Middle School Principal

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Kalamazoo Public Schools
Position Details: 

Kalamazoo Public Schools

Is Seeking Applicants For

Middle School Principal

10-Month, Full-Time





The mission of the Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS), a model international  community of learners, is to ensure that all students are responsible, contributing members of a global society through an educational system characterized by the highest academic achievements for all students; the development of the unique talents and abilities of each person; unlimited opportunities for all; exemplary, caring teachers and staff; inspired, personalized teaching and learning; and the dedicated involvement of the full community.  KPS is home to the Kalamazoo Promise, which provides free college tuition for eligible graduates of KPS high schools. This nationally recognized program has energized the KPS community.



Administers and leads all aspects of the middle school program.  Is responsible for leadership in student achievement, safe operations and staff excellence as well as day-to-day oversight of the school budget, the various components of an effective middle school program including extracurricular and the facility.  Provides leadership in the evaluation of the strengths and programmatic needs of the school in relation to local and district goals.  Prepares and achieves high standards for quality and excellence.  Effectively communicates the school’s program to parents and the local community.  Supervises and evaluates staff.



  1. Leads the operation of the school in compliance with the Board of Education policy and the direction of the Superintendent.
  2. Leads the school in advancing student achievement to include closing the achievement gap between student learners.
  3. Provides leadership in the assessment of needs of students, staff and parents and in the development of appropriate educational programs and student activities.
  4. Maintains student conduct, enforces discipline in compliance with district procedures and accords due process to students.
  5. Directs a balanced program of extra-curricular activities; assesses needs for activities; participates in local and state organizations in order to regulate the program.

     6.    Supervises the maintenance of accurate records on the progress and attendance of students  through report cards and conferences.

      7.   Assists in the recruiting, screening, and recommending of qualified candidates for positions

            on the middle school staff and in the orientation of new personnel.

      8.   Plans and administers staff-development activities.

      9.   Observes and evaluates the performance of the staff members.

   10.    Selects and administers a model for school governance utilizing staff members, parents, and citizens.

    11.   Provides for annual and long range plans for educational programs, activities, and evaluations as an outgrowth of the school governance concept.

    12.   Selects and administers a plan for utilization of volunteers.

    13.   Assumes responsibilities for the safety, administration, and maintenance of the school plant.

    14.   Prepares and submits requests for purchases and repairs and monitors expenditures. 

    15.   Performs other tasks as assigned by the Director of Secondary Education. 




      1.   Possess a Master’s Degree in teaching or educational leadership.

      2.   Possess a successful work history.

      3.   Meet or be willing to meet the State school administrator’s certification or continuing

            education requirement.

      4.   Three (3) years of successful teaching experience or three (3) years of comparable

            successful experience as it pertains to this position.

      5.   Possess excellent written and oral communication skills.

      6.   Possess basic computer skills for communication and report writing.

      7.   Possess knowledge of or experience with middle school curriculum, data analysis, performance assessment and school improvement planning.

      8.   Possess experience in advancing student achievement.

      9.   Experience in an urban or diverse setting.




  1. Successful experience as a secondary principal or assistant principal.
  2. Knowledge of Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching.
  3. Knowledge of John Collins Writing Program.
  4. Successful experience in a multicultural, urban school district.






Interested applicants should apply on line and attach their application to this posting. 

Internal candidates should submit a letter of interest and a current resume to the

Human Resources Department attention:

Sheila Dorsey, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

Kalamazoo Public Schools

Department of Human Resources

1220 Howard Street

Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008

(269) 337-0177     FAX (269) 337-0185


Position will be posted until filled. 


Visit our web site at:  http://www.kalamazoopublicschools.com


Kalamazoo Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.