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Assistant Principal of Academics

St. Pius X – St. Matthias Academy (Downey)






Assistant-Principal of Academics
Job Summary: As the Assistant Principal, serves to support the Principal as the school and educational leader responsible for development, implementation, supervision, and evaluation of a comprehensive program of educational and student services. Administers the program in accordance with diocesan policies, statutory requirements, and administrative rules and regulations. Serves as an advocate for the staff, school, and school community as appropriate. The Principal, with the approval of the President, appoints the Assistant Principal of Academics. The Assistant Principal of Academics reports directly to the Principal and is responsible for all areas of the school’s academic and curricular program. The prime responsibility is to assist the Principal in providing and implementing an appropriate oversight of the schools educational processes and procedures. The Assistant Principal of Academics is also responsible for the fulfillment of various other administrative and organizational functions.

The Assistant Principal of Academics should be able to:

Promote a positive, caring climate for learning.
Deal sensitively and fairly with persons from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Communicate effectively with students, parents, and staff.
Supervision and Controls over the Work: Works under the general supervision of principal and support carrying out the guidance and direction of the School President. Utilizes the strategic plan, diocesan goals and policy, and the approved school improvement plan to guide both personal leadership and the work of the school staff. Annual evaluation will be based upon this job description, goals and objectives specific to the school or the position and the performance of the Assistant Principal.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Creating a school culture that promotes the ongoing improvement of learning and teaching for students and staff: Develops and sustains focus on a shared mission and clear vision for improvement of learning and teaching. Engages stakeholders in the essential conversations for ongoing improvement. Facilitates collaborative processes with stakeholders leading toward continuous improvement. Creates opportunities for shared leadership within the school.
2. Providing for school safety: Effectively engages the entire community to develop a more nuanced/expanded understanding of what it means to be safe. Provides for the physical, intellectual, and emotional safety in order for effective teaching and learning to take place.
3. Partnering with the school community to promote student learning: Understands the greater community and works to establish a genuine partnership model between home and school. Aligns school and community efforts and values as a work in progress that must be nurtured, sustained, and monitored, and is able to influence others to adopt the same understanding. Community engagement decisions are made that result in improved teaching and learning.
4. Leadership and Governance:
a. Consistently demonstrates high moral, ethical, and professional standards of performance and personal integrity, which includes addressing problems and issues in an open, honest, and timely manner. Ensures proper conduct which goes beyond the practice of avoiding what is wrong and instead focusing on choosing to do what is right. Serves as a champion for the school, avoiding actual or perceived behavior personally or among the staff which may cast a negative impression on the school.
b. Models and promotes trust, enthusiasm, rapport, respect and openness among faculty, staff, students, and members of the community. Celebrates successes and recognizes the achievements of others.
c. Creates a professional environment by assuring that personal and staff interactions with others in the school, community, and board are conducted with utmost respect and professionalism.
d. Honors the ideas of others even when in disagreement with those ideas. Works collaboratively to resolve disagreements and seek mutually respectful solutions.
e. Actively participates in meetings, workshops and conferences that involve decisions affecting the diocese and/or the school. Advocates for the school needs by providing input to the decision making process of the diocese. Respects, supports, and implements decisions once made, and acts to ensure that staff are equally supportive.
f. Participates in school academic, athletic, and co-curricular activities to supervise and advocate for the school.
The local circumstances and the particular experience, talents and attributes of the principal and assistant principal determine the specific responsibilities of the assistant principal. Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Monitoring, assisting, and evaluating effective instruction and assessment practices: An effective leader is knowledgeable about and deeply involved in the design and implementation of the instructional program; prioritizes effective teaching by visiting classrooms regularly and working with teachers on instructional issues. Develops a working knowledge and ability to lead school initiatives. Participates in professional development regarding school initiatives. Monitors instruction and assessment practices ensuring alignment with the School Improvement Plan. Assists staff in developing required student growth plan and identifying valid, reliable sources of evidence to effectiveness. Assists staff in implementing effective instruction and assessment practices. Reliably and validly evaluates staff in effective instruction and assessment practices.
Leads the development, implementation and evaluation of a data-driven plan for increasing student achievement, including the use of multiple student data elements: Recognizes and seeks out multiple data sources. Analyzes and interprets multiple data sources to inform school-level improvement efforts. Implements data driven plan for improved teaching and learning. Assists staff in using data to guide, modify and improve classroom teaching and learning.
Assisting instructional staff with alignment of curriculum, instruction and assessment with state and local district learning goals: Provides leadership that ensures fidelity to the prescribed curricula that is in alignment to state and local district learning goals. Ensures alignment and implementation of best instructional practices to state and district learning goals. Provides that assessment practices are aligned with both curriculum and instruction.
Managing both staff and fiscal resources to support student achievement and legal responsibilities: Manages human and fiscal resources in transparent ways such that the capacity of the school community to make complicated decisions grows. The support of hiring, assignments, evaluations, ongoing professional development and the fulfillment of legal responsibilities is required. Decisions are made about resources that result in improved teaching and learning.
Demonstrating commitment to closing the achievement gap: Uses evidence to support student improvement. Identifies barriers to achievement and knows how to close resulting gaps. Demonstrates a commitment to close the achievement gap. Provides evidence of growth in student learning.
Act as administrator in the absence of the principal, making decisions necessary for the smooth operation of the school during such absence
Act as a consultant to the principal
Assist in disciplinary actions, when needed
Provides direction, support, and oversight of the following Director heads:
Director Dean of Student Success
Department Chairs
Conducts weekly check-in meetings with directors under his/her supervision
Participates in weekly check-in meetings with the Principal and Assistant Principal of Academics on regular basis
Represent the principal at school functions when the principal is unable to attend
Develop, direct and participate in activities that enhance school and community relations

