2023-2024 Dean of Academics


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John Paul II High School (JPII), an increasingly multicultural, next-generation Catholic college preparatory high school, is serving families in the greater Collin County area. As we look forward to the upcoming school year, we need a new Dean of Academics to join our family to support us in our commitment to form inclusive, effective, and ethical servant leaders. We focus on a formative approach to education, which honors the whole person spiritually, emotionally, academically, and physically. Please visit our website (here) to find out more about our mission, vision, and unity statement.

The Dean of Academics serves as the academic leader of the school and has the responsibility for ensuring one of the key outcomes of the school’s strategic plan – outstanding intellectual formation of students and faculty.  As a direct report to the Principal and a member of her leadership team, the Dean of Academics is a visionary for the school who uses that ability to inform the development and ongoing review of the academic curriculum and programming of the school.  The Dean is sustained by the Gospel message and finds joy in serving as a missionary disciple for Jesus Christ.

Commitment to Catholic Educational Principles and Tradition:

The Dean of Academics is a mission-driven follower of Jesus Christ.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of Jesus and his teachings.
  • Serves as a moral leader by acting in the best interests of the school and the students.
  • Maintains congruence between the school’s mission and vision and the philosophy of Catholic education with all extracurricular and cocurricular activities.

Key Responsibilities:

The Dean of Academics is extremely knowledgeable and oversees all academic planning and programming.

  • Provides leadership to department chairs and faculty, and manages the processes by which instruction and assessment are administered to students.
  • Implements best practices in curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment, based on current research on learning and high school education.
  • Ensures that curriculum articulation is up-to-date, aligned within departments, and communicated effectively.
  • Oversees standardized testing with the AP coordinator and PSAT coordinator, ensuring that data is used appropriately both for student support and for gleaning information about our academic program.
  • Oversees all aspects of the course request process including student, teacher, and parent communication.
  • Assists the Principal in the TCCBED accreditation process.
  • Oversees the grading and the reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement.
  • Assists or is involved in the implementation of all Diocesan and JPIIHS policies.
  • Uses outstanding leadership skills to supervise departments; manage department chairs and provide leadership formation for them; plan and lead monthly department chair meetings; and observe and supervise faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum and assessments by providing helpful feedback for faculty growth.
  • Other duties as assigned, consistent with outcomes.

Key Attributes:

The Dean of Academics is a skillful team-player that maintains trust with all constituencies.

  • Develops and maintains positive working relationships with other school professionals.
  • Builds trusted relationships with students, parents, faculty, and staff.
  • Maintains confidentiality of communications regarding all school business.
  • Respectfully communicates and problem-solves with colleagues.
  • Sound judgment; supports and explains reasoning for decisions; includes appropriate people in the decision-making process.
  • Follows JPII’s Communication Norms.

Key Credentials:

  • Both an undergraduate and masters degree required (masters degree in Catholic School Leadership preferred).
  • Maintains credentials through professional development, e.g., workshops, courses, and independent study.
  • Strong familiarity with basic MS Office suite of tools, Google Suite, social media and the ability to learn and use database programs.
  • The ability to adapt to changes in the work environment, manage competing demands and deal with frequent change.

Performance of this job will be evaluated annually in accordance with the policies of the Diocese of Dallas and John Paul II High School.

Letter of interest and current resume, including significant accomplishments, to:

Mr. Mark Crawford
Human Resources Manager
John Paul II High School
900 Coit Road
Plano, Texas  75075

Salary: Commensurate with experience and competitive with local schools. Benefit package included.

Interviews conducted as needed.