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Learn More About our Search for the Next Waltham High School Principal

Waltham High School Principal Search

The Waltham Public Schools is honored to accept applications for one of the most critical roles in our system: Principal, Waltham High School.

A selection committee of stakeholders from across the City of Waltham share Dr. Echelson's belief that it is "critical to identify, select, and support a leader who can partner with a community to build off strength and push improvement." 

Principal Search Comprehensive Overview (click to expand)
Principal Search Comprehensive Overview (click to expand)

The Waltham Public Schools is honored to accept applications for one of the most critical roles in our system: Principal, Waltham High School.

Below, you will find more information about the position.

Job Description Here.
Apply Here.

Need a little convincing before you apply? Watch this video, which stars and has been produced by Waltham High School students and proffers their belief on the value proposition of leading in Waltham.

Context—City of Waltham, Waltham Schools and Waltham High School

Waltham (MA) is a vibrant metro-west city of Boston with a population of approximately 63,000 citizens. Waltham is a city in Middlesex County and was an early center for the labor movement as well as a major contributor to the American Industrial Revolution. The original home of the Boston Manufacturing Company, the city was a prototype for 19th century industrial city planning, spawning what became known as the Waltham-Lowell system of labor and production. The city is now a hub for industry, research and higher education: a booming biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry and home to Brandeis University, Bentley University, the Digital Center for the Arts of Boston University and the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. 

A Mayor and City Council govern the city. Honorable Jeannette A. McCarthy, who again won reelection in 2016, has served as Mayor since 2004. Under her leadership in 2017, Money Magazine named Waltham the #13 best place to live in the United States.


Waltham Public Schools serves over 5700 amazing students from diverse racial/ethnic, linguistic, and economic backgrounds. Independent enrollment studies suggest WPS will experience a significant spike in enrollment of over 1000 students over the next ten years. The Waltham High School currently serves a diverse student body of approximately 1600 students (with growth expected to exceed over 1800 students in the next five years). While we are proud of many of our accomplishments we also know that we have significant work ahead of us to deliver on a promise of an excellent and equitable education for all students. Our system serves many students very well, but we need to do far more work to serve all of our students. Waltham is in search of a leader who will work tirelessly, and in collaboration with a community, to offer a world-class education for ALL students.

All of Waltham’s schools are well resourced and, when the Waltham High School
construction project is finally completed, all of Waltham’s students will have access to new facilities. This includes a new state-of-the art flagship high school that, if all goes according to plan, allows for a master plan that includes all amenities including athletic facilities on one campus.

School and District Highlights

  • Accepted into the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) pipeline for a new Waltham High School.
  • Developed and implementing an education plan lauded by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as an exemplar for the state:
  • Watch Waltham High School Students discussing the education plan.
  • Significant fine and performing arts, MESH academic and athletic extracurricular activities without any user fees.
  • The Waltham Partnership for Youth, a coalition of the Waltham Public Schools, community service organizations, Brandeis and Bentley Universities, and business and industry, combine for increased academic and extracurricular opportunities.
  • K-12 drama program, founded in 1969, has been cited for excellence as have Waltham’s award-winning arts and musical programs.
  • Nationally recognized Honors and Advanced Placement programs
  • Waltham is an AP District Honor Roll award winner for last three years.
  • 388 Waltham High School students enrolled in AP courses in 2018-2019, the highest number in Waltham’s history. In addition, the demographics of the students enrolled mirror the school for the first time in our history.
  • Waltham students outscore state and global averages on many AP exams
  • Pre-AP programs at Waltham’s middle schools
  • Career and Technical Education in 10 disciplines with anticipated expansions and education plan that elevates, integrates and encourages CTE participation.
  • Dual County League in varsity, junior varsity, and freshman athletics.
  • 1:1 initiative for all students using Chromebooks
  • Pilot new, innovative programs to increase opportunities for our students, such as: Seal of BiliteracyChangeMakers Academy, NewComers Academy for SLIFE/SIFE students, Project Lead the Way pathways in Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, and Computer Science

Budget

  • FY 19 WPS: $87,593,305
  • FY 19 WHS: $16,524,191

Selection Criteria
Please click here to see a detailed job description outlining the knowledge, skills, competencies and dispositions that will be assessed during the selection process.

  • Demonstrates a deep commitment through words and actions toward excellence
  • and equity for ALL students with specific knowledge of how to lead for these
  • inextricably linked principles.
  • Demonstrates strong skills in the implementation of the school’s education plan.
  • Demonstrates successful experience in sound management, operational and fiscal
  • practices.
  • Demonstrates excellent and inclusive communication skills.
  • Demonstrates skill in working with diverse groups and leads for excellence and
  • equity for ALL students.
  • Demonstrates success in improving and maintaining high academic performance.
  • Demonstrates the ability to work cooperatively with the school community,
  • Superintendent, city officials and community.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of how to collaboratively develop short and long-term
  • school goals aligned with the district’s goals.
  • Understands and encourages good teaching in all classrooms for all students.
  • Is visible and known to staff, students, families and community.

Salary, Contract and Benefits

  • $135,000 - $145,000 with three year contract
  • Medical-BC/BS PPO 87.5%; Tufts/Harvard 89%
  • Additional Retirement Plan Options: 403(b) and 457(b) Smart Plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts Options


Timeline for Selection Process

  • Position posted: September 26, 2018
  • Recruitment of candidates: September 26, 2018- November 2, 2018
  • Applications Due: Friday, November 2 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Selection of Semi-Finalists: Mid-November
  • Semi-Finalists Interviews: December
  • Public Announcement of Finalists: January 2019
  • Finalist interview and possible site visits: January 2019
  • Offer and Communication to Public: February 2019
  • Appointment made in February, effective July 1, 2019
  • Transitional support: February 2019-June 2019

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Waltham Public Schools has partnered with the Massachusetts Partnership for Diversity in Education (MDPE) in our effort to welcome diverse candidates to our school system. We value and prioritize the hiring of educators who bring a wealth of perspectives and experiences to our schools, and who reflect the diversity of the students we serve.

MPDE is a collaborative of public school districts with a 40-year uninterrupted history committed to supporting the interest of its members to increase the numbers of teachers of color for their schools by providing recruitment support and related services.

Don't take our Word for it!

Our WHS students know this is a key role for our community, and are eager to welcome a bright and strong leader to guide Waltham High School's innovative work forward. Watch the video below to hear their perspective and get a glimpse of the exciting work happening at WHS.

WHS is looking for a new Principal!

How to Apply

To apply for the position, visit the employment page of our website and click on "administration" in the list of postings. 

A job description for this important role is available here. We will be accepting applications until November 2nd, 2018.

Questions about the position? Please contact Dr. Echelson, Superintendent of Schools, at drewechelson@walthampublicschools.org.

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