Hoffman-Boston Elementary School (kindergarten through grade 5) is part of Arlington Public Schools (APS) which serves the citizens of Arlington, Virginia’s geographically smallest county, located across the Potomac River from the District of Columbia. APS educates one of the nation’s most diverse and sophisticated student populations – students come from 127 countries and speak 105 different languages. The school system is financially strong, with wonderful teachers and staff, and a high level of community support, along with multiple programs to meet individual student needs.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES – HOFFMAN-BOSTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Hoffman-Boston Elementary School serves a diverse population of 523 students in grades Pre K-5 of which 64% receive English as a second language services. In support of its students and the delivery of an effective instructional program, Hoffman-Boston focuses on the following: promoting mastery of Arlington’s curriculum and improved performance; improving student achievement in reading; implementing the school’s exemplary program, “STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering and Math;” academic preparation to ensure that every student has the opportunity to meet the requirements of Virginia’s Standards of Learning; utilizing technology throughout the delivery of the instructional program; and emphasizing high expectations to encourage every student to become a lifelong learner. The instructional and academic features which characterize Hoffman-Boston include the following programs: full-day K-5 instructional program; supplemental services including but not limited to gifted services, special education with an integration component at all grade levels; ELL/HILT services and a variety of resources to enhance reading, math, science, social studies, and technology proficiency in students. Additional supplemental programs include Reading Recovery; Title I Reading; Project GO; supplementary mathematics and reading support; and technology lab including 3-D printers, Mac/PC computers and other infrastructure used for on-site learning activities. In addition to its academic programs, Hoffman-Boston provides a variety of extra-curricular activities that support students’ academics and challenge them to learn and grow outside the classroom. A sample of these activities include but are not limited to RealMadrid soccer club; homework clubs and tutoring; art enrichment; YES (Youth Experiencing Success) Club; school based summer program; character counts counseling activities; Extended Day; safety patrols; chorus; orchestra; band; and PTA sponsored enrichment activities.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF WORK The principal is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating and directing the instructional program. The principal supervises a staff of more than 70 employees, including teachers, an assistant principal, a guidance counselor, librarian, an instructional technology coordinator, office personnel, extended day staff, custodians and para-professionals. Considerable emphasis is given to systematic planning for instructional improvement and maintaining effective relations with the local community.
Within the limits of prescribed programs and policies, the principal has wide latitude in the exercise of independent judgement in conducting the daily operations of the school. The principal is expected to work collaboratively with staff and community in preparing performance goals for the work of the school, in developing strategies to achieve them, and in assessing the extent to which the goals are being met.
MINIMUM EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Completion of a master’s degree in school administration. Extensive or progressively more responsible experience in elementary school teaching and as an elementary school principal or assistant principal or any equivalent combination of training and experience that would provide the above noted knowledge, skills and abilities. Possession of or eligible for the Postgraduate Professional Certificate issued by the Virginia State Board of Education indicating endorsement for elementary principal, or eligible for the same.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS Experience working with students, families, and staff from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Bilingual skills preferred but not required. Successful experience as an elementary school principal or assistant principal in a culturally diverse school setting or in another relevant school system leadership position. Experience in working with a diverse population. At least three years of successful teaching experience at the elementary school level. Demonstrated understanding of multicultural issues. Knowledge of supervisory principles, practices and methods. Knowledge of special education and ESL programs and regulations. Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships and to work collaboratively with associates, staff, parents, students, and community groups; excellent communicator. Ability to integrate the school program with community life, and to participate effectively in the interpretation of the effect of educational practices on the community and the students. Ability to relate effectively with students and to promote a positive attitude toward learning; approachable. Ability to relate with students and staff based on respect and trust. Ability to demonstrate a solid working knowledge of current exemplary educational practices, including integrating technology into all aspects of the curriculum. Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and coordinate varied and extensive instructional programs. Ability to organize and conduct effective programs with staff, and to maintain high morale in the teaching staff. Values diversity among students and faculty. Knowledge of operations research, educational pedagogy, technology, systems analysis and other relevant management approaches that will help meet the needs of students. Knowledge of supervisory principles, practices, and methods. Ability to communicate effectively with the school community and the wider community, including news media, parents and citizens. Understands the value of positive public relations and works to be responsive to parents, staff, students and the community; knowledge of Spanish is helpful. Understands the importance of high visibility in the school and is a strong presence.
APPLICATION PROCESS Candidates must submit an application online and attach a resume, a written statement of interest in and qualifications for this position, including recent staff development activities. Please complete the online Administrative/Technical application on the APS website in the Employment section: www.apsva.us. A minimum of three letters of recommendation must also be submitted online as part of your application packet.
Candidates must also submit a written paper of no more than three pages on the topic: As principal, how would you design and implement a transition plan in a new school community?
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018 AND WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION IS INCLUDED.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY It is the policy of the Arlington School Board, as stated in the School Board Policy 35-4.4, that employment opportunities shall not be restricted, abridged or otherwise adversely affected on the basis of race, national origin, creed, color, religion, gender, age, economic status, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, pregnancy status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, and/or disability.
About Arlington Public Schools
Arlington Public Schools (APS) is a school system of 22,000 students located directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. Students in the system come from 124 countries and speak over 90 languages. The school system is financially strong, with wonderful teachers and staff, and a high level of community support, along with multiple programs to meet individual student needs.