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4 May 2022

Assistant Principal, Glenwood Springs High School

Roaring Fork School District – Posted by algjobs Glenwood Springs, Garfield County, Colorado, United States

Job Description

Glenwood Springs High School seeks an exceptional assistant principal capable of taking a key role in the continuous work of school improvement, which means not only further raising academic achievement but also further developing a culture in which all students can thrive.


Receives direct supervision from the Principal. Is expected to act as an executive in their own right exercising considerable delegated powers.

Supervises licensed staff and non-licensed staff.


The following are examples of primary duties assigned to the Assistant Principal.  Other related primary duties and responsibilities may be assigned.

  • Strategic Leadership: Work in partnership with the principal to develop the vision, mission, values, expectations and goals of the school; Provide for data-based progress monitoring; Collaborate with staff and school community to implement strategies to move those goals forward.
  • Instructional Leadership: Create processes and schedules which maximize student success and instructional time; Support teachers through ongoing, actionable feedback and needs-based professional development; Hold all staff accountable for setting and achieving rigorous performance goals for all students, and empower staff to achieve these goals across content areas.
  • School Cultural and Equity Leadership: Articulate, model and positively reinforce a clear vision and values of the school’s culture, and involve students, families and staff in creating an inclusive and welcoming climate that supports it.
  • Human Resource Leadership: Establish and effectively manage processes and systems that ensure a knowledgeable, high-quality, high-performing staff.
  • Managerial Leadership: Establish systems to improve student learning and overall healthy development for all students; Proactively manage interactions and relationships, including those among and between parents/guardians, students and staff; Ensure that the school provides a supportive environment that fosters a climate of safety, respect, and well-being; Provide supervision of the school campus during school hours and at extracurricular activities sponsored by the school.
  • External Leadership: Design and/or utilize structures and processes, which result in family and community engagement, support and ownership for the school; Develop systems and relationships to leverage the school district and community resources available to them both within and outside of the school in order to maximize the school’s ability to serve the best interest of students and families.


Knowledge of: 

  • Educational needs of high school students
  • Curriculum development and effective instructional practices
  • Using data to promote student achievement
  • Positive discipline and classroom management techniques
  • Effective public speaking and presentation techniques
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulation
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Extensive knowledge of office and educational software programs
  • Principles of business and letter writing and basic report preparation

Ability to:

  • Supervise, plan and direct standards based instructional practices, curriculum development, and assessment
  • Implement school and district programs
  • Oversee, direct and coordinate the work of staff, projects and teams
  • Recruit, select, supervise, develop and evaluate staff
  • Analyze situations and generate effective strategies
  • Develop goals and implement plans, systems and procedures to achieve them
  • Attend professional development, conferences and meetings (including evenings and weekends)
  • Attend and supervise student and community activities (including evenings, weekends and holidays)
  • Make presentations as required; create excitement for learning
  • Be reflective on performance and have a continuous improvement mindset
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Motivate staff and students to achieve high levels of engagement and performance

Principal/director candidates are assessed using the following Roaring Fork Schools Leadership Competencies

  • Ability to execute a strategic vision
  • Team oriented: effective as a team leader and team member; works with staff to create conditions for collective efficacy
  • Inclusive: values diversity, supports all students, foregrounds equity, welcoming to all
  • Drives for results
  • Ability to influence
  • Problem solving ability
  • Showing confidence to lead: presents with confidence, puts oneself in challenging situations, takes personal responsibility for mistakes
  • Persistence
  • Planning: plans, organizes and manages responsibilities effectively
  • Cognitive complexity: analytical, conceptual, multidimensional
  • Awareness of emotions in self and others
  • Trustworthy: follows through on commitments, treats others with respect, builds relationships
  • Ability to work with and respond to the community
  • Student-centered, with a genuine enjoyment working with high school students and an ability to listen and understand
  • Relationship builder
  • Dispositions: good sense of humor, kind, compassionate, positive, calm, patient


Experience: A minimum of five years teaching experience, including high school, as well as  experience in school administration through having played an extensive role as a building leader. Deep knowledge of curriculum is required and district leadership experience managing complex projects is highly desirable. The ability to speak Spanish would be an asset.

Training: Equivalent to the completion of a Master’s degree from an accredited college in education or a related field.

License or Certificate: Possession of or enrollment in a program to obtain a Principal’s license through the Colorado Department of Education. Possession of ability to obtain and maintain an appropriate valid Colorado driver’s license.


Office environment; exposure to computer screens; travel from site to site.Primary functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting for prolonged periods of times; use of computer keyboard; light lifting and carrying.


Starting salary range: $85,540 to $97,805, depending on qualified years of experience.
Wages will be earned during the school calendar at the number of days required below, but will be paid over the twelve month contract period.

Benefits: The Roaring Fork School District offers full district paid employee health benefits as well as voluntary vision, dental, and dependent coverage. Other benefits include: paid personal and sick leave, paid parental leave for mothers and fathers, a robust retirement plan under Colorado PERA with a district contribution of over 20% of an employee’s wages each month, Employee Assistance programs, a district wellness program, and access to discounted ski passes and other community benefits.

Days worked: this is an exempt position, scheduled for 206 days/year.


About Glenwood Springs High School (GSHS): GSHS is home to 1000+ students, grades 9-12.  GSHS is the largest of four high schools within the Roaring Fork School District. The school is located in a mountain resort town. We serve a comprehensive population in that we draw from all socio-economic classes and who are almost equally drawn from our Anglo and Latino populations. Our free and reduced lunch rate is over 40%. Our mantra is Changing Students’ Real-Life Chances. We are focused on academics but we are committed to the development of the whole person.

We have used the Advanced Placement program as a turnkey system for ratcheting up academic rigor. All juniors are required to take either AP English Language and Composition or English literature. We are nationally ranked in the top 4% of high schools as measured by the Washington Post’s Challenge Index. We maintain a full program of fine arts, theater, band and choir, and athletics.


With 13 schools and 5,600 students, the Roaring Fork School District is located in the culturally vibrant and naturally stunning Roaring Fork Valley serving the communities of Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, and Basalt. The Roaring Fork Schools believe that teachers are our most important asset, and our teachers enjoy a true teacher voice in decision-making; clear and collaborative leadership; small class sizes (average – 21); a highly competitive and progressive salary schedule; access to our affordable housing program; and a culture of self-care and well-being. We believe diversity is a strength, and our staff makes a real difference for our students who come from different ethnicities, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds.

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Job Categories: Full-Time. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

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