The Board of Trustees of the Lutheran High School Association of St. Louis (Association) seeks to fill the position of Principal of Lutheran High School South beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year. Lutheran South is one of two high schools supported by the Association. Lutheran South is a co-educational, private Christian high school serving over 440 students in grades 9 through 12 throughout the south St. Louis County and St. Louis City areas. Lutheran South’s ministry is based on three guiding principles central to its purpose statement and the overall mission of the LHSA: academic excellence, Christian community and leadership service.
The Mission of the Association is: “Our students thrive in a Christ-centered community of excellence where they achieve their God-given potential through a college-preparatory curriculum.”
The Purpose statement for Lutheran South is: “Lutheran High School South educates for excellence in a Christ-centered environment, preparing students for leadership in service to the church, the home and the world.”
In keeping with this mission and purpose, the Principal of Lutheran South is the senior leader for the school and serves on the leadership team for the Association, reporting to the President of the Association as Superintendent of Schools. In addition to effective Christian leadership, the Principal is responsible for the supervision, motivation and development of all staff within the school, oversight and management of school curricula, policies and procedures with an eye towards continuous quality improvement and representing the school to the community and working collaboratively with the President, Enrollment Management and Advancement staff to maintain strong levels of support for the student and program needs of Lutheran South.
The Principal of Lutheran South must:
Understand the needs of ecumenically diverse high school students as they develop spiritually together in the high school setting.
Provide focus and alignment of all aspects of Lutheran South to our shared belief statements as a Lutheran characterized, Christian school.
Be bold in his/her personal sharing of the Gospel and its life changing influences.
Demonstrate passion for the Christian mission of Lutheran South and promote aggressive actions achieve it.
Be skilled at faculty selection, motivation and development with the goal of bringing both academic excellence and strong Christian witnesses to students.
Incorporate Scripture and Lutheran doctrine as the foundation for decision making in the school and in all communications.
Ensure effective use of assessment methods to regularly evaluate instructional and curricular choices to maintain the highest level of student learning as a college-preparatory high school.
Honor the past successes of the school while visioning appropriate change for improvement.
Champion a best-practice and research-informed culture of excellence in teaching and learning that incorporates 21st Century skills development and pedagogy methods.
Be insightful into the individual development of teachers to maximize professional growth.
Support the use of technology in the academic program of the school, including the 1:1 device program.
Promote student participation in high-quality extracurricular activities that support the development of lifelong healthy habits.
Enthusiastically and personally support students in a wide-range of activities and be visible at a wide range of school activities, including clubs, athletics, fine arts, service, admissions and fundraising events.
Models Christian servant leadership and the values of service, supports and encourages the development of these traits in others and understand the power of recognition of these traits as they emerge in students.
Purposely capitalizes on the diversity in the student body to promote social growth for all.
For consideration, all candidates must either be on the LCMS roster or be eligible and willing to attain that status as a condition of hire. The successful candidate will be certified as a Principal in Missouri or another state, or should be capable and prepared to become certified as a secondary school administrator in the State of Missouri, and should have earned a Master’s degree. An understanding of school, management business and finance is preferred along with previous administrative experience in a school setting.
Email your letter of interest, current resume and completed employment application to: Sharon Thurman, Human Resources Manager at SThurman@LHSAstl.org.
Nominations are also encouraged and should include a letter of recommendation and current contact information for the nominee and nominations should also be emailed to Mrs. Thurman at the same address.
Additional Salary Information: The salary is competitive and is determined by relevant experience and educational attainment. Benefits for this position include: paid vacation and sick leave, health insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, defined pension plan and disability benefits.
About Lutheran High School Association of St. Louis
The Lutheran High School Association (LHSA) of St. Louis facilitates college preparatory Christian education and nutures diverse communities of Christian leaders at its two high schools, Lutheran High School North and Lutheran High School South.