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Syracuse City School District Job posting 37399
725 HARRISON ST, SYRACUSE, New York, 13210 Job posted as of Dec 02, 2016 until Until Filled

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The Syracuse City School District (SCSD) is setting a higher bar for students and staff alike – and doing more than ever to help them reach it. We serve a richly diverse student body – our students speak over 70 languages, and 4 in 5 are low-income – and we believe every single student deserves a vibrant education. That’s why we’re going all in to make Syracuse the most-improved urban district in America. It won’t be easy, but it’s exciting. If you’re energized by our ambitious goals, and by the challenge of charting a new future for Syracuse, join us.

Our Commitment to Diversity

At the Syracuse City School District, we believe it’s in the interest of both students and the public to have a staff which is highly qualified and effective in performing the duties assigned to them, and which contains a healthy diversity of personal backgrounds. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. This means we are committed to providing equal access to all categories of employment, regardless of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, creed or religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or expression, disability or any other legally protected category under federal, state or local law. Once hired, employees will need to present proof of eligibility to work legally in the United States.

Job Title
Elementary School Principal (2017-2018)
District Name
Syracuse City School District
Certification(s)/Licensure(s) required
School Building Leader
Posted on
Dec 02, 2016
Expiry Date
Until Filled
Job Description
Please note that this posting is for anticipated openings for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. Locations will vary depending on availability. We expect to begin the screening process in February 2017.

The Syracuse City School District is undergoing a new phase of innovation and transformation with the goal of ensuring that all students graduate high school with the skills needed to be ready for college and career. For Syracuse, all means all – including students who fall behind or have been considered “hard to serve” for a host of reasons. The School Board and Syracuse community have charged Interim Superintendent Jaime Alicea with improving student achievement, and he is seeking a dedicated team of school leaders and teachers to partner with him in moving the district toward its goals. The Syracuse City School District represents 34 schools and 4 alternative education programs, serving 21,000+ students Pre-K-12 of whom 77% qualify for free or reduced price lunch, 18% are served by the Office of Special Education and 78% are students of color.

The district is committed to ensuring that there is an effective school leader at the helm of every school and a high quality teacher in every classroom.  Syracuse principals provide transformational leadership to planning and managing one of the district’s schools. This includes: implementing a school instructional model which focuses on high student achievement; building a positive school climate that supports the whole student; leveraging research and data to drive instructional practice; and building a high-performing staff and leadership team to achieve the school’s vision and goals. The principal will collaborate with parents, community members, the SCSD central office, consultants, as well as other internal/external resources and stakeholders to implement new educational programs, capital improvements, systems reform, tools and other resources to accelerate student achievement.

Successful SCSD employees are passionately committed to urban education and all in for Syracuse students. They:
  • Believe strongly that all students can learn at high levels;
  • Demonstrate commitment to serving urban students, schools or communities, and to closing the achievement gap;
  • Demonstrate willingness to put the interests of students above all others;
  • Actively contribute to a culture of high expectations in schools and the district;
  • Adapt seamlessly to the complexities of the urban school environment; and
  • Follow current trends in education policy and research.

REPORTS TO: Assistant Superintendent(s) of PK-8/Elementary Schools

An Elementary School Principal will be expected to fulfill the following responsibilities:
  • Results Orientation
    • Promote a widely shared institutional belief that every child deserves and can have expert instruction and that all team members must be advocates for students
    • Set high performance goals for self and others despite instability and obstacles to success
    • Create a sense of urgency and take immediate action to ensure early successes
    • Establish and enforce high standards for excellence with students, teachers, staff, and other stakeholders
    • Align school resources and prioritize activities to achieve maximum results based on vision and goals
    • Relentlessly focus school activities on student achievement
  • Action Orientation
    • Effectively plan and take action to achieve goals and objectives without direction
    • Consistently identify potential issues and obstacles and proactively take action to create and implement solutions
    • Formulate and execute on action plans despite ambiguity, obstacles or resistance
    • Impact and Influence
    • Establish a culture of learning and achievement
    • Act consistently to influence others’ thinking and behavior to achieve results
    • Communicate a clear vision of success and benefits to engage all stakeholders (e.g. families, students, teachers, community members)
    • Identify and engage stakeholders to drive consensus, build trust and facilitate change
    • Anticipate and respond to stakeholder concerns and identify and engage key influencers and community resources necessary for success
    • Influence others to take action and demand change
  • Develop and Lead High Performing Teams
    • Effectively build and organize adult teams to mirror vision and produce maximum results
    • Understand strengths and areas of growth for both team and individuals
    • Effectively delegate to others and engage team in shared decision-making when appropriate
    • Encourage learning and consistently provide instruction, expectations, feedback and other developmental activities to encourage leadership and build capacity
    • Consistently inspire excellence and promote high morale
  • Strategic Planning and Problem Solving 
    • Quickly recognize patterns and trends related to school performance
    • Analyze complex information to formulate strategic vision and develop action plans 
    • Identify appropriate metrics and use qualitative and quantitative data to assess performance and drive goals and decision-making. 
    • Recognize cause and effect between instructional activities and results 
    • Develop right balance of strategic and tactical plans to achieve immediate success while maintaining long-term vision 
    • Develop effective processes to achieve desired results
The Principal will be expected to perform additional related duties as required.

  • Possession of a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership or related field
  • Minimum of three years administrative experience in education
  • Adaptable to the complexities of the urban school environment
  • Strong belief that all students can learn at high levels and focus on building this culture school-wide
  • Proven experience leading urban schools to accelerate student academic and learning performance
  • Establishes a safe school culture that is conducive to student needs and student learning
  • Familiar with school-level best practices to build and sustain change
  • Deep knowledge of current trends and best practices in education policy and research, including comprehensive assessment systems and data-driven instruction
  • Experienced in successful design and delivery of educator professional development 
  • Proven success in conducting rigorous evaluations of educator and school staff performance
  • Proven experience managing school budgets and finance

  • New York State Certificate in Education Administration (School Building Leader)

  • The current salary range for an Elementary School Principal in the Syracuse City School District is $106,613 - $141,260.* 

    *Salary increases pursuant to the Unit 2 contractual agreement are pending Board of Education approval.