Principal - Valley Middle School

Grand Forks Public School District   Grand Forks, ND   Full-time     Education
Posted on May 3, 2023
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Education: Master’s degree with emphasis in school administration.

Qualifications: North Dakota Secondary Principal’s Credential for Middle School Principal (currently Elementary or Secondary Principal Credential acceptable), North Dakota Teaching License, and experience in teaching.  Administrative experience preferred.

Job Goal: The role of the Principal is to supervise the overall operation of the school; provide direction, supervision and instructional leadership for the educational program; implement the policies of the school board; establish a safe and supportive environment for all constituents; and carry out the directives of the Associate Superintendent of Secondary Education. 

Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Identify, pursue, and coordinate the use of all resources to achieve the district’s and school’s mission and goals.
  • Create a safe, supportive, collaborative environment that contributes to the desired performance of students and teachers in accordance with the district’s and school’s philosophy and mission statement. 
  • Provide instructional leadership by designing professional growth opportunities and growth-based feedback for all staff members at the building level.
  • Implement a school improvement process that includes explicit attention to closing achievement gaps and equitable practices. 
  • Establish a building culture that values, supports, challenges, and celebrates all students.
  • Lead or serve on committees as assigned by Central Administration.
  • Participate in local, state, and national professional organizations.
  • Keep current with trends, issues, and practices in education at the local, state, and national level.

Curriculum and Instruction

  • Assist in selection, development and implementation of curriculum.
  • Assist teachers, parents, and students in developing appropriate educational and behavioral plans for students.
  • Provide and coordinate diverse co-curricular program for all students.
  • Work with Special Education Department in the referral, staffing, support and placement of students with special needs.
  • Ensure adopted curriculum and priority standards are implemented with fidelity


  • Oversee the administration of all programs and develop the master schedule.
  • Implement the policies of the School Board and directives from Central Administration.
  • Proactively create a safe environment and maintain student discipline consistent with school rules and policies as annually outlined and updated in the student handbook.
  • Maintain an accurate pupil record and reporting system.
  • Administer the building budget and account for all expenditures.
  • Maintain an accurate inventory.
  • Complete local, state, and federal reports.
  • Supervise all areas of the plant and grounds.
  • Participate in planning and supervising construction and renovations to the school plant.
  • Prepare for emergency situations and communicate and practice emergency drills as appropriate.


  • Recruit, select, and orientate and train all personnel in the building.
  • Delegate duties to certified and non-certified staff, supervise and evaluate staff according to district and state regulations.


  • Maintain positive written and oral communications with families; building and district personnel; community organizations; and collaborate with other educational and social agencies and the community.
  • Encourage and promote parent involvement in the school.
  • Provide appropriate written communications via school newsletters, handbook, etc.
  • Supervise the planning and promotion of school activities.

Supervisory Responsibility: All staff and students of the school.

Work Environment and Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; occasionally walk and stand. The ability to hear and see in order to communicate effectively as well as communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; Maintain effective audio/visual discrimination and perception to the degree necessary for the successful performance of assigned duties; Maintain mental capacity, allowing for effective interaction and communication with others.  

Terms of Employment: As established by negotiations (230 day contract – end of July to end of June), frequent irregular and extended work hours including weekends.

Evaluation: By the Associate Superintendent of Secondary Education at least twice each year in the first three years of service (December 15 & April 15), and at least once each year thereafter (April 15).