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HIGH SCHOOL ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, IN-DEPTH: Take On Leadership Roles

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Mitch, a high school assistant principal, describes the challenges of his job, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. He tells us that the applicant pool for administrative positions in schools has grown significantly, so there is a lot more competition for the few jobs available. The way to boost your chances at landing the job is to take on leadership roles such as coaching or advising at your school.

Degree: Education - English Language and Literature - Educational Administration and Supervision
Job Title: High School Assistant Principal

Job Summary: Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School

Job Description

Elementary, middle, and high school principals lead teachers and other members of school staff. They manage the day-to-day operations of elementary, middle, and high schools. They set goals and objectives and evaluate their school's progress toward meeting them.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

Most states require public school principals to be licensed as school administrators. Licensure requirements vary from state to state, but most require a master’s degree or some other training. Some require candidates to pass a test and take continuing education classes to keep their license.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$60,000 - $130,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Patience, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, People skills, Empathy, Organizational skills

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m='11630'>reactionary.</span> <span m='12860'>You</span> <span m='13040'>have</span> <span m='13300'>to</span> <span m='13370'>be</span> <span m='13460'>able</span> <span m='13640'>to</span> <span m='13750'>react</span> <span m='14100'>to</span> <span m='14160'>a</span> <span m='14220'>situation,</span> <span m='16500'>and</span> <span m='17060'>problem</span> <span m='17490'>solve,</span> <span m='18050'>and</span> <span m='18260'>do</span> <span m='18360'>that</span> <span m='18760'>quickly</span> <span m='19200'>and</span> <span m='19340'>follow</span> <span m='19670'>through</span> <span m='20060'>and</span> <span m='20180'>document</span> <span m='20740'>things.</span> </p><p><span m='22110'>Sometimes</span> <span m='22580'>it's</span> <span m='22720'>an</span> <span m='22790'>investigation</span> <span m='23170'>that</span> <span m='23550'>will</span> <span m='23770'>take</span> <span m='24010'>your</span> <span m='24110'>whole</span> <span m='24310'>day.</span> <span m='24510'>And</span> <span m='24740'>it</span> <span m='24880'>started</span> <span m='25340'>at</span> <span m='25440'>9:00,</span> <span m='25890'>and</span> <span m='26200'>you</span> <span m='26390'>had</span> <span m='26580'>other</span> <span m='26760'>things</span> <span m='27090'>planned,</span> <span m='27350'>and</span> <span m='27610'>you're</span> <span m='28020'>just</span> <span m='28130'>not</span> <span m='28240'>going</span> <span m='28350'>to</span> <span m='28460'>get</span> <span m='28650'>to</span> <span m='28730'>those</span> <span m='28870'>that</span> <span m='29010'>day.</span> <span m='29430'>So</span> <span m='30720'>it's</span> <span m='30820'>hard</span> <span m='30920'>to</span> <span m='31130'>plan</span> <span m='31790'>what</span> <span m='32360'>the</span> <span m='32460'>important</span> <span m='32890'>things</span> <span m='33200'>are</span> <span m='33740'>and</span> <span m='34210'>get</span> <span m='34410'>to</span> <span m='34510'>those</span> <span m='34820'>things</span> <span m='35230'>without</span> <span m='37500'>being</span> <span m='38130'>sideswiped</span> <span m='38310'>really</span> <span m='39740'>by</span> <span m='40170'>the</span> <span m='40450'>crisis</span> <span m='40950'>of</span> <span m='41010'>the</span> <span m='41090'>moment.