Association of Christian Schools International

Upper School Principal

Preferred
Salisbury Christian School
Salisbury, Maryland, United States (on-site)
4 days ago

Description

OVERVIEW:

Salisbury Christian School is seeking an innovative, committed, and highly-relational leader to serve as the Upper School Principal. This full-time, year-round position oversees all aspects of the educational programming of Grades 6-12. The incumbent must display a strong commitment to his/her relationship with Christ, value and build a highly collaborative team, and function as a discerning, independent decision maker. Applicants should hold a master’s degree, possess a minimum of 3 years of teaching experience (school administration/supervisory experience strongly preferred), be prepared to articulate an active faith in Jesus Christ, demonstrate exemplary oral and written communication skills, and possess an outstanding understanding of current trends and effective practices in secondary education scheduling, curriculum, and instruction.

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JOB PURPOSE:

The Upper School Principal serves as the chief administrator, educational leader, and spiritual shepherd for the staff and students in Grades 6-12. The Principal is responsible for implementing and managing the policies and procedures established by the Board of Governors and the Head of School to ensure that the vision, mission, and values of Salisbury Christian School are realized in the day-to-day operation of the Upper School. As the leader of the Upper School, the Principal must communicate effectively with staff, students, parents, community members, and colleagues in other schools.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION:

General Leadership:

  • Understand, articulate, and promote the vision, mission, and values of Salisbury Christian School;
  • Establish and promote high Christian standards and expectations for all students and staff to encourage excellent academic performance and Godly character;
  • Model the highest Christ-like behavior consistent with a professional school environment in all interactions with all school stakeholders;
  • Maintain a highly visible presence with students, staff, and parents of the school;
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing with the various elements of the school community;
  • Model Christ-likeness by living clearly within the bounds of Biblical authority;
  • Demonstrate servant leadership in dealing with staff, students, and parents;
  • Take an active interest in the lives of those under his/her authority by getting to know them personally, discovering where they are spiritually and professionally, and helping them take the next steps for growth in these areas;
  • Pray for the school community under his/her charge on a regular basis.

Instructional Supervision and Staff Development:

  • Supervise the secondary instructional programs;
  • Observe classes on a regular basis to evaluate the instructional methods, strategies, and abilities of the staff while providing constructive feedback as needed to promote teacher excellence and growth;
  • Train, evaluate, and encourage the Upper School faculty, providing suitable opportunities for personal and professional growth;
  • Ensure the implementation of the New Teacher Mentoring Program to help new Upper School faculty assimilate to the culture and expectations of SCS;
  • Conduct thorough Upper School teacher evaluation that assesses teaching skills, content knowledge, classroom management, student discipline, and parent communications;
  • Recommend contract renewal or non-renewal of Upper School teachers and staff to the Head of School;
  • Assume primary responsibility to identify, recruit, interview, and recommend Upper School faculty and staff members of excellence for hiring to the Head of School;
  • Ensure that faculty members obtain appropriate continuing education to meet ongoing certification requirements;
  • Evaluate and implement curriculum for 6th – 12th Grades in accordance with academic excellence and a Biblical worldview, including the ongoing evaluation and selection of instructional materials and textbooks;
  • Oversee the implementation and ongoing revision of the SCS Curriculum Maps, in collaboration with the Lower School Principal and Head of School;
  • Ensure alignment between Lower and Upper School educational philosophies, curricular goals, and assessments;
  • Implement effective assessment procedures that monitor individual student growth and performance as well as the school-wide attainment of instructional goals;
  • Analyze appropriate assessment data and make instructional decisions in response to data collected;
  • Oversee the implementation of Resource Services for qualifying Upper School students with the Director of Resource Programs;
  • Review and approve all Upper School field trips and curricular events well in advance while ensuring trips are well supervised and provide a safe environment;
  • Develop and recommend to the Head of School any academic standards, policies, and objectives that need to be implemented or revised.

School Climate and Culture:

  • Promote spiritual health and growth within the Upper School, in collaboration with the Director of Spiritual Life and Administrative team, including direct oversight of chapels, Spiritual Emphasis activities, and times of staff devotions and fellowship;
  • Encourage positive staff morale;
  • Lead regularly scheduled staff meetings for the Upper School faculty to promote open communication and professional development;
  • Meet regularly with Upper School Department Chairs to provide a bridge of communication with teachers;
  • Ensure a safe, orderly educational environment that encourages students to model Christ-like behavior;
  • Implement and participate in a student discipline process that is constructive, encourages Christ-like behavior, and restores relationships;
  • Notify the Head of School immediately of any behavior that poses a risk to other faculty, administrators, or students that could damage the reputation of the school;
  • Maintain appropriate documentation regarding discipline issues;
  • Notify the Head of School, nurse, and any appropriate agencies immediately when there is evidence of substance abuse, child abuse, child neglect, severe medical or social conditions, potential suicide, or students appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances;
  • Supervise appropriate health and guidance services within the Upper School;
  • Address any staff, student, or parent issues in accordance with the principles set forth in Matthew 18 as commanded by Jesus Christ.

