Deering High School Principal

Portland Public Schools | Portland, ME

Posted Date 2/13/2020

 Deering High School is one of two comprehensive high schools in Portland Public Schools and serves the most diverse student body in the state of Maine. Deering High School has been a landmark in the community for over a century providing an excellent academic education, a strong school culture and a wide array of co- and extracurricular opportunities for students. 

Deering High School seeks a Principal who is deeply committed to great student outcomes. For this role, Deering High School seeks:

  • A collaborative leader, who can forge a shared 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 Deering as a place where educators and students should be constantly learning and improving;
  • A change manager who is comfortable working in a complex environment.

 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 two Assistant Principals, an Athletic Director, 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.

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 ensure 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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;


  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university with an emphasis on supervision, educational administration and/or secondary school curriculum. The doctorate is desirable.
  • Minimum of 5 years in teaching, administration or supervision of which at least 3 years must have been teaching in a secondary classroom.
  • Completion of the 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.  



Salary80000.00 Annual
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Geographic Region
Greater Portland/Casco Bay
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