Lower School Principal

  • Savannah Christian Preparatory School
  • Savannah, GA, USA
  • Nov 13, 2023
Full time Division Director/Head

Job Description

The lower school principal must have a firm grounding in the Christian faith, an advanced degree, a joyful disposition, a collaborative attitude toward decision-making, a humble heart, and experience in school administration.

The lower school principal reports to the head of school, and they are responsible for the supervision, discipline, and monitoring of students, and the implementation and enforcement of school policies. The principal shall work cooperatively with the administrative team and support the overall mission of the school. This includes creating effective parent, teacher, and student communications; supporting, encouraging, mentoring, and evaluating staff; and fostering teamwork between teachers and among staff and parents.

Execution of the above duties includes the following:

  • Professing Christian with a Biblically sound salvation experience that is clearly communicated.
  • Practices a solid personal faith and is active in a local church.
  • Holds a core belief in Biblical integration within a framework of academics, with the ability to implement and expand such a framework.
  • Model Christian character in speech and actions.
  • Exhibit a Christ-like servant attitude.
  • Spiritually lead, guide, and challenge the school faculty, students, and parents.
  • Regularly examine and adjust the spiritual climate of the school toward Biblical norms through chapel, discipleship groups, devotions, teacher in-services, retreats, and the integration of faith in discipline.
  • Maintain a personal appearance that is a Christian role model of cleanliness, modesty, good taste, and in agreement with school policy.
  • Commitment to SCPS's Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and Core Values.
  • Responsible for the interviewing, hiring, assigning, and retaining all teachers. 
  • Serve as the primary evaluator of teachers and other staff consistent with contract procedures. 
  • Conducts, in cooperation with other administrators, an orientation program for new faculty.
  • Create professional development plans for each teacher that are regularly revisited and updated. 
  • Encourage further educational growth and certification ‘renewal.’ 
  • Encourage and give regular constructive feedback to the teaching team and individual teachers that will build and enhance the team morale and school climate. 
  • Develop programs or events to inform the community about the school, such as parent-teacher conferences and information meetings for parents and potential incoming students.
  • Effectively articulate the purpose and outcomes of programs (including curriculum).
  • Encourage group and individual conferences between parents and/or students and teachers, and work with parents as partners in the education of their children.
  • Participate in the school community life (fine arts, athletics, special programs, etc.)
  • Actively involved in church attendance and various church activities. 
  • Attend and participate in weekly leadership team meetings. 
  • Supervises the operation and management of the school, faculty, grade-level teams, department chairs, and its activities. 
  • Coordinate the preparation of teacher and student schedules. 
  • Makes recommendations regarding the maintenance and improvement of the building, grounds, equipment, and lunch program. 
  • Implement the safety procedures described in the School Readiness Plan. 
  • Partner with the Head of School to assist whenever and wherever possible. 
  • Establish and maintain a climate of respect and encourage a positive student attitude toward the school’s education program and facilities. 
  • Foster the development of student self-discipline so that respect is exercised, morale is high, and discipline is enhanced. 
  • Encourage student discipline in academic and extra-curricular programs. 
  • Mediate, when necessary and appropriate, student-staff-parent conflicts. 
  • Monitor student academic progress and intervene/assist when necessary. 
  • Create, update, and monitor the curriculum guide and the teaching of stated objectives. 
  • Maintain and improve existing high levels of academic achievement. 
  • Guide, revise, and review an instructional program that addresses the needs of the students. 
  • Monitors the quality of instruction through supervision, which focuses on teaching and the performance of an academically diverse student population. 
  • Promote the integration of technology into school programs and classes. 
  • Stay current regarding sound educational practice through reading journals/magazines. 
  • Encourage parents to fulfill the mandate of educating and instructing their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (devotions/family worship). 
  • Master's degree in education
  • Experience preferred but not required