St. Augustine Catholic High School seeks candidates for the position of principal for the 2021.22 school year. St. A’s, located on Tucson’s eastside, was founded in 2003 and has a current enrollment of 285 students. The school draws from a diverse population, with students coming from over 25 zip codes in the surrounding area. St. A’s offers a college prep curriculum that includes AP and Dual Enrollment classes, but also seeks to address the academic needs of all students by offering remedial classes in math and English for students that require additional support. The school is returning to the president/principal administrative model next year, with the current principal, Dave Keller, resuming his role as school president.
The ideal candidate should have experience in academic leadership and classroom teaching in Catholic schools. The principal must have excellent communication skills and a collaborative leadership style, able to build community among all stakeholders and ensure the success of the school’s mission
Primary Function: Under the direction of the school president, the school principal functions as a school’s spiritual and academic leader fostering Catholic Identity in accordance with the school’s mission statement and philosophy; and is also responsible for supporting the Diocese of Tucson in its mission to evangelize and catechize youth in a Catholic School environment. The Principal shall be a minister of the Gospel and Catholic Teaching both academically and behaviorally while at work and in his/her personal life, “…Live in a manner worthy of the call you have received.” (Eph. 4:1)
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of this Ministerial Position:
Recognize and support the unique Catholic Mission of the school by speaking, acting, and instructing consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church; a school principal may not espouse, in word or deed, any doctrine inconsistent with the teachings of the Church.
Shall abide by Catholic principles in the principal’s professional and private life, and shall govern his/her professional and private life in strict accordance with Catholic morals and principles to demonstrate complete adherence to Catholic moral structures.
Working with the school president and by directing the campus minister, model faith formation by developing and maintaining a school program for all students that includes daily prayer, religion classes, Liturgy, and service.
Exercise leadership in all phases of education, including co-curricular activities.
Under the direction of the school president, is responsible for the planning, operation, supervision, and evaluation of the school’s educational programs; promote a pleasant and effective teaching and learning environment.
Assist the school president in administering the school in accordance with diocesan and local school policies, applicable state law, and the policies and standards of applicable accrediting agencies.
In consultation with the school president, hire, supervise and develop competent faculty and staff in accordance with diocesan and accrediting agency policies and evaluates teachers and staff as required.
Demonstrate professional responsibility in enforcing diocesan and school policies and regulations; enforce adherence to the Diocese of Tucson Handbook of School Policies and Procedures and Diocese of Tucson Personnel Policy Guidelines and Procedures as adopted by the School.
In consultation with the school president, provide for the safety, welfare, and care of all students; ensure development of faculty and student codes of conduct which reflect gospel values; additionally, enforce established discipline standards.
Assist the school president in managing an effective and efficient records system maintaining complete, accurate, and current personnel records in accord with diocesan school guidelines and accepted standards.
Assist the school registrar in maintaining student records.
Assist the school president in identifying any instructional or facility needs to further learning for all students and to achieve the school’s mission.
By working cooperatively with the school president and directing the campus minister, build a faith community; give evidence of lived Gospel values by personal example and by being an active member of a faith community; be open to the importance of a personal faith journey.
Cooperate with school and diocesan administration; work effectively with all staff members to promote positive relationships with students and parents.
Maintain confidentiality of information.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Candidates should submit electronically in one email and separate PDF documents:
A cover letter expressing their interest in becoming principal at St. A’s;
A current resume;
A one-page statement of educational philosophy and practice;
A list of five professional references with name, phone number, and email address of each to:
A working knowledge of and a strong commitment to the mission of fostering lay leadership in the Roman Catholic Church. Must be a practicing Roman Catholic in full communion with the Church and abide by Catholic principles in the principal’s professional and private life.
Excellent communications skills including written, verbal, public speaking, and presentation skills; must have excellent communications skills with children and adults.
Excellent human relations and interpersonal skills; must be a self-starter and be well-organized; must be a team player.
Be available for evening and weekend work as necessary; have reliable transportation.
Be able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and work under pressure.
Proficiency in the use of computer technology including word processing and the use of school related technology.
Flexibility in assessing needs and strategies and adapt appropriately in a school ministerial environment.
The ability to successfully complete a criminal history and background check.
Display sound judgment in dress and general behavior; exhibit professional bearing and clean and neat personal appearance at all times.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About St. Augustine Catholic High School
St. Augustine Catholic High School is a co-ed diocesan school located in Tucson, Arizona. The school, in its 16th year, will have 285 students for the 2021.22 school year. The school features small class sizes, and draws from a diverse socio-economic population.