Washington Elementary School ( learn more )

Lowell Public Schools

Lowell, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3078607
  • Application Deadline: April 27, 2019
  • Posted : April 8, 2019
  • Starting Date: July 1, 2019

Job Description

The posting of this position will be effective April 8, 2019, through April 27, 2019 Applications must be received by the Lowell Public Schools Office of Personnel and Recruitment via the online application system found at:

The Lowell Public Schools is recruiting a visionary and action-oriented leader to be Principal for the Washington Elementary School.

The Washington Elementary School serves approximately 257 students in grades prek-4 and employs 50 adults. The school is solidly grounded in the philosophical belief that elementary school students have unique characteristics and needs which can be met in an academic environment if the programs and activities are designed to meet their intellectual, psychological and physical needs.

Vision Statement:
The Washington Elementary School is committed to providing the conditions and rigor needed for all students to obtain the esential skills required to be successful, productive citizens in an ever-changing global community.


The district is seeking a Principal who will effectively lead, manage, and oversee all functions of the school, which includes (but is not limited to) the responsibility to:

Provide instructional leadership:

Establish and implement a vision for school improvement that is focused on outcomes, maintains high expectations for teaching and learning, and is aligned to the district’s strategy for turnaround

Enhance the consistency and rigor of classroom instruction through implementing the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, which include Common Core Standards

Support and inspire teachers to continuously improve planning and instruction through coaching, feedback, resources, training, and evaluation

Build a culture that utilizes performance and other data at the school-, grade-, classroom-, and student-levels to understand student needs, help teachers improve instruction, and monitor teacher/student progress

Build and cultivate a high-performing and collaborative school culture:

Maintain high expectations for the achievement of all students, particularly the traditionally underserved student populations (i.e., students with disabilities, limited language proficiency, and low socio-economic status)

Build and develop a school instructional leadership team that effectively cultivates a high-performing and student-centered school culture

Effectively plan and lead meetings and PD sessions that prioritize high-quality instruction

Cultivate an environment that promotes collaboration and hard work

Lead the development and implementation of a multi-tiered system of social-emotional and instructional supports for all students

Manage and operate a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment:

Develop and execute systems and procedures (e.g., student behavior management systems, schedules, interventions, PD, food services, transportation) that promote teaching and learning

Manage a human capital system (e.g., hiring, induction, evaluation, coaching, development) that ensures high-quality teaching in every classroom

Build and manage a budget that prioritizes teaching and learning while controlling costs

Adhere to district policies and state/federal regulations (e.g., special education, ELL services)

Partner with families and community members:

Build relationships and engage frequently with parents and community members as critical partners in school improvement

Thoroughly understand the diverse culture and backgrounds of students and families


In addition to being a passionate and committed instructional leader, we are seeking a leader who demonstrates:

Student - first mentality:holds high expectations for student achievement; makes decisions that prioritize the needs of students above all other competing priorities; measures success by student outcomes and student academic and social emotional success; believes families are an integral component to student and school achievement

Visionary leadership: An ability to be a bold, innovative, and engaging change agent and culture-creator; a visionary leader with a track record of inspiring and motivating those around them

Commitment to urban education: has a strong commitment to equity and social justice; maintains a high level of commitment to traditionally underrepresented student populations (i.e., students with disabilities, limited language, and low socio-economic status); maintains a commitment to high performance standards and unwavering belief that all students can excel

Organizational leadership:builds high-performing and collaborative classroom/school culture; inspires and leads others in driving towards improved student outcomes and a strong school culture; builds strong relationships and is able to have difficult conversations when necessary; believes in a shared leadership approach to school improvement

Problem-solving and persistence:responds to challenges or uncertainties with resourcefulness, creativity, hard work, and resiliency; proactively develops solutions to problems, with a focus on improving student results

Growth mindset: possesses the belief that oneself, students and adults can learn and achieve more when working hard and persevering, which creates a love of learning and desire for continuous improvement; desires feedback

People and team-orientation: collaborates effectively with school staff and other district leaders; embraces and empowers families as an integral component of our collective job of educating all children; contributes to and is aligned with the district-wide vision for turnaround; demonstrates professionalism, humility and respect.

Strong communication: Possesses strong wirtten and verbal communication skills, with the ability to guide and inspire teachers, school staff, school leaders and central office staff toward a common goal.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Administrator > Principal/Dean/Head of School
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Lowell 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.

    Job Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree, and Master’s degree in Education
      Certified in Massachusetts as a school principal

      Minimum 2 years of experience as a successful school leader (preferred)

      Demonstrated history of raising student achievement, particularly that of underserved populations (i.e. students with disabilities, ELLs)

      Experience effectively leading, supervising, coaching, and developing educators

      Experienced classroom teacher

      Required license(s):

      Principal/Assistant Principal, Prek-8 with SEI Endorseme
    • At least 2 years of relevant experience preferred
    • Master degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

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