Careers at SJND
We pride ourselves on educating future leaders in an environment that is both supportive and challenging. We are an equal opportunity employer and we welcome and encourage diverse candidates to join our community.
For 141 years, Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School has fostered academic excellence, engaged students in a dynamic and comprehensive curriculum, and prepared students for ethical, faithful lives of scholarship and service. It is one of the only Catholic schools in America attached to a Roman Catholic Basilica, which gives the school an extraordinary presence and position in the community.
Today, this well-respected, co-educational Catholic diocesan parish high school offers a rigorous, college preparatory education to its diverse community of 415 students. As they progress through the unique program at SJND, students develop confidence, generosity, and a commitment to embracing the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School strives to instill and promote the ideals that God holds out before us: faith in Him who created us and Who invites us into friendship with Him and with each other; hope in God's plan of justice and peace which He calls us to participate in; and
self-less love for each member of our diverse school and community.
The school prides itself on its innovation pathway programs in biomedical sciences and
engineering. The school will soon introduce a new social advocacy pathway that will inspire
students to consider careers in social service, public interest law, education, and ministry.
The school takes pride in its resilience against the challenges of the COVID pandemic and
emerged with a greater commitment to mental health and wellness support for its students,
faculty, and staff.
The school is currently raising funds for its Raising the Bar project to enhance its weight and
equipment room, wellness space, and refreshed cardio and floor exercise space. A new safety
and security program is underway that will see enhanced measures implemented over the next
The school seeks a new Principal, effective July 1, 2023, who who will continue to innovate for
the betterment of its students and the people they will serve as compassionate, dedicated
alumni in their chosen fields of work.
The Principal reports to the Pastor of St. Joseph Basilica Parish and serves on the school’s Board of Limited Jurisdiction within the Diocese of Oakland. Providing overall leadership and vision, the Principal ensures quality in the academic and student affairs programs in order to achieve the fullest attainment of the school’s mission. As overall chief administrator, the Principal oversees all administrative functions of the school including business, finance, advancement, enrollment, and teaching and learning. The Principal serves as a role model for staff and students and bears ultimate responsibility for the integration of faith and learning within the school. The successful candidate will be a capable and committed educational leader who fully embraces this faith-filled, academically ambitious community of learners.
Students at SJND gain foundational skills that pave the way for continued success and increased levels of independence. Teachers emphasize important skills that support the development of engaged and creative scholars, such as critical thinking, clear and effective communication, and collaboration. The school’s academic advantages include personalized education, strong community relationships, and college preparation. Students pursue coursework in theology, English, languages other than English (French, American Sign Language, and Spanish), math, science, social studies, physical education, and the visual and performing arts. SJND’s tech-rich environments enhance the learning experience. Science labs are equipped with state-of-the art tools and all classrooms are equipped with LCD projectors and high quality wireless Internet.
SJND aspires to offer its diverse student population authentic learning experiences that meet them where they are and lead them to become engaged and creative scholars. Our goal is to offer an accessible, clearly articulated, college preparatory curriculum through differentiated and student-centered instruction. We aim to utilize restorative assessment/grading practices that accurately reflect what students know and are able to do.
The school’s Bring Your Own Computer program increases the use and development of 21st Century learning skills that promote self direction and college readiness. SJND’s robust online Student Information and Learning Management systems increase the rate of teacher feedback and stimulate collaboration.
In 2019, SJND introduced the mobile IDEA (Innovation Design Engineering Art) Lab which includes various technologies for use across campus. Tools range from 3D printers to Oculus Go headsets, a One-Button-Studio, and much more. In conjunction, the school's new Engineering Pathway teaches the foundations of engineering, with an emphasis in computer science engineering. This program includes science, math, and computer science courses and culminates in a semester-long, project-based capstone course on the fundamental engineering principles of research, design, and building.
Another unique component of the SJND experience is the Biomedical Sciences Program. Qualified students can elect to undergo this four-year certificate program focused on human physiology, medicine, research processes, and bioinformatics. Through the program, whose innovative STEM curricula developed by Project Lead the Way offers several opportunities for project-based learning, students prepare for college and for careers in STEM-related fields. This program is recognized and admired by college partners across the country.
Academic Immersion Faculty at SJND recognize the importance of hands-on, global learning and service. Each year, students can experience Academic and Service Immersion Trips through various departments, learning about wildlife, botany, culture, people, and historical events. Recent trips include Greece, Italy, Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands, and Peru (to be replaced by the Dominican Republic).
