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Polk State College
  • Position Number: 2581960
  • Location: Winter Haven, FL
  • Position Type: Other Administrative Positions

Principal, Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School (Winter Haven) (2021237)

Job Description
About the Opportunity:

At Polk State, our amazing faculty and staff create an inspiring workplace. This professional position reports to the Interim Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs & Workforce Education and is an excellent opportunity within the College's collegiate high school. We offer a collaborative, creative and culturally diverse work environment. If you want to be supported in your efforts to grow professionally and to be recognized for your contributions, then come work for Polk State.


About the Position:

This highly responsible position is charged with providing the vision and leadership necessary to develop and administer educational programs offered through the Polk State College Collegiate and Chain of Lakes High Schools. Works to optimize the human and material resources available to create a safe and successful school for students, staff, parents, and community, while emphasizing the learning process for all students leading to enhanced student achievement. Requires the planning of various interrelated activities, and the coordination of multiple projects or functions. Demonstrates ability to make major decisions involving complex factors that may be difficult to evaluate. Requires the analysis of data and construction of recommendations that influence decisions on the development of long-term curricula and policies within the high school.

Essential Functions/Duties:

  • Provides leadership in developing and establishing high school programs and policies, as well as assesses high school compliance with Polk State College rules and procedures.
  • Monitors program adherence to state board rules, state statutes, legislative mandates, and national accreditation criteria. Implements and manages all required initiatives. (I.E. Education Accountability System and Family and School Partnership Act stipulations).
  • Provides curricular and co-curricular leadership and coordinates program evaluation and revision activities.
  • Directs the development and preparation of high school's budget. Coordinates the acquisition of ancillary materials from appropriate vendors. Manages all fiscal processes as related to the Collegiate or Chain of Lakes High School FEFP, grants and fund-raising accounts. Ensures satisfaction of all fiscal/audit requirements. Oversees inventory of materials and equipment.
  • Coordinates and compiles all reports required for accreditation, DOE surveys and Annual Report, Accountability Plan, School Improvement Plan, Professional Development Plan, charter contract and charter renewal reports.
  • Acts as spokesperson for high school and/or college as needed in interacting with the Polk County Schools, other charter schools, community agencies, and state, regional and national organizations.
  • Supervises the establishment of policies and processes governing selection and progression of students from application to high school graduation.
  • Disseminates information to appropriate college personnel, students/ parents as well as appropriate recipients outside the college (I.E. Accreditation or certification agencies, state agencies, School Board etc.). Appraises program needs and communicates to Polk State College administration and charter school governing board (DBOT).
  • Ensures continuity of the high school courses so that all graduation requirements will be satisfied. Certifies high school graduates. Monitors the development of the high school master schedule, and the scheduling and advising of student college schedules, and insures the accurate reporting of both student schedules on the high school and college management systems.
  • Supervises the maintenance of teacher certification records including clearance of background checks, highly qualified status, and the compilation of staff development hours. Monitors the training and background checks for school volunteers.
  • Provides leadership for faculty/staff in the development of strategic goals and strategies toward attainment of accountability and accreditation benchmarks.
  • Coordinates and supervises the recruitment, acceptance, and enrollment of high school students from student orientation through initial and follow up scheduling conferences.
  • Develops high school calendar activities so that projects are completed efficiently and in a timely manner. Coordinates the supervision of all extracurricular and co-curricular school programs and activities as linked to the High School.
  • Directs the maintenance of all student records. Provides for accurate and timely submission of school reports dealing with student attendance, FTE program participation, student performance, teacher appraisal, school safety, and discipline data. Ensures necessary training opportunities for staff in the above stated areas. Monitors student attendance.
  • Assures a safe and orderly learning environment and monitors the supervision during high school classes and activities, as well as supports the authority of each teacher and staff member to deal with disobedient, disrespectful, disruptive students in the high school environment.
  • Develops and implements appropriate staff development activities. Manages the standards of ethical conduct for high school personnel as outlined in F.S. 1012.01. Interviews and selects qualified personnel to be recommended for employment. Assesses performance of personnel, as well as disciplines assigned employees.
  • Initiates, develops, and writes grant proposals and implements projects as awarded.
  • Directs the development of all marketing activities for the high school.
  • Serves on committees as needed.
  • Maintains regular attendance.

