Principal
Solomon Schechter Academy
Montréal, QC

PRINCIPAL JOB DESCRIPTION

The Principal is the academic lead of the school. The Principal reports to the Head of School and shall be responsible for all matters relating to pedagogy, teaching, faculty and learning, and the related day-to-day operations of the school. The academic vision held by the Principal is that which is embodied and executed throughout the organization. Academic innovation, enrichment, remediation and best practices in all of these areas are transferred to faculty and staff by the Principal of the school.

Responsibilities include the following

  • To act as the academic leader of the school.
  • To maintain congruency between the school's mission statement and all academic activities, including the Jewish ideology of the school.
  • To ensure compliance with legal requirements of government regulations and agencies; to maintain the educational standards established by the government and by those agencies that examine and accredit the school.
  • To oversee all academic directors, the Vice-Principal and faculty, and to make recommendations to the Head regarding the hiring and retention, and the assignment of faculty, and to ensure compliance with the collective agreement.
  • Facilitate teamwork and demonstrate an understanding of conflict resolution and problem-solving strategies.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of effective personnel recruitment, selection and retention; and an understanding of staff development to improve performance of all staff members.
  • To prepare a master school class schedule and to assign teachers and students to classes and adjust the schedule based on early dismissals, Jewish holidays, field trips and special events.
  • To observe, supervise, and assist the faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum; to supervise the teaching process, and to review and evaluate the academic programs and teachers.
  • To assist the faculty in deploying appropriate assessment and ensuring uniformity in assessment, parent reporting and academic standards.
  • Demonstrate the ability to enhance teaching and learning through curriculum assessment and, strategic planning for all learners, including junior pre-k to grade 6.
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize data for instructional decision making.
  • Demonstrate the ability to meet the enrichment, remediation, and special education needs of all students.
  • To coordinate regular textbook, workbook and other pedagogical material reviews with academic directors on a regularly scheduled basis and coordinate with the Head and Controller regarding the budget and timing of related purchases.
  • To conduct professional development workshops for faculty to keep them informed of current trends/research in curriculum, instruction, and classroom management and to participate in professional development as a principal that ensures that you are current in trends and innovations in secular and Jewish education.
  • To review and provide counsel regarding the level of homework and student projects.
  • To conduct regular meetings with faculty and with academic directors, which will deal both with routine school matters and stimulating the exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern.
  • To assist in maintaining a comprehensive calendar of school events.
  • To keep all staff informed of various school programs and activities.
  • To monitor curriculum, grading, testing, and reporting to parents; to prepare for and conduct periodic program evaluations; to submit reports to external agencies as required; to establish disciplinary policies and standards of conduct.
  • To oversee the coordination of Curriculum Nights, Parent-Teacher Interviews, Graduation Ceremony and coordinate with the Home & School on various activities and events.
  • 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 oversee the timely and accurate distribution of report cards to students and parents and to oversee regular attendance of students.
  • Provide regular opportunities for students to celebrate success and inform parents and the community of the accomplishments of students, staff, and school achievement within and beyond the school community.
  • To assist in the admission process for the testing, interviewing, and evaluating of applicants for enrollment.
  • To represent the school at various government agencies, school and parent committees and educational and community associations relative to the role of being the principal.
  • To oversee regular safety and security drills for students and staff.
  • To attend all administrative meetings as required by the Head.
  • To be computer literate, keep up do date with trends in educational technology, and ensure that the school meets the appropriate IT standards as determined by the Head.
  • To network with principals at other schools.
  • To perform other duties as assigned by the Head.
  • To support and promote the school and its leadership.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s in education; graduate studies in educational leadership an asset
  • Significant previous experience in a leadership and/or administrative position in a school
  • Fluently bilingual (French and English)
  • Experience managing a small team
  • Exceptional customer service skills and approach
  • Ability to work well with different personalities and a diverse student and parent body
  • The highest ethical and professional standards
  • At ease with many types of software and up to date with trends in information technology

We thank all applicants for showing an interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

ABOUT SOLOMON SCHECHTER ACADEMY (www.solomonschechter.ca)

Solomon Schechter Academy is a dynamic Jewish day school that is dedicated to nurturing and educating our students to reach their fullest potential as committed Jews and responsible citizens. Solomon Schechter Academy welcomes students from Junior Pre-k through Grade Six. Our trilingual curriculum is integrated in all three departments – English, French and Hebrew – to form a well-balanced approach to learning. The school’s focus is on the needs and growth of its students in order to foster a lifelong love for and commitment to learning. Solomon Schechter Academy’s educational process is a vibrant partnership between students, parents and educators. Our core values include: Respect, Tikun Olam, Integrity, Innovation, Responsibility, and Excellence.

Job Type: Full-time

Experience:

  • managing small team: 3 years (Preferred)
  • leadership & administrative: 3 years (Preferred)

Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree (Preferred)

Language:

  • Fluently bilingual (Preferred)