TITLE: Principal – Elementary School 

DEPARTMENT: Administration 


1. Master’s Degree or higher, with a major concentration of work in educational


2. At least three years of successful principal experience

3. A valid Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate with three years of successful teaching 

experience – preferred Charter School

4. A valid Pennsylvania Administrative Certificate 5. Demonstrated ability to work with students, families, and staff from diverse backgrounds 


SUPERVISES: Teaching Staff 

Other Professional Staff All Non-Professional Staff Other resource and service personnel while working in the school 

JOB GOAL: To provide leadership and achieve the mission of the School in which students build a foundation of knowledge for a lifetime of learning. Assist in defining the educational goals of the School and community and to promote and maintain a school environment in which students and staff work and learn effectively and collectively. Maintains a safe and positive school climate focused on Charter School “principles” by providing students, staff, and families a clear understanding of our mission and articulating the school-specific goals. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsible for interviewing, making recommendations for hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

Academics and Compliance 1. Coordinate, organize, and supervise curriculum following state regulations and school policy. 2. Work collaboratively with the Assistant Principal to ensure coordinated and cohesive programming across all grades. 3. Lead and support the development and implementation of school-wide plans to increase student achievement, (especially students with identified academic, social and/or emotional challenges).  Manage data systems used to collect and analyze school information required by federal government, local government, and other funding sources. 5. Maintain contact and respond to all inquiries by PDE, service providers, PAC, CEO, Board of Trustees, etc. 6. Apply current principles, best practices, and research to foster effective teaching. 7. Promote and model the integration and well balance of cooperative learning and team teaching. 8. Utilizes the parameters of all Policies/Handbooks. 9. Maintains current educational/administrative certificate by meeting required course work under Act 45. 10. Use quantitative and qualitative data to provide supports for teachers and academic supports for students. 11. Along with the CEO, architect a comprehensive talent acquisition and retention vision and strategic plan, which includes concrete recommendations for improvement and specific achievable deliverable, namely: 

  •  A comprehensive development program ensuring high performing team members are engaged, retained, and have a clear development opportunities and career pathways.
  • A program/process for building the management and leadership capacity of teachers, leaders, and all other school support staff.
  • A sustainable system by which we recruit and retain highly talented and diverse team members.
  • A robust performance management process which outlines for all staff, including teachers and leaders, the measured steps required to maintain and/or gain proficiency; process and causes for dismissal as well as intervention procedure when expressed goals are not met.
  • Build, steward, and socialize an organizational culture strategy, which includes a robust on and off boarding program and integrates and socializes our core values and commitment. 

Human Resources:

  1. Supervise the performance of the teaching/instructional staff, including related service providers.
  2. Lead the performance evaluation process for all instructional staff.
  3.  Lead and participate in the hiring of staff utilizing the recruitment and hiring process.
  4.  Lead administration and teaching representative meetings with the goal of improving communication and addressing issues of mutual concern.
  5.  Create and nurture a learning environment for all staff.
  6.  Develop and lead the provision of professional development opportunities for all teaching/instructional staff and related service providers.
  7.  Develop a targeted professional development plan for new and returning staff.
  8.  Responsible for teacher and administration performance evaluations and feedback.  
  9. Supervise student enrollment, including recruitment, open houses, and classroom assignments.
  10. Oversee the implementation of the summer program (budget, staffing, curriculum, and promotion).
  11. Responsible for ensuring school communications to internal and external partners and the community are delivered.
  12. Develop a comprehensive plan for parent involvement training.
  13. Network with other school leaders and foster partnerships with local and national organizations. 

School Mission, Culture, and Safety

  1. Embraces and champions the mission of the school.
  2. Manages all issues dealing with the safety of students, staff, and volunteers within the school including exit drills.
  3. Supervise teachers to make sure they are accountable for having high standards and positive expectations for students.
  4. Promote and model the principles of Charter education in the day-to-day operations of the school.
  5. Lead data-driven analysis of end-of school-year data to aid in the creation and implementation of the academic focus for the next school year.
  6. Develop a Special Event calendar including all special events for students and meetings involving parents.
  7. Articulated the school’s educational philosophy, goals, and objectives into action plans that directly benefit students and staff professional development.
  8. Facilitate instructional and full staff meetings.
  9. Remain current in the field of Charter Schools.
  10. Any other duties necessary to achieve the mission of the School. 


  1. Oversee assistance principal and coordinate messaging to school stakeholders.
  2. Participate in the development and management of the school budget.
  3. Develop and maintain a coverage plan for absent teachers.
  4. Coordinate and respond to all staff inquiries regarding schedules.
  5. Review and update school calendars and schedules to maximize teaching and learning.
  6. Collaborate with the CEO to review and revise school Handbooks. 


  1. Exhibits leadership in working with students, staff, families, and community towards achieving goals.
  2. Agreement with and commitment to the mission and academic goals.
  3. Commitment and accountability for student educational growth.
  4. Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  5. Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in work with students, staff, families, and the larger community.
  6. Promotes and establishes effective relationships with all constituents, including students, staff, families, Board of Trustees, community members, and key stakeholders.
  7. Fosters a culturally and socio-economically diverse population. 

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

  • Sitting for extended period of time 
  • Walking and standing for prolonged periods 
  • Lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling 35 pounds 
  • Ability to kneel, crouch, bend and reach to retrieve and handle materials, supplies and equipment 
  • Moving fingers and hands in a repetitive manner 
  • Ability to speak clearly and distinctly when communicating 
  • Hearing clearly 
  • Adequate vision to perform duties 

Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional and technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of staff, parents and the general public. 

Other Skills and Abilities: Ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory in specific field. Ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, families, and the community. The ability to communicate clearly and concisely both in oral and written form. Demonstrates awareness of all school requirements and policies. Ability to use a personal computer and related software. 

The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned. 


Work year, workdays, salary, and benefits are established in accordance with the provisions of the Employee Handbook and Benefit Program. 


Performance of the job will be evaluated at least annually. 


In signing this Job Description, I am only acknowledging that I have received a copy. I further understand that a signed copy will be placed in my personnel file. 

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