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Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women (OLM), an institution known for its tradition of a world-class, faith-based education, is seeking a visionary and transformational Principal to lead its ongoing pursuit of providing our students with the tools they need to experience academic excellence, spirituality, and lifelong success.
About Our Lady of Mercy Our Lady of Mercy is a Catholic school for young women in grades six through twelve offering a college preparatory academic program. OLM is a sponsored ministry of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and a member of Mercy Education. As such, OLM is committed to the education of young women of all backgrounds – inclusive of all incomes, races, and faith affiliations. Mercy builds life-changing competence, confidence, and compassion that prepares and inspires young women to achieve the highest level of success in college, in career, and in the community.
A Mercy education is guided by the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy which include: • Earth – Working to sustain all life by caring for Earth’s ecosystems, addressing climate change, advocating for the right to clean water and committing to ecological conversion. • Immigration – Acting in solidarity with immigrants, refugees, and victims of human trafficking, seeking with them a more just and inclusive world. • Nonviolence – Working to improve our personal practice of nonviolence and peacemaking, to collaborate with organizations that foster peace, and to change violent systems and structures. • Racism – Working to become an anti-racist community—committed to eliminating personal and institutional racism and dismantling oppressive structures, policies, and processes. • Women – Giving special attention to women’s education, health, and spirituality through our legislative advocacy, our schools, healthcare institutions, and spirituality centers.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The Principal is charged with the responsibility for its operation by the Board of Trustees. The Principal reports directly to the President and is an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees, and shall operate the School according to the policies and philosophy formulated by the Board, Sisters of Mercy (Mercy Education) and in accordance with Catholic teaching.
Academic Leadership • Embodies, promotes, integrates and ensures the Mission of Mercy in curriculum, programming and activities. • Demonstrates and encourages open communication and collaboration in all aspects of School life, fostering and ensuring a positive and inclusive school culture. • Leads by example and acting as a servant leader among faculty, staff and administration. • Provides guidance and input to highest quality academic programming and School operations in collaboration with Department Chairs, faculty, staff and administration. • Partners with the Director of Enrollment Management and the Counseling Department in identifying and assessing applicants for admission. • Collaborates with School Counselors and Department Chairs to determine academic placement and assess academic achievement. • Provides input, leadership and guidance to the interviewing, selection and orientation process of faculty; recommends candidates for hiring to the President. • Champions professional development of self, faculty, staff and administration. • Guided by The Profile of a Mercy Educator and Essential Expectations, leads the performance management process, ensuring the highest level of performance among faculty, staff and administration. • Performs formal and informal observations of all faculty; provides on-going feedback to Department Chairs regarding teacher needs and improvement plans. • Contributes to the development, communication, and implementation of a shared vision for Mercy’s STEM/STEAM program.
Operational, Budgetary and Fiduciary Leadership • Leads School operations ensuring all policies and procedures are followed and in compliance with local, state and federal law, in alignment with the strategic plan and in keeping with the Sisters of Mercy/Mercy Education. • Develops and continuously improves policies and procedures that ensure a safe and secure educational environment. • Partners and meets regularly with the President to assess all aspects of School life and explore new initiatives; regularly meets with direct reports and the President to ensure open communication and collaboration. • Works to ensure Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women continues to remain viable and competitive by closely partnering with Department Heads, the Advancement Office, the Board and President. • Contributes to the budgeting process by collaborating with the Finance Team and Board of Trustees. • Fosters a culture of continuous improvement by actively listening and proactively seeking improvement opportunities and recommendations. • Acts as a liaison with local school districts and the State Education Department. Proactively communicates with the School, parents and community ensuring timely and relevant information is shared. • Collaborates with the President and administers the progressive discipline process up to and including student dismissals and employee terminations. • Serves as an approachable, visible representation of School leadership by attending School activities, OLM Gala and other fundraising events, Parents Association, Booster meetings, etc. • Serves on the Board of Trustees in an ex-officio capacity and provides input, guidance and influence as needed in the strategic planning and accreditation processes.
Community Leadership and Involvement • Actively seeks, and stays apprised of, relevant educational information, organizations, methods, and trends and applies information to the continuous improvement of OLM. • Attends and participates in educational conferences; applies relevant learnings to OLM. • Maintains visibility as an OLM leader in the academic and geographic community; participates in community activities as appropriate and in keeping with the OLM Mission.
In addition to the essential job responsibilities, the Principal will perform other duties as assigned.
Critical Competencies: • Servant Leadership – As a practicing Roman Catholic, gives priority to service to others and serves as a role model of faith for faculty, staff, students and parents. Conducts self in a manner consistent with, and supportive of, the mission and purpose of the Catholic Church and the Sisters of Mercy. Fosters an educational culture in alignment with the Sisters of Mercy and their critical concerns, and Mercy Education traditions. • Strategic Planning and Execution – Aligns work and resources to the mission and strategic plan through dynamic visioning, effective planning, communication, and execution. Monitors progress and adjusts plans as needed to accomplish goals. Contributes to the strategic planning process by staying current on academic trends, challenges, and opportunities. • Educational and Instructional Leadership - Enhances teaching and learning through curriculum and faculty assessment. Collaborates with faculty to understand needs and continuously improve the educational experience. Strives to integrate faith into all aspects of education.
Required Experience and Education: • Master's Degree in Educational Administration or similar advanced degree from an accredited college or university. • Current school licensure or certification as administrator for grades 6-12. • Minimum of 7 years of experience in teaching and working with adults or adolescents. • Minimum of 2 years of experience as Principal, Head of School, Assistant Principal or Central Office Administrator in the public, independent or faith-based educational settings. • Proven leadership success including the ability to motivate and lead positively through change. • Proven organizational management skills in complex educational settings; demonstration of a positive track record with enrollment, academic culture, School and staff improvement, and budgetary responsibility; proven success in supporting the use and integration of technology within a school. • Valid driver's license with no serious violations.
Preferred Experience and Education: • Memberships in one or more of the following: CSAANYS, Mercy Education, MSA-CESS, NASSP, NCEA, MCP, ASCD. • Working knowledge or experience with Greater Rochester, New York area schools.
Equal Opportunity Employment Policy Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women has a clear vision: to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay, and do their best work. Helping us achieve this vision is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment, consistent with federal, state, and local laws. Accordingly, all applicants for employment are to be treated without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin or citizen status, disability, sexual orientation, marital or veteran’s status, or any other status protected by law. This policy pertains to every aspect of an individual’s relationship with the school, including but not limited to recruitment, selection, compensation, benefits, training, promotion, transfer, discipline, or termination.