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Job Opening: Principal, St. Matthias School


St. Matthias School, located in beautiful Franklin Township, NJ, is a diverse and vibrant Catholic community of more than 335 families. The Catholic community is seeking qualified applicants for the position of PRINCIPAL for the parish school beginning August 1, 2017. The parish school, founded in 1965, provides a faith-filled, student-centered, service-oriented environment and is known for academic excellence and solid standardized test scores. St. Matthias School is accredited by AdvancED and was recognized in 2001 as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Currently the school has an enrollment of 470 students in grades PreK-8, has 60 faculty and staff who minister to the students, an active Athletic Association, Home/School Association, and a School Advisory Council.

Principal candidates must possess excellent communication and technical skills, understand and support STREAM learning, and value the significance of presence at school, parish, and community events.

The successful candidate must meet the following criteria:

● Live as a practicing Catholic
● Hold an advanced degree in Education from an accredited institution
● Hold or be eligible for New Jersey principal or school administrator certification
● Have a minimum of five (5) years experience at the elementary level, with at least three (3) years experience in Catholic school (administrative experience preferred) and demonstrated commitment to the continued growth of Catholic education.

Send cover letter, resume, and certification(s) to the Pastor, Rev. Douglas J. Haefner by June 30, 2017 via email at

For more information about the school, please consult the St. Matthias School website at


JOB TITLE: School Principal, St. Matthias School

- Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration or similar advanced degree;
- Hold or be eligible for New Jersey Principal or School Administrator certificate (preferred)
- Successful experience as a school administrator
- Successful experience as a classroom teacher
- Catholic in good standing



- To serve as the instructional leader of the school with the goal of fulfilling our Mission Statement

- Manages the administrative and daily operations of the school to ensure compliance with federal and state mandates and the Manual of School Policies of the Diocese of Metuchen

- To promote the school and the parish in the greater community of Somerset, NJ, and the surrounding area through marketing and development efforts

- To maintain a strong professional relationship with the Vice Principal, faculty, and staff


School Operations:

- Establishes and promotes high standards and expectations for all students and staff for academic performance and responsibility for behavior

- Manages and evaluates faculty and school personnel

- Manages the operation of the school including: instructional programs, co-curricular activities, technology, discipline, building maintenance, program evaluation, office operations, and emergency procedures

- Ensures compliance with all federal and state laws pertaining to education

- Establishes the annual master schedule for instructional programs ensuring compliance with Diocesan guidelines

- Partners with students and parents to build a Catholic school environment in which all are welcome

- Maintains an ongoing working relationship with the School Advisory Council

- Maintains an ongoing working relationship with the Home School Association

- Works cooperatively with the Office of the Schools / Diocese of Metuchen

- Implements procedures that result in a safe and clean school environment

- Oversees all aspects of the school in accordance with the policies, procedures and rules

Instructional Management:

- Observes and evaluates teachers in accordance with Diocesan standards

- Reviews lesson plans

- Meets with the Vice Principal to discuss ongoing business pertaining to the school

- Oversees evaluation and selection of instructional materials including technology and assessments to improve student learning

- Facilitates the integration of STREAM initiatives


- Supervises personnel in accordance with Diocesan guidelines, including work allocation, training, and problem resolution

- Partners with teachers with the carrying out of their annual Professional Improvement Plans as mandated by the Diocese of Metuchen that incorporate best practices in education

- Evaluates teacher performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions

- Provides staff development opportunities to maximize student learning

- Plans for professional development days for teachers

- Participates in personal growth opportunities for principals as directed by the Pastor and the Office of the Schools.

- Creates a stable, efficient educational organization by establishing and maintaining an environment of mutual trust and respect through supportive leadership

School Finance:

- Participates in the development of the annual operating budget and provides fiscal direction

- Participates in the formation of a marketing and development plan

- Approves requests for purchasing instructional materials and equipment

- Approves and monitors expenditures

- Provides regular status reports on all accounts

- Provides leadership for the development, implementation, and maintenance of short and long term plans that promote enrollment through marketing efforts

- Work with education commissions to ensure that allocations for funding grants for the students and school from federal, state, and county educational programs are obtained

Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Pastor.



- Provides leadership in maintaining the Catholic identity of the school

- Supports the spiritual growth of all members of the school community


- Provides leadership in the implementing of school and parish vision, mission and goals

- Exhibits skill in planning and organizing

- Demonstrates consistency in following through with required actions

Problem solving:

- Creates an environment of shared decision making with staff and colleagues

- Provides leadership in developing a shared vision to address challenges


- Communicates effectively to faculty, staff, students, and parents

- Recommends drafts of new policies or changes to the SAC or appropriate parish committees, after consultation with the Pastor

Integrity and Professionalism:

- Treats all people fairly and with dignity and respect. Protects the rights and confidentiality of students and staff

- Exhibits professionalism and sensitivity while dealing with others

- Uses chain of command effectively

- Creates and supports a climate that values, accepts and understands diversity in culture and point of view.

- Creates a culturally responsive climate

- Expands opportunities for all students to learn from and work with highly qualified Catholic community staff


- Delegates authority and responsibility

- Involves faculty, staff and students (where appropriate) in decision making process while maintaining responsibility for final decision