OJ DeJonge Middle School Principal

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Position Details: 

Job Posting and Job Description

Principal – OJ DeJonge Middle School (Grades 6-8)


Date of Posting: December 20, 2017


Job Summary:

The Principal is responsible for creating and fostering a learning environment where all students can achieve at high levels regardless of their backgrounds. The Principal provides transformational leadership, which includes implementing an improvement model which focuses on high student achievement; building a positive school climate that supports the whole student; leveraging research and data to drive initiatives and instruction, and building a high-performing staff and team to achieve the school’s vision, mission, and goals.  The Principal will collaborate with students, parents, community members, business leaders, as well as other internal/external stakeholders to implement educational programs, systems, tools and other resources to accelerate student achievement and learning.


Essential Functions:

Results Orientation

  • Promotes a shared instructional belief that every child deserves expert instruction and that all team members are advocates for students and their learning
  • Sets high performance goals for themselves and others
  • Creates a sense of urgency around high quality teaching practices; Takes action to ensure this
  • Establishes and monitors standards for excellence with students, teachers, staff and stakeholders
  • Aligns school resources and prioritizes activities to achieve maximum results based on vision and goals
  • Relentlessly focuses on student achievement; but places value on educating the whole child


Action Orientation

  • Effectively plans and takes action to achieve goals and objectives without direction
  • Consistently identifies potential issues and obstacles; Proactively takes action to create and implement solutions
  • Formulates and executes on action plans despite ambiguity, obstacles, or resistance


Impact and Influence

  • Establishes a culture of learning and achievement; Acts to influence others thinking and behavior to achieve results
  • Communicates a clear vision of success and benefits to engage others
  • Identifies and engages stakeholders to drive consensus, build trust, and facilitate change
  • Anticipates and responds to stakeholder concerns; Identifies and engages key community resources necessary for success; Influences others to take action


Develop and Lead High Performing Teams

  • Effectively builds and organizes adult teams to mirror vision and produce maximum results.
  • Understands team strengths and gaps; Selects assignments to build team capacity
  • Effectively delegates to others and engages team in decision-making
  • Encourages learning and consistently provides instruction, expectations, feedback and other developmental activities to encourage leadership and build capacity
  • Consistently inspires excellence and promotes high morale; Recognizes patterns and trends related to school performance
  • Analyzes complex information to formulate strategic vision and develop action plans
  • Identifies appropriate metrics and uses qualitative and quantitative data to assess performance and drive goals and decision-making
  • Recognizes cause and effect between instructional activities and results
  • Develops effective processes to achieve desired results


Confidence to Lead

  • Consistently takes on challenging situations; Demonstrates a strong commitment to others and presents ideas with confidence
  • Takes risks to achieve vision and goals, even if they deviate from the norm
  • Takes personal responsibility for mistakes and learns from them, while consistently following up with analysis and corrective action
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The essential functions listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The information contained in this job posting and job description is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Other duties within the classification and the physical demands of the job may be assigned, including, but not limited to: student management and discipline, supervision of all staff and programs within the building, teacher and staff evaluations, and the direction of all student activities in grades 6 - 8.



Completion of an approved master’s degree program or higher in educational leadership or administration; Must be earned from a regionally accredited college or university approved by the Michigan Department of Education. Must possess or be eligible for the School Administrator Certificate with a K-12 principal’s endorsement; or,


Under MCL 380.1246(3), a non-certified person who was not hired as an administrator on/or before January 4, 2010 and does not hold the standard School Administrator Certificate, may be hired to fill a school administrator position if the following requirements are met:

  • The individual must, within 6 months of their hire date, enroll in a program leading to certification as a school administrator.
  • Enrollment must be verified by the provider and include evidence of payment of enrollment fees. The program must be completed and certification must be issued within 3 years.


Other Requirements:

  • Strong belief that all students can learn at high levels and thrive when given the chance
  • Creative thinker, analytical, capacity builder
  • Proven experience in leading schools to accelerate student academic performance
  • Extensive knowledge of comprehensive assessment systems
  • Success with professional development design and delivery to support teaching and learning
  • Proven experience in conducting evaluations of educator and school staff performance


Evaluation: Performance of this position will be evaluated annually in accordance with provisions of the Board’s policy and the School ADvance Administrator Evaluation System.


Reports To: Superintendent of Schools – Jason J. Kennedy


Posting Deadline: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 4:30 PM


Timeline: The District will conduct first round interviews on Monday, January 22, 2018, and second round interviews for the top candidates selected by the interview team on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Candidates selected for interview will need to be available for interview between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM. The top candidate will be recommended for approval to the Board of Education no later than Monday, February 19, 2018.



Application Procedure: Interested applicants must apply in writing by submitting a cover letter or letter of interest, an updated resume outlining all relevant work experience, education, and credentials, a list of references and/or letters of recommendation, all college or university transcripts, and a copy of all teaching and administrator certificates. Applicants may apply by sending the materials to the mailing address below, or by sending all materials in one (1) PDF to the following e-mail address: pschultz@lasd.net. Applicants may also send a copy of the application materials in one (1) PDF to: jkennedy@lasd.net.


Statement of Assurance in Compliance with Federal Laws: The Ludington Area School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, age, religion, sex, height, weight, marital status, or disabling condition. The Ludington Board of Education has adopted policies, which support the regulations of Title VI, Title IX and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974.


Inquiries and applications should be addressed to:


Jason J. Kennedy

Superintendent of Schools

809 E. Tinkham Ave.

Ludington, MI 49431

Phone: (231) 845-7303