Bishop McNamara High School, located in Forestville, Maryland in Prince George’s County, is conducting a search for a mission-focused Principal committed to visionary and innovative leadership. Position starts July 1, 2019.
Founded in 1964 under the sponsorship of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Bishop McNamara High School is a private, Catholic, co-educational, college-preparatory high school in the Holy Cross tradition. Bishop McNamara’s mission is to educate hearts and minds in a dynamic, inclusive Catholic school community rooted in the Holy Cross tradition. Our rigorous program is balanced with athletic, artistic, religious, and social activities, with a goal of forming our students as empowered leaders, inspired by the Gospel, who transform the world.
BMHS boasts a 100% graduation rate with approximately 99% of students matriculating at the college level, including such elite institutions as Georgetown University, Yale University, our nation’s military academies, and the University of Notre Dame. More than 65% of our teachers hold a Master’s Degree or above. Several of these faculty members have been recognized on a local and national level for their teaching acumen, research, published works and professional excellence.
Bishop McNamara’s Board of Directors commissioned an inspirational vision for the future with a 2018-2023 Strategic Plan titled, Innovate. Transform. Thrive! The School is also in the final phases of its’ largest capital campaign in school history with the hopes to break ground on the La Reine Science and Innovation Center in November, 2019.
The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, is members of the National Catholic Educational Association, and the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington. As the largest private and Catholic school in Prince George’s County and the fourth largest in the Archdiocese of Washington with 870 students, the co-educational student body reflects the rich diversity of the Washington Metropolitan area.
Bishop McNamara High School is seeking a visionary educational leader and administrator for this richly diverse population. The ideal candidate will be a visible community builder who possesses a desire to work in and lead a diverse, multicultural community. In partnership with the President, the Principal oversees the daily operations of the school, upholds the highest academic standards through curricular and instructional leadership, supports all learners, and fosters a school environment compatible with the philosophy and spirit of a Catholic, Holy Cross education.
The Principal will be a practicing Roman Catholic whose faith is visible and inspiring in daily life and work. S/He will be a collaborative leader with an accessible and approachable style, who demonstrates a willingness to listen to new ideas while offering creative solutions to challenges. The successful candidate will be a coalition builder who creates an inclusive environment conducive to sincere and open communication.
Master’s degree or doctorate; Maryland (or other state) teaching and administrative credentials;
Strong knowledge and application of instructional technology;
A visionary leader with a commitment to innovation in curriculum design and instruction;
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking skills;
Excellent interpersonal skills;
Demonstrate financial acumen;
Strong commitment to Catholic education;
Commitment to ongoing professional growth through reading, classes, workshops, conferences, etc.;
Knowledge of and a willingness to learn more about the multicultural demographics of the greater Washington
Metropolitan area, and of the student body of Bishop McNamara High School;
Strong commitment to social justice as integral to the mission of a Holy Cross education and the teachings of the Catholic Church.
About Bishop McNamara High School
Bishop McNamara High School is a private, Catholic coeducational high school offering its students a challenging college preparatory curriculum and a complete range of athletics and activities. As a Catholic school, Bishop McNamara seeks the development of the whole person. Thus, the academically rigorous program is combined with athletic, artistic, religious and social activities to offer young men and women a well-rounded pathway to success.