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We are seeking an administrator who is visionary, high-energy, flexible, and innovative. The principal is responsible for the development and continuous improvement of a quality instructional program and for providing an emotionally and physically safe learning environment for the school community.
Vanguard Academy is a Project-Based Learning (PBL) school that assesses using a mastery-based model where credit is awarded for demonstrating proficiency on the course standards. The principal will support teachers in designing lessons, units, and classroom activities using a common project planning template in alignment with Washington State Learning Standards for all content areas.  In addition, the principal will build systems to support innovative learning communities in which students’ interests, passions, and talents drive their learning, including opportunities for authentic internships. The principal will lead the instructional program that includes project-based learning and mastery-based learning which are defined as follows:
  • Project Based Learning is learning by experiencing and solving real-world problems, increasing student control over their learning with teachers serving as coaches and facilitators.
  •  Mastery-Based Learning moves students to the next level within subject areas after they demonstrate mastery. Time is not a factor, and students are given multiple opportunities to learn and demonstrate their learning. 
The principal of Vanguard Academy requires adept skills in adaptive leadership strategies that carry out the vision of project-based and student-centered learning. This leadership position is collaborative with staff, students, families, community partners, and district leadership to lead a school culture of collective input and decision-making with the ability to communicate innovative priorities and outcomes to a community rooted in a traditional understanding of education.
  1. Twelve-month, 260-day work year inclusive of 13 paid holidays, 4 personal leave days, 25 paid vacation days, 10 responsibility days
  2. Salary Range: $152,300 - $169,950
  3. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, and disability coverage.
  4. Other terms and conditions of employment as provided by board policy and the Moses Lake Principal Association Agreement. 
  • Master’s Degree in educational administration or related field
  • Valid Washington State Principal’s credential or ability to obtain
  • Successful teaching experience and administrative experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people in a leadership capacity
  • Evidence of experience and training needed to perform the functions described in the job description
  • Experience with Project-based learning preferred.
  • Experience with mastery-based assessment practices is preferred.
  • Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board and Superintendent may find appropriate and acceptable
  • Facilitation of PBL, collaboration in a PBL school
  • Project design and community collaboration
  • Participation and facilitation of project-based, design-oriented professional development
  • Participation in formal PBL training
  • Participation in and facilitation of restorative justice practices
  • Articulate and support the mission, vision, core principles, and policies of the Moses Lake School District.
  • Lead and support all staff to achieve schoolwide and district expectations.
  • Lead by example.
  • Articulate and model high expectations and the ability to motivate others to achieve high levels of performance.
  • Work collaboratively with staff, students, parents, and other members of the community to help improve student learning using data, judgment, best practices, and problem-solving skills.
  • Distribute leadership, utilizing and growing the talents of all staff members, recognizing their professionalism.
  • Facilitate relevant and focused professional development for staff that integrates district priorities within an innovative school model.
Instruction and the Learning Environment
  • Lead a collaborative process for the development and implementation of a complex schedule conducive to interdisciplinary projects and student choice. 
  • Ability to interpret and execute state and district policy within an innovative school model.
  • Provide support and resources to school staff to employ effective instructional strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners.
  • Analyzes and interprets multiple data sources to inform school-level improvement efforts.
  • Assists staff in using data to guide, modify and improve classroom teaching and learning.
  • Foster growth, creativity, and flexibility, among others, using a variety of techniques.
  • Have experience and knowledge of state assessments (SBA, WIDA, WCAS, etc.), graduation requirements, competency credits, dual-credit, and equivalency credits. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge and use of technology as an essential learning tool in the classroom and overall instructional program. 
  • Provide a variety of opportunities for student involvement in clubs, government, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
  • Fosters a college and career-ready environment. 
Supervision and Evaluation of Personnel
  • Monitors and assists staff in implementing effective instruction and assessment practices.
  • Maintain a confidential relationship with employees regarding individual personnel matters.
  • Provide appropriate, timely, and meaningful verbal and written feedback to certified and classified staff regarding performance.
  • Demonstrate effective mentoring, coaching, and conferencing skills.
  • Develop a plan of assistance with staff when needed.
  • Support, implement, and evaluate the in-service and professional growth opportunities for staff.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and uphold the laws, regulations, policies, and contractual obligations related to the supervision and evaluation of school personnel.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and effective use of the appropriate evaluation frameworks for staff.
  • Excellent partnership skills in building relationships with community partners and institutions to integrate into the school model as project partners.
  • Communicate frequently and effectively, both orally and in writing, with all members of the school community.
  • Maintain high visibility with students, staff, and parents.
  • Facilitate resolution of complex interpersonal issues, among others.
  • Participate as an active listener.
  • Maintain a positive relationship with students, staff, parents, and community by modeling respect, cooperation, and professionalism with others, recognizing personal achievements and professional contributions of others, and demonstrating knowledge of and sensitivity toward individuals and groups.
  • Develop school communication and family engagement plan to address important school, district, and community issues.
  • Develop a plan for reporting student progress in an ongoing and meaningful way to parents.
Management and Administration
  • Demonstrate knowledge, skill, and support for shared decision-making processes.
  • Work collaboratively with district administrators to secure resources to support the needs of your school and students.
  • Manage human resources and budgets according to district and program requirements. 
  • Develop and monitor plans for the efficient and safe operation of the school facility and grounds.
  • Provide an emotionally and physically safe learning environment for all.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and uphold all policies, procedures, regulations, laws, and contractual obligations to manage the school facility and instructional program effectively.
  • Supervise and approve the preparation and timely submission of all school reports and forms for the district office, e.g., payroll, enrollment, work orders, etc.
Professional Preparation and Growth
  • Work cooperatively with your supervisor to develop goals for personal growth and organizational improvement.
  • Participate in essential professional growth opportunities with staff and colleagues and apply new knowledge and skills.
  • Participate as a team member with colleagues, including sharing ideas and concerns.
  • Such alternatives to the above duties as the Superintendent may find appropriate and acceptable.



NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION The Moses Lake School District #161 does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boys Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school district’s Title IX, Affirmative Action, and Equal Opportunity officer, Michelle Musso, 1620 S Pioneer Way, Moses Lake, WA 98837, (509) 766-2650, [email protected]; OR Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Samantha Burgess, 1620 S Pioneer Way, Moses Lake, WA 98837, (509) 766- 2670, [email protected]

The Moses Lake School District is a dynamic district that spans 400 miles in Grant County and serves more than 8,200 students. We proudly employe more than 1100 professionals and educate a diverse student population across 11 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 3 high schools, and 1 technical skills center.