Job Title: Principal, High School

Reports to:Assistant Superintendent for Administration
Job Group:Administrative


Job Code:1503
Salary Schedule:APT09


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. Establish, implement, and assess the instructional program at the assigned school.
  2. Oversee the administration of the testing program for the school.
  3. Interview and select qualified personnel to be recommended for employment.
  4. Conduct performance appraisals and make reappointment recommendations for school personnel.
  5. Implement and administer negotiated employee contracts at the school site.
  6. Coordinate the school food service program at the assigned school, including the free and reduced food service program requirements.
  7. Implement School Board policy, state statutes, and federal regulations as they pertain to the assigned school.
  8. Supervise the implementation of the school’s student services plan, including guidance, drop-out prevention, health services, attendance, and related areas.
  9. Establish guidelines for proper student conduct and implement disciplinary procedures and policies that ensure a safe and orderly environment.


  1. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing with parents, students, teachers, and the community.
  2. Communicate, through the proper channels, to keep the Superintendent informed of impending problems or events of unusual nature.
  3. Maintain visibility and accessibility on the school campus.
  4. Attend school-related activities and events.
  5. Write and disseminate newsletters, memos, letters, press releases, agendas, and other materials.
  6. Use E-mail effectively.
  7. Model effective listening and positive interaction skills.

Critical Thinking

  1. Use current research, performance data, and feedback from students, teachers, parents, and community to make decisions related to improvement of instruction and student performance.
  2. Facilitate the development of the School’s Continuous Improvement Plan.
  3. Direct the development of the master schedule and assign teachers according to identified needs.
  4. Access, analyze, interpret, and use data in decision-making.
  5. Use technology effectively.
  6. Locate needed data and information.
  7. Consider different perspectives, alternative options, and consequences of each in making decisions.

Proactive Orientation

  1. Exercise proactive leadership in promoting the vision and mission of the District.
  2. Establish a vision and mission for the school in collaboration with stakeholders.
  3. Be proactive in recognizing and solving school problems.
  4. Anticipate future problems as activities are planned.
  5. Initiate programs and organize resources to carry out the School’s Continuous Improvement Plan.
  6. Locate and apply for grants to support school priorities.


  1. Facilitate the horizontal and vertical articulation of curriculum within the school, as well as between the school and its feeder system.
  2. Use appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to guide individuals and groups to task accomplishment.
  3. Adjust strategies to accommodate unexpected situations.
  4. Understand and utilize collaborative planning strategies.
  5. Involve others in choosing courses of action.
  6. Deal with problems associated with change.
  7. Build teams to accomplish plans, goals, and priorities.
  8. Facilitate problem-solving by groups and individuals.
  9. Work with parents to resolve complaints or concerns.

Continuous Improvement

  1. Promote high student achievement.
  2. Manage and administer personnel development through training, in-service and other developmental activities.
  3. Provide training opportunities and feedback to personnel at the assigned school.
  4. Participate in District management meetings and other activities to enhance professional development.
  5. Maintain and model high standards of professional conduct.
  6. Set high goals and standards for self, others, and organization.
  7. Provide recognition and celebration for student, staff, and school accomplishments.
  8. Keep abreast of trends and best practices in education.

Constancy of Purpose

  1. Coordinate with District instructional staff in program planning.
  2. Align school initiatives with District, state, and school goals.
  3. Develop positive school/community relations and serve as liaison between the school and community.
  4. Participate in developing the District strategic plan, District school calendar, District staffing plan, and manpower plans. Manage and administer school functions relating to these items.
  5. Conduct staff meetings to discuss policy changes, instructional programs, potential problems, and resolution of existing problems.
  6. Serve as a member of the Superintendent’s District-wide Leadership Team at request of the Superintendent.
  7. Provide leadership and direction for developing the best possible learning/teaching environment.
  8. Promote and market the school and its priorities to the community.
  9. Orient new staff about the nature of the school and its mission.
  10. Use the School’s Continuous Improvement Plan in making decisions.
  11. Serve as a district representative at emergency shelters as determined by the Superintendent.
  12. Perform other incidental tasks consistent with the goals and objectives of this position.


  1. Monitor the progress and provide feedback to stakeholders, throughout the year, on the Continuous Improvement Plan goals.
  2. Oversee the selection of textbooks, materials, and equipment.
  3. Establish and coordinate procedures for student, teacher, parent, and community evaluation of curriculum.
  4. Assign and supervise school personnel to special projects for the enhancement of the school.
  5. Establish the job assignments for all school-site administrators and assess the school-site administrator’s performance.
  6. Supervise the operation and all activities and functions at the assigned school.
  7. Establish procedures for an accreditation program and monitor accreditation standards at the assigned school.
  8. Develop long-and short-range facility needs at the assigned school.
  9. Coordinate facility and support service requirements.
  10. Coordinate plant safety and facility inspections at the assigned school.
  11. Coordinate all maintenance functions at the assigned school.
  12. Coordinate and supervise transportation services at the assigned school.
  13. Manage and supervise the school’s financial resources, including the preparation and disbursement of the school’s budget and internal accounts.
  14. Establish and manage student accounting and attendance procedures at the assigned school.
  15. Direct the establishment of adequate property inventory records and ensure the security of school property.
  16. Supervise and monitor the accurate and timely completion of data collection and reporting requirements.
  17. Coordinate the supervision of all extracurricular programs at the assigned school.
  18. Manage and supervise the school’s athletic and student activity programs including the selection of club sponsors and coaches, approve all school-sponsored activities, and maintain a calendar of all school events.
  19. Delegate responsibilities to appropriate staff members.


  1. Establish procedures to be used in the event of school crisis and/or civil disobedience and provide leadership in the event of such happenings.
  2. Make difficult personnel decisions when necessary, including dealing with ineffective teacher or staff performance.
  3. Serve as final arbitrator for difficult discipline problems.
  4. Act quickly to stop possible breaches of safety, ineffective procedures, or interference with operations.


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