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Melrose Public Schools

Melrose, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3833965
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : April 8, 2022
  • Starting Date: July 1, 2022

Job Description

Melrose Public Schools seeks outstanding culturally proficient educational leaders to apply for the position of Middle School Principal. The candidate will lead approximately 900 students in grades 6-8, a staff of approximately 80 dedicated and talented educators, and a highly involved and supportive caregiver community. The ideal candidate will be a proven school leader who is committed to the core values of equity, inclusion, academic excellence, culturally responsive relationships, and lifelong learning. Successful candidates will have a Master’s Degree or higher, be licensed appropriately as a middle school principal, and have at least five years teaching and administrative experience with demonstrated skills in instruction, planning, management, evidence-based decision making, and interpersonal and community relations as well as a clear and comprehensive vision of what a middle school must do to prepare its students for success in the 21st century.

Salary range is competitive with surrounding communities and includes an excellent benefits package.


  • A Master’s Degree in the appropriate discipline or in educational administration.
  • A valid Massachusetts license as Principal/Assistant Principal (5-8).
  • At least five years’ experience in teaching, supervision, and school administration, with at least three years middle school experience as a teacher and/or administrator.
  • Demonstrated skills in instruction, management, planning, decision-making, and interpersonal and community relations.
  • Experience and training in working with adolescents.
  • Successful completion of a Criminal Record Check (C.O.R.I.) and fingerprint check
  • Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Superintendent may find appropriate and acceptable.
Performance Responsibilities:

Instructional Leadership
  • Facilitate the development of a shared mission and vision.
  • Encourage and use a variety of strategies to assess student performance.
  • Apply current principles, practices, and research to foster effective teaching and student-centered learning.
  • Assist the staff in their identification, collection, and analysis of student data so that a consistently high standard of teaching and learning may be achieved and maintained.
  • Lead the ongoing renewal of curriculum and instructional programs.
  • Promote and model the effective use of appropriate instructional technologies.
  • Ensure that all teachers have high standards and positive expectations that all students can perform at high levels.
  • Ensure that the needs of all learners are addressed equitably.
  • Work with teachers and other staff to supervise and evaluate their performance, using performance standards and student outcomes, and to identify areas for growth.
  • Support ongoing professional development of the faculty and staff.
Organizational Leadership

  • Apply research and organizational leadership skills.
  • Create a positive, informed and collaborative climate for collegial teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate respect for existing program strengths and have a commitment to support and build upon those strengths.
  • Facilitate constructive change.
  • Plan for, model, and encourage collaboration and shared decision-making.
  • Demonstrate clear, direct, and concise written and oral communications skills with administration, staff and parents.
Administration and Management

  • Carry out personnel selection, supervision, evaluation, and management functions for the school and/or district effectively.
  • Apply current knowledge of policy formation and legal requirements within the scope of his/her responsibility.
  • Apply current knowledge of fiscal management policy and practices within the scope of his/her responsibility.
  • Apply current knowledge of auxiliary programs (such as transportation, food services, pupil personnel services, maintenance, and facilities management) within the scope of his/her responsibility.
  • Use appropriate technologies to administer his/her responsibilities.
Promotion of Equity and Appreciation of Diversity

  • Strive to ensure equity among programs and learning opportunities for staff, students, and parents.
  • Demonstrate appreciation for and sensitivity to the diversity among individuals.
  • Contribute constructively to closing the race based and socio-economic achievement gaps
Relationships with the Community

  • Assess the needs of parents and community members and involve them in decision-making.
  • Promote partnerships among staff, parents, business and the community.
  • Interpret, articulate, and promote the vision, mission, programs, activities, and services of the school/district.
Relationship with Students

  • Create a school climate that engenders engagement and fosters respect.
  • Promote school wide practices that encourage student involvement, from all demographic subgroups, in decision-making and in taking responsibility for their own education.
  • Demonstrate appreciation for, interest in, and sensitivity to the needs of all students.
  • Effectively and professionally communicate school policies, academic requirements and school environment expectations while also being approachable and trusted in working with students.
Essential Functions of the Job:

Must possess the ability to:
    1. Apply knowledge of Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, current state standards and expectations, best and inclusive instructional strategies, and common assessment practices.
    2. Provide instructional and organizational leadership for the school.
    3. Promote an effective learning climate in the school.
    4. Lead the school in adapting to the changing educational environment and implementing program improvements.
    5. Maintain a safe and respectful environment, proper student conduct and student discipline.
    6. Effectively problem-solve and make difficult decisions based upon the best interests of students.
    7. Exercise decisive leadership in crisis situations.
    8. Communicate and support the developmental needs of adolescent learners.
    9. Build effective relationships with students, staff, parents and community members.
    10. Performs all tasks as the Superintendent deems necessary to carry out the duties and responsibilities listed above.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Administrator > Principal/Dean/Head of School
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Melrose 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

    • NO phone calls please.
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Application Questions

    This employer has requested that ALL applicants answer the following questions. It IS highly recommended that you type ANY essays IN a word processing program, save them, AND THEN paste them ON the proceeding job application page.

    • 1. Middle School is a period of tremendous growth and change for young adolescents who are exploring their identities. How do you create a school that is safe and supportive in which students feel valued and accepted?
      Short Essay (Answer limited TO 600 characters, including spaces)
    • 2. Culturally responsive teaching and social equity are important goals of the Melrose Public Schools. What does it mean for you to have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion? Explain how you have demonstrated that commitment.
      Short Essay (Answer limited TO 600 characters, including spaces)

    Contact Information

    • Jessica Patti
    • 350 Lynn Fells Parkway
    • Melrose, Massachusetts 02176

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