Date Posted: 29 October, 2021
Role: Division Director/Head
Job Type: Full Time
High School Principal
The High School Principal (hereafter, the Principal) is a member of the Academy’s senior leadership team and reports directly to the Head of School. The Principal is charged with the comprehensive responsibility for all activities involving students and faculty in the high school. The Principal’s direct reports include the Registrar, the High School Dean of Students, the High School counselor, Administrative Assistant, and high school faculty and substitutes.
The preferred qualifications of the Principal are the following:
● Is a practicing Catholic who upholds a Catholic philosophy of education and is committed to the mission of Catholic schools.
● Masters degree in Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction or a related field.
● A minimum of 5 years teaching experience at the high school level.
● Previous administrative/supervisor experience, preferably in a Catholic and/or independent school setting.
● Strong communication skills. The ideal candidate will be an effective public speaker, a skilled writer and an active listener. When needed, able to counsel stakeholders through challenging conversations.
● Strong community-building skills. The ideal candidate fosters a collaborative, growth-oriented culture.
● Natural skill at developing interpersonal relationships with stakeholders based on trust and respect.
● A vision for teaching and learning capable of building on Pinecrest Academy’s tradition of excellence.
● The ability to lead organizational growth and undertake key initiatives as assigned by the Head of School.
The specific responsibilities of the Principal include, but are not limited to, the following:
a. To maintain congruence between the school’s board-approved mission statement and all activities of the High School.
b. To act as the educational leader of the High School, responsible for its day-to-today operations; to direct the activities of the members of the High School faculty and staff in the performance of their duties.
c. To function as the chief articulator of the High School’s programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all faculty and staff are fully informed, consistent with their individual roles.
d. To observe, supervise, and help evaluate the faculty in the development and implementation of
curriculum; to supervise the teaching process, and to review and evaluate the academic programs.
e. To provide an orderly, controlled environment in which learning can take place, a school climate which is supportive, and which reflects high morale.
f. To be aware of the educational, physical, social, and psychological needs of the members of our school community and to develop plans for meeting these needs.
g. To oversee and direct the activities of the department chairs, the sponsors of various student
organizations and activities, and faculty committees.
h. To support the school and its leadership.
Faculty and Staff
a. To make recommendations to the Head of School regarding the hiring and retention, and the assignment of faculty.
b. In collaboration with the other members of the administrative team, to establish programs for the orientation of new teachers, and for in-service training of all teachers.
c. Responsible for the evaluation of classroom teachers, ensuring that teachers are familiar with and adhere to school policies in all areas of the school operation and pursue excellence in all areas of integral formation.
d. To strive for unity, harmony, and cooperation through tact, helpfulness, respect, and a recognition of individual differences and the special abilities and strengths of each teacher.
e. To conduct regular meetings with faculty which will deal both with routine school matters and with the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern.
f. To provide direction to high school faculty and staff in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general school procedures.
g. To oversee the coordination of the co-curricular and extra-curricular activity programs of the high school; to assist in the planning and the presentation of school assemblies and programs; to assist in maintaining a comprehensive calendar of school events; to keep the entire school community informed of various school programs and activities.
h. To provide for the academic guidance of students; to maintain complete academic records on all students; to oversee the grading and the reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement.
i. To be responsible for administering guidelines for proper student conduct and dress; to maintain student discipline consistent with school policies; to monitor students’ adherence to established school rules; to maintain accurate records of student attendance and citizenship.
j. To be a visible presence in all areas of the school; to work toward a resolution of all problems – both routine and unique – as they arise; to keep the Head of School informed of the general programs, activities, and problems of the school.
k. To prepare a master school class schedule and to assign teachers and students to classes and other obligations.
l. To assist in the admission process for the testing, interviewing, and evaluating of applicants for
m. To perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Pinecrest Academy is located in South Forsyth, just minutes from Alpharetta, Milton, Johns Creek, Duluth and Suwanee. Our mission is to form our students into Christian leaders who will transform society.
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