</span> <span m='41560'>So</span> <span m='41690'>that's</span> <span m='42110'>really</span> <span m='42320'>the</span> <span m='42400'>most</span> <span m='42660'>challenging</span> <span m='43270'>thing</span> <span m='43510'>is</span> <span m='43940'>getting</span> <span m='44300'>to</span> <span m='44420'>those</span> <span m='44620'>pieces</span> <span m='45030'>that</span> <span m='45160'>are</span> <span m='45360'>important</span> <span m='45790'>in</span> <span m='45890'>terms</span> <span m='46180'>of</span> <span m='46260'>instructional</span> <span m='46850'>leadership.</span> </p><p><span m='50300'>Some</span> <span m='50370'>of</span> <span m='50440'>the</span> <span m='50590'>key</span> <span m='50780'>decisions</span> <span m='51095'>that</span> <span m='51410'>I</span> <span m='51490'>made</span> <span m='51870'>that</span> <span m='52080'>led</span> <span m='52390'>to</span> <span m='52830'>my</span> <span m='53060'>career</span> <span m='53440'>as</span> <span m='53560'>an</span> <span m='53640'>assistant</span> <span m='54040'>principal,</span> <span m='54590'>first</span> <span m='54890'>was</span> <span m='55220'>just</span> <span m='55760'>choosing</span> <span m='56900'>a</span> <span m='57040'>career</span> <span m='57290'>in</span> <span m='57370'>education</span> <span m='57950'>as</span> <span m='58050'>a</span> <span m='58150'>teacher</span> <span m='59210'>and</span> <span m='59580'>a</span> <span m='59710'>coach.</span> <span m='60330'>And</span> <span m='60790'>then</span> <span m='61390'>I</span> <span m='61470'>think</span> <span m='61660'>the</span> <span m='62380'>key</span> <span m='63600'>decisive</span> <span m='64250'>piece</span> <span m='64629'>was</span> <span m='65840'>what</span> <span m='66140'>did</span> <span m='66160'>I</span> <span m='66180'>want</span> <span m='66400'>to</span> <span m='66440'>pursue</span> <span m='66780'>a</span> <span m='66850'>master's</span> <span m='67380'>degree</span> <span m='67730'>in?</span> <span m='67990'>And</span> <span m='68140'>I</span> <span m='68170'>could</span> <span m='68315'>have</span> <span m='68460'>pursued</span> <span m='68780'>that</span> <span m='69170'>in</span> <span m='69240'>English,</span> <span m='69510'>or</span> <span m='69780'>literature,</span> <span m='70440'>or</span> <span m='70540'>methods</span> <span m='71180'>or</span> <span m='72910'>a</span> <span m='73030'>general</span> <span m='73630'>secondary</span> <span m='74180'>education.</span> <span m='75610'>But</span> <span m='75625'>I</span> <span m='75640'>wanted</span> <span m='75655'>to</span> <span m='75670'>be</span> <span m='76830'>with</span> <span m='76940'>a</span> <span m='77050'>more</span> <span m='77290'>specific</span> <span m='78860'>masters</span> <span m='79300'>degree</span> <span m='79730'>in</span> <span m='80140'>educational</span> <span m='80810'>leadership,</span> <span m='81610'>because</span> <span m='82640'>I</span> <span m='82720'>wanted</span> <span m='83180'>to</span> <span m='83540'>open</span> <span m='84070'>a</span> <span m='84570'>door</span> <span m='84930'>somewhere</span> <span m='85300'>down</span> <span m='85520'>the</span> <span m='85590'>line.</span> <span m='86700'>I</span> <span m='86820'>didn't</span> <span m='86940'>know</span> <span m='87060'>if</span> <span m='87180'>I'd</span> <span m='87325'>ever</span> <span m='87470'>want</span> <span m='87710'>to</span> <span m='87760'>be</span> <span m='87810'>a</span> <span m='87860'>principal</span> <span m='88225'>but</span> <span m='88346'>I</span> <span m='88468'>thought,</span> <span m='88590'>hey,</span> <span m='89540'>even</span> <span m='89960'>if</span> <span m='90120'>I'm</span> <span m='90260'>55</span> <span m='90950'>or</span> <span m='91030'>50</span> <span m='91530'>and</span> <span m='91585'>I</span> <span m='91640'>want</span> <span m='91890'>to</span> <span m='91933'>be</span> <span m='91976'>a</span> <span m='92020'>principal,</span> <span m='93120'>I'll</span> <span m='93250'>have</span> <span m='93490'>this</span> <span m='93680'>license</span> <span m='94270'>and</span> <span m='94380'>I'll</span> <span m='94490'>have</span> <span m='94650'>that</span> <span m='94800'>opportunity.</span> <span m='95970'>So</span> <span m='96440'>at</span> <span m='96580'>least</span> <span m='97000'>it</span> <span m='97300'>left</span> <span m='97470'>another</span> <span m='98180'>opportunity</span> <span m='98860'>there.