St. Joseph School seeks a new Administrator

St. Joseph School-Pewamo Announces An Exciting Leadership Position:

Position:                     School Principal

Job Begins:                2022-2023 Academic year

Enrollment:               Approximately 100 students

Grade Levels:            Young 5s- 8th grade

Demographics:          The Village of Pewamo has a population of approximately 490 in 2022 and has been growing at a rate of 0.41% since 2020. The population is 99.11% white and .89% with 2 or more races. Average household income is $70,457 with a poverty rate of 8.48%.1 St. Joseph Parish has 360 families. St. Joseph School has a close working relationship with PW Public Schools with share time teachers for certain subjects.

School Culture:         St. Joseph School, staff, parents, and parish family are committed to teaching quality, Christ-centered Catholic beliefs and values. Our uniqueness is displayed in our staff dedication, parental involvement, and community pride, which make St. Joseph a leader in academic excellence, social integration and appreciation.

Qualifications:          

  1. Master’s degree in educational leadership or administration with state of Michigan administrator certification or a master’s degree in education with a willingness to obtain administrator certification in the state of Michigan within three years.  
  2. The candidate must have a current Continuing, Life, Permanent, Professional, Provisional, or Standard Teaching Certificate for the State of Michigan at the level of administration for which the candidate is applying
  3. A practicing Roman Catholic in good standing
  4. Understands the structures, tenets and institutions of the Catholic Church
  5. Willingness to obtain Advanced Catechist certification within five years
  6. Final approval of the candidate by the Superintendent

Skills:

  1. Desire to foster the faith life of the community and advance the mission of the Church
  2. Welcoming and personable
  3. Strategic vision and planning
  4. Ability to engage the community in vision
  5. Collaborative team builder
  6. Excellent communication
  7. Curricular and co-curricular leadership
  8. Operational organization and problem solving
  9. Responsive decision making

Responsibilities:        

  1. School faith community leadership
  2. Instructional leadership
  3. Student affairs
  4. Personnel leadership
  5. Business affairs
  6. Development/Institutional Advancement
  7. Board Relations
  8. External affairs

Accountability:          Hired by the Pastor in consideration of the Board’s recommendation and with the approval of the Superintendent of Catholic Schools; Reports to the Pastor and is evaluated by the Pastor or his designee (Board Chair) according to the process established by the Superintendent of Catholic Schools. Accountable to the School Board for the areas of responsibility delegated to the Board by the Pastor and the Diocese. Accountable to the Superintendent of Catholic Schools in certain matters where diocesan policy and direction are concerned.

Salary:                        Competitive within the Catholic school market

Apply to:                    St. Joseph Parish
Attn: Administrator Hiring Committee
PO Box 37
Pewamo, MI 48873

Apply by:                   Applications are requested by August 5, 2022, however will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Apply with:                Please attach a detailed letter of application with a resume.

Diocese of Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, MI

Principal/CEO Job Description Summary

St. Joseph-Pewamo School

PRINCIPAL/CEO (summary description)

  1. Hired by the Pastor in consideration of the Board’s recommendation and with the approval of the Superintendent of Catholic Schools;
  2. Reports to the Pastor and is evaluated by the Pastor or his designee (Board Chair) according to the process established by the Superintendent of Catholic Schools.

Responsible for:

INTERNAL AFFAIRS:

  1. Faith Community Affairs:
    1. Ensures the integration of faith with the learning process as called for in the mission;
    1. Ensures in that all religious, academic, and student affairs programs reflect the Catholic mission, charism, and identity of the school;
    1. Ensures implementation of a program of religious instruction as prescribed by the Diocese;
    1. Ensures implementation of a spiritual life program for faculty and staff;
    1. Ensures implementation of a comprehensive spiritual life program for students including:
      1. Liturgies and para-liturgical services;
      1. Prayer life;
      1. Retreats;
      1. Service-learning programs;
      1. Good relations with parish(es).
  • Academic Affairs:
    • Administers with staff the day-to-day operations of the school;
    • Employs, assigns, supervises, develops, evaluates, and retains professional administrators, chairpersons, teachers, and support staff;*
    • Designs and implements with staff appropriate curriculum and teaching/learning processes (ensuring that the written curriculum is taught, tested, and evaluated);
    • Ensures appropriate communication with and involvement of parents in the educational process;
    • Ensures the up-to-date educational technology is in place and integrated into curriculum and instruction.
  • Student Affairs:
    • Designs and implements with staff effective co-curricular and extracurricular activities;
    • Ensures with staff implementation of policies concerning student discipline, decorum, health, and safety.

* Personnel Functions (Internal Affairs):

  1. Employs, supervises, evaluates, and retains professional administrative and teaching personnel and support personnel for faith community, academic, and student affairs.


