The Principal of the Lower Primary School is responsible for the educational leadership and management of 5K - Grade 2 (250 students and 30 faculty) and may assume other school-wide responsibilities as determined annually by the Head of Primary School. This Primary School leadership position requires an extraordinary educational leader, one with advanced written and verbal communication skills, and a highly developed level of interpersonal empathy. The successful candidate will be able to navigate complex cultures, and demonstrate an intercultural mindset.
Salary and Benefits
The salary range for this position is outlined by the Principal’s pay-scale and benefits. Initial placement on the scale will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.
Reports to: Head of Primary School
Department: Primary School (5K - Grade 2)
Supports and advances the mission, vision and strategic plan of the school.
Supports student learning and achievement through collaborative effort research based educational leadership, teaching and learning.
Supports and promotes the goals of the IB programme.
Supports and advances international education.
Essential Duties and Key Responsibility Areas
Instructional Leadership and Student Progress: The Principal of the Lower Primary School effectively develops, aligns and executes a plan of action for monitoring the curriculum and implementing the instructional and assessment strategies that result in student progress consistent with the mission and school-wide goals.
Ensures that the focus is on whole-child development and achievement.
Models and shares what great teachers do differently and is familiar with pedagogical research and best practice approaches to teaching and learning.
Facilitates the analysis of current achievement data as well as trends over time. Assists faculty teams in using data as a tool to improve student learning.
Collaboratively develops, implements and monitors improvement plans that result in reducing achievement gaps, improving academic growth and whole-child development.
Works with teachers to monitor student progress through analysis of multiple measures of data and applies research-based educational strategies to meet student-learning needs.
Ensures teachers use technology and other available resources safely for the successful implementation of effective instructional strategies.
Monitors and evaluates the use of diagnostic, formative and summative assessments to guide instructional practice and provide timely and accurate feedback to student and parents.
Provides collaborative leadership for the design and implementation of effective and flexible schedules that protect and maximize instructional time.
In collaboration with curriculum coordinators, facilitates professional learning and participates in professional development alongside teachers.
Supports teachers in their understanding and practice as co-teachers who must collaborate and share planning for the benefit of the student’s learning.
Leads the team to meet student-learning goals and keeps student learning at the center through use of: faculty meetings, grade level meetings, Pro D activities and conferences.
Provides evidence that students are meeting measurable goals and communicates results to appropriate stakeholders.
Ensure articulation of policies and procedures across school section and the whole school, with particular attention to the 4K/5K and Grade 2-3 transitions.
School Climate: The Principal of the Lower Primary School develops and nurtures an internationally minded, balanced, academically rigorous, positive, safe school climate.
Uses their knowledge of the school community to cultivate a positive, engaging, and balanced learning environment.
Models and collaboratively promotes clear and appropriately rigorous expectations of: mutual respect, concern and empathy for students, staff, parents and school community.
Uses shared decision-making and collaboration (where appropriate) to build relationships with student, staff, families and the school community.
Models and encourages creativity and innovation by students, staff and school community to promote growth and change.
Works with all students, staff and school community in a way that empowers students to take responsibility for their own growth and development.
Implements and monitors a safety plan that manages situations in a proactive, effective and timely manner.
Involves student, staff and the school community to create and sustain a positive safe and healthy living environment.
Implements and supports consistent behavior management strategies that are respectful of the student with the aim of strengthening them so they deal with a similar situation better next time.
Listens and responds to the concerns of students, staff families and community members in a visible and approachable manner.
Respects and promotes the concept of the “whole child” and the appreciation of international mindedness.
Intentionally and explicitly promotes inter-cultural competency and works to develop a climate of equity, inclusion and diversity for the students and parents, faculty and staff of AIS.
Human Resources Leadership: The Principal of the Lower Primary School participates in the selection, orientation, assignment, development, evaluation and retention of quality instructional and support personnel.
Participates in the selection of highly effective staff, as requested.
Supports orientation and mentoring processes to assist all new personnel.
Makes appropriate recommendations relative to personnel assignment, retention, promotion and dismissal consistent with established policies and procedures.
Recognizes teacher and staff contributions and provide them with professional development opportunities and encourage leadership responsibilities.
Collects data about faculty and staff absences, tardy, missed meetings, extra responsibilities and effectively shares information with HR.
Conducts the annual professional growth appraisal process for designated faculty and supports this process for all staff members.
