Elementary Principal

Essential Responsibilities:


•     Create and maintain a productive community where there is harmony, a positive learning environment, effective communication, and shared responsibility.

•     Exemplify Catholic faith for teachers, school staff, students and parents.

•     Promote and support the goals and objectives of the school to the greater community.

•     Prioritize and manage time effectively. Follow through with commitments in designated time frames.


•     Comply with regulations and requirements for Rule 10 accreditation as defined by the State of Nebraska and the Archdiocese of Omaha.

•     Recruit, interview and recommend all teachers and school staff for employment.

•     Present recommendations to the Pastor regarding employment of all teachers/ staff

•     Develop and maintain communications among all groups associated with the school: teachers, students, school staff, parish staff, Parish Council, Home and School Association, parents, parishioners, Archdiocese of Omaha and Catholic School Office.

•     Interpret educational goals and school policy for above identified groups.

•    Provide input about school budget and maintain required financial records.

•    Hire and supervise substitute teachers.

•     Direct the work of teachers and school staff.

•    Coordinate programming and services with and be a liaison to Omaha Public Schools.

•    Attend meetings that are deemed necessary in the role of school principal. This may include, but not limited to, Home and School Association meetings, as well as Catholic School Office Administrator meetings

•    Meet with the Pastor on an ongoing basis to review and coordinate school ministry with the parish community.


Supervision of Students:

•     Provide and demonstrate a caring relationship with all students.

•     Know the backgrounds, abilities and special needs of all students.

•     Ensure the health and safety of all students.

•     Direct and support recruitment and registration of new students.

•     Direct and support teachers in implementing the Discipline With Purpose philosophy for the school.

•     Direct and support teachers in coordinating student activities such as field-trips school programs, school service projects, etc.

•     Direct and support teachers in pupil evaluations, assessments, and coordinate parent-teacher conferences.

Organizing and Administering Instructional Programs:

•     Coordinate curriculum and schedules.

•     Lead ongoing curriculum evaluation and development

•     Lead and facilitate the implementation of a standards-based curriculum

•     Provide assistance and guide teachers in determining effective curriculum approaches and appropriate methodologies for teaching.

•     Work collaboratively with teachers to design necessary staff development programs to support goals of School Improvement Plan.

•     Assist teachers in designing appropriate classroom assessments and analyzing test data to determine specific student needs.

•     Develop and plan programming for school safety awareness and training.

Supervision of School Programs/Initiatives:

•    Visit   classrooms   regularly   to   affirm   and   assist   teachers   in developing  additional   teaching proficiencies

•    Facilitate the development, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the school\’s improvement plan, utilizing the framework and processes adopted by the Catholic School Office to address approval and accreditation requirements of the State of Nebraska.

•    Provide an orientation for new teachers and staff.

•    Provide leadership through teacher meetings, teacher in-services, and other forms of communication.

•    Formally evaluate teachers and school staff a minimum of once a year.  This action is to be preceded by regular classroom observations with follow-up discussions and opportunities for goal-setting and discussion during an annual review process.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Candidate must possess and be able to consistently demonstrate the following personal and professional qualifications.

•    A practicing member, in good standing, of the Roman Catholic Church who sees his/her commitment to Catholic education as a ministry.

•    Demonstrated record of developing a sound philosophy of Catholic School education and administration.

•    High energy leader with a passion for students, faith formation, community building, character development learning, and excellence.

•    Demonstrated record of developing processes, implementing and evaluating an effective school improvement plan.

•    Strong working knowledge of the spiritual and academic educational documents used in the Archdiocese.

•    Strong working knowledge and/or skills in administration, management, curriculum, instruction, public relations, communications, development, budget and finance.

•    Demonstrated record of setting high expectations for students, staff and self; assessing progress and growth on an ongoing basis.

•    Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.

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Additional Information

The Position

 St. Philip Neri School in Omaha, Nebraska seeks a dynamic principal to begin work on July 1, 2019.

 Founded in 1922, St. Philip Neri School exists to build the body of Christ by promoting academic, social and spiritual growth in a challenging educational environment.  St. Philip Neri School is a Pre-K through Eighth Grade Catholic School where students and faculty share values and ideals in a disciplined, community atmosphere of learning. The school fosters respect for self and others, personal responsibility and service.

Education and Experience:

•    Bachelor of Science

•    Master’s Degree in Education Administration

•    Possesses a valid Nebraska Administration Certificate

•    Five or more years of experience as a classroom teacher

•    Minimum of three years as a school administrator preferred but not required

Contact Information

St. Philip Neri School
8202 N. 31st Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68112

Vickie Kauffold
(p) (402) 557-5600 2002

How to Apply

The Application Process:

The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker, an individual committed to Catholic education who can advance the mission and vision of the school. He/She will be a proven, effective communicator who firmly understands the diplomacy required to work with a varied constituent group. The successful candidate must be able to learn the story of the St. Philip Neri School community and be committed to working in a collaborative environment for the benefit of the students at St. Philip Neri School.

All applications will remain confidential until semi-finalists are selected for interviews with the Search Committee.

Interested candidates are to submit, electronically, the following materials:

·         Cover letter and resume

·         Educational Philosophy (One page)

·         List of references – References will only be contacted once an applicant has reached semifinalist standing and with permission of the applicant (to preserve confidentiality on the applicant’s part)

Materials are to be sent to:

Vickie Kauffold

Assistant Superintendent of Schools

Archdiocese of Omaha