Elementary School Principal

Kansas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Feb 25, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Principal - Elementary


Purpose Statement

The job of Elementary Principal is done for the purpose/s of providing instructional leadership to promote the educational well-being of each student; directing overall site operations, services, and staff at an elementary school; providing information and serving as a resource to others; enforcing established policies and regulatory requirements; coordinating school activities; addressing issues, situations and/or problems that arise on campus or with enrolled students; and serving on the District Leadership Team.


This job reports to Superintendent.


Essential Functions

  • Chairs meetings (e.g. curriculum, safety, site advisory, special district committees, etc.) for coordinating activities and ensuring that outcomes achieve school, district and/or state objectives.
  • Delegates responsibility for a variety of administrative functions to Assistant Principal and other personnel for managing the workload more efficiently.
  • Develops budgets and financial forecasts for providing financial guidance and recommendations to administrative personnel, Superintendent and/or governing Board. Evaluates assigned personnel for ensuring that standards are achieved, and performance is maximized.
  • Facilitates communication between personnel, students and/or parents (e.g. resolution to student issues, assistance to families, counselor opportunities, community resource provision, academic preparedness, etc.) for evaluating situations, solving problems and/or resolving conflicts.
  • Implements Professional Learning opportunities for equipping staff with current, research-based practices.
  • Implements policies, procedures and/or processes for providing direction and/or complying with mandated requirements.
  • Manages school administrative functions (e.g. facility maintenance, budget, staffing, etc.) for maintaining safe and efficient school operations within district guidelines.
  • Prepares a wide variety of materials (e.g. quantity reports, student activities, correspondence, etc.) for documenting activities, providing written reference, and/or conveying information.
  • Presents information (e.g. budget overviews, accounting processes, distribution formulas, etc.) for communicating information, gaining feedback and ensuring adherence to established internal controls.
  • Provides collaborative educational leadership support to teachers (e.g. communication, holding accountable expectations for high level staff and student performance, recognizing achievement and excellence, etc.) for ensuring optimal professional instructional performance and optimal student learning outcomes.
  • Represents the school within community forums for maintaining ongoing community support for educational goals and/or assisting with issues related to school environment.
  • Researches alternate funding sources for maintaining the efficient operation of the school.
  • Supervises instructional personnel for monitoring performance, providing for professional growth and achieving overall objectives of school's curriculum.


Other Functions

  • Performs other related duties as assigned (e.g. outside of contract hours, etc.) for ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.


Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities


SKILLS are required to perform multiple, technical tasks with a need to periodically upgrade skills to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: planning and managing projects; using pertinent software applications; preparing and maintaining accurate records; administering personnel policies; analyzing budgets; analyzing data; applying curriculum and instructional techniques; classifying data and/or information; comparing results; conducting meetings; counseling and mentoring employees; critical observation; enforcing discipline policies; estimating required resources; interviewing techniques and practices; and investigating problems.


KNOWLEDGE is required to perform algebra and/or geometry; review and interpret highly technical information, write technical materials, and/or speak persuasively to implement desired actions; and analyze situations to define issues and draw conclusions.  Specific knowledge-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include pertinent codes, policies, regulations and/or laws; conflict resolution; bookkeeping principles; concepts of management and supervision; business telephone etiquette; cost/fund accounting; health standards and hazards; practices of personnel administration; funding sources; optimal operational processes; safety practices and procedures; and stages of child development.


ABILITY is required to schedule a number of activities, meetings, and/or events; gather, collate, and/or classify data; and use job-related equipment. Flexibility is required to independently work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; analyze data utilizing defined but different processes; and operate equipment using standardized methods. Ability is also required to work with a diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with a variety of data; and utilize job-related equipment. Independent problem solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans. Problem solving with data frequently requires independent interpretation of guidelines; and problem solving with equipment is limited to moderate. Specific ability based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: communicating with diverse groups; maintaining confidentiality; setting priorities; working as part of a team; working with frequent interruptions; creating a positive school climate for students, staff and community; motivating staff; adapting to changing work priorities; accuracy and attention to detail; analyzing issues and determining appropriate course of action; being available on-call; diffusing argumentative behavior; displaying tact and courtesy; meeting deadlines and schedules; organizing tasks; and working with detailed information/data.




Responsibilities include working independently under broad organizational guidelines to achieve unit objectives; managing multiple departments; directing the use of budgeted funds within a work unit. Utilization of significant resources from other work units is routinely required to perform the job's functions. There is a continual opportunity to impact the organization’s services.


Work Environment

The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling, some stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires 50% sitting, 25% walking, and 25% standing.  The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and under conditions with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness.


Experience: Previous experience as a principal, preferred.


Education: Master’s degree in job-related area.




Required Testing                                             Certificates and Licenses

                                                                        Administrators Credential


Continuing Educ. / Training                            Clearances

Maintains Certificates and/or Licenses          Criminal Background Clearance


FLSA Status                          BOE Approval Date                          Salary Grade

Exempt                                September 3, 2019                                             


Notice of Nondiscrimination

Geary County USD #475 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and/or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For questions or complaints based on race, color, national origin, sex or age, please contact the USD 475 Executive Director of Personnel Services, 123 N. Eisenhower, Junction City, KS 66441. Telephone: 785.717.4000. For questions or complaints based on disability, please contact the USD 475 Executive Director of Special Education, 123 N. Eisenhower, Junction City, KS 66441. Telephone: 785.717.4000.