Lower School Principal

Website Redlands Christian School

Lower School Principal

Department:               Administration

Category:                    Administration; Salary; Exempt

Reports To:                 Head of Schools

Summary: Directs and leads the overall curricular and co-curricular programs of the lower school; assuring that all aspects of the programs and activities support the mission of the schools. Models a servant’s heart and promotes an attitude of respect, teamwork and professionalism. Supports the administrative team and reports regularly to the Head of Schools. Responsible for maintaining open lines of communication between lower school faculty, staff, students, and parents.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following: (Other duties may be assigned.)


·         Oversees design and implementation of a quality lower school curricular program

·         Plans and oversees implementation of co-curricular events in the areas of fine arts, sports, student government, and spiritual life

·         Works with faculty to ensure the best materials and texts are utilized for each subject and that plans are documented


Interviews candidates and makes recommendations to the Head of Schools.
Annually conducts performance evaluations with faculty and staff.
Plans and implements a comprehensive faculty development program in conjunction with administration to include: professional education coursework and/or readings, vocational training, in-services, mentoring, and attendance at seminars and conventions.
Directly supervises faculty in the lower school program.
Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and procedures. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems
Reviews grades, grading procedures, lesson plans, RenWeb, progress reports, etc.

·         Keeps parents informed about student progress and discipline issues as well as other concerns; many in cooperation with staff, counselors, and other members of the administrative team.

·         Makes sure that faculty and staff are communicating with parents. Reviews newsletters, notices, and bulletins prior to being sent out.


·         Coordinates class scheduling and faculty curricular and co-curricular assignments with the Administration.

·         Develops the various schedules needed to make the lower school function properly: Supervision schedule; Specialty schedule; Class schedule; Standardized testing schedule; chapel schedule

Special Events:

Schedules special events that help build community within the lower school, possibly in cooperation with other staff including:


Oversees the implementation of the vision of the lower school as it relates to the overall philosophy, goals, and objectives of Redlands Christian Schools.


Provides input into the overall budget process as it relates to the needs of the lower school program
Monitors the implementation of the budget across the lower school program
Spiritual Life:

·         Monitors the spiritual life within the lower school community

·         Encourages individual and corporate prayer through meeting and praying with personnel, students, and families

·         Oversees the discipleship program and link group program

·         Oversees the chapel program

·         Oversees all special events

·         Implements the RCS discipline policy

Physical Plant:

·         Works with Maintenance Supervisor to ensure facility is kept clean, safe and in good working order

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Directly supervises faculty in the lower school program in accordance with the organization’s policies and procedures. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; classroom evaluations, performance evaluations; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving conflicts. Works with licensing to maintain Preschool Certification.

Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from a four-year college or university and five or more years of experience in education;

M. A. in Education Administration preferred.


·         Profess a personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord

·         Maintain a positive Christian testimony

·         Be involved in a local church of like faith and practice, consistent with the RCS Statement of Faith

·         Agree with and adhere to the employee handbook

·         Strong communication skills both oral and written

·         Ability to meet people comfortably and engage in substantive conversation

·         Must be able to work diligently and independently and make judgments with minimal supervision

·         Ability to handle financial matters with integrity and with concern for confidentiality

·         Ability to use technology

In addition, in order to perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of additional knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Computer Skills –

Knowledge of Contact Management systems; Database software; Spreadsheet software; Internet and      Word Processing software, including, but not limited to, Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook.

Language Skills –

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical             procedures, or governmental regulations; Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and   procedure manuals; Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of         managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills –

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, and             percentages

Reasoning Ability –

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following:

Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Analytical – Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.

Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.

Business Acumen – Understands business implications of decisions; Demonstrates research-based understanding of available resources within the local school community; Aligns work with strategic goals.

Change Management – Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance; Prepares and supports those affected by change; Monitors transition and evaluates results.

Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional situations; Responds promptly to parent/student needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve educational experience; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.

Delegation – Delegates work assignments as necessary; Matches the responsibility to the person; Gives authority to work independently; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; Provides recognition for results.

Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

Design – Generates creative solutions; Demonstrates attention to detail.

Diversity – Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment.

Ethics – Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

Initiative – Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.

Innovation – Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others’ attention.

Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things.

Judgment – Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.

Leadership – Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.

Managing People – Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Takes responsibility for subordinates’ activities; Makes self available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates’ skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services.; Continually works to improve supervisory skills.

Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.

Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization’s goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.

Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.

Problem Solving – Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments; Ability to maintain confidentiality and use independent judgment; Ability to manage and impart confidential information as necessary.

Project Management – Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities.

Quality Management – Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.  Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.

Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.

Strategic Thinking – Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization’s strengths & weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Adapts strategy to changing conditions

Technical Skills – Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.

Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; stand; walk; use hands in order to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and is regularly required talk and hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is moderately loud.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Receipt and Acknowledgment

I acknowledge and understand that:

Receipt of the job description does not imply nor create a promise of employment, nor an employment contract of any kind, and that my employment is at-will.
The job description provides a general summary of the position in which I am employed, that the contents of this job description are job requirements and, at this time, I know of no limitations which would prevent me from performing these functions with or without accommodation. I further understand that it is my responsibility to inform my supervisor at any time that I am unable to perform these functions.
Job duties, tasks, work hours, and work requirements may be changed at any time.
Acceptable job performance includes completion of the job responsibilities as well as compliance with the policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.

Redlands Christian School

Human Resources 909-793-0601 x 159


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