Elementary School Principal

Department of Catholic Schools - SAN FRANCISCO

Admin & Clerical
SF Department of Catholic Schools- Elementary School Principals
Reports to: Pastor and the Superintendent of Schools

I - General Duties and Responsibilities:
The highest priority for a Catholic school principal is building a learning community that fully integrates the Catholic faith and academic excellence.

II - Specific Responsibilities:
The responsibilities of the principal include, but are not limited to the following:
A. Educational Leader
1) Leadership
a) Articulates a vision and cultivates a culture and climate that is consonant with the school’s Catholic identity
b) Applies that vision to the daily activities of the school
c) Promotes excellence and healthy staff morale
d) Fosters leadership ability among the staff
e) Thinks strategically and makes data-driven decisions
f) Attends to personal and professional development

2) Curriculum and Instruction
a) Applies knowledge of religious content and methods of faith formation;
b) Respects cultural and religious differences
c) Uses a variety of educational and pedagogical skills, and is aware of the developmental stages of the students
d) Evaluates the general effectiveness of the school's learning program by utilizing effective procedures for student assessment
e) Recognizes and accommodates the special learning needs of children within the regular classroom
f) Supervises instruction effectively
g) Integrates Gospel values and Christian ethics into the curriculum, policies and life of the school

B. Spiritual Leader
a) Faith Development
1. Nurtures the faith development of faculty and staff through opportunities for spiritual growth
2. Ensures quality Catholic religious instruction of students
3. Provides opportunities for the school community to celebrate the Catholic faith
4. Supports and fosters active Christian service;
5. Communicates to parents opportunities for adult faith formation sponsored by the parish and the Archdiocese
6. Ensures that regular gatherings of parents begin with prayer or reflection and include an opportunity for on-going faith formation
7. Facilitates the moral development and growth in virtue of children, youth, and adults

b) Building Christian Community
1. Fosters communication among the pastor, parish, and school community
2. Respects and facilitates the role of parents as primary educators
3. Assures the school’s public witness to the Catholic faith in collaboration with faculty and staff
4. Communicates to parents that the school is an essential ministry of the parish.

c) History and Philosophy
1. Demonstrates knowledge of the history and purpose of Catholic Schools in the United States
2. Communicates to the school community at large the school’s philosophy, curriculum, programming, policies, and regulations, in light of its Catholic identity
3. Utilizes church documents, Catholic educational guidelines, and Archdiocesan directives to better understand and communicate the unique Catholic identity, mission, culture, and character of the school and does so in collaboration with the pastor, faculty, and school community

C. Managerial Leader
a) Personnel Management
1. Recruits, interviews, employs, and provides an orientation for school staff
2. Assists the faculty in achieving the goals of Catholic education through staff development and professional leadership
3. Applies organizational management skills aptly, delegates responsibilities appropriately, communicates effectively, and collaborates properly
4. Maintains an ongoing program of supervision and evaluation of instructional and non-instructional personnel
5. Manages personnel and student files
6. Manages conflicts effectively

b) Institutional Management
1. Initiates appropriate consultation and submits reports required by the DCS promptly and accurately;
2. Complies with appropriate canonical, federal, state, and local laws in harmony with Archdiocesan policies and regulations
3. Utilizes Catholic School governance structures and works effectively with the school board
4. Adopts and adapts current technologies effectively
5. Provides for an orderly school environment and promotes student self-discipline.

c) Finance and Development
1. Plans and manages the school’s financial resources and develops and monitors the annual budget in accordance with Archdiocesan policy and procedure
2. Provides adequate instructional equipment, textbooks, resources, and services to implement the school program within budgeting limits and approved guidelines
3. Utilizes strategies of long-range planning, effective public relations, and a school marketing program for the success of the school
4. Seeks resources and support beyond the parish and school communities

Pay Range: $111,500-$214,676 (base only)
Does not include credit for credentials, advanced degrees, and certifications.

To Apply: Please submit your application, cover, and resume to:
Christine Escobar, Assistant Director of Human Resources
Archdiocese of San Francisco
1 Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco, CA 94109

The Archdiocese of San Francisco adheres to the following policy: “All school staff of Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of San Francisco shall be employed without regard to race, color, sex, ethnic or national origin.” (Administrative Handbook #4111.4)