The Principal is the director of instruction and chief academic officer of the school. The Principal reports directly to the Pastor and has primary responsibility for daily operation of academic and student life functions, with particular emphasis on leadership and vision in curriculum and instruction, and teacher improvement of instruction. In coordination with other members of the school team, the Principal participates fully in the life of the school, engaging faculty, staff, students, and parents in ways that reflect St. John’s School’s commitment to education, service, and the Catholic faith. With an awareness of current educational trends and forecasts, the Principal is expected to maintain and lead the continual evolution of a relevant and cutting-edge curriculum that incorporates our
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Principal assists the Pastor/Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) in providing personal and visible leadership for faculty, staff, students, and families
Works with the Pastor/Chief Administrative Officer to facilitate relationships that model and promote the school’s Catholic identity and mission
Manages and has supervisory responsibility of all faculty and front office staff
Directs the guidance and academic departments in the analysis of curriculum needs relative to state and diocesan standards of excellence and ensures the timely submission of state and diocesan reports
Serves as school leader in development and implementation of curricular and co-curricular programs and activities
Responsible for cultivating a collaborative academic environment of high-achievement
Responsible for ensuring the rigor, relevance, and student-centered nature of instructional strategies
Conducts formal faculty observations and manages faculty evaluations/meetings
Responsible for annual updating of faculty, student, and parent handbooks
Assists faculty in identifying professional development needs and opportunities
FACULTY AND STAFF
Pre-observation, observation, post-observation of each teacher for each semester
Informal visits of all teachers in the building with occasional follow-up meetings
Conduct year-end evaluations
Verify contract information and propose contract increases for following year
Lead calculation of section needs for coming year
Coordinate advertising of positions
Read applicants and determine who to interview
Call reference checks on potential hires
Propose new hire salary to CAO
Set up and administer new teacher orientation
Works closely with the all parents and parish groups to ensure the availability and adequacy of programs and activities to support the development of every student as well as the enforcement of the school code of conduct
Provides leadership and support in serious student disciplinary actions and situations regarding campus, community, and student safety
Works closely with all resource personnel, to ensure that the guidance, mentoring, and support provided to students is geared toward the individual learning needs, and is informed by the Catholic mission of the school
Design/develop faculty in-service and continuing educational opportunities.
Create school calendar in cooperation with Lincoln City school principals
Regular communication to all parents
Presides at all faculty meetings
Monitor Professional Learning Community meetings
Support student discipline
Technology liaison with Ed Tech office on key issues
Organize and approve Professional Development PDU forms
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Strong management skills are essential for effective leadership of faculty and staff, as well as communication with parents and the general public. A love of working with youth is essential in order to form the student body according to the stated mission, vision and values
Project management skills
Knowledge of data analysis and organizational work flow
Ensures the integration of faith in the life and education of students through the offering of all-school Masses, devotions, penance services, and retreats in accord with the liturgical life of the Church and the spiritual formation of students as well as through the offering of religious education by well-formed priests, religious, and lay instructors
Ensures all appropriate records are maintained for the student body
Recommends policy guidelines for consideration and approval by the Chief Administrative Officer
Familiarity with Email, Calendar, Database, and Spreadsheet software
Interpersonal, written/verbal communication and presentation skills
Provides for the timely communication to faculty and parents through communication vehicles such as e-mails, faculty bulletins
Liaisons with parents and the general public for news and events relating to the student body
Conduct meetings, ceremonies, public presentations, and be an ambassador on behalf of the school
Conducts a variety of meetings with faculty, parents, board members, and others in order to ensure a professionally rewarding environment for all
Serves as the highest review of all student/faculty scheduling, calendar revisions, allocation of teacher resources, balance of overall work load, and other items as appropriate to the operations of the school
Maintains a personal and professional demeanor in all that pertains to a positive Catholic learning environment, including, but not limited to: proper dress code for staff, conversations with students and parents, modesty, as well as behavior both in and out of the school environment
