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Buffalo, New York 14202
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Openings >> Principal - (Various Locations) RB 12-119
Principal - (Various Locations) RB 12-119
Title:Principal - (Various Locations) RB 12-119
Location:City Hall
 RECRUITMENT BULLETIN  # 12-119                                                                  PRINCIPAL   
 April 12, 2013

                                                    NOTICE OF POSITION 

POSITION:    The Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Pamela C. Brown., seeks a highly motivated transformational
leader for the position of principal.  The principal provides school building leadership for all school programs and
collaborates with district leaders to achieve district goals and initiatives.
APPLICATION:    Candidates must complete an application by clicking on the “APPLY” button below. 
Once the form is complete, click the “SUBMIT” button.
NOTE: If you are currently employed as a Buffalo Public School Principal, you need not submit a full application.
Current Buffalo Public School Principals must complete the School Administrator Intention Form, and submit it
to the attention of Executive Director of Human Resources by mail to 727 City Hall, Buffalo, New York 14202
or by fax to 716-851-3882.
Any questions should be directed to Darren Brown, Executive Director of Human Resources, (716) 816-3591:,
QUALIFICATIONS:    Candidates must hold a Master’s degree, and a New York State School District
Administrator (SDA), New York State School Supervisor (SAS), School District Leader (SDL), 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.   
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.  We seek an
instructional leader who possesses an exemplary managerial and operational skill-set.  The successful
candidate will do whatever it takes to transform the school to a high performing educational facility.
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.
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.
RESPONSIBILITES:    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;
Teaching and Learning
  • Establish priority areas 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 analysis 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
SELECTION:    Appointment will be made by the Board of Education upon the recommendation
of the Superintendent following assessment of training, experience, credentials, and evaluation
of service.  Personal interviews will be scheduled where appropriate.
SALARY:    Principal’s salary schedule.
FUNDING:    Pending Funding

FINAL DATE            
FOR FILING:    May 7, 2013              

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