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Principal - Hamilton Virtual School

Principal - Hamilton Virtual School

Reports To: Superintendent

FLSA Status: Exempt
Work Schedule: Full-time (220 workdays)
Starting Date: August 1, 2022
Pay Scale: Commensurate with experience

Hamilton Virtual School has over 1100 online students with the majority of students being part time (homeschooled.) Flex offers in person learning at labs and electives Monday - Friday behind the middle school in portable classrooms and in some middle school rooms. The principal’s office is at the administration building. This Principal is responsible for the daily operations of the Flex Virtual School to ensure the education process is meeting the needs of the students, parents, school board and Superintendent. Provides educational leadership to establish a climate conducive to learning, planning and program development.

LOCATION: Administration Office

The following are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed by such a person.

  • Works with the Superintendent to identify and coordinate the educational needs of regular and special education programs in online and blended environments to ensure maximum educational benefits.
  • Enrolls students and determines the amount of students that can be in the part-time sections.
  • Works with the Director of Teaching and Learning and Superintendent to manage the design, development and delivery of curriculum. Assists in choosing the online curriculum for the District. Manages, budgets, and troubleshoots the online curriculum providers including Edgenuity, Edmentum, Rosetta Stone, Calvert, and Michigan Virtual.
  • Complete evaluations of teachers, nonunion staff, and instructional programs to ensure student achievement and successful execution.
  • Maintains a positive working relationship with parents and acts as a problem solver when concerns arise.
  • Oversee attendance of part and full time online learners by checking mentor logs, and managing truant students.
  • Has a working understanding of and continues to develop, oversee and provide coaching to staff, parents, and students.
  • Assists with the identification of staff training needs to ensure effective school improvement programs and encourages professional growth of teachers.
  • Addresses behavioral issues until resolved in a satisfactory manner.
  • Develops an atmosphere of trust, respect, interest and enthusiasm within the school.
  • Keeps abreast of current and new teaching strategies, technologies, and innovative techniques to maximize the personalization of learning.
  • Keeps abreast of pupil accounting rules and regulations that affect online learning and shared time programming.
  • Works collaboratively with pupil accounting coordinator to determine proper FTE calculations.
  • Oversees online learning and audits at Calvary Christian School.
  • Gathers and maintains count day login records and two way communication. Works with students, mentor teachers, and the auditor to ensure all virtual students are counted completely. Assist elementary, middle school, and high schools with online class count day procedures and record keeping.
  • Coordinate with elementary and middle school principals to ensure proper placement and set up of online classes in those buildings. Assist counselors and Principals at High School as needed with online learning.
  • Communicate educational choices to current Hamilton students and prospective full time and part time students.
  • Manage testing for the K-12 virtual school including MSTEP, PSAT, SAT, ACT Workeys, iready, and Acadience. Use iready and Acadience data to determine which students need interventions and make those arrangements.
  • Works in Powerschool to create courses, sections, and assign students to courses. Ensure grades are stored, print report cards, and troubleshoot Powerschool changes, courses, and grades.
  • Works with the Communications Coordinator to maintain the Flex website.
  • Attend Michigan Coop Meetings and Partnership Director group meetings for personal growth and legislative updates pertaining to nontraditional learning.
  • Be a champion for online learning and innovative programming.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Superintendent.

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.

  • Bachelor’s degree with three or more years of experience with communications, marketing, and project coordination in an educational setting preferred
  • Excellent verbal and engaging interpersonal skills
  • Seasoned, versatile writing skills with demonstrated ability to create and edit persuasive, engaging digital and print content including reports, narratives, interviews, correspondence, articles, newsletters, whitepapers, press releases, blogs, and other content
  • Familiarity and ease with graphic design concepts, and print process
  • Experience with brand development, management and consistency of use in an educational setting
  • Three or more years of experience with digital content management and search-engine optimization (SEO) preferred
  • Experience writing for media (television, radio, print) outlets is a plus
  • Proven experience as a team leader, project coordinator, and meeting facilitator
  • Computer literacy, experience with social communication channels, WYSIWYG tools, and digital marketing concepts
  • Experience with event or conference organization, management and staging, including supervision of personnel
  • Excellence with inward and outward facing client service, adept at collaboration and relationship building, strong self-starter, detail and big-picture oriented
  • Proven organizational experience with ability to simultaneously handle and advance several projects among multiple stakeholders
  • Successful project management experience with willingness to escalate issues and reorient tasks and timeline
  • Proven ability to engage and resolve differences in a courteous, clear, and timely manner
  • Willingness and ability to engage developing strategic communications technology
  • Curious, driven, articulate, punctual, and trustworthy
  • Possess good habits, character, and attendance records.
  • Be neat in appearance.
  • Be capable and demonstrate the establishment and maintenance of harmonious effective relationships with staff, supervisors, and co-workers.
  • Knowledge of school and State of Michigan policies and procedures.
  • Ability to manage/support change.
  • Possess a willingness to learn new job skills.


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Cash in lieu option

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, read, operate a computer or other devices, reach with hands or arms, and may occasionally push or lift up to 50 lbs. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is:

  • Vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word
  • Requires both indoor and outdoor participation year-round.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Hamilton Community Schools is a rural district located in West Michigan south of Holland and east of Saugatuck. Our well-maintained district consists of four elementary buildings (Bentheim, Blue Star, Hamilton Elementary, and Sandyview) along with one middle school, one high school, and Hamilton FLEX (Virtual, Blended, and Shared Time options). Hamilton prides itself on being a big district (135 square miles) with a small-town feel.

Hamilton Community Schools is one of 18 member public school districts within the Ottawa Intermediate School District (OAISD). Our district consists of 400 employees and over 2,500 full-time students and 1,100 non-public students in a variety of programs and formats. Hamilton Community Schools is known throughout the state as a premier district balancing a small-town atmosphere with educational innovation to meet the needs of each learner. The focus on K-12 academics, work-based learning, athletics, and the arts make Hamilton a destination district. WE are HAWKEYES!

Submit an application, cover letter and resume using the online application system on the Hamilton Community Schools website
Any questions can be sent to Matt Blood, Director of Human Resources

Hamilton Community Schools is an equal opportunity employer and will provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, age, color, height, weight, marital status, familial status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status with applicable state and federal laws.

DISTRIBUTION: Internal / External

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