Cheektowaga-Sloan Ufsd

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High School Principal

Cheektowaga-Sloan Ufsd
Buffalo, NY Full-time
Posted on March 10, 2019

High School Principal


The position of High School Principal is a vital leadership position in the Cheektowaga-Sloan Union Free School District.  The individual filling this position will provide leadership and direction for faculty, students, support staff, and parents in the total education process.  The individual filling this position will be expected to provide the leadership and expertise required to assure that the potential of each child is maximized during the critical secondary years of his/her educational growth and development.  The High School Principal is expected to continually pursue her/his own professional growth and to model and facilitate such growth in others.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SKILLS: (See attached Job Description for complete responsibilities)

The successful candidate will:

*Be a person of high integrity with strong communication and public relation skills
*Be visionary, cognizant of and committed to the needs of the school and community
*Be a dedicated educator with experience in teaching and administration
*Have the ability to coalesce and build consensus from disparate points of view
*Be able to initiate change and embrace new ideas
*Work collaboratively with all school and district leaders
*Believe that we are here to educate the Whole Child and that all children can learn
*Be committed to the philosophy of high expectations for all students
*Demonstrate critical problem solving skills, coupled with realistic solutions 
*Have knowledge of financial planning and budget preparation
*Maintain an environment where parents are welcome and valued partners in their child’s education
*Value the importance of the principal as instructional leader who is able to work with all staff to    improve teaching and learning
* Have a positive attitude and strong desire to move a school forward toward greater success


*Experience in teaching for at least five years
*Experience as a building leader/administration preferred
*Valid New York State Certification as School Building Leader
*Possess strong verbal and written communication skills  


Cheektowaga-Sloan Union Free School District - Job Description

TITLE: High School Principal

The position of High School Principal is a vital leadership position in the Cheektowaga-Sloan Union Free School District. The individual filling this position will provide high quality leadership and direction for faculty, staff, students, support staff, and parents/families in the complete education process. The individual filling this position will be expected to provide the leadership and expertise required to ensure that the potential of each child is maximized during the critical secondary years of his/her educational growth and development. The notion of educating the Whole Child is part of the District’s Vision and must be embraced by all at JFK High School. The Principal is expected to continually pursue her/his own professional growth and to model and facilitate such growth in others.

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Superintendent of Schools

SUPERVISES: All High School Faculty and Staff Members


Curriculum and Instruction

1. Establishes and maintains a positive and productive learning environment in the school which supports the District’s philosophy of educating the Whole Child. This includes promoting a school culture that focuses on the emotional, physical and intellectual well-being of all High School students.

2. Collaborates and thoughtfully plans with the District’s Leadership Team to ensure that instructional programs are being developed and then monitored and evaluated in connection with the District’s Vision.

3. Makes recommendations and prepares a plan for proposed changes concerning the school’s instructional programs for District Leadership to review and consider. This includes:

a) Reviewing and knowing all instructional materials to be implemented in the school

b) Assisting in the development, revision and evaluation of the instructional programs that are in place

c) Keeping abreast of current information on educational practices and making such information available to all members of the staff to ensure innovative thinking

d) Encourages experimental and innovative programs that will improve instruction and student results—brings ideas forward to District Leadership for review and approval

e) Works in direct connection with the Director of Curriculum and Superintendent regarding ordering and distributing new textbooks/resources for instruction

4. Supervises and leads the development of the master schedule for grades 9-12—works in collaboration with other principals to coordinate shared staff appropriately.

5. Supervises all activities and programs that are extensions of the school’s curriculum.

6. Supervises the administration of all 9-12 assessments and proctoring schedules to guarantee that all NYS requirements are met.

7. Works collaboratively with the Director of Special Education to ensure that special education programming is appropriate for all students who require services.

8. Oversees all building committees to certify that meetings are taking place, plans are being developed and results are being measured on a regular and consistent basis.

Staff and Student Supervision

1. Assumes responsibility for the implementation of and compliance with all Board policies and regulations by staff and students.

2. Supervises all professional, paraprofessional, and non-professional personnel attached to the school. This includes assuming responsibility for administration and supervision of special programs and staff within the building (advanced placement courses, honors courses, remedial instruction, special education, etc.) in conjunction with District policies and procedures.

3. Plans and conducts all staff meetings.

4. Prepares, updates and reviews the faculty and staff handbook each year.

5. Encourages attendance and participation in professional meetings and conferences.

6. Assists the Superintendent and District Leadership in the recruiting, screening, hiring, training, assigning, and evaluating of the school’s professional and support staff.

