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To serve as the chief administrator of a school in developing and implementing policies, programs, curriculum activities, and budgets in a manner that promotes the educational development of each student and the professional development of each staff member..



Screens, selects, directs and evaluates performance of certificated and classified staff members.

Relates to students with mutual respect while carrying out a positive and effective discipline policy.

Communicates effectively with the business and residential community and participates in civic activities.

Motivates employee performance and enhances morale.

Administers a balanced budget and operates a school under a decentralized management system.

Understands the underlying philosophy for the school that matches the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical needs of the students.

Demonstrates positive attitude toward job and remains a flexible and innovative team builder.

Supervises and manages site operation to assure safety and efficiency.

Develops master schedules and calendars which maximize the possible achievement of program objectives.

Ability to visualize and implement change.

Completes random moment in time studies as required by MAC program guidelines.

Performs other related duties as needed.



Master’s degree or higher with successful assistant principal experience.  Must be NC Licensed in administration.



Must be physically able to operate a variety of equipment including computers, copiers, etc.  Must be physically able to operate a motor vehicle.  Must be able to exert up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. 

Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable, functional, structural, or composite characteristics of data, people or things.

Requires the ability to read a variety of correspondence, reports, forms, articles, proposals, contracts, etc.  Requires the ability to prepare correspondence, reports, forms, evaluations, policies, etc. using prescribed formants.

Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form; and to deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; to add and subtract; multiply and divide; utilize decimals and percentages; and to apply the principles of descriptive statistics, statistical inference and statistical theory.

Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions.  Must be adaptable to performing under stress and when confronted with emergency situations.



Conceptualizes the broad goals of the school and plans accordingly to ensure that procedures and schedules are implemented to carry out the total school program.

Ensures that the school program is compatible with the legal, financial, and organizational structure of the school system.  The principal defines the responsibilities and accountability of staff members and develops plans for interpreting the school program to the community.

Provides activities which facilitate the professional growth of the school staff and enhance the quality of the instructional program.

Identifies the annual objectives for the instructional, extra-curricular and athletic programs of the school.

Ensures those instructional objectives for a given subject and/or classroom are developed, and involve the faculty and others in the development of specific curricular objectives to meet the needs of the school program.  The principal provides opportunities for staff participation in the school program.

Establishes, implements and evaluates procedures used to carry out the daily routine of the school.

Evaluates student progress in the instructional program by means that include the maintaining of up-to-date student data.  The principal supervises and appraises the performance of the school staff.

Maintains inter-school system communications and seeks assistance from central office staff to improve performance.  The principal maintains good relationships with students, staff and parents. 

Orients and assists new staff members and new students and provides opportunities for their input into the school program.

Encourages the use of community resources, cooperates with the community in the use of school facilities, interprets the school program for the community, and maintains communication with community members.

Manages, directs and maintains records on the materials, supplies, and equipment, which are necessary to carry out the daily school routine.  The principal involves the staff in determining priorities for instructional supplies.

Organizes, oversees, and provides support to the various services, supplies, materials, and equipment provided to carry out the school program.  The principal makes us of community resources.


REPORTS TO:      Superintendent

FSLA STATUS:    Exempt


The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to this job.