Mission Statement Bishop O’Dowd High School is a Catholic college-preparatory community, guided by the teachings of Jesus Christ, that educates its diverse student body to build a more just, joyful and sustainable world. Charism
Finding God In All Things Calls Us to: Community in Diversity Strength of Character Academic Excellence Kinship with Creation Social Justice Joy
Overview Bishop O’Dowd High School (O’Dowd) www.bishopodowd.org is a nationally recognized Catholic college preparatory school known for its high quality graduates and academics, outstanding student support programs, warm and joyful school culture, strong co-curricular programs, and innovations in environmental science and the use of technology to improve learning.
Situated on 20 acres in the Oakland Hills overlooking the San Francisco Bay, O’Dowd reflects the diversity and pursuit of excellence for which the Bay Area of California is known. Owned by the Diocese of Oakland, the school educates 1,250 students from the East Bay and beyond who strive to create positive change within themselves, their communities and in the world. O’Dowd’s position in the educational landscape of the East Bay is compelling and enrollment momentum is strong.
The school is embarking on bold institutional priorities that will deepen its commitment to its charism and Catholic identity, drive educational excellence and innovation, and seize unprecedented opportunities to optimize its facilities to enhance the student experience. This is an exceptional opportunity for a leader to partner with President James Childs and the newly elected principal Dr. Chris Smart on the next chapter of the school’s bright success.
General Description The Associate Principal of Academics reports directly to the Principal. The Associate Principal for Academics oversees curriculum development, implementation of instructional strategies, articulation of learning modalities that influence teaching practices, scheduling, and student reports (including grades), and has a major role in teacher formation and evaluation.
The Associate Principal for Academics supports the Principal in establishing a widely shared vision for learning that is characterized by equity, innovation, and excellence that aligns with the vision and charism of O’Dowd. The Associate Principal for Academics aides in the development of a school culture and instructional program that supports both student learning and staff professional growth.
The Associate Principal for Academics effectively carries out assigned tasks associated with school organization, operation, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment and collaborates with faculty and community members in responding to diverse community and student interests and needs. The Associate Principal for Academics understands, responds to, and influences social, legal, and cultural contexts for teaching and learning.
The Associate Principal for Academics works closely with Department Chairs, Educational Technology, Academic Support, Admissions, Academic Coordinator, Registrar, Counseling, Academic Dean, Library, Academic Staff, as well as with the Associate Principals for Student Life and for Student Activities, and the Principal in the administration of the programs under their supervision.
Chairs Academic Council meetings and, with Associate Principal for Student Life, develops programs for Department Chair training and professional development.
Helps Department Chairs to conduct annual reviews of curriculum and departmental goals and objectives, and seeks appropriate resources to assist in curriculum and instructional improvement.
Supervises, evaluates, markets, and supports new academic offerings.
Teacher Hiring, Formation, and Evaluation:
Assists Principal in teacher hiring and Department Chair selection process.
With other administrators, observes and evaluates classroom teachers on the basis of the school charism and best practices regarding instructional practices
With Associate Principal for Student Life designs and implements professional development offerings.
Partners with Director of Information Systems and Data Analysis on technological tools integration in the curriculum and classroom.
Coordinates scheduling of student courses.
Works with Counseling Department, Registrar, and Director of Information Systems and Data Analysis to create the Master Schedule in PowerSchool
Oversees student progress toward graduation.
Works with Counseling Department and Registrar to gather and distribute grade reports.
Arranges other appropriate avenues of communication among students, parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators to ensure students’ academic success.
Other Areas of Responsibility
Oversees all academic budgets.
Works with counselors to identify students in need of academic and mental health support.
Tracks students on academic probation (with Director of Academic Support), and with Registrar and counselors tracks credits.
Attends Academic Review Board and partners with the principal and other administrators in appropriate follow-up
Works with counselors to administer and report results of standardized tests (e.g., AP and PSAT).
Manages the academic dishonesty/integrity process.
Serves in significant leadership roles in Accreditation processes.
Contributes to school website and other school publications.
Approves the performance content and schedule for drama program productions and oversees the formulation and implementation of the drama budget.
Collaborates with Principal and Associate Principal for Student Life on preparation of Summer
Oversees development of innovative curricular programs.
Gathers data to inform program evaluation.
Recruits and hires substitute teachers.
Serves as liaison with parents, per communication protocols (subsidiarity approach), regarding matters of curriculum, instructional strategies, and learning.
Oversees implementation and use of PowerSchool, Schoology, Bright Arrow, etc.
Other duties as assigned by the Principal.
Evaluation The Principal will evaluate the Associate Principal for Academics each year. The evaluation will be based on the school charism and duties and responsibilities listed above. Information for the evaluation will be gathered from the administration, faculty and staff of Bishop O’Dowd High School.
Qualifications Bishop O’Dowd High School is seeking an associate principal with exceptional leadership skills and a commitment to Catholic education and academic excellence. The next Associate Principal of Academics will be a proven leader with a minimum of three to five years of administrative experience and a skillful communicator who can foster the core values expressed in the school’s Charism. The successful candidate will thrive in a school community that reflects the cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of Oakland. He or she will be a relationship-builder who is dedicated to furthering the school’s educational mission through partnership of students, faculty, staff, parents and guardians, the community, and the Diocese of Oakland.
A qualified applicant will embrace the Catholic identity and values of the school as expressed in the and the Diocese of Oakland. Applicants should possess a minimum of a master’s degree, with professional education and administrative credentialing, and have a proven track record of success as a senior leader.
The new associate principal will take office July 1, 2019.
Salary and Benefits This is a full-time 11-month position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include: Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance, Long- and Short-Term Disability Insurance, plus annual contribution into 403b account.
Application Process Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled. Qualified candidates are asked to submit electronically a cover letter; a resume; the names, titles and contact information of five professional references; and a one to two page statement on the role of the associate principal in driving innovation and educational excellence in a Catholic high school.
Go to O’Dowd’s website in order submit all candidate materials through BambooHR. For further questions, contact Elizabeth Herp, Assistant to the President: email@example.com or call 510-577-9100, ext 335.
Pre-employment background screening is required for all positions.
Bishop O’Dowd High School is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate in its employment policies and procedures. It follows the Diocese of Oakland’s policies prohibiting illegal harassment, retaliation or discrimination. However, as a Roman Catholic high school with a stated mission, goals and objectives that clearly reflect the teachings and educational philosophy of the Diocese of Oakland, Bishop O’Dowd High School reserves the right to require all current and prospective employees to commit to carry out their duties and responsibilities in a manner than clearly and unconditionally demonstrates support of and respect for the school’s mission and Catholic identity. Persons who in good conscience are unable to agree to this commitment should not seek or accept employment at Bishop O’Dowd High School.
As a faith-based institution, we reserve the right to use religion as a criterion in hiring decisions, as permitted by law, as it relates to performing essential job duties.
About Bishop O'Dowd High School
Founded in 1951, Bishop O'Dowd High School is a Catholic college preparatory high school serving 1,250 diverse students in grades 9-12 who come from all parts of the East Bay and beyond. Informed by Catholic values, the mission of O'Dowd is to educate and inspire its students to build a more just, joyful, and sustainable world. For more information, visit the school's website at www.bishopodowd.org.