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Class Code: 071523
Education and Experience: Possession of a master’s degree in education, education administration or other related acceptable field from an accredited college or university; OR possession of a valid professional teaching certificate from the Tennessee Department of Education with appropriate principal endorsements.

Other Requirements:

Necessary Special Qualifications: Certification or eligible for certification as a principal with the State of Tennessee.
Examination Method: Education and Experience, 100%, for Preferred Service positions.

Job Overview:

Summary: Under direction, is responsible for professional education administrative work of considerable difficulty and management work of routine difficulty at a correctional institution; and performs related work as required.
Distinguishing Features: An employee in this class functions as the principal of an academic education program at a correctional institution. An incumbent of this class coordinates all functions occurring in an academic program including curricula planning and development, enforcing institutional policies and procedures, and supervising subordinate staff, including teachers, librarians, counselors, lower level staff, including classroom assistants, custodians, and other school maintenance personnel.

Work Activities:

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:
  1. Plans, directs, and supervises the work of teachers through assignments, class schedules, and observation following the Department of Education standards and as required by code policy, and procedures.
  2. Assists in supervising the enforcement of policy and procedure for educational operations and functions within their sphere of authority.

Processing Information:

  1. Processes and compiles educational reports on the institutional educational programs as required by code, policy, and procedures.

Developing and Building Teams:

  1. Promotes team building, staff development, and cooperation with other team members in order to promote a more effective and productive work environment.

Interacting With Computers:

  1. Uses computers and computer systems to enter data and/or processes information and to communicate within the organization in the performance of their job duties as required by code, policy, and procedures.

Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:

  1. Communicates effectively with others to resolve conflicts quickly and efficiently.
  2. Follows due process procedures to report unresolved conflicts as required in code, policy, and procedures.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems:

  1. Ensures that staff under their personal supervision understands their personal job responsibilities as required by code, policy, and procedures.
  2. Evaluates all relevant information in an educational program to make decisions and recommend solutions and possible alternate courses of action to meet the objectives of the program.

Staffing Organizational Units:

  1. Participates in the hiring process for staffing the educational unit.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:

  1. Interacts in a positive manner with other staff members, fellow employees, other agencies, and the public to foster and maintain a harmonious working environment.
  2. Supports mission-critical decisions made by supervisors, managers, and directors.

Coaching and Developing Others:

  1. Coaches and mentors employees toward reaching their highest job performance potential.

Training and Teaching Others:

  1. Supervises and supports staff implementing Tennessee Department of Education approved academic curriculums in areas such as high school subject areas, adult basic education including literacy through General Education Development and special education for youth and adults as required by code, policy, and procedures.
  2. Mentors and/or assists in training of new staff and current staff in order to promote staff development and to improve work performance within the unit.
  3. Develops new training as needed in order to meet the changing needs and missions within the organization.

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates:

  1. Provides coaching, performance expectations, and performance evaluation reviews for staff as required by code, policy, and procedures.
  2. Follows departmental policy and procedure guidelines when giving information and guidance to all staff.
  3. Consistently sets a professional example for fellow employees by demonstrating positive work habits.
  4. Supervises the administration and interpretation of educational diagnostic aptitude and ability assessments as required by code, policy, and procedures.

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:

  1. Answers questions for students, staff, and others as required by code, policy, and procedures.
  2. Recommends changes and improvements in the processes and procedures for work activities to improve unit operational performance.
  3. Counsels students in areas such as educational and behavioral needs to promote success.

Scheduling Work and Activities:

  1. Sets the work schedule and job performance requirements for staff under their supervision as required by code, policy, and procedures.
  2. Accomplishes work in such a manner that allows new/or additional work to be routinely taken on.
  3. Provides work estimates and projected deadlines for assigned projects.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:

  1. Monitors overall student progress toward educational goals as required by code, policy, and procedures.
  2. Supervises and monitors the education building and classroom discipline.

Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:

  1. Explains the educational program requirements and standards required by code, policy, and procedures to staff under their supervision and others as required.

Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:

  1. Performs duties and functions in a professional manner toward the public as a representative of the agency as required by code, policy, and procedures.

Getting Information:

  1. Receives and completes requests for educational data on offenders and all phases of educational institutional operations from interested parties, public, offenders, and public officials at all levels.
  2. Observes staff interacting with their students in the performance of their duties in the classroom.
  3. Contacts a variety of public officials regarding offender educational information and records as required by law, policy, and procedures.
  4. Reviews time and attendance data on staff under their supervision.

Thinking Creatively:

  1. Designs and implements new programs for the institutional educational unit to meet the changing organizational needs and priorities within the Tennessee educational system.
  2. Consistently recognizes the job tasks that need to be performed and carries them out without prompting.
  3. Defines report requirements and the layouts needed to complete assigned projects/programs/ tasks.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:

  1. Effectively communicates with other staff and supervisors concerning events, activities, and policies related to educational programs and the agency to promote effective completion of work tasks and a harmonious working environment as required by code, policy, and procedures.
  2. Ensures that new updated system procedures or functionality are communicated to users for assigned educational programs and projects as required by code, policy, and procedures.

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People:

  1. Assists staff in their decision making processes as required by code, policy, and procedures.

Developing Objectives and Strategies:

  1. Sets challenging personal goals for each major task and works to meet or exceed each goal.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:

  1. Processes and organizes all work projects according to their priorities in order to complete all required work in a timely manner.
  2. Reviews the organization and plan for work of staff under their supervision to ensure that operational requirements and goals are met as required by code, policy, and procedures

Performing Administrative Activities:

  1. Assists in making recommendations on employment, retention, promotion, demotion and other human resources related actions as required by code, policy, and procedures.
  2. Performs day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork as required by code, policy, policy and procedures.
  3. Coordinates educational programs with other institutional programs within the facility.
  4. Serves as a member of various institutional boards and teams as required by code, policy, and procedures.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:

  1. Supervises and participates in in-service training, staff meetings and departmental workshops as required by code, policy, and procedures.

Assisting and Caring for Others:

  1. Responds appropriately when personal assistance is needed.

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:

  1. Performs public contact and liaison work in explaining and interpreting institutional education programs and the educational missions of the department as required by code, policy, and procedures.

Monitoring and Controlling Resources:

  1. Monitors and approves expenditures of funds for the educational unit as required by code, policy, and procedures.

Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:

  1. May be required to operate a vehicle or equipment in the performance of their work.

Competencies (KSA’s):

  1. Problem Solving
  2. Conflict Management
  3. Hiring and Staffing
  4. Written Communication
  5. Building Effective Teams
  6. Ethics and Values
  7. Directing Others
  8. Planning
  9. Organizational Agility
  10. Managing Vision and Purpose


  1. Administration and Management
  2. Communications and Media
  3. Customer and Personal Service
  4. Education and Training
  5. Computers and Electronics
  6. Law and Government
  7. Personnel and Human Resources
  8. Public Safety and Security


  1. Active Listening
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Learning Strategies
  4. Reading Comprehension
  5. Speaking
  6. Writing
  7. Coordination
  8. Judgment and Decision Making
  9. Management of Personnel Resources
  10. Time Management


  1. Deductive Reasoning
  2. Inductive Reasoning
  3. Oral Comprehension
  4. Oral Expression
  5. Problem Sensitivity
  6. Written Comprehension
  7. Written Expression
  8. Speech Clarity

Tools and Equipment Used:

  1. Personal Computer
  2. Telephone
  3. Fax Machine
  4. Printer
  5. Copiers


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