Job Title: Principal, Elementary School

Reports to:Administrative Assistant for Elementary and Middle Schools
Job Group:Administrative


Job Code:1502
Salary Schedule:APT07


To provide the leadership and vision necessary to create an atmosphere conducive to student learning at the highest possible level appropriate to age group, and to assume responsibility for all aspects of the school’s operation.


The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of those in this position.

Technical/Professional Knowledge

  1. Provide leadership and direction for the implementation and evaluation of curriculum and instruction at the assigned school, consistent with the District’s goals and priorities.
  2. Oversee the administration of the testing program for the school.
  3. Interview and select qualified personnel to be recommended for appointment.
  4. Supervise, conduct annual performance appraisals, and make recommendations for appropriate employment actions.
  5. Implement and administer negotiated employee contracts at the school site.
  6. Implement School Board policy, state statutes, and federal regulations as they pertain to the assigned school.
  7. Establish and manage student accounting and attendance procedures at the assigned school.
  8. Supervise the school food and nutrition and custodial programs at the school.
  9. Coordinate and provide supervision for school-related before and/or after-school programs or activities.
  10. Facilitate, coordinate, and monitor the implementation of Exceptional Student Education programs and services.


  1. Maintain visibility and accessibility on the school campus and at school related activities and events.
  2. Use effective communication techniques with students, teacher parents, and other stakeholders.
  3. Write and disseminate newsletters, memos, letters, press releases, agendas, and other materials.
  4. Use E-mail effectively.
  5. Model effective listening and positive interaction skills.

Critical Thinking

  1. Facilitate and coordinate the development of the School’s Continuous Improvement Plan.
  2. Use current research, performance data, and feedback from students, teachers, parents, and community to make decisions related to improvement of instruction and student performance.
  3. Use technology effectively.
  4. Locate needed data and information.
  5. Consider different perspectives, alternative options, and consequences of each in making decisions.

Proactive Orientation

  1. Develop work groups and monitor their progress.
  2. Access District and community resources to meet school needs.
  3. Provide leadership and direction for all aspects of the school’s operation.
  4. Establish and actively pursue a vision and mission for the school in collaboration with all stakeholders.
  5. Initiate programs and organize resources to carry out the School’s Continuous Improvement Plan.
  6. Anticipate difficult situations and develop prevention and intervention strategies.
  7. Locate and apply for grants and seek business partnerships to support school priorities.


  1. Facilitate a program of family and community involvement.
  2. Use appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to guide individuals and groups to task accomplishment.
  3. Facilitate problem-solving by individuals and groups.
  4. Involve others in choosing courses of action.
  5. Deal with problems associated with change.
  6. Build teams to accomplish plans, goals, and priorities.
  7. Work with parents to resolve complaints or concerns.

Continuous Improvement

  1. Facilitate the development and implementation of an effective staff development program.
  2. Provide training opportunities and feedback to personnel at the assigned school.
  3. Model and maintain high standards of professional conduct.
  4. Participate in District management meetings and other activities to enhance professional development. Set high standards and expectations for self, others, and school.
  5. Provide recognition and celebration for student, staff, and school accomplishments.

Constancy of Purpose

  1. Collaborate with school and District personnel to plan and implement District initiatives.
  2. Exercise proactive leadership in promoting the vision and mission of the District.
  3. Promote/market the school and its priorities to the community.
  4. Orient new staff about the nature of the school and its mission.
  5. Use the School’s Continuous Improvement Plan in making decisions.
  6. Serve as a district representative at emergency shelters as determined by the Superintendent.
  7. Perform other incidental tasks consistent with the goals and objectives of this position.


  1. Oversee the selection and acquisition of instructional materials and equipment.
  2. Assign tasks and supervise personnel in task accomplishment.
  3. Supervise the operation, activities, and functions at the school site.
  4. Manage and supervise the school’s financial resources, including the preparation and disbursement of the school’s budget.
  5. Coordinate school maintenance and facility needs and monitor progress toward meeting those needs.
  6. Monitor the custodial program at the school to ensure a clean, healthy, and safe learning environment.
  7. Supervise transportation services at the assigned school.
  8. Supervise and monitor the accurate and timely completion of data collection and reporting requirements.


  1. Establish procedures to be used in the event of school crises and provide leadership in the event of such incidents.
  2. Make difficult personnel decisions when necessary, including dealing with ineffective teacher or staff performance.
  3. Serve as final arbitrator for difficult discipline problems and manage the student services program, including the Code of Student Conduct.
  4. Act quickly to stop possible breaches of safety, ineffective procedures, or interference with operations.
  5. Deal effectively with emergency situations, and abuse situations.
  6. Investigate student accidents and other incidents and take appropriate action.


Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Positive interpersonal skills
  • Skill to motivate students and teachers
  • Effective communication skills (written and oral). Computer skills
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and manage time well
  • Good listening skills
  • Ability to manage large groups, including appropriate means of crowd control
  • High level of stamina
  • Demonstrated proactive orientation
  • Knowledge of curriculum
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations and codes affecting school management
  • Knowledge of public relation techniques and strategies
  • Knowledge of test analyses and the application of analyses relation techniques and strategies
  • Knowledge of test analyses and the application of analyses to curriculum development
  • Ability to prepare and manage the school’s budget and allocated resources
  • Ability to meet extended responsibilities and the regular school day
  • Ability to access all areas of the school and grounds


  • Master’s Degree from an accredited educational institution
  • Minimum of two years administrative experience


  • Certification as School Principal or Professional School Principal




All School-based Personnel


Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently and/or up to 10 pounds of force as needed to move objects.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, talk, and hear; stand and walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 25 pounds. Specific vision ability required by this job includes close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.


Indoors and Outdoors: The worker is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside.


  • General office equipment, including personal computers, fax machines, copiers, telephones, etc.


Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with the District’s approved compensation plan. Length of the work year and hours of employment shall be established by the District.

Performance of the job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the School Board’s policy on evaluation of personnel.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Pasco County Schools will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to perform the essential functions of the job when such individuals request an accommodation.

Principal, Elementary School;   EST: October 5, 2004;   REV: n/a;   Board Approved: October 5, 2004