CREDENTIALS AND EXPERIENCE
Preferred Masters in Educational Administration (K-12) or prior Educational Leadership Experience (3-5 years minimum recommended)
Teaching or Administrative Certification with the State of Nebraska
Must be able to fulfill and execute all of the requirements as stated in the Diocesan Administrators Manual (E. Principal 36 – III.62 which can be found at the end of this document). Is hired by the pastor, appointed by the Ordinary, or assigned by the religious superior in accordance with the process established by the Diocesan Education Office. The principal must be a Catholic in good standing with the Church, who is willing to teach and follow the teachings of the Church, and must be certified by the State of Nebraska
The incumbent shall be a spiritually-motivated, practicing Roman Catholic with excellent communication skills, a future-oriented academic vision, knowledge of current educational methods, an understanding of a multicultural environment, and proven leadership skills
The incumbent must possess a valid driver’s license in order to attend meetings and conferences as appropriate
TYPICAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORKING CONDITIONS
Must be able to stoop, sit, stand, push, pull, and stretch consistent with an office environment
Must be able to drive to various locations as required
Must be able to use standard office equipment such as computer, telephone, fax machine, etc. in conjunction with administrative duties
These are the talent themes identified by Gallup’s Strengthsfinder
Command - Have a strong presence. They can take control of a situation and make
Communication - Find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and
Learner - Have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. Process of learning excites
Positivity - Have enthusiasm that is contagious. Naturally upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to
Strategic - Create alternative ways to proceed, and faced with any scenario, can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.
III.36 Is hired either by the pastor or chief administrative officer, appointed by the Ordinary, or assigned by the religious superior in accordance with the process established by the Diocesan Education Office. (Appendix C) The principal must be a Catholic in good standing with the Church, who is willing to teach and follow the teachings of the Church, and must be certified by the State of Nebraska.
III.37 Is employed with the school through the standard diocesan lay teacher contract. Priests and religious are not contracted.
III.38 Works under the authority of the pastor or chief administrative officer, with the principal's job description (beyond that of the School Policy Handbook) determined by each particular school. Meets formally, at least monthly, with the chief administrative officer.
III.39 Areas in conjunction with the pastor or chief administrative officer, for which usually responsible: maintaining current faculty and student handbooks, supervision of teachers and teaching, evaluation of teachers, planning in-service days, curriculum evaluation, public relations for the school, maintaining current and past student records, planning for each student's growth, and promoting a positive, Catholic, educational climate in a school that is clean and safe.
III.40 Conforms to the dress code in the faculty handbook, including the standards of modesty and professionalism.
III.41 Must be willing and able to collaborate with the parish and school personnel, parents, the local civic community, and the diocesan offices.
III.42 Using the diocesan calendar and the state requirements for hours of classroom teaching as a guide, with the pastor or chief administrative officer, submits the yearly calendar to the Diocesan Superintendent of Education prior to August 15th, showing minimally 170 student contact days, or preferably, 176 student contact days.
III.43 ls responsible for all official school communication bearing school identification, including letters, e-mails, or other communication from teachers in their professional capacity, and therefore, has the right to be informed of, receive a copy of, and review all such communication.
III.44 Is responsible for responding to emergencies, and therefore, obtains prior written permission from parents, which is kept on file, to administer emergency care or to procure transportation for emergency care. (Appendix H)
III.45 Maintains an adequate medicine distribution policy including: training, storage, administration, and record keeping. (Appendix J)
III.46 Plans and executes fire and tornado drills. Fire drills must be held 10 times a year, preferably monthly, either as prepared or surprise drills (Neb.Rev.Stat §79-706). Tornado drills must be held 3 times a year, with the first held at the beginning of the year, and 2 more, using correct route and posture. (LB 741) Evacuation routes must be posted in each room, and a log kept of the drills. (Appendix I) (III.39)
III.47 May develop, and communicate policies in conjunction with the pastor or chief administrative officer and in accord with diocesan policies. The local policies are guides for discretionary action on the part of the school administration.
