Thank you for your interest in becoming a Catholic school principal! We invite you to learn more about the role of the Catholic school principal in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and submit an application to be shared with our Catholic schools and parishes seeking principals.

Our Commitment to Excellence
For over 160 years, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis have partnered with families as the premiere way to provide excellence in education. Our Catholic schools seek to offer an education that forms the whole child.

Demanding but achievable academic standards and extensive study in core subjects prepares students for high academic achievement in high school, college, and beyond. The academic program kindles a love for learning and wonder. It embraces the true, the good, and the beautiful found in all academic disciplines and fosters a habit of thinking that critically engages ideas. A commitment to developing virtue in the classroom and in extracurricular activities equips students with the essential habits necessary to grow into adulthood living responsible, productive, and holy lives. Our apostolic outlook helps students respond generously to their vocation to serve God, others, and the common good, and a strong foundation in spiritual formation helps students encounter Jesus and the Church.

The Catholic School Principal
At the heart of an excellent Catholic school is a credible and strong leader. As we look to the future, we anticipate a growing need for qualified principals that provide visionary leadership in our expansive network of 90 Catholic schools.

Catholic school principals in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis are responsible for fostering the mission of Catholic education and pursuing the highest standards of quality and excellence in their Catholic school.

Minimum Professional Standards

Catholic school principals in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis are expected to demonstrate the Archdiocesan Core Competencies of the Catholic School Principal. More information about these Core Competencies can be found HERE.

As a way to assist leaders in growing in these Core Competencies, Catholic school principals in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis are required to complete the annual Archdiocesan Plan for Professional Development More information about this requirement can be found HERE.

Catholic school principals in the Archdiocese must meet the following minimum professional standards:

  • A practicing Catholic in good standing with the Catholic Church who is able to provide a credible witness of the Catholic Faith
  • A deep commitment to the importance and mission of Catholic schools
  • A master’s degree in Catholic school leadership or its equivalent (or in progress)
  • A minimum of three years teaching or administrative experience in Catholic schools

Please view the Catholic School Principal Search Prospectus for more information.

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
The Archdiocese assists parishes and Catholic schools in connecting with potential Catholic school principals who meet the minimum professional standards for Catholic school leadership in the Archdiocese.

The Archdiocese does not hire or employ Catholic school principals. Catholic school principals are hired by and work for the Catholic school or parish. Parishes and Catholic schools are legally separate and distinct from the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

By submitting the following application, you are expressing interest in serving in the role of a principal at a Catholic school located in the boundaries of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis (the 12 county metro area). In doing so, you authorize the Archdiocese to share your application with Catholic schools in the Archdiocese which are seeking principal candidates. Information provided to the Archdiocese by completing the application for the position of Catholic school principal does not constitute an expressed or implied contract or offer of employment by the Archdiocese or any parish or school.

Employment in and by the Church is substantially different from secular employment. Church employees must conduct themselves in a manner which is consistent with and supportive of the mission and purpose of the Church. Their behavior must not violate the faith, morals, or laws of the Church or the Archdiocese, such that can embarrass the Church or give rise to scandal. It is required that the applicant be an active practicing Catholic.