Independence Mission Schools

Principal, Independence Mission Schools

Posted on June 12, 2017

Independence Mission Schools (IMS) is a non-profit network of 15 independent Catholic schools providing a transformative education to children of all faiths in low-income neighborhoods across the city of Philadelphia.
The vision of the IMS network is that:

All IMS Scholars will be-

  • Morally formed by our Catholic example
  • Academically prepared by our high-quality instruction and Ready to Serve this World.

Our school principals are vital levers in the realization of this vision for the nearly 5,000 Pre-K through 8th grade students across the current IMS network.

The Principal will guide his or her school in the realization of this IMS vision within their school. Keeping the work emblematic of the school’s unique Catholic identity and legacy, the Principal will advance the moral formation, teaching and learning within their school to continually improve outcomes for our students. The Principal sets the tone for the entire school through direction within the school and through interactions at all levels with faculty, staff, students, parents, board and community partners.

Position responsibilities:

  • Vision-Driven – Advance the Catholic identity of the school, being mindful of our welcome to children of all faiths, while ensuring a school culture of student achievement and high expectations grounded in moral development. Inspire teachers and staff to realize this vision throughout the school.
  • Leadership & Management – Recruit and train talent in school faculty and staff. Manage and develop faculty in their roles as Catholic instructional leaders driving student achievement. Direct the work of school staff to provide structure and support to the school operations.
  • Instructional Expertise – Build the capacity of school staff to deliver exceptional, high-quality instruction in service to student learning. Promulgate the effective use of data to student achievement. Evaluate and address the requirements and needs of the school’s student population and work with resources to address those needs.


  • An individual of strong Catholic faith who is possessed of a growth mind-set, mission-driven and committed to serving children of all faiths in an urban environment.
  • Possessed of deep capability to effectively build, develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external constituents including staff, teachers, parents, students, board members, and community stakeholders
  • Demonstrated success leading a high-performing k-8 school or schools in an urban setting, using strategic educational initiatives that result in measurably improved student achievement and preferably experience in administration across multiple schools/ or in a network setting
  • Demonstrated experience in design, implementation and management of a school’s academic program including:
    • knowledge of and experience with high-quality, standards-aligned curriculum,
    • effective instructional practices,
    • analyzing, interpreting, and using data to drive results, and
    • leadership development
  • Strong leadership and staff development skills including an encouraging, motivating presence exhibited in conflict management, team building, and staff engagement
  • Ability to self-direct and prioritize among competing goals, exhibit flexibility and good judgment, and drive results in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Capable of representing the organization and its goals effectively in both oral and written communications and across multiple venues
  • A Master’s (or higher) degree in education or related fields, with a minimum of 5-7 years of experience in the field as a teacher, instructional leader, principal, or other leade

Applicants with a desire to work in an urban school setting are highly encouraged to apply.

To learn more about Independence Mission Schools, please visit:

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Successful candidates must be able to clear all background check and clearance requirements.

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