Principal Opening - Madonna del Sasso School, 20 Santa Teresa Way, Salinas, CA 93906
Madonna del Sasso School is the fully-accredited school of Madonna del Sasso Parish, with fall enrollment of 200 students in Preschool through Grade Eight and approximately 20 teachers and staff members. Madonna del Sasso School has a large facility including a student activity center, large field and multiple play areas. The school is seeking a dynamic, innovative and visionary principal to fulfill its mission to motivate, instruct and nurture children in the beliefs, practices and values of the Catholic community integrated with the highest standards of academic excellence.
As the leader of the Faith Community of the school, the Principal shall:
Be a practicing Catholic, in good standing with the church, who has knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith
Be deeply committed to the development of the faith life of teachers and students
Understand and be dedicated to the ministry of Catholic education
As a professional educator, the Principal shall:
Have a minimum of five years of experience in teaching and/or in administration (Catholic school experience preferred)
Hold a basic Catechetical Certification or adhere to the minimum requirements for Catechetical Certification as set forth by the Diocese of Monterey
Hold a Master’s Degree with a minimum of 20 graduate hours with an emphasis in supervision, curriculum, instruction or other related education administration courses
Hold a valid California Standard Teaching Credential or its equivalent from another State
Hold a valid Administrative Credential*
Be proficient in educational technology, including the Microsoft Office Suite and Google Apps for Education, and have a willingness to integrate new technology into the curriculum
Have public relations and development skills to increase stakeholder relationships and to generate deeper involvement and excitement about the life and mission of Madonna del Sasso School
Have enrollment management and marketing skills to maintain healthy school enrollment
Have knowledge of school finances and the budgeting process
*Principals in the Diocese of Monterey who do not hold a current, valid Administrative Credential must complete the requirements for such a credential per State requirements and Diocesan policy within a period of time mutually agreed upon with the Superintendent of Schools.
Salary for this position will be determined according to the school’s salary schedule. Benefits include pension plan, social security, and health insurance.
As part of the application process, principal candidates are asked to submit written responses to the following:
Describe your basic philosophy of education. What are the beliefs that guide your actions as an administrator?
Why do you wish to work in a Catholic School?
What purpose(s) do you feel Catholic Schools fulfill?
What are the most important characteristics of an effective Catholic School?
What contribution can you personally make to a school’s goals?
Please submit the following:
cover letter addressed to Rev. Greg Sandman
at least 3 letters of recommendation
answers to supplemental questions
via email to Mimi Schwertfeger, Administrative Assistant, Department of Catholic Schools at firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline: February 15, 2020
Position begins July 1, 2020
About Diocese of Monterey
The educational network of the Diocese of Monterey includes 18 schools -- 13 Diocesan schools, 3 religious order schools, 1 independent school, and 1 school that is co-sponsored by the Diocese and a religious order. 5000 children in preschool through high school from many cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds attend Catholic Schools in Salinas, Santa Cruz, Hollister, Watsonville, Corralitos, Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande.
The Diocese of Monterey was generated by the seed of faith planted by Franciscan Friar, Saint Junipero Serra, when he founded the Mission of San Carlos Borromeo on the shores of Monterey Bay June 3, 1770. The Holy See erected the Diocese of Both Californias on April 27, 1840, and named Francisco Garcia Diego y Moreno as bishop. In 1849 the Diocese of Both Californias was renamed the Diocese of Monterey and Joseph Alemany was named bishop. Later Baja California was separated from Monterey and the Diocese of Monterey was divided with a new province established in San Francisco. More changes followed as California grew. The Monterey-Los Angeles Diocese became the Monterey-Fresno Diocese in 1924. Finally the Dioces...e of Monterey was re-established in 1967 and encompasses four Central Coast counties of Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and San Luis Obispo. Pope John Paul II beatified Father Serra in 1988. He is buried in the floor of the sanctuary of Carmel Mission Basilica. Pope Francis canonized Junipero Serra on September 23, 2015, during a Mass in Washington, DC. Bishop Richard Garcia, the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Monterey, leads the people of the Diocese in an ever deeper appreciation and activation of the “grace upon grace” that has always sustained the people of God of the Diocese of Monterey.