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High School Principal:

Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School seeks a principal for our upper division, a high school principal. We seek a person who can build upon our excellent academic foundation rooted in our Roman Catholic Tradition. We continue to provide an excellent learning atmosphere as well as a safe environment for students since our founding in 1956. We are one of only four pre-K through 12 Catholic parish schools in the Archdiocese of Detroit., and only one of two such schools in Oakland County. We provide this educational opportunity on one campus as an integral part of our parish life at Our Lady of the Lakes. The school is housed in one building with two divisions, Pre-K through 6 and 7 through 12. Our school implemented a 1:1 school technology program with an emphasis on integrating technology and our Catholic faith into all aspects of our curriculum. The principal is hired by and directly responsible to the pastor. Any candidate is expected to facilitate a strong leadership identity working in close partnership with faculty, staff, and parents of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School.

Basic Function of Position

The principal is responsible for establishing, demonstrating and promoting the highest standards and expectations for spiritual growth, academic performance, and behavior of all students. The principal provides support to the instructional process with specific responsibility for directing overall site operations, services, and staff; providing information and serving as a resource to others; enforcing established policies and regulatory requirements; coordinating school activities and addressing issues, situations and/or problems that arise on campus or with enrolled students.

Expectations for this position include:

  • establishing a tone that enables the spiritual growth of students, faculty, and the entire school community;
  • assessing and overseeing the school’s academic programs and faculty effectiveness;
  • communicating effectively with students, families and the community;
  • representing the school in the parish/school communities and greater community;
  • overseeing non-academic matters including, but not limited to, enrollment management, future planning, sports programs, extra-curricular programs, budgets, development, and marketing.

Essential Duties and Tasks Required by this Job

  • Chairs meetings (e.g. curriculum, safety, site advisory, etc.) for the purpose of coordinating activities and ensuring that outcomes achieve school, Archdiocesan and/or state objectives.
  • Develops, maintains and monitors all school-related budgets and financial forecasts for the purpose of providing financial guidance and recommendations to the Pastor and Business Manager, as well as to ensure adherence to established internal controls.
  • Evaluates assigned personnel for the purpose of ensuring that standards are achieved and performance is maximized.
  • Facilitates communication between personnel, students and/or parents for the purpose of evaluating situations, solving problems and/or resolving conflicts.
  • Ensures implementation and advisement of policies, procedures and/or processes for the purpose of providing direction and/or complying with mandated requirements.
  • Manages school administrative functions (e.g. facility maintenance, budget, staffing, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining safe and efficient school operations within Archdiocesan and State   guidelines.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring an efficient/effective work environment.
  • Prepares a wide variety of materials (e.g. quantity reports, student activities, correspondence, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written reference, and/or conveying information.
  • Represents the school within parish/Archdiocesan forums for the purpose of maintaining ongoing support for educational goals and/or assisting with issues related to school environment.
  • Supervises instructional personnel for the purpose of performance evaluation, providing for professional growth and achieving overall objectives of school’s curriculum.
  • Orientates and assists new staff and students.
  • Provides opportunities for their input in the school program.
  • Develops and endorses a culture of evidence-based practices and ongoing evaluation to measure effectiveness, impact on student learning, success and return on investment of varies methodologies.

The successful candidate:

  • will be committed to fostering and maintaining a Catholic environment that is an authentic expression of Catholic faith, with the goal of producing faithful graduates where everything done in and through the school expresses discipleship with Christ and the Church;
  • will have a working knowledge of the Church’s teachings regarding Catholic identity and the National and Archdiocesan Standards and Benchmarks for effective Catholic Secondary Schools;
  • will possess a demonstrated commitment to academic excellence, with an emphasis on innovative learning skills, teaching methods, and curricula;
  • will partner with the pastor in cultivating and leveraging key relationships and partnerships within and outside the school with the goal of making education at the archdiocesan high school sustainable.
  • have enthusiasm, energy and vision for implementing a pre-existing strategic plan for the next 3-5 years.


  • Be a practicing Catholic.
  • Hold a Master’s degree or higher from an approved program in Educational Administration offered by an institute of higher education (IHE).
  • The basic endorsement for a school administrator certificate is Elementary/Secondary Administrator K-12 (Building).
    • A Catholic Principal, assistant Catholic Principal or other person whose primary responsibility is administering instructional programs employed as a school administrator after January 4, 2010, must hold a valid Administrator certificate in accordance with SB-981. (A school administrator who was employed as a school administrator on or before January 4, 2010, does not need to hold the Administrator certificate for their current position but must meet the same continuing education requirements as described in the renewal policy for the Professional Education teaching certificate, every five years after initial date of employment.)
  • Hold currently valid Michigan teacher certification
  • Hold (or will obtain in first year) catechist formation certification as directed by the Department of Evangelization, Catechesis and Schools. Certification from another diocese will be reviewed during application process.
  • Be able to provide evidence of three to five years of successful teaching experience
  • Be able to meet any other local requirements pertinent to the available administrative position.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Please send resume, cover letter and letters of reference to: fr.scott@ollonline.org