High School Administrator Opening – Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Principal – John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Catholic Education seeks a dynamic, innovative, visionary, team oriented, results-driven academic leader for Principal of John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School. Hallahan is a single gender All Girls High School located in downtown Philadelphia’s renowned museum district. With close to 400 students, Hallahan has been educating young women for close to 120 years with faith, purpose and vision. This is a unique, iconic and beloved Catholic School having the distinction of being the first all girls’ diocesan high school in the country. Our curricular, co-curricular programs and activities are developed with a holistic focus on student learning in the 21st century. Hallahan’s traditions and teachings are grounded in the teachings of Jesus Christ. The school is committed to preparing, empowering and enriching the lives of all students in order to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.
The Principal has both the authority and responsibility for the school’s academic success and continuous improvement along with our mission of fostering a safe and caring environment that produces future leaders. The primary focus of the role is centered on the following characteristics, duties and responsibilities:
Catholic Identity: Responsible for fostering and role modeling a culture of academic excellence and Gospel values. Advances a spirit conducive to prayer and study across the school community.
Leadership: Provides personal and visible leadership to all members of the learning community and seeks continuous school improvement in a student-centric environment. The Principal ensures equity in educational opportunities, supports academic programs and enhancements, and demonstrates a strong commitment to 21st century learning and awareness while providing a safe, rigorous, relevant, quality education for all students.
Enrollment and Development Management: Collaborates with the President and the President’s staff in marketing and development initiatives to increase enrollment and retention.
Academic Affairs: The Principal is the curriculum and instructional leader. He/she also designs the academic program of the school ensuring program enhancement using the most current research and best practices available to education; provides for the teaching assignments of the teachers, requisitions instructional materials and equipment, and approves the master roster for the school. Inspires and coaches teacher to excel in their respective area of expertise.
Student Affairs: Oversees the successful implementation of all student activities in providing co-curricular opportunities for students. Student leadership development is key and crucial in an all girls environment.
Student Services: Provides for the student-centric climate; enforcement of the local school code of conduct, for the availability of guidance and counseling services, and for the delivery of other services that are offered to students. Provides leadership, life and social emotional learning (SEL) opportunities which are essential in today’s ever changing world.
Student Admissions: Along with the President’s staff, assists in the developing the criteria for admission to the school that are consistent with diocesan guidelines and makes certain that these criteria are consistently utilized in making decisions concerning admissions to the school. Co-coordinates admission process for international students and their agencies.
Supervision: Directs the hiring, supervision, and evaluation of the teaching faculty and support staff; the Principal also provides for the revision of the instructional programs and for continuing staff and professional development.
Personnel: In accord with the protocols approved for religious and diocesan priests, as well as the Labor-Management Agreement, and in consultation with the President of the school, the Principal selects members of the teaching staff, the guidance staff, activity moderators, and support staff. Likewise, the Principal in consultation with the President initiates the termination process for the above-mentioned personnel following the archdiocesan guidelines and the procedures outlined in the Labor-Management Agreement.
Other: Provides oversight on the continued progress and success of the school’s internal strategic plan. Integrates Middle States Association planning with strategic plan.
Builds relationship with higher education institutions and businesses where appropriate to advance academic offerings and gain competitive advantage.
Provides direction and oversight of the Athletic Director to ensure a vibrant and competitive program.
As needed attends Board of Limited Jurisdiction Meetings and Relevant Committee Meetings.
Qualifications and Experience
Advanced graduate degree is required, preferably in educational leadership.
A valid Secondary Pennsylvania Principal’s Certificate is desired.
Five years of successful teaching experience.
Strong motivational skills, instructional leadership, time management, collaborative, organizational, oral and written communication skills, decision making, conflict prevention and resolution skills.
Ability to work productively and positively with faculty, staff, parents and community.
Ability to promote an environment, which fosters high expectations for students, faculty, staff and self rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Ability to monitor student progress and promote student achievement for all students.
Successful participation in staff and curriculum development activities.
Previous administrative experience.
The Archdiocese offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience and education.
Those interested in the position should send their cover letter, resume, salary requirements and transcripts to James Molnar, Human Resources Director for Secondary Schools, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, 222 North 17th St. Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Cover letter should focus on candidate’s unique qualifications for serving as a leader who will implement the academic and programmatic elements of the plan.
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About Archdiocese of Philadelphia
The territory of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia includes the city and county of Philadelphia as well as surrounding suburban counties. It provides pastoral care for nearly 1.4 million Catholics in the region.
In addition to the administrative offices, it is composed of 216 parishes, 120 regional and parish catholic elementary schools, 17 high schools, 4 schools of special education and an extensive social service ministry. The Archdiocese also features a seminary that educates and forms men for service in the Roman Catholic Priesthood. Through its central operation and various related entities, the Archdiocese employs approximately 12. 500 people.