Website Ave Maria Academy Maple Grove, Minnesota

Ave Maria Academy, located in Maple Grove, Minnesota, seeks a dynamic principal for our Prek-8th grade Catholic school. Ave Maria Academy is a private Catholic school, recognized by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Founded in 1997 by a group of devoted parents, Ave Maria Academy continues to grow and experience operational vitality.

At Ave Maria Academy we are deeply committed and more than a school. We see each child as a gift from God and a saint in the making. Rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, Ave Maria Academy forms young minds, hearts, and souls through a commitment to clear thinking, academic achievement, character formation, prayer, and service. In an encouraging and safe environment transformed by faith, reason, and virtue, each child’s unique and God-given talents are nurtured through mastery of a rigorous curriculum and active participation in the Catholic faith. We live out our mission authentically with an emphasis on family and parent involvement. Today Ave Maria Academy serves 220 students with an outstanding and dedicated professional staff of 35.

As part of the vital evangelizing mission of the Catholic Church, we believe that, “The project of the Catholic school is convincing only if carried out by people who are deeply motivated because they witness to a living encounter with Christ,” (Congregation for Catholic Education, 1997). As the leader of a vibrant private Catholic school, the principal of Ave Maria Academy will enthusiastically embrace our mission while ensuring the highest standards of excellence in Catholic identity, academics, and organizational leadership. The principal reports to the board of directors. Other requirements include: a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Catholic Church, a deep commitment to the importance and mission of Catholic schools; a master’s degree in educational leadership or its equivalent (or in progress); and a minimum of three years teaching or administrative experience in Catholic schools.

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Employment in and by the Church is substantially different from secular employment. Church employees must conduct themselves in a manner which is consistent with and supportive of the mission and purpose of the Church. Their behavior must not violate the faith, morals, or laws of the Church or the Archdiocese, such that can embarrass the Church or give rise to scandal. It is required that this employee be an active, participating Roman Catholic.

Interested candidates must submit a resume, cover letter, and at least 3 references to Mrs. Lisa Noetzel, Excecutive Assistant, by emailing Candidates should ensure that their cover letter explains their philosophy of education, philosophy of leadership, and why they would like to be the principal of Ave Maria Academy. Deadline for consideration is February 26th, 2021.

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