Sorted by job title: A - C | D - H | I - Q | R - Z

Consulting Principal (Rotational --Three Year Period)

OFFICIAL TITLE: Consulting Principal CODE: 0555 SQ/OQ: Not Applicable
WORKING TITLE: Consulting Principal (Rotational --Three Year Period) GRADE: Q MONTHS: 12
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF CLASSIFICATION: Under direction of the director of the Department of Professional Growth Systems in the Office of Human Resources and Development (OHRD), the Consulting Principal (CP) is charged with building the capacity of first year principals and principals who are new to MCPS, acting or have a change in level, central services administrators and supervisors. The CP will provide direct assistance and support to all administrators who are evaluated as ineffective as they enter or progress through the professional growth system. The CP conducts formal and informal observations, provides timely, written feedback and monitors implementation of recommendations provided through formal and informal observations to ensure that the direct assistance and support are aligned to maximize a successful outcome. The CP collects, presents and provides evidence of performance to a Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Panel on the progress of principals/administrators assigned to the caseload and provides an end-of-year summary report to the PAR Panel. At the end of the three-year cycle, the CP returns to another Administrative and Supervisory (A&S) position for which he/she is qualified.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: A strong instructional leader with a proven record and considerable knowledge and ability to demonstrate best practices in a variety of leadership methods and to model the leadership of school improvement with a repertoire of coaching skills and strategies for adult learners; thorough knowledge and demonstrated ability to analyze student performance and achievement data, through multiple measures, and to assist school/system leaders to effectively incorporate analyses into school/office improvement; considerable knowledge and an ability to demonstrate understanding and effective use of the A&S Professional Growth System; an ability to counsel and mentor adults in need of professional assistance and growth; demonstrated knowledge of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) strategic priorities, core values, curriculum, initiatives, and thorough understanding of K through12 vertical articulation and ability to assist adult learners to see the comprehensive educational picture; demonstrates an understanding of strategic priorities and the multiple measures utilized to elevate the school¿s instructional program; proven outstanding communication, interpersonal, organizational, problem-solving, and leadership skills; considerable knowledge and ability to utilize various technology platforms for communication and documentation.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE: Masters degree in educational administration or related field; five years or more of successful current experience as an elementary, middle, or high school principal in a public school setting, the last three of which must have been in MCPS (or a minimum of 4 years or more of successful experience as an elementary, middle, or high school principal in MCPS and 2 years of central administrative experience in another capacity); documented evidence of improving student achievement and building the capacity of employees; documented experience exhibiting strong instructional leadership skills; experience in modeling leadership behavior to adult learners in a variety of settings and in counseling and mentoring adults.
CERTIFICATE AND LICENSE REQUIREMENTS: Administrator II in the state of Maryland
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (Special requirements such as lifting heavy objects and frequent climbing.) None
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: (Frequent overtime or night work required, etc.) This is a 3 year rotating position, after which the CP returns to another Administrative and Supervisory (A&S) position for which they are qualified.


Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of the A&S Professional Growth System for administrators and strategically supports clients on their caseload to identify and utilize available resources.

Assists in the development and implementation of an intensive program of intervention for principals, principal interns and administrators referred to Peer Assistance and Review who are in need of significant support and improvement.

Utilizes the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (A&S Professional Growth Standards) when providing written and verbal feedback to clients.

Provides mentoring and support for the following: new principals to MCPS, individuals newly promoted from within MCPS, principal interns and administrators. Observes and confers with each principal/administrator assigned to the caseload.

Prepares documents associated with observations, conferences, and summative reports.

Prepares and submits performance recommendations in collaboration with Directors of Learning, Achievement, and Administration/Associate Superintendents to the PAR Panel on the progress of principals/administrators assigned to the caseload.

Reviews the Director of Learning, Achievement, and Administration and the Associate Superintendent`s formal observations and evaluations to align supports and interventions appropriately and confers with the principal/administrator.

Works with assigned clients to broaden skills and deepen knowledge in collaboration and teamwork.

Assists assigned principals/administrators in the continuous improvement efforts for the school/system and in building professional learning communities that support the identified School Improvement Plan goals.

Coaches principals in analyzing national, state, and local assessments and accessing data management systems to interpret and inform instructional leadership through the synthesis and analysis of student performance data.

Models effective leadership skills and works cooperatively with the OHRD in developing and implementing professional development for principals/administrators.

Networks with resources outside of MCPS (such as universities or national associations) to provide support to principals/administrators.

Serves on various professional development and cross-functional teams.

Provides direction and coaching to assigned principals/administrators in assessing school/office and community needs in order to expand and improve community relations.

Demonstrates excellent communication skills in providing specific, concrete feedback in all performance standards in a timely manner to assigned principals/administrators.

Utilizes best practices in school/system leadership and is knowledgeable about the literature of leadership, change management and adult learning theory.

Understands and applies the six leadership standards that have been established for the Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals (MCAAP/MCBOA) Professional Growth System (PGS).

Performs related duties consistent with the scope and intent of the position.

Class Established: 11/03
Date(s) Revised: 02/2007, 8/2007, 1/2011, 5/2012, 2/2013, 3/2018
Last Reviewed:

This description may be changed at any time.

Click here to log in