Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women (OLM), an institution known for its tradition of excellence, is seeking a visionary and transformational Principal – Head of School to lead its ongoing pursuit of providing a world-class education to girls in grades six through twelve.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The Principal is considered the Head of the School and is charged with the responsibility for its operation by the Board of Trustees. The Principal reports directly to the President and is an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees, and shall operate the School according to the policies and philosophy formulated by the Board, Sisters of Mercy (MESA) and in accordance with Catholic teaching.
Promotes, integrates and ensures the Mission of Mercy in curriculum, programming and activities.
Demonstrates and encourages open communication and collaboration in all aspects of School life.
Leads by example, demonstrating the attributes of World Class Learners, acting as a servant leader among faculty, staff and administration.
Provides guidance and input to highest quality academic programming and School operations in collaboration with Department Curriculum Leaders, faculty, staff and administration.
Partners with the Director of Admissions and the Director of Counseling and College Advisement in identifying and assessing applicants for admission.
Collaborates with Guidance Counselors and Department Curriculum Leaders to determine academic placement and assess academic achievement.
Provides input, leadership and guidance to the interviewing, selection and orientation process of faculty; recommends candidates for hiring to the President.
Champions professional development of self, faculty, staff and administration.
Leads the performance management process by setting standards to ensure the highest level of performance among faculty, staff and administration.
Performs formal and informal observations of all faculty; provides on-going feedback to Curriculum Leaders regarding teacher needs and improvement plans.
Operational, Budgetary and Fiduciary Leadership
Leads School operations ensuring all policies and procedures are followed and in compliance with local, state and federal law, in alignment with the strategic plan and in keeping with the Sisters of Mercy/MESA.
Develops and continuously improves policies and procedures that ensure a safe and secure educational environment.
Partners and meets regularly with the President to assess all aspects of School life and explore new initiatives; regularly meets with direct reports and the President to ensure open communication and collaboration.
Works to ensure Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women continues to remain viable and competitive by closely partnering with Department Heads, the Advancement Office, the Board and President.
Contributes to the budgeting process by collaborating with the Finance Team and Board of Trustees.
Fosters a culture of continuous improvement by actively listening and proactively seeking improvement opportunities and recommendations.
Acts as a liaison with local school districts and the State Education Department.
Proactively communicates with the School, parents and community ensuring timely and relevant information is shared.
Collaborates with the President and administers the progressive discipline process up to and including student dismissals and employee terminations.
Serves as an approachable, visible representation of School leadership by attending School activities, OLM Gala and other fundraising events, Parents Association, Booster meetings, etc.
Serves on the Board of Trustees in an ex-officio capacity and provides input, guidance and influence as needed in the strategic planning and accreditation processes.
Community Leadership and Involvement
Actively seeks, and stays apprised of, relevant educational information, organizations, methods and trends and applies information to the continuous improvement of OLM.
Attends and participates in educational conferences; applies relevant learnings to OLM.
Maintains visibility as an OLM leader in the academic and geographic community; participates in community activities as appropriate and in keeping with the OLM Mission.
In addition to the essential job responsibilities, Principal – Head of School will perform other duties as assigned.
Servant Leadership – Gives priority to service to others and serves as a role model of faith for faculty, staff, students and parents. Conducts self in a manner consistent with, and supportive of, the mission and purpose of the Catholic Church and the Sisters of Mercy. Fosters an educational culture in alignment with the Sisters of Mercy and MESA traditions.
Strategic Planning and Execution – Aligns work and resources to the mission and strategic plan through effective planning, communication and execution. Monitors progress and adjusts plans as needed to accomplish goals. Contributes to the strategic planning process by staying current on academic trends, challenges and opportunities.
Educational and Instructional Leadership – Enhances teaching and learning through curriculum and faculty assessment. Collaborates with faculty to understand needs and continuously improve the educational experience. Strives to integrate faith into all aspects of education.
Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women is the only college preparatory, faith-based private school, exclusively for young women in the Rochester region. We welcome all girls entering grades six through 12 — inclusive of all incomes, races, and faith affiliations — who are seeking an alternative to public school or who wish to continue to pursue a faith-based education. Mercy builds life-changing competence, confidence, and compassion that prepares and inspires young women to achieve the highest level of success in college, in career, and in the community.
Experience and Education Required:
Master’s Degree in Educational Administration or similar advanced degree from an accredited college or university.
Current High School licensure or certification for grades 9-12.
Minimum of 7 years of experience in teaching and working with adults or adolescents.
Minimum of 2 years of experience as Principal, Head of School, Assistant Principal or Central Office Administrator in the public, independent or faith-based educational settings.
Proven leadership success including the ability to motivate and lead positively through change.
Proven organizational management skills in complex educational settings; demonstration of a positive track record with enrollment, academic culture, School and staff improvement, and budgetary responsibility.
Valid driver’s license with no serious violations.
Experience and Education Preferred:
Memberships in one or more of the following: CSAANYS, MSEA, Mercy Network, MSA, NASSP, NCEA, CSSARD, MCP, ASCD.
Working knowledge or experience with Greater Rochester, New York area schools.