What does an Associate Principal do?

Principals are responsible for the entire administrative aspect of a school. The job role is to provide leadership and final authority within the institution on top of executing curriculum planning based on the industry. Other duties include overseeing the performance of teachers and staff members as well as making decisions regarding departments and funding. Depending on the internal organizational structure, principals may progress to an executive or directorial role.

A bachelor's degree s required preferably in education followed by a master's degree in education administration. A state school administrator license is also required. Extensive teaching experience followed by experience working as a principal is preferred. Successful candidates for this position often have a strong understanding of regulatory impacts on educational institutions alongside a passion for teaching and improving child development.

What responsibilities are common for Associate Principal jobs?
  • Oversee the entire operations of the school
  • Maintain an updated school curriculum reflective of the adopted education system
  • Make decisions on departments and funding options
  • Explore ways to improve the efficiency of education and quality in the school
  • Make necessary decisions to hire and fire teachers and support staff
  • Ensure school policies and regulations are followed at all times
  • Maintain a supportive and healthy learning environment
  • Set a good example for children for positive development
What are the typical qualifications for Associate Principal jobs?
  • Master's degree in education administration required
  • Prior teaching experience followed by experience as a principal preferred
  • State school administrator license required
  • Strong understanding of laws and regulations affecting educational institutions
  • Working knowledge of financial budgeting and facilities management
  • Pass state background check
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills
  • Strong affinity for teaching children and helping them succeed
  • Passionate about the educational system
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
4.0 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Associate Principal Salaries

Average Base Pay

£91,459 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£56K
Median: £91K
£148K
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Associate Principal Career Path

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L2
Associate Principal
£91,459/yr
L3
Senior Principal
£87,542/yr
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
0%
2 - 4
72%
5 - 7
22%
8+
6%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Bain & CompanyBain & Company
Principal
22 Apr 2020

“Work life balance is hard to maintain when you're pushing to grow in the career.”

Booz Allen HamiltonBooz Allen Hamilton
Principal
5 Nov 2021

“Benefits are not as good as when we were private but still well above industry average.”

GCM GrosvenorGCM Grosvenor
Principal
2 Oct 2021

“No “mean boss” you can typically see in many other organizations in the industry.”

North HighlandNorth Highland
Principal
31 Jul 2021

“There is a ton of talented people working here who care about the quality of the work and helping clients succeed.”

Mithril
Senior Principal
29 Oct 2020

“Consequently every day is mentally challenging and a great learning opportunity.”

BHPBHP
Principal
14 Apr 2022

“Everyone is top notch and highly skilled.”

TA DigitalTA Digital
Principal Executive
19 Oct 2020

“Happy to be part of this company to work and looking forward to see the potential career growth.”

Mott MacDonaldMott MacDonald
Principal
11 Feb 2021

“Conservative and solid company in the top 5 engineering firms in the UK”

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