Principal, Saint Joseph Grade School South Bend, Indiana Starting: July 1, 2021
Saint Joseph Parish, a vibrant faith community of over 900 families in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, and an apostolate of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is seeking a school principal beginning with the 2021-2022 academic year.
Located in South Bend, IN, Saint Joseph Grade School (SJGS) was founded in 1853 by Fr. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., and has recently been recognized for its academic excellence with national and state honors. Our school enrolls 400 children in grades PK-8, and another 75 children in the preschool and daycare program.
Inspired by the charisms of the Congregation of Holy Cross, our teachers, staff, and parents are devoted to the importance of working and collaborating as a family in our mission to form future leaders and saints, striving to bring forth disciples of Jesus Christ by means of Christian education. With great zeal, we work to challenge our students to excel and to live lives that make God known, loved, and served.
Qualifications & Responsibilities SJGS seeks a joyful, faith-filled, innovative, and experienced leader with an unwavering commitment to providing a Catholic education of the highest quality, ensuring that Saint Joseph students are on the path to higher education and to heaven. The successful candidate will form engaging relationships with students, parents, faculty and staff, and other stakeholders with the ultimate goal of helping each child build the foundation for a life centered on a love of learning, a desire to serve others, and a commitment to Gospel values. The new principal at SJGS will focus on achieving comprehensive excellence in three key areas:
1. Catholic Identity and Formation: The principal will oversee the mission of SJGS as a Christ-centered Catholic school in the tradition of and reflecting the charism of the Congregation of Holy Cross. The principal will work to ensure that the Catholic identity of the school emanates throughout the curricular, extracurricular, and relational dimensions of the school. Key performance areas include:
Foster trust, care, rapport between student and teachers
Integration of the faith and moral formation in curricular and extracurricular endeavors
Sense of belonging and community among family, students, teachers, and staff
Approaches to and efficacy of student behavior management and discipline
Service to our neighbors, particularly those most in need
Building relationships between the school and parish
2. Academic Excellence: Reflecting our belief that each person is created in the image and likeness of God, which is manifest in our human capacity for reason, we believe that the full cultivation of the gifts of each child towards knowledge and wisdom are at the core of our mission as a Catholic school. Key performance areas include:
Recruitment, selection, development, and retention of exceptional and mission-focused faculty and staff
Academic rigor and instructional excellence
Curriculum strength and alignment
Student academic engagement and interest
Meeting the needs of all learners (differentiation of instruction, resource support, enrichment)
Communication to parents/guardians about learning progress
3. Operational Vitality: The principal will be responsible for overseeing the core executive management functions of a vibrant Catholic school, seeking to responsibly use the gifts that God has given us to advance the mission of SJGS. Key performance areas include:
School financial health
Enrollment management (recruitment to retention)
Marketing and communications
Human resource management
Capital management, maintenance, and planning
The candidate must:
Be a practicing Catholic in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church;
Be able to meet the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana Department of Education, and accrediting agency requirements for principals.
Application Process Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Fr. Kevin Russeau, C.S.C., at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to 711 E. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN 46617.
Please also complete the Catholic Schools Office “Administrator” application. Complete the questionnaire at https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=df366 to start the application process. The application packet will be emailed to you once the questionnaire has been received. Application packet must be complete before a hire can be made.
History records that in August of 1846, our diocesan schools were opened with an endowment of $4600. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and Sisters Mary Magdalen, Catherine, and Caroline of the Sisters of Providence enrolled sixty girls in the new St. Augustine Academy. After a request by Mother Guerin, the bishop acquired the assistance of the Brothers of the Holy Cross to instruct the boys. With a “cow and a calf grazing “on the school property, the new St. Augustine Academy enrolled South German Catholics, American Protestants, Canadian French children, and Miami Native American girls.
Over one hundred sixty-five years have passed since Mother Guerin, one of eight American saints, labored, taught, and prayed for children, families and Catholics residing within our diocesan boundaries. Our principals, teachers, and staff are just as committed to teaching the truth and beauty of our Catholic faith as the founding Sisters of Providence; our schools remain strong, and student populations are no less diverse over a century and a half later.
With 43 schools in 14 counties, the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend are communities of faith, knowledge, and servi...ce that have been educating the children of our Diocese for over 165 years and a commitment to academic excellence, a strong Catholic faith foundation, and a moral compass for life.