III.48 Using all appropriate means of public relations, should, in collaboration with chief administrative officer and/or pastor, promote a positive image of the Catholic School. Official statements beyond the scope of an individual school will be made by the Ordinary, Diocesan Superintendent of Schools or their delegate.
III.49 Arranges with the pastor's/chief administrative officer's approval, purchases for the school.
III.50 Participates in the Hiring of New Teachers (Appendix C)
III.51 Makes recommendations on the rehiring of teachers after appropriate informal and formal visits of the classroom to observe and evaluate the teaching and the teacher. At least two written reports, signed by the teacher and principal, are filed in the teacher's file. The evaluations are to be reviewed with the pastor, prior to offering a contract for the next school year. Recommendations for rehiring must be based in large measure on the two formal visits, and several informal visits to the teacher and classroom which have been documented. These visits are ordinarily spaced throughout a year.
III.52 Holds regular, individual conferences with each teacher about classroom management, methods of teaching, and student progress. Special attention should be given to beginning teachers. In the case of priests, all supervisory matters beyond those of formative evaluation are to be addressed by the pastor or chief administrative officer.
III.53 Keeps teacher records, such as, employment history, (including dates of employment, grade/subject assignments, record of cleared background check, and state certification), personal, health and emergency information, are to be kept at the local level while the teacher is employed with the school.
III.54 Selects and uses the curriculum and textbooks approved by the Diocesan Education Office, and the religion curriculum and textbooks approved by the Director of the Office of Religious Education. (SPH II.21 and II.39)
III.55 Provides in-service opportunities for teachers including on-going catechesis, study and evaluation of trends in education, personal and professional growth and development. Speakers invited to speak on religious topics must be approved by the Diocesan Director of the Office of Religious Education. (SPH II.42-43)
III.56 Must provide for equipment and annual training in the occupational exposure and handling of blood borne pathogens in accordance with OSHA, State of Nebraska, and diocesan guidelines. (Appendix K)
III.57 Provides leadership in maintaining a spirit and practice of positive discipline which includes the prohibition of corporal punishment in diocesan schools
III.58 Responds to the Suspicion of Child Abuse by taking actions prescribed by the laws of the State of Nebraska and diocesan policy. (SPH VII.22; Appendix V) (1-800-652-1999)
III.59 Cooperates, according to the following guidelines, with properly identified law enforcement or social service agents who seek to interview a child:
Public authorities may ordinarily interview a child on Catholic School premises during the school day only if written prior consent is given by a parent or legal guardian of the child in question. Should oral consent be requested of the parent by phone, the call must be noted and witnessed by at least two people.
For an alleged victim of child abuse or neglect (SPH VII.22), the administrator of the school will ask permission of the authorities to notify the child's parents immediately. If this is refused, the administrator will ask to witness the interview. Should this be refused, the administrator must permit the bona fide agent to proceed with the interview.
If a criminal allegation has been made against a child, a parent must give permission before the child speaks to the agent, unless there is a warrant for arrest.
If the child is a witness, the parent must give permission before the child speaks to the agent.
If the public official who interviews the child does not notify the parent, school authorities will subsequently notify parents or legal guardians in all cases unless notification is prohibited by law.
A written record of the administrator's actions must be kept regarding any of the above interview situations. (Appendix V)
III.60 Establishes, with chief administrative officers or pastors, a Safety Committee and a written work place safety plan as required under the Workers' Compensation Act. (Appendices H, 0, & S)
III.61 Has on file the "Hold harmless" documents for students who need to drive during the school day (Appendix R) and waiver forms for self-medication for anaphylaxis, asthma, or diabetes. (Appendix J)
III.62 Will establish an ongoing Local School Wellness Committee (LWC) that convenes to review school-level issues. (Appendix G)