Provide leadership and oversee administrative responsibilities for Mercer Island High School
Provides positive, collaborative and culturally sensitive leadership to staff and students.
Supervises staff consistent with collective bargaining agreements and Board Policy 1, Values, Mission and Vision.
Develops and implements School Improvement Plan (SIP).
Communicates clearly and effectively with different audiences in oral presentation and in written communication.
Maintains regular communications to all associated stakeholders and associated community (PTSA newsletters, student communication, Principal’s Cabinet, etc.).
Fosters and maintains collaborative relationships with students, staff and the community.
Follows all other Board Policies, contract requirements and administrative procedures.
Participates in, oversees and delegates, as necessary, the timely completion of IEP’s, District reports, employee evaluations, budgets, staffing-documentation, and other required reporting responsibilities.
Takes necessary and reasonable precautions to ensure the physical safety of students, staff, and community members visiting the school.
Implement, monitor, and/or maintain systems, practices, and procedures necessary to protect against damage or loss of facilities and equipment.
Oversees the inspection of school facilities for the purpose of ensuring that the site is suitable for safe operations, maintained in an attractive and clean condition, and/or identifies necessary repairs needed.
Maintains a visible presence throughout the school and attends school events as appropriate.
Supervises building level administrative team and oversees the delegation of staff supervision.
Oversees the building of a course master schedule that allows students to achieve graduation requirements.
Coordinates and handles annual allocation of staffing & is responsible for hiring all building staff.
Develops and implements course selections and course approvals.
Participates in event supervision.
Provides instructional leadership and leads/delegates professional development for building.
Incorporates the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of decisions.
Provides overall supervision of associate principals or other administrators assigned to the building.
Provides overall supervision of all certificated and classified staff.
Possess a valid Washington State Secondary Principal’s credential or qualify for immediate issuance of a valid Washington State Administrative credential required.
Qualification Requirements: 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, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
A visible instructional leader who genuinely demonstrates a profound passion for student
learning and engages with all students and staff.
A visionary leader committed to continuous learning and student success with demonstrate.
ability to lead progressive change.
A leader who acts with courage and confidence when encountering obstacles, tough issues,
decision-making, or changes in strategy or direction.
A proven leader and skilled manager with an inclusive leadership style that empowers faculty
and staff to think and act creatively in addressing Mercer Island High School’s challenges.
A strategic thinker who supports participatory planning to: (1) determine institutional priorities
that guide the use of resources, and (2) establish high school-wide policies.
A person who inspires confidence and trust within and outside Mercer Island High School
An active listener who works for shared understanding and productive dialogue
A person who is comfortable with open dialogue with students, parents, faculty, and staff, and has the ability to nurture an atmosphere of collegiality, shared inquiry, shared responsibility and collective accomplishment.
Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to deal with often difficult and disagreeable people.
Ability to perform duties in accordance with all district and State requirements and policies.
Work is generally performed in an office setting. Position requires frequent meetings beyond regular business hours and flexible hours; frequently required to deal with distraught or angry people; required to represent the district to parents, community or the media on potentially and/or very controversial matters; visual and mental concentration required to analyze and synthesize complex collections of data; high level of organizational skill required; high level of interaction with others through communication; can have heavy meeting schedule; routine interruptions with work can be expected; use of and exposure to computer and visual display terminal for prolonged periods.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works inside and is exposed to infection (germs, bacteria, viruses).
Additional Salary Information: This position starts July 1, 2020. Pay and benefit details:
New pay rates for 2020-21 are not yet available; pay rate indicated is for the 19-20 school year.
The management work calendar is 260 days per year with the following leave days: 12 sick, 5 personal, 14 holidays and 28 vacation.
Management positions receive a technology stipend of $2,500 and are provided an Annual Professional Growth Fund of $2,000.
About Mercer Island School District
Mercer Island, an island community located at the southern end of Lake Washington and 10 minutes from Seattle, is joined to the city of Seattle by the Interstate 90 floating bridge and to the City of Bellevue by the east channel bridge. The City of Mercer Island serves primarily as a residential area for approximately 24,000 people, most of whom are employed in professional and managerial positions in Seattle and the surrounding areas.
The Island and neighboring communities provide a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities for residents of all ages. From theater groups to indoor and outdoor art galleries to waterfront parks, there is something for everyone. More than 475 acres of parks and open space provide ample opportunities for sports, hiking, nature walks, picnics, and playgrounds for children. The Cascade Mountains offer some of the finest snow skiing in the region, and Lake Washington and the Puget Sound are ideal for boating and water sports.
The Mercer Island School District, with a K-12 student population of approximately 4,500, enjoys a widespread reputation for quality and excellence, combining academics, cultural expression, and athletic achievement.... This tradition of excellence is a major reason many families make Mercer Island their home. Achievement test scores at the elementary, middle, and high school levels are consistently the highest in the state. The district maintains a graduation rate of over 95 percent. With its proximity to Seattle and Bellevue, the Island has easy access to several public and private colleges and universities including the University of Washington, Seattle University, Bellevue College, and Lake Washington Technical College.
The district employs a teaching and support staff of 500 and has an annual operating budget of approximately $53.7 million. The Mercer Island Schools Foundation in partnership with the schools’ PTAs contributes over $2 million dollars to maintain teaching positions and instructional support. Quality educators and support personnel are complemented by quality school facilities. The district has one 9-12 high school and an alternative high school program, one 6-8 middle school, and four K-5 elementary schools.
The district benefits from the substantial contributions of parents and community. The Mercer Island Schools Foundation, established in 1981, has raised over $27 million for district programs. The PTA’s at each of the six schools have high membership rates and contribute generously to the support of school programs through fundraising and extraordinary volunteer participation. The community demonstrates continued strong support for its schools— Mercer Island School District has always passed its operating levies.