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Mission: To develop good stewards of our world, St John Neumann Catholic School is dedicated to serving all who seek and environment rich in Christian values and academic excellence.

Vision: St. John Neumann Catholic School provides a safe nurturing environment where knowledge is pursued with excellence, where faith is rooted in Christ and where character is demonstrated through example and service.

Position Summary: St John Neumann Catholic School under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Charleston seeks a mission- centered, dynamic, innovative, visionary, results-driven, spiritual, and academic leader for the position of Principal.

Reports to: Pastor/ Catholic Schools Office

Start Date: July 1, 2024


St John Neumann Catholic School, a part of the St. John Neumann Catholic Church Community, the largest PreK 3 – 6 Catholic School in the Columbia area, is growth focused serving an increasingly diverse student population. God enables us to educate through care grounded in faith. Through a rigorous curriculum, all students are provided the necessary tools to succeed in the next stage of their educational journey. Most of our students move on directly to Cardinal Neumann grades 7- 12, to continue their faith based education.

The principal is hired by the pastor in collaboration with the Diocesan Catholic Schools Office, of the Diocese of Charleston. The principal works with and reports to the pastor. Furthermore, the Principal is expected to abide by the established policies and procedures of the Diocese of Charleston, the Catholic Schools’ Office, and the directives of the Superintendent of Catholic Schools. As a diocesan employee, the principal participates in the annual evaluation process, and must pursue continuing education and professional development.

Catholic Identity: Responsible for fostering and modeling a culture of academic excellence and Gospel values. Advances a spirit of prayer, service, and the virtues.

Leadership: Provides personal and visible leadership to all members of the learning community seeking continuous school improvement in a student-centric environment. The principal ensures equity in educational opportunities, supports academic programs, demonstrates a strong commitment to 21st century learning, while ensuring a safe rigorous, high quality education for students.

Academics: The principal is the curriculum and instructional leader. He/ she implements a PreK 3- 6th grade program that considers the most current research and best practices available to education. He/she requisitions instructional materials and equipment. The principal inspires the teachers and staff to excel in their respective area of expertise.

Enrollment and Advancement: Collaborates with the pastor and the  School Advisory Council in advancement and advancement initiatives aimed at increasing enrollment and retention.

Supervision: Directs the hiring, supervision and evaluation of the teaching faculty and support staff. The principal also provides for the revision of the instructional programs and for continuing professional development.

Personnel: In accordance with the protocols approved by the Diocese, the principal selects members of the teaching and support staff. In consultation with the pastor, the principal initiates the termination process for the personnel following the Diocesan guidelines and procedures outlined in the contractual agreement.


  • Provides oversight on the continued progress of the school’s internal strategic plan.
  • Integrates the Cognia Accreditation planning with the school’s strategic plan.
  • Sets and models high standards for all in and out of the building.
  • Builds relationships with the other Columbia Area Catholic Schools administration.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Advanced Graduate Degree preferred, specifically in educational leadership.
  • A valid South Carolina Principal’s Certificate.
  • Five years of successful teaching experience.
  • Strong motivational skills, instructional leadership, time management collaborative, organizational, oral, and written communication skills; decision-making, conflict prevention and resolution skills.
  • Ability to work productively and positively with faculty, staff, parents, and community
  • Ability to promote an environment, that fosters high expectations for students, faculty, staff, and self, rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ.
  • Ability to monitor student progress and promote student achievement for all students.
  • Successful designing of and participation in staff and curriculum development activities
  • Previous Administrative experience
  • Knowledge of working with local LEAs
  • Knowledge of working with EANS, Catapult, and other educational support organizations

Salary: Commensurate with background and experience

For consideration please email a letter of interest and resume to  Reverend C. Alexander McDonald, Pastor  at

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