Job Overview


NOTE: This position is not covered by the bargaining unit.

The Bureau of Indian Education's mission is to provide quality education opportunities from early childhood through life in accordance with the tribes’ needs for cultural and economic well-being and in keeping with the wide diversity of Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages as distinct cultural and governmental entities.

This position of Turnaround Principal will provide transformational leadership to planning, launching and managing a turnaround school. This includes implementing a Turnaround Model which focuses on high student achievement; building a positive school climate that supports the whole student; leveraging research and data to drive initiatives and instruction; and building a high-performing staff and leadership team to achieve the school's vision and goals. The Turnaround Principal will collaborate with parents, community members, and the Education Line Office.

This position is filled under P.L. 95-561 and will require a contract renewal on an annual basis.

INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. In the absence of Indian Preference eligibles, a non-Indian Preference applicant may be appointed.


As the Turnaround Principal, incumbent will:

  • Provide professional leadership to the faculty and is responsible for the development of a school curriculum which aligns with the state standards of South Dakota.
  • Responsible to maintain accreditation of the school.
  • Oversee the budget program, acquisitions, and HR services.
  • Responsible for complete control, planning, implementing, supervision and coordination safety and the school's Facility Management program.
  • Assign, supervise and direct the work of professional, para-professional, contract education staff and wage employees.
  • Responsible for every aspect of the Residential home living program and food service program.
  • Responsible to promote activities for the general welfare, to enhance public relations with the community and public school, and cooperate with other Bureau program personnel including Federal/State officials in administering their programs in the community.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Travel and Relocation Expenses will be authorized in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulations, wtih the exception of real estate expenses under the contractor-provided guaranteed home sale contract.

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

All U.S. Citizens

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