Mater Dei Catholic High School (MDCHS), in coordination with the Diocese of San Diego, is seeking an experienced visionary leader as its next Principal. The successful candidate will be an experienced educational leader who is deeply committed to further the development of the faith life and academic excellence of the school. The position is effective July 1, 2022.
The Principal is the lead teacher for the school. His or her primary role is to ensure that the school’s mission is embodied throughout every aspect of the community, from the curriculum and student activities to relationships with faculty and staff. This is an exceptional opportunity to lead a growing secondary school with an unwavering commitment to its Catholic mission.
MDCHS is a part of Mater Dei Catholic, which is a co-ed, TK-12, diocesan school located on a beautiful 48-acre campus in Chula Vista, California. Mater Dei Catholic is made up of:
Mater Dei Juan Diego Academy, a TK-8 dual-language school that currently enrolls 444 students (an increase of 67 students from the previous year),
Mater Dei Catholic High School, a college-preparatory school which enrolls 1,035 students (an increase of 52 students from the previous year), and
Juan Diego Adult Center, which offers free English and citizenship classes for up to 300 adults, on campus and in several parishes nearby.
Committed to creating well-rounded, faith-filled leaders, Mater Dei Catholic High School provides an exceptional Catholic education experience enriched with opportunities for athletics, the arts, and spiritual development. We expect our students to participate in the Catholic tradition of social justice by becoming advocates for people in need. In 2019, our esteemed Academy of Science placed 140 students in summer internships in STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) with prominent research institutions throughout San Diego. Our Aquinas Learning Center and Language Academy provides services to students diagnosed with special needs and English language learners respectively. We offer a robust scholarship program for incoming 9th graders based on the outcome of the High School Placement Test.
For more information about the school, please visit www.materdeicatholic.org.
Page BreakMater Dei Catholic High School mission:
We exist to inspire & educate the hearts, minds, and souls of our students.
Mater Dei Catholic High School core values:
Dedicated – MDCHS employees are committed to the mission and demonstrate desire to be an asset to the school. They model a growth mindset, and actively seek out opportunities for professional development.
Spirit of Service – MDCHS employees are committed to a spirit of service through their desire to advance all facets of the school. They possess a welcoming attitude, humility and a generous heart. They constantly prioritize the needs of students and the Mater Dei community when making decisions.
Smart – MDCHS employees are knowledgeable. They demonstrate good judgment and social awareness. They model emotional and spiritual sensitivity.
Integral Student Outcomes (ISOs)
MDCHS will prepare its graduates to be:
Christ-centered persons who:
are dedicated to the Catholic values of dignity, humility, and compassion
possess a generous heart and are committed to a spirit of service
embody a love of God and love of neighbor
Life-long self-directed learners who:
are determined to pursue higher education
demonstrate integrity as they form identity and discover their purpose
embody a growth mindset and apply their learning to real world issues
Effective communicators who:
exemplify emotional and spiritual sensitivity
articulate ideas clearly, creatively, and logically
possess the skills to resolve conflicts in a global society
Collaborative individuals who:
respect and value individuals from diverse backgrounds and abilities
demonstrate social awareness and good judgment
engage in a variety of leadership and supportive roles
The Principal is responsible for building and nurturing an excellent educational program in the MDCHS community of faith, where worship, service, and social concern are integrated, diversity is celebrated, and all are welcomed and valued. The Principal reports to the President of Mater Dei Catholic.
Epitomizes the ideals of servant leadership
Models Catholic Christian spirituality, attitudes, and treatment toward others
Works with the President to administer the total school program, including faith formation, academics, athletics, and extra-curricular activities
Assists the President in overseeing school plant needs and security protocols
Develops effective working partnerships with faculty, parents, and community members
Maintains appropriately transparent and timely communication with all stakeholders
Networks and collaborates with other schools, to problem-solve, exchange ideas, and engage in best practices
Collaborates with the Diocesan Office for Schools to maintain a program consistent with the expectations of the Bishop of San Diego and the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA)
Promotes and guides a school culture of continuous improvement
Key Areas of Responsibility:
Works with the campus ministers to nurture the faith formation of those in the school community, by providing many and varied opportunities for spiritual growth
Ensures a quality Catholic religious education instruction of students
Maintains appropriate communications with feeder elementary schools
Collaborates with staff to give witness to the Catholic identity of the school, including religious signs, symbols, and displays
Provides opportunities for the school community to celebrate liturgies and prayer services
Ensures coordination of the student service program
Supports community cohesion by making every effort to create a culture of inclusivity, including respect and acceptance of students of other faiths, races, and ethnicities
Strives to make MDCHS an instrument of evangelization for all who enter its doors
Keeps the needs and welfare of students central to all decision-making
Directs faculty assignments and student schedules
Works with faculty to develop and maintain an instructional program of the highest caliber
Stays abreast of current research in educational best practices in instruction and assessment
Identifies, with faculty input, needed change and uses research in the development of action plans to improve instruction
Supervises and collaborates with the assistant principals, deans, and counselors
Promotes healthy morale and fosters shared leadership among faculty and staff
Encourages the use of a variety of educational and pedagogical strategies to support student engagement
Provides appropriate in-service opportunities for the school staff to address identified needs
Supervises and evaluates instruction, and collaborates with faculty members on the development of individual professional growth plans
Works to ensure educational equity for all students, including support for the special learning needs of students
Supervises issues of student conduct including restorative practices and expulsions
Ensures that diocesan expectations for continuing education and religious certification of self and faculty are met
Stays abreast of college admission requirements and tracks acceptance rates
Tracks student data across the grades and subject areas
In collaboration with the President, creates student recruitment and retention strategies, primarily building a program that ensures excellent student outcomes
Recruits, interviews, and selects the school faculty and academic team members
Under the direction of the President, develops and monitors the educational budget
Initiates appropriate consultation with the Office for Schools
Complies with diocesan, state, federal and local laws and policies
Directs development of annual progress reports to WCEA/ WASC and keeps accreditation efforts current
Convenes and moderates appropriate meetings, including faculty and staff
Coordinates with the Principal of the elementary school and the Director of the adult school regarding the use of the campus and scheduling of activities
Religious & Professional Qualifications for Principalship:
All Principal candidates must be approved by the school’s President, Director of the Office for Schools on behalf of the Bishop of San Diego, and recommended by the MDCHS Selection Committee before they can be hired.
Candidates for Principalship in the Diocese of San Diego must possess the following qualifications:
Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (or related field) preferred, and/or California Administrative Credential. A candidate from out of state should have the equivalent credential.
Have a minimum five years of successful administrative experience in Catholic schools
Skills / Knowledge
Is a practicing Catholic with general knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith
Confirms knowledge of the Church’s mission in the Diocese of San Diego
Enforce all workplace policies contained in the MDCHS personnel handbook, including but not limited to, employee standards of conduct, policy against harassment, electronic communications policy, and social media policy
Displays excellent written and verbal communication skills
Spanish proficiency is helpful but not required
Demonstrates proficiency in technology usage and applications
Shows aptitude for effectively analyzing information
Quickly establishes rapport, relates to a variety of personalities and cultures
Works independently, and maintains strict confidentiality and professional ethics
Possesses professional temperament and appearance
Provide overall direction, and is responsible for supervision, evaluation, and professional development of all personnel under his/her direction, to include, but not limited to Assistant Principals, teachers, counselors, coaches, and staff.
Negotiated based upon experience, education, and qualifications.
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