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Rowe (Hall) Elementary School (learn more)

Portland Public Schools

Portland, ME (map)

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3963182
  • Application Deadline: August 19, 2022
  • Re-posted: August 5, 2022

Job Description

Rowe Elementary School Principal

Full time, year round position.

As one of ten elementary schools  in Portland, Maine, Rowe Elementary offers an expansive academic education within a positive, inclusive school setting, and has been a landmark in the community for decades. 


Rowe Elementary School seeks a Principal who is deeply committed to great student outcomes. For this role, the school seeks:

  • A collaborative instructional leader, who can forge a shared, equity-oriented vision for the school that ensures all students have access to the instruction, resources and support to achieve at high levels; 

  • A strong partnership-builder with students, staff, families and the community, who sees Rowe as a place where students, families and educators feel safe and feel a sense of belonging.

The Principal is responsible for administering and supervising the overall school program and providing educational leadership for the students and staff members consistent with the educational goals of the community and the Portland Promise. This individual will recruit, retain and develop high-quality faculty and staff, and support all members of this diverse community in a culturally responsive manner with an emphasis on respect and inclusion. The position reports to the Assistant Superintendent of School Management and supervises an Assistant Principal, educators and other staff.

The Principal must demonstrate exceptional leadership and administrative skills. In addition, this individual will be skilled at forming and maintaining relationships with a broad range of individuals and across areas of difference in cultural background, linguistic heritage, race, class, socio-economic status and family structure. They will be able to balance the urgency of problem solving in the moment with the need to establish enduring systems so the school can run efficiently over the long-term. They will be an exceptional people manager who inspires those who work for them, and helps staff identify areas for growth and opportunities to support them in their professional development.

This year-round position includes a generous benefit package, including 25 vacation days per year and full health and dental benefits. Submit your application for this exciting opportunity here.


Key Responsibilities of the Principal include:

  • Builds and maintains a great team by recruiting, selecting, and retaining an outstanding faculty and staff. Coaches and supports educators on strong instructional practices, and hold them to high standards and expectations. Leads efforts to analyze and use school-level data to personalize instruction, and to inform the practices of educators. Models a growth mindset and an openness to new approaches.

  • Manages effective teams to drive results in service of the school’s mission and vision. Implements the school’s vision for instructional excellence and ensures alignment with that vision for faculty members, students, families, and the community. Leads the implementation and refinement of all school systems, schedules, structures, and operations. 

  • Ensures the school provides adequate student services that meet students’ academic and social emotional needs and those related to school safety, including developing and staffing these functions appropriately and measuring results to ensure their effectiveness.

  • Fosters a culture of excellence, characterized by high levels of transparency, shared leadership, collaboration, organization and efficiency. Leads by example. Cultivates a school community that is reflective, collaborative, and inspiring for students, families, faculty, and community partners, and one that values innovation, accountability, and performance. Coordinates the development and implementation of a school discipline policy that is consistent with the PPS policy on Student Rights and Responsibilities and state law.

  • Builds strong family and community partnerships in support of student learning. Oversees student recruitment and creates a welcoming environment for all students and families. Promotes effective communication between staff, parents, students, and community members. Creates and supports partnerships with local leaders and organizations to provide students with extended supports and enrichment opportunities.

  • Serves as a collaborative leader within PPS by serving on PPS task forces and committees, participating in district collaboration structures and ensuring that PPS policies and procedures, as well as state and federal laws are followed.

  • Performs related work as needed.



  • An experienced school leader and educator, with a proven record of success who is well versed in high-impact instructional practices and believes deeply in setting high expectations for all students.

  • A proven collaborator and inspirational leader devoted to coaching and developing colleagues while holding them accountable to measurable results.

  • A reflective leader who understands the effects of race, class, ethnicity, income, disability, gender identity, and other areas of difference in our society and has personally worked in similar communities to ensure that all students have an opportunity to achieve their personal dreams of college and career success.

  • A culturally-responsive leader who is knowledgeable about the academic and social emotional needs of students, especially those of different racial, linguistic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

  • A strong written and oral communicator who is able to engage students, parents, and faculty in dialogue and speak in a clear and authentic manner about the school’s goals. 

  • A seasoned professional and experienced manager who knows how to recruit, coach, and develop educators and staff at all levels.

  • An experienced administrator who is (or can quickly become) familiar with Portland Public Schools (PPS) policies and procedures, the Portland Promise, and has a thorough knowledge of pertinent state and federal regulations and laws.


  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in supervision, educational administration and/or secondary school curriculum (or ability to complete a Master’s degree within 3 years).

  • Minimum of 5 years in teaching, administration or supervision of which at least 3 years must have been teaching in a secondary classroom (equivalent experience will be considered).

  • Completion of an administrative internship program is preferable.

  • Experience as an assistant principal is preferable.

  • Other combinations of applicable education, training, and experience which provide the knowledge, abilities and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered. 


  • Maine State Building Administrator 040 certificate 

  • Maine Department of Education website

    Portland Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Category: Administrator > Principal/Dean/Head of School
  • Employer Description

    Maine’s largest school system has 10 elementary schools, three middle schools
    and four high schools serving nearly 7,000 students in kindergarten through grade 12
    and about 4,700 adult learners.

    The district takes full advantage of its location in a vibrant city with a thriving arts life. Schools draw on the resources offered by museums, theaters, local businesses and the city’s colleges and universities.

    Portland has a highly trained teaching staff. Many teachers hold advanced degrees. All of the district's teachers continue their education by pursuing professional development activities on a regular basis.

    The district provides technology to support instruction, including laptops for each student in grades seven through 12 and wireless access at all schools.

    Volunteers, parent-teacher organizations and businesses donate generously of their time and money to the district – an estimated 100,000 hours per year.

    Graduates of the Portland Public Schools attend the country’s top colleges and universities. See for colleges attended by recent graduates.

    The Portland Public Schools gives parents an array of program choices. The district as one of the first in the country to offer project-based Expeditionary Learning from kindergarten through 12th grade.

    High school students have access to one of the broadest selections of Advanced Placement courses in Maine. Qualified high school students may take up to two college courses with tuition paid by the state. A regional arts and technology high school provides hands-on courses in growth fields such as health care, robotics and “green” construction.

    More than 60 languages are spoken by students attending the Portland Public Schools. Multilingual students represent about a quarter of the district’s enrollment. The district’s diversity prepares all students for their roles as world citizens.

    Portland residents can pursue lifelong learning and professional success through the academic, jobs skills and enrichment courses offered by Portland Adult Education.

    Most of Portland’s middle and high school students participate actively in co-curricular activities such as athletics, drama, music and service clubs. Portland students regularly excel in academic and athletic competitions at the regional, state and even national level.

    See a list of recent honors, awards and recognition for the Portland Public Schools at: Join Portland ME Public Schools on Facebook. A focus on service learning-- connecting the schools to the wider community—results in students undertaking many projects that benefit greater Portland. Learn more about us...

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    Portland Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Contact Information

    • Barbara Stoddard, HR Director
    • 353 Cumberland Ave
    • Portland, Maine 04101

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