St. Mary’s Institute - Amsterdam
Montgomery County
St. Mary’s Institute - Amsterdam
Grade Level(s): Early Childhood (3 y/o) Pre-K (4 y/o) Elementary (K-5) Middle School (6-8)
10 Kopernik Blvd., Amsterdam, NY 12010
Co-Educational

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DIOCESE OF ALBANY CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

Thank you for your interest in Saint Mary's Institute.

St. Mary’s Institute boasts a unique educational experience where faith and knowledge meet to prepare students of all faiths for a modern world filled with endless opportunities. Nestled in the Mohawk Valley, SMI serves students from early childhood through grade 8.

Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary Schools, St. Mary’s Institute is the only Catholic School serving students from all surrounding school districts, from Fulton and Montgomery counties. Our values-based education, infused with life’s lessons, proudly offers a National Junior Honor Society, accelerated program and Regents’ courses for middle school students, as well as full day three-year-old early childhood and four-year-old prekindergarten programs.

Housed in a former high school facility, our elementary and middle schools are both under one roof. And parents can find convenience and peace of mind as we offer before and after school care.

As the voice of the student body, our student council runs from grades 4-8 and works throughout the year to provide a memorable, fun school year. Some of the activities we participate in are Breast Cancer Awareness, Muscular Dystrophy shamrocks sale, and organizing school dances.

Students can learn while realizing their ambitions and interests through the assortment of clubs St. Mary’s has to offer. Whether perfecting their jump shot on one of our school basketball teams or challenging a peer to a friendly game in chess club, children at SMI can discover what they enjoy doing most and perhaps what they’d like to be when they reach adulthood.


Open Positions at this School:

Title:                     Elementary School Principal

School:                 St. Mary's Institute, Amsterdam NY

Start Date:            July 1. 2023

Job Summary

The school principal is the administrator, faith and instructional leader of the local school, and serves as the executive officer of the local governance council of the Catholic school.  In addition, the principal oversees the successful overall operation of the school in collaboration with the superintendent of schools.  Inspired by Christ the Teacher, the schools of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany provide a transformative learning experience in an evangelizing community.

 Accountability

The school principal is hired by and is accountable to the superintendent of schools for the operation of the school. The principal is expected to abide by the established policies and procedures of the Diocese, the Catholic School Office, and the directives of the Superintendent of Catholic Schools. The principal participates in the annual performance review as outlined by the Catholic School Office.

 General Responsibilities

The principal serves the school in a professional manner and acts in accordance with Catholic doctrine and moral teachings.  The principal ensures that the school is integral to the mission of evangelization of the parish/diocese by giving witness to Gospel living, promoting spiritual and educational development, and managing the organization and fiscal vitality of the school.

 Catholic Identity

  • In collaboration with the pastor, promotes and facilitates an environment that ensures the Catholic identity of the school.
  • Promulgates and periodically revises the school’s mission statement and philosophy in collaboration with the school community.
  • Coordinates the faith community affairs, the religious instruction program, and the integration of faith within the learning process in cooperation with the pastor, the Director of Religious Education, and the professional staff.
  • Provides opportunities for the students, school families, and staff to celebrate liturgies, prayer services, retreats and days of recollection, the seasons/feasts of the liturgical year, and participate in service programs.
  • Ensures that the faculty is current in the areas of theology, religious education and catechesis certification.
  • Cultivates parent/guardian partnerships to advance the mission of the school and the ministry of Catholic education.
  • Implements conflict management procedures as necessary.
  • Promotes a culture of dignity and respect for each member of the school community.
  •  Academic Excellence
  • Identifies, implements, and monitors annual goals and strategies to ensure the overall quality of the academic program.
  • Oversees the local accreditation process including monitoring the progress made with the improvement plan.
  • Implements the State academic standards and the Diocesan assessment program.
  • Remains current in educational research and best practices.
  • Recruits, screens, hires, and assigns certified teachers and other qualified personnel.
  • Responsible for Diocesan mandates including Safe Environment, Sexual Harassment, and Social Media trainings and clearance through NYS TEACH background checks.
  • Supervises, observes, and evaluates faculty and staff on a regular basis.
  • Develops and implements quality professional staff development programs.
  • Assists faculty in researching, designing and implementing principles of effective instruction and assessment.
  • Maintains a continuous plan of assessment/evaluation of the instructional program and the religious, academic, social, physical, and emotional growth of the students.
  • Designs and implements communication strategies to ensure that the pastor, staff, parish and school families are informed about the school.
  • Develops appropriate handbooks for school families, school staff.
  • Maintains accurate local files and records for each student and employee.
  • Oversees co-curricular activities (extended day, athletics, activity clubs) ensuring that the programs are in compliance with local and diocesan policies.
  • Attends required diocesan and local meetings.
  • Attends evening meetings and other events outside of regular business hours is required.

 School Viability

  • Reviews and assures compliance of the total school program with state and local accrediting requirements.
  • Communicates effectively and in a timely manner with internal and external constituencies.
  • Serves as executive officer to the school advisory board or board of limited jurisdiction.
  • Prepares the board agenda with the chair/members of the executive committee.
  • Prepares the annual school budget in conjunction with parish or diocesan finance committee.
  • Seeks review and advice from the finance committee regarding the annual budget.
  • Implements diocesan and local financial policies and procedures for the collection and disbursement of school funds.
  • Coordinates fundraising and institution advancement efforts of the school while fostering strategic partnerships.
  • Ensures the maintenance and safety of the school plant according to local, state, diocesan and Catholic School Office policies, procedures and directives.
  • Develops plans for the safety and well-being of the students and staff including response to emergencies and unforeseen events.
  • Creates and maintains an aesthetically pleasing school environment.
  • Informs appropriate constituencies of changes in diocesan and Catholic School Office policies and procedures.
  • Protects the rights of and maintains confidentiality and discretion regarding school personnel, students, and general school matters.

 Environmental and Physical Demands

The principal is expected to supervise and evaluate staff, student progress, and school safety through regular visits to classrooms and all other areas of the school plant which requires mobility throughout the school. This position also requires extended periods of sitting, working at a computer, and occasional lifting up to 25 pounds.  Incumbent needs to possess physical stamina to handle extended work hours, mornings often beginning before the school day begins, and frequently ending with later evenings due to regular meetings occurring outside of normal business hours.

 Requirements and Preferences

  • Practicing Catholic
  • Master’s degree in Administration or Equivalent
  • State certification/license in administration
  • Compliant with Safe Environment Requirements
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in a Catholic school

 Disclaimer

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Please apply to this position by emailing a Letter of Interest and Resume to Bridget Frament in the Catholic School Office of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany at bridget.frament@rcda.org, or through this web site.

Primary Contact:

Nicole Luft, Principal

Ph: 518-842-4100

Additional Contact Info:

Mrs. Sue Megna, Administrative Assistant - megnas@smik8.org
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