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Our Lady of Malibu Church (Malibu)






2021-2022 Elementary School Principal
Our Lady of Malibu School
Malibu, California

Mission Statement
Our Lady of Malibu Catholic School forms students and their families in the Catholic faith while respecting the traditions and practices of all religions. We strive for excellence, unlocking the full potential of each individual, and building confident, collaborative, and independent learners. We stress the total development of each child: spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, emotional,
and physical.

K – 8th Grade School Founded in 1958
95 Students in Preschool through Grade 8

Our Lady of Malibu School is conducting a search for an outstanding Catholic educational leader who will celebrate the values upon which Catholic schools were created while appreciating that the schools of today are not the same as those of the past. The Catholic school leader at Our Lady of Malibu will not only have a tremendous impact on the school but will also interface with the life of the Church community. Our Lady of Malibu School seeks a leader who is well versed in current educational programming and pedagogy while respecting the tradition of a Catholic education. We are looking for a leader who is consultative and collaborative yet who is willing to make difficult decisions when they arise. The community wants a calm, confident leader who is knowledgeable about child development and the educational needs of children. And the students want someone who will enjoy knowing them, yet be fair and serve as a role model.


Since 1958, Our Lady of Malibu School, known as Malibu’s GEM, has played an important role in the Malibu community and in the community of Catholic schools. The school provides a strong academic program with a breadth that is unique to the area in a close knit community of caring and involved parents. Graduates of Our Lady of Malibu School have the opportunity to attend their first choice high schools, and many place into honors classes.


Under the direction of the pastor, the principal, as a servant leader will be responsible for the following:

Ensure that the school’s philosophy and mission are communicated to parents and effectively implemented
Create a vision for the school and develop a strategic plan that will guide the school in fulfilling its mission
Engage fully in the daily life of the school
Be a motivational role model and mentor for faculty, staff, and students
Demonstrate integrity and fairness and lead in a consistent, ethical manner
Strengthen collaboration and foster transparency and trust through open communication, clear expectations, and full engagement of various constituents including the faculty, staff, parents, and students along with the parish leadership and community
Serve as the educational leader and work with the faculty to ensure that all programs are thoughtfully designed based on current research and that they are clearly articulated and consistently implemented
Serve as the primary spokesperson for the school’s strong educational program
Recruit and retain faculty and staff who are aligned with the school’s mission and goals
Foster a culture of professional growth and development for all faculty and staff
Lead recruitment and retention efforts and the implementation of the admissions process
Develop leadership skills in all students including in areas of service to others
Value and engage parents and members of the parish to maintain and grow the school’s presence and impact in the community
Support and guide the high level of parent volunteerism
Engage and oversee the Consultative School Board, where appropriate
Connect with the larger Catholic school system to share and learn
Oversee, in consultation with the Parish Finance Committee, all financial planning and budgeting for the school
Develop a fundraising strategy and lead fundraising initiatives including outreach to members of the school, parish, and alumni along with the broader Malibu community
Monitor all financial and fundraising records

Professional Qualities

Our Lady of Malibu School is interested in candidates who can support, articulate, and promote a mission-driven, child-centered model of education. Along with excellent organizational, leadership, and communication skills, ideal candidates will have a background that demonstrates most, if not all, of the following:

A warm, approachable presence that invites and respects the views of others yet is confident in making decisions in the best interest of the overall school community
The desire to be accessible to the faculty, staff, parents, and students
A collaborative approach to leadership
Strong familiarity with significant educational trends, including STEAM, and particularly in Catholic schools
The ability to articulate the school’s educational vision and to inspire and motivate others toward further strengthening the school
Effective communication with all members of the school community

Search Process

Candidates should submit the following materials:

A cover letter explaining their interest and qualifications for becoming the next principal of Our Lady of Malibu School
A current resume
A brief personal statement, including their educational philosophy
The names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three references including at least one former supervisor

To: Fr. Matt Murphy
Our Lady of Malibu



A master’s degree in education or educational leadership
A valid administrative credential (preferred)
A minimum of five years of teaching experience
A Catholic in good standing in the Catholic Church
Successful fundraising experience within the school and broader community
A high degree of discretion in dealing with confidential information
An ability and willingness to work independently and as a team
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
A history of thinking creatively and a willingness to create change for the betterment of the school

Information/Application Contact

Our Lady of Malibu Church (Malibu)

3625 Winter Canyon Rd

Malibu, CA 90265