De La Salle Institute is seeking a qualified individual to fill the position of school Principal for the 2020-2021 school year. De La Salle Institute is an independent Catholic secondary school rooted in the tradition of Christian Education begun by St. John Baptist de La Salle. Founded in 1889, its mission has been, and is, to foster a desire for excellence in education. Young people from a variety of ethnic and economic backgrounds are given the opportunity to fully develop their abilities so they may be active, contributing members of our complex changing society.
The Principal’s Role
The primary role of the Principal of De La Salle Institute is to form a community of educators who share in and are committed to the vision of Saint John Baptist de La Salle to: “provide a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor.”
With the President and members of the school’s Management Team, the Principal is responsible for the preservation, enhancement, and extension of the school’s Catholic and Lasallian mission, which is rooted in the five core principles of a Lasallian school.
The Principal is the chief academic officer of the school and, in collaboration with the school’s Management Team, is ultimately responsible for all aspects of its daily operation, with particular emphasis on student academic progress and faculty professional development and accountability. Reporting to the President, the Principal leads the faculty and staff in their ongoing efforts to enrich each student’s cultural, intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual development.
The Principal supports collaborative relationships between and among faculty and staff in order to foster high expectations for students.
The Principal supervises the faculty and staff in collaboration with the following direct reports: Assistant Principal, Associate Principal for Curriculum & Technologies, Athletic Director, Honors Program Director, Campus Minister, Student Services Director, Director of Admissions, Academic Deans, and Media Center Director.
Institutional & Financial Accountability
The Principal manages the school so that students consistently enjoy the benefits of a high-quality education. The Principal monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of instruction and is responsible for working collaboratively with the President, the Vice President of Finance, the Director of Advancement, the Vice President of Operations and Community Affairs, and other administrators to provide the resources necessary for the implementation of the school’s mission on a regular basis.
The Principal establishes a highly visible presence within the greater school community, placing special emphasis on attendance at student and parent events. In the spirit of Association, the Principal promotes a collective responsibility for the worth and dignity of each member of the school community.
The Principal communicates effectively with a diverse range of people connected to the greater school community, inspiring, challenging, and motivating others to embrace the vision and values of De La Salle Institute.
The Principal will be a collaborative leader who constantly strives to improve the quality of education provided to De La Salle students. The Principal will partner with the President to provide inspirational leadership, particularly for students, faculty, staff, parents, and board members on curricular, spiritual, community service, and co-curricular issues. The Principal must be skilled in participatory decision-making, academic leadership, educational innovation, and sound fiscal management. The Principal must have demonstrated ability in curriculum planning, implementation, and evaluation. The Principal must identify as a Catholic and be comfortable representing De La Salle Institute as a Catholic and Lasallian school, embracing the values of Lasallian heritage and tradition. The Principal must be able to lead the school academically as an effective, experienced administrator with strong interpersonal skills.
The successful candidate must demonstrate maturity and sound judgement and must be able to develop credibility with the President, faculty, students, parents, Board members, Christian Brothers, alumni, and other stakeholders of the school. The ability to create an environment conducive to sincere and open communications is critical. The Principal must have an accessible and approachable style that demonstrates a willingness to listen to new ideas and offer creative solutions to a variety of challenges. The Principal will have the ability to energize faculty and develop a strong staff, serving as a motivator and mentor for members of the school community. A willingness to participate in school events and be visible in the school community is important. The Principal must view administration as a partnership.
The ideal candidate must have past teaching experience and at least five years of successful administrative experience as a Principal, Assistant Principal, or a Department Head, preferably in a Catholic school. Candidates with experience in secular or public high school environments who embrace Lasallian values and traditions will also be considered.
The successful candidate must be able to provide evidence of accomplishment in the following areas: faculty/staff development, curriculum and technology, student-parent-alumni relations, community relations, student activities involvement, school management, and the ministry of Catholic education. An Advanced degree is required.
Additional Salary Information: A generous benefits package will be provided.
About De La Salle Institute
For more information on De La Salle Institute, please visit the website at www.dls.org.