7. Assists the Director of Curriculum and District Leadership in developing ongoing professional development/training of teachers and staff.

8. Evaluates all staff members regarding their individual and group performance and leads meetings to ensure that all individuals are focused on ways to improve instruction.

9. Records and files conference notes, supervisory reports, and other pertinent data on teacher and staff performance as requested by the Superintendent.

10. Serves as ex officio member of all committees and councils within his/her school.

11. Administers and supervises any local/state/federal grant projects within the building in accordance with district policies and procedures.

12. Reviews, continuously revises as necessary, and enforces the District’s Code of Conduct which maintains high standards for all students and enforces discipline as necessary.

13. Supervises the maintenance of accurate records on student health, performance, and attendance. Collaborates regularly with the school nurse.

14. Works in direct connection with the School’s DASA Coordinator to ensure the most positive, caring and accepting school environment possible.

15. Assumes responsibility for the safety, conduct, and well-being of all students and staff while on school grounds or while under school supervision.

16. Reports to the Superintendent on the progress and attendance of all students.

17. Maintains the educational record of each student in a cumulative manner, per regulation.

Fiscal Management

1. Assists in the management and preparation of the school budget—this includes preparing and submitting the school’s budgetary requests as per the Business Official and Superintendent’s request and monitoring the expenditures of funds based on program and building needs.

2. Carefully reviews teacher and other employee requisitions in relation to budget allotment.

3. Works with department chairs and individual faculty members in compiling the annual budget requests.

Building/Facilities Management

1. Supervises the master teaching schedule and any special assignments to ensure that classes are scheduled appropriately, adequate time is provided for mandated instruction throughout the year, and students’ needs are being met.

2. Assumes responsibility for the safety and administration of the school building and regularly reviews the school’s safety plan with both the safety committee and all staff.

3. Supervises the daily use of the school facilities for both academic and non-academic purposes—this includes making sure that all doors remain locked as per the District plan as well as requiring all visitors to check in at the school office.

4. Plans and supervises fire and lock-down drills, participates in the District’s Safety Team, and files required reports as per regulations.

5. Assists in the safekeeping of the school building, grounds, furniture, educational materials, and other equipment and related properties.

6. Delegates authority to responsible personnel to assume responsibility for the school in the absence of the principal. Notifies the Superintendent whenever absent from the school.

7. Authorizes staff requests for leaves, conferences, and special functions.

8. Ensures data security and confidentiality with staff, student, and family matters.

Public Relations

1. Utilizes resources of the school system and the community in developing an effective educational program that encourages partnerships with businesses and colleges/universities.

2. Receives and reviews complaints or problems concerning individual students and/or the operation of the school. Informs the Superintendent of such issues.

3. Maintains active and positive relationships with students, parents/guardians, and families.

4. Works in direct connection with the School’s PTO which includes attending all PTO monthly meetings—all PTO functions, events, etc. should be reviewed and approved by the building principal.

5. Makes arrangements for special conferences between parents and teachers as necessary.

6. Responds to written and oral requests for information.

7. Attends special events held to recognize student achievement and attends school sponsored activities and functions which may take place before or after school hours.

8. Cooperates and coordinates matters dealing with community based agencies such as social service agencies, law enforcement agencies, etc.

Professional Growth

1. Remains current regarding trends, developments, and research as they pertain to education and school operation by attending professional meetings, actively contributing to leadership meeting discussions, reading professional journals and other publications, and discussing issues of mutual interest with others in the field.

2. Actively participates in all District leadership and curriculum/professional development meetings in order to embrace a collaborative approach as educators.

3. Attends workshops and conferences that relate to the District’s Vision.

District Level Administrative Duties

1. Participates in Leadership meetings, Board meetings, negotiations meetings, and such other meetings as are required or appropriate.

2. Serves as a member of such committees and attends such meetings as directed to by the Superintendent, or his/her designee.

3. Keeps the Superintendent, or his/her designee, informed of the school’s regular activities and concerns, as well as events and activities of an unusual nature.

4. Assumes other such duties as may be deemed necessary by the Superintendent, or his/her designee.

OTHER DUTIES: Performs other duties as assigned by the Superintendent.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Twelve (12) months 

EVALUATION: Performance in this position will be evaluated annually by the Superintendent of Schools.