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Planning Principal - Kellogg 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”.

With highly trained teachers and staff; an engaged parent community; strong partnerships, and a focus on closing the racial educational achievement gap, PPS is committed to a major transformation and we are actively seeking talented, driven professionals who are energized by big challenges. 

If you are solution-oriented, a strong communicator and collaborator, and passionate about urban education, then this is the place for you! Read more about PPS, our schools and programs, and beautiful Portland, Oregon, at the bottom of the posting.

The Opportunity

The Kellogg Middle School Planning Principal will become the instructional leader of a comprehensive middle school, responsible for establishing an instructional vision and a focused plan for improving student achievement; monitoring and supervising instruction; supporting teachers in improving their instructional practice; creating a community of continuous learning for all staff and students; and fostering a culture of high expectations for all students. In addition, the principal is charged with building strong partnerships with families and community, creating a safe, supportive school climate, and effectively managing operational, technical and staff issues to promote instructional progress.

Reporting to the Area Senior Director and Regional Superintendent, the Kellogg Middle School Planning Principal will assume full responsibility for the planning and opening of a middle school beginning July 1, 2020.  At the conclusion of the planning period, the planning principal will transition to being the principal in the fall 2021. The planning principal will work to plan and prepare for the school’s opening including planning and leading community meetings to establish a shared vision, mission, culture and academic focus of the school. Anticipated duties would include but are not limited to:

Development of innovative middle school programming as part of the middle school redesign process.

Partner with Facilities, Enrollment & Planning, and other support staff during the planning phase. 

Collaborate with the surrounding school community and various neighborhood and community partnerships. 

Engage with Office of School Performance, Office of Student Support Services, Office of Teaching and Learning, Office of System Performance, Office of Human Resources, and other district partners to ensure depth and breadth of information and planning for staff, students, family and community.

Statement of Accountability 

Student achievement in a performance-based school is a shared responsibility involving the student, family, educators, and the community. The Principal's leadership is essential.  As leader, the Principal is accountable for the continuous growth of students and increased building performance as measured over time by state standards and locally determined indicators.

Representative Duties

Promote a positive, safe and caring 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. 

Lead development, evaluation and improvement of instructional programs which provide access and support to rigorous and culturally relevant instruction for all students. 

Help define 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. 

Develop measurable goals for student growth; align with PPS Global Graduate  and the PPS Equity Goals; collect baseline and progression data to identify and implement strategies for improvement. Identify implementation actions and regularly report on progress. 

Supervise or delegate all school operations, including daily school activities, the development of class schedules, teacher 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.

Understand the needs of a diverse population of students (including, but not limited to Socioeconomic status, English Language Learners, and Special Education).

Collaborate with the planning/leadership team on developing and communicating a positive school culture. 

Develop and foster community connections that will enhance the educational experience of all students.

Model and instill a belief in the school team that all students can learn. 

Utilize existing systems and supports that provide opportunities for all students.

Other duties may be assigned as needed

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.

Preferred Qualifications

Three (3) years’ experience of successful administrative experience as a middle school principal. 

Experience with the design thinking process and the ability to inspire adults to create innovative classroom experiences for children.  

Experience working in a richly diverse school community and environment and bilingual or multilingual skills are preferred. 

Experience in building middle school schedules and uniting multiple schools together under a single vision.

Demonstrated ability to lead systemic change and successfully implement reform initiatives that produce significant gains in closing the achievement gap. 

Demonstrated knowledge of high leverage, research-based instructional strategies and models for improving instructional practices.

Effective interpersonal skills in managing and interacting with diverse groups of stakeholders.

Understand and meet the needs of culturally diversified communities including needs of students in poverty.

Ability to handle intense or controversial situations with levity and humor.

Excellent time management and organizational skills.

Demonstrated ability to manage conflict through quality decision-making and effective problem solving.

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:…%202/3

The hiring process will begin in January, 2021.

Application Instructions

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.