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Upper School Vice Principal

American Martyrs School (Manhattan Beach)






The Vice Principal for Grades 5-8, under the direction of the Principal, implements, enforces and monitors Diocesan, State and school policies. The Vice Principal is responsible for the supervision and monitoring of faculty in grades 5-8 as well as the supervision and monitoring of the 300 students in 5-8.

• Articulate and model the school’s mission, philosophy and Student Learning Expectations to the school community and community at large.
• Assist the Principal in the development and administration of policies and procedures in accordance with Archdiocesan and State guidelines and WCEA/WASC goals and criterion.
• Assist the Principal in the communications between administration and the 5-8 faculty and support and implement Archdiocesan and school policies and procedures.
• Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of the School Improvement Plan.
• Provide leadership to the 5-8 faculty in determining objectives and identifying the school needs as the basis for developing long and short term plans for the school.
• Develop, maintain and use information systems to maintain and records to track progress on school performance objectives and academic excellence indicators.
• Use current research, performance data and feedback from teachers, parents and students to make decisions on program changes and/or modifications.
• Principal in establishing and implementing procedures to be used in event of school crisis and provide leadership in such events.
• Assist in maintaining a safe school environment.
• Assist in monitoring and implementing the assigned budgets as directed by the Principal.
• Communicate regularly to the Principal.
• Deal sensitively, respectfully, and fairly with all members of the school community.
• Communicate effectively with all 5-8 faculty and students. Use appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to guide all 5-8 faculty to task accomplishments.
• Be proactive in recognizing and solving grades 5-8 concerns and problems. Anticipate problems as plans are developed.
• Model and maintain high standards of personal conduct. Set professional standards for all 5-8 faculty.
• Adjust strategies to accommodate unexpected situations.
• Attend in-services to keep current in educational/professional practices.
• Screen, select, assign, supervise and evaluate performance of faculty; motivating employee performance and enhancing morale. Final hiring and salary decisions are made in conjunction with the Principal.
• Implement a faculty supervision plan.
• Orient new teachers and regularly monitor their progress.
• Assist and support faculty in the development of effective classroom management 
and organization.
• Support teacher needs with parents to include, if requested or needed, 
participation in parent conferences, direct communication with parents, phone 
calls, etc. Be proactive in anticipating faculty needs with parents.
• Refer challenging faculty & staff discipline issues to the Principal.
• Assist in assessing, planning, organizing, implementing faculty development and 
training, encourage and support professional growth.
• Work with Principal to ensure coverage for teachers that are absent.
• Supervise substitute teachers for grades 5-8.
• Monitor teachers’ lesson plans as per faculty supervision plan.
• Participate in grade level weekly planning meetings providing support when 
necessary. Communicate school-wide needs and support specific grade levels. 
Maintain accurate minutes to be copied to the President.
• Review and approve any newsletters and general communication from the 
teachers to the parents. Ensure a copy is forwarded to the Principal.
• Assist in the development and planning and obtain Principal’s approval for 
special curricular and non-curricular events for grade levels.

Public Relations
• Assist in communicating to parents regarding all phases of the grades 5-8 education program; assist the Principal in carrying out a program of community relations.
• Maintain visibility and accessibility in the school campus and at school-related activities and events as needed for grade level activities.

• Lead the overall instructional program by interpreting and implementing curriculum program to meet the unique needs of students and community.
• Develop long and short range plans to improve the instructional process in line with WCEA/WASC action goals.
• Establish procedures for evaluation and selection of instructional materials and equipment, approving all recommendations.
• Facilitate the planning of innovative educational programs.
• Provide instructional resources and materials to support teaching staff.
• Supervise the instructional programs of the school by periodically evaluating 
lesson plans and observing classes to encourage the use of the variety of 
instructions strategies and materials.
• Oversee the administration of various testing programs for grades 5-8


All Preferred candidates must demonstrate the following minimum qualifications:
• A Master’s degree in education or educational leadership from an accredited university.
• A valid teaching credential.
• A valid certification for Basic First Aid and CPR.
• A minimum of five years of teaching experience preferably in a Catholic educational setting.
• A high degree of discretion dealing with confidential information.
• A strong set of written and verbal communication skills.
• An ability and willingness to work independently and as a team.
• A Catholic in good standing with the Roman Catholic Church.
• A strong set of interpersonal, verbal communication and written communication skills with a history of working collaboratively with others.
• A history of professional goal-setting, organization, implementation, and reflection for projects and programs.
• A strong command of digital skills including use of Microsoft Office, PowerSchool or equivalent Parish/School data management system, Adobe Acrobat, Google applications, and Edlio or other teacher website equivalent.
• A willingness to employ new technologies.
• A flexible demeanor and willingness to adapt to school schedule changes, special events, and celebrations that helps foster the school’s mission of teaching to the whole child.
• A perspective of Catholic education as a ministry, not just a job.

Information/Application Contact

American Martyrs School (Manhattan Beach)

1701 Laurel Avenue

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266