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  • Date Posted
    • 1.13.22
  • Organization
    • Partner Schools
  • Region
    • Mountain
  • Role
    • School Leadership
  • Commitment
    • Full-Time
  • Location
    • Glenwood Springs, CO 81601


To fulfill responsibilities assigned by the principal and assist the principal in the development and continuous operation of a school to ensure that every student develops the enduring knowledge, skills and character to thrive in a changing world.
Receives direct supervision from the Principal.
Supervises licensed staff and non-licensed staff

The following are examples of primary duties assigned to the Assistant Principal. Other related primary duties and responsibilities may be assigned.
Strategic Leadership: Work in partnership with the principal to develop the vision, mission, values, expectations and goals of the school; Provide for data-based progress monitoring; Collaborate with staff and school community to implement strategies to move those goals forward.
Instructional Leadership: Create processes and schedules which maximize student success and instructional time; Support teachers through ongoing, actionable feedback and needs-based professional development; Hold all staff accountable for setting and achieving rigorous performance goals for all students, and empower staff to achieve these goals across content areas.
 School Cultural and Equity Leadership: Articulate, model and positively reinforce a clear vision and values of the school’s culture, and involve students, families and staff in creating an inclusive and welcoming climate that supports it.
Human Resource Leadership: Establish and effectively manage processes and systems that ensure a knowledgeable, high-quality, high-performing staff.
 Managerial Leadership: Establish systems to improve student learning and overall healthy development for all students; Proactively manage interactions and relationships, including those among and between parents/guardians, students and staff; Ensure that the school provides a supportive environment that fosters a climate of safety, respect, and well-being; Provide supervision of the school campus during school hours and at extracurricular activities sponsored by the school. External Leadership: Design and/or utilize structures and processes, which result in family and community engagement, support and ownership for the school; Develop systems and relationships to leverage the school district and community resources available to them both within and outside of the school in order to maximize the school’s ability to serve the best interest of students and families.

Knowledge of: 
Educational needs of middle school students Knowledge of curriculum development and effective instructional practices
Knowledge of using data to promote student achievement
Positive discipline and classroom management techniques
Effective public speaking and presentation techniques Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation
Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulation
English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation
Extensive knowledge of office and educational software programs
Principles of business and letter writing and basic report preparation

Ability to: 
Supervise, plan and direct standards based instructional practices, curriculum development, and assessment
Implement school and district programs Oversee, direct and coordinate the work of staff, projects and teams
Recruit, select, supervise, develop and evaluate staff Analyze situations and generate effective strategies
Develop goals and implement plans, systems and procedures to achieve them Attend professional development, conferences and meetings (including evenings and weekends) Attend and supervise student and community activities (including evenings, weekends and holidays)
Make presentations as required; create excitement for learning Be reflective on performance and have a continuous improvement mindset
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
Motivate staff and students to achieve high levels of engagement and performance

Principal/director candidates are assessed using the following Roaring Fork Schools Leadership Competencies (derived from research about effective school leadership and from feedback from the Glenwood Springs Middle School community):
Ability to execute a strategic vision

Team oriented: effective as a team leader and team member; works with staff to create conditions for collective efficacy
Inclusive: values diversity, supports all students, foregrounds equity, welcoming to all
Drives for results
Ability to influence
Problem solving ability
Showing confidence to lead: presents with confidence, puts oneself in challenging situations, takes personal responsibility for mistakes
Planning: plans, organizes and manages responsibilities effectively
Cognitive complexity: analytical, conceptual, multidimensional
Awareness of emotions in self and others
Trustworthy: follows through on commitments, treats others with respect, builds relationships
Ability to work with and respond to the community
Student-centered, with a genuine enjoyment working with middle school students and an ability to listen and understand
Relationship builder
Dispositions: good sense of humor, kind, compassionate, positive, calm, patient

Experience: A minimum of three years teaching, preferably in a middle school or experience in school administration.
Training: Equivalent to the completion of a Master’s degree from an accredited college in education or a related field.
License or Certificate: Possession of or enrollment in a program to obtain a Principal’s license through the Colorado Department of Education. Possession of ability to obtain and maintain an appropriate valid Colorado driver’s license.
Office environment; exposure to computer screens; travel from site to site.Primary functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting for prolonged periods of times; use of computer keyboard; light lifting and carrying.
Salary range: School administrators are paid on this salary schedule, dependent on education and years of experience. Wages will be earned during the school calendar at the number of days required below, but will be paid over the twelve month contract period.
Benefits: The Roaring Fork School District offers full district paid employee health benefits as well as voluntary vision, dental, and dependent coverage. Other benefits include: paid personal and sick leave, paid parental leave for mothers and fathers, a robust retirement plan under Colorado PERA with a district contribution of over 20% of an employee’s wages each month, Employee Assistance programs, a district wellness program, and access to discounted ski passes and other community benefits.
Days worked: this is an exempt position, scheduled to work 204 days/year.
At GSMS, Crew is our cultural foundation: a powerful space for building belonging, safety and equity. We believe students learn best when engaged in relevant and important work such as EL Education National High Quality Work Library: GSMS Life Changing Stories Project . To learn more about who we are read our GSMS Guiding Beliefs and check out GSMS Teachers Set Example for Better World Day. Our GSMS Crew includes teachers who have been nationally recognized for excellence such as the 2022 Colorado Teacher of the Year and a 2021 EL Education Klingenstein Award national finalist.
Our ideal candidate enjoys collaboration with a team, believes every child can succeed, loves a challenge, feels passionate about helping students make the world a better place, gives second and third chances, uses feedback to improve, can analyze student work and data to provide just in time support to students, and smiles a lot.
With 13 schools and 5,600 students, the Roaring Fork School District is located in the culturally vibrant and naturally stunning Roaring Fork Valley serving the communities of Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, and Basalt. The Roaring Fork Schools believe that teachers are our most important asset, and our teachers enjoy a true teacher voice in decision-making; clear and collaborative leadership; small class sizes (average - 21); a highly competitive and progressive salary schedule; access to our affordable housing program; and a culture of self-care and well-being. We believe diversity is a strength, and our staff makes a real difference for our students who come from different ethnicities, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds.
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