JOB TITLE: Headmaster
WORKS WITH: Board and Its Committees
SUPERVISES: Students, Volunteers and Teachers of DMA


The school Headmaster serves as the educational leader, responsible for managing the policies, regulations, and procedures to ensure that all students are supervised in a safe traditional Catholic learning environment that meets the approved curricula and mission of the school.

Achieving academic excellence requires that the school Headmaster work collaboratively to direct and nurture all members of the school staff hired by the Board and to communicate effectively with parents. Inherent in the position are the responsibilities for scheduling, curriculum development, extracurricular activities, personnel management, local/parish outreach, fundraising, student enrollment, parental involvement, emergency procedures, and facility operations.


Oversee Daily Operations of the School

Manage, evaluate and supervise procedures for the operation and functioning of the school consistent with the mission, values and goals of the school including instructional programs, extracurricular activities, discipline, building maintenance, program evaluation, personnel management, office operations including budget management, and emergency procedures. Ensure compliance with all laws, board policies and civil regulations.
Establish a professional rapport with the community. Display the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards when working with students, parents and school personnel.
Conduct meetings, as necessary, for the proper functioning of the school: faculty, administration, fundraising, etc. Manage conflict when it requires the attention of the headmaster.
Establish procedures that create and maintain attractive, organized, functional, clean, and safe facilities.
Communicate regularly with parents, donors and the local parishes/community, teaching them about the mission of DMA and seeking their support and advice, so as to create a cooperative relationship to support the students and the school.
Complete in a timely fashion all records and reports as requested by the Board. Maintain accurate attendance records for students and teachers. Maintain updated handbooks.
Communicate with the Board regularly about the needs, successes and general operation of the school.
Establish procedures for safe storing and integrity of all public and confidential school records. Ensure that student and teacher files/records are complete, current and confidential.

Plan Strategic Initiatives of the School

Lead the school’s fundraising efforts.
Lead and manage the recruitment of new students. This will include opening new grades in our high school as the school continues to grow and expand.
Research and collect data regarding the needs of students, and other pertinent information. Keep the staff informed and seek ideas for the improvement of the school.

Develop academic program and character formation grounded in the Catholic Faith

Establish and promote high standards and expectations for all students and staff for formation of character in virtue and academic performance.
Establish the annual master schedule for instructional programs, ensuring sequential learning experiences for students consistent with the school’s mission, vision and instructional goals.
Supervise the instructional programs of the school, evaluating lesson plans and observing classes on a regular basis to encourage the use of a variety of instructional strategies and materials consistent with research on learning and child growth and development.
Guide and instruct the teachers to provide the spiritual atmosphere inherent in a traditional Catholic educational environment. Ensure the schedule allows for regular Mass and Confessions.
Nurture both students and teachers to achieve their greatest potential academically, instructionally and spiritually.
Maintain in the school a spirit conducive to prayer and study.


The preferred candidate will have
A deep love of the Catholic faith and a full sacramental and prayer life
Teaching and leadership experience in a school environment
Proven ability to teach, manage, lead teams and develop individuals
Excellent interpersonal, communication and time management skills
Strong track record of fiscal responsibility and ability to fundraise effectively
Understanding and appreciation of Classical education


Please print this form out, fill in your answers, and mail it with all supporting materials to: Divine Mercy Academy 601 W. Cameron Avenue Belgrade, MT 59714 or email to

Today’s Date: _________________
Name: ___________________________________________________________________________
Other names used, including any maiden name or prior married name:_________________________
Address: ____________________________________________________________________
How long at this address: ____________________
Telephone: (W) ___________________ (H) ____________________(C)______________________
E-mail: __________________________________________________________________________
Are you Catholic? Yes / No
Sacraments Received: ______________________________________________________________
Parish You Currently Attend: _______________________________________________________
Current Employer: ________________________________________________________________
Address: _________________________________________________________________________
Telephone: _________________________
May we contact your present employer at this time? Yes / No

1) Formal Education
a) Post-secondary institutions which you attended and the city and state where located
b) Dates during which you studied
c) Major/minor fields of study
d) Degree(s) conferred (please include a photocopy)
2) Teacher Training and/or experience
a) Teacher Training courses or workshops which you have taken, at what college/university or
other institution, and the dates
b) Dates and location of any student teaching experience you have had
c) Graduate school teaching experience
d) Other teaching experience, including parish RE programs and community seminars
3) Work Experience: Include employer’s name and address, a job description and dates of employment for each job you have held.

REFERENCES: Give the names and addresses of at least two people who are not relatives whom we may contact for a character reference.

BACKGROUND CHECK: Please note that Divine Mercy Academy will conduct any background check that Divine Mercy Academy considers appropriate in relation to your application, including checking your references and also checking with appropriate law enforcement agencies.

If you are offered employment, Divine Mercy Academy will also comply with the requirements under § 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act and 8 CFR part 274a to confirm that you are authorized to accept employment in the United States. You will be required to complete USCIS Form I-9 and present acceptable proof of your identity and of your right to accept employment.

Divine Mercy Academy may deem any false statements you may make in completing this application, in submitting supporting documentation, and during any interview to be material to your application, and any false statements or false documentation may lead to a decision not to offer you employment or to terminate any employment that you may have already begun.

[Before responding to the topics below, it might be helpful to visit the Divine Mercy Academy website at]
1. Please handwrite or type your reflection on the following statement:
Divine Mercy Academy seeks to educate children in the classical Catholic tradition of truth, goodness and beauty for the benefit of their minds, bodies and souls. The academy aims to cultivate all vocational paths and an environment to “hear God’s call” infused with our guiding principles:
Faithful to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church
United to the Bishops
Under the protective intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary
2. Please answer the following question in your own handwriting:
What do you believe are the marks of an effective teacher in light of what you understand about classical education? Please consider all aspects of the teaching profession. It might help to reflect on teachers you have had, the Mission Statement of the School, the Catholic faith, and ideas of your own.

I hereby certify that all of the above material is accurate.

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Signature Date

Divine Mercy Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.