Dec 18, 2019
Cristo Rey Columbus High School seeks a mission-driven, innovative, collaborative, student focused, and community-centered Principal to serve as the chief academic, instructional, and formational leader. The Principal reports directly to the school’s President, and serves as a critical member of the school’s leadership team.
About the School:
Cristo Rey Columbus High School (CRCHS) is a Catholic, co-ed, college-prep school that is part of the national Cristo Rey Network. The Cristo Rey Network educates 12,000 students in 37 high schools across the country. We serve a diverse group of students of all faiths who do not have the educational opportunity or financial means to attend another private, college-prep school. Our ultimate goal is that our students will graduate from college and become leaders in the public and private sector, service organizations, their own faith institutions, and the community at large, transforming the world for the good. Since the families of our students cannot afford to pay the full tuition required of a private, college-prep, Catholic high school, the students work in an innovative Professional Work Study Program (PWSP) and assign their earnings to the school in lieu of tuition. CRCHS students work one day a week during the school year in entry-level office jobs at over 120 organizations in the Columbus metropolitan area to cover about half the cost of their education
Principal Roles and Responsibilities:
Catholic Identity and Cristo Rey Mission
Serve as a spiritual leader for the school; promote and sustain the school’s Catholic identity; ensure that the school’s Christian values and mission drive school decisions, and that liturgical practices, prayer, and Catholic culture are integrated into school life; ensure that time and resources are appropriately allocated to Campus Ministry and Adult Faith Formation.
Ensure that all members of the school community are treated fairly, equitably, and with respect and compassion; positively support all stakeholders; actively work to create a loving environment; protect the rights and confidentiality of students and staff.
Actively participate in and support the school’s leadership team; promote and support the importance of integrating academics with the Corporate Work Study Program as part of a college preparatory experience; ensure clear communication of shared expectations for students.
Actively participate in faith formation programs aimed at deepening and nurturing your capacity as a spiritual and mission-driven Catholic school leader.
Work with the Diocese of Columbus, the school’s Catholic sponsor, to develop and sustain the school’s Catholic identity
Teaching and Learning
Serve as the lead-learner in the building; stay current with research, best practices, and trends relevant to Catholic, urban education, and issues that may be affecting the school’s students.
Oversee faculty members; conduct regular classroom observations using a research-based framework; maintain a visible and active leadership presence throughout the building; provide teachers and classroom staff with valuable feedback to further develop their professional skills.
Lead the implementation of the common, rigorous, college-ready Cristo Rey Network curriculum; promote and nurture a college-going culture with high student expectations.
Lead the implementation of school-wide cycles of formative/interim assessments, analysis of data, and monitoring of student progress; identify and prioritize needs and determine team and individual interventions; communicate academic data to stakeholders.
Plan and execute a program of professional development informed by instructional, school culture, and student achievement data. Ensure that professional development is collaborative and aligned with the school’s instructional and formational vision.
School Culture and Family Involvement
Foster and promote a school culture that values diversity and the unique gifts that all staff, students, and families bring to the school community; foster the creation of an inclusive school environment, and ensure that parents are welcomed and acknowledged as partners with the school; develop and implement strategies for meaningful and reciprocal family and community engagement.
Lead the school community to create a culture of high expectations and continuous improvement, complemented by high levels of support; promote and articulate a vision for continuous improvement that recognizes existing equity gaps and commits to their elimination.
Serve as a model of the school’s values and mindsets, and hold self and others accountable to maintaining high standards; actively promote the regular exchange of affirming and constructive feedback among members of the school’s staff.
Ensure an active co-curricular life of the school, which gives students opportunities to develop their non-academic talents and interests (musical, artistic, athletic, etc.).
Lead the school community to develop a detailed, concrete, and compelling vision for excellence that encompasses academics, school culture, community engagement, alumni engagement, and partnership with the Corporate Work Study Program. This vision must reflect a critical understanding of the students’ varied cultural identities, along with the school’s Catholic identity; consult with the President and other stakeholders to incorporate their understanding of the school’s context and to secure their investment in the school’s vision for excellence.
In consultation with the President and other key stakeholders, develop a multi-year strategic plan that is aligned to the school’s shared vision of excellence, that leverages the resources of the Cristo Rey Network, and incorporates knowledge of current realities and progress-to-goals.
Predict the needs of staff, students, and families in pursuing the strategic plan, adjusting over time, as necessary; anticipate barriers, and develop measures of effectiveness and plan for contingencies.
Design and execute processes and systems for progress-monitoring with goals and metrics across all critical areas of the strategic plan.
Establish concrete, ambitious, meaningful medium- and long-term goals that serve as qualitative and quantitative indicators of students’ college-readiness.
Allocation of Resources and Supervision of School Personnel
Audit time, personnel, and resources to ensure college-readiness for all students.
Set and communicate clear expectations for excellence, and define responsibilities for staff; delegate tasks and responsibilities in ways that are consistent with role definitions; maximize the impact of each team member under your chain of management.
Develop and execute strategies to improve performance of staff over time and hold staff members accountable.
Monitor progress on multiple work streams and individual expectations. Acknowledge progress, celebrate successes, and intervene in a prompt, direct, and professional way to address gaps when needed.
Consistently follow federal and state policy and establish a high bar for professionalism and discretion when handling personnel issues.
Deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
Flexibility, energy, stamina, and foresight to be an effective leader of a start-up school
Ability to build a shared vision and inspire commitment to a mission
Ability to build relationships with a diverse staff and parent community
Ability to plan in a manner that anticipates barriers and recognizes needs school-wide
Strong collaboration with others and the willingness to solicit input prior to developing strategies and solutions
Ability to motivate and influence others to achieve excellence in the workplace
Openness to feedback
Ability to think critically and reflectively, and to prioritize effectively
Openness to growth and a commitment to continuous learning
Strong written and oral communication skills
Ability to develop and execute an effective school budget
Master’s Degree or higher in an educational field
Minimum five years experience in school leadership
A proven commitment to Catholic education
Demonstrated ability to connect with low-income, students and families
Demonstrated ability to serve as the faith leader of the school
Proven background in curriculum design, teacher supervision, and data analysis
Demonstrated understanding of the college qualification and acceptance process
Background in designing and executing school improvement plans
A commitment to personal and professional integrity and moral character
All interested and qualified applicants with a passion for Cristo Rey’s mission are invited to apply. Please include the following:
Cover Letter (not longer than one page).
Responses to the following questions (not longer than 1000 words total):
How would you describe your philosophy of education? How would you put it into practice at Cristo Rey Columbus?
How would you describe your leadership style?
What past experiences in educational leadership have prepared you to serve as a principal?
What qualities and dispositions will you look for when hiring teachers and staff? How do you plan to support, evaluate, and train teachers?
How would you ensure the Catholic identity of the school? How would you define effective Catholic leadership?
What is your vision for the ideal graduate of Cristo Rey Columbus School?
References: Please list three professional references with their email addresses and telephone numbers.
Please email your completed application as an attached PDF to Joni Molnar at email@example.com.
Cristo Rey Columbus High School