Develops and meets personal, annual SMART Goals as part of the professional growth process.
Solicits feedback about personal effectiveness in role of Principal through student, teacher and/or parent surveys linked to the Principal’s performance standards and indicators.
Organizational Management: The Principal of the Lower Primary School supports, manages and oversees the organization operation and use of resources for his/her area of responsibility.
Demonstrates and communicates a working knowledge and understanding of and compliance with the school policies and procedures.
Ensures that rules and procedures are in place and enforced to provide a safe, secure efficient, and orderly learning environment.
Collaborates with facilities, health services, admissions, co-curricular programs, etc.. to ensure safety and appropriateness of school setting.
Identifies and plans for organizational operational and resource related issues and resolves them in a timely consistent and effective manner.
Secures, monitors and allocates financial, technological and other resources under his/her control to maximize improvements aligned to the school’s mission and goals.
Ensures systems and structures are in place and used to support efficiency, consistency and clarity in his/her area of responsibility.
Assists the Head of Primary in developing and implementing the budget in accordance with strategic plan.
Assists in the implementation of calendars, duty rosters, substitute teacher rosters, etc… as assigned.
Assists in keeping school communications (website, handbooks and policies, etc…) current.
Collaborates to coordinate special events (UN day, Thanksgiving, etc..)
Works with the admissions team to attract potential new students and screen them.
Communication and Community Relations: The Principal of the Lower Primary School effectively communicates and collaborates, engaging stakeholders to promote understanding, support and continuous improvement of the school’s programs and services aligned with the school’s mission.
Maintains high visibility and accessibility to students, faculty and staff, families and community.
Solicits input to promote effective decision-making, communication and positive relationships.
Communicates in a timely manner (acknowledgement within 24 hours) via telephone, email and in person.
Speaks and writes in a clear effective and appropriate manner.
Advocates for students and student learning.
Ensures the communication of pertinent information to the Head of the Primary school in a timely manner and maintains confidentiality.
Promotes effective school-family relationships.
Communicates expectations to students, parents and teachers.
Leads difficult conversations and shows excellent skills in conflict management.
Participates in school functions, parent meetings and other such occasions as necessary.
Monitors teacher updates and professional online presence to ensure consistency, appropriateness and relevance of communication.
Professionalism: The Principal of the Lower Primary School demonstrates behavior consistent with the legal, ethical and professional standards, engages in continuous professional development and contributes to the profession.
Works within ethical, legal and professional guidelines and adheres to and models the school’s core values.
Models professional behavior daily, both in and out of school (ex: confidentiality. attitude, appearance and demeanor, use of social media, drug and alcohol use, etc…)
Contributes to, enhances and supports the development of the profession through service to the educational community (accreditation teams, inter school committees, presenter & researcher).
Participates in professional growth opportunities and applies knowledge and skills to positively improve school effectiveness.
Additional Skills and Requirements
It is expected that candidates for this position will be highly qualified educators able to lead a faculty in order to facilitate a community learning environment and IB learning outcomes for our Lower Primary School students. Characteristics of the ideal person for this position would include:
Excellent technology skills.
Extensive experience with primary curriculum and programs.
Successful teaching experience in IBPYP or inquiry/trans-disciplinary.
Experience as an effective primary school leader.
Master’s Degree or higher degree preferred.
International teaching and/or administrative experience preferred.
Proficiency in a second language preferred.
The deadline for applications is December 10, 2018. AIS reserves the right to fill the position as soon as they find the right candidate. Please send your curriculum vitae and cover letter to email@example.com, using ‘Principal of Lower Primary School’ as your subject heading. We will contact those whose skills and experience best match our needs.
About Atlanta International School
Atlanta International School, nestled in the historic campus designed by Philip Shutze in the heart of Buckhead, is an educational blend of Atlanta's old tradition and the pioneering international strength of present-day Atlanta.
As the innovator of a global curriculum for future leaders, AIS offers a program of academic excellence to American and international students, beginning with three-year-old kindergarten and culminating in grade 12 with the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma.International Baccalaureate (IB) followed from three-year-old Kindergarten through grade 12 from Primary Years Programme (PYP) through Middle Years Programme (MYP) to Diploma Programme (DP). Accredited by Council of International Schools (CIS), AdvancED and Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) as well as authorized by International Baccalaureate (IBO) to offer IB programs.