Who’s Hiring: Northfield, IL – Sunset Ridge School District 29

Principal, Grades 4-8
Sunset Ridge School District 29

Job Description


Located in the Village of Northfield 20 miles north of Chicago, Sunset Ridge District 29 is among the top performing districts in Illinois. District 29 is a progressive district, known for it’s strong commitment to meeting the needs of each learner, technology integration, dedication to social emotional learning, and drive for continuous improvement. The District consists of 2 schools, Middlefork (Grades K-3) and Sunset Ridge (Grades 4-8). Sunset Ridge graduates go on to New Trier High School. The parent community is very supportive and active in the schools. The PTO is a strong partner in the District’s pursuit of excellence.


Sunset Ridge School has 300 students. Average class size is approximately 17 students. Our small class size and teacher-student ratio support the District’s child-centered philosophy. The 4-5 program is distinct from the junior high; the school day, schedule, teaching practices and educational setting are tailored to best provide a developmentally appropriate, yet rigorous learning environment for all students.


The Principal of Sunset Ridge is the school’s educational leader. He or she oversees the educational program, working with teachers to ensure the success of each child. He or she participates in the recruiting, retaining and supervision of staff. He or she maintains frequent and effective communication with parents and interacts with the PTO and community. The Principal is responsible for managing student discipline and overseeing the school’s code of conduct. He or she collaborates with the Student Services Department and is responsible for overseeing the school’s day to day operations, including scheduling and student safety. The Principal is responsible for the school budget, working closely with the District’s business office. He or she may be asked to lead school or district committees on an as needed basis.


The successful candidate must possess exceptional interpersonal and communication skills; a passion for academic excellence and social/emotional learning; excellent knowledge of 21st century learning skills, 4-8 grade curriculum and instructional practices; skill in decision-making; excellent planning and organizational skills; expertise in supervising and evaluating faculty and staff; a record of recruiting and retaining outstanding staff members; and high standards of professional and personal ethics


• Submit an on-line application, which can be accessed at the District’s website www.sunsetridge29.net
• Send an electronic or printed copy of the following:
– A current resume
– Complete graduate and undergraduate transcripts
– A minimum of 3 professional letters of recommendation
– A current Illinois Type 75 administrative certificate or proof of eligibility

Applications being accepted through January 22, 2010


Dr. Linda J. Vieth, Superintendent of Schools
525 Sunset Ridge Road, Northfield, IL 60093


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