Assistant Principals

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Assistant Principals

Assistant Principals - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, education administrators:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social interaction. They work with teachers, students, and parents.
  • Communicate daily by e-mail, telephone, and in person. They also regularly write letters and memos.
  • Almost always work as part of a team, group, or department.
  • Are substantially responsible for the work outcomes of those they supervise, such as teachers and counselors.
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  • May occasionally give public speeches or presentations.
  • Are often placed in conflict situations with parents or teachers when disciplining students.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of students and teachers.
  • Regularly deal with unpleasant or angry students or parents.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Almost always work indoors in schools or offices. Sometimes work outdoors on school grounds.
  • Work near others, such as when sharing office space. Those working with younger children may come into closer contact.

Work Performance

  • Must fully complete and be exact in their work. Errors could prevent students from receiving a high-quality education.
  • Regularly make decisions that greatly impact others, including parents, students, teachers, and coworkers. They rarely consult others before deciding a course of action.
  • Set nearly all their daily tasks and goals without talking to a superior first.
  • Operate by strict weekly and daily deadlines. This can make the work atmosphere somewhat competitive.


  • May work evenings to attend meetings or sporting events.
  • Usually work full time, the whole year round.
  • Generally work a set schedule.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.