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Principal Job Description

The following is a sample job description for a Principal to reference when building your resume. Assess the qualifications and requirements listed to get an understanding of what you need to include on your resume for what employers expect in this field.


The Principal is responsible for the overall management of a school and its students. This includes managing the day-to-day operations of the school, ensuring that all policies are being followed, and providing leadership to teachers and staff members. The Principal should also be involved in developing a vision for the school and making sure that it is carried out.

The Principal must take into account the needs of students as well as teachers when making decisions about what will be taught at the school. They must also ensure that all policies are being followed by teachers and staff members while they are working at their jobs.

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  • Manage the overall operations of the company, including finance, legal, human resources and other departments.
  • Oversee the creation and implementation of policies for employees, customers and the community.
  • Ensure that all business activities are conducted in compliance with local, state, national and international laws, regulations and standards.
  • Lead a team in identifying business opportunities, developing strategies to pursue them, executing plans to implement those strategies, evaluating performance measures and making strategic decisions about new initiatives.
  • Ensures that all students are safe and educated.
  • Maintains a positive learning environment by providing appropriate teaching methods and materials, monitoring students’ progress and behavior, and responding to student concerns.
  • Coordinates the daily activities of teachers and other staff members to ensure that classroom instruction is conducted efficiently.
  • Monitors student progress through regular observations of classroom instruction, student performance on standardized tests, and other measures of achievement.


  • Bachelor’s degree in educational leadership or equivalent experience.
  • At least five years’ experience as an educator or administrator (preferably at the middle or high school level) in an elementary or secondary setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead groups effectively (e.g., through planning, decision-making and delegation)
  • Possess good organizational skills.
  • Be punctual and able to work long hours.
  • Have a desire to learn new things; have a sense of humor.
  • Enjoy helping others learn new skills or improve existing ones.

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