The Principal is responsible for all activities involving students and faculty. The Principal reports directly to the Head of School.
The Principal has thorough knowledge appropriate to his or her supervisory assignment and stays abreast of recent developments in the field. The Principal also exemplifies in his or her own work with faculty members the qualities that he or she hopes to develop in the faculty.
The Principal develops and administers a comprehensive system of hiring, consistent with the policies of the school, which results in the appointment of the best-qualified candidate and a well-informed match between school and teacher. Throughout the hiring and supervisory processes, the supervisor values racial, cultural, and gender diversity.
The Principal ensures that faculty members new to the school receive orientation and support sufficient for them to work effectively and with confidence that they are carrying out the educational mission, policies, and procedures of the school.
The Principal ensures that teachers are informed of both praise and critiques of their work and that useful support and assistance are available to each teacher to improve the quality of teaching.
The Principal makes available to all faculty members on an equitable basis whatever resources the school can provide for professional growth and development, both inside and outside the school.
The Principal encourages and challenges teachers to initiate curricular improvement by providing the necessary time and resources and by creating structures to foster faculty collaboration on curriculum development.
The Principal leads faculty members in upholding high standards of professional behavior and responds immediately when behavior occurs that is harmful to children or harmful to the school community.
The Principal evaluates and works to improve teaching through classroom visits, discussion with teachers, and other methods that are fair and consistent with the practices of the individual school. Evaluation is based on clearly articulated criteria that teachers have helped define and occurs in a context of respect for the teacher's professional knowledge and decision-making capability. The Principal also monitors his or her own work by inviting suggestions and critiques from teachers.
Embodies Organizational Image - Supports and actively promotes the organization. Positively reflects the organization’s core values and addresses actions that don’t align with those values.
Builds Collaboration - Fosters collaboration; ensures others are well informed of changes, initiatives, and progress.
Develops and Maintains Relationship - Builds and maintains relationships with other individuals or organizations to help achieve business goals
Establishes Credibility - Actions and words are aligned; presents facts in an accurate manner and is willing to admit mistakes.
Builds Rapport - Puts others at ease, easily relates to people and establishes rapport by creating common ground.
Listens Actively – Actively listens to others’ questions, concerns and input.
Manages Work - Translates goals into tactics and specific steps. Establishes appropriate timelines and sets clear priorities; follows up to stay on time and on budget.
A bachelor’s degree is required and a master’s degree is preferred. The Fay School seeks an individual with at least three years of administrative experience or equivalent training and/or experience.