Position Title:    Principal/AD

Reports To:       Education Supervisor/Executive Director

For additional information contact:

Marcia Dodds
Human Resources Director


Job Overview

The Principal promotes the success of all students by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community. (Shared Vision) The Principal promotes the success of all students by advocating, nurturing and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional development. (Culture of Learning) The Principal promotes the success of all students by ensuring management of the organization, operations and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment. (Management) The Principal promotes the success of all students by collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs and mobilizing community resources. (Family and Community) The Principal promotes the success of all students by acting with integrity, fairness and in an ethical manner. (Ethics) The Principal promotes the success of all students by understanding the profile of the community and responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context. (Societal Context)

Job Description:

Facilitates the Educational Team in providing leadership in the school program.

  • Works with staff in developing a school vision and promoting it.
  • Implements a collaborative plan of action to achieve goals for the school programming
  • Seeks solutions to problems and appropriately responds to concerns.
  • Assesses and facilitates continuous improvement of the education program.

Manages the Educational Leadership Team to guide instruction and support an effective learning environment.

  • Holds high expectations for the performance of students and staff.
  • Develops and supports programs that improve learning.
  • Ensures maintenance of normative peer culture in classrooms.
  • Assure that special education, 504 plans and ESL needs are being met.
  • Coordinates services that support student growth and development.

Oversees the Teaching and Learning to provide development and implementation of curriculum.

  • Collaborates with Leadership Team and Teaching/ Learning Coordinator in curriculum development and ensures effective delivery of curriculum.
  • Monitors student grading policies/practices.
  • Promotes the use of technological developments.

Directs the Educational Leadership Team to provide appropriate education program staffing and professional development of staff.

  • Interviews, orients, and assists teachers and support staff.
  • Oversees schedules for the school year, semester, for staff and students.
  • Provides and/or arranges for staff training and professional development aligned with identified program needs.
  • Supports and implements measures that foster and maintain positive attitudes, collaboration, and cooperation among teachers and staff.

Works with Teaching and Learning Coordinator to use assessment and evaluation information to make decisions.

  • Uses assessment information on student and program performance to implement change where appropriate.
  • Ensures that student progress is monitored and reported in a clear and timely format.
  • Monitors and assesses the record keeping and documentation of the program.

Communicates with diverse groups and individuals with clarity and sensitivity.

  • Supports collaboration among treatment and education staff to develop individual treatment/education plans for students.
  • Communicates effectively with students, staff, other agencies and school districts.
  • Treats students and adults with respect.
  • Is responsive to concerns and questions regarding the education program.

Acts in accordance with established laws, policies, procedures, and good business practices.

  • Ensures that education program staff understand and comply with relevant laws, policies, and procedures.
  • Oversees education programming and budgeting needs.

Demonstrate competency in the 6 Leadership Standards
Support WA instructional goals

Abide by The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (42 USC & 201 et seq.)
All other duties as assigned.

Standards of Performance:

The Substance Abuse Counselor’s performance will be rated based upon:

  • Job Knowledge/Skills
  • Productivity
  • Dependability
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Initiative
  • Time Management
  • Problem Solving/Decision Making
  • Self Development-Professional and Personal
  • Management Principles
  • Development/Evaluation of Subordinates


Horizontal and Outside Relationships:

  • Youth
  • Volunteers
  • Woodward-Granger School District Administrators
  • AEA Personnel
  • Residents’ “Home School District” Administrators
  • Referring Agencies
  • Community Resources
  • Juvenile Court and law Enforcement Personnel
  • Regulatory Agencies
  • All Facility Staff


Education and Experience

  • Iowa Department of Education Certification as a Secondary School Principal with an Evaluator Endorsement.
  • Holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration with a Concentration in Special Education preferred.
  • Minimum of five years teaching experience with emotionally handicapped and or learning disabled youth.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in other educational leadership capacity, supervisory or administrative experience.
  • It is an essential function of the job that staff be capable of participating in physical training activities and be capable of providing safety interventions.



  • Twelve Months
  • Regular business hours and as needed