Job Summary:

Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston (Cristo Rey Jesuit) is seeking a Principal (Director of Academics). Selected candidate will begin work on July 1, 2022.

Cristo Rey Jesuit is an apostolic work of the Society of Jesus serving the Catholic Church's mission of education in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The school opened its doors in August 2009, it now has student enrollment of 500 young men and women. Sponsored by the Jesuits of the USA Central and Southern Province, Cristo Rey Jesuit offers a rigorous college preparatory education available to students of limited economic resources in the Houston area. A unique Corporate Work Study Program places students in Houston businesses and non-profits where they learn the expectations of the corporate world and earn up to 50 percent of the cost of their education. Cristo Rey Jesuit belongs to the national Cristo Rey Network of schools and the national Jesuit Schools Network.

Our Mission

To inspire and prepare students of limited economic resources to succeed in college and lead their communities as compassionate, committed, and competent men and women for others for the greater glory of God.

Our Vision

Compelled by our Jesuit mission and identity, we are a vibrant community that transforms the world by loving, learning, and excelling in all we do.

Our Learning Community

Cristo Rey Jesuit is a learning community comprised of 500 young men and women in grades 9 through 12 and a faculty and staff of 80 educators. Cristo Rey Jesuit students are talented young men and women who participate actively in their learning endeavors. The ideal Cristo Rey Jesuit graduate is a man or woman cognizant of God’s presence in his/her life, who strives to be steadfast in faith, open to growth, committed to service and social justice, dedicated to academic excellence, and work-experienced. Every year, 100% of our graduates are accepted into colleges and universities. Cristo Rey Jesuit’s faculty and staff are dedicated professionals who strive to embody the mission and core principles of the school, maintain the superior quality of its programs, invest directly in the lives of students, and engage in programs for their own professional and spiritual development.

Reports To:
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Primary Responsibilities:

Catholic Identity and Cristo Rey Jesuit Mission

  • Ensures that the school’s Catholic identity, vision and mission drive school decisions and positively support all school stakeholders, ensuring liturgical practices, prayer, and Catholic culture are integrated into school life. Allocates time and resources for the work of Campus Ministry. Ensures that all members of the school community are treated fairly, equitably, and with respect and compassion. Protects the rights and confidentiality of students and staff.
  • Actively participates in and supports the school-wide leadership team and promotes the integration and importance of Academics and Corporate Work-Study Program (CWSP) as part of a college preparatory experience, ensuring clear communication of shared expectations for students.
  • Actively participates in Cristo Rey Network PD and takes advantage of Network coaching and support.

Teaching and Learning

  • Creates a system for ensuring teachers’ classrooms are visited frequently , and teachers receive timely and meaningful feedback that strengthens their professional practices.
  • Leads the implementation of a college preparatory curriculum. Implements cycles of formative/interim assessments and analyses to monitor student progress, identify and prioritize needs and to determine team and individual responses in alignment to those needs. These assessments should be benchmarked to annual goals set between the Principal, the President, and the Academics Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Plans and executes a program of professional development informed by evaluations of instructional practices, school culture, and student achievement.

School Culture and Family Engagement

  • Creates a culture of continuous improvement focused on high expectations and high support, drawing particular attention to equity gaps and commits to their elimination.
  • Develops an inclusive school environment that values the unique gifts of all students, families, and staff.
  • Develops and sustain a culture that values diversity and ensures equitable and inclusive experiences for every member of the school community
  • Ensures that all families are welcomed as respected and valued partners in their child’s education.

Strategic Planning

  • Develops a detailed, compelling vision for excellence that encompasses academics, school culture, community engagement, alumni engagement (where applicable), and partnership with corporate work-study, and reflects a critical understanding of students’ cultural identities and the Catholic identity of the Cristo Rey Network.
  • Develops a multi-year strategic plan, in consultation with the president and other key stakeholders, designed to achieve the vision for excellence.
  • Defines concrete, ambitious, meaningful medium- and long-term goals and qualitative and quantitative indicators of progress.
  • Establishes a plan to encompass the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm, the Characteristics of Jesuit Education (1986), and the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus (2019) into the academic curriculum and extracurricular activities. Works closely with the Jesuit sponsors and the Jesuit Schools Network to ensure the appropriate understanding and progress of this goal.
  • Follows all requirements and considers recommendations from the Texas Council of Catholic Bishops - Education (TCCB-ED) and the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese.
  • Works closely with the Academics and Admissions Committee of the School’s Board of Trustees in developing and implementing these strategies.
  • Incorporates the needs of staff, students, and families in pursuing the strategic plan, anticipates barriers, and develops measures to ensure effectiveness, and plans for contingencies.
  • Designs and executes processes and systems for progress monitoring goals and metrics across all critical areas of the strategic plan.

Allocation of Resources and Expectations for School Personnel

  • Establishes and communicates clear expectations for professional practices and student outcomes. Delegates tasks and responsibilities in ways that benefit from each individual's unique knowledge and skills and supports their growth. Develops and executes strategies to improve performance of staff and holds staff members accountable, including individual coaching and support plans and performance improvement plans.
  • Monitors progress on multiple work streams and individual expectations, recognizes progress and successes, and intervenes in a prompt, direct, and professional way to address gaps when needed.
  • Follows federal and state laws and establishes high standards for professionalism and discretion when handling personnel issues.
Educational and Experience Requirements:
  • A practicing Catholic or in the process of becoming Catholic
  • Demonstrated ability to serve as a faith leader of the school
  • Demonstrated ability to work in partnership with low-income students and their families
  • Ability to establish goals and expectations for professional practices and students’ outcomes
  • Evidence of deep knowledge of curriculum organization, effective pedagogy, and assessment
  • Practice collecting, analyzing, and using data to guide action
  • Demonstrated understanding of the college qualification and acceptance process
  • Commitment to personal/professional integrity and moral character
  • Master’s degree or working towards a Master’s degree in an educational field
  • At least three years of relevant teaching experience
  • Experience in school leadership is preferred

Additional Skills

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to anticipate barriers and needs
  • Critical thinking and prioritization
  • Collaborating with others and gathering input when assessing progress-to-goal and developing strategies and solutions
  • Motivating and influencing others to achieve
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships of trust with all members of the school community
  • Desire to receive and use feedback to improve their professional practices Bilingual (Spanish) highly desirable
Application Materials:

Procedure for Candidacy

All interested and qualified applicants with a passion for Cristo Rey Jesuit’s mission are invited to apply. A complete application will include:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Applications will be accepted through January 7, 2022. The new principal will begin work on July 1, 2022.

Please email your completed application as an attached PDF to

Equal Employment Opportunity

Cristo Rey Jesuit is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All employment decisions, policies, and practices are made in accordance with applicable federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws. Cristo Rey Jesuit will not engage or tolerate unlawful discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, citizenship, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

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