Long Branch Elementary School (pre-K through grade 5) is part of Arlington Public Schools (APS), a diverse, dynamic, and professional community located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. APS is the 13th largest among Virginia’s 132 school divisions with a population of over 27,500 students from 146 nations who speak 107 languages. The school system is financially strong, with wonderful teachers and staff, and a high level of community support. The system is noted for its high academic standards and its many programs to meet individual student needs.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES – LONG BRANCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Long Branch has been a neighborhood school since 1973 and its Pre-K to grade five students reflect Arlington’s diverse and changing population. Long Branch uses the “Responsive Classroom Approach,” allowing all children to be part of a caring community in which social and academic learning are fully integrated throughout the school day, and in which students are nurtured to become strong ethical thinkers. Long Branch staff commits to getting to know each student as an individual and strives to provide a positive, engaging, and enriching environment in which all students are active participants and show continuous progress.
Long Branch’s achievements are the results of a focused, hard-working staff, a dedicated group of students, and a parent community that values education and supports the school’s programs. The school’s fine arts and performing arts programs are among the most dynamic in Arlington, making annual concerts and musicals popular community events.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF WORK
The principal is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating and directing the instructional program. The principal supervises a staff of more than 100 employees, including teachers, an assistant principal, guidance counselors, librarians, instructional technology coordinator, office personnel, Extended Day staff, custodians and para-professionals. Considerable emphasis is given to systematic planning for instructional improvement and maintaining effective relations with the local community.
Within the limits of prescribed programs and policies, the principal has wide latitude in the exercise of independent judgement in conducting the daily operations of the school. The principal is expected to work collaboratively with staff and community in preparing performance goals for the work of the school, in developing strategies to achieve them, and in assessing the extent to which the goals are being met.
ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK (May not include all duties performed – These are intended as an illustration of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)
Provides instructional leadership that promotes positive student achievement.
Challenges all students in a positive manner to achieve their highest potential.
Supports and capitalizes on teachers' strengths as they implement the instructional program.
Interacts in a positive manner with students, staff and parents on a daily basis, and sets a positive tone for the school.
Values diversity among students and staff.
Accepts the uniqueness of individuals that make up the community, allowing for diversity in learning styles and personal expression.
Works collaboratively with students, staff and parents in the process of discipline; decision-making; and addressing school issues.
Helps facilitate communication among staff, students, parents, the school system and the greater community.
Establishes policies and procedures for the administration of the school and develops the annual plan for school improvement.
Participates in the selection of teaching staff, supervises classroom teaching techniques, coordinates efforts of teaching staff, and arranges and conducts programs of staff development.
Evaluates the effectiveness of staff, the instructional program and instructional arrangements.
Plans, assigns and inspects the use of building space and equipment for teaching purposes.
Authorizes the use of school facilities for civic activities related to the school program and other rentals.
Recommends changes in curriculum and changes in personnel, space and equipment requirements.
Collaborates with central office staff to promote ongoing improvement in the curriculum and the instructional program.
Arranges meetings and conferences with parents, plans recreational activities related to the elementary program, and addresses community groups on problems; authorizes the use of school facilities for civic activities related to the school program.
Participates in county school meetings and in local, state and national conferences on education; keeps informed on current teaching methods and techniques.
Maintains sound public relations by cooperating and consulting with officials of various groups and organizations.
Coordinates with the PTA, confers with parents, directs student activities related to the school program, and addresses community groups on school problems.
Approves the expenditure of school funds and funds allocated to the school from the School Board budget.
Performs related work as required.
MINIMUM EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Completion of a master's degree in school administration.
Extensive or progressively more responsible experience in elementary school teaching and as an elementary school principal or assistant principal or any equivalent combination of training and experience.
Possession of or eligible for the Postgraduate Professional License issued by the Virginia State Board of Education indicating endorsement for elementary principal, or eligible for the same.
Experience working with students, families and staff from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
Bilingual skills preferred but not required.
Knowledge of supervisory teaching principles, practices and methods related to the elementary curriculum.
Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and direct varied and extensive major instructional programs that set high standards for all students.
Knowledge of duties and responsibilities for special education and ESOL/HILT programs, including regulations governing implementation of high quality integrated programs.
Functional knowledge of instructional technology.
Ability to be responsive to internal and external events, serve as a role model with an open door policy.
Ability to plan, organize and coordinate teaching programs, and to take appropriate measures to assure their successful operation. Experience supporting effective professional learning communities.
Ability to organize and conduct effective training programs, and to take appropriate measures to assure their successful operation.
Ability to speak and to write effectively.
Understands the importance of high visibility in the school and a strong presence.
Ability to develop a positive strong relationship with the community.
Ability to identify and utilize outside resources.
Ability to identify and retain good teachers who work in the best interest of all students.
Knowledge of the needs of the school community and ways to be accessible to parents, staff and students.
Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with associates, subordinates, parents and children.
Ability to maintain necessary classroom discipline and implement various disciplinary approaches which demonstrate respect for students and staff. Knowledge of and experience with Responsive Classroom Pedagogy
Ability to support and build on the present Long Branch program and develop a vision of where Long Branch should be five to ten years from now.
Ability to be open to innovative ideas while being sensitive to the demands of teaching.
Ability to recognize teachers as professionals and implement a leadership style based on consultation, collegiality, flexibility and participatory management.
Ability to organize and conduct effective programs with staff, and to maintain high morale in the teaching staff.
Candidates must submit an application online and attach a resume, a written statement of interest in and qualifications for this position. Please complete the online Administrative/Technical application on the APS website in the Employment section: www.apsva.us. A minimum of three letters of recommendation must also be submitted online as part of your application packet.
Candidates must also submit a written paper of no more than three pages on the topic: As principal, how would you design and implement a transition plan in a new school community?
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019 AND WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION IS INCLUDED.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
It is the policy of the Arlington School Board, as stated in the School Board Policy G-2.30, that employment opportunities shall not be restricted, abridged or otherwise adversely affected on the basis of race, national origin, creed, color, religion, gender, age, economic status, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, pregnancy status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, and/or disability.
About Arlington Public Schools
Arlington Public Schools (APS) is a school system of 22,000 students located directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. Students in the system come from 124 countries and speak over 90 languages. The school system is financially strong, with wonderful teachers and staff, and a high level of community support, along with multiple programs to meet individual student needs.