Elementary School Principal

Joplin Schools

Job Title:               Elementary Principal

Location:               Jefferson Elementary

Qualifications:      Master’s Degree or higher in Educational Administration/Leadership; Valid                                           Administrative Certification in Missouri

Supervisory:         Yes

Reports to:           Superintendent

Classification:      Certified/Exempt

Term:                    Full-time/10 Months



The principal is the instructional leader for his or her building and is responsible for the daily operation of the building.

 To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

 General Expectations

  • Supports the mission of Joplin Schools.
  • Supports the value of education.
  • Become familiar with, enforce, and follow all applicable Board policies and regulations, administrative procedures, other directions given by district administrators and supervisors, and state and federal laws.
  • Properly supervise students at all times, if applicable to essential job functions.
  • Obey all safety rules, including rules protecting the safety and welfare of students.
  • Care for, properly use, and protect school property.
  • Maintain courteous and professional relationships with students, parents/guardians, other district employees and the public.
  • Communicate effectively with supervisors, department staff, all members of the school district, and community as required. 
  • Provides excellence in customer service both internally and externally.
  • Complies with privacy rights and safeguards confidential and/or sensitive information pertaining to staff and students.
  • Reacts to change productively and receive and transmit constructive criticism as it relates to job duties.
  • Actively participate in professional development and obtain skills and information necessary to effectively perform job duties.
  • Conduct all official business in a professional and timely manner, utilizing district technology resources.
  • Arrive to work and leave work at the time specified by supervisors and attend all required meetings pertinent to the position.
  • Maintains accurate records and filing systems for accountability and audit purposes as required by law and Board policy.
  • Solve practical problems utilizing math functions as needed to complete job duties. 
  • Read and interpret documents such as work orders, safety rules, and handbooks and apply to job duties.

Essential Functions

  • Supervision of instruction
  • Evaluation of staff
  • Training of staff
  • Making hiring recommendations to the Board
  • General supervision of students
  • Supervision of student activities and events
  • Implementation of the professional development plan
  • Maintaining building records
  • Preparation and management of the building budget
  • Creation and update of student handbooks
  • Positive interaction with students
  • Administration of student discipline
  • Motivation of staff
  • Administration of meal service and the free and reduced lunch program in the building in conjunction with the Food Service Director
  • An individual who holds this position is expected to attend:
  • Board meetings
  • Student activities and events
  • IEP meetings
  • Other duties as assigned

Physical Demands

An individual who holds this position must frequently move in and around buildings and grounds to visit classrooms, attend meetings and supervise bus loading and unloading areas and sit for an hour or more at a time.  Must be able to lift 25 pounds.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this jobReasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


Consistent and regular attendance is an essential function of this position.

 The work conditions and environment described here are representative of those that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this jobReasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

 Conditions and Environment

The work environment is consistent with a typical office environment; however the individual who holds this position will occasionally be required to be outside in temperatures below freezing and above 100 degrees. The individual who holds this position is frequently required to work irregular or extended hours.