Principal, St. Catherine of Siena School

St. Catherine of Siena School


Job Description

The St. Catherine of Siena School Principal is the leader of the school and is appointed by the Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, reports to the Superintendent of Schools and works collaboratively with the Pastor, School Advisory Board (SAB), and Home School Association (HSA). The highest priority of the Principal is the building of a Catholic community of faith that provides for the spiritual, moral, educational, intellectual, aesthetical, emotional, social, and physical needs of the students in the school.


  • The Principal’s goal is to provide effective leadership in fulfilling and communicating the mission of the school to all constituents.
  • The Principal is the overall leader and facilitator of the community of faith and bears responsibility for the integrity and practice of the spiritual life of the school.
  • The Principal is responsible for maintaining and developing academic excellence, as well as providing ample programs to meet the faith formation and co-curricular and extra-curricular needs of the students.
  • The Principal, assisted by the Business Manager and Bookkeeper, has the general charge and control of personnel and budget, and its business affairs.
  • The Principal assisted by the SAB, HSA, and the Coordinators of Advancement and Enrollment (if applicable), has the general charge of advancement programs; and is ultimately responsible for enrollment and fundraising.
  • The Principal is evaluated by the Office of the Superintendent of Schools with input from key school constituents including the chair of the SAB, HSA, and the faculty and staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • To ensure the Catholic Identity of the school.
  • To act as the educational leader of the school, responsible for its day-to-day operation; to direct the activities of the school’s instructional and non-instructional staff in the performance of their duties.
  • To function as the chief articulator of the school’s programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed consistent with their individual roles.
  • To observe, supervise, and help evaluate the faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum; to supervise the teaching process, and to review and evaluate the academic programs.
  • To provide an orderly, controlled environment in which learning can take place and where a school climate is supportive and reflects our Catholic Identity.
  • To be aware of the educational, physical, social, and psychological needs of the members of our school community and to develop plans for meeting these needs.
  • To make recommendations to the Superintendent regarding the hiring, retention, and assignment of faculty.
  • To conduct regular meetings with faculty which will deal both with routine school matters and with the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest.
  • To oversee the coordination of the co-curricular and extra-curricular activity programs of the school.
  • To provide for the academic guidance of students; to maintain complete academic records on all students; to oversee the grading and the reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement.
  • To be a visible presence in all areas of the school.
  • To prepare a master school class schedule and to assign teachers and students to classes and other obligations.
  • To serve as a consultant to teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general school procedures.
  • To perform other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualities

  • Working knowledge of and a strong commitment to the mission of the Catholic Church.
  • Must be a practicing Roman Catholic in good standing with the Church.
  • Excellent communications skills including written, verbal, public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Excellent human relations and interpersonal skills; must be a self-starter and be well-organized; must be a team player.
  • Be available for evening/weekend meetings/events as necessary.
  • Be able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Proficiency in the use of computer technology including Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and related educational technology.
  • Previous Catholic School experience.
  • Masters Degree.
  • Valid Administrator’s Certification for the state of Connecticut or another state.
To Apply
Given the desire for the new Principal to be in place well before the start of the new 2022 academic year, candidates are encouraged to submit their materials immediately. The position will remain open until filled.Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically as separate documents (preferably as PDFs) the following materials:

  • Formal cover letter expressing interest in the position and aligning your skills and experiences with the leadership needs of Saint Catherine of Siena School, as stipulated above;
  • Current resume with all appropriate dates;
  • Brief statement of educational or leadership philosophy and practice;
  • List of at least five references with name, title, phone number and email address of each (References will not be contacted until a serious mutual interest is established, and not without the candidate’s permission).

All materials should be addressed to Dr. Steven Cheeseman, Superintendent of Schools, and emailed to Sharon Luciano, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, at

Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic Schools

The following principles provide a vision for all Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport:

  • Catholic Schools are considered a vital mission of the Diocese as they form, inform, and transform the lives of young people in the Catholic faith.
  • Catholic schools are Christ-centered and have as their primary mission the education and evangelization of students, families, and staff with the goal of nurturing a commitment to missionary discipleship.
  • Catholic Schools recognize the dignity of every child and challenge students to fully develop their God-given gifts and talents.
  • Catholic Schools are safe and nurturing environments that are family oriented and encourage students to respect life and serve others.
  • Catholic Schools are staffed by administrators, teachers, and other professionals who are called to be formed as authentic and intentional witnesses as they fulfill their role as catechists of the Catholic faith.

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