Principal: Notre Dame Parish School Clarendon Hills, Illinois PreK (3) – Grade 8 Position available: July 1, 2021
Notre Dame Parish School, ideally located in Clarendon Hills, Illinois; offers world-class educational experiences that are firmly rooted in traditional Catholic doctrine to students in preschool through grade eight. This premier Diocese of Joliet elementary school educates the mind, heart, and spirit of each of its students.
School Mission, Vision, and Promise Notre Dame Parish School forms Disciples of Jesus Christ through its commitment to the values and teachings of the Catholic faith, academic excellence, and service to others. The school’s vision is to recognize the potential and individuality of each child. To this end, Notre Dame administrators and teachers emphasize academic achievement, cooperation, multi-cultural awareness, respect, leadership, and service. The school’s faith-based education prepares Notre Dame students for the rigors of high school as it fosters strong character and leadership qualities within each child.
To accomplish this mission and to realize the school's vision and promise, challenging academic courses are aligned with the state and national standards as well as with Cardinal Newman Society Catholic Curriculum Standards. Religion and technology are integrated throughout all content areas, and a variety of before and after-school programs are structured to meet the spiritual, moral, social-emotional, intellectual, and physical needs of each child. Students are actively engaged in learning and in living their faith through an integrated Catholic faith-based curriculum that is comprehensive and rigorous. The talents and abilities of individual children are nurtured through a differentiated academic program that provides both enrichment opportunities and academic support programs. Notre Dame School is fully accredited by the Diocese of Joliet and the State of Illinois.
The School as a Ministry of Notre Dame Parish In addition to serving as an exemplary educational institution, Notre Dame Parish School is central to a vibrant faith community. The Principal and staff of the school work together with the Pastor and other parish leaders to meet the goals of both school and parish life. This team inspires students, parents, and staff to live as Jesus taught by integrating Catholic values not only within the academic setting, but also throughout the parish and the wider community. The school's vibrant Catholic Culture is designed to ensure that every graduate of Notre Dame Parish School is formed in faith, educated in excellence, and sent to serve.
Call for Principal Candidates Applications are currently being accepted for a faith-filled, dynamic, and innovative educator to serve as principal of Notre Dame Parish School beginning in July 2021. The successful candidate must be a devout and practicing Catholic who upholds the teachings of the faith and who exemplifies an unwavering commitment to Catholic education that is firmly rooted in Gospel values.
Principal Profile The principal must be an innovative and visionary educational leader with demonstrated expertise in pedagogy, curriculum, instruction, and assessment within a pre-kindergarten through grade eight learning environment. He or she must understand school effectiveness standards that are defined within the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (Ozar et al, 2012). Informed by the Defining Characteristics of Catholic Schools outlined within this document, the principal is expected to:
-actively engage his or her school in the evangelizing mission of the Church. -create a school culture that is steeped in a Catholic Worldview, centered in the person of Jesus Christ, and sustained by Gospel witness. -form a vibrant Catholic learning and faith community that is distinguished by excellence, -work to ensure that Catholic education is accessible to all students. -exemplify a commitment to educating the whole child. -continuously improve his or her school by implementing innovative leadership practices specific to the following four domains:
Mission and Catholic Identity
Governance and Leadership
Academic Preparation, Work Experience, and Faith Formation In addition, the successful candidate must possess an advanced degree in educational leadership; hold a current Illinois Professional EducatorLicense (PEL) with either a General Administrative or a Principal Endorsement; and have to his or her credit at least five years of successful teaching and/or administrative experience, preferably in a Catholic school.
Most importantly, the principal is expected to continue to grow in his or her faith, to adhere to all principles and tenets of the Catholic faith, and to maintain a lifestyle that is in full accord with Church teachings. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The deadline for the submission of complete electronic applications through the Diocese of Joliet Applicant Tracking System is June 10, 2021.
In addition to completing the online application, please upload the following (required) documents into your Frontline Applicant Tracking application:
A copy of your Protecting God’s Children Certificate of Completion.
A cover letter that indicates your interest in this position.
A signed and dated Diocese of Joliet Acknowledgment Form.
A current resume.
Copies of transcripts that document undergraduate and graduate degrees earned as well as post-graduate studies completed. (It is not necessary to submit official transcripts. At this point in time, copies will suffice. If you are hired, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.)
If your administrative certificate or license is from a state other than Illinois, upload a copy of this credential into your application.
Three professional letters of reference from individuals who know you well and who can attest to your leadership skills in the areas of Mission and Catholic Identity, Governance and Leadership, Academic Excellence, and Operational Vitality.
A clergy reference from a priest who knows you well and who can attest to your level of spirituality, your practice of the Catholic faith, and your adherence to Church teachings.
A current Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Online Mandated Reporter Training Certificate of Completion.
An Illinois Department of Human Resources (IDHR) Sexual Harassment Training Certificate of Participation.
A Statement of Good Health that contains TB test results.
Please Note: Review of applications by the Catholic Schools Office and the Pastor begins as soon as complete electronic applications are submitted. Incomplete or paper applications will not be considered.
About Diocese of Joliet-in-Illinois
Potential candidates for this elementary (Prek-Grade 8) Catholic School Principal position are encouraged to apply online at the Diocese of Joliet Frontline Applicant Tracking System by accessing the following link: https://www.applitrack.com/dioceseofjoliet/onlineapp/.
Should you have questions, please contact Karen Udell, Assistant Superintendent of Leadership and Personnel, at 815-221-6123.