Daily Operations and Building Management:

  • Develop the Upper School master schedule, working in cooperation with the Lower School Principal, guidance counselors, faculty, and administrative staff;
  • Ensure that employees follow all applicable school policies, procedures, and contractual agreements;
  • Establish and maintain an inventory system for all Upper School materials and equipment;
  • Promote an attractive, aesthetically pleasing school environment that is conducive to learning;
  • Ensure all students and staff care for and respect the school's physical facilities and resources;
  • Organize, promote, and attend extra and co-curricular programs within the Upper School ensuring that they are implemented in a professional and effective manner;
  • Ensure adherence to all emergency preparedness protocols established by the school;
  • Conduct necessary emergency preparedness drills in collaboration with the Director of Facilities, Lower School Principal, and Head of School;
  • Avoid crisis situations by anticipating problems and making timely, clearly communicated, and effectively implemented decisions.

Parent and Community Relations:

  • Communicate regularly with parents, seeking their support and input, to create a cooperative relationship that supports the students and mission of the school;
  • Include parents, as appropriate, to ensure their involvement and assistance;
  • Implement opportunities for parental involvement and education for the attainment of academic, spiritual, and fellowship goals;
  • Interact with and support initiatives of the Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF);
  • Assist with organizing and developing effective programs for promoting the school to the general public;
  • Promote the incorporation of community resources into the school program;
  • Provide opportunities for Upper School students and staff to serve in the local community.

Financial Management:

  • Work in cooperation with the Head of School and the Business Manager to establish the annual budget;
  • Effectively monitor Upper School expenditures;
  • Implement procedures to ensure that the Upper School operates within the operating budget established for the fiscal year;
  • Make recommendations for both short and long-term needs in all aspects of the Upper School programs;
  • Assist the Head of School and Executive Team members in acquiring resources and outside funding through grants as applicable to Upper School programs. 

SUPPLEMENTAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION:

  • Demonstrate continued personal growth through participation in professional activities and organizations;
  • Communicate frequently with the Head of School and Executive Team;
  • Attend Executive Team meetings and meet regularly with the Head of School for accountability, communication, and planning;
  • Supervise all activities related to maintaining accreditation within the Upper School;
  • Assist the Director of Admissions to interview prospective Upper School families;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.


Requirements

REQUIRED SPIRITUAL QUALITIES:

  • Have received Jesus Christ as your personal Savior;
  • Believe that the Bible is God’s Word and standard for faith and daily living;
  • Be in whole-hearted agreement with Salisbury Christian School’s Foundational documents;
  • Be a Christian role model in attitude, speech, and actions toward others including a commitment to God’s Biblical standards for sexual conduct (Luke 6:40);
  • Be a member in good standing at an evangelical church that has a Statement of Faith in agreement with the SCS Statement of Faith;
  • Show by example the importance of Scripture study and memorization, prayer, witnessing, and unity in the Body of Christ;
  • Have the Spiritual maturity, academic ability, and personal leadership qualities to “train up a child in the way he should go.”

ESSENTIAL PERSONAL QUALITIES:

  • Recognize the role of parents as primarily responsible before God for their children’s education and be prepared to assist them in that task;
  • Demonstrate the qualities of enthusiasm, courtesy, flexibility, integrity, gratitude, kindness, self-control, perseverance, punctuality, organization, and professionalism;
  • Meet everyday stress with emotional stability, objectivity, and optimism;
  • Maintain a personal appearance that is a Christian role model of cleanliness, modesty, and agreement with school policy;
  • Use acceptable English in written and oral communication;
  • Speak with clear articulation;
  • Respectfully submit and be loyal to constituted authority;
  • Notify the administration of inability to support any policy;
  • Refuse to use or circulate confidential information inappropriately;
  • Place administrative ministry ahead of other jobs or volunteer activities;
  • Make an effort to appreciate and understand the uniqueness of the community.

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Minimum 3 years of elementary teaching experience;
  • Minimum 3 years of school administration or supervisory experience strongly preferred.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Master’s degree in Educational Administration, Leadership, or a related field;
  • Administrator certification through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) or eligibility for such certification.

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The work environment at SCS is one typically found in a school setting.  Duties are typically performed in a setting commensurate with the teaching assignment.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.  

The physical demands of the position are ones typically found in a school setting.  The employee must have the ability to:

  • Sit and stand for extended periods of time;
  • Lift and move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • Frequently move about inside campus buildings and outside on the grounds;
  • Exhibit manual dexterity to enter data into a computer;
  • Possess close vision, distance vision, and depth perception;
  • See and read a computer screen and printed material with or without vision aids;
  • Stand, reach, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl;
  • Hear and understand speech at normal classroom levels;
  • Speak in audible tones so as to be understood clearly in normal classrooms.

DISCLAIMER:

Requirements stated herein are minimum levels of skill and/or abilities to qualify for the position.  This document does not in any way create an express or implied contract of any kind, or change the nature of your at will employment.  Salisbury Christian School has the right to revise this job description at any time.  This job description is not a contract for employment, and either the employee or the employer (SCS) may terminate employment at any time for any reason.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 67871160
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Salisbury, Maryland, United States
  • Position Title: Upper School Principal
  • Company Name For Job: Salisbury Christian School
  • Institution: Middle School,High School
  • Role: Principal
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Min Education: Master's Degree
  • Min Experience: 3-5 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%

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