This position is a level P17. To determine starting salary, Polk State College takes into consideration the pay level minimum, the candidate's qualifications and internal equity factors.

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated skills in development, implementation, and evaluation of high school curriculum, accelerated mechanisms, performance-based instruction, technology-based instructional delivery and other creative approaches to secondary education.
  • Requires ability to work independently on broader assignments with the responsibility for the planning of work. Makes decisions within accepted standards.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with college personnel.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in oral and written communication.
  • Demonstrated commitment to community involvement.
  • Instructional supervision experience in a public education setting.
  • Knowledge of secondary school supervision, curriculum, and administration. Ability to supervise and train personnel. Knowledge about Tech Prep legislation and related initiatives such as Carl Perkins and School-to-Work legislation preferred. Knowledge about the school-based and work-based components of the Tech Prep Demonstration grant.
  • Staff development, coaching and feedback skills.
  • Knowledge of available community services for students.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with the business community and to develop instructional programs in cooperation with business partners.

Required Education:

Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with a Masters degree in Education or related field required.

Must hold (or be eligible for) the State of Florida Certification in Educational Leadership, or an out of state equivalent.

Required Experience:
Three years of secondary teaching experience, and at least three years experience as a high school or middle school principal or assistant principal, or equivalent Secondary education leadership/administration experience is required.

Preferred Experience:

Experience as an administrator in a charter school is preferred.

We offer an excellent employer-paid benefits package including the following: Medical, Dental, Life, Long-Term Disability, Vacation (except faculty), Holiday and Sick Leave, Retirement (if eligible) and college fee waivers. Other employee-paid, voluntary benefits (vision, short-term disability, etc.) are also available.

Important Information:

  • Application Requirements: A completed online application consists of:
    • a resume,
    • cover letter, and
    • an electronic job application (all sections completed).

Submissions that do not include all required information will not be considered.

  • Background Screening: Reference checks, successful completion of a Level II background check (fingerprinting), and third-party Education Verification for all stated degrees will be required prior to employment.

  • Non-Instructional/Staff Transcripts: For professional/salaried positions, uploading of unofficial transcript(s) (with confidential information redacted) during the application process is welcomed, but not required. However, please note that education verification will be completed, for all stated degrees, on or before an interview. Submission of official transcripts for Administrator positions (P17 and above), for all stated degrees, is required as a condition of employment, following receipt of a job offer.

  • Foreign Transcripts: All international degrees must have their coursework evaluated in terms of U.S. "equivalency." Polk State College requires that all international credential evaluations be conducted by one of the companies affiliated with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). More information about NACES affiliates can be obtained at the NACES website.

  • Relocation: Polk State College does NOT provide relocation assistance for this position.

  • This position will close at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 7, 2021.

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If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with State of Florida agency like Polk State College. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement and the date of your re-employment.

As a rule, Polk State College does not provide H1-B visa sponsorship. Exceptions may be made based on the College's need for a candidate with unique skills and expertise and where the College cannot otherwise recruit and hire qualified non-sponsored candidates.

Polk State College is a drug-free workplace and participates in E-Verify.

Polk State College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution committed to excellence through diversity in education and employment. The College complies with all state and federal laws granting rights to students, employees, and applicants for employment or admission to the College. Polk State College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, disability, or pregnancy in its programs, activities, or employment.

For questions or concerns, please contact: Reggie Webb, Interim Equity Officer; 999 Avenue H, NE; Winter Haven, FL 33881; 863.292.3602 Ext. 5343;

Polk State College is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities. If you feel you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a position with Polk State, please call 863-297-1070 or e-mail and let us know the nature of your request, along with your contact information. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will receive a response.

Company Location: Winter Haven Campus
Salary Type: Annually
Salary: 57,829.80 - 74,521.66 USD
Employment Term: R-Regular
Assignment Type: FULLTIME
Pay Level: P17
FLSA Status: Exempt

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