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Reporting to the President of the school, the Principal is the chief academic officer and instructional leader of the school. The Principal has ultimate responsibility for the school’s teaching and learning that occurs through a well-developed Spanish heritage language, college preparatory curriculum, as well as the school’s Catholic and Jesuit identity. The Principal provides faith-based leadership for faculty and students, supports high quality classroom instruction, and assures the orderly functioning of the school. The Principal is responsible for creating and sustaining a culture of continuous improvement that provides students with multiple opportunities to develop and demonstrate proficiency. The Principal is a member of the school’s leadership team, actively collaborating with the Associate Principal, VP of Corporate Work Study, VP for Advancement, and CFO. He or she oversees a faculty and staff of over 40 full and part-time employees, including Jesuit Volunteers, and manages program expenses comprising the majority of the school’s operating budget.
Set the direction, coordinate, and evaluate all aspects of academics at Cristo Rey Jesuit in a manner consistent with our identity as a Catholic and Jesuit school;
Serve as faith leader of the school, promote faith formation for faculty and students, and consistently articulate the school’s Ignatian tradition and spirituality;
Ensure the safety, health, and wellness of all students while under the care of the school, ensuring the building safety program meets all local state requirements;
Observe classroom instruction, supervising and providing consistent feedback to help teachers realize human and academic excellence for all students;
Evaluate all faculty and staff that report to the Principal;
Recruit, select, and retain faculty, administrators, instructional and extracurricular staff who are best fitted to the Jesuit mission of the school;
Ensure the development and implementation of a rigorous, college-ready curriculum, embedded with a Spanish heritage language curriculum, so that all students can achieve at high levels;
Coordinate agendas for faculty meetings, in-service days, and execute an effective faculty/staff professional development program;
Lead teachers in interpreting and using student achievement data to inform instruction;
Develop and review campus policies and procedures;
Maintain overall responsibility of admission, dismissal, and graduation requirements of students;
Collaborate with the VP of CWSP to ensure the importance of the work-study program to the mission of the school, and deepening curricular connections between what students learn in the classroom, at work, and vice versa;
Collaborate with the CFO and VP for Advancement to ensure the school is well resourced, and the academic expenditures operate within budgetary guidelines;
Foster strong interpersonal and professional relationships with faculty, staff, leadership team, parents, alumni, and other school constituencies;
Oversee timely communication to parents;
Report at regular intervals on student academic progress to parents, faculty, related school committees, the Board of Directors, and other constituents;
Coordinate and supervise the accreditation processes for the school;
Represent Cristo Rey Jesuit to the local Archdiocesan Office, Jesuit School Network, Cristo Rey Network, Illinois State Board of Education, accrediting bodies, as well as other appropriate meetings and activities that relate to the academic and instructional aspects of the school.
Qualifications and Experience
Demonstrated commitment to Catholic and Jesuit, faith-based education;
Proven commitment to serve and connect on a personal level with Latino students and families, and foster a deep appreciation for Latino culture within the school;
Exceptional leadership and management skills to inspire, lead with zeal, and work collegially with faculty and staff, challenge students to high levels of achievement, and engage families in their child’s education;
Strong background in developing and implementing a rigorous, standards-based, college-ready, Spanish heritage language curriculum;
Demonstrated success as an instructional leader who can create and sustain a student-centered learning environment;
At least five years of experience supervising and evaluating faculty and staff;
Evidence of an ability to analyze and utilize data to increase student achievement and effect school improvement;
Strong communication style, coupled with excellent listening, written, and verbal language skills in English and Spanish;
Master’s degree in education required and administrative license preferred or in process;
Proficiency in Spanish required, along with strong Latino cultural competency.
A practicing Catholic who values the Church’s mission of service, education, and social justice;
Passion and commitment for providing excellent, Catholic and Jesuit education to Spanish speaking students from traditionally underserved communities;
A desire to learn and be a part of the unique Cristo Rey mission, recognizing the educational value and financial importance of the work-study program;
Proven ability to thrive in a demanding role, requiring long hours, high expectations, often with limited resources due to the Cristo Rey financial model, but is motivated by what is in the best interest of students;
A lifelong learner who is diligent about staying current in research on secondary education and strives for continuous improvement;
Experience with Ignatian spirituality and pedagogy, and a commitment to ongoing formation;
A leadership style that is firm and goal oriented, yet motivates, guides, and engages others in a constructive way;
Ability to delegate effectively and work collaboratively with others.
Requirements and Application Procedure
All interested and qualified applicants with a passion for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School’s mission are invited to apply. A complete application will include:
Cover Letter: Please write a letter limited to two pages that answers the following questions:
What attracts you to Cristo Rey’s mission?
How would you describe your philosophy of education?
How would you describe your leadership style?
What past experiences influence your understanding of the challenges and opportunities in shaping a school culture that is supportive of students and families from limited financial means?
Salary is commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits are included in the overall compensation package. Interested candidates should e-mail or mail a resume and cover letter to:
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits are included in the overall compensation package.
Internal Number: 1852 W. 22nd Place
About Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Mission: Cristo Rey Jesuit High School provides a Catholic, college preparatory education and professional work experience to students from Spanish speaking families with limited financial means.
Vision: The reason for the school's existence is to advance the human and intellectual capacities, as well as the religious and cultural heritage, of the immigrant families it serves. Through its Corporate Work Study Program, faith-based college preparatory education, and Spanish heritage language curriculum, the goal is to prepare students to succeed in college and to assume leadership roles in the civic, religious, business and cultural life of our city and nation.
As committed alumni of a Jesuit high school, graduates become men and women for others who are open to growth, religious, intellectually competent, loving, committed to justice, and work experienced.