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Gordon Tech College Prep
Principal Position – Begins Summer 2013
Samuel Cardinal Stritch asked the Resurrectionists to open a boy’s school that would combine preparation for college with skills that would help these young men succeed in the workplace. In September 1952, the Resurrection Fathers and Brothers opened Gordon Tech as the first college preparatory/technical high school in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The school started in the old Weber High School building located at Division and Haddow. In 1961, the school moved to its present location at California and Addison. In August of 2002, the school accepted girls as part of the freshmen class.
Gordon Tech College Prep continues to provide a first-rate college preparatory program to over 530 young women and men. Most recently, DePaul University has partnered with Gordon Tech to provide a strong school of choice for Chicago’s North Side, an area of the city that seeks a viable Catholic high school option. The partnership, announced Oct. 17, will build upon Gordon Tech’s recent enrollment growth and is designed to put the coed college preparatory institution on par with the Chicago area’s other top-tier Catholic high schools.
The collaborative effort will include, hiring a strategic planning year that will focus on enhancing the school’s curriculum, college counseling, technology and facilities to meet the educational needs of students looking to attend four-year colleges.
Gordon Tech, a College Preparatory, Catholic Co-Educational High School on the North side of Chicago, sponsored by the Congregation of the Resurrection, is built on the core values of Faith, Respect, Discipline, and Excellence, thus ensuring the development of sound character. Driven by a spirit of inquiry Gordon Tech prepares its scholars for success at the university level and beyond
Principal Job Description
Gordon Tech seeks a highly motivated and strong educational leader for the position of principal for the 2013-2014 academic year. The principal should be comfortable serving as a change agent in a highly collaborative environment.
The Principal is the Chief Academic Officer of the school, directly responsible to the President for the development, execution, and administration of the academic, co-curricular and formational programs of the school. The Principal oversees the day-to-day operation and works collaboratively with other school officers.
The qualified candidate will have the following qualifications and skills:
1. Is a faith-filled practicing Roman Catholic with a strong commitment to Catholic education.
2. Has at least a Master’s degree in an education-related discipline; advanced degree preferred.
3. Has an administrative certificate in the State of Illinois, or the ability to obtain it.
4. Has a history of demonstrated successes in high school teaching and/or administration.
5. The highly preferred candidate has shown leadership/administrative experience as a principal in secondary education. The candidate has extensive experience in data analysis, observation, evaluation, and coaching of faculty and instructional staff.
6. The highly preferred candidate has the ability to work collaboratively with the President, GT Board of Directors, DePaul University partners, the faculty, staff, parents and other key constituencies, including neighboring grammar school leaders
7. Has demonstrated expertise in instructional technology so to advance technology within the curriculum.
8. Is adept at academic and public communication, educational innovation, sound fiscal management, and development of new sources of funding
The principal oversees and supervises the activities of the leadership in: Academic Departments, Admissions, Athletics, College Counseling, Deans, Library, Campus Ministry, Student Activities, and parent’s organization.
The Principal’s primary responsibility is the improvement of curriculum and instruction. A majority of the principal’s effort should be devoted to curriculum, staff development, and the establishment of clear lines of communication regarding school goals, policies, practices and accomplishments with parents, teachers, students and community. The principal works in collaboration with the president. Other duties may be assigned by the president as necessary.
1. Establish and promote high standards and expectations for all students and staff for academic performance and responsibility for behavior.
2. Oversee all aspects of curriculum development, evaluation, and revision
3. Coordinate all aspects of instructional improvement including the monitoring of classroom observations
4. Approve new courses and new textbook adoptions
5. Coordinate general faculty meetings and conduct regularly scheduled meetings with department chairs
6. Develop the school calendar
7. Oversee professional development
8. Monitor the athletic program along with the athletic director as well as student activities with the activities director
9. Help develop and implement school policy with respect to academic and student concerns
10. Develop the master schedule of course offerings; comply with accreditation guidelines and state requirements; create and adjust the schedule to meet school, students, and staff needs.
11. Coordinate the College Counseling/Guidance Department with the academic departments
12. Assume responsibility for the maintenance of student records and for a system of reporting student progress to parents/guardians on a regular basis (Edline); certifies students for graduation
13. Supervise the resolution of student, parent and teacher concerns; report pupil progress to parents and appropriate school system offices periodically.
1. Makes the suggestion to the President for final selection of faculty and support staff in consultation with department chairpersons
2. Appoints department chairpersons
3. Acts as chairperson of the Administrative Team and collaborates with the various councils and committees of the faculty and staff
4. Assists the President in the communication of long and short range goals to faculty, staff, and the school community
5. Coordinate parent-teacher conferences
6. Maintains personnel records for all professional and support staff members
7. Oversees the completion of all official reports for the Archdiocese, state, city, county, and North Central Association
8. Oversees the operation of the school office and assures that regular communications are sent to parents
9. Appoints moderators for the Parents Club and student clubs and activities; approves coaches for the athletic teams
10. Prepare and present reports, letters, memos, and other necessary correspondence to students, staff, and parents regarding school programs.
11. Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive inquiries of students, parents, and faculty and complaints regarding school system policies and procedures.
12. Ensure accurate and timely academic information is posted to the school website in conjunction with the web man
Operations and Procedures:
1. Consults regularly with the President, his/her Administrative Team
2. Assures that the Catholic character of the school is developed and lived in accordance with the stated mission and philosophy of the school
3. Works with the Administrative Team in providing appropriate orientation and in-service for all staff members
4. Works cooperatively with the Board, President and Executive Team in the development and implementation of policies and the strategic plan
5. Schedules and supervises emergency evacuation drills
6. Assigns room usage
7. Develop, plan, and implement school site programs and activities in accordance with goals and objectives; recommend and administer policies and procedures; confer with staff on curriculum, instructional, personal, and school related matters.
8. Coordinate school activities with related departments and outside agencies and organizations.
9. Develop and administer (along with the president) the school budget; direct the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures.
10. Maintain a safe and orderly school environment; coordinate the safety of students participating in all extra-curricular and after school activities, including extra-curricular athletics field trips.
11. Supervise and monitor student activities such as lunch, passing periods, assemblies, concerts, dances, and sports events; assign supervisory faculty for all student activities.
12. Review and coordinate cafeteria services; supervise the free and reduced lunch programs.
13. Implement disciplinary procedures and policies related to student behavior and achievement; provide for student and parent due process in accordance with federal, state, and school system rules and regulations; ensure confidentiality of all student records.
14. Oversee inventory and property control; order and distribute textbooks; maintain records of requests and losses.
15. Supervise school provided transportation of students to and from school.
Application Deadline: January 1, 2013
Application for the position of Principal at Gordon Tech College Prep must be completed electronically via email
Please send a resume and a compelling letter of interest that includes answers to the following questions:
1. Why are you interested in serving as principal of GT?
2. How do you personal experiences, values, and skills prepare you to work as an agent of change at Gordon?
3. How would your educational philosophy serve to elevate the mission of GT?
4. What do you see as the greatest challenge in leading a college prep high school?
Please submit three professional references, one which must be a present or recent past direct supervisor, with current phone numbers and email addresses to:
Principal Selection Search Committee
Gordon Tech College Prep
Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience.
Notice of Non-Discrimination
Gordon Tech College Prep is an equal opportunity Catholic employer and will consider all applicants for all positions equally without regard to their race, sex, age, color, national origin, or disability in accordance with applicable laws.
Start date will be the summer of 2013.
The proceedings of the search for Principal at Gordon Tech College Prep will remain confidential unless otherwise requested of the candidate by the chairs of the search committee or the President of Gordon Tech College Prep.