Elementary Principal Pool

  • Tacoma, Washington
  • May 08, 2022
Full Time Parks and Recreation Planning and Development
  • Salary: $148,544 - 159,813 DOE USD

Job Description

Tacoma Public Schools

Expected Start Date: July 1, 2022

FTE: 1.0

Salary Level: $148,544 - 159,813 DOE

Union/Days per year: Principal, 260 work days, 12 month

Benefits: This job has the full range of benefits offered by Tacoma Public Schools.

Inspiring Dreams. Achieving Success.
Tacoma Public Schools is looking for dynamic, self-motivated leaders who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of students.

Additional Information: This position is open until filled with a first consideration date of January 19, 2022. Location To Be Determined. Include a resume and letter of interest with your online application.
Must hold both a valid WA State Principal credential AND a valid Teaching/ESA credential.

Additional Information: In accordance with Governor Jay Inslee’s announced Proclamation 21-14.1 on August 18, 2021, all K-12 school district employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021. Candidates who are extended a conditional offer of employment with Tacoma Public Schools will be required to submit proof of vaccination status in compliance with Governor Inslee’s mandate, prior to official hire with the district. Individuals qualifying for a medical and/or religious exemption outlined under the Governor’s directive will be required to provide proof of exemption prior to official hire with the district. Tacoma Public Schools Human Resources will work directly with candidates to finalize proof of compliance with the Governor’s mandate prior to official hire.

Additional Resources and Information:
• Press Release from WA Governor’s Office
• Proclamation by the Governor: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
• OSPI Vaccination Requirement FAQ
• Vaccine Mandate FAQs
• DOH Vaccine fact sheet

Examples Of Duties
This position provides leadership within the building to provide a responsive and dynamic educational program so that all students will acquire the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes to lead self-sufficient, well-adjusted, healthy, productive, and socially responsible lives to the best of their individual potential.


1. Directs, supervises, facilitates, and evaluates the instructional, guidance, and other programs of the building; is responsible for educational leadership and student achievement in the assigned building; leads staff in continuous improvement of instruction and program delivery; monitors student performance within the building.

2. Supervises and evaluates work of personnel assigned to the building; develops appropriate recommendations for staff which may involve staff development, placement, dismissal, or reassignment of personnel in conjunction with the appropriate district personnel; works with institutions of higher learning in training of teachers.

3. Coordinates human relations within the school and between the school and its stakeholders (i.e., students, families, parent groups; community agencies, business community, etc.); ensures and promotes student welfare; exercises good judgment in dealings with students, staff, parents, and public.

4. Leads the development of program improvement plans at the building level in collaboration with teachers and district staff; coordinates the involvement of curriculum and instruction and staff development in improving instruction and programs; coordinates building involvement in the district's curriculum and program review and implementation cycle.

5. Participates in the formulation, interpretation, and execution of the policies and regulations of the State Board of Education.

6. Directs student placement for optimum student achievement.

7. Supervises student discipline and the management of students in the lunchroom, in hallways, on school grounds, and in any program held at the school under district sanction; works cooperatively with district administrators in emergency situations.

8. Supervises the security and care of assigned equipment, buildings, grounds, and other school property.

9. Coordinates activities of the assigned school with activities of other schools in the district; attends a variety of activities at and for assigned school.

10. Participates in the development of the annual school budget by submitting budget requests and supporting data.

11. Prepares reports and maintains current records as required; analyzes and utilizes the data to lead program improvement within the building.

12. Supervises school safety program; coordinates periodic drills for fire, air raid, and earthquake to ensure compliance with district, state and federal regulations.

13. Participates at staff meetings and in-service training programs sponsored by district administration; maintains and updates knowledge and skills necessary for success in the position by participating in professional development activities as needed or as assigned.

14. Maintains a high standard of ethics in all professional relationships, actions, and decisions.

15. Promotes effective curriculum and program communication to flow between the building and the rest of the district.


1. Performs related duties as assigned, on a temporary basis.

2. Regular, reliable, predictable attendance or physical presence is an essential job requirement and critical to the performance of the work.

Exposed to difficult and sensitive situations and people; exposed to public controversy; required to attend meetings and activities beyond regular work hours; required to travel within the District and the community; may be required to lift and carry up to 20 pounds, bend, squat, stoop, kneel, crouch, walk, twist, climb, and/or be mobile.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience
Master’s degree and successful experience as a teacher or assistant principal at the desired level; or any combination of experience and training which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and ability required to perform the work.

Licenses/Special Requirements
Valid Washington State Teaching Certificate.
Valid Washington State Principal’s Certificate at appropriate level.
Valid Washington state driver’s license and access to personal transportation.
Fingerprints and successful WSP and FBI background clearance/sexual misconduct clearance.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of leadership principles.
Knowledge of technology related to public schools.
Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.
Ability as a communicator, mediator, and problem solver.
Ability to consensually develop a building “mission” and achieve stated educational goals.
Ability to provide energetic, positive, visible, and creative leadership and to implement change.
Ability to motivate, discipline, and interact with students in an equitable and productive manner.
Ability to demonstrate reasonable, reliable, and regular attendance.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Ability to model and encourage excellence for staff and students.
Ability to develop community and parental support for all aspects of the schools’ program.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people in a multicultural, diverse socio-economic setting.

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. District administration has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the primary functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.

Tacoma Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator: Lisa Nolan, 253-571-1252, lnolan@tacoma.k12.wa.us; Title IX Coordinator, Elementary: Christa Erolin, 253-571-1318, cerolin@tacoma.k12.wa.us; Title IX Coordinator, Secondary: Eric Hogan, 253-571-1191, ehogan1@tacoma.k12.wa.us; 504 Coordinator: Elementary, Elise Friedrich-Nielsen, efriedr@tacoma.k12.wa.us, 253-571-1096; Secondary, Megan Nelson, mnelson@tacoma.k12.wa.us, 253-571-1003. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1357, Tacoma, WA 98401-1357.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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