Grade School & Early Childhood Center Principal

National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica2100 W. 12 Mile Rd.Royal Oak, MI 48073
Apply To:
Interested and qualified candidates are asked to submit a letter of introduction, resume, current and valid administrative and teacher certifications, and, three letters of recommendation to:
Tom Jacob
Business Manager
248.541.2838 fax

Position Description

Shrine Catholic Grade School (, a Blue Ribbon, accredited parish school located in Royal Oak, Michigan is seeking a committed Catholic educator to serve as principal. Founded in 1934, Shrine is a growing and thriving school within the Archdiocese of Detroit and currently serves approximately 580 students in grades P3 through 6. The principal reports to the pastor of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica.

  • Serve as spiritual leader of the school with a commitment to Catholic Identity
  • Serve as a Catholic educational leader and establish and promote high standards and expectations for all students and staff for academic performance and responsibility for behavior
  • Oversee the responsibilities  of the Early Childhood Center director and assistant principal
  • Establish, manage, evaluate, and supervise effective and clear procedures for the operation and functioning of the school consistent with the philosophy, mission, values, and goals of the school including instructional programs, professional development, extracurricular activities, discipline, program and personnel evaluation, personnel management, office operations, and emergency procedures
  • Ensure compliance with all laws, civil regulations and policies
  • Oversee the development of Curriculum with a focus on integrating Catholic thought and practice throughout the curriculum
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking skills
  • Possess knowledge and understanding of finances, including managing annual school budget
  • Working with the Unified School Board and others, establish and conduct a public relations and marketing program, including development of marketing materials
  • Establish procedures for evaluation and selection of instructional materials and equipment
  • Establish a professional rapport with staff, faculty, parents, and students, displaying the highest ethical and professional behavior
  • Establish a rapport with parish members,  the local community , and Royal Oak School District, especially in connection to Shared Time
  • Oversee  the School Advisory Committee and School Improvement Team, Strategic Plan Committee and other action plans as required by the parish and AOD
  • Establish procedures that create and maintain attractive, organized, functional, clean and safe facilities
  • Complete in a timely fashion all records and reports as requested by the Pastor, the Archdiocese of Detroit, and the State of Michigan
  • Organize and supervise procedures for identifying and addressing special needs of students, including implementation and tracking of Accommodation Plans
  • Attend required meetings to include: Unified School Board, School Advisory Committee, Mothers’ Club, Parish Staff, AOD Principal, Vicariate Principal, etc.
  • Establish and oversee rules and regulations pertaining to staff and students
  • Nurture students and teachers to achieve their greatest potential spiritually, academically, and instructionally


  • Be a practicing Catholic who is able to provide a letter of recommendation from parish pastor.
  • Hold a Master’s degree or higher from an approved program in Educational Administration offered by an institute of higher education (IHE).
  • The basic endorsement for a school administrator certificate is Elementary/Secondary Administrator K-12 (Building). A Catholic Principal, assistant Catholic Principal or other person whose primary responsibility is administering instructional programs employed as a school administrator after January 4, 2010 must hold a valid Administrator certificate in accordance with SB-981.

A school administrator who was employed as a school administrator on or before January 4, 2010 does not need to hold the Administrator certificate for their current position but must meet the same continuing education requirements as described in the renewal policy for the Professional Education teaching certificate, every five years after initial date of employment.

  • Hold currently valid Michigan teacher certification
  • Hold catechist formation certification as directed by the Department of Evangelization, Catechesis and Schools. Certification from another diocese will be reviewed during application process.
  • Be able to provide evidence of three years of successful teaching experience
  • Be able to meet any other local requirements pertinent to the available administrative position.

The Archdiocese of Detroit is an equal opportunity employer that does not illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, height, weight, genetic information, marital or other legally protected status. Job ID:105725