Building Principal

Reports To:

Superintendent of Schools

Job Type:



February 13, 2018

Core Knowledge Areas:

  • Career and Technical Education
  • Character Education
  • Curriculum, Instruction and Student Learning
  • English Learners
  • Federal Programs
  • Paraprofessionals – Non Special Education
  • Parent and Community Involvement
  • Parent and Student Issue Resolution
  • Professional Development
  • Student Discipline
  • Student Learning Assessments
  • Student Scheduling and Course Management
  • Trojan Enhanced Learning Initiative


Assigned Building


Full-Time, 245-Days

Required Education Level:

Master’s Degree

The Building Principal is accountable for the administration, oversight and planning for various core knowledge areas identified for the position.  The person in this position uses management, organizational, planning, communication, technical and conflict management skills to ensure that the assigned core knowledge areas are carried out effectively to meet the goals and objectives set forth annually by the School Board and Superintendent of Schools.

  • Managing the day to day operations of the school building.
  • Administering special programs assigned by the Superintendent of Schools including, but not limited to, career and technical education, English learners and federal programs.
  • Establishing the curriculum for the building and ensuring that the instruction and learning activities are effective in delivering the curriculum.
  • Working to enhance the effectiveness of parent and community involvement within the school building.
  • Resolving issues with parents, students and staff.
  • Organizing and providing professional development for staff to enhance the school environment.
  • Updating and monitoring PVAAS.
  • Maintaining high levels of discipline within the school environment.
  • Developing a program of studies and scheduling student courses each year.
  • Preparing for and implementing required student assessments.
  • Implementing technology education utilizing the SAMR model as a guide.
  • Developing and implementing character education programs.
  • Evaluating staff and implementing corrective action where needed.
  • Performing such other duties as may be required and assigned by the Superintendent of Schools.

Required Education Level:

Master’s Degree


A valid PA driver’s license


PA Principal Certification

Essential Job Functions:

  • Ability to work effectively with students and adults.
  • Ability to remain calm and handle stressful situations.
  • Ability to read, write, listen and perform mathematics.
  • Ability to use a computer and computer applications.
  • Ability to schedule and resolve schedule conflicts.
  • Ability to react appropriately when challenged by others.
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to resolve issues and work as part of a team.
  • Moderate accounting skills.

The position holder must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation.  It is the responsibility of the employee to inform the Upper Dauphin Area School District Superintendent of any and all reasonable accommodation that will be required. Upper Dauphin Area School District is an equal opportunity employment, educational and service organization.

Preferred Education Level:


Preferred Certifications:


Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with managing the day to day operations of a school building.

Work Year:

Full-time, 245 Days based on District Schedule

Work Schedule:

8 Hours with some evenings and weekends to cover extracurricular events.

Specific hours set by the Superintendent of Schools to meet the needs of each building.

Emergency Management:

Position may involve emergency response activities that extend beyond the normal work day.

Position will carry or be in proximity to emergency radio communications during working hours.

Job Rate:

Hiring: Salary commensurate with experience.

Ongoing: As decided annually by the School Board.

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to sit at desk for extended periods.
  • Repetitive movements of hands and fingers necessary for computer and calculator work.
  • Some lifting (50 lbs.) and some carrying (25 lbs.).
  • Some bending, stooping, climbing, reaching and turning/twisting.
  • Writing and computer entry.

Work Environment:

Office setting as well as all buildings and grounds areas within the assigned building.

Equipment to Operate:

Computer, mobile devices, telephone, scanner, television and audio/visual equipment, sound system and radios.

This position supervises the following positions:

  • Building Secretaries
  • Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals – Non Special Education
  • Paraprofessionals – Special Education (jointly with Director, Special Education and Student Services)
  • Guidance Counselors (jointly with Director, Special Education and Student Services)
  • Teachers – Special Education (jointly with Director, Special Education and Student Services)