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Assistant Principal, RICA

OFFICIAL TITLE: Principal Asst RICA CODE: 0521 SQ/OQ: Not Applicable
WORKING TITLE: Assistant Principal, RICA GRADE: N MONTHS: 12
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF CLASSIFICATION: Under direction, facilitates the teaching-learning process, ensures appropriate educational opportunities for all students with disabilities; develops, maintains, systematically evaluates, and improves special programs that enhance student learning and responds to student and community needs. Facilitates communication between and among agencies working with children and adolescents with disabilities.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of special education policies and procedures which govern the delivery of services to students with disabilities. Thorough knowledge of child and adolescent behavior as it relates to students with moderate, severe, or profound mental disabilities. Working knowledge of MCPS Program of Studies and adaptation for students with disabilities. Ability to plan, organize and implement a school program for students with disabilities. Excellent oral and written communication and human relations skills.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE: Master's degree from an accredited college or university with course work in special education or related field, administration, supervision and curriculum. Five years' experience teaching children with disabilities. 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.
CERTIFICATE AND LICENSE REQUIREMENTS: Meets Maryland certification requirements for Administrator I and in the assigned discipline. Completion of OAT I or II, or completion within one year of the position start date.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (Special requirements such as lifting heavy objects and frequent climbing.) Skills in physical restraint; ability to assist staff in positioning and relocating students, as needed.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: (Frequent overtime or night work required, etc.) Occasionally required to attend night and weekend meetings and activities.


Demonstrates a knowledge of the needs, interests, and feelings of students with disabilities.

Ensures the establishment and maintenance of a school philosophy and a special education program consistent with MOPS goals and policies, and in compliance with federal and state laws and policies for special education programs.

Selects, orients, assigns, supervises, and evaluates staff to attain the objectives of the special education program and the MCPS Program of Studies. Utilizes human and material resources available to staff to attain the objectives of the educational program.

Works with pupil personnel workers, psychologists, reading diagnostician, teacher/specialists, and other specialists to diagnose learning problems leading to limited educational performance and to make recommendations toward their solution.

Conducts and assists conferences and meetings with parents and other community representatives.

Serves as acting principal in the absence of the principal.

Plans and provides for an environment which supports the educational program and maintains the mental and physical health and safety of students and staff.

Uses administrative and management practices which promote the efficient and effective operation of the school.

Assures the proper evaluation of student progress and of the effectiveness of the program to determine what practices or objectives to maintain or modify.

Oversees the Individual Education Plan process for students.

Strives to establish and maintain a school community which practices the principles of democracy, reflecting recognition of and respect for each individual.

Shares responsibility for the total MCPS program.

Identifies areas for personal professional growth, acquires appropriate skills and information, and applies them. Works directly with students regarding discipline, emotional, vocational or other needs.

Assists with record reviews, transportation and food services.

Develops and implements in-service programs especially geared to the unique needs of staff. Assists in the supervision of satellite programs.

Performs other related duties as required.

Class Established: 7/83
Date(s) Revised: 10/93, 10/12, 8/2018
Last Reviewed:

This description may be changed at any time.

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