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Jefferson County Open School fosters the unique potential in individuals by challenging the personal, social, and intellectual domains of each student. We emphasize self-direction, experiential learning, shared responsibility and accountability, and development of life-long skills.

Five Goals of the Open School: At JCOS, students rediscover the joy of learning, seek meaning in life, learn to adapt to the world as it is, prepare for the world that might be, and create the world as it ought to be.

A successful principal at JCOS should:

Have demonstrated experience in experiential, outdoor, and/or travel education.
Have a firm belief in relationships and community as the basis for supporting students towards excellence.
Have a strong understanding of developmentally appropriate behaviors and experiences for students in PreK – 12th grade.
Understand the connection between authentic self-assessment and student learning.
Demonstrate proficiency in aligning student-directed learning to district and state standards.
Believe that student success can be measured in a variety of ways.

Furthering JCOS’s community of learning requires that a successful candidate can:

Advocate for teaching staff as student advisors and co-creators of learning
Balance the need for accountability and discipline with a core philosophy of restorative practices
Maintain a physically and psychologically safe learning environment for students and staff
Actively create professional knowledge and advocacy for the tenets of learning that define the Open School within the global education community.
Unite the school and broader community toward the Open School’s vision and goals.
Be an advocate and intermediary between the school and the district.
Balance a democratic, shared decision-making model with executive leadership.

To be considered for this position, please submit a resume, philosophy statement, and cover letter that demonstrates your alignment with the Open School’s values. Candidates selected for interview will meet with the school community, represented by students, parents, advisors, and administrators. Candidates must first apply to Principal Pool (see below) then apply to Jeffco Open Principal (Job ID 26185)

If you have questions about the Open School or are interested in a tour, please contact Brandon Parker, Assistant Principal at 303-982-5929 or

If you are not a current Jeffco Public Schools Principal, you must first apply to our Principal Pool Posting for the 2024-25 school year (Job ID 26101) to be considered for this role.

Principal Pool (Job ID 26101)

Desired Start Date:  07/05/2024

Principal Senior (225)
Annual Position
FLSA: Exempt
FTE: 1.00000 , Hours/Day: 8.000 , Days/Year: 225
Salary Plan, Grade, Step: JCA – Administrator – 215 days , P12
Min-Mid Annual Salary Range: $124,336 – $146,898  Effective as of: 08-16-2023
**Annual salary noted above is based on an 8 hour day and full days worked calendar. Any position that is less than a full FTE/8 hours per day or late start will be prorated accordingly.
Certain Education Support Professional (ESP) jobs may include the value of holiday pay into the hourly rate. Review the Holiday in Rate column of the Education Support Professional Job Title, Wage Plan, Grade document.

The successful new hire or rehired candidate will be responsible to complete and incur the fingerprinting and processing fee of $54.50 through an appropriate fingerprinting vendor and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, within 48 hours of offer acceptance.
SUMMARY As outlined in the Jefferson County Public Schools’ School Leadership profile, an individual in this position serves as the school leader by providing leadership, community building, instructional leadership, and human and financial resources management.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Following is a general summary of the essential duties and responsibilities for this position as outlined in the School Leadership Profile.

LEADERSHIP: Provide a purpose and direction for the school.

COMMUNITY BUILDING: Guide the development of a caring community that includes stakeholders in the school.

INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP: Focus on student learning and student success.

MANAGEMENT: Manage the human and financial resources to ensure an orderly work and learning environment..

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EXPERIENCE Minimum of three years’ of licensed experience in a public or nonpublic elementary or secondary school, and a minimum of two years’ educational administrative and/or comparable administrative leadership.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING Bachelor’s degree, plus additional course work required for certification or licensure.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS Colorado Principal License issued or in process.

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, & EQUIPMENT Demonstrated conflict management, problem solving, resource allocation, prioritization, data analysis, collaborative decision making, relationship building, group facilitation, writing, and speaking skills. Demonstrated knowledge and use of District policies, procedures, employee contracts, and legal requirements. Computer and technology skills which include Human Resources; Financial Systems; and communications technology including software, E-mail, and voice mail are a condition of employment and must be obtained within one year after hire.

DECISION MAKING Ability to determine staffing levels and budget requirements; develop alternatives and make decisions in crises situations; utilize collaborative decision making skills; and apply good judgment to ensure student safety and carry out student discipline. Errors could lead to legal ramifications and compromise student safety and the learning environment, resulting in substantial embarrassment or cost to the District. Final decisions at the school site are the responsibility of this position.

COMMUNITY RELATIONS Daily contact with parents, students, and law enforcement officials to exchange information and resolve issues. Regular contact with vendors, media, legislatures, and government entities to exchange information; with higher education, partnerships, and businesses to exchange information, develop and maintain programs, maintain relationships, and foster program participation; with government agencies, community individuals and groups, transportation officials, and community colleges to exchange information and resolve issues; and with district attorneys to exchange information regarding legal matters.

SPAN OF CONTROL Directly supervise assistant principals, counselors, teachers, school resource officers, coaches, club sponsors, classified employees, and special education personnel. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

EDUCATIONAL DELIVERY Support the instructional programs of the District by supervising and evaluating teachers and administrators and by developing and implementing school instructional programs. Understand the philosophy of standards based education, the processes of curriculum development and effective models of instruction, and lead their implementation in the schools. Manage the development of curriculum and instructional programs that recognize the contributions of diverse groups and foster success for all students regardless of gender, race, or disability. Lead the community in the development of challenging performance standards for students and the development of varied supervisory and evaluation processes. Insure the development of a staff development program that recognizes the principles of adult learning and focuses on student success. Use data to analyze the current state of student learning and serve as a catalyst for and manager of needed change. Understand and lead the use of technology in instruction. The majority of the time is spent at the school site.

COMPLEXITY OF WORK Requires analytical skills, independent thinking, considerable judgment, and the ability to assess crises and make sound decisions quickly with little time or input from others. Must manage personnel, curriculum, student success and discipline, and physical plant. Must have a strong understanding of student behavior, District culture and policies and be able to quickly analyze the impact of decisions on the student, school, District, and community. Final decisions at the school are the responsibility of this position. Generally, work is complicated by the volume of students at the school site, large budget management responsibilities, and the diversity and severity of student issues and crises.

The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, talk or hear, and taste or smell. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, or crouch The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

MENTAL FUNCTIONS While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to compare, analyze, communicate, evaluate, use interpersonal skills, compile, and negotiate. The employee frequently is required to copy, instruct, compute, and synthesize.

WORK ENVIRONMENT While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
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The Jefferson County School District does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, pregnancy, or gender.

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