Fleet 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 – FLEET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Fleet Elementary School offers a wide variety of opportunities to ensure the social, emotional, physical and academic development of pre-K through fifth-grade students. The program is designed to meet the educational needs of a diverse student population. Fleet’s exemplary project, Helping Hands: Creating Community Connections, integrates service learning into the curriculum through an engaging and interactive teaching and learning approach. Fleet offers students in kindergarten through fifth-grade a proficiency-oriented foreign language program focusing on: Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. Due to the elimination of early release on Wednesdays, students are able to receive Spanish instruction as part of the academic program and enjoy a full day of school every day of the week. Extracurricular enrichment activities are vast and encompass athletics as well as social and educational clubs.
Fleet possesses an enthusiastic and highly-motivated staff who work together to maintain an environment conducive to academic excellence. Parents are an integral part of the educational process, Staff is committed to working in partnership with them to provide the best possible education for each child. Every day staff and students are guided by the school motto, “Do Your Personal Best All Day Long.” Daily commitment to this principle creates a positive and supportive learning environment.
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 150 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 judgment 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
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.
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 duties 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 that would provide the above noted knowledge, skills and abilities.
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
Values diversity among students and staff.
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 and to 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.
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 and a strong presence in the school.
Ability to develop a positive, strong relationship with the community.
Ability to identify and to utilize outside resources.
Ability to identify and to 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 to implement various disciplinary approaches which demonstrate respect for students and staff.
Ability to support and to build on the present Fleet programs and develop a vision of where Fleet 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 to implement a leadership style based on consultation, collegiality, flexibility, and participatory management.
Ability to organize and to conduct effective programs with staff and to maintain high morale in the school.
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/careers. 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, JUNE 14, 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) serves the citizens of Arlington, Virginia’s geographically smallest county, located across the Potomac River from the District of Columbia. APS educates one of the nation’s most diverse and sophisticated student populations – students come from 127 countries and speak 105 different 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.