High School Administrator
Pope John Paul II High School
181 Rittenhouse Road
Royersford, PA 19468
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Catholic Education seeks a dynamic, innovative, visionary, team oriented, results-driven academic leader for Principal of Pope John Paul II High School (PJPII). PJPII is a co-ed Catholic high school located in Royersford, PA – Montgomery County.
Pope John Paul II opened in 2010 and serves a growing suburban community, providing a faith based secondary education with a rigorous academic program, innovative classroom experiences with a passionate student body, all on an 83 acre campus. Our curricular and co-curricular programs and activities are developed with the focus on student learning in the 21st Century. PJPII is committed to preparing our students to be the leaders of tomorrow.
The Principal has both the authority and responsibility for the school’s academic success and continuous improvement along with our mission of fostering a safe and caring environment that produces future leaders. The Principal reports to the President of the High School.
The primary focus of the role is centered on the following characteristics, duties and responsibilities:
∙ Catholic Identity: Responsible for fostering and role modeling a culture of academic excellence and Gospel values. Advances a spirit conducive to prayer and study across the school community.
∙ Leadership: Provides personal and visible leadership to all members of the learning community and seeks continuous school improvement in a student centric environment. The Principal ensures equity in educational opportunities, supports academic programs and enhancements, and demonstrates a strong commitment to 21st century learning and awareness while providing a safe, rigorous, relevant, quality education for all students.
∙ Academic Affairs: The Principal is the curriculum and instructional leader. He/she also designs the academic program of the school ensuring program enhancement using the most current research and best practices available to education; provides for the teaching assignments of the teachers, requisitions instructional materials and equipment, and approves the master roster for the school. Inspires and coaches teachers to excel in their respective area of expertise.
∙ Student Affairs: Oversees the successful implementation of all student activities in providing co-curricular opportunities for students. Student leadership development is key and crucial in school environment.
∙ Student Services: Provides for the student-centric climate; enforcement of the local school code of conduct, for the availability of guidance and counseling services, and for the delivery of other services that are offered to students. Provides leadership, life and social emotional learning (SEL) opportunities which are essential in today’s ever-changing world.
∙ Student Admissions: Along with the President’s staff, assists in developing the criteria for admission to the school that are consistent with diocesan guidelines and makes certain that these criteria are consistently utilized in making decisions concerning admissions to the school. Co-coordinates admission process for international students and their agencies.
Supervision: Directs the hiring, supervision, and evaluation of the teaching faculty and support staff; the Principal also provides for the revision of the instructional programs and for continuing staff and professional development.
∙ Personnel: In accord with the protocols approved for religious and diocesan priests, as well as the Labor-Management Agreement, and in consultation with the President of the school, the Principal selects members of the teaching staff, the guidance staff, activity moderators, and support staff. Likewise, the Principal in consultation with the President initiates the termination process for the above mentioned personnel following the archdiocesan guidelines and the procedures outlined in the Labor-Management Agreement.
∙ Enrollment and Development Management: Collaborates with the President and the President’s staff in marketing and development initiatives to increase enrollment and retention.
∙ Other: Provides oversight on the continued progress and success of the school’s internal strategic plan. Integrates Middle States Association planning with strategic plan.
o Builds relationship with higher education institutions and businesses where appropriate to advance academic offerings and gain competitive advantage.
o Provides direction and oversight of the Athletic Director to ensure a vibrant and competitive program.
o As needed attends Board of Limited Jurisdiction Meetings and Relevant Committee Meetings.
Qualifications and Experience
∙ Advanced graduate degree is required, preferably in educational leadership.
∙ A valid Secondary Pennsylvania Principal’s Certificate is desired.
∙ Five years of successful teaching experience.
∙ Strong motivational skills, instructional leadership, time management, collaborative, organizational, oral and written communication skills, decision making, conflict prevention and resolution skills.
∙ Ability to work productively and positively with faculty, staff, parents and community.
∙ Ability to promote an environment, which fosters high expectations for students, faculty, staff and personally rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ.
∙ Ability to monitor student progress and promote student achievement for all students.
∙ Successful participation in staff and curriculum development activities.
∙ Previous administrative experience.
The Archdiocese offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience and education.
Those interested in the position should send their cover letter, resume, salary requirements and transcripts to James Molnar, Human Resources Director for Secondary Schools, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Cover letter should focus on candidate’s unique qualifications for serving as a leader who will implement the academic and programmatic elements of the plan.
Please mark the subject line: Principal PJPII 2021
The deadline for application is May 25, 2021
Applicants must be practicing Catholics as verified by the pastor of the parish in which the applicant is registered.
PA required criminal and child abuse clearances and official transcripts will be required before employment can begin.
As a religious organization, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is also bound by Canon Law and Catholic teachings. For this reason, there may be occasions when an employee’s failure to adhere to the truths of the Catholic faith are a factor in employment-related decisions. In the event an employee fails to adhere to, or takes a position publicly that is contrary to, Catholic doctrine and teachings, or any policy or procedure maintained by the Archdiocese, the employee may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
Employment practices will not be influenced by an individual’s legally protected status or any other basis as may be required by local, state and/or federal law as those laws apply to the Archdiocese.
Any employee with questions or concerns about any type of discrimination in the workplace is encouraged to bring these issues to the attention of Human Resources. Employees can raise concerns and make reports without fear of reprisal. Anyone found to be engaging in any type of unlawful discrimination will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact the Office of Catholic Education at 215-587-3700.