PRINCIPAL – HIGH SCHOOL
Education: Middle/High School, FT Employee
Diocese of Allentown (Allentown, PA)
Reporting Functions: Education Superintendent of the Diocese of Allentown
Job Function: The Principal is the chief administrator of the school and is responsible for overseeing curriculum, enrollment, development and extracurricular matters as well as implementing policies and planning goals for the school, its personnel and operations. The Principal will be the inspirational leader for the school possessing moral and Catholic vision to take the school forward, working with the Bishop, the Board, the Superintendent, and the Diocese and school administration in the further advancement of the school’s Mission, goals and strategies.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Provide vision and leadership for the school, its students, administrators, parents and community.
2. Works with the board in developing and implementing strategic and operating plans in support of school goals.
3. Formulate and prioritize appropriate education and financial goals, balancing the needs and resources of the organization; maintain a balanced budget and fiscally sound operations.
4. Lead and support educational excellence in student curriculum and programs and staff development.
5. In collaboration with the Board of Directors, identify, cultivate and solicit support for school programs and facilities from parents, alumni, private donors, corporations, foundations and community organizations. Analyze trends and results on an ongoing basis; monitor funding opportunities and develop program initiatives and ideas appropriate for funding.
6. Oversee, evaluate and develop, in association with others, marketing tools promoting the school and its programs.
7. Build student enrollment, while retaining current students.
8. Influences a school culture conducive to continuous improvement for students and staff; fosters, recognizes, and supports ethnic, cultural, gender, economic, family, and human diversity, as well as students with learning disabilities, throughout the school community, while striving to provide fair and equitable treatment and consideration for all.
9. Proactively represent the school to community groups, media, local and regional academic organizations, thereby providing a high degree of positive community visibility.
10. Stimulate and advance the ongoing development of an organizational culture characterized by a commitment to faith, continuous learning, quality, integrity, mutual respect and Catholic values.
11. Work with various Diocesan offices in implementing Diocesan policies.
12. Responsible for the hiring of educators, administrators and coaches and oversee student discipline and academic programs, including International and Aquinas Learning Support.
13. Promote and represent High School in PIAA and local conference.
14. Ensure a high level of operational efficiency and safety regarding ongoing building and grounds maintenance.
15. Meet with and establish clear division of responsibilities and regular communication with the Board chair, officers and committee chairs.
16. Report to the Board and Office of Education on academic programs, strategic initiatives, facilities, bonding programs, enrollment, development events and funding, and marketing strategies to support meeting the mission of the school.
17. Other duties as assigned by the Board and Secretary for Education.
1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Advanced degree strongly preferred.
2. Pennsylvania State Teaching Certificate and Principal Certificate.
1. 10 years progressively responsible experience in education with a minimum of five years high school teaching or administrative experience at a Catholic school preferred.
2. Strong track record of success in development and fund raising and experience in generating and implementing business, fund-raising, marketing and strategic plans.
3. Proven leader and effective manager who can work successfully in a dynamic environment; a track record of success functioning as the leader of, or key member of a leadership team contributing to the vision, strategic thinking and operational excellence of that organization.
4. Leadership skills and presence as well as strong interpersonal skills needed in developing and managing appropriate and effective relationships with students, parents, alumni, faculty, administration, community, local leaders, educators and Board members.
5. Have the visioning innovative thinking, strategic and influence skills and background necessary to lead and drive action as well as deliver lasting, value-added programs, services and education.
6. Experienced, capable manager of budgets, operations and finances; strong knowledge of non-profit fiscal management.
7. Possess character, personality, and proper social capability to work with and effectively relate to a significant diversity of individuals and/or groups.
8. Cultivate positive relationships with parents and the local community.
9. Effective, articulate and persuasive communicator (oral and written).
10. Must be a practicing Catholic.
Physical Demands: The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, and talk or hear; frequent use of equipment including repetitive motions and computer eye fatigue; frequent prolonged and irregular hours; possible biological exposure to bacteria and communicable diseases. Occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, lift and/or move i.e.: move small stacks of textbooks, media equipment, desks, and other classroom equipment; may occasionally climb stairs or ladders. Vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities.
The demands of extended work days requires a high level of physical endurance and mental clarity. This job requires the ability to handle and balance multiple demands at the same time.
1. Normal office environment. Normal work hours are 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p. Monday through Friday.
2. Will be required to meet with the Board, committees and others in excess of normal work hours. Some travel for business purposes required (normally not overnight).
Please submit resume, background clearances, appropriate certifications, salary history with cover letter in confidence to:
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