Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic 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 Oklahoma City High School (CROKC) 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 Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) and assign their earnings to the school in lieu of tuition. CROKC students work one day a week during the school year in entry-level office jobs across the Oklahoma City metropolitan area to cover about half the cost of their education.
The Principal’s primary responsibilities include:
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 Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, the school's Catholic endorser, to develop and sustain the school's Catholic identity.
Teaching and Learning
Directs the recruitment, selection, and retention of faculty, assistant principals, other instructional and extracurricular staff who are best fitted to the mission of the school.
Leads the implementation of the common, rigorous, college-ready curriculum so that all students can achieve at high levels.
Leads teachers towards consistent use of evidence-based instructional strategies with a high probability of increasing student achievement.
Conduct deep analysis of data in order to lead effective analysis meetings based on daily student work samples.
Build grade level/content area action plans and materials to address data.
Monitor grade-level progress against assessment cycle benchmarks.
Develops and executes an effective faculty professional development program, ensuring classroom impact.
Conduct and monitor leadership team conducting high frequency observations, plan/execute feedback meetings that lead to teacher and instructional leader development, and support implementation of action steps.
Provide real-time feedback to teachers during instruction and complete to teachers’ mid-year and end of year reviews.
Plan and deliver high-quality professional development that trains staff members in Cristo Rey OKC’s curricular systems and key pedagogical issues.
Plan and execute team meetings for grade-level or content-area staff.
Supervises, develops, and evaluates non-instructional personnel, including Dean of Instruction, Dean of Students, college counselors, social counselor, campus minister, athletic director, extracurricular personnel, and volunteers.
Leads the faculty to perform at high levels, demonstrating the ability to skillfully facilitate meetings and work sessions.
Coordinates, develops, and supervises teacher leaders (discipline team leaders, grade level team leaders, etc.).
Develops a calendar and schedule that organizes time sufficient to increase academic achievement.
Oversees 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.
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 school-wide needs.
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 three years-experience in high school leadership; experience with a Cristo Rey school is preferred.
A proven commitment to Catholic education.
Demonstrated ability to connect with low-income, students and families.
Demonstrated ability to serve as a 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 by Friday, February 21, 2020. Please include the following:
Responses to the following three 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 OKC?
How would you describe your leadership style?
How would you ensure the Catholic identity of the school? How would you define effective Catholic leadership?
References: Please list three professional references with their email addresses and telephone numbers.
Cristo Rey OKC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All employment decisions, policies, and practices are made in accordance with applicable federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws. Cristo Rey OKC will not engage or tolerate unlawful discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, citizenship, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.