Mission of St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic School
St. Margaret of Scotland Parish School in St. Louis, Missouri is a diverse, urban, vibrant, and inclusive Catholic community. We provide a challenging learning environment for children, prekindergarten through eighth grade, in which they realize their academic potential and giftedness in body, mind, and spirit. Our students embody the example of our patron saint as responsible leaders and caretakers of our community through works of service and social justice. More on the school’s foundational principles can be found in our “Belief Statements” available on our school website at www.smos-school.org/about/.
Position of Principal
The Principal is the academic and pastoral leader of St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic School. As a member of the leadership team of the parish, the Principal ensures that the animating spirit of our patron saint is integrated in all aspects of the school’s educational program, co-curriculars, and spiritual life of the school. The Principal is a creative person who will take time to understand St. Margaret as it is now and will honor that excellence while being committed to building on that heritage with new ideas. The Principal should possess a commitment to the Catholic faith and model collaborative leadership, devotion to the parish’s mission, and a spirit of hospitality and inclusion in the example of our patron saint. In order to foster a culture of continuous improvement among students, staff, and parents, a successful principal will be fluent with current educational research and exhibit interpersonal skills that are necessary to lead our vibrant community.
The principal will report directly to the Pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish. Candidates should be prepared to begin in July 2019.
Provides a vision for the school that both honors our history as a parish school and looks forward to new and innovative ideas in Catholic elementary education
Collaborates with the pastor in promoting the school as an instrument of Catholic evangelization and works to deepen school family involvement in the life of the Church
Develops and executes an effective faculty and staff professional development program that ensures positive classroom impact, including classroom observations, evaluation, and constructive feedback
Fosters strong interpersonal and professional relationships among faculty and staff
Effectively communicates with staff, parents, and students through a variety of channels
Works to ensure that the academic and instruction expenditures operate within budgetary guidelines in collaboration with the parish administrator
Supports and models best practices for instructional uses of technology and fosters their incorporation in the classroom
Recruits, selects, and retains faculty and support staff who are best fitted to the mission of the school
Consistently enforces behavior expectations in accord with a professional and formative learning environment
Leads other specialized programs (Learning Consultant; Coordinator of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity; Teen Outreach facilitator, Mindfulness instructors, etc.) in achieving desired outcomes
Regularly meets with pastor, parish administrator, and Coordinator of Religious Education and routinely attends School Board meetings
Works with Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education and Formation, represents the school at diocesan gatherings, and maintains routine communication with neighboring Catholic schools
Send PDF of cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Candidates who progress through the process will be invited to a round of interviews with the Office of Catholic Education and Formation for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the St. Margaret of Scotland Principal Search Committee, including opportunities to become acquainted with faculty, staff, parishioners, and parents of St. Margaret.
Active and knowledgeable Catholic in good standing, capable of publicly representing the Catholic Church and acting on behalf of the Church’s mission of evangelization
Masters in Education (or progressing toward completion) with at least twenty (20) hours of graduate work in educational administration/leadership
Substantial experience in administration
Valid teaching certificate and foundational educational experience as a classroom teacher
Elementary school religion teacher certification or religion coordinator certificate from the Archdiocese of St. Louis (or commitment to attain within five years)
Academic experience and passion that challenges and inspires an outstanding faculty and staff
A team player who builds and leads the faculty/staff with humility, grace, and integrity
Excellent written and oral communication skills to lead a diverse, sizeable, and active community
Life-long learner with a drive for spiritual and professional growth
Understands the importance of promoting racial equity and inclusion in the school community
Loves working with children and responds appropriately to each child’s level of development
Doctorate in Education, Administration, or similar field
Five to ten years experience as an elementary or middle school Principal
Experience in religious education, sacramental preparation, and/or leading parish-based ministries
Familiarity with a standards-based grading curriculum
Certification in Administration
About St. Margaret of Scotland
St. Margaret of Scotland School has been developing great students and great people from its original building in South St. Louis since 1918. Located in the heart of historic Shaw Neighborhood, our school attracts a diverse population from various backgrounds and persuasions.
The St. Margaret of Scotland school mission has always been to provide an outstanding learning environment in which children are challenged to meet their potential and recognize their gifts in mind, body, and spirit. We focus upon each child as an individual with unique strengths and talents, reaching out to each one at his or her own intellectual level.
The parish’s devotion to Catholic education is demonstrated in its history. Enduring a period of population flight from the neighborhood, St. Margaret parishioners committed themselves not only to maintaining the school but improving its attractiveness through exceptional education. In time, this yielded a student population that is diverse in race, economic means, and faith (approximately 20% of our enrollment is non-Catholic). In 2010 St. Margaret School earned the Department of Education’s distinct honor of National Blue Ribbon School of ex...cellence. In the last decade the school has grown by two-hundred, with an anticipated enrollment of just over 500 for the 2019-20 school year.
It is our commitment to welcome all children into the community, regardless of race, creed, or national origin and to bring them closer to Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.