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Working As A Principal Associate

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Developing and Building Teams
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Make Decisions

  • $100,087

    Average Salary

What Does A Principal Associate Do

Elementary, middle, and high school principals manage all school operations, including daily school activities. They coordinate curricula, oversee teachers and other school staff, and provide a safe and productive learning environment for students.

Duties

Elementary, middle, and high school principals typically do the following:

  • Manage school activities and staff, including teachers and support personnel
  • Establish and oversee class schedules
  • Develop, implement, and maintain curriculum standards
  • Counsel and discipline students
  • Observe teachers and classroom activities
  • Assist teachers in managing students’ behavior
  • Evaluate teachers’ performance
  • Meet with parents and teachers to discuss students’ progress and behavior
  • Assess and prepare reports on test scores and other student achievement data
  • Organize professional development programs and workshops for staff
  • Manage the school’s budget, order school supplies, and schedule maintenance
  • Establish and coordinate security procedures for students, staff, and visitors

Elementary, middle, and high school principals manage the overall operation of schools, including building maintenance and cafeteria services. They set and oversee academic goals and ensure that teachers have the necessary equipment and resources. In public schools, principals also implement standards and programs set by the school district, state, and/or federal regulations. They evaluate and prepare reports on their school’s performance based on these standards by assessing student achievement and teacher performance. Principals may establish and oversee additional programs in their school, such as counseling, special education programs, and before- and after-school childcare programs.

Principals serve as the public face of their school. They meet with superintendents, legislators, and members of the community to request or explain funding for their schools. They also address the concerns of parents and members of the community.

The duties of principals vary by the size of the school and district. In larger schools and districts, principals have additional resources and staff to help them achieve goals. For example, large school districts often have instructional coordinators who help with data analysis and with teachers’ professional development. Principals also may have staff who oversee the hiring process of all school personnel, including teachers, custodians, and cafeteria workers. Principals in small school districts may need to assume these and other duties themselves.

Many schools have assistant principals who help principals with school administration. Principals typically assign specific administrative duties to their assistant principals. In some school districts, assistant principals are hired to handle a specific subject area, such as literacy or math. Assistants may be assigned to handle student safety, provide student academic counseling, or enforce disciplinary or attendance rules. They may also coordinate buses or supervise building and grounds maintenance.

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How To Become A Principal Associate

Most schools require elementary, middle, and high school principals to have a master’s degree in education administration or leadership. Most principals also have work experience as teachers.

Education

Principals typically need a master’s degree in education leadership or education administration. These master’s degree programs prepare future principals to manage staff, prepare and manage budgets, set goals, and work with parents and the community. To enter the master’s degree programs, candidates typically need a bachelor’s degree in education, school counseling, or a related field.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Principals typically need several years of work experience as a teacher. For more information on how to become a teacher, see the profiles on kindergarten and elementary school teachers, middle school teachers, and high school teachers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require public school principals to be licensed as school administrators. Licensure requirements vary by state, but most require a master’s degree. Some states have alternative programs for candidates who do not have a master’s degree in education administration or leadership. Most states also require candidates to pass an exam and a background check.

Principals in private schools are not required to have a state-issued license.

Advancement

An assistant principal can advance to become a principal. Some principals advance to become superintendents, which may require completion of additional education. Others become instructional coordinators.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Principals must communicate effectively with students, teachers, and parents. For example, when dealing with student disciplinary or academic issues, they consult with and listen to parents and teachers to understand the problem.

Critical-thinking skills. Principals analyze student test results and testing procedures to determine if improvements are needed. They must assess the available options and choose the best means to help students achieve better results.

Decisionmaking skills. Because principals are responsible for students, staff members, and the overall operation of the school, they consider many factors when making decisions.

Interpersonal skills. Because principals work with teachers, parents, and superintendents, they must be able to develop positive working relationships with them.

Leadership skills. Principals set educational goals and establish policies and procedures for the school. They need to be able to motivate teachers and other staff to achieve set goals.

Problem-solving skills. Teachers, students, and other staff members report problems to the principal. Principals need to be able to analyze problems, and develop and implement appropriate solutions.

