Job Description Template: School Principal

How to Use This Template: Expertly craft a post for the open school principal position at your organization using this BambooHR job description template as a guide. Simply work with your hiring managers to customize each section to fit your company’s vision for this role.

School Principal Job Description

Full-Time | Onsite | Location

$103,000 (Average salary for this role per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Note that salaries range greatly by state).

Why [Organization]?

Introduce your organization in 3–5 sentences. This is the perfect place to explain what you do and why your school is a great place to work! For example, here's our bio:

Our mission is simple: we want to set people free to do meaningful work. People love our software—and it turns out that people love working here, too. BambooHR has been recognized as a "Best Company to Work For," and we're proud of our team for creating software that makes an impact in the lives of HR pros and employees all over the world.

About Your Role

Give a general overview of what this person will do at your organization. For example:

School principals are the leaders of our school staff members and student body. You set the tone for an environment that fosters learning, personal growth, and individual development in students’ most important formative years. Your key responsibilities span all aspects of school operations, including curriculum development, staff management, and activity oversight. You will also act as the “face” of our school, representing us at school board meetings, parent conferences and assemblies, and in approved press or public-facing community events.

What You'll Do

List specific job responsibilities. For example:

School principals take on a wide range of responsibilities. Specifically, you will:

  • Lead and supervise the teachers, school staff, and vice-principals
  • Oversee and guide curriculum development
  • Oversee and guide extracurricular school activity management
  • Collaborate with staff and parents to ensure coordination between the students’ academic studies and non-academic experiences
  • Be visible and accessible throughout the school day by greeting students as they come in in the morning, monitoring behavior in the cafeteria, and making appearances during school sanctioned activities and sporting events
  • Lead assemblies, school rallies, and community events
  • Hold regular office hours
  • Make staffing decisions by performing interviews and making hiring choices, determining promotions, and managing any staff disciplinary procedures
  • Develop new initiatives that will ensure our school community adapts and evolves, while still honoring our core values
  • Create and uphold a culture that honors and respects differences in socio-economic status, identity, disability, race, gender expression, religion, and learning differences
  • Maintain school safety and oversee regular training drills, including lockdowns, fire safety training, and weather emergency preparedness
  • Uphold and ensure compliance with the school’s honor code
  • Embody our pillars, values, mission, and code of conduct through your words and actions, on and off campus

What You'll Need to Get the Job Done

List what a qualified candidate needs to do their job effectively. For example:

  • Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in education or a related field
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience as a teacher and/or vice-principal
  • Demonstrated ability to develop collaborative, productive relationships within an academic setting
  • A warm and welcoming demeanor
  • The ability to handle disciplinary actions for the staff or students
  • An in-depth knowledge of the varying stages of student development
  • The ability to manage a wide range of tasks efficiently
  • An accredited license in school administration

What Will Make Us Really Love You

List the soft skills or "nice-to-haves" that will help your candidate be successful. For example:

  • A positive standing with the school board and community leaders
  • 3–5 written references
  • A genuine passion for working with young people
  • Former school principal experience is strongly preferred

What You'll Love About Us

Describe your organization’s benefits, culture, work environment, and anything else that makes your organization stand out. For example:

Our company's mission and values are rooted in integrity and guide every aspect of our organization, from how we serve our community to how we interact as a team. As we've grown throughout the years, our employees remain at the heart of our success. To show our appreciation, we offer a generous compensation package that includes the following:

  • Retirement: 401(k) plan with employer matching
  • Healthcare: Medical, dental, vision, and mental wellness coverage
  • Life insurance: Group life insurance through our partner
  • Charitable giving: Donation matching to a charity of your choice
  • Time off: Flexible PTO policy with floating holidays
  • Career development: Professional development reimbursement program
  • Family care: Parental leave for all new parents

More About Our Organization

Add your equal employment opportunity (EEO) statement, a note about required background checks, and other things a candidate may want to know before applying.

We're committed to providing equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all candidates, without discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Following the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, all new hires must verify their identity and eligibility to work in the United States.

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