Easterseals serves 33,000 clients annually in programs across Chicagoland and the Rockford Region in Illinois and Northwest, Indiana, proudly employing over 600 dedicated professionals since 1936. We offer a wide-range of programs, some of which include therapeutic schools and adult programs for individuals living with autism spectrum disorder and other intellectual disabilities, inclusive early childhood education, early intervention, home visiting, training and more.
The principal’s primary responsibility is to establish a school wide vision of commitment to high standards and success for all students, create a climate where learning is a priority, improve instructional practices, ensure compliance with all federal and state regulations, cultivate leadership in others, and manage people, data, and processes. This position will directly supervise the Student Services Coordinator and Instructional Services Coordinator. The principal will work closely with these key positions to evaluate all certified and non-certified staff.
Conducts structured bi-weekly management team meeting.
Develops and monitors the annual budget.
Makes and tracks projections for the program’s annual enrollment
Participates in marketing events, exhibitor fairs, and recruiting events, including those that occur after hours and on weekends to promote Comprehensive Autism Services.
Collaborates with management team to resolve impending school issues as needed.
Participates in Program Manager, School Administration, and Comprehensive Autism Services Meetings.
Develops business plans with clear action steps, implements approved plan, and tracks and reports progress quarterly.
Over-sees the recruitment, selection, and training of staff and makes decisions relative to placement, assignment, retention, discipline, and dismissal.
Provides required notifications to ISBE, sending districts, and parents/guardians according to 23 IL Admin Code 401.20
All vacancies that effect compliance within 5 calendar days
All vacancies that effect compliance at the 30 and60 calendar day mark.
Notification must include attempts to permanently fill the position including the use of substitutes and other steps taken to provide instruction and related services.
Notice of closing or moving 60 calendar days prior
In conjunction with the Student Services Coordinator and Instructional Services Coordinators
Completes an internal audit annually to ensure compliance with all ISBE regulations
Submits personnel status changes to ISBE within thirty days of any changes.
Completes all administrative services recommendations in a timely manner
Interviews and follows through with the hiring process for potential candidates for all positions throughout the school year,
Conducts and documents monthly staff meetings
Shared Vision of Success for All:
In conjunction with the Student Services Coordinator and Instructional Services Coordinators.
Holds self and administrative team accountable to create a vision for academic success and clear goals for student achievement based on data.
Develops a plan to counsel staff not engaged in instructional practices.
Develops a staff incentive program designed to actively engage staff to achieve success for all learners though the continual instructional improvement process.
Tracks goals, summarizes growth, and shares data using an established process with key stakeholders (e.g., administrative services, school staff, district, parents/guardians).
Completes all supervisory responsibilities, including timely evaluations.
Develops a positive, welcoming, solution oriented, professional learning climate.
Promotes an engaged environment by encouraging staff and students to participate in a variety of school-wide activities.
Cultivates an atmosphere of caring and trust among staff, student, and families.
Ensures student rights and dignity is a priority for all and the focus of decision making.
Manages materials and facilities to promote a clean, orderly, safe and welcoming learning environment.
Ensures all staff are trained in and implementing active supervision.
Ensures all positions are filled by qualified and certified staff
Monitors teacher planning times and develops guidelines and structures for use.
Develops and monitors the use of evidence based practices
Completes formal observations for both educators and clinicians in a timely fashion.
Completes walk-thoughts on a regular basis throughout the school year.
Implements induction program for all new staff.
Guides coaching teams to bring evidence based practices to increase student engagement, improve student achievement, and build staff capacity.
Identifies and prioritizes staff learning needs and provides professional development.
Leadership and Collaboration:
Establishes organizational systems and structures that support continuous improvement and implementation of school and agency initiatives.
Leads data-focused discussions to improve student outcomes.
Establishes building wide data sharing as a priority.
Allocates time for collaboration within disciplines
Provides structure for educational and clinical staff to participate in peer observations and give peer feedback.
Develops and monitors an effective leadership model to increase instructional effectiveness and results for all students.
Encourages shared leadership opportunities for a variety of staff.
Holds all staff accountable for student learning, including setting high expectations.
Cultivates a leadership culture based on high expectations, shared responsibility, mutual respect, and trust.
Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership or closely related field.
Type 75 administrative certificate or ability to obtain within a clearly defined time frame.
Minimum of five years’ experience working with individuals with disabilities with systematically increasing responsibilities.
Minimum of three years of experience in an administrative position.
Completion of required hours for teaching/clinical and administrative degree/certificate.
Valid driver’s license.
Ability to complete all functions necessary to obtain and maintain certification
The crisis prevention program used by the school.
Ability to lead diverse populations and enhance their professional growth and development
Knowledge and expertise of evidence based practices used with individuals with autism.
Ability to multi-task in high stress environment and manage multiple projects.
Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and supervisory skills.
Excellent verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills.
Possess an excellent understanding of Federal and State Regulations that guide the IEP process, 23 IL State School Administrative Code 226, and 23 IL State School Administrative Code 401.
ADA: Easterseals will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act of 1990. Unless exempted by the Americans with Disabilities Act, all persons hired for this position are required to possess the ability to perform the physical tasks necessary to treat clients, i.e., bending, floor-sitting, etc., as well as to have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds frequently.
Easterseals changes the way the world defines and views disabilities by making positive, profound differences in peoples' lives every day. If you are passionate about what you do, then we'd love to hear from you. Our talented, diverse and agile workforce is the cornerstone of what we do day-in and day-out, which is why we hire the best in the market. We hope you will be one of them.