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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3038431
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : January 4, 2019

Job Description


Principal, Elementary


School Year:



Work Year:                        

(12) Months/260 Days


Organizational Relationship/Line of Authority

Directly Responsible to the Superintendent of Schools.


School Information:

Marlborough Public Schools is a district of 4,879 students served by an early childhood center, three-grade K-4 elementary buildings (Richer, Jaworek and Kane Schools), one grade 5-8 building (Whitcomb School), a high school serving grades 9-12, plus an alternative program for high school students housed at Hildreth School.  Marlborough is a city and the school district proudly embraces a diverse student population including 24% English learners, the majority who come from Spanish and Portuguese speaking families.  


The City is building a fourth elementary school for students in grades K-5.  When the new school opens, all 4 elementary schools will serve grades K-5 with the middle school serving grades 6-8.  We are recruiting for a new principal who will begin in the 2019-20 school year working towards a goal of leading the new building when it opens in the Fall of 2020.


Job Summary

The Principal provides educational leadership for the learning and growth of all students and the success of all staff by cultivating a shared vision that makes powerful teaching and learning the central focus of the school; ensures a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment, implementing appropriate curriculum, staffing, and scheduling; establishes and maintains partnerships with families, community organizations, and other stakeholders to support the mission of the school and district; and nurtures a school culture of reflective practice, high expectations, and continuous learning for staff. 


Job Duties

  • Supports a goal that all students in the Marlborough Public Schools will learn at high levels of academic expectations and works to close the educational achievement gap.
  • Leads and supports faculty to develop standards-based instruction and to deliver well-structured lessons with effective teaching strategies and practices for a diverse student population.
  • Models and sets high expectations for quality of content, student effort and student work and supports educators to consistently uphold these expectations.
  • Establishes an environment in which students demonstrate respect for and affirm their own (self-awareness) and others’ (social awareness) differences related to background, identity, language, strengths, and challenges, and responds appropriately if/when conflicts or misunderstandings arise related to such differences.
  • Designs schedules that maximize blocks of time on learning and eliminates unnecessary interruptions to instruction. Allows for staff collaborative time to be most effective and sets expectations for teamwork and collaboration.
  • Uses and identifies a range of appropriate data sources, effectively analyzes the data for decision-making purposes.
  • Fosters educator use of formal and informal student assessment aligned across grade levels and subject areas.
  • Supports educator team review of assessment data and identifying effective interventions and adjustments to teaching practice. Intervenes with educators as necessary for success in this area.
  • Follows the Marlborough Evaluation Process for staff, meeting all evaluation deadlines and holding all building administrators to the same standard. Monitors and assesses staff progress towards job performance and provides feedback for continuous improvement.
  • Supervises and supports operational systems including building custodial, clerical, cafeteria and other staff so the building presents as a clean, attractive, welcoming and safe environment for students, staff and families.
  • Plans and supervises an emergency evacuation and preparedness program.
  • Supervises the daily use of the school facilities for both academic and non-academic purposes.
  • Assures plans, procedures, and routines are in place for an orderly and efficient transition of students for arrival, dismissal, meals, class transitions, assemblies, events and recess.
  • Demonstrates high expectations for student safety, health and social and emotional well-being including systems for student behavior expectations and appropriate training and reinforcement for staff to uphold these expectations.
  • Responsible for providing building-level leadership in the hiring process of staff and consistently identifying for hire effective staff who can be successful in their roles.  Provides recommendations for the selection, retention, and promotion of personnel assigned to the school.
  • Supports staff induction, professional development and career growth.
  • Plans and provides aligned professional development to support Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Complies with state, federal and local laws as well as school policies and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Complete state and federal reports as necessary.
  • Demonstrates sound judgment reflecting integrity and fairness, protects student, family and staff confidentiality appropriately and provides support to staff to do the same.
  • Collaborates to develop a fiscally responsible budget that aligns with the school and district vision, mission, and goals.  Manages expenses consistent with district/school level goals and allocated resources.
  • Welcomes families with culturally sensitivity. Collaborates with others to identify and remove barriers to family involvement for all families, including those whose home language is not English.
  • Engages in relations with community organizations and members to maximize their contributions for school effectiveness.
  • Supports educators to identify each student’s academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs, including students with disabilities and English learners.  Collaborates with families to address student needs, utilizing a variety of available resources within the school, district and community.
  • Reaches out to families proactively and as soon as concerns arise and effectively reaches equitable solutions that satisfy families, faculty, and staff and are in the best interest of students.
  • Monitors the implementation of effective discipline and attendance practices of both students and staff.
  • Sets clear expectations for and supports educators to regularly engage families in respectful, culturally sensitive, two-way communication to support learning at school and home and to provide prompt, thoughtful responses to families.
  • Upholds a commitment to high standards for teaching and learning and cultivates the same in a school culture.
  • Plans and leads well-run and engaging meetings with a clear purpose resulting in productive conversations and deliberations about important school matters.
  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Reflects and continuously improves professional practice for a meaningful impact on school and district goals and focus areas.
  • Uses a non-confrontational approach in conflict and disagreement, seeing them as opportunities for learning and growth and works to move conversations forward in a respectful, constructive manner.
  • Builds consensus around critical school decisions.
  • Establishes effective communications between the school and central office administration.
  • Leads the school-based council.
  • Must be an effective team member on the district leadership team, able to collaborate effectively while providing leadership for the School.
  • Contributes to the district beyond usual job-related assignments.
  • Assumes responsibility for any other duties as indicated by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee and policies of the Marlborough School Committee.


  • Licensed as an Elementary School Principal by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in Massachusetts.
  • DESE SEI Endorsement prior to hiring or must be obtained within 1 year of hire date.
  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree with graduate work in educational administration, curriculum development, supervision, and/or evaluation.
  • Can demonstrate a minimum of 3-5 years successful experience as a principal, assistant principal, or comparable administrative position, preferably at the elementary school level.
  • Can demonstrate a minimum of five (5) years successful experience as a teacher, preferably at the elementary school level.
  • Bi-lingual (Portuguese and/or Spanish) Preferred
  • Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Superintendent of Schools may find appropriate and acceptable.


Application Closing Date: January 24, 2019


An Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the Marlborough Public Schools not to discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, color, homelessness, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its education programs, services, activities or employment practices.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Category : Administrator > Principal/Dean/Head of School
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Marlborough Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Contact Information

    • Patricia Brown , Director of Human Resources
    • 17 Washington Street
    • Marlborough, Massachusetts 01752
    • Phone: 508-460-3509 ext. 10109
    • Email: click here

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