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Buffalo Public Schools

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Job title: Principal – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Campus School
Job location: Buffalo, NY 14202 United States
Requisition code:
Date posted: 05/02/14
Job type: Full-Time

Job Description

Job description:
Principal – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Campus School


Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) has begun a period of change that seeks to transform the district and its schools. With the appointment of Superintendent Pamela Brown and a significant level of local, state, and federal attention and investment, Buffalo has an incredible opportunity to ensure that all of its students graduate prepared to succeed in college or a well-paying career.

Currently, BPS has 58 schools serving approximately 34,000 students, of whom 79% qualify for free or reduced price lunch and 77% are students of color. Of the 58 schools in the district, 28 have been given “priority” status by the state and 16 more have been given “focus” status. Within the district, a sizable number of students do not meet state standards, and only about half of those who attend high school graduate with a diploma. Superintendent Brown is building a talented and committed leadership team to partner with her in moving BPS towards the ambitious goal of preparing all students for success.


Buffalo Public Schools seeks a highly effective administrator with a track record of success in turning around low-performing schools. We seek an instructional leader who also possesses an exemplary managerial and operational skill-set and who will do whatever it takes to transform the school to a high performing educational facility using turnaround principals.

The new leader will change the public’s ideas about how people learn in the 21st century and will redefine expectations about what young people in America’s urban centers are capable of achieving. The new principal will have a significant level of autonomy and flexibility to drive instructional, budgetary and strategic practices to support the implementation of all components of the Medical Campus School.

The new principal will receive high levels of support in demand for high levels of accountability. This will be provided through the district’s new reorganization of the central office and specifically the office of School Leadership. The district will empower school leaders. In exchange, the district holds instructional staff accountable for student learning, their own professional development, and their contributions to the school learning community.


Candidates are responsible for, but not limited to the following:

Instructional Leadership
• create and communicate a School Comprehensive Education Plan (SCEP) aligned with the District’s vision and goals;
• conduct classroom observations and evaluations of teachers that lead to positive changes in teacher practices and increased student outcomes;
• assess the strengths and areas in need of improvement of faculty and staff based on a sound knowledge base;
• communicate school-wide changes and anticipated actions with the support of data;
• work to develop and maintain clear lines of communication and collaboration between staff, administrators, students and parents for the purpose of increasing student outcomes;
• ensure compliance with all NYSED and NYSDOL guidelines as they pertain to school youth in all work based learning experiences
• collaborate in the set up and administration of New York State/Industry assessments
• oversee the Work Based Learning activities as outlined in the Youth Career Connect grant including but not limited to in school speakers, field trips , paid and unpaid work experience, volunteer activities, etc…

Teaching and Learning
• establish priority areas in math, science, technology, engineering, and medical career pathways for instructional focus, and make necessary changes in those areas to strengthen teaching and improve student learning;
• ensure that all school leaders and instructional staff monitor progress regularly, and systematically make adjustments to strengthen teaching and student learning;

• collaboratively conduct a comprehensive curriculum review to ensure that the curriculum aligns with state and local standards and meets the needs of all students in the school, including students with disabilities and English Language Learners;
• rigorously monitor the alignment of the written, taught, and assessed curriculum using scope and sequence documents and pacing calendars;

Collection, Analysis, and Utilization of Data
• ensure improved student achievement by analyzing data, using data to inform decisions and drive for results
• set high performance goals for all students in the school
• monitor standards for achievement, aligning school resources, and prioritizing activities to achieve maximum results.

Infrastructure for Student Success
• champion system mission, core values, and strategic objectives
• ensure a collaborative culture by expecting teams to set standards for their work, and take action to meet the standards
• develop effective processes to plan for continuous improvement, solve problems, and to achieve desired results
• foster a positive school climate where student discipline concerns are addressed in a manner that promotes student responsibility and mutual respect; and

Professional Development
• arrange for targeted professional development based on analyses of achievement and instruction, differentiated according to teacher needs and the subject areas targeted for instructional improvement.
• develop others by providing coaching and support, expressing positive expectations, and selecting data-driven professional development opportunities

Job Requirements

Education, training, experience:

Candidates must hold a Master’s degree, and a New York State School District Administrator (SDA), New York State School Supervisor (SAS), or School Building Leader (SBL) certificate by the time of appointment.

Candidates must have a minimum of eight years combined certificated teaching and supervisory experience, with a minimum of two years at the supervisory level. Candidates with prior Principal or administrative experience in an urban school district or in a district with a large diverse population are preferred. Experience with and knowledge of STEM based education and core integration is required. Experience with small learning communities, the integration of academic and career-focused curriculum and an interest in medical pathways career programming is preferred.

Candidates must complete an online application form located by link below.

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