Assistant Principal Resume Examples of 2022

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Assistant principals use communication skills to help build a positive and safe school community. They motivate and engage with various people, including students, parents, teachers, and administrators, in close collaboration with the school principal. Below is a guide to assist you in creating a concise resume that covers all those areas. Keep reading to learn more. Below, we’ve provided:

  • •   Three examples of outcome-oriented resumes for an assistant principal
  • •   Strong verbs and skill areas to help you capture the breadth of your experience
  • •   Tips on showcasing your education career highlights

Downloadable Resume Examples

Example #1
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Example #2
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Example #3
Assistant-Principal_Example-3.pdf

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Assistant Principal Text-Only Resume Examples

Years of Experience
  • Example #1– Elementary School #1
  • Example #2 – Middle School #2
  • Example #3 – High School #3

Sarah Johnson
123 Carpenter Street, Philadelphia, PA 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Profile

Assistant Principal with a strong teaching background and 6 years of experience leading elementary school operations. Focused on finding creative, practical new ways to improve children’s educational experiences and outcomes.

Professional Highlights 

Assistant Principal, TTO Elementary School, Philadelphia, PA | July 2019 to Present

  • Report to and work closely with Principal on all daily school operations
  • Collaborate with teachers to develop and maintain an engaging class curriculum
  • Mentor and coach teachers on effective teaching and classroom management methods
  • Build and maintain open lines of communication with students’ parents and guardians

Vice Principal, AMT Elementary School, Philadelphia, PA | July 2016 to July 2019

  • Coordinated training and development programs for both teachers and administrators
  • Set policies ensuring student safety and security at all points
  • Oversaw school’s special education program

Prior Experience

Four years of experience as a Math Teacher at AMT Elementary School.

Education

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

  • Master’s Degree – Education Leadership
  • Bachelor’s Degree – Education

Key Skills

  • Instructional Leadership
  • Parent Relations
  • School & Education Improvement
  • Special Education
  • Staff Training & Development
  • Student Safety
  • Teacher Mentoring

Selena Ramirez
123 Bridge Street, Boston, MA 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Profile

Adaptable Education Leader & Administrator with 6 years of experience. Focused on inspiring teachers, supporting students, and building a positive middle school community. Committed to ongoing professional development and education.

Professional Highlights 

Assistant Principal, TTN Middle School, Boston, MA | July 2019 to Present 

  • Report to and work closely with Principal on all daily school operations
  • Provide counseling, support, and encouragement to students
  • Address and resolve escalated student conflicts and behavioral issues
  • Enforce attendance policies and discipline for students who are repeatedly late or absent
  • Updated teacher evaluation standards to better align with state and federal performance guidelines

Vice Principal, TFA Middle School, Boston, MA | July 2016 to July 2019

  • Oversaw daily operation and maintenance of various school facilities
  • Collaborated with other senior administrators to set and execute school’s strategic plan
  • Helped determine and modify class schedule as needed

Prior Experience

Strong teaching background, with five years as Chemistry Teacher at Belmont High (Boston, MA).

Education

Boston College, Boston, MA

  • Master’s Degree – Education Administration
  • Bachelor’s Degree – Education

Key Skills

  • Attendance Policy Enforcement
  • Class Scheduling
  • Daily School Operations
  • Strategic Planning
  • Student Conflict Resolution
  • Student Counseling & Support
  • Teacher Evaluation

Yaling Zhang
123 Santa Maria, San Francisco, CA 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Profile

Assistant Principal with 6 years of experience overseeing high school operations and activities. Decisive and fair in managing the disciplinary response to student behavioral issues. Help raise graduation rates by coaching and inspiring teachers to provide top-quality learning experiences for students.

Professional Highlights

Assistant Principal, Balboa High School, San Francisco, CA | July 2019 to Present  

  • Report to and work closely with Principal on all daily school operations
  • Guide department chairs on various initiatives to improve academic programs
  • Foster positive school relations and active engagement with the wider community
  • Motivated teachers to provide top-quality learning experiences, helping raise the school’s graduation rate by 14%

Vice Principal, TFF High School, San Francisco, CA | July 2016 to July 2019

  • Co-developed and updated staff recruiting and hiring processes to attract high-quality teachers and personnel
  • Expanded inventory of learning materials, office supplies, and decorations for schoolwide events

Prior Experience

Seven years teaching English and Social Studies at Balboa High School.

