Middle School Principal

Friday, February 1, 2019
Ypsilanti Community Schools
Position Details: 

Middle School Principal
Reports to: Superintendent of Schools

1. Valid Michigan Administrator’s certificate.
2. Master’s Degree in secondary Administration or secondary Education.
3. Secondary Teaching Certificate.
4. Minimum of five (5) years teaching experience at the middle/high school level.

1. Lead through the leveraging of the district systems and routines, while maintaining a drive for results by demonstrating persistence, directness, and the ability to monitor and plan ahead.
2. Establish and promote high standards and expectations for all students and staff for academic performance and responsibility for behavior.
3. Leverage and monitor the talent management district system to recruit, hire, assign, evaluate, retain and/or remove the instructional talent required to impact student and teacher performance.
4. Cast a vision of and monitors for instruction and strategies that address the wide range of learning, behavioral, and communication styles of the student population.
5. Demonstrate an extensive knowledge of the district visions for high quality, subject specific instruction and the capacity to coach teachers for growth in instructional routines.
6. Administer a system of ongoing data collection and analysis, through collaborative routines, to inform a continuously responsive and adaptive system of tiered instruction.
7. Manage, evaluate and supervise effective and clear procedures for the operation and functioning of the school consistent with the philosophy, mission, values and goals of the district including instructional programs, extracurricular activities, discipline systems to ensure a safe and orderly climate, building maintenance, program evaluation, personnel management, office operations, and emergency procedures.
8. Ensure compliance with all laws, board policies and civil regulations.
9. Establish the annual master schedule for instructional programs, ensuring sequential learning experiences for students consistent with the district’s philosophy, mission statement and instructional goals.
10. Supervise the instructional programs of the school, evaluating lesson plans and observing classes on a regular basis to encourage the use of a variety of instructional strategies and materials consistent with research on learning and child growth and development.
11. Establish procedures for evaluation and selection of instructional materials and equipment, approving all recommendations.
12. Supervise in a fair and consistent manner effective discipline and attendance systems with high standards, consistent with the philosophy, values, and mission of the district.
13. Ensure a safe, orderly environment that encourages students to take responsibility for behavior and creates high morale among staff and students.
14. File all required reports regarding violence, vandalism, attendance and discipline matters.
15. Establish a professional rapport with students and with staff that to create a respectful work environment.
16. Display the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards when working with students, parents and school personnel.
17. Serve as a role model for students, dressing professionally, demonstrating the importance and relevance of learning,
18. Accepting responsibility, and demonstrating pride in the education profession and encourage all teachers to do the same.
19. Maintain visibility with students, teachers, parents and the district.
20. Communicate regularly with parents, seeking their support and advice, so as to create a cooperative relationship to support the student in the school and in the home.
21. Initiate and maintain consistent communication with community members and community partners, building on and leveraging their strengths as co-educators.

22. Establish and maintain efficient procedures and effective controls for the expenditure of school funds in accordance with the adopted budget, subject to the direction and approval of the district. 23. Demonstrate cultural proficiency and use culturally relevant routines and practices.


• The ability to prioritize student-learning needs over the customs, routines, and established relationships that can stand in the way of necessary change.
• The strong desire to achieve outstanding results in a short amount of time.
• The ability to motivate others and influence their behaviors.
• The power to stay visibly focused and self-assured despite the barrage of personal and professional attacks common during turnaround districts.
• The talent to foster collective responsibility and ownership for greater student achievement.
• The capacity to rigorously create and sustain a well-orchestrated system of ongoing data collection and analysis to inform a continuously responsive and adaptive system of tiered instruction attentive to students’ specific academic needs.
• The aptitude to sustain an effective system of shared leadership and responsibility throughout the school.
• The commitment to allocating higher percentages of district funds towards the direct instruction of students and job-embedded, teacher-specific professional development aligned to students’ needs.

10 months, the district will move quickly to fill the position.


Commensurate with experience.


Complete all sections of the online application at: https://www.applitrack.com/WISD/
It is required that applicants upload copies of the following documents:

Letter of interest and Resume, Transcripts and Certification



The deadline to apply for this posting is Until Filled.



The contract, salary and other employment conditions will be established by the Board of Education. Applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment for this position will be required to commit to leadership with a traditional and/or balanced calendar. Further, applicant must agree to fully participate in all relevant training inclusive of or unique to the building assigned and the District.



This position description has been prepared to define the general duties of the position, provide examples of work and to detail the required knowledge, skills and ability as well as the acceptable experience and training for the position. The description is not intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct and control the duties of employees under supervision. The Ypsilanti Community Schools retains and reserves any and all rights to change, modify, amend, add to or delete from any portion of this description in its sole judgment. This position description is not a contract for employment.


The Ypsilanti Community Schools is an equal opportunity employer, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The District will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. The Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, immigration status, sex (including sexual orientation or transgender identity), disability, age, religion, height, weight, martial or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any legally protected category not otherwise listed, (collectively, “Protected Classes”), in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities.