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Principal $98,600- $186,000

Verbum Dei Jesuit High School (Los Angeles)






Verbum Dei Jesuit High School (VDJHS) seeks a mission-driven, innovative, collaborative, student- and community-centered Principal to serve as the chief academic, instructional, and formational leader. The Principal reports directly to the President and serves as a critical member of the school’s leadership team.

Verbum Dei Jesuit High School is a Jesuit, Catholic high school located in Watts with an enrollment of approximately 320 students. Part of the Cristo Rey Network (CRN), Verbum Dei Jesuit offers young men from supportive families of limited resources a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, integrated with a professional work-study experience, and faith formation that prepares them to graduate from college as men for others who serve their communities and pursue a more just and humane world for all.

As a Cristo Rey school, VDJHS adheres to a set of Mission Effectiveness Standards to protect the integrity of the model and articulate the shared mission.

Catholic Identity and Verbum Dei Jesuit Mission
• Serve as a spiritual leader for the school; promote and sustain the school’s Catholic identity; ensure that the school’s Christian values and mission drive school decisions, and that liturgical practices, prayer, and Catholic culture are integrated into school life.
• Ensure that the teachers of theology courses and the religion curriculum meet the criteria and published norms and practices as set by the Department of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
• Actively participate in and support the school’s leadership team; promote and support the importance of integrating academics with the Corporate Work Study Program as part of a college preparatory experience; ensure clear communication of shared expectations for students.
• Partner with the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), the school’s Catholic sponsor, to develop and sustain the school’s Jesuit, Catholic identity and serve as a liaison with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Department of Catholic Schools.
• Actively participate in CRN, Jesuits West, Archdiocese of Los Angeles professional development and take advantage of CRN coaching and support; actively participate in faith formation programs aimed at deepening and nurturing your capacity as a spiritual and mission-driven Catholic school leader.
• Serve as the lead-learner on campus; stay current with research, best practices, and trends relevant to Catholic, urban education, and issues that may be affecting the school’s students.
• Provide a rigorous, college-ready CRN curriculum; lead STEAM programing; promote and nurture a college-going culture with high student expectations.
• Lead school-wide cycles of formative/interim assessments, analysis of data, and monitoring of student progress; identify and prioritize needs and determine team and individual interventions; communicate academic data to stakeholders.
School Culture and Family Involvement
• Ensure that all members of the school community are treated fairly, equitably, and with respect and compassion; foster the creation of an inclusive school environment and ensure that parents are welcomed and acknowledged as partners with the school; develop and implement strategies for meaningful and reciprocal family and community engagement.
• Lead the school community to create a culture of high expectations and continuous improvement, complemented by high levels of support; promote and articulate a vision for continuous improvement that recognizes existing equity gaps and commits to their elimination.
• Ensure an active co-curricular life of the school, which gives students opportunities to develop their non-academic talents and interests (athletics, arts, clubs, etc.).
Strategic Planning
• In collaboration with the President, the leadership team, and other key stakeholders, develop a multi-year strategic plan that is aligned to the school’s shared vision of excellence and mission, that leverages the resources of the CRN, and incorporates the school’s Catholic identity and Corporate Work Study Program.
• Develop and execute goals and process metrics that support the strategic plan and adjust as necessary to address barriers or changes related to the plan.
Allocation of Resources and Supervision of School Personnel
• Set and communicate clear expectations for excellence; define responsibilities for academic faculty and staff and delegate tasks and responsibilities in ways that are consistent with role definitions.
• Mentor faculty members; conduct regular classroom observations using a research-based framework; maintain a visible and active leadership presence throughout the campus.
• Develop and execute strategies to improve the performance of faculty and staff, including specific professional development plans; provide regular feedback and hold employees accountable.
• Monitor progress on multiple work streams and individual expectations. Acknowledge progress, celebrate successes, and intervene in a prompt, direct, and professional ways to address gaps when needed.
As an employee with Verbum Dei Jesuit, you will enjoy a competitive employee benefits program, including medical, dental, and vision coverage, retirement plan contribution, voluntary supplemental life and disability coverages, and generous paid time off.

• Master’s Degree in an educational field
• Minimum five years’ experience in school leadership
• A commitment to Catholic education
• Demonstrated ability to connect with low-income, urban students and families
• Demonstrated ability to serve as the faith leader of the school
• Proven background in curriculum design, teacher supervision, and data analytics
• Demonstrated understanding of the college qualification and acceptance process
• Background in designing and executing school improvement plans
• A commitment to personal and professional integrity and moral character
• Fluency in Spanish preferred
• Required Skills
• Deep commitment to low-income, urban youth
• Ability to build a shared vision and inspire commitment to a mission
• Ability to build relationships with a diverse faculty and staff and parent community
• Ability to plan in a manner that anticipates barriers and recognizes needs school-wide
• Strong collaboration with others and the willingness to solicit input prior to developing strategies and solutions
• Ability to motivate and influence others to achieve excellence in the workplace
• Openness to feedback
• Ability to think critically and reflectively, and to prioritize effectively
• Openness to growth and a commitment to continuous learning
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Ability to develop and execute an effective school budget

Verbum Dei Jesuit is an equal-opportunity employer. However, as a Jesuit institution organized as a California Nonprofit Religious Corporation, the School reserves the right to make employment decisions based on principles of Catholic moral teaching, religious preferences, and other religious needs, criteria, policies, and standards. Within that condition, Verbum Dei Jesuit is committed to fostering a supportive workplace which includes providing equal opportunity in employment for all people without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, ancestry, marital status, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity or expression physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information or genetic characteristics, veteran status, uniformed service or other protected status in accordance with state and federal laws.


Interested applicants may apply online through our applicant website Applicants will be asked to upload the following:
• Resume
• Cover Letter (not longer than one page).
• Responses to the following questions (not longer than 1000 words total):
o How would you describe your philosophy of education? How would you put it into practice at VDJHS?
o How would you describe your leadership style?
o What past experiences in educational leadership have prepared you to serve as a principal of a Cristo Rey school?
o What qualities and dispositions will you look for when hiring teachers and staff? How do you plan to support, evaluate, and train teachers?
o How will you ensure the Jesuit, Catholic identity of the school? How would you define effective Catholic leadership?
o What is your vision for the ideal graduate of VDJHS?
• References: please include three letters of professional reference.

Wage Range
The rate of pay offered to the selected candidate is based on internal pay policy and budget. New hires are commonly paid at the minimum of the wage range or within the lower part of the range. We consider a number of factors when making compensation decisions including, but not limited to, skill sets, experience, training and other department needs.

Information/Application Contact

Verbum Dei Jesuit High School (Los Angeles)

11100 S Central Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90059