Middle School Principal: Hermiston School District, Hermiston Oregon


Notice of Open Administrative Position

Position:     Principal, Sandstone Middle School

About the Position

The Hermiston School District is seeking applicants for the Principal position at Sandstone Middle School. This campus serves a diverse population of approximately 525 students in grades 6-8, approximately 50 licensed and classified staff, and an assistant principal.

The primary purpose of the Middle School Principal is to serve as the instructional and cultural leader of the 6-8 school, and as such, be responsible for the organization and supervision of the school’s educational program, operation of the school facility, participation in staff and student activities, and establishment of effective community relations.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or higher
  • Valid Oregon administrative license or ability to obtain one prior to July 1, 2016.
  • Successful building-level administrative experience as a principal, assistant principal, or similar full-time administrative assignment.
  • Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Human Resources Department may find appropriate and acceptable.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Middle School teaching and/or Middle administrative experience
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Working knowledge of Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s), Common Core State Standards, Response to Intervention, Data Teams, middle school literacy initiatives, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs

About the School

Sandstone Middle School is one of two 6-8 middle schools in the Hermiston School District. The architectural design of the school complements the middle school concept, with four instructional wings, ample planning areas, and well planned office space.

Sandstone’s mission is to serve the needs of all children in a community that learns from one another, has mutual respect and high expectations. Both middle schools are well known for setting high academic standards for their students. With a focus on school-wide literacy and comprehensive after-school opportunities such as drama, robotics, chess, color guard, marching band, and co-curricular activities, middle school students in Hermiston stay engaged.

About the District
The Hermiston School District is the largest district in Eastern Oregon, exceeding 5,500 students, and continues to experience steady enrollment growth. It serves students in grades kindergarten through 12 with a broad range of programs from foundational learning skills to comprehensive vocational programs to an exhaustive array of post-secondary college credit bearing opportunities. The school district includes a 9-12 senior high school, two 6-8 middle schools, five K-5 elementary schools, an alternative school, and a robust online learning program option for students and families.

Support for the school district has been strong from the community. In 2001 voters approved a $39 million building program which included the re-construction of the high school, an additional elementary school, and various district-wide renovations. The voters also approved a $69.9 million bond in 2008. The bond served to replace Armand Larive Middle School, West Park Elementary, and Sunset Elementary.

The District employs over 550 full time staff that includes approximately 300 teachers and over 200 classified, support, and supervisory personnel, making it one of the largest employers in the city of Hermiston. A nationally-recognized community that embraces its diversity, the district serves some 30,000 residents, where one-third of the population is Hispanic.

The school district prides itself on the academic achievement of its students, successful athletic programs, nationally-recognized club and activity organizations, and its exhaustive list of academic and elective opportunities available to students. The District’s partnership with community organizations has been central to its continued success, highlighted by support groups who have provided nearly a half a million dollars to assist students and programs through such venues as the Hermiston Sports Booster Club, Hermiston Education Foundation, Band Boosters, FFA Alumni, and the community sponsorship of the student homebuilding program, to name a few.

About the Community

The largest city in eastern Oregon, Hermiston maintains over 17,000 residents and is located in northeastern Oregon, just south of the Oregon-Washington border. The Hermiston School District boundary encompasses over 150 square miles of the Columbia Basin region, whose unique geographical area offers an extended growing season and a variety of agricultural crops and products. The immediate Hermiston area has been able to diversify its economy with food processing, cold storage, warehousing and distribution facilities. In addition, Hermiston’s close proximity to the Columbia River Gorge and the surrounding Blue Mountains make it an ideal place for outdoor activities, and one of the fastest growing and economically charged communities in all of Oregon.

Application Procedures

The applicant must digitally supply the following items to the Human Resources Department at:

  • Application Form (fillable PDF) available at:
  • Professional Resume
  • Letters of Recommendation (5 required)
  • Cover Letter
  • Copy of administrative license or letter stating the applicant’s ability to obtain proper licensure prior to July 1, 2016.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure his/her application is complete. Only complete applications will be considered

Application Period

  • Applications Due: April 29th
  • Applicant Screening: Week of May 2nd
  • Interview and Site Visits: Week of May 9th

The successful candidate will assume the position July 1, 2016.

2016-17 Salary Range:     $99,718 - $110,097

Benefits include

  • Generous monthly insurance allowance
  • District-paid employee life insurance
  • District-paid PERS pick up
  • District-provided 4% annuity
  • Travel, cell phone, and service club dues monthly allowances
  • Comprehensive tuition reimbursement program

                                                The Hermiston School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer