JobID 513 : Elementary School Principal - Newfields Elementary School (#2005318)

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Principal, Newfields Elementary School
Newfields, NH

The Newfields Elementary School, one of seven districts in School Administrative Unit 16, serves 125 students in grades K-5.  Students attend the Cooperative Middle School in Stratham for grades 6-8, and Exeter High School for grades 9-12.  

The mission of the Newfields Elementary School is to encourage academic excellence in a nurturing environment where all individuals are valued intellectually, emotionally, artistically, socially and physically and are empowered to develop to their maximum potential so that they can make contributions to the global community.

School Administrative Unit 16 is located in one of the most beautiful areas on the New Hampshire Seacoast. The Town of Newfields has a population of approximately 1,721 residents.  The village of Newfields includes the historic Newfields Country Store which has been a staple of the Newfields community since 1896, the Newfields Town Hall, the historic Paul Memorial Library, a non-profit community art center known as Main Street Art, the Newfields Community Church and the Newfields Post Office, all within close proximity along our Main Street corridor.  Through the efforts of the Newfields Conservation Commission, community leaders and community members, Newfields has been able to aquire parcels of land throughout our community for conservation preservation.  These parcels serve as great recreational trails for families to enjoy and offer unique opportunities to view NH wildlife.

We are seeking an outstanding instructional leader to serve as the next Principal of the Newfields Elementary School beginning July 1, 2020.

We are seeking an educational leader who demonstrates, at best, the following four components with respect to their approach to the position of Principal:
  • Reflects a high level of integrity and character that can be observed and modeled through visible behaviors while interacting with students, staff and families.
  • Has ample elementary classroom teaching experience that reflects knowledge of research-based instructional and practical assessment strategies.
  • Has a broad base of knowledge regarding competency based learning and elementary curriculum.
  • Possesses a background in terms of interests, professional affiliations, and experiences varied enough to bring diversity to our district leadership team.

The deadline for applying to this position is March 1, 2020 and the interview process will begin on March 11, 2020.

Minimum Requirements: 
  • Master’s degree or higher in education leadership with certification (or eligible) as a New Hampshire Elementary School Principal. 
  • Demonstrated administrative and collaborative leadership experience at the elementary level.
  • A passion for helping students grow and learn
  • An ability to manage change while strengthening relationships and building networks within the community.

Essential Functions

  • Develops and administers school programs consistent with school district goals and objectives.
  • Provides leadership and direction to staff with regard to the ongoing evaluation and improvement of educational programs, including curricular and extra-curricular activities.
  • Promotes a school environment that is safe and conducive to individualized instruction, cooperative curriculum development, and student learning.
  • Ensures that Board policies and procedures are implemented and followed at the school.
  • Continues to acquire professional knowledge and learn of current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops or professional meetings, or by conducting research.
  • Encourages staff to continue to grow professionally and to prototype new approaches or strategies to teaching.
  • Organizes and maintains a system for accurate and complete record-keeping and reporting for all student activities, attendance and records as required by law.
  • Coordinates the work of school staff and school district program leaders to develop and implement instructional programs and teaching practices.
  • Conducts ongoing assessment of student learning, and works with teaching staff to modify instructional methods to fit students' needs, including students with special needs.
  • Coordinates with the central office in recruitment and selection of employees, the proper maintenance of employee personnel files, the administration of collective bargaining agreements, corrective action, and other human resource issues.
  • Organizes and conducts regular meetings with teachers for continuing development of instructional techniques.
  • Involves staff in the evaluation of programs and the planning of new programs.
  • Encourages parental involvement in students' education and ensures effective communication with students and parents.
  • Ensures that student conduct conforms with the school's standards and school district policies.
  • Supervises and evaluates teaching staff and other building employees in accordance with the school district's evaluation plan, and makes recommendations regarding goals, areas needing improvement and continued employment.
  • Organizes and manages the budgetary and financial affairs of the school consistent with school district policies.
  • Develops strong relationships with parents and encourages active engagement and involvement in the school community.

Additional Duties
Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Superintendent and other central office administrators as designated by the Superintendent.
                Note:    The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities.  It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.

Travel Requirements
Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.

Work Schedule
The work year for this position is 215 days.

Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards
Works in standard office and school building environments.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of social and emotional learning best practices. 
  • Commitment to competency based education.
  • Knowledge of current teaching methods and educational pedagogy, as well as differentiates instruction based upon student learning styles.
  • Knowledge of elementary school curriculum and concepts.
  • Knowledge of best practices in administration, program evaluation and staff supervision.
  • Knowledge of data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education.
  • Ability to use computer network system and software applications as needed.
  • Ability to develop and implement projects.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with students and parents.
  • Ability to organize multiple tasks and conflicting time constraints.
  • Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to leadership, performance and professional growth.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.

  • New Hampshire State Certification as an Elementary Principal
  • Motor Vehicle Operator's License or ability to provide own transportation.

  • Bachelor's degree in education and Masters degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in School Administration/Educational Leadership

  • A minimum of five years of successful teaching experience at the elementary level, preferably in more than one grade level.
  • Successful administrative experience at the elementary school level preferred.

Application Procedure

  • Please apply online
  • Applications will be considered only when a cover letter, resume, three letters of recommendation, certification and undergraduate and graduate transcripts have been attached to your online application.


  • The salary range is $93,000 - $110,000.  It is expected the position will fill no higher than the mid range based on experience.
  • Anthem Blue Cross health insurance - 85% of the premiums paid by the district..
  • Delta Dental insurance - 100% paid by the district for a single plan or 85% for two person or family plan
  • Term life insurance - 100% paid by the district.
  • Long term disability insurance - 100% paid by the district.
  • Tuition reimbursement

Posted vacancies in SAU 16 have been approved by the School Board.

It is the policy of SAU 16 not to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, color, homelessness, sexual orientation, age, or disability in its education programs, services, activities or employment practices. 

Selection Procedure
All resumes will be screened and selected candidates will participate in a thorough interview process

FLSA Status:       Exempt 

Posted By

Exeter Sau 16 Office

30 Linden St., Exeter, NH 03833-2522
Compare with State

Amount per Student

State Average: $16,146 (USD)

% ELL Students

State Average: 2%

Student Teacher Ratio

State Average: 12.35

% IEP Students

State Average: 16%



State Average: 104