Diocese of Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, MI

Principal/CEO Job Description Summary

St. Joseph-Pewamo School

PRINCIPAL/CEO (summary description continued)

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS:

  1. Faith Community (Mission Effectiveness):
    1. Oversees the mission, charism, and Catholic identity of the school;
    1. Articulates and promotes the mission, vision and Catholic identity of the school to the school’s publics (institutional advocacy).
  • Business Affairs:
    • Must collaborate with the Pastor/Business Manager for the purpose of budget, financial management, reporting, internal controls, and fund raising.
  • Development Affairs/Institutional Advancement:
    • Leads a comprehensive program to market the school for image, enrollment, and resources;
    • Employs, supervises, evaluates, and retains the development administrator;*
    • Participates in the cultivation of major donors and solicitation of major gifts for the school;
    • Oversees fund-raising programs including annual giving, special fund-raising events, planned giving, capital campaigns, endowment growth, etc.;
    • Oversees enrollment management activities to attract, admit, and retain students.
  • Board Relations:
    • Assists the Board in the ongoing assessment and development of the mission;
    • Works with Board to prepare, implement, and report progress on strategic long-range plans;
    • Implements Board formulated policy;
    • Serves as administrative officer to the Board;
    • Keeps Board informed of school activities, accomplishments, and challenges.
  • Liaison:
    • Maintains good relations and communication with the Diocese through the Diocesan Superintendent of Schools;
    • Maintains good relations and communication with partner or sponsor parishes/schools, pastors; principals and staff;
    • Maintains good relations and communication with the larger Catholic and civic communities including the media, organizations, businesses, corporations, foundations, etc.

* Personnel Functions (External Affairs):

  1. Works with the Board in developing local school personnel policies;
  2. Ensures fair and just local school personnel practices in keeping with the social teachings of the Catholic Church;
  3. Ensures annual performance evaluations are conducted for all staff;
  4. Employs, supervises, evaluates, and retains  all school personnel
  5. Approves all employee hiring and retention.

St. Joseph Catholic School

Pewamo, Michigan

PRINCIPAL/CEO JOB DESCRIPTION

 

PRINCIPAL

The Office of the Principal has as its primary purpose to provide overall leadership for St. Joseph School in order to achieve the fullest attainment of the school’s unique Catholic mission. The Principal is appointed and is delegated authority by the Pastor of St. Joseph Parish and acts as the chief operating and educational officer for the school with the guidance of the School Board in the implementation of goals and policies. As overall leader, the Principal bears ultimate responsibility for the integration of faith and learning within the school, for successful academic and student programs, and for effective management of the business and development affairs of the school.  The Principal acts as the primary liaison between the school and the School Board, the Diocese of Grand Rapids and the broader community. The Principal works closely with the Pastor and the Pastoral Team for coordination of school and parish functions. The Principal is ultimately responsible for the successful overall operation of the school as accomplished through effective delegation of responsibilities to the faculty, staff and volunteers.

Accountability:          

  • Hired by the Pastor in consideration of the Board’s recommendation and with the approval of the Superintendent of Catholic Schools;
  • Reports to the Pastor and is evaluated by the Pastor or his designee (Board Chair) according to the process established by the Superintendent of Catholic Schools.
  • Accountable to the Pastor/Canonical Administrator, St. Joseph Parish and in certain matters (where diocesan policy and direction are concerned), to the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Grand Rapids.
  • Accountable to the School Board for the areas of responsibility delegated to the Board by the Pastor and the Diocese according to the Governance Models approved on June 27, 2011.

Member of:

Parish Administrative Team, and a member ex-officio of the School Board and all school groups and committees.

Responsibilities:                     

Faith Community Affairs

  • In consultation with the Pastor, the Diocese and the School Board, ensures the continuation of the school’s Catholic identity in accordance with the unique mission of the school and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Coordinates the faith community affairs and religious instruction programs of the school with the faculty and the Parish Director of Religious Education.
  • Oversees the development and enhancement of faith community affairs and the integration of faith with the learning process through direct involvement in faculty/staff retreats, student retreats, days of recollection, service programs, the religious instruction program, liturgies and paraliturgical services, etc.
  • Ensures that students, faculty, alumni/ae, and parents are all involved in the faith life of the school.

Academic Affairs

  • Ensures overall quality of the elementary school academic programs and policies.
  • Employs and retains all instructional personnel for the school.
  • Coordinates the assignment, observation, clinical supervision and performance appraisal of all instructional personnel.