</span> </p><p><span m='101200'>Currently</span> <span m='101650'>in</span> <span m='101950'>my</span> <span m='102150'>industry</span> <span m='102880'>as</span> <span m='103440'>an</span> <span m='103550'>assistant</span> <span m='103950'>principal</span> <span m='104360'>or</span> <span m='104615'>an</span> <span m='104870'>administrator</span> <span m='105290'>in</span> <span m='105710'>any</span> <span m='105940'>school,</span> <span m='108270'>since</span> <span m='108540'>I</span> <span m='108670'>started</span> <span m='109150'>there's</span> <span m='109210'>a</span> <span m='109270'>lot</span> <span m='109470'>more</span> <span m='109640'>competition</span> <span m='110270'>for</span> <span m='110400'>jobs.</span> <span m='111500'>Part</span> <span m='111750'>of</span> <span m='111830'>that</span> <span m='112110'>is</span> <span m='112360'>because</span> <span m='112730'>there's</span> <span m='112910'>a</span> <span m='112970'>lot</span> <span m='113220'>more</span> <span m='113400'>licensing</span> <span m='115030'>universities</span> <span m='115780'>and</span> <span m='115900'>colleges</span> <span m='116560'>there.</span> <span m='117040'>There's</span> <span m='117400'>the</span> <span m='117590'>availability</span> <span m='118320'>of</span> <span m='118420'>online</span> <span m='118950'>courses.</span> <span m='119540'>And</span> <span m='119710'>so</span> <span m='119890'>it's</span> <span m='120010'>much</span> <span m='120200'>more</span> <span m='120420'>convenient</span> <span m='120960'>for</span> <span m='121090'>people</span> <span m='121450'>to</span> <span m='121560'>get</span> <span m='121810'>their</span> <span m='122020'>educational</span> <span m='123210'>leadership</span> <span m='123660'>license</span> <span m='124290'>and</span> <span m='124490'>their</span> <span m='124690'>administration</span> <span m='125400'>license.</span> <span m='126630'>Because</span> <span m='127040'>of</span> <span m='127120'>that,</span> <span m='127540'>there's</span> <span m='127810'>just</span> <span m='128060'>a</span> <span m='128490'>lot</span> <span m='128880'>more</span> <span m='129320'>people</span> <span m='129669'>that</span> <span m='129770'>have</span> <span m='129970'>a</span> <span m='130009'>license.</span> <span m='130580'>And</span> <span m='130919'>so</span> <span m='131110'>that</span> <span m='131270'>means</span> <span m='131450'>more</span> <span m='131936'>competition</span> <span m='132910'>and</span> <span m='135920'>more</span> <span m='136200'>applicants</span> <span m='136810'>for</span> <span m='137370'>jobs</span> <span m='137860'>that</span> <span m='137960'>are</span> <span m='138090'>available.</span> </p><p><span m='139800'>They're</span> <span m='139920'>still</span> <span m='140140'>not</span> <span m='140330'>that</span> <span m='140520'>many</span> <span m='140950'>people</span> <span m='141400'>with</span> <span m='141560'>experience</span> <span m='142280'>that</span> <span m='142365'>are</span> <span m='142450'>applying</span> <span m='142870'>for</span> <span m='143220'>positions.</span> <span m='145090'>And</span> <span m='147020'>I</span> <span m='147110'>can't</span> <span m='147400'>really</span> <span m='147570'>speak</span> <span m='147840'>to</span> <span m='147940'>the</span> <span m='148060'>quality</span> <span m='148370'>of</span> <span m='148525'>the</span> <span m='148680'>applicant</span> <span m='149210'>pool.</span> <span m='149520'>But</span> <span m='150170'>if</span> <span m='150360'>you're</span> <span m='150770'>planning</span> <span m='151140'>to</span> <span m='151200'>go</span> <span m='151400'>in</span> <span m='151460'>that</span> <span m='151650'>direction</span> <span m='152080'>and</span> <span m='152510'>you</span> <span m='153200'>are</span> <span m='153295'>a</span> <span m='153390'>teacher</span> <span m='153990'>and</span> <span m='154045'>you</span> <span m='154100'>take</span> <span m='154340'>on</span> <span m='154510'>leadership</span> <span m='155030'>roles,</span> <span m='155400'>and</span> <span m='155520'>coaching</span> <span m='155980'>roles,</span> <span m='156185'>and</span> <span m='156390'>advisor</span> <span m='157000'>roles,</span> <span m='157800'>generally</span> <span m='158190'>those</span> <span m='158460'>are</span> <span m='158810'>the</span> <span m='158960'>types</span> <span m='159250'>of</span> <span m='159340'>things</span> <span m='159890'>that</span> <span m='160010'>folks</span> <span m='160420'>look</span> <span m='160640'>for</span> <span m='161780'>in</span> <span m='162120'>order</span> <span m='162330'>to</span> <span m='162450'>get</span> <span m='162770'>your</span> <span m='162920'>first</span> <span m='163210'>job</span> <span m='163425'>as</span> <span m='163640'>an</span> <span m='163790'>assistant</span> <span m='163985'>principal.