Gloucester Catholic Jr/Sr High School, serving students in grades 7-12, in Gloucester, NJ, is seeking an innovative, collaborative Catholic leader rooted in the teaching, traditions, and service ministry of the Church who will nurture and promote the development of strong Catholic leaders and citizens for the 21st Century. The Principal works collaboratively with the Pastor of St. Mary Parish; the lay advisory board; and the Office of Catholic Schools. The next Principal will build on the successes of the school and advance its role in the community through approaches to curriculum, enrollment, advancement, and living the Catholic faith that balance strong religious and academic traditions with innovations to meet the needs of today's students and families and secure the long-term operational sustainability of the school.
1) To act as the primary spiritual leader and religious educator of the school.
2) To implement and supervise the directives and policies of the Pastor of St. Mary Parish, the Diocesan Superintendent of Schools, and the New Jersey Department of Education (as applicable).
3) To be responsible for the implementation of the educational goals and objectives of Gloucester Catholic High School.
4) To act as the administrator of the school and consultant to the Pastor.
5) To perform such duties which are not written under specific accountabilities but which may be delegated by the Pastor or Superintendent of Schools.
• Work closely with administration and faculty to achieve a climate and program that fosters Christian growth and formation within the total school community particularly through the implementation of the Church's documents on Catholic education.
• Serve as the primary spiritual leader and religious educator of the school, active in living and promoting the Catholic faith.
• Establish and sustain among the pastor, lay advisory board, faculty, staff, students, and parents a shared commitment to the Catholic identity of the school that integrates Church teaching and traditions with social justice and service to each other and the broader community.
• Ensure that the faith is an integral part of the school curriculum and that the diocesan curriculum for Religious Studies is used at all grades
• Collaborate with parish staff to facilitate sacramental experiences for all students.
• Model discipleship for all faculty, students, and the community through prayer, service, and action.
• Foster good relationships with sending parishes, public authorities, parents, teachers, and students.
• Cooperate with the Pastor of St. Mary Parish, the Gloucester Catholic Lay Advisory Board, and the Office of Catholic Schools in the administration of the school within diocesan and state policies and regulations.
• Supervise and evaluate all administrative, teaching, and other staff.
• Hire qualified faculty and staff members in consultation with department chairpersons and with approval of the Office of Catholic Schools.
• Maintain discipline in the school in consultation with the other administrators.
• Supervise the maintenance and confidentiality of school records and to see to it that such records are kept accurate.
• Provide an environment which is safe, healthy, and educationally conducive for all students, including the supervision of students whenever and wherever the school has responsibility for them.
• Ensure that a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum is identified and implemented in every department, for all classes, and that students have equitable access to a challenging course of study.
• Ensure that curriculum and instructional materials reflect the academic priorities of the school and are updated regularly.
• Establish and maintain an effective system of assessment that includes formative, summative, performance, and standardized assessments.
• Ensure that teachers regularly collaborate with each other and use input from multiple sources to improve instruction and student achievement.
• Ensure that students who have been recommended for supplemental services receive them equitably and that students identified as potentially in need of services are evaluated equitably.
• Provide for the ongoing professional learning of all teachers, including the use of effective teaching strategies for all students, in collaboration with the Office of Catholic Schools and diocesan initiatives and the school's Middle States Accreditation.
• Demonstrate and inspire students and staff to use educational technologies to create a dynamic learning environment.
• Implement and supervise the directives and policies of the Pastor of St. Mary Parish, the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Camden, and the New Jersey Department of Education, as applicable.
• Work with the Pastor of St. Mary Parish, the lay advisory board, and relevant parish and diocesan staff to establish and adhere to a yearly school budget, implementing diocesan budget procedures and guidelines.
• Establish growth goals for enrollment and supervise the relevant staff in pursuing effective strategies for realizing them.
• Establish growth goals for advancement and fundraising and supervise the relevant staff in pursuing effective strategies for realizing them.
• Approve all expenditures, prepare annual budget and monthly financial statements.
• Direct the recruitment and registration of students, collection of tuition and fees, and tuition assistance and scholarship programs.
1) A practicing Catholic who possesses the knowledge and skills to share and live the truths of the Catholic Faith with students, parents, and staff
2) Master's Degree
3) A NJ teaching or administrative certificate, or equivalent (preferred)
4) Five years of teaching and/or educational administrative experience, preferably in Catholic Schools
5) Diocesan Certification as a catechist, or its equivalent (or the disposition and willingness to pursue upon hire)
6) Evidence of competency in management, communication, and collaborative skills
Please send cover letter and resume to: GCHSprincipalsearch@gmail.com
About Gloucester Catholic Jr/Sr High School
The mission of the South Jersey Catholic Schools is to educate and inspire young minds spiritually, academically, and in service to others.
Our vision is for students to become faith-filled adults who, guided by Gospel values, shape our world with knowledge, integrity, and compassion.