Catholic Elementary School Principal

Holy Name School - San Francisco, CA5.0


School Name: Holy Name School
School Address: 1560 40th Avenue San Francisco, CA 9412

School Background: Holy Name School is a Roman Catholic, K-8 coeducational school that serves approximately 325 students with a deeply dedicated faculty and staff. Holy Name School is committed to offering its students a strong spiritual education that is based on the Catholic teachings and that integrates service learning into the curriculum. Our faculty and staff include classroom teachers, aides, math and literacy resource support teachers, a learning specialist, office, athletics, extended care, and janitorial personnel and enrichment teachers in library, art, music, technology, foreign language (Mandarin and Spanish), and PE. Holy Name School has single classes in the K-5th grades and double 6th-8th grades.

A Holy Name education is rooted in the development of those foundational skills that students need to be successful in their secondary education and professional careers. Over the past four years Holy Name School has been very committed to offering a strong curriculum across discipline areas, including STEAM, while also incorporating technology into the classroom. iPad sets are available in the K-5th classrooms. At the junior high (6th-8th) level students take part in a 1:1 iPad program that models the technology and classroom expectations that they will have in high school. All families have access to Schoology, a learning and communication management system. Schoology is used in junior high to upload assignments, communicate with teachers, and take part in online quizzes and tests. Students in K-4 take part in rotational learning using ST Math and Lexia, online-based programs that allow students to advance in math and language at their individual paces. Students in 5th to 8th grade use ALEKS, an online math program. SMART Boards have been installed in the K-2nd grade classrooms and new projectors continue to be installed in the 3rd-8th grade classrooms. All classrooms have AppleTV. Technology classes introduce coding and robotics to all grade levels. Students in the 5th-8th grades are able to participate in different levels of math and ELA so students can learn at a comfortable pace that allows them to maximize their learning.

The Holy Name faculty and staff are eager to learn and to advance the school. They welcome new ideas and value the community and their students very much. Recently the staff has begun diving deeper into data and making data-based curricular changes.

Holy Name School will complete their seismic retrofit project in August of 2019. The outgoing principal will continue to oversee the completion of this project.

Since 1941 Holy Name School has provided its students with a strong spiritual foundation and a rigorous high school preparatory education. Thousands of families have been a part of Holy Name School through the years. These families as well as our current families, make up the foundation of our Holy Name community, a community that simply put, you want to be a part of.

Position Title: Principal

Position Type: Full-time, exempt, benefited

Job Description: Theprincipal partners with the pastor to serve as the spiritual, educational, and managerial leader of the school. The principal is responsible for all decisions of the school. The nature of the ministry of the Catholic elementary school principal calls the leader to place Christ at the center of all decisions regarding students, families, faculty, and the community. The principal is expected to handle day-to-day tasks and major challenges with integrity, patience, empathy, and confidence. The principal is responsible for managing the school’s budget and for using strong financial practices.

The principal needs to think quick on his or her feet while managing the various tasks that arise on a daily basis. The principal is entrusted to continue to further the school with its long-standing traditions and innovative growth. The principal is to promote and facilitate student learning of the highest quality. The principal should promote a learning environment and school culture that encourages students to challenge themselves, be happy, and feel loved and supported on a daily basis.

Requirements/ Qualifications:
1. Be a practicing Roman Catholic in good standing with the Church
2. Hold a valid California Standard Teaching Credential
3. Have a minimum of five years of experience in teaching and/or in administration with Catholic school experience
4. Have attained one or both of the following: Masters degree in an educational field and/or a California administrative credential*
5. Be certified as a catechist at the basic level**
6. Have a deep commitment to the Catholic life of the school
7. Have demonstrated expertise in the area of curriculum and technology in the classroom
8. Be adept at inspiring teachers and motivating them in the pursuit of educational excellence
9. Have strong interpersonal skills and be adept at building and maintaining relationships
10. Capable of working with a dynamic and involved parent community

* Principals who are not in possession ofbotheducational qualifications, must complete the requirements within a three year period of time from the date of hire

** Principals who are not in possession of basic certification in religion must have completed the process before they start their position.

Application Instructions: Complete the official application from the Department of Catholic Schools (DCS). Establish a personnel file with the DCS (applicants with existing DCS personnel files are required to create a new file.). Attend an introductory/pre-screening interview with the Department of Catholic School’s Human Resources Manager.

Application materials may be downloaded from the official DCS website by clicking on the following link:

The requested material plus a letter of interest should be returned to:
Christine Escobar
Human Resources Manager
Department of Catholic Schools
One Peter Yorke Way
San Francisco, CA 94109-6602

Completing the application process does not guarantee an interview for a principal position, nor does it assure hiring as a principal in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Salary is determined according to Archdiocesan guidelines and is based upon experience as a teacher or administrator and graduate education. Medical, dental, and retirement are included as part of the benefit package.

Holy Name School adheres to the following policy:
“All school staff of Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of San Francisco shall be employed without regard to race, color, sex, ethnic or national origin.” (Administrative Handbook #4111.4)

Job Type: Full-time


  • Teaching: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Distributed Control Systems: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Human Resources: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Administrative: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Master's (Preferred)