St. John Bosco High School is an all-male Catholic Salesian college preparatory school in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles with a student body of 730 students, grades 9-12. Located in the City of Bellflower, St. John Bosco High School was founded in 1940 by the Salesians of Don Bosco as an elementary and intermediate boarding school. The Salesians of Don Bosco (or the Salesian Society, originally known as the Society of St. Francis de Sales) is a Roman Catholic religious order founded in the late nineteenth century by Saint John Bosco to, through works of charity, care and educate the young and poor children of the industrial revolution in Turin, Italy.
Owned and conducted by the Salesians of St. John Bosco, the first high-school class graduated in 1956. Today, St. John Bosco is one of the premiere private Catholic high schools in Southern California. The school’s philosophy looks to develop the "whole person"; spiritually, morally, intellectually, socially, culturally, artistically, and physically. As a Salesian institution, the school employs the “Preventative System” which is rooted in three core principles: Reason, Religion and Loving Kindness. As such, St. John Bosco creates a unique atmosphere for young men ensuring strong moral development, character and faith, while empowering them for the rigors of college and life.
The Principal serves as the instructional leader and Chief Operating Officer of St. John Bosco High School, responsible for the development, stewardship and achievement of the school’s academic vision, daily operations, student advancement, character development and faith formation. The Principal will ensure successful academic outcomes for all students while employing long-term institutional sustainability measures involving professional development, teacher quality assessment, and curriculum and pedagogical advancement. The Principal will ensure that all students are accompanied in a traditional Catholic Salesian learning environment that meets the philosophy and mission of the school.
Achieving academic excellence requires that the school Principal work collaboratively to direct and nurture all members of the school faculty and staff, and to communicate effectively with parents, students, clergy, and other school stakeholders. Beyond instructional leadership, the Principal will, in association with the institution’s administration, direct scheduling, academic counseling and support, co-curricular activities, athletics, student admissions, school personnel management, emergency and safety procedures, school policy management, and student and staff faith formation. The Principal will collaborate with the President, Salesian Director, Vice President of Development and Director of Finance to advance the school’s mission.
Under the direction of the President, the Principal shall be responsible for:
Instruction and Curriculum
Establish and promote high standards and expectations for all students, faculty and staff for academic performance and maintenance of model behavior.
Develop, implement and guide the instructional programs of the school, assessing curriculum, pedagogy, lesson plans and observing classes (teaching and learning) on a regular basis to encourage the use of a variety of instructional strategies and materials consistent with research on learning and development of young men.
Ensure that school curriculum meets/exceeds the California Common Core Standards for secondary schools. Perform on-going evaluation of curriculum to ensure global competitiveness, quality and integrity.
Identify, establish and promote annual academic outcome metrics/goals for student learning, grade-level promotion and institutional rectitude.
Establish a school-wide instructional assessment tool based on current research methodologies and best practices to ensure objective, consistent assessment of teaching and learning.
Establish the annual master schedule for instructional programs, ensuring sequential student learning experiences.
Develop and implement consistent professional development for teachers, ensuring regular instructional training is consistent with the latest research-based methodologies.
In collaboration with and in support of the Vice Principal of Academic Affairs, ensure the Academic Counseling Department is advancing college admissions preparation and readiness, including, but not limited to, standardized exam preparation, college application preparation workshops, personal statement assistance, parental education, college relationship building and field of study guidance.
Establish and support the appropriate academic support structures, connecting teachers, counselors and parents to ensure the needs of all students are being met, especially those who are not meeting academic standards.
Establish procedures for evaluation, recommendation and selection of all instructional materials, classroom and student technology and equipment.
Ensure quarterly and semester student grade reports to parents are generated through the online grading system.
Post honor roll lists each quarter and collect and facilitate the honoring of student achievement (i.e. senior farewell, Top 25, graduation, athletic and academic honors).
Facilitate the development and growth of the school’s summer school program.
Maintain good standing with all accrediting governing bodies (i.e. WASC, WCEA and the Salesian Society).
