St. James School

Employment Type
Biddeford, ME
Posted Date

St. James School in Biddeford is seeking a principal who will work to foster the school's Catholic identity and serve as the school’s ministerial and educational leader. St. James is a Catholic, pre-K to eighth-grade school operated under the auspices of Good Shepherd Parish and the Diocese of Portland. The principal’s primary responsibility is to envision and implement a rich academic program and lead faculty, students, and parents in working together to realize  our communal and full potential in service to God.


  • Parish pastor and superintendent of Catholic schools


  • Teachers
  • Administrative assistant
  • Other administrative personnel as identified


The Principal of St. James School is the school's educational leader. The principal is directly responsible for the daily operations of the academic program and the teaching/learning process and must be committed and knowledgeable in the use and implementation of technology.

The key responsibilities of this critical role are:


  • Leads the faculty in the implementation of curriculum (blended and traditional) that meets the educational needs of the students and in analyzing and assessing of school-­wide outcomes
  • Conducts the teacher observation and performance evaluation process, as well as the evaluation, training, development, and mentoring of faculty and staff
  • Coordinates professional development opportunities that foster continuous improvement of delivery of academic program
  • Responsible for hiring, supervision, evaluation and dismissal of faculty and staff in consultation with the pastor
  • Supervises those team members responsible for student activities

Families and Students

  • Communicates learning targets and outcomes to colleagues, parents, and students on a regular basis
  • Builds and maintains positive, transparent relationships with the parents and support educators to optimize and evolve their students' personalized learning experience
  • Facilitates and supports parent programming, including parent meetings, parent-­teacher conferences, Back-­to-­School night, holiday celebrations and open house(s)
  • Actively works on admission efforts
  • Collaborates with the pastor to ensure spiritual centering / messaging of school programs


  • Coordinates and oversees the planning and development of the master calendar
  • Maintains an effective and safe school environment, including holding fire drills, implementing emergency evacuations, and lockdowns
  • Coordinates the updating and consistent use of the Student Handbook
  • Plans and implements the facilities and technology needs of the school as they relate to the academic program
  • Develops and oversees implementation of an annual budget that reflects the school's priorities as set forth by the pastor, the schoolboard and the diocese

School culture:

  • Exemplifies the spirit of Christ in word and deed
  • Attends extracurricular events including plays, concerts, athletic contests, etc.
  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate to large and small groups by both verbal and written means, including digitally
  • Motivates, relates to, and interacts with people of all ages


  • Demonstrated leadership of a private or parochial school
  • Active, practicing Roman Catholic in good standing with the Church
  • Master of Education Degree or equivalent certification in administration
  • Maine State Department of Education Building Administrator Certificate
  • Highly capable in the areas of theology, religious education, and curriculum design and development
  • Highly effective organizational and interpersonal skills, with the demonstrated ability to inspire faculty
  • Classroom teaching experience working with multiple grade levels
  • Knowledge and belief in the mission of the school and Church


Annual Ministerial Agreement


Performance of this job will be evaluated yearly by the pastor in collaboration with the superintendent of schools


This is a salaried exempt position. 

Contact Name
Marianne Pelletier
Contact Email
How to apply

Send cover letter and resume to [email protected] or:

Marianne Pelletier
Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland
510 Ocean Avenue
Portland, ME 04103