Elementary Principal

Elementary Principal

Job Title: Principal

Reports to: Head of School

Supervises: Teachers and Students


Nature and Scope:

The school Principal at Lerner supports the work of the Head of School, serving as the General Studies educational leader, responsible for managing and ensuring implementation of the school policies, regulations, and procedures to ensure that all students are supervised in a safe Jewish learning environment that meets the approved curricula and mission of the school.

In the pursuit of academic excellence, the Principal works collaboratively to direct and nurture all members of the school teaching staff hired by the Head of School while also communicating effectively with parents. Inherent in the position are the responsibilities for scheduling, curriculum development, and working with the Head of School on personnel management, emergency procedures, and facility operations.

Job Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Head of School in establishing and promoting high standards and expectations for all students and teaching staff for academic performance and responsible behavior.
  • Establish the annual schedule for instructional programs, ensuring sequential learning experiences for students consistent with the school’s philosophy, mission statement, and instructional goals.
  • Supervises the instructional programs of the school, evaluating lesson plans and observing classes on a regular basis to encourage the use of varied instructional strategies and materials consistent with research on learning and child growth and development.
  • Evaluate and select instructional materials and equipment.
  • Support the Head of School in ensuring a safe, orderly environment that encourages students to take responsibility for behavior.
  • Establish a professional rapport with students and with staff. Display the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards when working with students, parents, and school personnel.
  • Work with teaching staff to ensure that consistent behavior management strategies are being used throughout the school.
  • Maintain a positive, cooperative, and mutually supportive relationship with staff.
  • Research and collect data regarding the needs of students.
  • Organize and supervise procedures for identifying and addressing special needs of students including health-related concerns and physical and emotional needs.
  • Meet weekly with each teacher.
  • Maintain a master schedule.
  • Communicate regularly with parents, seeking their support and advice, so as to create a cooperative relationship to support the student in the school.
  • Use effective presentation skills when addressing students, staff, and parents.
  • Complete in a timely fashion all reports or letters requested by the Head of School.
  • Establish procedures for safe storage and integrity of all confidential school records.
  • Protect the confidentiality of records and information gained as part of exercising professional duties and use discretion in sharing information within legal confines.
  • Attend all required meetings including those in the evenings or on weekends.
  • Develop General Studies curriculum and work with the Head of School and Director of Jewish Life to integrate with Judaic Studies curriculum.
  • Ensure regular and continual evaluation of curriculum and implement changes appropriately.
  • Guide the creation of integrated units of study for the classroom by working with teachers to write, implement and evaluate such units.
  • Nurture both students and teachers to achieve their greatest potential academically and instructionally
  • Plan and provide opportunities for Professional Development
  • Work with the Head of School on the evaluation, communication and documentation of teachers’ performance on a regular basis with a minimum of two discussion-based evaluations per year.
  • Schedule and plan for visiting artists and other professional resources to come to the Lerner School for enrichment activities which support the curriculum.
  • Work with Advancement department, specifically around recruitment, admissions, enrollment, and fundraising efforts
  • Write articles for weekly faculty newsletter and weekly community newsletter
  • Work with the Head of School on the school calendar.
  • Interview new staff members.
  • Review report cards and all newsletters before distribution
  • Set up New Faculty Orientation.
  • Oversee standardized testing.
  • Oversee Elementary Educational Budget


  • Master’s Degree or higher in Elementary Education or Educational Leadership.
  • At least 3 years of leadership experience in an elementary or secondary school (5+ years preferred).
  • At least 3 years of classroom teaching experience in an accredited elementary school (5+ years and private school experience preferred).
  • Proficient with Word, Excel, Gmail, and Google Suite and able to learn other programs quickly.
  • All employment offers are contingent on passing a full background check. 

Salary and Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience.

Medical, dental, vision, LTD & STD,  paid vacation & sick time, 403b retirement plan.

To apply to become the next Principal at The Lerner School,  please send a resume and cover letter to Traci Stratford, Director of Catalyzing Resources Programs, Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools,  tracis@prizmah.org.