School Operations and Management
Manage, evaluate and supervise effective and clear procedures for the daily operation of the school.
Responsible for the appointment and dismissal of teachers, administrators, support staff, coaches and other school personnel under the Office of the Principal and consistent with school employee policies.
Supervise, in a fair and consistent manner, effective preventative systems with high standards, consistent with the philosophy and mission of the school.
Ensure a safe, orderly school environment that encourages students to take responsibility for behavior and creates high morale among staff and students.
Establish a professional rapport with all students and staff. Display the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards when working with students, parents and school personnel.
Ensure student activities are consistent with the Salesian Oratory model. In collaboration with the Director of Activities, Coordinator of Youth Ministry and Associated Student Body, sustain and grow student activities.
Notify the President immediately, and appropriate personnel and agencies, when there is evidence of substance abuse, child abuse, child neglect, severe medical or social conditions, potential suicide or students appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances while maintaining strict confidentiality.
In collaboration with the Director of Finance and Human Resources, ensures proper training of school personnel relative to sexual harassment, fingerprinting, employee policies and Safe Child policies.
Maintain clearly understood procedures for emergencies and disasters, ensuring necessary emergency supplies for all on-campus.
Protect confidentiality of records and information gained as part of exercising professional duties and use discretion in sharing such information within legal confines.
Organize and supervise procedures for identifying and addressing special needs of students and staff including health-related concerns, and physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
Enforce student uniform and appearance policies so as to assure a school environment that is focused on spiritual and academic achievement.
In collaboration with the Director of Finance, develops the school’s annual budget; for instruction, curriculum, instructional technology, athletics, and other administrative departments.
Attend and/or facilitate executive and school administrative council and committee meetings.
Collaborate with the Salesian Director and Coordinator of Youth Ministry on the formation of all school personnel and students consistent with the Salesian Province Formation Plan.
Actively engage with Salesian Province System of Schools and maintain Salesian school standards.
Maintain a school schedule which allows for regular liturgy, retreats, confession, and Kairos retreats.
Ensure the proper faith formation of new teachers, coaches, administrators and other school personnel.
In collaboration with the Salesian Director and Coordinator of Youth Ministry, coordinates the formation of all school personnel consistent with the Salesian Province’s Formation Plan.
Facilitate an atmosphere of piety, obedience and charity throughout the student body.
Collaborate with the Salesian Director and Province to guide and instruct teachers to provide the spiritual atmosphere inherent in a traditional Salesian Catholic educational environment.
Ensure the Salesian Charism of the school is advanced.
School Advancement and Communications
Maintain visibility and regularly communicate with students, teachers, parents, the Board of Directors, Members of the Corporation and Salesian Community.
As a member of the school’s Executive Council, collaborate with the President, Vice President of Development, Director of Finance and Salesian Director. Provide counsel and recommendations on institutional decisions, including tuition assistance, maintaining the best interests of students.
Plan and facilitate the school’s Parent Association Board, executive board meetings and parent meetings.
Actively participate in the marketing and fundraising activities of the school. Provide data and support to the President and Vice President of Development and ensure the school is well positioned to advocate to its donors.
In support of the Director of Admissions, actively participate in the identification and recruitment of prospective students through the school’s annual recruitment campaign.
Maintain a master school calendar to be posted for all stakeholders in all appropriate mediums (i.e. website, student/parent guide, employee handbook).
Complete reports as requested by the President, Board of Directors and Members of the Corporation. Maintain an accurate report of records.
Communicate with the President, Board of Directors and Members of the Corporation regularly about the needs, successes and general operation of the school.
Maintain positive, cooperative and mutually supportive relationships with faculty, staff, parents, students, and all other school stakeholders. Recognize staff and faculty for exceptional performance regularly.
Establish and maintain positive relationships with the Los Angeles Archdiocese, local Parish and district schools, athletic conferences, leagues and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), Saint Joseph High School (sister school), and other Salesian schools.
Perform any duties that are within the scope of employment and certifications of the role of Principal, as assigned by the President and not otherwise in conflict with contract or duties listed above.