2018-19 School Leader - Principal & Assistant Principal (All Grade Levels)
Administrator/Other Professional
Job Number 4100011995
Start Date
Open Date 11/10/2017
Closing Date 03/30/2018

Would you like to join a thriving urban school district that is committed to elevating you in your profession?

Do you want to be part of a district that is doing transformative work to ensure that every student graduates ready for college, career and community?

If so, the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) has much to offer you: a clear vision, a collaboratively-designed strategic framework, collaboration time, district support and excellent professional development opportunities.

MMSD is seeking highly motivated and energetic applicants for the positions of Principal and Assistant Principal at all levels  for openings for the 2018-2019 school year. The Madison Metropolitan School District actively seeks and encourages women and candidates of color to apply.



BECOMING A MODEL URBAN DISTRICT: The Madison Metropolitan School District has a simple but bold vision - that every school will be a thriving school that prepares every student to graduate from high school ready for college, career and community. We know that vision doesn't come to life without the very best leaders throughout our district. We are focused on becoming a model urban school district that serves our children and families better than ever before. Our strategy as a district is captured in our strategic framework (https://www.madison.k12.wi.us/framework), which was developed with input from staff, students, parents and the community. We have made exciting progress as a district and to continue moving forward, we believe we must stay incredibly focused, keep schools at the center and strive for a culture of excellence and equity for all students and educators.


We know this vision doesn't come to life without dynamic leaders in every school. For more information on our principal screening and selection process please visit Lead Madison (https://www.madison.k12.wi.us/leadmadison).


ABOUT THE DISTRICT: MMSD is the second largest school system in Wisconsin and has a student population of approximately 27,000 students in 32 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, 4 comprehensive high schools, 2 alternative secondary schools and several alternative programs. The district has a total staff of over 5,400 and an operating budget of $420 million. The District has a 56% minority student population.


For additional information visit the following websites: Madison Metropolitan School District - www.madison.k12.wi.us; City of Madison - http://www.cityofmadison.com/ County of Dane - www.co.dane.wi.us; State of Wisconsin - http://www.wisconsin.gov/Pages/Home.aspx; Department of Public Instruction - www.dpi.state.wi.us; University of Wisconsin System - www.uwsa.edu.

Work Location Doyle-Human Resources

Compensation includes a generous salary schedule that includes a merit pay program with progression determined on performance and years of service. Additional compensation includes a full line of benefits.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


In the Madison Metropolitan School District, the principal is a critical member of our leadership team. To ensure that each school is a thriving school that prepares every student to graduate college, career and community ready, the principal and assistant principal must demonstrate day one readiness in the following areas:


Human Resource Leadership

As effective human resource leaders, principals recruit, select, develop and evaluate teaching staff with the competencies needed to carry out the school?s instructional improvement strategies. Effective human resource leaders also develop and leverage teacher leadership talent and foster distributed leadership.

  • Distributes leadership across the school, systematically leveraging staff members? strengths and demonstrated success with students to advance school goals and build capacity of staff.
  • Is able to give staff regular, clear, and actionable feedback regarding their classroom practice and supports continued reflection and development of instructional practice among teachers.
  • Can use school data to provide sustained professional learning opportunities that include whole staff training, teacher collaboration time and one-on-one coaching for teachers.
  • Is able to recruit and select outstanding staff committed to the success of all students.


Instructional Leadership

As effective instructional leaders, principals work with the school community to articulate a vision of improvement that is shared by all. This vision is verified by classroom observations and feedback, collaborative work opportunities, and rigorous student learning objectives. Effective principals focus on results by setting clear staff and student expectations, and facilitating the use of data for student growth.

  • Creates, communicates and maintains a clear, compelling vision and School Improvement Plan that integrates current research, stakeholder input and other data and includes clear, measurable goals for improving student achievement.
  • Demonstrates a committed belief that all students can and will learn at a high level; holds self and staff accountable to this same standard and publicly draws attention to opportunity gaps that exist in the school.
  • Focuses his or her own attention persistently and publicly on learning and teaching, prioritizing those actions that have the greatest impact on student achievement.
  • Supports regular opportunities for teachers to collaborate, plan instruction, analyze data, and adjust practice.
  • Demonstrates significant instructional expertise, and is able to collect, analyze, and use multiple forms of data, including assessments, to set effective SLO?s, monitor school, staff, and student performance, and drive instructional practice.
  • Understands and can teach others the principles of lesson design based on the needs of individual learners and to include culturally and linguistically responsive teaching strategies.


Personal Behavior

Effective principals model professionalism by exhibiting ethical and respectful behavior that is displayed in interactions with students, staff, parents and the community. Effective principals also maximize time focused on student learning, use feedback to improve school performance and student achievement, and demonstrate initiative and persistence to achieve school goals and improve performance.

  • Consistently demonstrates the ability to communicate ideas and thoughts in a clear and coherent manner.
  • Consistently demonstrates emotional intelligence and dispositions aligned with district vision/values; maintains a stance of inquiry and respect.Demonstrates interpersonal skills consistent with effective leadership
  • Consistently demonstrates ethical decision-making to fulfill obligations to students, public and the profession.
  • Is results-oriented and applies initiative and persistence to set and achieve challenging goals.
  • Is able to assess his/her own strengths and growth areas, seeking feedback from others and integrating feedback to improve performance.
  • Creates efficiencies in use of time to enable focus on key goals and deadlines.
  • Establishes a school culture that values creativity and innovative problem solving.  Challenges the status quo to improve service to students.
  • Actively listens to others and can respond to subtle social cues.
  • Develops and implements systems to generate feedback from stakeholders that results in improved school performance.


Intentional and Collaborative School Culture

Effective principals establish a climate of trust and collaboration among school staff, students and the community and ensure that the school is inclusive, culturally responsive and conducive to student learning. They build positive relationships by effectively communicating, managing conflicts and forging consensus for improvement.

  • Effectively assesses the culture of a school, providing the leadership needed to successfully implement school-wide improvement.
  • Effectively initiates conversations and confronts others? preconceptions around race, culture, class, and other issues of difference.
  • Communicates clearly and persuasively with diverse individuals and stakeholder groups. Demonstrates a leadership voice and presence as an accessible leader among peers, staff, parents, community members, and students.
  • Effectively anticipates and manages conflict.
  • Develops authentic partnerships and communication with parents and families in a way to enables them to support student learning.
  • Establishes a school culture that is relentlessly focused on the achievement and development of each student, while remaining positive, respectful, welcoming, and safe for all stakeholders.
  • Strives to reach consensus, but knows this is not always possible; manages change processes to keep a school moving forward on important priorities.


School Management

Effective principals manage school finances and work within policies to create an environment of school improvement and student achievement. Effective principals are active when policies should be changed to better reflect school, district and state goals.

  • Effectively distributes leadership for monitoring school operations while ensuring a safe learning environment and escalating unresolved issues when needed.
  • Establishes effective systems for monitoring SIP progress and effectively communicates results to staff.
  • Effectively aligns and monitors the school budget, including allocation of resources.
Minimum Qualifications
  1. Master's Degree in Educational Administration or related field.
  2. Evidence that candidate is eligible to be certified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as Principal PreK-12 (51) must be received prior to the start of employment.
  3. Three years of successful teaching experience.
  4. Demonstrated leadership experience that drives school improvement
  5. Demonstrated commitment to excellence with equity and a sense of urgency towards closing the achievement gap
  6. Training, experience, and expertise in the following areas of education: working within an instructional team, standards-based instruction and assessment, culturally relevant and differentiated instruction, and technology skills to enhance professional learning and instruction.
  7. Demonstrated ability in the use of data to improve student learning and in the design and implementation of professional learning experiences to enhance adult use of student data to improve practices and drive school improvement.
  8. Demonstrated ability to establish relationships with students, staff, parents and the community.
  9. Evidence of excellent: oral, written, computer- and web-based communication skills; organizational and group facilitation skills; communication skills among diverse audiences, including students, staff and community partners.
  10. All positions require experience working cross-culturally and/or commitment to work toward improving one's own cultural proficiency i.e., valuing difference/diversity, recognizing personal limitations in one's skills and expertise, and having the desire to learn in these areas.
Desired Qualifications
  1. Leadership experience in an administrator, management and/or similar position within the field of education and/or prior experience leading a school
  2. Experience with Special Education programs and inclusive education
  3. Experience with Dual Language Immersion and/or Development Bilingual Education programs
  4. Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise and evaluate professional staff.
  5. Demonstrated ability to know and use appropriate community resources for students and families.
  6. Fluent in Spanish and/or Hmong.
Other Information

Application Procedure:

Online applications accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.  Candidates are encouraged to apply early for most comprehensive consideration.



Final selection will be made by a Chief of Schools with recommendation for employment by the Superintendent of Schools to the Board of Education.

The Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, physical appearance, marital status, disability, arrest or conviction record, membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state, political belief, sexual orientation, less than honorable discharge, source of income or the fact that an individual is a student.

Application Deadline 03/30/2018
Equal Opportunity Employer