Frank H. Harrison Middle School Principal

 Application Deadline: February 19, 2016

 Job Description:

Frank H. Harrison Middle School seeks a highly skilled and experienced school administrator to lead its high-performing, 500-student middle school, serving grades 5-8.  The successful candidate will be a collaborative, innovative educational leader with excellent communication skills, the ability to build consensus, an engaging personality, and a love of learning. 

The mission of the Yarmouth School Department is to empower all students to create fulfilling lives in a changing world.  With one-to-one technology for each student and an innovative and engaged teaching staff, Harrison Middle School is an Apple Distinguished School.

The Yarmouth School Committee, and the community at large, expects and supports a progressive, student-centered approach, and recognizes that the success of our highly-regarded schools and co-curricular programming is dependent upon the quality of our teachers, coaches, advisors, and administrators.  The community has invested significantly to update the school and athletic facilities and infuse technology into all learning spaces.    

Located on the Atlantic coast, 15 minutes from Portland, Maine and less than two hours from Boston, Massachusetts, Yarmouth itself is frequently named one of the best places to live in Maine and New England. 

Qualifications:

1.     Master’s degree or higher;

2.     Current and valid certification as a Maine Middle School Principal;

3.     Five (5) years of successful school administrative experience (middle school administrative experience preferred);

4.     Experience as a middle school teacher;

5.     Experience facilitating communication between groups and group decision making;

6.     Effective administrative and management skills;

7.     Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the effective utilization of technology and information management tools.

Responsibilities: 

  1. Works collaboratively with team leaders and learning area leaders to ensure that each course taught at the middle school is based upon Maine’s Learning Results.
  2. Focus staff development time, including release days, Monday afternoon meeting times and other similar opportunities on activities which are compatible with our school improvement plan almost to a fault.
  3. Creates a school environment in which staff, students and parents can develop a sense of trust, participation, understanding and productive interaction.
  4. Encourages and supports professional improvement of staff.
  5. Establish and implement operational policies, procedures, and practices that will promote the vision, mission and core values of the Yarmouth Schools.
  6. Provides effective leadership in the development and implementation of the building and district school improvement plan.
  7. Communicates progress on the building and district school improvement plan to the community.
  8. Assumes responsibility for the establishment of a student code of conduct based on the mission and core values of the Yarmouth schools.
  9. Evaluates the performance of all professional personnel and support staff.
  10. Encourages staff involvement with local, regional, state, and national organizations and networks that support school improvement.
  11. Interviews professional and support staff in collaboration with other staff members, parents, and students and makes recommendations to the superintendent.
  12. Assumes responsibility for recommendations regarding student academic achievement by reviewing student progress reports, grade cards, standardized testing, and the results of local assessments.
  13. Assumes responsibility for the effective use of technology to enhance teaching and learning and ensures that our technology presence, including the school web page and social media, remains current and inviting.
  14. Prepares and recommends an annual budget.
  15. Maintains an accurate inventory of textbooks, supplies, equipment, and furniture within the building.
  16. Consults and collaborates with individual students and with groups of students pertinent to school issues and decision-making.
  17. Administers the daily organization of the school including student scheduling, teacher assignments and various student services and activities.
  18. Establishes effective communication opportunities with community and parent organizations.
  19. Participates regularly on the system-wide administrative leadership team and other K-12 teams.
  20. Works with other school principals to ensure appropriate transition from building to building including Portland Arts and Technology High School and any other schools Yarmouth students may attend.
  21. Chairs Individualized Educational Plan Team meetings as appropriate.
  22. Promotes the use of school volunteers and other Partners in Education resources.
  23. Interacts effectively with Community Services in scheduling building activities.
  24. Interprets School Committee policies to teachers, students, and parents and assists in making recommendations for new policies where changes are needed.
  25. Maintains accurate records and prepares reports as directed by the Superintendent or as otherwise mandated by Maine State Law.
  26. Works with colleagues in developing grants and other opportunities for alternative funding.
  27. Supervises and coordinate the care of the school building with the Director of Maintenance and requests necessary maintenance and repairs to keep facilities in proper condition.
  28. Oversees appropriate accounting and control of school funds and student activities accounts.
  29. Keeps the Superintendent informed of events and activities of an unusual nature, as well as routine matters related to the Superintendent’s or School Committee’s interests.
  30. Assumes responsibility for all official school correspondence and releases.
  31. Plans and supervises fire drills and an emergency preparedness program in accordance with legal requirements and established school system procedures or as outlined in the Crisis Response Manual.
  32. Performs all other duties as assigned by the Superintendent.


Application Requirements:

All applicants must submit the following online as part of their application for consideration: 

1.     Completion of the online Administrative Application from our website;

2.     Cover Letter;

3.     Current Resume;

4.     Official College Transcripts;

5.     Three letters of Reference;

6.     Response to essay questions;

7.     Proof of Certification

8.     Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required.

Application Instructions:

·       Applications will not be considered until all of the following information is provided:

·       Completed Online Administrative Application

·       Cover Letter

·       Current Resume 

·       Official College Transcripts 

·       Three Reference Letters

·       Proof of Principal Certification

·       Send all materials to:  Andrew R. Dolloff, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools, Yarmouth School Department, 101 McCartney Street, Yarmouth, ME  04096 by 4:00 p.m., February 19, 2016.

Application Questions:

This employer has requested that all applicants answer the following questions.

1.     Long Essay (Answer limited to 500 words)

Please explain your interest in the Yarmouth School Department and this position in particular.  Please include why you believe you would be an exceptional principal for Frank H. Harrison Middle School.

2.     Long Essay (Answer limited to 500 words)

What does our mission statement (“Empowering All Students to Create Fulfilling Lives in a Changing World”) say to you, and how would you see your leadership style furthering that mission at HMS?

3.     Short Essay (Answer limited to 250 words)

In your view, what is the purpose of teacher evaluation, and what is your preferred method for providing feedback to teachers regarding instruction?


District Information:

Yarmouth School Department

Yarmouth Schools serve just over 1580 students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 in the beautiful New England town of Yarmouth, Maine. Located ten miles north of Portland, Maine’s largest city, and bordered to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, Yarmouth is one of the more picturesque, yet accessible, communities north of Boston. Performance indicators of every type point to the Yarmouth schools being among the finest in New England, both on the academic scale and in terms of our co-curricular and community service offerings. Highly qualified staff, motivated students, and engaged parents are our greatest resources, complemented by significant instructional technology, community investment in education, and well-maintained, updated facilities. Our mission, “Empowering All Students to Create Fulfilling Lives in a Changing World” directs our work each day, and we strive to send our graduates into the world ready to learn, work, and contribute positively in a dynamic society. For more information about our schools, please browse our website, or call 207.846.5586.

 

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Yarmouth School Department is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.