Interim Associate High School Principal - #494877

Ames Community School District

Date: 10/14/2021 11:30 AM

City: Cambridge, Iowa

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

  • JobID: 659

  • Position Type:

    Administration/Associate Principal

    Date Posted:



    Ames High School

    Closing Date:

    Open until filled

    Join Ames Community School District, where your journey matters! ACSD promotes an educational environment that is racially, ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse to broaden students' academic experience and to enrich our District. We are focused on creating and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the organizational culture and in our community.

    Ames High School is seeking an Interim Associate High School Prinicipal for the 2021-2022 school year.


    The mission of the Ames Community School District is to ensure that all learners develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, and personal esteem necessary to grow in and shape a changing society


    Under the direction of theHigh School Principal, the Interim High School Associate Principal serves as an instructional leader and key administrator of the high school. Areas of responsibility include assisting in administering assigned educational programs and activities, student supports, planning, curriculum development, program evaluation, student activities, personnel management, financial management, emergency procedures, resource scheduling, facilities operations, school climate, and community relations for the building. The Associate Principal will help promote the District's purpose of developing and maintaining critically conscious staff and processes and procedures aligned to the District's priorities.

    Supervisory Relationship

    The high school associate principal directly or indirectly supervises Ames high certified and classified staff as assigned by the High School Principal.

    Distinguishing Characteristics

    This position requires demonstrated expertise in educational programs, curriculum, pedagogy, professional development, and culturally sustaining instructional strategies. This position also requires directly related administrative experience to ensure success in a high school leadership role.

    This administrative experience includes the ability to lead collaboratively, support and promote diversity, foster a student-centered approach leading to student engagement and success, and the ability to create and maintain an emotionally healthy and physically safe school culture. This position has supervisory responsibilities for planning, assigning, supporting, and evaluating the work of licensed and classified employees. This position requires strong communication and relationship building skills with both internal and external stakeholders.

    Responsibilities/Essential Functions:
      Ensures that all aspects of school operations (including physical plant, safety, and crisis management, discipline, safety drills) run smoothly and efficiently
      Organizes, manages, and implements all standardized testing within the building; including staff training, maintaining accurate and complete records, coordinating distribution and collection of secure test materials and administering tests in accordance with the established test calendar
      Assists the principal for the purpose of preparation of the school budget
      Organizes and implements day-to-day management, which may include, but is not limited to:

        Scheduling Educational Assistants
        Supervising students during lunch periods
      Performing state and federal reporting functions
      Managing bussing, in collaboration with District personnel and external vendor
      Supervises Special Education in collaboration with Special Education Director

        Ensure IEP compliance
        Ensure 504 compliance
      Achieves academic excellence, which focus on closing the achievement and opportunity gaps for traditionally underserved students, ensuring equity in high school services and cultivating diversity in leadership positions
      Ability to lead, encourage, motivate, and support all members of the school staff and community.
      Communicates effectively and fosters collaboration with all stakeholder groups, including students, families, staff members, and members of the community
      Establishes and promotes high standards and expectations for all students and staff
      Provides instructional leadership focusing creating a shared vision for a safe and welcoming school climate and culture
      Serves as the instructional leader demonstrating collaborative leadership skills, making tough decisions, and leading a cohesive team
      Plans, designs, and conducts follow-through strategies for teaching and learning designed to meet the differentiated and individualized needs of students and the educational community
      Leads inclusive decision-making processes to ensure the development of a comprehensive school improvement plan with annual student achievement targets supported by parents, staff, and community members
      Collaborates on new high school design and works to prepare staff for the transition to new high school
      Oversees the school’s performance evaluation systems to ensure that site goals and objectives are achieved and that all staff adhere to district, state, and federal standards and goals
      Interest and ability to support the work of creating and supporting innovative programming
      Ensures that instructional programs engage learners in tasks that require analytical and critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity; addresses the range of skills and developmental needs found in the classroom; encourages students to define individual goals and accepts responsibilities for learning; and provides a variety of methods for students to demonstrate performance and achievement
      Works collaboratively with the Administrative and Learning Leads to deliver professional development that promotes a focus on student learning consistent with the District vision, mission, goals, and the building’s School Improvement Plan
      Uses data to guide data teams to plans, develops, organizes, and administers multi-tiered support systems that provide optimal educational opportunities for adolescent-age students with the ability to meet individual student needs
      Empowers students, staff, and parents to articulate and implement their goals and ideas
      Develops, implements, and oversees budget planning and financial procedures in accordance with all laws, regulations, and policies
      Manages a safe and well-maintained facility identifying needs and recommending additions, modifications, and services
      Works collaboratively with the Learning Leads to analyze data to inform practice, lead, facilitate and optimize the Professional Learning Community (PLC) Framework and Observation / Co-Plan process
      Establishes and fosters a school culture that supports the PLC framework and emphasizes collaboration and the collective review of student performance data to guide instruction
      Facilitates a safe and purposeful learning environment by addressing student behavior by utilizing due process and restorative justice techniques
      Assists in the development, implementation, interpretation, and administration of policies, rules, regulations, and negotiated employee agreements as well as ensures compliance with all laws, administrative codes, board policies, and regulations
      Establishes and maintains procedures for the resolution of conflict in an effort to maintain a high level of staff morale
      Plans, develops, and provides management reports pertaining to the educational climate and the functions and activities of the school as required
      Establishes a critically conscious staff with a focas on equitable access and outcomes
      Creates a sense of belonging and a welcoming environment for all students, staff, families
      Attends work on a consistent and punctual basis
      Performs other related duties as assigned

      Master’s Degree in Education or related field and a valid Iowa Administrative License (or the ability to immediately obtain a license by the date of hire)
      Hold a valid driver’s license with satisfactory motor vehicle record
      Have a minimum of five (5) years of experience in teaching and working with adults and adolescents
      Have at least three (3) years of administrative experience as a principal, assistant principal, or central office administrator
    The successful candidate will exhibit:
      Commitment to educational equity and excellence for all students
      Knowledge and ability to adresss cultural diversity and associated issues related to student performance and instructional methodology
      A keen understanding of the Learnings Supports Team to develop and implement a tiered system of supports (MTSS). Participates in IEP and 504 meetings
      Excellent ability to be a strong instructional leader and to develop culturally sustaining instructional and curricular initiatives
      Unwavering evidence of strong integrity, good moral character, and initiative
      Ability to be a positive role model for students, demonstrates the importance and relevance of learning, and accepts responsibility, and demonstrates pride in the educational profession
      Consistent usage of highly effective communication skills
      Evidence of being flexible, innovative, creative, straight-forward, fair, and equitable
      Strong organizational skills and demonstrate ability to follow-through with tasks, plans and promises
      Administrator experience should include a record of effective educational leadership, demonstrated commitment to a positive learning environment, excellent communication skills, and a strong commitment to educational equity
      Ability to pass a background check required
    Required Application Materials:
      Three (3) current reference letters
      Administrative certificate
      College transcripts (unofficial transcripts acceptable with application)
      Letter of Introduction
    Closing Date: Open until filled, applications will be screened as they are submitted

    Candidates, please follow the link to apply online:

    All employees of the Ames Community School District must pass a background check. ACSD is an E-Verify employer.

    To learn more about the Ames Community School District, visit our websites:

      District Website
      Amazing Magazine
    It is the policy of the Ames Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact Kristin Johnson, Human Resources Director,, District Offices, 2005 24th St. Ames, IA 50010, (515) 268-6610.

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