Serves as a member of the:
Leadership Team
Curriculum Committee (Chair)

Summer Programs
The Assistant Principal plans, implements, and oversees the summer programs. Responsibilities include the following:
To create, market, and oversee the entire summer school/camp operation, to include academic, extra-curricular, athletic, and off-campus activities.
To create, maintain and communicate all records, as required by the school, other schools, consultants, and professional associations.
To retain and evaluate the services of appropriate staff and teachers to organize and run the program
To create and monitor all safety and health programs for the summer school.
To arrange for thoughtful communications with and events for the parents of the summer students.
To work with the director of admission to identify and recruit qualified students for the full-year program.
To work with the business manager to develop a budget and to ensure the profitability of the program.
To prepare appropriate summary reports for the school, the President, and advisory board.
To perform other duties as assigned by the Principal
To support the school and its leadership.

Curriculum Development and Management
Coordinates & directs school wide curriculum, instruction, assessment, and teacher development programs in collaboration with the Principal and Curriculum Committee.

Serves as Chair of Curriculum Committee.
Work with the Curriculum Committee to facilitate specific initiatives in the areas of STEAM (Science, Technology, Arts, and Math) and Humanities
In collaboration with the Curriculum Committee, will develop, implement, and evaluate curriculum for all 9-12
Collaborates with administrators to develop and innovate curricular vision for the school.
Articulates a clear philosophy and shared vision of learning.
Conducts informal classroom observations, instructional supervisions, and formal evaluation visits.
Uses problem-solving techniques to address 
and resolve questions and concerns regarding curricular issues.
Analyzes data in collaboration with the Dean Student of Success to improve/enhance curriculum.
Helps manage the instructional program. Promotes academic excellence in a nurturing environment.
Coordinates & directs the development, assessment and revision of curricular guides and course of study.
Develops the course catalogue describing all course offerings.
Provides insight about student progression and key contributions made by teachers at each level at PLC Meetings.
Monitors the efficacy of instructional interventions that support continuous and measurable improvement in student achievement.
Attends individual department meetings as regularly as possible
Works in partnership with the technology team to oversee skills integration in the program and to support the use of technology tools for teaching and learning.
Oversees the approval process for the purchase of department materials and resources, field trip requests, and professional development requests
Coordinates with the bookstore to provide the titles of books to be purchased each year after approval by the Principal.
Works with teachers to ensure consistent standards for the accurate collection, recording and verification of student data 
(e.g. Gradebook – scoresheets, category weights and category assignments).

Teacher Development (Individual)

Expresses high expectations and provides support to improve teacher performance (e.g. informal observations, 
consultations, coaching meetings, etc.).
Observe teachers frequently to provide ongoing feedback to teachers on instructional delivery and structure substantive feedback for more significant areas of growth.
Meets with teachers to plan units, examine assessments and student data, and provide feedback on instruction and curriculum design.
Set instructional goals for teachers and design an observation schedule to provide feedback on teachers’ progress in meeting those goals.
Helps teachers to develop instructional strategies and intervention programs that elevate achievement among struggling students.
Coordinate teacher training opportunities with Curriculum Committee.
Gathers appropriate input, prepare the annual, written evaluation of each teacher and submits a copy to the Principal.
Maintains open/effective communication teachers.

Teacher Development (School Wide)

Under the supervision of the principal manages the Professional Development budget
In collaboration with the Principal and Dean of Student Success, oversees and coordinates faculty inservices and the teacher professional development program to improve teacher outcomes and student learning.


Bachelor’s degree required
Masters in Education Administration or Curriculum & Instruction preferred
Experience in Administrative Roles
Experience with high school students preferred.

Preference is given to practicing Roman Catholics.

Please send resume and references to: Include “Assistant Principal of Academics” for 2021-2022” in the subject line

Information/Application Contact

St. Pius X – St. Matthias Academy (Downey)

7851 E. Gardendale St.

Downey, CA 90242