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Principal - Kennedy Middle School
Kennedy Middle School
The purpose of this position is to have an individual serve as the educational leader and chief administrator of the Middle School, responsible for leading the learning in the school, implementing policies, regulations and procedures effectively to ensure that all students are supervised in a safe learning environment and provided instruction which meets and exceeds the State Curriculum Frameworks The Middle School Principal must also be expert regarding the implementation of the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework. Achieving academic excellence requires that the Middle School Principal work collaboratively to lead and nurture all members of the school staff and to communicate effectively with parents, members of the community, and colleagues in other districts and schools. Inherent in each position are responsibilities for planning, curriculum development, program evaluation, extracurricular activities, personnel management, financial management, emergency procedures, resource scheduling, and facilities operations.
Education, Training and Experience
Master’s degree from an accredited college or university required.
Certification as a Principal/Assistant Principal by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (DOE Cert. # 1021 or 1023)
Demonstrated competencies in middle school (Gr. 6-8) administration.
At least nine (9) years experience in the field of public education, including experience in administration and teaching.
Knowledge of another language depending on the demographics of the school and needs within the school (Preferred)
A candidate with a demonstrated track record of success and commitment to the Waltham community (strongly preferred).
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of curriculum development and program evaluation, child growth and development, effective instructional strategies, classroom management, learning assessment and diagnosis, and research related to learning.
Knowledge of the State Curriculum Frameworks as related to the subject areas in grades 6-8.
Thorough knowledge of the materials, methods and techniques needed to exemplify high quality instruction including the support of STEM opportunities and robust extracurricular options.
Knowledge of Chapter 766 special education and Section 504 rules and regulations.
Knowledge of current practices in curriculum, instruction and supervision.
Knowledge of legislation consistent with needs of students with disabilities and English Learners (i.e. IDEA and LOOK, among others).
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, using proper grammar and vocabulary.
Ability to use computers for word processing, data management, and telecommunication.
Ability to design, implement and consistently enforce a school-wide student disciplinary system.
Ability to develop and manage a school budget in a cost effective manner.
Ability to carry out a professional evaluation and supervision program.
Ability to deal with all staff effectively.
Ability to work independently to complete all aspects of his/her job.
Ability to work collaboratively with program directors.
Ability to apply technology to meet the needs and duties as outlined in the job description.
Excellent managerial and leadership skills.
Skilled in developing and implementing procedures to accomplish goals and objectives.
Skilled in developing a positive working relationship with teachers and parents.
Skilled in evaluating programmatic needs on a continual basis,
Skilled in working collaboratively with other administrators.
Performs varied and responsible duties with considerable latitude for independent judgment and action while planning, administering and executing duties. Works independently and in concert with others.
Supervision Given and Received
Work under the direction of the Superintendent of Schools and the Assistant Superintendent of Schools. Hires, supervises and evaluates all staff including teachers, instructional aides, secretaries, nurses, building maintenance workers, and assistant principals in accordance to their contracts. Asks respective directors/supervisors for their input when recommending a hire to the Superintendent and when supervising or evaluating staff. Directly evaluates all teachers without-professional status.
Description of Duties:
The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.)
Leads and manages the instructional program as reflected in the School Improvement Plan.
Works to improve outcomes for ALL students and accelerate outcomes for students most underserved.
Leads school level planning processes to ensure the development, implementation, and evaluation of all school programs and activities.
Ensures that the instructional programs engage the learner in tasks that require analytical and critical thinking, questioning the known, problem solving and creativity, that they address each student’s needs, interests, and skill levels. Also, that they encourage the student to define individual goals and accept responsibility for learning, and that they provide a variety of methods for the student to demonstrate performance and accomplishments. Provides opportunities for collaborative Learning experiences and builds capacity and experiences with Project/Problem-Based Learning.
Interprets and appropriately uses MCAS, ACCESS and multiple data sources to improve student achievement. Maintains and oversees the process of developing Individual Student Success Plans (ISSP) for students in need and ensures that they are enforced
Provides staff leadership, development and training. Provides opportunities for effective staff development that addresses the needs of the instructional program and needs of the staff, including workshops, conferences, visitations, and sessions in which the staff shares successful practices and strategies.
Integrates technology to meet the goals and objectives of the total school program.
Works with the Director of Special Education and Administrator for ELL to assure procedures for identifying and addressing special needs and ESL needs of students are being met.
Establishes norms for effective use of time in Faculty Inquiry Teams and Cluster Team meetings.
Organizes, manages, evaluates, and supervises effective and clear procedures for the operation and functioning of the entire school consistent with the philosophy, mission and goals of the schools and district. This includes instructional programs, which meet and exceed the State Curriculum Frameworks, extracurricular activities, and discipline systems to ensure a safe and orderly climate, financial management, facilities maintenance, program evaluation, personnel management, office operations, emergency procedures, and community relations.
Ensures compliance with all laws, regulations and, school committee policies and regulations.
Supervises the instructional programs of the school, evaluating lesson plans and observing classes on a regular basis to encourage the use of a variety of instructional strategies and materials consistent with research on learning and district goals.
Exhibits and facilitates human relations and communication skills.
Efficiently manages a school-based operation.
Establishes procedures for evaluation and selection of instructional materials and equipment in collaboration with the directors.
Selects, supervises and evaluates staff. Direct supervision and evaluation of all non-professional status teachers must be done on a yearly basis. Professional status staff must be evaluated at least every two years. Ensures that personnel evaluation procedures are accomplished in a fair and consistent manner that encourages accountability, growth and excellence, in accordance with the law, school committee policy, and contractual requirements. Recommends to the Superintendent the renewal, dismissal or other actions for all personnel assigned to the school, following established procedures and timelines.