Students perennially go on to attend some of the most selective colleges and universities in the country. Their experience at SJND prepares them well for success in college and beyond.
The following is a partial list of colleges and universities to which SJND graduates were recently accepted:
Berklee College of Music
Johns Hopkins University
Loyola Marymount University
New York University
Saint Mary's College of California
Santa Clara University
University of Arizona
University of California (all campuses)
University of Massachusetts
University of North Carolina,
University of Notre Dame
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California
University of Washington
SJND embraces its Catholic traditions and teachings while providing a welcoming environment for all faiths. Students experience a strong sense of belonging that supports and values faith and spirituality. They may become involved in campus ministry, planning and participating in prayer services, retreats, liturgies, and service opportunities. Each class embarks on an annual retreat, which helps students strengthen their faith, their relationship with God, and their
SJND provides an Integrated Christian Service program that includes several service learning opportunities for our students, such as the school-wide Pilot Presents program in which homerooms are assigned local families for whom they will provide gift cards and items (gloves, hats, socks, refillable water bottles, etc.,) as they face homelessness.
Students are encouraged to develop their leadership skills, whether through campus ministry, in SJND’s many student clubs, or through arts and athletics. Approximately 70 percent of students participate in the school’s sports program, developing values and life skills that contribute to success in and beyond college. Students may participate in 12 sports: baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball. The men's and women's basketball teams are part of a storied program, with the men winning a record six state titles (’91, ’92, ’04, ’11, ’14, and ’16).
A charter city in the San Francisco Bay Area, Alameda is located on Alameda Island and
Bay Farm Island, just adjacent to the city of Oakland across from San Francisco. According to Money magazine, Alameda is one of the best places to live in America, thanks to its relatively affluent community, large number of educational institutions, eclectic restaurants and libraries, excellent air quality, and moderate weather. The beautiful island is named for the oak trees that line its streets and fill its parks. “The Island City’s” proximity to the San Francisco Bay makes it a welcome haven for wind and kite surfers and other outdoor enthusiasts. The city is known
for its lovely Victorian houses, its rollicking Fourth of July parade, and its downtown district located on Park Street. With plenty of local attractions, shops, restaurants, and museums, as well as easy access to San Francisco, Alameda is a wonderful place to call home.
Responsibilities of the Principal
The Principal is expected to:
- Assure that SJND models the Pastor’s and Bishop’s expectations for a school of excellence in the Diocese of Oakland;
- Partner and communicate effectively with the Pastor, Superintendent, Board, Principal of neighboring St. Joseph Elementary School, and the Community;
- Provide leadership in all areas of school operations: business, finance, advancement, enrollment, and teaching and learning;
- Deliver on identified goals and objectives outlined in the E3 Accreditation Educational Improvement Plan;
- Lead the implementation of the mission through the Strategic Plan and the E3 Accreditation
- Plan using the National Catholic Standards as a resource;
- Inspire the faculty and staff to pursue excellence in their teaching and student outcomes;
- Maintain a climate of accountability and a focus on the quality of the student experience;
- Achieve institutional financial and fundraising objectives.
Current Challenges & Opportunities
The Principal, working with the Board of Trustees, school leaders, and faculty and staff, will
lead the implementation of the current Strategic Plan and the E3 Accreditation Plan to:
- Embrace and maintain the mission, culture, and traditions Integral Student Outcomes and Core Values of this exceptional and diverse Catholic college preparatory high school;
- Lead in the continuing development of a 21st Century curriculum;
- Work with faculty in achieving the school’s academic goals;
- Lead in the continuing development of Advancement, Enrollment Management, Finance and Business Operations. Additionally, the Principal must be eager to work collegially with the Pastor, the parish, and the adjacent elementary school.
Qualifications and Qualities of the Next Principal
The school seeks an experienced leader with a passion for mission who possesses these
qualities and leadership characteristics:
- A faith-filled, practicing Catholic who embraces the core values of SJND faculty and staff:
- Expertise in Catholic education;
- Advanced college degree;
- A strategic and resourceful approach with deep domain knowledge of secondary school organizational management, fiscal management, and a commitment to best practices in teaching and learning, and the overall quality of the student experience.
- SJND is positioned perfectly for further growth and prominence. The school seeks a relational leader who will serve as the face of the school to the community, continue to raise the profile of the school academically and share its powerful value proposition across the Greater East Bay and Bay Area.
