The principal is the administrator, faith and instructional leader of the school, and serves as the executive officer of the school board in St. Frances of Rome Catholic Classical School of the Archdiocese of Chicago. In addition, the principal oversees the fiscal vitality of the school. The principal is hired by and is accountable to the pastor, assisted by the regional director for Vicariate IV of the Office of Catholic Schools. The principal is expected to abide by the established policies and procedures of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Office of Catholic Schools and the directives of the Superintendent of Catholic Schools. The principal participates in the annual performance review outlined by the Office of Catholic Schools.
The principal serves the school in a professional manner and acts in accordance with Catholic doctrinal and moral teachings. The principal ensures that the school is integral to the mission of evangelization of the parish/archdiocese by giving witness to Gospel living, spiritual and educational development, and a deepening of the faith in all members of the local community.
• Promotes and facilitates an environment which fosters the Catholic identity of the school .
• Ensures that the faculty is current in the areas of theology, religious education and catechetical skills .
• Ensures that materials used and instruction given in classrooms is in accordance with the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
• Promulgates and periodically revises the school mission statement and philosophy in collaboration with the school board.
• Encourages and educates students, school families and faculty members to celebrate liturgies and the seasons/feasts of the liturgical year .
o Participates in the parish Sunday Mass(es) every few weeks to represent the school.
o Organizes the teachers and grade levels for special participation in the Sunday 10:30am Mass each week.
• Promotes parent/guardian partnerships in advancing the mission of the school and the ministry of Catholic education .
• Implements conflict management procedures as necessary .
• Promotes a culture of respect for each member of the community.
• Fulfills the directive of the pastor and school board to continue the implementation of a classical/liberal education curriculum (as defined by The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education at https://catholicliberaleducation.org/)
o St. Frances of Rome is working in conjunction with a consultant from the Institute for the curriculum’s implementation.
• Ensures all students learn to their fullest potential, using data to inform decision-making .
• Supervises implementation of the Office of Catholic Schools curricula in a rigorous, relevant, and age-appropriate manner that develops students’ ability to continually succeed .
• Assists faculty in utilizing effective learning strategies that integrate technology .
• Acts as the instructional leader of the school by recruiting, hiring, supervising, evaluating, and providing quality professional development for highly qualified, certified staff members to improve student learning
• Oversees and further develops the offerings of co-curricular activities (extended school day, sports, activity clubs, etc.) ensuring that the programs are in compliance with local and Archdiocesan policies.
• Serves as the executive officer to the (advisory) school board, helping to prepare for meetings, informing them of policy, and leading their continual professional development and goal setting .
• Collaboratively develops and successfully implements strategic planning that involves representatives of all stakeholders of the school and wider community.
• Prepares the annual school budget in cooperation with the school board and parish finance council.
• Monitors the budget and finances to ensure proper cash flow with diverse funding sources to support the financial stability of the school .
• Provides for regular review of financial statements with the pastor and business manager as well as the school board to ensure awareness of the financial position of the school and makes necessary adjustments for financial viability .
• Promulgates written local financial policies and procedures for collection and disbursement of all school funds based on Archdiocesan best practices and ensures their proper implementation.
• Stabilizes and/or grows enrollment to reach full capacity of the school by implementing an enrollment management plan, overseeing an enrollment management team, and conducting an annual appeal to provide for scholarships/programs .
• Oversees the creation/revision and implementation of a marketing plan.
• Ensures the maintenance and safety of the school plant according to local, state, Archdiocesan and the Office of Catholic Schools policies, procedures and directives.
• Designs and implements communication strategies to ensure that the pastor, staff, parish school families, prospective families, and the community are informed about school matters and engaged in the school .
• Develops appropriate handbooks for school families and school staff.
• Works with the board to successfully complete school and system goals.
• Utilizes teacher teams and shared leadership to delegate responsibilities .
• Develops an organized work environment and adheres to deadlines and requests .
• Oversees discipline in a respectful, proactive way according to Archdiocesan policy .
• Maintains professional, working relationships with all members of the school community and involves them in the decision-making process of the school where appropriate .
• Identifies, encourages, and mentors future school leaders .
• Maintains accurate local files and records for each student and employee .
• Attends required Archdiocesan, Office of Catholic Schools and local meetings
Community & Parental Relationships
• Is regularly present to greet parents and students at the beginning of the school day as they arrive.
• Provides guidance and direction to the Home and School Association in planning special events to enhance students’ experience at the school as well as the experience of their families.
• Is present at key special events and parish events to foster the relationship with the parish and school communities.
Environmental and Physical Demands
• The principal is expected to supervise and evaluate staff and student progress and school safety through regular site visits to the classrooms and all other areas of the school plant.
• Practicing Catholic
• Compliance with Safe Environment requirements .
• Master’s degree .
• State licensure in administration .
• Demonstrates a commitment to a classical Catholic curriculum as defined by the Institute of Catholic Liberal Education
• Minimum 3 years professional experience in a Catholic school.
Please submit your resume, a cover letter, and two professional references to:
Rev. Paul C. Stein
St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church
1428 S. 59th Ct.
Cicero, IL 60804
Applicants who are selected for interview will need to complete the official Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools application process at:
St. Frances of Rome has started the implementation of a classical curriculum, receiving consultation from the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education. We are the only Classical/Liberal Catholic grade school in the Archdiocese of Chicago.