Recommends to the Superintendent personnel to fill all vacant positions in the school, following recruitment and established selection procedures.
Implements provisions of collective bargaining agreements for building staff.
Serves as Level I hearing officer in the event of grievances.
Serves as investigating officer for Section 504, Title IX and Chapter 622 complaints.
Completes in a timely fashion all records and reports as required by law and regulation or as requested by the Superintendent. Maintains accurate attendance records. Answers correspondence promptly and thoroughly.
Maintain an effective accounting and inventory system for all school materials and equipment.
Assume responsibility for the health, safety, and welfare of students, personnel, and visitors. Develops clearly understood procedures and provides regular drills for emergencies and disasters, following state, local, and district guidelines. Notifies the Superintendent immediately of any unusual circumstances.
Maintains a master schedule for the use of the school facilities.
Establishes schedules and procedures for the supervision of students in non-classroom areas, including before and after school, and bus loading and unloading.
Efficiently schedules all subject area classes for students.
Ensures that personnel and student record keeping procedures comply with state and federal law and district policy. Maintains procedures for safe storing and integrity of all public and confidential school records.
Efficiently and accurately manages school budget.
Maintains and accounts for all student activity funds and money collected from students in accordance with state and district policy. Audits accounts and corrects any audit exceptions immediately.
Family and Community Engagement
Ensures a strong and vibrant PTO and School Site Council that is inclusive of all parents and actively engages historically underrepresented groups and recruits faculty and staff to participate with these groups.
Links family, community and student engagement efforts with academic and enrichment access and outcomes.
Promotes ongoing positive communication with parents and community, effectively involving them in the education of students.
Leverages and supports key school and district initiatives such as home visits, adult education program, and Latinx Parent Leadership Group among other initiatives
Maintains a clear and open communication process with the internal and external school community. Acts as a liaison between the school and local community encouraging the community to participate in the educational process as part of the overall school life.
Develops positive school community relations.
Communicates in a timely and effective manner with staff and parents.
Maintains an atmosphere of respect and achievement in the school.
Fosters a school climate that promotes high standards and expectations for all students and staff for academic performance and responsibility for behavior.
Operates electronic and other equipment needed to carry out job functions and responsibilities.
Protects confidentiality of records and information gained as part of exercising professional duties and uses discretion in sharing such information within legal confines.
Demonstrates professional growth and self-improvement.
Supports and implements system-wide initiatives.
Implements school department rules and regulations. Adheres to Massachusetts and federal school law, State Board of Education rules and regulations, School Committee policies and regulations, school regulations and procedures, and contractual obligations.
Remains abreast of developments and innovations in the field by reading current and cogent literature and participating in annual professional development programs.
Observes strictly and avoids the appearance of conflict, all requirements of the School Ethics Act regarding conflicts of interest in employment, purchasing, and other decisions, including solicitation and acceptance of gifts and favors.
Communicates with the Superintendent regularly about the needs, successes, and general operation of the school.
Performs any duties that are within the scope of employment and certifications and not otherwise prohibited by law or regulation, as assigned by the Superintendent.
Member of the Following Committees:
Individual School Council
As Needed Committees/Task Forces
Please submit a targeted cover letter, resume, list of five references, transcripts and proof of MA DESE license.
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Openings as of 2/23/2019
Adult Education Teacher
McDevitt Middle School
ESL Adult Teachers are needed two evenings per week for the Waltham NightHawk Adult Ed. Classes meet at McDevitt Middle School on Mondays and Wednesdays from approximately 5:00-6:30pm and from 7:00- 8:30 pm. The teacher will be compensated for approximately 5-8 hours per week, up to 6 hours of instructional time and two hours preparation time. All hours and number of classes is dependent upon student enrollment. Teachers do not need ESL certification and are responsible for the following:
The ESL teacher is responsible for providing English instruction to limited English proficient adult students using the provided curriculum, evaluation of students’ progress, and accurate maintenance of all students’ records.
Classroom instruction should be interactive and incorporate a variety of teaching techniques, materials and resources.
Develops and implement instructional lessons based on student’s proficiency level using content standards.
Keeps track of student’s development, to identify the areas of improvement for students.
Submits formative and summative assessments based on student’s development.
Developing lesson plans which aim to teach English Language Learners. This lesson plans includes: grammar, writing, reading, speaking and listening skills.
ESL teachers also have the responsibilities to incorporate cultural aspects of the U.S.A, especially to students who are new to an English-speaking country.
Classes will meet from February 11- May 1 (No classes: Feb. 18, Feb. 20, April. 15, April. 18)
These positions do not require an ESL license but do require a teaching license, with experience teaching ESL to adult learners preferred. Classrooms are equipped with technology and have an expected teacher to student ratio of 1:15.
$35.00 per hour for each position
Monday, February 11
Non-Discrimination Notice: Waltham Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.
Waltham Public Schools has partnered with the Massachusetts Partnership for Diversity in Education (MPDE) in our effort to welcome diverse candidates to our school system. We value and prioritize the hiring of educators who bring a wealth of perspectives and experiences to our schools, and who reflect the diversity of the students we serve.
MPDE is a collaborative of public school districts with a 40-year uninterrupted history committed to supporting the interest of its members to increase the numbers of teachers of color for their schools by providing recruitment support and related services.
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