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Principal Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

58.0%

Female

37.2%

Unknown

4.8%
Ethnicity

White

55.6%

Hispanic or Latino

19.4%

Asian

10.7%

Black or African American

9.6%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.5%

French

11.5%

Portuguese

7.7%

German

7.7%

Italian

7.7%

Sindhi

3.8%

Japanese

3.8%

Dakota

3.8%

Hindi

3.8%

Mandarin

3.8%

Urdu

3.8%

Arabic

3.8%
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Principal Associate Education

Schools

University of Pennsylvania

7.1%

University of Arizona

7.1%

Virginia Commonwealth University

5.7%

Columbia University

5.7%

University of Virginia

5.7%

DePaul University

5.7%

San Francisco State University

5.7%

University of Chicago

5.7%

University of Maryland - University College

4.3%

Arizona State University

4.3%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.3%

Sacramento City College

4.3%

Prairie View A & M University

4.3%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.3%

Iowa State University

4.3%

University of Houston

4.3%

University of California - Berkeley

4.3%

New York University

4.3%

University of Wisconsin - Madison

4.3%

Cleveland State University

4.3%
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Majors

Educational Leadership

19.6%

Business

16.1%

Education

7.8%

Finance

5.5%

Accounting

5.1%

Law

4.7%

Management

3.9%

Elementary Education

3.5%

Chemistry

3.5%

Psychology

3.5%

Criminal Justice

3.1%

Civil Engineering

3.1%

Music

3.1%

Biology

2.7%

Economics

2.7%

Communication

2.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.7%

Special Education

2.4%

Nursing

2.0%

Architecture

2.0%
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Degrees

Masters

37.1%

Bachelors

25.9%

Other

20.2%

Doctorate

8.3%

Associate

4.4%

Certificate

3.4%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.2%
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Real Principal Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Principal (Management Consultant) McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States Detroit, MI Jan 29, 2015 $267,178
Associate Principal (Management Consultant) McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States New York, NY Sep 01, 2014 $252,277
Associate Principal (Management Consultant) McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States Chicago, IL Sep 01, 2014 $252,277
Associate Principal (Management Consultant) McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States Atlanta, GA May 31, 2015 $251,129
Associate Principal (Management Consultant) McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States Palo Alto, CA Jun 01, 2015 $247,685
Associate Principal (Management Consultant) McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States Chicago, IL Jun 01, 2015 $247,539
Associate Principal (Management Consultant) McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States Philadelphia, PA Jan 09, 2016 $241,946
Associate Principal (Management Consultant) McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States Houston, TX Sep 27, 2013 $240,798
Associate Principal (Management Consultant) McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States Chicago, IL Sep 01, 2014 $237,375
Associate Principal (Management Consultant) McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States Chicago, IL Apr 15, 2016 $237,375
Associate Principal (Management Consultant) McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States Denver, CO Jan 03, 2016 $237,375
Associate Principal (Management Consultant) McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States Pittsburgh, PA Jun 15, 2014 $237,375
Associate Principal (Management Consultant) McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States New York, NY Jun 01, 2015 $235,080
Associate Principal/Competition CRA International, Inc. Washington, DC May 23, 2016 $180,000 -
$190,000
Principal Associate Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 21, 2015 $178,568
Principal Associate/Mnch Strategic Lead Abt Associates Inc. Bethesda, MD Nov 17, 2014 $175,000
Associate Principal Interface Engineering, Inc. Portland, OR Jul 18, 2016 $175,000
Principal Associate Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 18, 2015 $172,000
Principal Associate Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 18, 2013 $170,000
Associate Principal Constratus LLC Philadelphia, PA Jan 10, 2016 $164,546
Principal (Intelligence Associate) Quid, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2015 $150,000
Associate Principal Bristlecone Inc. Oklahoma City, OK Oct 22, 2013 $119,200
Associate Principal Bristlecone Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 30, 2016 $119,161
Associate Principal Partners In Performance USA Inc. Atlanta, GA Feb 09, 2016 $115,461 -
$265,000
Associate Principal Partners In Performance USA Inc. Atlanta, GA Jan 07, 2016 $115,461 -
$265,000
Associate Principal Bristlecone Inc. Camarillo, CA Aug 25, 2015 $111,300
Associate Principal Saama Technologies, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 31, 2013 $110,000
Associate Principal Grimshaw Architects P.C. New York, NY Sep 30, 2015 $110,000

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Top Skills for A Principal Associate

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  1. Customer Service
  2. Strategy
  3. Compliance
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  • Provided excellent customer service in an extremely fast paced environment.
  • Developed concept, product strategy, market evaluation, product requirements, business case, stage-gate development, and customer trials.
  • Delivered a two-month project, reviewing general ledger account reconciliations for compliance to company policy.
  • Facilitate the integration of technology into the curriculum.
  • Prepared financial statements and balance sheets.

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