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Principal - Mercer Island High School

Mercer Island School District
Closing date: 
Monday, March 2, 2020

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Interview process:
. First interviews will begin the week of March 9th.
. Committee interviews on March 16th.
. Final interviews on March 17th.

Pay and benefit details:
. Current pay range is $164,566 - $170,404 (19/20 rate - 20/21 rate not yet available)
. The management work calendar is 260 days per year with the following leave days: 12 sick, 5 personal, 14 holidays and 28 vacation.
. Management positions receive a technology stipend of $2,500 and an annual Professional Growth Fund of $2,000

Position Purpose:
Provide leadership and oversee administrative responsibilities for Mercer Island High School

. Provides positive, collaborative and culturally sensitive leadership to staff and students.
. Supervises staff consistent with collective bargaining agreements and Board Policy 1, Values, Mission and Vision.
. Develops and implements School Improvement Plan (SIP).
. Communicates clearly and effectively with different audiences in oral presentation and in written communication.
. Maintains regular communications to all associated stakeholders and associated community (PTSA newsletters, student communication, Principal’s Cabinet, etc.).
. Fosters and maintains collaborative relationships with students, staff and the community.
. Follows all other Board Policies, contract requirements and administrative procedures.
. Participates in, oversees and delegates, as necessary, the timely completion of IEP’s, District reports, employee evaluations, budgets, staffing-documentation, and other required reporting responsibilities.
. Takes necessary and reasonable precautions to ensure the physical safety of students, staff, and community members visiting the school.
. Implement, monitor, and/or maintain systems, practices, and procedures necessary to protect against damage or loss of facilities and equipment.
. Oversees the inspection of school facilities for the purpose of ensuring that the site is suitable for safe operations, maintained in an attractive and clean condition, and/or identifies necessary repairs needed.
. Maintains a visible presence throughout the school and attends school events as appropriate.
. Supervises building level administrative team and oversees the delegation of staff supervision.
. Oversees the building of a course master schedule that allows students to achieve graduation requirements.
. Coordinates and handles annual allocation of staffing & is responsible for hiring all building staff.
. Develops and implements course selections and course approvals.
. Participates in event supervision.
. Provides instructional leadership and leads/delegates professional development for building.
. Incorporates the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of decisions.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
. Provides overall supervision of associate principals or other administrators assigned to the building.
. Provides overall supervision of all certificated and classified staff.

Education and/or Experience:
. Master’s degree or higher preferred.
. Administrative experience required, secondary experience preferred.
. Possess a valid Washington State Secondary Principal’s credential or qualify for immediate issuance of a valid Washington State Administrative credential required.

Qualification Requirements:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

. A visible instructional leader who genuinely demonstrates a profound passion for student learning and engages with all students and staff.
. A visionary leader committed to continuous learning and student success with demonstrated ability to lead progressive change.
. A leader who acts with courage and confidence when encountering obstacles, tough issues, decision-making, or changes in strategy or direction.
. A proven leader and skilled manager with an inclusive leadership style that empowers faculty and staff to think and act creatively in addressing Mercer Island High School’s challenges.
. A strategic thinker who supports participatory planning to: (1) determine institutional priorities that guide the use of resources, and (2) establish high school-wide policies.
. A person who inspires confidence and trust within and outside Mercer Island High School
. An active listener who works for shared understanding and productive dialogue
. A person who is comfortable with open dialogue with students, parents, faculty, and staff, and has the ability to nurture an atmosphere of collegiality, shared inquiry, shared responsibility and collective accomplishment.
. Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to deal with often difficult and disagreeable people.
. Ability to perform duties in accordance with all district and State requirements and policies.