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Principal of PreK-8th
Pinecrest Academy (PA), a private, PreK3 -12, college-preparatory Catholic school, is currently seeking a Principal of PreK-8th grades for the 2023-2024 school year. The ideal candidate will be a relational and experienced administrator who understands Catholic education and, as a practicing Catholic, sees his or her work as a vocation. Capable of building on the strong academic tradition of our school, he or she should provide leadership of our close-knit faculty, families, and students that is marked by wisdom and warmth. We seek the rare combination of an organized and administratively gifted person who can inspire vision and bring clarity with effective communication. The PreK-8th Principal will be a member of the school’s senior leadership team and should enjoy the challenge, rapport, and reward of collaborative work. Preference will be given to those with a master’s degree, preferably in educational leadership or a relevant field, and those with an understanding of Catholic education.
Is a practicing Catholic who upholds a Catholic philosophy of education and is committed to the mission of Catholic schools.
Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction or a related field.
A minimum of 5 years of teaching experience at the LS and/or MS school level.
Previous administrative/supervisor experience, preferably in a Catholic and/or independent school setting.
Strong communication skills. The ideal candidate will be an effective public speaker, a skilled writer and an active listener. When needed, able to counsel stakeholders through challenging conversations.
Strong community-building skills. The ideal candidate fosters a collaborative, growth-oriented culture.
Natural skill at developing interpersonal relationships with stakeholders based on trust and respect.
A vision for teaching and learning capable of building on Pinecrest Academy’s tradition of excellence.
The ability to lead organizational growth and undertake key initiatives as assigned by the Head of School.
- To maintain congruence between the school’s board-approved mission statement and all activities of the LS and MS School.
- To act as the educational leader of the LS and MS School, responsible for its day-to-today operations; to direct the activities of the members of the school faculty and staff in the performance of their duties.
- To function as the chief articulator of the LS and MS School’s programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all faculty and staff are fully informed and consistent with their individual roles.
- To observe, supervise, and help evaluate the faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum; to supervise the teaching process; and to review and evaluate the academic programs.
- To provide an orderly, controlled environment in which learning can take place, a school climate which is supportive and which reflects high morale.
- To be aware of the educational, physical, social, and psychological needs of the members of our school community and to develop plans for meeting these needs.
- To oversee and direct the activities of the department chairs, the sponsors of various student organizations and activities, and faculty committees.
- To support the school and its leadership.
Faculty and Staff
- To make recommendations to the Head of School regarding the hiring and retention and the assignment of faculty.
- In collaboration with the other members of the administrative team, to establish programs for the orientation of new teachers, and for in-service training of all teachers.
- Responsible for the evaluation of classroom teachers, ensuring that teachers are familiar with and adhere to school policies in all areas of the school operation and pursue excellence in all areas of integral formation.
- To strive for unity, harmony, and cooperation through tact, helpfulness, respect, and a recognition of individual differences and the special abilities and strengths of each teacher.
- To conduct regular meetings with faculty, which will deal both with routine school matters and with the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern.
- To provide direction to LS and MS school faculty and staff in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general school procedures.
- To oversee the coordination of the co-curricular and extra-curricular activity programs of the high school; to assist in the planning and the presentation of school assemblies and programs; to assist in maintaining a comprehensive calendar of school events; to keep the entire school community informed of various school programs and activities.
- To provide for the academic guidance of students; to maintain complete academic records on all students; to oversee the grading and the reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement.
- To be responsible for administering guidelines for proper student conduct and dress; to maintain student discipline consistent with school policies; to monitor students’ adherence to established school rules; to maintain accurate records of student attendance and citizenship.
- To be a visible presence in all areas of the school; to work toward a resolution of all problems - both routine and unique - as they arise; to keep the Head of School informed of the general programs, activities, and problems of the school.
- To prepare a master school class schedule and to assign teachers and students to classes and other obligations.
- To assist in the admission process for the testing, interviewing, and evaluating of applicants for enrollment.
- Provide ongoing communication to all stakeholders through email, newsletter, and other means of communication.
Reporting Structure - The Principal of the school reports to and performs other duties as assigned by the Head of the School.
Pinecrest Academy seeks motivated faculty and staff who are committed to implementing our educational philosophy of Integral Formation®, developing the human, intellectual, spiritual, and apostolic dimensions of the whole child. Our mission is to form our students into Christian leaders who will transform society. Consistent with its Christian beliefs, it is the policy of PA to conduct business and provide equal employment opportunities to all persons without regard to gender, race, color, national origin, age, or disability, and in compliance with all federal and state laws.