Southbridge High School Principal Search

Anticipated start date: July 1, 2021



Interested candidates may send a resume directly to



Questions?  Please call Maureen Gullekson, Southbridge Public Schools Chief of Staff at 774-318-1532


More information on Southbridge Public Schools:  Southbridge Public Schools Website

High School Principal – Job Description & Responsibilities


Teacher Development and Evaluation 

  • Lead instructional staff to achieve high performance through goal setting, collaborative work and evaluation

  • Plan and lead professional development sessions, fostering a culture of collaboration and commitment to all students 

  • Continue Implementation of District Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) plan

  • Coach teachers and administrators on best practices and interventions to raise achievement for struggling students

  • Collaborate with the receiver to evaluate school staff

  • Advise, support, and mentor individual teachers and administrators to improve instruction through:

  • Daily classroom observation and feedback

  • Curriculum, unit, and lesson collaborative planning and review

  • Comprehensive and evolving professional development programming


Student Achievement

  • Set ambitious goals for student achievement and growth and hold staff accountable for achieving results

  • Research, design, and align scope and sequence, and curriculum with standards

  • In partnership with the receiver, evaluate school performance data to make holistic and individual recommendations for improving instructional practices

  • Facilitate data-driven discussions with instructional staff regarding student performance and develop programming to meet the needs of all students 


Culture and Climate

  • Utilize tenets of PBIS to implement a tiered system of support

  • Collaborate with technical assistant partners and district level staff 

  • Foster a safe, respectful, and collegial climate for teachers and students that allows all members of the SHS community

  • to focus on learning

  • Support clear expectations for student and adult behavior, and establish systems for reinforcing, redirecting, and holding each other accountable

  • Establish systems to identify and provide targeted supports for students who need additional social/emotional supports 


Management and Leadership

  • Embody and advocate the mission, vision, and strategic direction of the district

  • Work with parents and the community to achieve maximum involvement in and support of student performance

  • Coordinate directly with the middle school principal, director of operations and all operations and central leadership staff to ensure SHS runs efficiently and effectively coordinates resources shared with the middle school (e.g., library, cafeteria, gymnasium, and music/art rooms).

  • Help coordinate summer staff orientation and summer curriculum development for SHS

  • Manage SHS staff recruitment, hiring, and onboarding 

  • Supervise school wide events and daily systems

  • Serve as a key member of the Southbridge Public Schools district leadership staff 



  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education licensure for High School Principal (9-12), or eligible 

  • Master's Degree in the field of Education or another relevant field, required;

  • Minimum of 4 years of teaching experience with a track record of success improving the academic achievement of disadvantaged students. Middle and high school experience heavily preferred

  • Strong instructional leadership skills and a record of showing leadership in a variety of situations, such as academics, school culture/climate, and operations

  • Expertise in developing and implementing tiered systems of support to meet all student’s academic and social/emotional & behavioral needs

  • Self-motivation, high energy, and relentlessness in meeting challenges

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with students, parents, and colleagues

  • Commitment to ensuring academic success for all students

  • Belief in the necessity of high behavior expectations and consistency in upholding those expectations

  • Vision for instructional excellence that requires deep thinking and engagement from all students

  • Shared dedication to Southbridge’s mission and values

  • Excellent teamwork, communication, initiative, urgency, cultural proficiency and positivity

  • Bilingual/Spanish language skills strongly preferred


Equal Opportunity Employer

Southbridge Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.