Job Posting: Principal, Evanston/Skokie School District 65

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 logo: an illstration of a blue lighthouse inside a circular swoosh.


Purpose Statement

The job of Principal is done for the purpose/s of ensuring that all children are reaching their full academic potential. The Principal is the instructional leader of the school, and serves in this role in order to ensure high levels of learning for all students. The principal works closely with teachers, educational support staff, parents, and students for the improvement of school programs. The principal is the school’s lead advocate for all children entrusted to him/her. In addition, the Principal is responsible for directing site operations, enforcing policies and regulatory requirements, providing information and serving as a resource to others.

This job reports to Assistant Superintendent for Schools

Essential Functions
  1. Creates sustainable systems and structures for the purpose of guiding instruction and support for students.
  2. Delegates responsibility for a variety of administrative functions to other personnel (e.g. the Assistant Principal or a teacher, etc.) for the purpose of managing the workload more efficiently and/or assuming responsibility for the school in the absence of the Principal.
  3. Develops budgets and financial forecasts for the purpose of maximizing resources for students and recommendations to administrative personnel, Superintendent and/or governing Board.
  4. Evaluates teachers in accordance with the District 65 teacher evaluation model for the purpose of improving instruction.
  5. Facilitates communication between personnel, students and/or parents for the purpose of supporting students and improving school programs.
  6. Guides the implementation of curriculum for the purpose of providing a strong scope and sequence that meets the needs of all students.
  7. Implements policies, procedures and/or processes for the purpose of providing direction and/or complying with mandated requirements.
  8. Leads teams of educators for the purpose of improving the capacity of all adults that work with children. Maintain high standards of student conduct and enforce discipline as necessary for the purpose of providing a safe and optimal learning environment in recognition that students who do not feel safe cannot learn.
  9. Manages school administrative functions (e.g. facility maintenance, budget, staffing, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining safe and efficient school operations within district guidelines.
  10. Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.
  11. Prepares a wide variety of materials (e.g. licensed and non-licensed staff evaluations, student activities, correspondence, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written reference, and/or conveying information.
  12. Represents the school within community forums for the purpose of maintaining ongoing community support for educational goals and/or assisting with issues related to school environment.
  13. Reviews instructional practices in each classroom on a regular basis for the purpose of improving teaching and learning.
  14. Supervises school personnel for the purpose of monitoring performance, providing for professional growth and achieving overall objectives of school’s curriculum.
  15. Uses data for the purpose of guiding decision-making.
Other Functions
  1. Chairs meetings (e.g. curriculum, safety, site advisory, special district committees, etc.) for the purpose of coordinating activities and ensuring that outcomes achieve school, district and/or state objectives.
  2. Presents information (e.g. budget overviews, accounting processes, distribution formulas, etc.) for the purpose of communicating information, gaining feedback and ensuring adherence to established internal controls.
  3. Researches alternate funding sources for the purpose of maintaining the efficient operation of the school.
Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

SKILLS are required to perform multiple, technical tasks with a need to periodically upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: planning and managing projects; using pertinent software applications; preparing and maintaining accurate records; administering personnel policies; applying curriculum and instructional techniques; conducting interviews; conducting meetings; critical observation; enforcing discipline policies; and investigating problems.

KNOWLEDGE is required to perform algebra and/or geometry; review and interpret highly technical information, write technical materials, and/or speak persuasively to implement desired actions; and analyze situations to define issues and draw conclusions. Specific Knowledge based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: pertinent codes, policies, regulations and/or laws; conflict resolution; bookkeeping principles; concepts of management and supervision; practices of personnel administration; principles of negotiation/arbitration; and school safety and security practices.

ABILITY is required to schedule a number of activities, meetings, and/or events; gather, collate, and/or classify data; and use job-related equipment. Flexibility is required to independently work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; analyze data utilizing defined but different processes; and operate equipment using standardized methods. Ability is also required to work with a significant diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with a variety of data; and utilize job-related equipment. Independent problem solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans. Problem solving with data frequently requires independent interpretation of guidelines; and problem solving with equipment is limited to moderate. Specific Ability based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: communicating with diverse groups; maintaining confidentiality; setting priorities; working as part of a team; working with frequent interruptions; creating a positive school climate for students, staff and community; motivating staff; and adapting to changing work priorities.


Responsibilities include: working independently under broad organizational guidelines to achieve unit objectives; managing multiple departments; Utilization of significant resources from other work units is routinely required to perform the job’s functions. There is a continual opportunity to significantly impact the organization’s services.

Work Environment

The usual and customary methods of performing the jobs functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling some stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 60% sitting, 20% walking, and 20% standing. The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and under conditions with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness.

Experience: Job related experience with increasing levels of responsibility is required.
Education: Masters degree in job-related area.
Required Testing:
TB Test
Certificates and Licenses
Professional Educators License (PEL)
General Administrative Endorsement (GADM)

Continuing Educ. / Training:
Maintains Certificates and/or Licenses
Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance
Pre-Placement Medical Clearance

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