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Highland Elementary Principal

Bend-La Pine Schools
Closing date: 
Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Bend-La Pine Schools is committed to the principle of equity. Equity supersedes the notion of equality, where all are treated the same. Pursuing equity requires the removal of barriers and the promotion of inclusive practices so that all students fully benefit. The principle of equity will inform all BLS policies, regulations, programs, operations, practices, and resource allocations.
Studies have shown that some individuals (women and people of color, for example) are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single qualification in a job description. Our goal is to find the best candidate for the position, and we acknowledge that that candidate may be an individual from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our qualifications described. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of a position, or how this would be determined, please feel free to contact Human Resources to discuss your application.


About the District:
Bend-La Pine Schools (BLS) is the fifth-largest school district in Oregon and comprises 33 schools, plus two charter schools across an attendance area of approximately 1,6000 square miles. We employ over 2,000 staff members in licensed and non-licensed capacities, which makes us the second-largest employer in Central Oregon. At Bend-La Pine Schools, we believe in educating thriving students and know the importance of supporting our students to become kind and thoughtful humans who engage with the world around them.

The School:
Bend-La Pine Schools welcomes applications of qualified persons interested in the position of principal at Highland Elementary School. Highland is a magnet school, with approximately 400 students drawn from across the district as part of the magnet enrollment process.
Highland’s magnet school focus is the Scottish Storyline method of teaching and all of Highland’s teachers are well-trained in the method, which is based on the theory that knowledge is complex and multi-layered, that learning is guided by one’s prior knowledge and experience, and that learners construct their own meaning through action and experience.

The Search:
Bend-La Pine Schools utilizes a distinct search for each site in search of a Principal to ensure that the right candidate is selected for each school. Applicants who are successful through the screening process will receive an invitation to an in-person interview consisting of various activities at the school site and the district office. A site visit to the finalist’s current school site may be conducted as part of the interview process. All finalists will interview with the Superintendent, who has final decision-making authority.
Qualified applicants should apply online at: and should be prepared to submit an application packet that includes:
A cover letter
Current resume
Three current letters of recommendation
College transcripts
Any other relevant supporting materials

224-day contract
Family medical, dental and vision insurance
Term life and long-term disability insurance
Professional development program and tuition reimbursement
Salary estimate (based on 2022-2023 salary schedule): $114,410 – $121,870
Bend-La Pine Schools, unlike many districts, currently pays the employee’s portion of PERS, a 6% contribution of the employee’s annual salary

Position closes: April 4, 2023
Interviews: April 19th
Projected start date: July 1, 2023

Must hold, or be able to obtain by July 1, 2023, Oregon Administrative Licensure
Record of increasingly responsible positions in education
Successful teaching and administrative experience
Experiences with systems around diversity, equity, inclusion, and trauma-informed practices
Clear understanding of IDEA, TAG, MTSS, ELD, and Title Programs
Understanding of best practices in early literacy and mathematics
Understanding of CCSS and standardized assessments and the ability to use data to lead school improvement efforts
Effective management of school operations that support teaching and learning
Strong communication skills, with a focus on being an exceptional listener, highly visible and approachable to help establish positive, collaborative working relationships with and among students, staff, parents/guardians
Understands and has experience in non-exclusionary practices for student behavior that may include: Collaborative Problem Solving, Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) and Restorative Justice practices
Experience with building collaborative teams and creating a positive and professional working environment for all
Experience in current employment practices, goal setting, and evaluation and support of staff

Elementary school teaching experience
Elementary school administrative experience
Clear knowledge of elementary school scheduling, curriculum, and systems
Instructional leader with a focus on elementary school best practices and enriching curriculum to meet the needs of all learners
Professional experience with leading and building cultural inclusivity with an diverse group of students including, but not limited to, socio-economics, ability level, TAG, Life Skills, multi-lingual, identity and gender preference
Supportive of professional development opportunities and trainings that provide staff collaboration
Listens to and advocates for staff and students
Ability to build and nurture relationships grounded in trust and compassion

Direct additional requests for information to:
Ryan Kelling
Director of Recruitment & Retention
Human Resources Department
Phone: 541-355-1110 Fax: 541-355-1109
520 NW Wall St Bend, OR 97703

Application materials of final candidates may be published. Reference checks will be made and there may be a site visit of the candidate before selection.
Reasonable accommodations for the application and interview process will be provided upon request and as required in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Bend-La Pine Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer.