All Souls is in its ninth year as the only two strand (Mandarin/English and Spanish/English) 50/50 Dual Language Catholic school in the United States. All Souls opened with 20 students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade and has added two classes (one in Spanish and one in Mandarin) ever since. All Souls currently has 334 students and has a projected enrollment of 450 over the next 4 years.
This dual language flagship school is part of the largest Archdiocesan network of dual language Catholic schools in the nation. The principal will be a pivotal participant in the network’s collaborative Professional Learning Community. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles (ADLA) Dual Language Network offers key resources, professional development, and coaching to its ten member schools.
Located nine miles east of downtown Los Angeles, and close to two major freeways, All Souls draws families seeking a truly distinct Catholic and trilingual community from nearly 70 zip codes and 16 parishes. All Souls is governed by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Department of Catholic Schools and works in partnership with the All Souls parish community.
Principal Job Description
All Souls is seeking a dynamic, warm, outgoing, and passionate leader willing to collaborate with faculty/staff and school families to ensure our school’s continued success. The successful candidate will have experience working in diverse socio economic, religious, and ethnic communities and believe wholeheartedly in the necessity of diverse multilingual communities for developing empathetic learners with a keen sensitivity to the needs of our global world. While the successful candidate may not be bilingual, s/he must believe all students can become bilingual and biliterate, achieve academic excellence in two or more languages, and that a community is most authentically Catholic when inclusive of all.
The candidate must be a team player who works seamlessly with an incredibly diverse, talented, supportive, and high energy Family Guild (parent organization made up of 20 plus active committees). Further, the school principal will communicate regularly and share resources with the pastor and staff of All Souls parish in order to enliven a deeply spiritual, social justice, and service-oriented community.
All Souls is in the middle of a Capital Campaign with the goal of breaking ground for a new additional school building during the 21-22 school year. The school principal will be charged with ensuring the successful completion of this fundraising as well as the planning for this new building’s use.
In addition to the attributes and experience noted above, the All Souls principal in collaboration with the administrative leadership team will prioritize and provide oversight for the following:
• Standards Based-Curriculum and Rigorous, High Quality Instruction
o Stay informed regarding national trends, guiding principles and best practices in dual language program development, dual language implementation and evaluation, and communicate information to teachers, students, parents and community members.
o Work with Spanish and Mandarin team leads/coaches to ensure instruction across all languages is rigorous, standards aligned, grade level appropriate and provides deliberate and appropriate language scaffolds.
o Provide feedback on unit plans, lesson plans, and formative assessments that align with curriculum standards.
o Analyze school instructional needs in order to establish professional development priorities for All Souls. Access additional funds (e.g., Title II funds, grants, etc) for Professional Development and coaching.
o Promote the use of emerging technologies to enhance teacher content knowledge and pedagogy for a diverse student population.
• Assessment for Learning
o Ensure the collection, organization and evaluation of bilingual assessment data. Analyze data regularly with teachers in order to evaluate and inform improvement goals.
o Collaborate with ADLA DLI principals and school teams on standards based grading and the development of standards based report cards
• Catholic, Multicultural and Multilingual Programming
o Ensure continuation of rich multilingual, cross cultural, and globally inspired religious rituals, community building activities, schoolwide assemblies and holiday programming.
• Wellness and Inclusion
o Ensure the continuation of an academic and social-emotional Counseling program, including social emotional curriculum across all grade levels
• Enrichment and After School programming
o Support these robust programs that serve over one-third of the student body
o Manage the completion of the Capital Campaign and annual fundraising
• Local and National Leadership
o Participate actively in local, state (e.g., California Association of Bilingual Education-CABE, Association of Two-Way and Dual Language Education-ATDLE) and national (e.g., Two Way Immersion Network-Catholic Schools-TWIN-CS) professional associations/organizations.
• Practicing Catholic (preferably with a Catechist certification)
• Five years’ experience as a teacher (at least two in a Catholic school setting and preferably experience in or knowledge of a Dual Language setting)
• Successful school leadership experience (Principal, Vice-Principal, Curriculum Lead, etc)
• Master’s degree in education or related field
• Teaching and/or administrative credential
QUALIFIED CANDIDATES SHOULD SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING (via email):
Cover letter (no greater than 2 pages), answering the following questions:
1. Why do you find yourself being called to Catholic school leadership at All Souls World Language Catholic School?
2. Speak to two Leadership Attributes that you possess and your most recent experiences exercising these Attributes.
Résumé (include all work- and service-related experiences, dates and education related to the position)
EMAIL: AMSilva@la-archdiocese.org & JTaylor@la-archdiocese.org
SALARY/BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with education and experiences. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles offers health benefits including medical, dental, and vision and all employees are enrolled in pension benefits from the time of employment and considered vested after five years of full-time employment.
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