Education

University of California, Berkeley, CA

  • Master’s Degree – Education Leadership
  • Bachelor’s Degree – Education

Key Skills

  • Community Relations
  • Learning Materials Improvement
  • Personnel Management
  • Staff Hiring
  • Student Discipline
  • Teacher Motivation

Tips for Writing a Better Assistant Principal Resume

1. Condense your early teaching experience

If you have an extensive teaching background, it’s important not to let it occupy too much space on your resume for an assistant principal role. Often the best way to do this is to separate it into a “Prior Experience” section below your main Experience section. This structure lets you capture the depth and relevance of your early career while keeping an overall focus on your recent leadership and administrative highlights.

Example

Prior Experience

Strong teaching background, with five years as Chemistry Teacher at Belmont High (Boston, MA).

2. Use simple phrases, and avoid jargon

Many job seekers think (consciously or subconsciously) that if they use long, complex words on their resume, they’ll appear more impressive. The opposite is true. Using simple phrases in your job descriptions makes it easier for hiring managers to quickly see what your work has been about and how you’ve changed things for the better.

Example

BAD: Enforce attendance policies and discipline for persistent instances of student truancy, tardiness, and malingering.

GOOD: Enforce attendance policies and discipline for students who are repeatedly late or absent.

3. Capture your many contributions

The assistant principal role used to focus primarily on discipline but now tends to be more varied, particularly in elementary schools. You’ll likely feature discipline and rule enforcement as a valid part of your resume, but don’t forget to describe the many other ways you help build a positive school community.

Example

Assistant Principal, TTN Middle School, Boston, MA | July 2019 to Present  

  • Report to and work closely with Principal on all daily school operations
  • Provide counseling, support, and encouragement to students
  • Address and resolve escalated student conflicts and behavioral issues
  • Enforce attendance policies and discipline for students who are repeatedly late or absent
  • Updated teacher evaluation standards to better align with state and federal performance guidelines

 

Key Skills Hiring Managers Look for on Assistant Principal Resumes

Communication and collaboration are key to the role of an assistant principal. You can showcase your strength in these and other areas by including a “Key Skills” section on your resume. To make an effective and accurate skills section, consult the following list and consider including any terms that apply to your leadership background.

Key Skills and Proficiencies
Attendance Policy Enforcement Class Scheduling
Community Relations Daily School Operations
Instructional Leadership Learning Materials Improvement
Parent Relations Personnel Management
School & Education Improvement Special Education
Staff Hiring Staff Training & Development
Strategic Planning Student Conflict Resolution
Student Counseling & Support Student Discipline
Student Safety Teacher Evaluation
Teacher Mentoring Teacher Motivation

Common Action Verbs for Assistant Principal Resumes

It’s easy to get stuck when writing the Experience section of your resume. You might find yourself running out of action verbs to describe your work. To help you over the hump, we put together this list of strong resume verbs.

As you look over the options, remember that the best resume verbs will show you creating or changing something for the better, rather than simply handling a task. So, while a verb like Manage is OK, it’s less impressive than a verb like Enhance or Increase.

Action Verbs
Address Align
Build Coach
Develop Encourage
Enforce Ensure
Foster Guide
Improve Inspire
Maintain Mentor
Modify Motivate
Provide Raise
Resolve Support

How to Align Your Assistant Principal Resume With the Job Description

If any of the schools you’ve worked at are similar to where you’re now applying, you can highlight that by adding school descriptions to your Experience section. These descriptions may give details on average class size, the overall number of students, or the school’s key goals or values. With this added context, they help a hiring manager see you have experience in their educational setting. For example, here’s a school description for someone applying to work at a large suburban middle school:

 

Assistant Principal, TTN Middle School, Boston, MA | July 2019 to Present

Well-regarded suburban middle school with 1,200+ students.