Apr 24, 2019

Elementary Principal

$81,250 - $84,000 yearly
  • Wayside Schools
Full-time Administrative Education

Job Description

Job Title: Elementary School Principal

Job-Type: Full time

Contract Days: 220 Days

Reports to: Head of Schools

Location: Wayside Schools

Company Website: http://www.waysideschools.org

Salary Range: $81,250 -$84,000 -Depending on qualifications and experience

 ABOUT WAYSIDE SCHOOLS: Wayside Schools is an open-enrollment, tuition-free Pre-K3-12th grade public charter school network that provides over 2,100 scholars across its five South Austin schools with a rigorous International Baccalaureate education. Since 2012, Wayside schools has striven to empower historically underserved scholars, providing them with the instructional experiences, academics skills, intellectual habits and social and emotional competencies needed to become graduates from four-year colleges and universities, providing them with the access and opportunities they need to narrate their own futures and positively impact and empower the families and communities to which they belong.

Job Goal:

At Wayside Schools, we seek staff with diverse backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, talents and ideas to meet the needs of our growing body of scholars and dynamic programming.  At Wayside, we know that leaders who possess specific traits and competencies are more likely to be successful in their roles and in their service to staff, scholars and families: passion for our mission, a deep connection to issues of social justice, a commitment to all scholars we serve and a focus on personal growth and development.

 The elementary school principal will be responsible for ensuring that every scholar achieves the academic skills, intellectual habits and character traits necessary to be successful lifelong learners and global citizens.  The principal will accomplish this objective by promoting a collaborative campus culture, setting and maintaining high expectations, supporting the development of instructional staff and building relationships with a variety of stakeholders.  



  • Bachelor's Degree (required)
  • Master's Degree in an Education related field (required)
  • Administrative Certification
  • Bilingual (preferred)
  • Satisfactory outcome of fingerprint/ background check


  • A minimum of 2 years as an assistant principal or principal
  • An understanding of the specific, unique characteristics of public charter schools, Texas-specific knowledge a plus
  • A minimum of  4 years of teaching experience in a low income school
  • A proven track record of successfully managing teachers to achieve ambitious goals; previous experience supporting the full array of responsibilities and challenges faced by school principals preferred but not required
  • Outstanding leadership and management skills, particularly as it relates to building teams, working through others, promoting collaboration, managing conflict, goal setting, and holding people accountable
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrated success in building a program, department or organization
  • The flexibility needed to accommodate the breadth and depth of responsibilities and priorities
  • Outstanding written, speaking, and organizational skills including excellence in backwards planning long-term goals, accountability and progress monitoring systems
  • Ability to interact with a broad range of stakeholders with different interests and needs
  • Deep commitment to improving the lives of scholars from low-income communities
  • Demonstrated passion for the mission, vision and values of Wayside Schools
  • Alignment to our commitment to provide access to rigorous and well-balanced
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Google suite

Performance Responsibilities:

  • Establish and maintain high expectations for staff and scholars
  • Maintain compliance with state and federal requirements and laws
  • Maintain campus order and safety through well-established systems, routines and protocols
  • Use impact and influence to align staff to campus mission and goals
  • Manage staff with systems that include goal setting, regular cycles of feedback, emphasis on self-awareness, promotion of continued development, retention of high performing staff members, targeted work with staff not meeting expectations and transition plans for on-boarding or exiting staff members
  • Establish a scholar focused, collaborative and achievement oriented campus culture
  • Support the academic, behavioral and emotional needs of all scholars
  • Work directly with district level staff to ensure that campus has resources, talent and materials needed to provide high quality service to scholars and families each day
  • Develop and maintain highly effective scholar services programming including bilingual programming, academic intervention, social and emotional programming, testing coordination, special education programming, dyslexia programming and social services
  • Work closely with district PEIMS coordinator to ensure scholars data is up to date and accurate
  • Work closely with campus registrar and families to address consistent attendance issues and promote high levels of daily attendance
  • Work with office staff to establish and maintain campus system to address student health needs and parent communication
  • Manage and/or facilitate campus committees and organizations
  • Address challenges proactively and creatively
  • Implement feedback to promote ongoing personal and professional growth
  • Maintain a high level of self-awareness
  • Successfully navigate staff, scholars and families through new initiatives and periods of change
  • Develop strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders including staff, scholars and parents
  • Manage and prioritize multiple tasks on daily basis while remaining focused on long-term goals
  • Use data to inform both long and short term goals
  • Demonstrate a high level of resourcefulness, tenacity and thoughtful decision making when faced with challenges and ambiguity
  • Serve as an instructional leader promoting ongoing staff development through coaching and feedback
  • Promote innovative and data driven instruction at all grades levels
  • Provide opportunities for leadership development and coaching as part of district talent pipeline
  • Maintain campus communication through both verbal and written systems including email, staff bulletins,  newsletters, faculty meetings, parent meetings, parent letters, handbook and campus website
  • Manage staff evaluation system to promote ongoing professional development to ensure optimal learning opportunities are provided to all scholars
  • Promote organizational excellence through a rigorous and selective hiring process
  • Cultivate and serve as a steward for organizational and community partnerships
  • Effectively and proactively manage campus budget   
  • Effectively manage facilities, technology and human resources needs for the site, working with district personnel in an effective manner
  • Implement grants and maintain all data required for reporting
  • Lead campus improvement initiatives and manage campus improvement plan
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Perform other duties assigned by supervisor


  • Health Insurance, including major medical, dental, vision, and life
  • 10 Days Accrued Leave Per Year
  • Professional Development and Coaching
  • 403(b) plan

Additional Information:

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.  Wayside Schools has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. 

 This position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The office hours are 7:15- a.m. to 3:45 p.m., however, the principal from time to time may work an extended schedule, including weekends and evenings according to demands of the role and tasks. 

In accordance with applicable laws and Wayside Schools policies, no person shall be excluded from consideration for recruitment, selection, appointment, training, promotion, retention or any other personnel action, or be denied any benefits or participation in any educational programs or activities which it operates on the grounds of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or veteran status (except where age, sex, or disability constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification necessary to proper and efficient administration).

All new employees must present proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States. 

The foregoing statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.

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