Southside Principal

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Niles Community Schools
Position Details: 

Southside School

August 29, 2017

Title:                           Principal

Reports to:                  Special Education Director


Annual Employment Period: 45 Weeks, Full Time

Salary Range:  $64,000 - $67,000, commensurate with background and experience




  • Approval as a Director of Special Education or eligible for approval
  • Master's degree or higher, preferably Educational Leadership or currently enrolled in a program working on an Educational Leadership degree.
  • At least five years successful experience as a classroom teacher in special education.
  • Experience in working with students in a center-based program with Cognitive Impairments and/or Emotional Impairments preferred.
  • CHAMPS Trainer/Safe and Civil Trainer preferred
  • PLC Training preferred
  • Technology experience preferred
  • Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board may find appropriate and acceptable.

Performance Responsibilities (Non-prioritized):


  1. Performs as a Team Member of District Administration
    1. Participates in administrative staff meetings and performs assigned tasks.
    2. Interprets and implements Board policies, administrative rules and procedures.
    3. Communicates and coordinates with appropriate personnel issues related to administration, personnel, instruction, school-community relations, operations, equipment and supplies.
    4. Prepares such reports as may be required by the district and state.
  2. Performs as a Leader at the Building Level
    1. Oversees the Building School Improvement Process and the Accreditation Process as well as other state or federal mandates or reports.
    2. Assists in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the school's curriculum and programs.
    3. Assists in the in-service orientation and training of teachers.
    4. Supports and helps organize school involvement activities for teachers, students, and parents.
    5. Communicates with parents, school/community groups through newsletters, school programs, handbooks, print and other media.
    6. Participates in community activities when appropriate.
    7. Focuses attention on students.
      1. Utilizes data to target areas for academic or behavioral improvement.
      2. Sets standards of behavior based upon the approved Code of Conduct and Discipline Philosophy.
      3. Interacts with students in a variety of situations.
      4. Coordinates and supervises students services.
      5. Oversees accurate student cumulative information and ensures its proper use.
      6. Supervises accurate student accounting and attendance records.
      7. Secure class coverage when a substitute teacher is not available.
      8. Welcome and direct substitute teachers new to the building.
    8. Supervises and evaluates personnel.
      1. Helps determine personnel needs.
      2. Supervises recruitment, selection, and the orientation of personnel.
      3. Completes classroom visits and observations.
      4. Conducts an evaluation process with assigned personnel in the building according to district and state tenure policies, rules, procedures, and contracts.
      5. Supervises the design and implementation of professional development programs.
      6. Administers due process procedures when disciplining personnel.
      7. Directs and schedules the activities of school professional and nonprofessional members in the performance of their duties.
      8. Conducts meeting of the staff as necessary for the proper functioning of the school.
    9. Coordinates and supervises functions related to the business nature of the school.
      1. Supervise inventories, orders, and dispersal of supplies and equipment.
      2. Prepare the school's budget and monitor expenditure of funds.
      3. Evaluates the condition of the building and grounds according to educational, health, safety and aesthetic standards.
      4. Initiates changes in use, renovations and updating the building and grounds.
      5. Works with the custodial and maintenance staffs to provide a safe, clean learning environment.
      6. Responsible for the day to day operation, safety, and administration of the building and grounds.
      7. Develops building plans, administers and supervises emergency preparedness and drills.
      8. Coordinates District MI Access, and all building assessments.
    10. Maintains awareness of current trends and research in education through self-improvement activities such as college courses, reading, in-service and professional organization participation.
    11. Coordinates and supervises functions related to Southside/Special Education.
      1. Responsible for the management of the IEP process. 
      2. Assists the Special Education Director as the liaison between Berrien RESA and related district programs.
      3. Responsible for complying with rules, regulations and State/Federal reporting requirements, and updates.
      4. Works cooperatively with RESA administrative and special education staff.
      5. Responsible for the administration of the building discipline policy as it relates to the center-based programs. 
      6. Supervises the implementation and monitoring of Southside’s Positive Behavior Management Program (Safe & Civil/CHAMPS) and the Late Night Program. 
      7. Responsible for the review and update of the student and staff handbook for Southside and all SEI programs in the district.
      8. Assists teachers with the IEP process.
      9. Responsible for setting up visitations/orientations for new students.
      10. Supervises program development and service delivery to students and staff.
      11. Provides instructional leadership on curriculum development and special education instruction- and uses data to inform instructional accountability for student achievement and success in the related programs.
      12. Supervises the special education data management system.
      13. Facilitates staff professional development and in-service activities.
      14. Performs all teacher evaluations, and assists teachers with evaluations of support staff.
      15. Performs other duties as assigned by the Special Education Director.
    12. Evaluations:
      1. Performance of this job will be evaluated annually in accordance with provisions of the Board's policy on evaluation of administrative personnel.
    13. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
      1. Ability to work collaboratively with principals to implement and monitor special education programs; ability to work in a supportive, collaborative role with staff in all departments and offices; ability to interface with other departments to coordinate reciprocal services for achieving special education goals; ability to interpret and remain current on all federal, state, and local mandates for special education and Section 504 services and to ensure that the school division is in compliance; handle confidential information discretely and professionally; use discretion and exercise sound judgment; exceptional public relations/interpersonal skills to respond to parents and advocacy groups and to serve as the school division’s lead representative/contact person of programs for special needs students; effective management, supervisory, team-building, and problem solving skills.

Interested applicants must apply online at 

Prospective employees will receive consideration without discrimination because of religion, race, color, national origin, age, gender, height, weight, marital status, or handicap.  The Niles Community Schools Board of Education complies with all federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination.  Inquiries regarding compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (race, color, or national origin) or Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (gender) may be directed to the Director of Student Support Services, 269.683.6662; compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (disability) may be directed to the Director of Special Education, 269.683.0757; all at 111 Spruce Street, Niles, MI  49120.

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