Applications are being sought for
a Principal for 2018-19
Cristo Rey Tampa High School opened in August of 2016. Currently, we serve students in grades 9 and 10, enrolling the Class of 2022 for the Fall of 2018. After engaging in a successful feasibility study and participating in the founding of the school, the founding Principal, who chaired/authored the feasibility study will retire from his role on June 30th. We are looking for a principal to assume responsibilities on July 1, 2018, to begin a new academic year. Deadline for applications is January 15, 2018.
Cristo Rey Tampa High School, a Catholic college-preparatory school and work study program sponsored by the Salesians of Don Bosco, forms underserved young men and women who will actively live faith, hope, and love. Through the educational approach of St. John Bosco and under the protection of Mary Help of Christians, we create an environment of trust and loving kindness.
As the instructional leader of the school, the Principal provides mission leadership for faculty and students, supports high-quality classroom instruction and assures the orderly functioning of the school. The Principal is responsible for teaching and learning through providing ongoing instructional feedback and engaging faculty in the development and implementation of a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum and the cultivation of a school-wide Catholic, Salesian identity. The Principal is responsible for creating and sustaining a culture of continuous improvement that provides students with multiple opportunities to develop and demonstrate proficiency. The Principal is a member of the school’s campus leadership team, actively collaborating with the Corporate Work Study Program Director, Director of Advancement and Public Relations, Director of Finance and Business Operations, and Director of Technology and Systems Integration. Together with other leadership team members, the principal models high expectations, life-long learning, personal/professional responsibility, and continuous improvement. The Principal reports to the school President & CEO.
The Principal’s primary responsibilities include:
- Effectively leading a faith-filled, Catholic, Salesian school
- The recruitment, selection, and retention of faculty, assistant principals/deans, other instructional and extracurricular staff who are best fitted to serve the mission of the school
- Conducting regular classroom observations to maintain a visible and active leadership role throughout the building, as well as to provide teachers and classroom staff with valuable feedback to further develop their professional skills
- Using a research-based framework to routinely coach and supervise teachers, completing a summative evaluation for every teacher every year
- Leading the implementation of the common, rigorous, college-ready curriculum so that all students can achieve at high levels
- Cultivating a solution-based culture that addresses student struggle as a predictable problem to be proactively, creatively and collaboratively solved
- Leading teachers in interpreting and using student achievement data to inform instruction
- Developing and executing an effective faculty professional development program, ensuring classroom impact
- Developing a school culture that is accepting of all students, valuing the gifts each brings to the school
- Supervising, developing, and evaluating non-instructional personnel, including Assistant Principal/Dean, Dean of Students, guidance personnel, college counselor, Campus Youth Minister, Athletic Director, extracurricular personnel, volunteers, and clerical staff
- Developing, coordinating and supervising teacher leaders (discipline team leaders, grade level team leaders, etc.)
- Developing a calendar and schedule that organizes time reflecting a prioritization of observation of student learning and instruction
- Overseeing the process of academic reporting and recording, including grade reports, transcripts, permanent records, quarterly progress reports, parent-teacher conferences, honor roll, class rank, and academic recognition
- Collaborating with the Director of Admissions, Director of Work Study, and President on student admission guidelines, process, timelines, and enrollment goals consistent with the school’s approved operating budget
- Identifying program needs on an ongoing basis and constructs and oversees the academic budget to achieve identified needs
- In collaboration with all staff, oversees the school's relationship with parents, guardians, and families, ensuring that they become partners with the school in supporting the success of their students
- Overseeing and coordinating, with the Director of the Corporate Work Study Program, the scheduling, student work assignments, discipline and overall progress of the students and the scheduling of the school calendar and programs
- Reporting at regular intervals on student academic progress to all constituents, including parents, faculty, related school committees and the Board of Directors
- Reporting weekly to the school President regarding goals, progress, and identified metrics
- Attending routinely and participates actively in bi-weekly academic leadership and campus leadership team meetings
- Supervising all extra-curricular activities
- Developing, implementing, and supervising a cohesive, four-year plan for effective delivery of the college preparation program, including managing relationships with colleges, summer programs, and alumni support
- Coordinating standardized testing (ACT, SAT, AP, etc.)
- Overseeing summer academic enrichment and/or remediation programs
- Overseeing the development and maintenance of school accreditation with the identified national/state accrediting agency (AdvancED)
- Collaborating actively with the Cristo Rey Network national office and colleague principals
- Representing the school at meetings of principals for the Cristo Rey Network, the religious sponsor, and the diocese
- In collaboration with the leadership team and campus team, coordinating the use of the school facilities
- Assuming of other duties as assigned by the school President
Qualifications and Experience
Candidates for Principal must have the following qualifications and experience:
- At least three years of experience supervising and evaluating faculty and staff
- Commitment and capacity to serve and connect on a personal level with low-income, minority students
- Demonstrated commitment to Catholic, faith-based education
- Demonstrated ability to connect with and engage traditionally underserved students and families
- Demonstrated ability to inspire, lead, and work collegially with faculty and staff
- Demonstrated ability to create a student-centered learning environment
- Demonstrated ability to cultivate a culture of persistence among adults and students
- Strong background in developing and implementing a rigorous, standards-based, innovative, college-ready curriculum
- Demonstrated success as an instructional leader who creates a culture of continuous improvement through ongoing instructional feedback to teachers
- Evidence of an ability to analyze and utilize data to increase student achievement
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Skills to lead a 21st Century educational endeavor through a 1:1 technology program, ensuring differentiation and individualization
- Exemplary interpersonal skills with faculty, staff, parents, students and community member
- Master's degree
- Principal’s licensure, leadership credentials
- High School teaching experience preferred
- Fluency in Spanish preferred
All interested and qualified applicants with a passion for Cristo Rey Tampa High School’s mission are invited to apply.
A complete application will include:
2. Cover Letter: Please write a letter limited to three pages that answers the following questions:
- Describe your philosophy of education and how you would put it into practice at Cristo Rey Tampa High School.
- Describe your leadership style. What past experiences in educational leadership best align with what you perceive to be the challenges of leading a school like Cristo Rey Tampa High School?
- Cristo Rey Tampa High School has a strong community of adults committed to the mission. What qualities and dispositions do you look for when hiring teachers and staff? How would you support, evaluate, and develop teachers?
- How would you ensure the Catholic identity of our school? Define effective Catholic leadership.
- As principal, you are the lead learner of the school community. Give an example of how you engage in reflection and ongoing learning as a school leader.
- What attracts you to the Cristo Rey mission? Why do you believe that you are a match for this unique opportunity to lead Cristo Rey Tampa High School?
Please email your application (found on the website cristoreytampa.org) under the About Us/Employment tab, a current resume and a cover letter expressing interest, two professional references and one personal reference to Ana Valero, Executive Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is most expedient to send all the information requested in one email. Cristo Rey Tampa will not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin in the hiring process. Receipt of application with other instructions will be sent shortly after receiving your completed application along with other items requested.
Deadline for applications is January 15, 2018.