Principal/Literacy Lead Teacher

Rowe School (Grades K-1)

Yarmouth, ME


Application Deadline: Monday, March 13, 2017


Job Description:

The William H. Rowe School seeks a highly skilled and experienced school administrator to lead its student-centered, 200-student elementary school serving grades K-1.  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.  Consistently one of Maine’s highest performing districts, Yarmouth schools produce standardized test scores among the top 1% in the state by seeking to provide students with innovative and engaging learning opportunities in a variety of settings. Rowe School sets the foundation for this performance in a comfortable setting that responds to each child’s academic and developmental needs.

The Yarmouth School Committee and the community at large expect and support a progressive, student-centered approach, and recognize that the success of Yarmouth’s highly-regarded schools is dependent upon the quality of our teachers, support personnel and administrators.  The community has invested significantly to update the school facilities and infuse technology into all learning spaces.    

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


1.     Master’s degree or higher;

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

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

4.     Experience as an elementary 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.


  1. Work collaboratively with team leaders and learning area leaders to ensure that each course taught at the 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 strategic plan.
  3. Create a school environment in which staff, students and parents develop a sense of trust, participation, understanding and productive interaction.
  4. Encourage and support 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. Provide effective leadership in the development and implementation of the building and district strategic plan.
  7. Communicate progress on the building and district strategic plan to the community.
  8. Assume responsibility for the establishment of a student code of conduct based on the mission and core values of the Yarmouth Schools.
  9. Evaluate the performance of all professional personnel and support staff.
  10. Encourage staff involvement with local, regional, state, and national organizations and networks that support school improvement.
  11. Interview professional and support staff in collaboration with other staff members, parents, and students and make recommendations to the superintendent.
  12. Assume responsibility for recommendations regarding student academic achievement by reviewing student progress reports, grade cards, standardized testing, and the results of local assessments.
  13. Assume responsibility for the effective use of technology to enhance teaching and learning and ensure that our technology presence, including the school web page and social media, remains current and inviting.
  14. Prepare and recommend an annual budget.
  15. Maintain an accurate inventory of textbooks, supplies, equipment, and furniture within the building.
  16. Consult and collaborate with individual students and with groups of students pertinent to school issues and decision-making.
  17. Administer the daily organization of the school including student scheduling, teacher assignments and various student services and activities.
  18. Establish effective communication opportunities with community and parent organizations.
  19. Participate regularly on the system-wide administrative leadership team and other K-12 teams.
  20. Work with other school principals to ensure appropriate transition from building to building.
  21. Chair Individualized Educational Plan Team meetings as appropriate.
  22. Promote the use of school volunteers and other Partners in Education resources.
  23. Interact effectively with Community Services in scheduling building activities.
  24. Interpret School Committee policies to teachers, students, and parents and assists in making recommendations for new policies where changes are needed.
  25. Maintain accurate records and prepare reports as directed by the Superintendent or as otherwise mandated by Maine State Law.
  26. Work with colleagues in developing grants and other opportunities for alternative funding.
  27. Supervise and coordinate the care of the school building with the Director of Maintenance and request necessary maintenance and repairs to keep facilities in proper condition.
  28. Oversee appropriate accounting and control of school funds and student activities accounts.
  29. Keep 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. Assume responsibility for all official school correspondence and releases.
  31. Plan and supervise 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. Perform 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;

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 

Application packets can be:  (1) mailed to Andrew R. Dolloff, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools, Yarmouth School Department, 101 McCartney Street, Yarmouth, ME; or (2) sent electronically to Laurie Brigham at

Application Questions:

This employer has requested that all applicants answer the following questions. It is highly recommended that you type any essays in a word processing program, save them, and then paste them on the proceeding job application page.

1.      Long Essay (Answer limited to 1000 words)

This position is a combined position, with responsibilities divided between providing leadership for the school and supporting teachers and students in the area of literacy instruction and learning.  Please speak to your philosophy, your experience implementing and/or monitoring, and your recommendations for best practice (including all levels of RTI) in the area of literacy instruction for students in Kindergarten and Grade 1.

2.     Long Essay (Answer limited to 1000 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 Rowe School?

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 1600 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.