Somerville Public Schools
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Arthur D Healey
Somerville Public Schools
Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3038732 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: January 4, 2019 Starting Date: July 1, 2019

Job Description
2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR


Job Goal: The Somerville Public Schools extends an invitation to successful progressive school leaders to apply for the position of School Principal for the Arthur D. Healey Elementary School. The Healey School is a richly diverse and dynamic K-8 school of 451 students, 53 classroom teachers, full range of specialists and special education teachers, and 12 paraprofessionals. The Healey School offers a wide range of extracurricular and support services. Healey students are supported with emotional and social issues through on-site counseling, student mediation, and a strong alliance with Somerville Mental Health. The school is a demonstration site for the Global Institute for Student Aspirations. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate expertise in elementary school administration and a comprehensive understanding of current trends and research in elementary curriculum. The position requires excellent leadership and communication skills, including the ability to build consensus, work with parents and the community-at-large, and invite participation by all in a learning community.

The Healey School features an innovative, student-centered learning environment with looping, mixed grades and flexible grouping arrangements. Healey faculty are committed to an experiential learning experience for all students with an emphasis on project-based learning and a variety out-of-school learning experiences. Strong university and community connections are core values, with a history of strong democratic participation in school decision-making and high levels of parent/guardian involvement in many school activities.

? Minimum of a Master’s degree;
? Evidence of at least (5) years of successful teaching and/or administrative experience;
? Must hold or be eligible for Massachusetts D.E.S.E. licensure as an Elementary School Principal, Gr. K-8.

Responsibilities and Authority:
The elementary school principal is responsible to the Superintendent for the organization, administration, and supervision of instruction and discipline of the school. The elementary school principal, with commensurate authority, is responsible for the fulfillment of the duties set forth below. He/she may delegate to members of his/her staff appropriate portions of his/her responsibilities together with appropriate authority for their fulfillment; however, he/she may not delegate or relinquish his/her overall responsibility or any portion of his/her accountability.

1. Implements the policies of the school committee and the directives of the Superintendent of schools.
2. Exerts leadership in the adaptation of the general program of education approved for the city schools to meet the particular needs of the community served.
3. Oversees, supervises and certifies the preparation, accuracy, and maintenance of a wide variety of records and report the budget appropriation allocated to the school.
4. Is responsible for all money collected on the operation of the school and the keeping of accurate records of these funds.
5. Participates in the yearly determination of textbooks—reviewing, evaluating and recommending preferred and optional texts, and also recommends the discarding of certain texts.
6. Reports to the Superintendent of schools, regarding the needs of the school with respect to personnel, equipment, supplies and curriculum.
7. Furnishes the necessary supplies and instructional aides to staff for the improvement of instruction.
8. Supervises the maintenance, cleanliness and security of the building and its contents.
9. Promotes good health practices, and enforces the rules regarding immunizations and communicable diseases.
10. Promotes safety in the school by having a systematic program of fire drills, pedestrian traffic control and periodic inspection of buildings and grounds.
11. Provides leadership in the improvement of the total educational program within the school by visiting classrooms, conferring with teachers, giving leadership in curriculum improvement and assisting in the selection and use of instructional materials.
12. Supervises the instructional staff to the end that the purposes of the educational program may be attained.
13. Directs the activities of all members of the staff assigned to the school in the performance of their duties.
14. Oversees the orientation of all new faculty members, insuring that these new members will be totally familiar with school philosophy, texts, guides, personnel policies and school financing.
15. Aids teachers in the interpretation of the courses of study and other instructional supplies and materials.
16. Stimulates professional improvement through a well-planned in-service training program for the faculty.
17. Aids teachers with their daily programs and lesson plans when needed.
18. Shares in the development of curricular programs for the district and assumes the responsibility for the implementation of such programs when approved.
19. Consults regularly with and coordinates the services of subject specialists so that all classroom teachers may receive effective assistance.
20. Motivates faculty personnel; encourages professional development; recognizes efficiency and accomplishments of non-certified personnel.
21. Encourages development of student body spirit through rewards, privileges, recognition and disciplinary measures.
22. Utilizes to the fullest, all resources of the school system and the community in developing the most effective educational program.
23. Personally controls activities involving pupil/parent contacts such as dealing with suspensions, expulsions, student progress and adjustment, placement of students, and counseling matters and other pupil/parent relationships that are delicate in nature.
24. Provides for individual differences and tries to place each student in an atmosphere which will stimulate learning and progress.
25. Is available at all times to consult with parents and teachers concerning the welfare of any student.
26. Promotes good public relations at all times in the school and community by the proper interpretation of the educational program.
27. Promotes his/her professional growth through reading, attending conferences and workshops in order to provide professional leadership of the highest type.
28. Submits written reports upon request to the Superintendent.
29. Any and all other duties as assigned by the Superintendent

Terms of employment:
? Twelve (12) month work year;
? Annual salary will be regionally competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications;

Applications are only accepted online through School Spring.

Please do not mail or email resumes. Only resumes that are submitted through School Spring will be considered.

Should you need assistance with the online application process, please contact the Human Resources Office via email at

Somerville Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Somerville Public Schools actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds. Grade level and content licensure is required when applicable. Dual licensure including SPED, ESL, ELL, or bilingual licensure and/or proficiency in a language or languages other than English is preferred.

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1

Welcome to Arthur D Healey!

The Healey School is an innovative participatory learning community. Academic competence is highly valued, and we believe that children learn best in a joyful, creative environment, one in which their natural curiosity, imagination and thinking are encouraged. Our curriculum is based on thematic, project based learning, designed to engage children's interest and best efforts. We are committed to an educational program that recognizes the importance of community in the lives of children. Three aspects of our program are evidence of this commitment:

Creative Arts: Participating in writing, dance, music, theater, film/video and visual art are vital and integral parts of our curriculum. The arts are essential to learning, a way for children to "represent" the world around them and celebrate who they are as individuals and as a community.

Effective Community Service: Inspiring a life-long sense of civic participation, openness, caring and responsibility is an integral part of our school culture. Students apply academic skills and critical thinking as they develop, implement, and evaluate service learning projects at all grade levels.

Family Involvement: Families who join our school community become committed partners in their children's education, both supportive of and supported by our dedicated staff. Parents and students are encouraged to be active participants in the governance of our school.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Somerville 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, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Questions
    There are no application questions required for this job posting.

    Contact Information
    Mariana MacDonald, Director of Human Resources
    8 Bonair St
    Somerville, Massachusetts 02145
    Phone: 617-625-6600