Principal
Job Details
Full Time
4 Year Degree
Description

The school Principal is a disciple on mission to spread the Good News, who meets the requirements to administer the overall education program in a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Denver, and disciple others within the educational community of the Catholic school to create an "apostolic-friendly" environment that will encourage creative missionary initiative in the school.

As the leader of the school, the principal plays a critical role in safeguarding and promoting the aim of the school, which is to lead students to encounter and grow as students of Jesus Christ, directing the school's activity, learning, teaching, culture, and formation towards that aim.

The principal is responsible for directing all work of the school to the direction of the Holy Spirit, providing opportunities to students for Catholic growth, and in ministering to students and staff. The principal is responsible for administering the school’s education program, supervising teaching, administrative and support staff, implementing curriculum guidelines and standards, supervise and direct all other programs and services provided at or by the school. The principal is expected to abide by the policies and procedures of the local school, the Archdiocese of Denver, and the Office of Catholic Schools. The principal interacts and relates to students, parents, parish and school communities, board of directors/trustees, and the general public.

Qualifications

The following are considered minimum requirements for persons seeking employment as a principal. A principal hired for an Archdiocesan Catholic school shall:

  • Be a Catholic in good standing with the Church, who assents to the Church’s teachings on all matters, with particular care for those concerning the nature of the human person, sexual ethics, and sexual morality.
  • Have a strong commitment to the importance of the Catholic school ministry to the mission of the Church.
  • Possess graduate level academic credentials and/or professional background in education, leadership, or related field.
  • Have previous teaching experience; previous administrative experience is preferred.
  • Be committed to the Archdiocese of Denver’s vision and philosophy for Catholic education.
  • Be committed to a Catholic educational program rooted in the foundations of western civilization, an understanding of history that highlights the essential contributions of Christianity to the development of western culture, and literature that enables young men and women to grapple the big questions of life in pursuit of what is true, good, and beautiful.

All principal applicants must be screened and approved by the Office of Catholic Schools prior to local interviews. Ideal candidates:

  • Bring awareness and understanding of adolescent development and the challenges adolescents and young adults face in the secular and morally relativist world of today.
  • Are supportive and willing to drive ongoing school renewal through the strengthening of authentic Catholic education.
  • Are collaborative leaders who evaluate information before making a decision/taking action.
  • Exude trust and respect among students, faculty, parents and the Boards.
  • Possess a strong positive, can-do attitude with a strong bias for action based on realistic, specific, and attainable goals.

In addition, the principal is expected to adhere to the minimum requirements for Catechist Certification as set forth by the Archdiocese of Denver. 

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