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PRINCIPAL at CARDSTON HIGH SCHOOL                            (Competition No. CHS-05-2018-PRIN)

 The position will commence at the beginning of the 2018/2019 school year

The suitable candidate will:

  • Have demonstrated the ability to build and nurture effective relationships with partners at all levels, especially staff and students, and will
  • o   Be a Visionary leader, able to enlist the support of staff, students and the community
  • o   Be kind, compassionate and respectful to all, modeling empathy, focusing on students, and working alongside staff.
  • o   Have high expectations for staff and students, providing needed supports while holding them accountable. Is able to have tough conversations, when needed.
  • o   Be a creative problem solver, enlisting the skills of staff and outside resources.
  • o   Understanding the valued involvement of staff members in all areas of public education and supports their contributions,
  • o   Value innovation and creative ideas of staff to enhance the learning experience for students.
  • o   Lead, motivate, and provide time for the professional learning and growth of staff.
  • o   Respect and demonstrate understanding for First Nations’ culture, with an innovative vision for First Nations’ student success
  • o   Recognizing the efforts and achievements of staff and students in positive ways.
  • o   Lead from the heart, as a true Servant Leader.
  • o   Honor diversity and ensure the school is inclusive and welcoming for everyone.
  • Continue with the schools focus on literacy, numeracy, High School Redesign involvement, and any other CHS initiative.
  • Be an innovative thinker and risk taker in trying new ways to increase student learning.
  • Involve all stakeholders in the planning and implementation of school plans and activities.
  • Foster and develop staff collaboration to lead a cycle of continuous improvement that is broad based, data driven, comprehensive and provides coherence in directing efforts toward clear school goals.
  • Be committed to the philosophy and practices of inclusion for the success of all students
  • Be a strong advocate for students, teachers, parents and the school community.
  • Have demonstrated leadership in current classroom assessment practices and school wide grading and reporting methods.
  • Be committed to engaging the staff and school council in an open and transparent manner in all areas of both educational leadership and fiscal management
  • Know and ensure the adherence to legal frameworks and policies
  • Possess or be in in pursuit of a Master’s Degree

A principal in the Westwind School Division has the responsibility of leading, coaching and ensuring that effective teaching and learning occurs and is sustained for the benefit of all students. Principals are expected to meet the NEW Leadership Quality Standards for School Leaders. (Ministerial order 2018).  Principals are expected to collaborate with system and school leaders and lead their staffs in the achievement of provincial and divisional directions with integrity and genuine commitment.  The ideal candidate will be able to interpret the existing culture of CHS and engage with partners in the school community to co-create the vision for the school going forward.  She / He will have a proven record in school administration and be able to sustain growth in teacher capacity.

The NEW practice standards include the following categories with specific descriptors in each.

  • Foster effective relationships
  • Modeling commitment to professional learning.
  • Embodying visionary leadership
  • Leading a learning community
  • Supporting the application of foundational knowledge about First Nations, Metis, and Inuit cultures.
  • Providing Instructional Leadership
  • Developing leadership capacity
  • Managing school operations and resources
  • Understanding and responding to the larger societal context

The successful candidates will be required to provide a criminal record check and child welfare check before employment begins

Please forward cover letter, resume, & 3 written professional references to:

 Mr. Ken Sommerfeldt Superintendent of Schools

Westwind School Division No. 74

Box 10, 445 Main Street Cardston, Alberta  T0K 0K0

or email to:

The competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.                       Applications received prior to NOON, FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018 are assured of careful consideration