St. Gabriel's Catholic School seeks an experienced Head of Middle School to serve as a spiritual, educational and managerial leader of the Middle School beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. SGCS is a co-educational Catholic school in Austin, Texas. The Lower School is comprised of grades PreK-4 and the Middle School houses grades 5-8. SGCS provides a challenging and enriched curriculum that allows graduates to achieve success in the high schools of their choice. Our faculty and staff are experienced in, or willing to develop expertise in, social-emotional learning, project-based learning, STEAM instruction, technology-rich, and differentiated instruction. SGCS is a 1:1 device school, thus teachers are expected to demonstrate meaningful skill with technology in order to create authentic learning experiences for their students.
Job summary: The Head of Middle School fulfills the mission of the Catholic school by serving as a spiritual, educational, and managerial leader of the school. The Head of Middle School is responsible for the professional effectiveness of the staff, the educational progress of the students in Middle School, as well as the relationship within the entire school community.
Essential job functions:
Supports and upholds the philosophy of Catholic education and the mission of the school
Acts as a witness to the Gospel values by modeling the teachings of the Catholic Church
Develops a school climate reflecting Catholic identity
Supports and adheres to the teachings of the Catholic Church, Code of Conduct, and policies and procedures of the Diocese
Maintains confidentiality regarding school matters
Communicates effectively with students, parents, and other professionals
Identifies and effects needed change for school improvement, especially Middle School
Ensures the implementation of a comprehensive curriculum through the use of a variety of pedagogical strategies
Has expertise in, or is willing to gain expertise in, leading an approach which includes Social Emotional Learning, Project Based Learning, Service Learning, STEAM instruction, and differentiated instruction
Supervises instruction and evaluates the overall effectiveness of the academic program
Ensures that the religious instruction of students meets the guidelines set forth by the Diocese
Oversees ongoing orientation and staff development in both educational and faith development of the Middle School faculty and staff
Responsible for the annual Middle School budget and supervises all expenditures
Works effectively with the Head of School to establish goals for school effectiveness
Hires, supervises, evaluates, and terminates all Middle School faculty and staff according to diocesan guidelines.
Maintains current and accurate records according to diocesan and school policy
Demonstrates professionalism in conduct, demeanor, and work habits
Maintains a work schedule that maximizes availability to the school, students and staff
Lead coordinator in all accreditation activities and reports with TCCED and ISAS
Has expertise in, or is willing to gain expertise in, working with Student Support staff to enrich and remediate for students with documented learning differences
Important job functions:
Provides for an orderly school environment and promotes student self-discipline
Develops faculty and student/parent handbooks in accordance with diocesan guidelines, as it pertains to Middle School
Implements and reviews long-range strategic planning
Promotes healthy staff morale and professionalism
Participates in professional development, including diocesan principal meetings and in-services
Establishes and implements technology goals for the school
3 years of teaching or counseling experience in a school
3 years of supervisory experience in a school
Knowledge, abilities, and skills:
Knowledge of the basic teachings of the Catholic Church
Knowledge of instructional methods/strategies and curriculum differentiation
Knowledge of child and adolescent development, learning, and behavior
Knowledge of the content and the methods of religious education
Knowledge of effective assessment methods
Able to communicate effectively in both written and verbal form
Able to work well with others in the school community
Able to work independently and self-motivate
Skill in handling multiple tasks simultaneously
Skill in organizing and relating information in an understandable format
Skill in job appropriate technology
Skill in critical thinking and planning
Skill in managing conflicts effectively
Skill in organizational management and delegation of responsibilities
Skill in using group process skills effectively with various school communities
Required to work some nights and weekends
Required to manage high to moderate levels of stress
Required to work a full school day
Required to work in standard school and office conditions
About St. Gabriel's Catholic School
St. Gabriel’s is accredited through the Independent School Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department (TCCED)
St. Gabriel’s Catholic School stands apart as a profoundly unique school and community. On our website, you will learn more about the ways St. Gabriel’s customizes the educational experience to match the skills and personality of each student, how we ask every constituency in our community to stretch themselves to their limit and then to go a little further, and how Christ lies at the center of all we do. In the happy faces of our students, you will see the results of high expectations and the joy that safety, affection, and a love of learning can bring.
Less obvious are the crucial relationships that make St. Gabriel’s possible. The rich partnership between faculty and parents not only produces better academic outcomes, but also models for our students the benefits of patience, generosity, and a shared commitment to excellence. We know learning is not a static transferral of ideas, but a dynamic process in which the teacher and student are collaborators and fellow travelers. Equally important is the special way our stu...dents care for one another. They are student leaders and have pride in their school and in each other. Every day I am surprised and inspired by these wonderful children. They are amazing!
I invite you to come see for yourself. Come walk our halls and spend time on our campus. Our buildings and grounds manifest our mission: welcoming, inclusive, and vibrant. You will see our students learning about themselves and the world around them through a potent mixture of technology, expertise, and creativity. Our campus is constantly humming with activity; you are always welcome!
A St. Gabriel’s Catholic School graduate is an accomplished scholar, a confident leader, and a compassionate friend. Yet there is more. Our graduates are grounded in faith and open to the call of God in their lives. They will make this world a better place.
On behalf of the faculty, staff, families, and students, welcome to St. Gabriel’s Catholic School!
Head of School