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Principal, Middle School

  • Management

Salary range: Placement on the administrator's salary schedule

Reports to: Chief Academic Officer


The Principal is a dynamic educational leader who will be effective in accomplishing our district purpose of fostering powerful learning for all students by providing strong instructional leadership in all aspects of the middle school program (grades 6-8) at one of the nation's premier school districts. The Principal will further support all students as they prepare themselves to thrive as global citizens in a rapidly changing world, helping develop the student's knowledge, by empowering the child to reach his or her fullest intellectual social and creative potential. In addition, the Principal leads the management team in providing leadership in curriculum, instruction guidance, facilities management, and support services.

  • Ability to pass a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint clearance
  • Completion of a Master's degree
  • Demonstrated success in classroom curriculum and instruction
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S.
  • Possession of a valid California Administrative Services Credential, as required by the California Education Code
  • Within 60 days of start, provision of TB (tuberculin) clearance, as mandated by the California Education Code
  • Oversee and direct all activities related to the school's curriculum, programs, personnel, and facilities in accordance with State, County and District regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to self-reflect on your own practice and open to receiving feedback for leadership improvement.
  • Perform other duties as directed or as the need arises

Specific Leadership,Instructional and ManagerialDuties will include, but are not limited to:

Leadership:Provide leadership in developing and communicating a shared vision of an outstanding comprehensive middle school. Participate as a member of the District management team to support District-wide efforts to improve teaching and learning. Set high expectations for faculty, staff and students, with a focus on continuous improvement in teaching and learning. Establish an environment conducive to and supportive of excellence in learning and a school-wide culture that supports the growth and development of all students. Promote professional growth for all staff.

School Community and Culture: Establish an atmosphere conducive to learning for all students. Work with a diverse student and parent community. Build parent and community support and involvement. Act as a representative for various general public relations functions, school and community activities. Build sound relations with District Office.

Planning and Goal Setting:Develop a collaborative process for setting, implementing, and monitoring progress of school goals, while acting in alignment with and in accordance of District goals. Lead school staff in the effort to collect and interpret data on student performance to inform decisions about curriculum, special programs, instruction, and staff development. Oversee articulation processes with feeder elementary schools.

Administration:Manage or direct staff in student discipline and procedures.Develop and maintain the school safety plan. Monitor special testing arrangements.Oversee State mandated testing including Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) or California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) and other local assessments.Assist in the selection, assignment and supervision of staff. Manage and coordinate budget, school facilities, school activities, and support services. Support administrative and/or instructional technology.

Personnel and Supervision:Supervise Assistant Principals and personnel in other school departments as needed. Assist in the selection, employment, and performance evaluation of certificated personnel in the school. Supervise the campus and coordinate extra-curricular activities.

  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
  • Ability to work comfortably with students, staff, parents, and the community
  • Deep commitment to world-class standards of academic performance for all students
  • Effective interpersonal, communication, conflict resolution, time management, and record keeping skills
  • Extensive knowledge of academic curriculum and instructional delivery systems, school budgeting, assessment of student achievement, as well as administration of applicable policies and supervision of personnel
  • Proficiency in a second language preferred

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Employee will frequently work at a computer and travel to attend meetings.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work environment includes working directly with children. There are a number of activities and situations happening at once, and the employee must ensure that children are supervised at all times, and that children are involved in safe and appropriate activities. The employee must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time

The job entails potential for exposure to adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes; exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases; and for interaction with disruptive and/or unruly individuals.

Work Year: 220 Days

Revision Date: 11/01/2016

Initial date: 03/24/2017

Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.

No portion of this job description shall supersede the Master Agreement between the Palo Alto Management Association and the Palo Alto Unified School District and applicable State or federal laws. Any changes in working conditions applicable to the current agreement shall be subject to negotiations at the demand of either party.