School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education (NOC 0422)

High demand occupation

About this job

School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education plan, organize and direct the academic affairs of a school system, as well as the activities of teachers and other staff.

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School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education work for school boards and for public and private schools.

Common job titles
  • administrator, school board
  • director, education, correctional inst.
  • director, school for the blind
  • principal, private school
  • principal, school - elementary / secondary
  • principal, technical / vocational school
  • administrator, school board
  • director, education, correctional inst.
  • director, school for the blind
  • director, school for the deaf
  • principal, Aboriginal school
  • principal, business college

Duties

School principals:

  • plan, organize and direct, through department heads or supervisors, the activities of teachers and support staff
  • review programs to ensure conformance to school board or provincial standards and develop programs within limits of authority
  • co-ordinate the teaching activities of the institution by making staff assignments, determining class size and preparing timetables
  • organize and maintain procedures for the keeping of records
  • prepare and carry out institution or program budget
  • direct and co-ordinate school maintenance services and the use of school facilities
  • recruit and hire teachers and other staff
  • may teach

Administrators of elementary and secondary education:

  • plan, organize and direct, through school principals, the academic affairs of a school district
  • evaluate educational program, teaching methods and community participation in programs and revise programs as required
  • develop and carry out programs for the education and training of students and adults
  • make recommendations concerning the annual operating budget of a school district
  • direct or supervise the recruitment, appointment, training, evaluation and promotion of teaching staff

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office or school.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

There is little mobility between institutional settings, for example, between elementary and secondary schools.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.