Sample principal job description

[School X], a [location]-based school of approximately XXXX students and XXX staff members, is seeking an extraordinary principal to replace the current individual, who is retiring after XX years of service. The ideal candidate is a high-energy, innovative leader in education who can promote and facilitate a vision of academic success for all students. To succeed in this role, you must possess the ability to cultivate leadership among members of our school community, successfully manage and promote instructional excellence, and understand how to improve data-driven classroom methodologies. Above all, we are looking for a smart, driven, and down-to-earth individual committed to fostering a culture of successful collaboration and progressive learning.

Objectives of this role

  • Create a culture of excellence, teamwork, and collaboration among staff, faculty, students, families, and the academic community
  • Drive teachers’ growth by facilitating goal setting around classroom culture, curriculum development, lesson creation and execution, and data analysis
  • Establish and model behaviors that promote high expectations for students, staff, and faculty
  • Work with teachers to constantly assess and improve student achievement results
  • Maintain measurable data for academic growth, and develop plans to address data through consistent communication with the superintendent and community
  • Ensure consistent compliance with all local, state, and federal funding sources


  • Implement clear processes for curriculum analysis, lesson planning, data analysis, and lesson execution
  • Provide oversight of scheduling, academic programming, and other administrative responsibilities
  • Work with the school leadership team to develop, implement, and maintain details on processes including discipline, morning meetings, classroom culture, and more
  • Develop a system for tracking school culture, regularly analyzing data and defining action plans
  • Comply with the school’s annual operating budget for all academic and student life programs

Skills and qualifications

  • Previous school-based leadership team experience
  • Experience and proven success leading and training adults to positively impact student outcomes
  • Extensive knowledge of curricular resources and programs
  • Positive, hard-working, and collaborative

Preferred qualifications

  • Proven project management, problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision-making skills
  • Highly collaborative nature
  • Strong active listening skills