Pope John Paul II High School Principal Position Description General Description
The Principal is hired by the Pope John Paul II High School Board of Directors and approved by the Archbishop of Seattle, and is responsible to the Board and must be a practicing Catholic. As the Chief Executive Officer of the school, the Principal has the overall responsibility for management of the school and for providing leadership to its educational mission and values consistent with its Catholic identity and the teachings of the Catholic Church. This leadership responsibility extends to the school’s student population and its faculty and staff. The Principal is the educational and spiritual leader of the school and officially represents the school with educational authorities, including the Office for Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Seattle and the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The Principal is the institutional spokesperson representing the school to internal and external audiences. Internally, the Principal is responsible for institutional advancement, development activities, the continuing Catholic faith formation of the faculty and the students, the school’s educational and co-curricular programs, and managing the day-to-day operations of the school. Externally, the Principal is responsible for initiating and cultivating donor relationships and community partnerships and support.
The Principal is an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board and is appointed for an indefinite term. In collaboration with the Board, the Principal provides the vision for long-term strategic planning and is the liaison between the school community and the Board.
It is the Principal’s duty to keep the Board informed of the status of the school and to work cooperatively with the Board in the development of school priorities. The Principal works to inspire academic excellence, faith formation, and community building through actively engaging and promoting the school.
Interpret and implement pedagogy in light of the charisms of St. John Paul II in a manner consistent with a Roman Catholic education and current educational best practices.
Ensure that the educational vision, strategic plan, and the accreditation plan of the school are implemented.
Give clear educational, faith, and moral leadership by providing direction to fulfill the mission of the school by regularly holding faculty meetings, speaking to students and parents, and communicating with the school’s constituencies about the mission, values, culture, goals and expectations of the school as a Catholic educational institution.
Sign all teacher covenants and other personnel work agreements.
Assign administrative and teaching duties, hire and terminate all full-time employees, and provide for supervision, job descriptions, and annual evaluation procedures.
Ensure ongoing professional development of the faculty and staff.
Approve the school’s master schedule and annual calendar.
Oversee all business operations and school finances.
With the Finance Committee and appropriate staff, provide monthly financial reports to the Board.
With the Finance Committee and the Board, develop the annual budget, present it to the Board for approval, and monitor compliance to and control over the budget.
Coordinate and supervise all state and federally funded school programs.
Ensure compliance with the school’s policies and procedures regarding admission and dismissal of students.
Ensure compliance with Archdiocesan policies relevant to the management of the school.
Provide for the maintenance of health and safety standards throughout the school facility.
Regularly attend meetings of the Board and its committees on matters requiring the principal’s attention.
Provide monthly reports to the Board and attend regular and special Board meetings.
Report regularly to the Board, at least annually, regarding religious and faith formation efforts, financial viability, development efforts and programs, mission enhancement, long range planning, educational programs, administrative policies, and administrative team goals.
Serve or appoint staff to serve on appropriate Board Committees as an ex-officio non-voting member.
Represent the school in all official functions and project a positive image of the school in the community.
Participate in leadership activities, including those of the Office for Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Seattle.
Promote the educational vision within the school community by communicating to the faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni the directives of Board.
Share with the broader community the educational mission and vision of the school though a comprehensive and effective public relations program.
Serve as the official representative of the school to the Archdiocese of Seattle, governmental agencies, and other civic and community organizations.