Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Catholic Education
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

St. Peter the Apostle School is seeking a faith-filled and dynamic principal to continue the mission of Catholic education for our Pre-K through Grade 8 school. The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic Catholic who is ready to lead while working collaboratively with parish leaders, faculty, staff, students, parents, and other stakeholders.

A vibrant Catholic school, St. Peter School is looking for a leader who possesses a spirit of innovation and will be a motivating force in shaping our Catholic identity and rigorous academic programs. This individual will have a passion for excellence and be instrumental in leading and supporting staff in educational best practices. The Principal will build strong relationships with multiple stakeholders, demonstrating leadership and engagement with all. Finally, the model candidate will understand the importance of school vitality and viability, and therefore be vested in making students and faculty feel successful and valued for their contributions.

St. Peter the Apostle School is unique from all other Catholic Schools in the United States because it is also the site of the St. John Neumann Shrine, 4th Bishop of Philadelphia, and pioneer in Catholic Education.

St. Peter the Apostle School, educating 200 students, is a Middle States Association accredited school within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and a ministry of St. Peter Parish. Its governance model is the pastor, Father Richard Bennett, working collaboratively with the business manager, and the principal.


The Principal of St. Peter the Apostle School must be a dynamic, faith-filled leader with a strong commitment to Catholic education and the teachings of the Church. This position must lead by personal witness to the Catholic faith and exhibit passion and compassion in articulating the mission of St. Peter the Apostle School to students, parents, faculty, stakeholders and the community.

The ideal candidate must possess the following:

  • A strong commitment to the Catholic faith
  • A knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of St. John Neumann
  • An understanding of child growth and development
  • Exemplary verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong leadership abilities and excellent people management skills
  • Proficiency in technology
  • Knowledge of marketing and enrollment strategies to foster school viability
  • Knowledge of school operations including budgeting and fundraising
  • Have a good understanding of the role of the board as it pertains to the administration of the school
  • Knowledge of accreditation and certification processes
  • Experience in achieving academic success
  • Degrees and certifications as required by the Office of Catholic Education

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership to the teaching staff on curriculum and instruction, pedagogy, classroom management, and student achievement
  • Establish academic and behavioral goals with corresponding implementation plans
  • Partner with teaching staff and parents to manage student behaviors in a positive and proactive manner
  • Serve as the primary agent for creating an environment that fosters academic excellence, Catholic faith formation, vitality and viability
  • Be responsible for creating a climate that encourages the engagement of each student in the learning process while fostering a love for learning
  • Inspire a committed faculty and an engaged student body to form a highly effective learning community inclusive of all stakeholders in the ministry of Catholic education
  • Utilize technology as a communication and educational tool
  • Ensure staff have adequate opportunities for professional development
  • Provide meaningful and constructive feedback to faculty and staff
  • Work collaboratively with designated committees to support school events, fundraising initiatives and enrollment campaigns
  • Collaborate with the Board of Limited Jurisdiction, community leaders, and other stakeholders
  • Actively manage accreditations and certifications
  • Be forward thinking and maintain a vision for the future of the school

Additional Information

Interested and qualified candidates please send:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Updated clearances (FBI fingerprint, Child Abuse, and Criminal Background) to the address listed below

Please attach appropriate documents where applicable.

Application packet can be obtained at:

Information will be under Resources Elementary Applications.

Please download the application and the list of documentation you must submit.

Completed application, with required documents should be returned by March 5, 2021 and may be emailed to:

Sister Margaret Rose Adams, IHM, Assistant Superintendent Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Catholic Education 222 N. 17th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

All information must be sent in one packet by March 5, 2021.

Archdiocese of Philadelphia
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