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PRINCIPAL

Job Description

Principal – Upper Elementary and Middle School

Goal

To provide educational leadership for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders by working collaboratively with staff, parents, and the community.

Qualifications

- Master’s degree from a recognized, accredited college or university required, with additional graduate study preferred
- Valid standard administrator certification required
- Demonstrated experience with instructional leadership and teacher evaluation
- Exemplifies instructional leadership, personal scholarship, a collaborative leadership style, personal integrity, strong interpersonal skills, effective communications skills 
- Visionary leader to work collaboratively with diverse students, staff, families, and communities
- Prior experience working with children with special needs

Skills/Knowledge

- Proficient computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets, databases, etc)
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Excellent organizational skills
- Ability to develop, plan, implement, and evaluate curriculum and instructional strategies
- Ability to disaggregate data and utilize information to plan instructional practices
- Working knowledge of continuous improvement process and effective school operations

Duties

- Responsible for daily operations of school building (open, close, maintenance)
- Monitor carpool at beginning and end of each day
- Respond to parent concerns
- Respond to student behavioral issues
- Review parent-staff correspondence and grade reports
- Serve as instructional leader/consultant for curriculum planning and development
- Review instructional lesson plans
- Communicate and promote expectations for high-level performance to staff and students. Recognize excellence and achievement.
- Observe employee performance, record observations, and conduct evaluation conferences with staff
- Develop and maintain school calendars, master schedules, student databases, etc.
- Assist other administrators with personnel matters
- Prepare correspondence to keep parents informed of school events/activities
- Prepare for staff meetings (create agenda, inform staff, etc.)
- Maintain documents on school Intranet
- Plan for school field trips (reservations, schedule transportation, permission slips, etc.)
- Prepare for any official organization inspections (Fire Dept, Child Care Licensing, etc.)
- Conduct conferences about student and school issues with parents, students, and teachers
- Maintain confidentiality
- Maintain a professional appearance
- Participate in in-service training to improve level of skills in working with students with disabilities
- Participate in extracurricular activities to show school support (Autism Walk, Middle School Social, Lock-Ins, Family Fun Day, etc.)
- Perform other duties as assigned by Head of School

About The Westview School

The Westview School is the premier, private, non-profit school for children with autism spectrum disorder from ages 2 to 15 years in the greater Houston area. Westview’s challenging, well-rounded curriculum includes a full range of academic programs and a strong emphasis on social communication and social skills. In addition, we offer opportunities to pursue the arts, extra-curricular activities, and real-world experiences. The enhancement of self-esteem and the development of appropriate behavior allow our students to become successful members of the community.

Mission

The Westview School is the premier, private, non-profit school for children with autism spectrum disorder from ages 2 to 15 years in the greater Houston area. Westview’s challenging, well-rounded curriculum includes a full range of academic programs and a strong emphasis on social communication and social skills. In addition, we offer opportunities to pursue the arts, extra-curricular activities, and real-world experiences. The enhancement of self-esteem and the development of appropriate behavior allow our students to become successful members of the community.

Vision

The vision of The Westview School is to create options and opportunities for children with autism spectrum disorder.

Belief Statement

The Westview School believes that children with autism spectrum disorder can grow and learn through a nurturing, positive, and happy environment that enhances their self-esteem.

To apply, send resume and letter of interest electronically to Candi Pettit at cpettit@westviewschool.org.