</span> </p><p><span m='169480'>My</span> <span m='169600'>work</span> <span m='169900'>life</span> <span m='170260'>balance</span> <span m='171090'>as</span> <span m='171680'>a</span> <span m='172210'>high</span> <span m='172360'>school</span> <span m='172660'>administrator</span> <span m='173430'>is</span> <span m='174340'>one</span> <span m='174480'>of</span> <span m='174520'>the</span> <span m='174580'>reasons</span> <span m='174990'>that</span> <span m='175130'>I</span> <span m='175550'>stay</span> <span m='175850'>in</span> <span m='175960'>the</span> <span m='176030'>position</span> <span m='176780'>and</span> <span m='177200'>haven't</span> <span m='177470'>pursued</span> <span m='178000'>other</span> <span m='178790'>positions.</span> <span m='181360'>Having</span> <span m='181590'>the</span> <span m='181670'>same</span> <span m='182050'>schedule</span> <span m='183130'>that</span> <span m='183530'>my</span> <span m='183680'>kids</span> <span m='184050'>have</span> <span m='184360'>in</span> <span m='184480'>terms</span> <span m='184780'>of</span> <span m='184830'>breaks</span> <span m='185350'>and</span> <span m='185460'>vacations</span> <span m='186320'>and</span> <span m='187680'>days</span> <span m='188340'>on</span> <span m='188570'>days</span> <span m='188860'>off,</span> <span m='189140'>those</span> <span m='189530'>types</span> <span m='189810'>of</span> <span m='189910'>things,</span> <span m='190890'>is</span> <span m='191070'>very</span> <span m='191310'>valuable.</span> <span m='193000'>Having</span> <span m='193210'>my</span> <span m='193360'>school</span> <span m='193840'>day</span> <span m='194030'>end</span> <span m='194360'>at</span> <span m='194470'>approximately</span> <span m='195280'>the</span> <span m='195380'>same</span> <span m='195710'>time</span> <span m='196020'>that</span> <span m='196210'>the</span> <span m='196330'>kids'</span> <span m='196600'>school</span> <span m='197020'>day</span> <span m='197330'>ends</span> <span m='198480'>is</span> <span m='198690'>very</span> <span m='198910'>valuable.</span> <span m='200960'>Having</span> <span m='201120'>weekends</span> <span m='202010'>generally</span> <span m='202480'>free</span> <span m='203100'>is</span> <span m='203470'>also</span> <span m='204750'>something</span> <span m='205150'>that</span> <span m='205273'>you</span> <span m='205396'>can</span> <span m='205520'>never</span> <span m='205740'>take</span> <span m='206010'>for</span> <span m='206120'>granted.</span> <span m='207040'>And</span> <span m='207220'>so</span> <span m='207470'>it</span> <span m='208160'>really</span> <span m='208380'>does</span> <span m='208770'>add</span> <span m='209060'>into</span> <span m='209540'>a</span> <span m='210050'>plus</span> <span m='210335'>for</span> <span m='210477'>the</span> <span m='210620'>work</span> <span m='210890'>life</span> <span m='211220'>balance.</span> </p><p><span m='212660'>At</span> <span m='212840'>a</span> <span m='212860'>high</span> <span m='213010'>school</span> <span m='213270'>level,</span> <span m='213590'>there</span> <span m='213820'>are</span> <span m='213880'>a</span> <span m='213920'>lot</span> <span m='214110'>of</span> <span m='214180'>supervisory</span> <span m='215090'>activities,</span> <span m='216430'>going</span> <span m='216730'>to</span> <span m='217040'>athletics</span> <span m='217330'>events.</span> <span m='219100'>I</span> <span m='219290'>enjoy</span> <span m='219690'>that.</span> <span m='219980'>My</span> <span m='220090'>kids</span> <span m='220420'>happen</span> <span m='220790'>to</span> <span m='220940'>enjoy</span> <span m='221300'>that</span> <span m='221550'>most</span> <span m='221830'>of</span> <span m='221890'>the</span> <span m='222000'>time.