Principal/Head Teacher: Job Description

We are looking for a new Principal to start in August 2019. This is your opportunity to become part of an amazing and dedicated team. Our mission is to teach deaf and hearing children to listen, talk, learn, and achieve excellence together. Our goal is to help every child reach their full potential in school and life. Our independent, nonprofit school currently has 100 students and 30 dedicated staff. We love what we do. Tucker Maxon is ranked one of the Top 100 Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon in 2018. The Principal’s time will be divided with approximately 50% of their time spent teaching, 25% developing and supervising staff, 15% on enrollment and parent interaction, and 10% on strategic and Board-related activities. Our goal is to make the position 100% administrative within five years. The Principal has overall responsibility for recruiting faculty and the evaluating the performance of faculty and students. The Principal reports to the Executive Director and is part of the Senior Leadership Team.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. Teach a class or work with individual students for 4 hours per day (50%)
    • Depending on student enrollment, teach one or a combination of the following: a general education classroom (preschool or elementary), pullout or push in as a teacher of the deaf, a small group classroom (teacher of the deaf), or Early Intervention (birth to 3).
    • Prepare lesson plans, participate in IFSP/IEPs as appropriate, and perform all the duties of a
      regular education teacher/teacher of the deaf, as outlined in the Job Description for that position (available upon request).
  2. Develop and supervise staff (25%)
    •  Supervise all teachers and professional staff (audiologist and speech therapist).
    • Facilitate regular departmental meetings (elementary, preschool, other teams) and monthly all-staff meeting with Executive Director. Also, help plan all-staff retreat at end of each summer.
    • Perform classroom observations: Minimum of two formal observations per year (30 mins each).
    • Lead individual meetings with teachers regarding teaching responsibilities, student issues, parent concerns, and teacher/clinical professional concerns.
    • Oversee class enrollment and placement.
    • Oversee IFSP/IEP process as needed.
    • Research, order, evaluate, and maintain curriculum within approved budgets.
    • Recruit, hire, orient, train, coach and evaluate education staff and substitutes.
    • Oversee Before/Aftercare school program with the Extended Care Manager.
    • Monitor all classroom budgets and approve expenditures.
    • Plan annual school calendar with senior leadership.
    • Oversee any behavior issues or disciplinary actions regarding students.
  3. Parent interactions (15%)
    • Responsible for increased enrollment goals in partnership with Enrollment Coordinator.
    • Take visitors on tours of the school/attend all open houses and community events.
    • Lead meetings requested by parents regarding staff, students, Before and Aftercare, and the occasional special project initiated by parents.
  4. Strategic and Board related activities (10%)
    •  Serve as the Educational lead at weekly Senior Leadership Team meetings.
    •  Attend six Board meetings, including annual all day offsite retreat, and six Governance Committee meetings, per year.
    • Contribute to and help monitor progress of the strategic plan.
    • Present an annual report on the performance of students, faculty, educational services, and clinical programs to the Executive Director and Board of Directors.

Qualifications, Characteristics and Experience:

  • An advanced degree in education is required
  • 10 years’ experience required, 5-10 years considered for an exceptional candidate in other ways
  • Principal or other supervisory experience highly desirable
  • License in administration or working toward license preferred
  • A teacher of the deaf preferred but not required; LSLS certification highly desirable
  • A successful candidate will be:
    • Passionate about children and education
    • Comfortable with classroom observations and coaching teachers
    • A decisive leader who sets boundaries and holds people accountable but provides autonomy to staff
    • An empathetic listener who inspires others to do their best work
    • Someone who creates an environment of mutual respect for teachers
    • An excellent communicator, public spokesperson, ambassador for the school
    • A wise, discreet professional that keeps calm and does not create drama
    • Possesses a good sense of humor


Starting salary is $70,000 to $80,000, depending on level of experience. Excellent benefits include 7 weeks paid vacation annually, health insurance, and employer contributions to a retirement fund.

To Apply: The application deadline is Friday, December 7, 2018 by 5 PM but candidates are encouraged to apply earlier as interviews may begin before the deadline. The projected start date for the position is July or August 2019. To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and why you would like to be our next Principal, and a complete resume as Word or PDF documents with your full name in the title of each document, to with the subject line “Principal.”

Tucker Maxon School is an equal opportunity employer. Tucker Maxon School does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, national or ethnic origin, or other legally protected status. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

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