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Approved: July 6, 2015

Position:  Vice Principal

Reports to:  Principal

Policy:  The vice-principal is responsible and accountable to the principal.  The vice principal is also responsible to work cooperatively and collaboratively with the principal and school staff in carrying out this role and its accompanying duties.

The vice principal is also responsible to work collaboratively with the Division’s senior administrative team, comprised of the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Secretary Treasurer, Operations Supervisor, Director of Student Services, and Human Resources Coordinator.

In accordance with Board policies, The Public Schools Act, the Education Administration Act, other provincial and federal statues, and within the provisions of employee collective agreements, the vice principal shall provide the required school leadership support to the principal as they work with their school community to promote lifelong learning consistent with the Mission, Vision, and Values of the Prairie Rose School Division.

The vice principal has an important team-focused leadership role in supporting the principal’s leadership with the promotion of five main domains:

Promoting Public Education:

As an appointed agent of Prairie Rose School Division and as a facilitator of respectful partnerships between the home, the school, and the community, the vice principal supports the principal with:

  • Implementing provincial, divisional, and school policies and articulating them effectively to all members of the learning community
  • Articulating provincial, divisional, and school programs to all members of the learning community
  • Communicating appropriately to varied audiences about divisional and school planning priorities
  • Collaborating appropriately with the parent organization and/or individual parents
  • Collaborating appropriately with community and agencies

Promoting Student Learning:

As an instructional leader and in collaboration with divisional colleagues, the vice principal supports the principal with:

  • Promoting a learning community committed to inclusive and appropriate educational programming for all students
  • Promoting a learning environment where students are emotionally invested, actively engaged, and reflective in their learning
  • Guiding the school planning process to support the planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and improvement of programs and instruction to meet student needs
  • Directing and organizing student assessment, evaluation, and reporting processes and implements all policies that support student learning
  • Initiating and directing research based change processes to support learning for all students
  • Modelling commitment to educational practice based on research

Promoting Professional Practice:

As a supervisor and mentor and acknowledging the multi-dimensional and contingent nature of leadership, the vice principal supports the principal with:

  • Maintaining a high level of professionalism, personal development, and growth while demonstrating flexibility, poise, and confidence in the execution of professional duties
  • Modelling and guiding the professional ethics, behavior, knowledge, and skills that support student learning and a collegial and positive learning culture and climate
  • Directing professional learning that builds leadership capacity in the school and the division
  • Creating the conditions for professional learning by promoting the skills of reflection, conversation, collaboration, cooperation among teachers and supporting their pursuit of professional development opportunities
  • Supervising school personnel consistent with division policy
  • Evaluating staff under the direction and supervision of the principal (final evaluations must be signed by both principal and vice principal)

Promoting the Development of Educational Culture and Climate:

As a visionary leader who promotes a safe, inviting, and inclusive learning culture and climate, the vice principal supports the principal with:

  • Establishing a climate that supports and encourages “risk taking” and innovation in the school that is consistent with provincial and divisional expectations
  • Facilitating through consultation with the school community, the creation of a shared vision, mission, and values of the school
  • Guiding structures and processes that support a safe and positive learning culture
  • Applying change processes that effect progress toward a vision
  • Promoting respect for human diversity
  • Promoting ongoing communication with the community in support of the school’s development of culture and climate

Promoting Responsible Organizational Leadership:

As a steward of available school and division based resources, the vice principal supports the principal with:

  • Collaborating with the principal in the recruitment, selection, and assignment or placement of staff
  • Managing the school facility in accordance with board policies, guidelines, and procedures
  • Acquiring skills and implements processes for information communication management, and the use of technology in collaboration with the division to enhance managerial practice
  • Planning for and responds effectively to critical incidents and emergencies
  • Guiding the appropriate annual and long term prioritization of budget and capital resources