</span> <span m='222380'>So</span> <span m='222950'>going</span> <span m='223190'>to</span> <span m='223320'>athletic</span> <span m='223770'>events</span> <span m='225010'>is</span> <span m='225080'>something</span> <span m='225430'>we</span> <span m='225580'>can</span> <span m='225700'>do</span> <span m='225860'>together</span> <span m='226115'>and</span> <span m='226370'>have</span> <span m='226500'>always</span> <span m='226780'>done</span> <span m='226980'>together.</span> <span m='229360'>Dances,</span> <span m='230470'>committee</span> <span m='231560'>meetings,</span> <span m='232380'>those</span> <span m='232640'>types</span> <span m='232880'>of</span> <span m='232970'>things</span> <span m='233830'>certainly</span> <span m='234570'>add</span> <span m='235140'>to</span> <span m='235270'>the</span> <span m='235720'>length</span> <span m='236030'>of</span> <span m='236150'>the</span> <span m='236240'>day</span> <span m='236430'>at</span> <span m='236660'>times.</span> <span m='238460'>But</span> <span m='239250'>for</span> <span m='239350'>the</span> <span m='239420'>most</span> <span m='239690'>part,</span> <span m='240030'>I'm</span> <span m='240210'>able</span> <span m='240480'>to</span> <span m='240610'>plan</span> <span m='242910'>those</span> <span m='243630'>times</span> <span m='244040'>when</span> <span m='244350'>it's</span> <span m='245270'>a</span> <span m='245320'>little</span> <span m='245550'>more</span> <span m='245800'>convenient</span> <span m='246420'>for</span> <span m='246970'>my</span> <span m='247120'>schedule</span> <span m='247800'>if</span> <span m='247913'>I</span> <span m='248026'>have</span> <span m='248140'>something</span> <span m='248500'>going</span> <span m='248700'>on</span> <span m='248900'>after</span> <span m='249170'>school.</span> </p><p><span m='250190'>But</span> <span m='254220'>the</span> <span m='254320'>weeks</span> <span m='255200'>generally</span> <span m='255870'>you're</span> <span m='256160'>looking</span> <span m='256459'>at</span> <span m='257410'>pretty</span> <span m='258130'>easily</span> <span m='258529'>a</span> <span m='258860'>50,</span> <span m='259430'>55</span> <span m='260300'>hour</span> <span m='260899'>week</span> <span m='263070'>for</span> <span m='263160'>most</span> <span m='263500'>weeks.</span> <span m='263890'>And</span> <span m='265050'>fortunately</span> <span m='265830'>with</span> <span m='266090'>technology,</span> <span m='266750'>and</span> <span m='266830'>this</span> <span m='266980'>has</span> <span m='267060'>really</span> <span m='267340'>changed</span> <span m='267930'>within</span> <span m='269590'>the</span> <span m='269660'>last</span> <span m='270070'>few</span> <span m='270250'>years,</span> <span m='270630'>is</span> <span m='270970'>having</span> <span m='271240'>access</span> <span m='271760'>at</span> <span m='271890'>home</span> <span m='272260'>to</span> <span m='273860'>all</span> <span m='273975'>my</span> <span m='274090'>email</span> <span m='274580'>accounts,</span> <span m='276050'>all</span> <span m='276310'>my</span> <span m='276460'>information</span> <span m='277970'>from</span> <span m='278150'>school,</span> <span m='279370'>being</span> <span m='279600'>able</span> <span m='279860'>to</span> <span m='279950'>answer</span> <span m='280280'>emails</span> <span m='280930'>and</span> <span m='282300'>really</span> <span m='282590'>do</span> <span m='282800'>a</span> <span m='282850'>lot</span> <span m='283050'>of</span> <span m='283140'>things</span> <span m='283400'>that</span> <span m='283600'>I</span> <span m='283840'>would</span> <span m='284180'>normally</span> <span m='284450'>do</span> <span m='284670'>in</span> <span m='284980'>the</span> <span m='285125'>office.</span> <span m='285270'>And</span> <span m='286140'>I</span> <span m='286190'>can</span> <span m='286240'>get</span> <span m='286450'>to</span> <span m='286530'>those</span> <span m='286780'>at</span> <span m='287100'>night,</span> <span m='287420'>so</span> <span m='287465'>that's</span> <span m='287510'>helped</span> <span m='287840'>with</span> <span m='287950'>that</span> <span m='288150'>balance</span> <span m='288450'>too.</span> </p>","file":{"id":255832,"video_id":"2708329828001","name":"70447207","duration":289813,"thumbnail_url":null}});