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Academic Affairs continued

  • Provides for a program of staff development including individual plans necessary for continued accreditation and advancement, and an annual calendar of offerings consistent with emerging program needs.
  • Conducts regular faculty meetings providing for faculty input to the agenda and for the timely distribution of meeting minutes.
  • Plans and supervises the implementation of the instructional program with the faculty (i.e., curricular planning and evaluation, faculty and staff assignments and clinical supervision, formative and summative evaluation of instructional personnel, scheduling, calendar development, etc.).
  • Leads technology planning and ensures implementation of the instructional technology program and the integration of technology into the curriculum.
  • Supervises and meets regularly with the school counselor.
  • Ensures quality student counseling programs and student record-keeping in conjunction with the counselor.
  • Supervises the school-wide testing and assessment programs.
  • Shares appropriate information concerning pupil progress and interprets test scores to parents, faculty, the Parish School Board and others.
  • Assigns substitute teachers as necessary.
  • Stays informed on current educational research and Catholic education.
  • Delegates responsibility for the smooth operation of the school in the absence of the Principal to a designated lead teacher.

Student Affairs

  • Ensures the overall discipline of students in conjunction with the faculty.
  • Handles student disciplinary matters as referred by the faculty in a firm, fair and consistent manner and helps students identify alternative behaviors.
  • Communicates with parents regarding discipline of students as necessary and according to school policy.
  • Schedules all student supervision assignments of faculty.
  • Oversees the planning of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
  • Employs, supervises, evaluates and retains the Athletic Director (or volunteer AD).
  • Works closely with the Athletic Director regarding scheduling of elementary school athletic events and facilities usage. 
  • Ensures the development of student activity and athletic policy, eligibility requirements and expectations of coaches and staff.
  • Oversees the supervision and evaluation of student activity advisors and coaches.
  • Ensures the school’s compliance with the Dallas Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
  • With the assistance of the faculty, annually updates parent, student, faculty and staff handbooks.

Business Affairs

  • Works closely and cooperatively with the Parish/School Business Manager. 
  • Executes all school policy on business affairs consistent with the policies of the School Board, the Diocese of Grand Rapids and the mission and goals of  St. Joseph School.
  • Provides overall leadership for responsible financial stewardship and appropriate financial reporting to the Diocese, School Board, and governmental agencies as appropriate through the Parish/School Business Manager.
  • Prepares the annual budget for the school with the Parish/School Business Manager and School Board (Finance Committee).

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  • Ensures that technology for the business, record-keeping, communication and Web presence of the school are in place and up-to-date.
  • Employs, supervises, evaluates and retains non-instructional personnel for the school.
  • Ensures appropriate supervision and evaluation of non-instructional staff.
  • Ensures that the school maintains a safe, secure environment (school safety officer). 
  • Employs, supervises, evaluates and retains the Plant Manager (Unless this function is shared with the Parish).
  • Supervises food services for the school through the contract food services provider (if applicable).
  • Supervises transportation services for the school (if applicable).
  • Approves all contracts which obligate the school in conjunction with the Business Manager and Pastor/Canonical Administrator.
  • Supervises and ensures the accurate and timely completion of all documents, reports, forms and records as required by the Diocese, state, and other regulating agencies or constituents.
  • Handles legal affairs for the school in conjunction with the Parish(es) and the Diocese.

Development Affairs

  • Leads a comprehensive program to market the school for image, enrollment and resources.
  • Serves as chief public relations officer for the school ensuring appropriate communication to its various publics through a comprehensive communications/marketing plan.
  • Plans, manages, and implements development initiatives with the Development Committee of the School Board and volunteers.
  • Participates directly in the cultivation of major donors and solicitation of major gifts for the school.
  • Coordinates student recruitment and retention with the assistance of the faculty, Marketing Committee of the School Board and satisfied parents as volunteers.
  • Coordinates registration, acceptance and placement procedures for students.
  • Reviews and approves all fund-raising and development initiatives and activities for the school.
  • Ensures good relations and involvement with the alumni community.

School Board Relations

  • Serves as administrative officer to the School Board.
  • Serves as liaison between the school community and School Board. 
  • Serves as liaison between the School Board and the Diocese of Grand Rapids (owner) for the school.
  • Coordinates with the School Board, a process of school improvement and long-range strategic planning.
  • Ensures that School Board inservice is conducted regularly on normative areas of governance responsibility.
  • Works with the School Board in formulating school policy and supervises implementation of policy in the school.

Liaisons

  • Represents the interests of the school on Diocesan, local, regional, state and national associations, agencies, etc.
  • Responsible for close liaison with school parent organizations.
  • Serves as the chief representative of St. Joseph School in all dealings with educational, civic, and Diocesan communities.
  • Responsible for liaisons with school parent organizations (i.e., H&SA, Athletic Association, Boosters, etc.).
  • Submits to an annual performance evaluation by the Pastor (supervisor) in consideration of the School Board’s recommendation and according to the process established by the Superintendent of schools.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned by the Pastor or Superintendent.

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