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Principal - Harriet Tubman Middle School

Portland Public Schools

A graduate of Portland Public Schools will be a compassionate critical thinker, able to collaborate and solve problems, and be prepared to lead a more socially just world.
Leaders at the Portland Public Schools District are responsible for the success and well-being of over 49,000 students in over 80 schools and programs each and every day. Our mission is for “Every student by name is prepared for college, career and participation as an active community member, regardless of race, income or zip code”.

The Opportunity
With highly trained teachers and staff; an engaged parent community; strong partnerships, and a focus on closing the racial educational achievement disparities, we are seeking a collaborative, teamwork oriented, passionate leader with demonstrated and focused experience to lead Harriet Tubman Middle School in the 2020-2021 school year..

The Harriet Tubman Middle School Principal will continue to establish an instructional vision and a focused plan for improving student achievement while narrowing the disparities and opportunity gaps between the the various ethnic groups at the school; supervise and support professional educators in strengthening their instructional practices; create a caring community of continuous learning and accountability for all staff and students through a racial equity, social justice and equality focused lens.
The ideal candidate will be an accomplished instructional leader who can set high expectations while maintaining a strong focus on the needs of a diverse student population. The Harriet Tubman Middle School Principal will be knowledgeable about standard-based instruction and assessment, professional learning communities and how to implement and support the learning process for students and staff.

Representative Duties
Promote a positive, safe and conducive climate for learning; create a welcoming environment that reflects and supports the racial and ethnic diversity of the student population and communities served; communicate effectively with students, staff and parents.
Actively engage and advocate for historically underserved families of color, including those whose first language may not be English, as essential partners in their student’s education, school planning and decision-making.
Develop measurable goals for student growth; align with PPS Graduate Portrait, Racial Equity and Social Justice Framework;
Articulate the school's vision to the community and solicit its support in accomplishing the mission; use appropriate and effective techniques to encourage community and parent involvement.
Lead development, evaluation and improvement of instructional programs which provide access and support to rigorous and culturally relevant instruction for all students.
Build a shared leadership team which reflects diverse perspectives.
Develop and mentor others with an emphasis on administrative team members. Use data to lead development of school improvement plans with staff, parents, and community members; develop, maintain, and use information systems to track progress on school performance objectives and academic excellence indicators.
Engage with Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction, and other district partners to ensure depth and breadth of information and planning for staff, students, family and community.
Regularly observe classroom instruction and work to improve employee performance as principal evaluator for employee evaluation systems. Ensure equitable access to curriculum standards, programs, and materials regardless of race or achievement levels.
Collaborate with the surrounding school community and various neighborhood and community partnerships.
Collect baseline and progression data to identify and implement strategies for school improvement initiatives, thus closing the achievement gap..
Identify implementation actions and regularly report on progress.
Ensure facility continues to meet minimum standards of acceptable habitation
Supervise or delegate all school operations, including daily school activities, the development of class schedules, educator and school support staff assignments, and extracurricular activity schedules.
Manage and report on various school budgets and finances; ensure compliance with PPS procedures, policies and state and federal requirements.
Ensure a fair and equitable interview and selection process for open positions. Create a welcoming and supportive environment for new employees.

Minimum Qualifications
A State of Oregon issued Administrative License is required at the time of appointment.
A minimum of two (2) years of successful school administrative leadership experience as a middle school principal in an educational setting with demonstrated results in improving the academic performance of students required.
Special Requirements
Positions in this classification may require the use of a personal automobile and possession of a valid Class C Oregon driver’s license.
Work hours will routinely include on- and off-campus evening and weekend activities and meetings and district, school and student functions.

Preferred Qualifications
Three (3) years’ of successful administrative experience as a middle school principal.
Experience working in a richly diverse school community and environment and bilingual or multilingual skills are preferred.
Experience in building middle school schedules under a single vision.
Ability to translate Portland Public School initiatives and vision to actionable components at the school site level.

Classification and Salary
This position is classified as a School Principal on the Licensed (Certified) Administrator Salary Schedule FLSA Exempt. The Licensed (Certified) Administrator Salary Schedule for MS/K8 Principals can be found here:
For more details, the complete Classification Specification can be viewed here:

Application Instructions:
Apply to Job ID 21058 at Please do not submit your application materials until all requirements have been met. You will not be able to edit, add content or attachments once you submit your on-line application.