The principal is employed by the Board of Directors and is responsible for the administration of the Mount Merici Academy according to the policies established by the Board of Directors. The Principal serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the School. The principal serves on the Board of Directors and all standing committees as an ex-officio member. The principal is the spiritual leader, educational leader, and steward of school resources. The Principal is responsible for promoting the mission of Mount Merici. The Principal maintains and enhances the Catholic identity of the school. As spiritual leader, the Principal will develop a yearly program to enhance the religious life of the students, faculty, and staff. As educational leader, the Principal is directly responsible to pursue excellence in instruction and curriculum development. As steward of school resources, the Principal is responsible for developing, managing, and reporting of the budget according to the guidelines established by the Mount Merici Board of Directors. In addition, the Principal is primarily responsible for the use and maintenance of all school facilities and equipment owned by the Mount Merici Academy. The principal will oversee the Development staff to ensure that the school is maximizing fundraising efforts through annual appeals, capital campaigns, alumni relations, and all other development. Purpose: The principal will serve as the chief administrator of the Mount Merici Academy in developing and implementing policies, programs, curriculum activities, and budgets in a manner that promotes the educational
development of each student and the professional development of each staff member. The principal will keep the Board of Directors fully informed on all significant matters pertaining to the operation of Mount Merici Academy, such as curriculum, faculty recruitment, recommendation on hiring and dismissal of employees, acceptance or dismissal of students, changes in programs, extracurricular activities, enrollment, income and expenditures, physical facilities, recommendations for improvements, and all other matters pertinent to the administration of the School. The principal supervises all school personnel, directly or indirectly. Duties and Responsibilities: General Planning: The principal conceptualizes the broad goals of the school and its Mission Statement and plans accordingly to ensure that procedures and schedules are implemented to carry out the total school program. The principal supervises the teaching staff and others employed by the Mount Merici Academy, including the authority to hire staff within the budgetary limitations and having obtained the approval of the Board of Directors has the power to dismiss. The Principal must consult with the Provincial Prioress of the Ursuline sisters or her delegate sister in hiring and dismissing anyone employed by Mount Merici School. The principal maintains proper school discipline, including the authority to suspend or recommend expulsion of students to the Board of Directors. General Coordination: The principal ensures that the school program meets all requirements in accordance with the School Approval Standards of the State of Maine Education and 20 A MRSA 2901a and the Diocese Catholic School standards.. The principal maintains a collaborative relationship with Maine Catholic Schools governed by the Diocese of Portland under the direction of the Superintendent of Maine Catholic Schools.
School Objectives: The principal identifies the annual objectives for the instructional, extracurricular, and athletic programs in the school. The principal ensures that the total curriculum integrates the student’s intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual growth. Curriculum Objectives: The principal ensures that instructional objectives for a given subject and / or classroom are developed, and involves the faculty and others in the development of specific curricular objectives to meet the needs of the school program. The principal provides opportunities for staff participation in the school program. The principal supervises the selection of teaching materials, tools, and other educational needs. Evaluates Performance: The principal evaluates student progress in the instructional program by means that include the maintaining of up-to-date student records. The principal provides activities which facilitate the professional growth of the school staff and enhances the quality of the instructional program. The principal supervises and appraises the performance of the school staff. New Staff and Students: The principal supervises the planning and coordination of all registration and admission procedures. The principal recruits, interviews, and contracts for professional and support staff. The principal orients and assists new staff members, new students, and new parents to Mount Merici Academy and provides opportunities for their input in the school program. The principal works to ensure the school is doing everything possible to keep enrollment maximized.
Administration: The principal supervises the daily operation and maintenance of the school. The principal participates in the development and implementation of the school budget, education policies, and strategic plan. The principal ensures cooperation and compliance with state policies and guidelines. The principal will maintain and develop relations with other schools, businesses, and resources within our community. Qualifications: * Be a practicing Roman Catholic *Commitment to a Catholic “Ursuline” philosophy of education *Masters Degree or its equivalent (certification in administration preferred) *State Professional Certification (Maine Certificate preferred) *Should have capabilities in the areas of Theology, Religious Education, Curriculum design and development, Finance and Development, Administration, and Management *Excellent interpersonal skills *Ability to work as part of a team
Principal/Head of School at Mount Merici Academy
Private Ursuline Catholic School since 1911
Mount Merici Academy is seeking a dynamic, personable, and experienced leader to become Principal/Head of School of our PK-8 Ursuline private school with a population of approximately 225 students. Desired candidates must be:
Successful experience as a classroom teacher and administrator or leader
Extensive knowledge of elementary and middle school level curriculum, instruction, and assessment
A passion for academic excellence
Dedication to student-centered learning
Collaborative leadership skills
Strong organizational skills and ability to handle a variety of responsibilities
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Collaborative leadership skills
Applicants must hold or be eligible for Maine Administrative Principal Certification.