Elementary Principal

Willard Public Schools

Position: Elementary Principal



  1. Education level – Master’s Degree from an approved institution with a major in educational administration or the accepted equivalent is required. A Specialist Degree from an approved institution with a major in educational administration or the accepted equivalent is preferred.  
  2. Certification or Licensure – Appropriate Missouri Administrative Certificate.   
  3. Experience desired – Three years of successful teaching experience; five years of successful leadership experience with increasing levels of building-level administrative experience preferred.
  4. Other requirements – Must successfully pass a background check that is satisfactory to the Board of Education. Experience, maturity and leadership abilities in appropriate facets of school administration.  Sensitivity to the needs and objectives of the student, school and district; the ability to supervise, evaluate, and manage the work of others; leadership skills in the area of curriculum development, management, and evaluation.  


General Summary:  

The Willard, Missouri Public School District is currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of Elementary School Principal. The job of Principal is responsible for establishing a school site’s mission and vision that aligns with the District’s Strategic Plan and provides support for the instructional process in a positive professional culture centered on student learning.  This position includes specific responsibility for directing overall site operations, services and staff at a school; providing information and serving as a resource to others; enforcing established policies and regulatory requirements; coordinating school activities and addressing staff and/or student issues, situations and/or problems that arise on campus or with enrolled students.  This position provides support as educators interact with students and parents to ensure collaboration and professional communication exists.


Performance Responsibilities:


  • Promotes a positive culture for the school site of responsibility.  The principal sets the expectations for the students and all building staff under their charge.
  • Assumes responsibility for the school and educational program.
  • Serves as the instructional leader (e.g. new teacher orientation, instructional process, classroom management, curriculum, etc.) for the purpose of providing support and guidance as requested based on their knowledge and experience.
  • Sets high expectations and standards for the academic and social development of all students and the performance of adults.  
  • Requires content and instruction that ensures student achievement of agreed upon academic standards.  (Teachers are teaching the written curriculum.)
  • Ensures effective instructional and curricular programs are being designed and delivered to students.
  • Uses multiple sources of data as tools to assess, identify, and apply instructional improvement.
  • Actively engages the community to create shared responsibility for student and school success.
  • Develops a school climate that creates an instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
  • Provides for effective selection, induction, and continual staff development of all personnel.
  • Assumes leadership responsibilities for the development and improvement of staff.
  • Provides for effective evaluation of all personnel.
  • Provides leadership for positive educational change.
  • Communicates and promotes standards of performance.
  • Budgets time to achieve balance between administrative and supervisory duties.
  • Utilizes effective practices to promote desirable student conduct.
  • Demonstrates effective skills in problem analysis, decision-making, and judgment.
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills.
  • Demonstrates positive interpersonal relations with students, staff, and community.
  • Promotes and nurtures a positive interpersonal climate in the school building.
  • Ensures appropriate building supervision, discipline, and supervision of activities.
  • Participates in professional growth activities to increase personal knowledge, skills and abilities to ensure best practices are being implemented.
  • Holds high expectations for self as evidenced by modeling positive work habits and behaviors.
  • Attends monthly School Board meetings.
  • Assumes responsibilities outside the school as related to school matters.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.


Job Requirements (Minimum Qualifications)

  • 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, and concepts of management and supervision.
  • 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; and administering personnel policies
  • 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: developing and maintaining positive relationships; setting high expectations for self and others; setting and monitoring progress toward goals; utilizing and offering effective feedback to continuously improve; collaborating and communicating effectively with internal and external stakeholders; applying critical thinking/problem solving to improve work processes; 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; improves teaching and learning.

Employee Punctuality and Appearance

In order for schools to operate effectively, employees are expected to perform all assigned duties and work all scheduled hours during each designated workday, unless the employee has received approved leave.

Any deviation from assigned hours must have prior approval from the employee’s supervisor.

All employees are required to report to work dressed in a manner that reflects a positive image of the Willard School District and is appropriate for their position.


Type of Position: Exempt


Reports to: Assistant Superintendent, Academics


Evaluated by: Assistant Superintendent, Academics


Contract:  220 days


Minimum Salary: $88,000 per year