Maintain high visibility in the school;
    • Provide for adequate supervision and acceptable student behavior at all school functions planned and operated by school personnel;
    • Lead and direct the school leadership team;
    • Establish and maintain an effective learning climate in the school and ensure that the staff follows effective school tenets;
    • Plan- organize- and direct the implementation of school activities;
    • Maintain appropriate and consistent standards of student conduct and enforce discipline- as necessary- according to due process for the rights of students;
    • Delegate authority to responsible personnel to assume responsibility for the school in the absence of the Principal.


5.    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.
  • Assures the orientation of newly-assigned staff members and assists in their development- as appropriate.
  • Recommends- according to established procedures- the removal of a staff member whose work is unsatisfactory.


6.    Communication and Community Relations

  • Keeps the Assistant Superintendent informed of the school’s activities and problems.
  • Maintains ongoing communication with staff- students- and parents.
  • Attends events held to recognize student achievement and school-sponsored activities and functions.
  • Conducts meetings with the staff as necessary for the proper functioning of the school.
  • Assures arrangements are made for special conferences between parents- teachers- community members- agencies- and other stakeholders.
  • Establishes and maintains favorable relationships with local community groups and individuals to foster understanding and solicit support for overall school objectives and programs- to interpret board policies and administrative directives- and to discuss and resolve individual student problems.
  • Serves- or causes a member of the leadership team to serve- as an ex-officio member of all committees and councils within the school.
  • Speaks and writes effectively.
  • Communicates and works with central office and other principals to share ideas- problems- expertise- and personnel.
  • Encourages parent visits and involvement in decision making.
  • Effectively utilizes community resources and volunteers to promote student learning.


7.    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 the effectiveness of those decisions through follow-up actions.
  • Clearly communicates decisions and rationale to all affected.
  • Interprets and ensures compliance with district policies and state and federal regulations.
  • Asserts leadership in times of civil disobedience in school- in accordance with established Board policy.
  • Participates in principals` meetings- negotiations meetings- and other such meetings as required or appropriate.
  • Identifies problem areas and seeks solutions before crisis situations develop.
  • Effectively delegates decision making and problem solving to appropriate personnel.


8.    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.
  • Views self as a role model for expected staff behavior.
  • Helps teachers implement objectives for themselves and students.
  • Assumes responsibility for his/her own professional growth and development through membership and participation in professional organizations and through attendance at regional- state- and national meetings.
  • Assists in identifying- cultivating- and promoting teacher leaders.


9.    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- transportation- special services- and other aspects of school management.
  • Monitors and controls the various local funds generated by student activities.
  • Assumes responsibility for the safety and administration of the school facilities- including security personnel.
  • Provides for adequate inventories of property under his/her jurisdiction and for the security and accountability of that property. Ensures the building(s) and grounds are safe and that drills- evacuations- and other emergency management activities conform to state directives.
  • Assures the allocation of instructional resources for optimum teaching and learning- including supplies- equipment- space- etc.
  • When appropriate- ensures a quality food service program.
  • Effectively copes with crises and emergencies.
  • Maintains accurate personnel- student- and fiscal records.
  • Anticipates future building and equipment needs- and plans appropriately to remedy.
  • May act as a hearing officer for discipline.


10.       Performs other Duties as Assigned by the Superintendent and His/Her Designee.




Salary and work year to be determined by Board of Education.





Performance of this position will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board’s policy on evaluation of administrators.


Job Start Date: NA
Applications Due By: 05/30/2019

Job Contact Information

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Employer Information

Topeka USD 501 www.topekapublicschools.net

To apply for a position at Topeka Public Schools, please complete application at topekapublicschools.net Topeka Public Schools is home to some of the finest students in the state of Kansas. Many of our students perform at the highest levels and our staff members are recognized regularly for outstanding accomplishments. Topeka Public Schools offer a variety of comprehensive programs fitted to the needs and interests of students. Excellence and equity are the standard. We take seriously our responsibility to educate all children. Although over half the students in the district are college bound, our commitment is not limited to them alone. Topeka Schools have received national recognition for excellence in education. Several of our schools made the Kansas Standards of Excellence in reading and mathematics with some schools seeing remarkable double-digit gains. Topeka Public Schools enrollment is sixth largest in Kansas, with a total average enrollment of over 14,000 students in elementary through high school. While the Topeka Public Schools are the largest district in Shawnee County, our schools are smaller than most. Elementary schools range in size from 200 to 600 students, including a science & fine arts magnet school and a computer magnet school. Middle schools range from 400 to 600 students and our three high schools have enrollments of 1000 to 2000 students. Hope Street Academy, a charter high school, draws alternative students from across the country. The school district sports complex, Hummer Sports Park, is a six-sport facility featuring state-of-the-art facilities for football, track, soccer, baseball, softball and swimming. We are committed to hiring and maintaining superior employees to educate and meet the needs of each student. As the third largest employer in Topeka, employing over 2400 certified and classified staff members, we provide a competitive salary schedule, district-paid insurance benefits, a generous leave package and many other great benefits. If you are interested in joining USD 501, please check the job listings below and visit our website at www.topekapublicschools.netto complete the application. 

Employer Address: 624 SW 24th Street Topeka, Kansas

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