The salary range for this leadership position is $150,000-$200,000.
By February 20, 2023, please submit the following materials confidentially as separate PDF
attachments in one email to Gloria Espinoza, Human Resources Department, Diocese of Oakland at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Cover letter that expresses your interest and fit for leading a diocesan Catholic school;
- Current resume that includes dates for all degrees, certifications, and experience
- Statement of educational leadership philosophy and practice in a Catholic parish school;
- List of five references with names, phone numbers, and emails – no references will be contacted without your knowledge and approval;
- Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Oakland (CSDO) Employment Application.
Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School is a consolidation of Notre Dame, founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, and Saint Joseph, founded in 1935 by Saint Joseph’s parish and originally run by the Marianist Brothers.
In 1881, five sisters of Notre Dame de Namur purchased the school’s present site in Alameda, erected a convent, and opened a school for girls. In 1935, the Marianist Brothers opened Saint Joseph High School.
After the Marianists left in 1970, the Congregation of the Sacred Heart was tasked with consolidating the two high schools into one coeducational school. In 1985, Saint
Joseph Notre Dame High School opened.
Technology and Maker Tech Support Specialist
Reports to: Director of Technology and Integration
The Technology and Maker Tech Support Specialist is responsible for supporting end users, including faculty, staff, administration and Maker students. Acting on tech support requests for our staff of 70, the TMTSS resolves or escalates issues in a timely manner. The TMTSS works with the Director of Integration and Technology to evaluate, maintain, and/or update the technological infrastructure of the school. This is a full-time position for a dynamic, proactive and creative person who loves technology and enjoys working with people.
The Technology and Maker Tech Support Specialist reports to and is accountable to the Director of Integration and Technology and is appointed, supervised, evaluated and dismissed by the Principal in consultation with the Vice Principal and the Director of Integration and Technology. Member of Technology Team and other committees as assigned by the Principal.
● Upholds the mission of St. Joseph Notre Dame High School and models a moral code which is consistent with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Technology Department
● Manage Technology Department inventory, supplies, and documentation
● Troubleshoot & repair Windows, Chrome & Macintosh OS computer hardware; software issues
● Responsible for support ticket initial prioritization, troubleshooting, resolution, escalation, and
● Provide in-person, email, chat, and remote support for the SJND community
● Maintain, deploy, and supervise computers, peripheral tech equipment
● Manage and operate A/V equipment for such events as liturgies, school performances and
● Provide learning technology support (including, but not limited to: LCD projectors, document
cameras, printers and web services)
● Work with the Director of Integration and Technology on Ed Tech training and support for the
● Maintain documentation for network, user applications, and software
● Assist with onboarding, password resets, permissions, and general network troubleshooting
● Assist with database management
● Work with the Tech Team to spot trends, roll out proactive projects, and other duties as assigned
Maker Tech Coordination
● Oversee, organize, manage and reorder Makerspace materials, supplies, equipment, physical
space and check-out schedule to faculty and students
● Reach out to teachers to develop Maker projects within their curriculum
● Orient teachers and students to any new capabilities in maker tech
● Supervise student Maker Managers by delegating specific responsibilities, collaborating on
planned challenges, teaching proper tool and equipment management
● Assure student health and safety by teaching proper technique and supervision
● Create a warm and welcoming learning environment for students and families; communicate with parents and family members as needed
● Implement safe and effective classroom management routines and expectations for all students using the Makerspace
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
● Exhibit professionalism, honesty, integrity and respect for everyone on campus
● Possess strong customer service skills including punctuality, professional dress, focused attention, and a growth mindset
● Be self-motivated with a problem-solving curiosity and display an ownership of assignments
● Hold a general understanding of network infrastructure, hardware and software systems
● Possess handiwork skills for network maintenance, basic tech repair and Maker Tech projects
● Ability to keep equipment, systems and databases organized
● Ability to lift 50lbs
● Ability to walk up and down stairs
● Ability to run A/V for events
● Able to work some nights and weekends for event management and tech support
Salary Range: $65,000 to $75,000 depending on experience
Submit the following materials confidentially as separate PDF attachments in one email to Andy McKee, Director of Integration and Technology, through our SJND Career Center.
● Cover letter expressing your interest in the Technology and Maker Tech Support Specialist
● Current resume that includes dates for all degrees, certifications, and experience
Find out more about our school at www.sjnd.org. We are an equal opportunity employer and we welcome and encourage diverse candidates to join our community.
Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School is a co-educational Catholic parish high school located in the heart of residential Alameda, just minutes from downtown Oakland. SJND offers academic excellence and moral development to its diverse and talented 420 students. The 65 staff members are dedicated to the development of confident, open-minded, effective leaders who are ready to live joyful lives of faith, scholarship and service. The school educates future leaders in a supportive and challenging environment.
The Vice Principal promotes positive collaboration between students, faculty, and staff, while simultaneously fostering an environment of excellence, creativity, and achievement in all areas that they oversee. As a participating member of the school’s Leadership Team, the Vice Principal implements school policies and practices at all levels of the school’s operations. Specifically, the Vice Principal advises the Principal regarding the supervision of instruction, counseling, discipline, academic, and co-curricular programs. In all matters, the Vice Principal demonstrates outstanding management and leadership skills, supports the school’s mission statement, and models the highest standards of professional and collegial conduct.
Vice Principal Responsibilities
Actively fosters the Catholic identity of the school by promoting Catholic values and service; nurturing the faith formation and spirituality of faculty, staff, and students; working with the Campus Minister; and serving as a member of the adult faith formation committee.
Supports and participates in all aspects of the school’s strategic planning processes.
Serves as a liaison between supervising faculty/staff and the office of the principal.
Meets regularly with the principal.
Designs and coordinates professional development for faculty/staff; student and teacher orientations; and student award ceremonies, including graduation.
Coordinates the interviewing and hiring of new teachers and staff members.
Oversees budget for all supervising departments and provides budget recommendations for program and campus needs.
Represents the interests of the school to Diocesan and other associations (in consultation with the principal).
Leads the School Life Team which meets weekly to collaborate on internal, student-facing school affairs in order to support the mission of the school.
Attends other school committee meetings, including acting as a representative for the principal when required.
Oversees the counseling department, including personal/academic counseling, college counseling program, and learning services program.
Supervises the dean of academics in the implementation of curriculum design, teacher/staff evaluation, faculty/staff professional development, and student academic affairs.
Assists the dean of students in facilitating partnership with students, parents, and teachers regarding issues of student behavior and school climate.
Supports the athletic director in providing assistance with student-athletes, coaches, families and Boosters in all matters related to athletics.
Supports and assists the dean of students, athletic director and director of student activities with supervision of co-curricular activities.
Serves as a member of the Policy and Planning Committee of the Board of Trustees and attends all necessary Board of Trustee meetings.
Facilitates or leads new committees as needed.
Assists the principal and director of enrollment management with student enrollment and withdrawal data analysis.
Updates, edits, and coordinates submissions to the school calendar and the student/parent handbook (in partnership with the director of student activities and the dean of students).
Oversees and coordinates the ongoing WCEA (Western Catholic Educational Association)/WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation process.
Manages academic technology design and use.
Assists with admissions events as needed.
Experience, Qualifications and Skills
Experience in leading and promoting Catholic values and supporting the ideals of the school’s mission.
Experience as a proven problem solver, critical thinker, and change agent who can adapt to new situations and challenges with determination and a positive outlook.
Proven success in training, managing, and mentoring individuals and groups.
Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
Experience in conflict resolution and an ability to manage uncomfortable conversations.
Public speaking, including facilitating and speaking on behalf of an organization both to large and small groups.
Ability to manage multiple priorities/projects simultaneously.
Willing and able to provide advice and counsel on sensitive matters of importance with respect to the school, and to address complex issues in a variety of settings.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact comfortably with a variety of people.
Strong communication skills.
Ability to promote a vision and plan to others, and see through practical execution of that plan.
Organizational and computer skills and ability to adapt to an ever-changing technological environment.
Experience as a classroom educator.
Bachelor's Degree in related field required; advanced degree(s) or administrative credential preferred.
Minimum three years experience in education.
Start Date: July 1, 2023
Compensation/Benefits: The salary range for this position is $110,000-$140,000. Benefits include medical, dental, and visual health benefits as well as pension and retirement plans.
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- Cover letter expressing your interest and fit for leading Saint Joseph Notre Dame;
- Current resume that includes dates for all degrees, certifications, and experience;
- Statement of educational philosophy
Find out more about our school at www.sjnd.org. We are an equal opportunity employer and we welcome and encourage diverse candidates to join our community.