The Department of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is accepting applications for the position of Principal of St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs, CA. Reporting to the Department of Catholic Schools, the Principal is the chief administrator of the school and will provide dynamic, mission-centered leadership of the academic and co-curricular programs, fundraising, administration, finance, and business operations. The Principal has direct oversight and responsibility for the school’s academic, financial, strategic, and spiritual affairs. The start date for the Principal is July 1, 2020.
St. Paul High School is a Catholic, college preparatory, co-educational high school rooted in the values of the Gospel and Church Tradition. The school promotes and nurtures students’ talents, moral development, spiritual growth, and self-discipline. As members of the St. Paul family, students are challenged to grow in their knowledge and love of God, to strive for academic, artistic, and athletic excellence, and to work toward building a more just society. Current enrollment is about 500 students.
History: In 1956, one hundred freshmen from surrounding parishes attended Santa Fe Catholic High School located in classrooms at St. Marianne’s in nearby Pico Rivera. The next year, the name was changed to St. Paul to avoid confusion with the public school named Santa Fe. In January 1958, St. Paul High School moved to its present location with a student body of 325 freshmen and sophomores. Additional construction provided the shower-locker room, the gymnasium, the 500 building and Monsignor Cranham Stadium. For almost 60 years, St. Paul High School has been a name associated with academic achievement and athletic success, as well as spiritually building and nurturing the lives and minds of thousands of young Christians.
Academics: St. Paul is a four-year, co-educational high school owned and operated by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles with a strong Advanced Placement program and a unique program in American Sign Language. Graduates have attended some of the most prestigious colleges and universities all over the United States, including The United States Naval Academy, Cornell, Penn State, Wake Forest, Notre Dame and UCLA.
Christian Service: St. Paul High School seeks to encourage participation in Christian Service as an integral part of the student’s life. Each student is given an opportunity to live out Christ’s Gospel admonition to love one another as they themselves would like to be loved.
Athletics: St. Paul High School is the home of the Swordsmen and has a rich tradition of athletic excellence with multiple State and CIF Championships. The school encourages all students to participate in some form of athletics. The school fields nine sports for boys and seven sports for girls.
Activities: St. Paul offers a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs and activities, including the Campus Ministry Team, Associated Student Body, as well as several service, activity or academically oriented clubs, and their award-winning Bands, Drama, and Choirs. The Fine and Performing Arts Department puts on a fall play, spring musical, and various other concerts and performances.
Essential Leadership Attributes:
Faith-filled and Focused: Rooted in a well-formed Catholic identity and grounded in a Catholic worldview, practices critical reflection and makes mission-driven and data-informed decisions
Hopeful and Entrepreneurial: Imagines, articulates, and executes an innovative vision
Inspirational: Capable of inspiring, recruiting, and growing a faculty of educational excellence playing from the same play book
Growth Mindset: Assesses and adjusts, creates and advances a vibrant and collaborative culture of excellence, prioritizing action items in order to achieve the mission
Academic Excellence: Leads the school community in delivering the highest quality curriculum and instruction yielding academic successes and holistic achievements for all students
Equity-Minded: Strives for equity of educational opportunity, culturally inclusive practices
Fiscally Responsible: Demonstrates common sense stewardship and financial management
Collaborative: Values, engages, and connects parents, the parish and local community, and other partners in supporting programs and opportunities to maintain and grow the school’s presence and impact
Relatable and Trustworthy: Communicates appropriately and effectively with all stakeholders
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
Knowledgeable and practicing Catholic with a thorough understanding of Catholic school philosophy
Completed or is willing to complete catechist training
Committed to modeling the values of Catholic educational leadership
Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, Secondary Education, or related field AND/OR California Administrative Services Credential
Three to five years of successful administrative experience in a Catholic high school
Thorough knowledge of current approaches to curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and the ability to implement innovative approaches to drive achievement outcomes.
Knowledge and experience with school finance, including budgeting, forecasting, and business operations.
Knowledge and ability to advance the mission of the school through fund development, marketing, branding, and enrollment management.
Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills including proven ability to engage and inspire a wide range of stakeholders.
Experience building, coaching, and empowering effective teams and holding team members accountable for performance.
Application Deadline: April 10, 2020
Position Starting Date: July 1, 2019
Interested and qualified candidates should submit the following:
Compelling letter of interest indicating how your skills, knowledge, and experience match the philosophy and values of Catholic education, and St. Paul High School
Complete résumé, including all relevant dates
A list of professional references including former and current supervisors with telephone numbers; written reference letters may also be provided (references will not be contacted until candidates have been informed at the appropriate stage of the search process)