Position Summary: The Principal is the educational leader of the school, directly responsible to the Pastor. This responsibility demands a close working relationship with the Pastor, the faculty, staff and students as well as with parents and the community at large. The Principal, along with the Pastor, is a facilitator of the community of faith and bears the responsibility for the integration of faith and culture within the school. The Principal has the primary responsibility for achieving the mission of the school by maintaining and developing a school strong in academic achievement, counseling and guidance services, and by providing ample programs to meet the co-curricular and extra-curricular needs of the students. The Principal is to promote the vitality of the Catholic school by modeling spiritual, instructional, communicational and managerial leadership.
Essential Job Functions:
Ensure that the Catholic Identity and educational mission of the school is developed and nurtured.
Hires faculty and staff whose values are compatible with the mission of the school.
Help faculty and staff integrate the school’s mission in academic affairs, student affairs, athletic affairs, and all other school programs.
Work with the Pastor on matters pertaining to the religious education of students, including the religion course of study, religion textbooks, religious practices, liturgical functions, promotion of vocations and parent education programs and ensure to foster and support consistent practices of Christian service at all grade levels.
Ensure a quality Catholic religious instruction of the students.
Demonstrate spiritual leadership by calling the school community to participate in the faith life of the Church and school as well as modeling such participation.
Promote the spiritual health and growth of the school in cooperation with the Pastors, Priests, Religious and those charged with religious formation in the school.
Develop a discipline program which is consistent with the Catholic nature of the school.
Articulate the mission, vision and philosophy of the school to the entire school community alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and the wider community.
Support the Diocese of Charleston and participate in school related meetings and events sponsored by the Diocese as required.
Ensure that Catholic Identity permeates school life and is evident in all activities and programs of the school.
Cooperate with the Diocesan Secretary for Education, Superintendent, diocesan staff, Administrators, and School Advisory Council in all matters concerning the welfare of the school.
Recruit, interview, select, orient, hire, supervise, evaluate and dismiss in coordination with Diocesan procedures (contact Diocesan HR Dept with supporting documentation) faculty and pertinent staff in a professional, consistent manner, give adequate feedback for growth on such related matters.
Ensure that there are professional systems of evaluation, certification and development for faculty and staff.
Work with pertinent Diocesan staff and other school leaders to implement policies and create new educational opportunities as outgrowth of the school’s educational mission
Work with other school leaders to implement actions related to student recruitment, resource development, public relations and communication policies.
Work with other school leaders to provide oversight of business operations and planning by managing and / or reviewing school finances responsibly and in compliance with Diocesan Financial Policies.
Meet regularly with the leadership team to create, coordinate and monitor the school’s programs and activities
Work to establish and annually update an on-going technology plan, including ethical guidelines and acceptable use policies (AUPs).
Work to ensure that Faculty and Student /Parent Handbooks are updated annually.
Work to complete in a timely manner all forms requested by the Parish, Diocesan Offices, National Catholic Education Association and State and Federal Programs.
Be aware of eligibility and participate appropriately in state and federal programs as these relate to non-public schools that will enhance services for students and families.
Follow the directives of the Office of Child and Youth Protection as these relate to faculty, staff, and volunteers for on-site and field trip activities.
Be knowledgeable about, and effectively apply, organizational management skills especially delegation of responsibilities and communication.
Interact regularly and effectively with any member or members of the school community as deemed necessary.
Work towards achieving a sense of unity, cooperation and a shared vision among all members of the school community.
Work to provide clear and relevant information in a timely manner to the school and civic community.
Exhibit availability to faculty, staff, students and parents as needed.
Consult with the faculty in the general conduct of academic and disciplinary matters.
Work to establish effective relationships with public authorities, school community, media, business community and other Catholic schools.
Articulate the school’s beliefs and mission to registering parents and require agreement to the school’s practices.
Promote multicultural, gender, racial and ethnic appreciation and sensitivity.
Plan, implement and monitor programs in all academic areas.
Train and support teachers helping them to analyze, evaluate and modify their educational program and teaching methods to meet the needs and abilities of students.
Provide for the effective implementation of the diocesan curriculum guides with materials, equipment and technology that enhance the instructional program.
Involve teachers and others in developing enrichment opportunities and accommodations which meet students’ needs.
Provide monthly faculty meetings and written agendas for the same.
Facilitate and monitor all accreditation processes for the school.
Management of the School Environment
Work with the administrators to ensure that the school is a vital part of the parish communities.
Organize the school’s daily routine to create an inviting school environment conducive to learning.
Incorporate into the school culture Catholic principles of peace and social justice, family life and respect for the dignity of life.
Identify and support effective systems of discipline that are implemented consistently.
Work to ensure health, safety, adequate maintenance and cleanliness of the school facilities.
Provide a safe environment for the school as directed in an annually updated School Safety Plan.
Develop for each academic year professional and personal goals / objectives, including needed areas of growth identified on the Principal’s Evaluation Summary.
Continue to increase personal awareness and knowledge of current educational trends through professional reading and taking advantage of other opportunities for professional growth.
Maintain current certifications.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities:
As the educational leader of the school, independent judgment and discretion are essential in this position. As the Chief Operations Officer of the school, the Principal has the primary responsibility for achieving the mission of the school by maintaining and developing a school strong in academic achievement, counseling and guidance services, and by providing ample programs to meet the co-curricular and extra-curricular needs of the students.
Education Requirements/Position Qualifications: Masters degree in School Administration and/or related field. Minimum 5 years teaching experience in Catholic school environment. Practicing Catholic in good standing with experience in Catholic education. Administrative and leadership experience with strong organizational and collaborative skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to network and keep up-to-date on new developments in Catholic education, education in general, and technology. Driver’s License is required.
Working Conditions/Physical Requirements: This position requires standing, walking, sitting, talking, hearing, using hands, using feet, climbing/balancing, stooping/kneeling/crouching/crawling, reaching above shoulders, and tasting/smelling at least 1/3 of the time. This position requires that you will lift up to 25 pounds at least 1/3 of the time.
St. Martin de Porres Catholic School, a ministry of St. Martin de Porres Parish, continues the tradition of providing a Christian educational environment for 3 year olds - Sixth Grade. Small class sizes allow for individualized instruction conducive to students needs and abilities, and incorporates the use of technology in an effort to promote academic excellence, leading to lifelong positive impl...ications.
St. Martin de Porres Catholic School, a ministry of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, is vibrant, Christ-centered and emphasizes the joy and wonder of learning in a loving and caring atmosphere. We promote high academic and social standards and challenge our students to do their best. Rooted in our Catholic identity, we provide students of diverse faiths a rigorous curriculum which allows for academic success. We nurture students to develop a love of learning where “Every child is a Shining Star”.
St. Martin de Porres Catholic School is a diverse and inclusive inner-city school, committed to spiritual and academic excellence. Our students are curious and creative learners who succeed. Our students are joyful, act responsibly and reach out in service to the community. St. Martin is a beacon of hope in the community, enriching the lives of many, and inspiring them to be faith filled leaders of tomorrow's world.
We believe in these values:
* Spirituality: God works in us, through us, and for us.
* Hospitality: All are welcomed the honor and respect.
* Integrity: Learning flourishes in an environment of honesty, trust, and personal responsibility.
* Individuality: Every student has gifts to be discovered, nurtured, and treasured.
* Community: Together we find strength and purpose in supporting one another.