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The Principal will manage school operations and provide strong management and leadership to our teachers and staff members. The ideal candidate will be active in the community and make themselves available for parent consultations and discussing the educational needs of individual students. The Principal will also be responsible for ensuring that every teacher has the resources they need to meet the state’s curriculum requirements. The Principal will be responsible for ensuring all applicable laws are followed and all standards with the school’s authorizer.


  • Create a positive school climate that is conducive to teaching and learning.
  • Plan, develop and implement curricular programs to meet the needs of struggling students.
  • Maintain a clean and safe physical environment.
  • Evaluate instructional and non-instructional staff.
  • Create benchmarks for students and teachers and track progress towards those goals.
  • Provide assistance to teachers in planning, classroom management, student evaluation, and the delivery of the instructional process.
  • Assist in implementing curriculum design, planning, instructional strategies, and delivery methods for improvement of instruction.
  • Provide guidance to the school’s network of student leaders and challenge those leaders to make the school a better place.
  • Secure sustained parent and community involvement in all programs that affect the local school.
  • Participate and oversee in school level committees and family engagement activities.
  • Participate in and/or conduct staff professional development activities.
  • Manage the selection, training and implementation of the state’s standards and initiatives.
  • Organize, analyze and interpret school data to promote a data driven curriculum.
  • Coordinate activities with auxiliary staff including, but not limited to Social Workers, transportation and extracurricular.
  • Attend Board of Directors and Grand Valley State University meetings as well as other meetings as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as needed.


Education and Experience

The Principal will be a seasoned and mature leader preferably with special education knowledge, with an emphasis on the child welfare system as well as alternative education programs and services offered throughout Michigan.

  • Master’s Degree in Educational Administration or related field.
  • State of Michigan Scholl of Administration Certification or certification in process.
  • Administrative or leadership experience.
  • Minimum 5 years of classroom teaching experience.
  • Experience working with serious emotional disorder (SED) at-risk youth between the ages of 6 – 18 preferred.
  • Must meet the State’s Moral Character standard.

Knowledge Requirements:

  • Computer and software applications (Windows, MS Office, Internet applications, Parent Connect, etc.) necessary to perform the duties of the position.
  • State high school and grade school content expectations (HSCE and GLCE)
  • Methods for providing differentiated instruction to at-risk children.
  • Student assessment strategies.
  • The behavior patterns of youth and methods of interacting with and redirecting children.

Skills and Abilities Needed:

  • Effectively communicate verbally and in writing with agency staff and government officials.
  • Demonstrate leadership and integrity.
  • Motivate, develop, and direct people as they work; identify the best people for the job.
  • Manage time and multiple priorities; meet deadlines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public.  
  • Handle sensitive and confidential situations and documentation.
  • Be collaborative and flexible, with a strong service mentality.
  • Appropriately handle physical and emotional behavior of the youths that may involve adversarial or hostile situations.
  • Attend training and travel offsite for meetings and seminars.
  • Possess a high degree of personal accountability, responsibility and independent decision making abilities with the skills to plan, organize, develop, implement and interpret programs, goals, objectives, policies and procedures of the organization.
  • Work flexible hours, when needed, which may include some evenings and weekends.  
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