Leadership Positions, Skills, Compentencies, Pathways & Requirements 


Catholic Director of Education

Position Overview

Directly accountable to the Board of Trustees and working within the context of the Education Act R.S.O. 1990, the Director of Education has an in-depth knowledge of the current issues in education, corporate secretarial skills and leadership experience in a variety of educational portfolios. Employing a visionary and innovative, participative and collegial management style, the individual has the ability to develop consensus through a strategic planning initiative, resulting in the creation of a team-oriented environment, and build an integrated educational leadership team that includes the Board of Trustees, senior staff, Principals and the school system.

Skills and Competencies

A recognized Catholic educator who has assumed a visible and active leadership role in parish/community/Catholic faith-based activities. In addition to proven ability to lead Catholic education, he/she will set high standards and expectations that are consistent with the teachings of the Catholic church; and lead/motivate staff and students of the Halton Catholic District School Board to pursue the ideals of Catholic education.

In addition to a valid Ontario Teaching Certificate, an Ontario Supervisory Officer’s Certificate or equivalency, and thorough knowledge of the Education Act of the Province of Ontario, he/she will have proven leadership skills, as well as high personal integrity, professionalism, energy and genuine passion of evangelization through exemplary Catholic education.

Pathways and Requirements

  • A minimum of two (2) years of successful experience as a Supervisory Officer or equivalent
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of successful teaching/administrative experience
  • Successful candidate must complete a BarOn EQ test
  • A recent positive pastoral reference from their parish priest

Catholic Supervisory Officers

Position Overview

As a member of the Board’s senior administrative team, the Catholic Supervisory Officer will report to the Director of Education. This position calls for Ontario Supervisory Officer’s Qualifications, familiarity with various aspects of School Board operations; such as, curriculum, Special Education programs, School Improvement planning, processes to support School Effectiveness, Human Resources and Business operations demonstrated leadership skills, a capacity for personal growth and development. A Catholic Supervisory Officer has a strong commitment to Catholic education, knowledge of the Education Act and are current on recent changes in the field of education.

Skills and Competencies

In addition to a valid Ontario Teaching Certificate, an Ontario Supervisory Officer’s Certificate or equivalency, and thorough knowledge of the Education Act of the Province of Ontario, the individual will have proven leadership skills. Having a strong commitment to the Catholic school community involving school, church and home and having a positive interpersonal relationships with staff, students, parents and other members of the school community is essential.

In addition to a valid Ontario Teaching Certificate, an Ontario Supervisory Officer’s Certificate or equivalency, and thorough knowledge of the Education Act of the Province of Ontario, he/she will have proven leadership skills, as well as high personal integrity, professionalism, energy and genuine passion of evangelization through exemplary Catholic education.

Pathways and Requirements

  • A minimum of seven (7) years of successful teaching/administrative experience
  • A minimum of two (2) years of successful experience as a school administrator where applicable
  • Masters in Education or equivalent
  • Completion of Part I and Part II of Principal’s Qualifications where applicable
  • Successful completion of the Supervisory Officer’s Qualification Program (SOQP)
  • Successful candidate must complete a BarOn EQ test
  • A recent pastoral reference from Parish Priest

Catholic School Principal

Position Overview

The Catholic school elementary/secondary Principal nurtures Catholic faith, community and culture and models a commitment to Catholic education.

Skills and Competencies

In addition to Principals’ Qualification program, Ontario College of Teacher’s Certificate and a servant leader in the Halton Catholic District School Board, the individual’s past administrative experience indicates their ability to work strategically with staff, parish and community towards a common goal promoting the vision of our Catholic schools. He/she has the ability to motivate others towards discipleship is evident in their proficient work in School Effectiveness, Special Education, accountability for student outcomes and the management of collaborative and effective partnerships. The individual’s instructional leadership in data collection and analysis, curriculum design, and management and staff development is demonstrated in his/her commitment to Catholic learning communities. The individual is a model of a strong, authentic and active faith reflective of our Gospel values.

Pathways and Requirements

  • A copy of his/her Certificate of Qualification
  • Leadership Development Program Certificate (or equivalency)
  • Completed Principal’s qualifications according to Regulation 298: Section 9 (Principal’s Certificate Part I and Part II or equivalent) prior to appointment
  • Masters of Education or equivalent (prior to appointment)
  • Completed Religious Education Course: Parts I and II with a commitment to complete Specialist program
  • Sections A & B of the Principal/Vice Principal Candidate Application Form (as posted on StaffNet) and completed Leadership Candidate Profile (as posted on StaffNet)
  • A recent pastoral reference from a Parish Priest

Catholic School Vice Principal

Position Overview

Working in concert with the Catholic school Principal, the Catholic school elementary/secondary vice Principal nurtures Catholic faith, community and culture and models a commitment to Catholic education.

Skills and Competencies

As a servant leader in the Halton Catholic District School Board, the individual’s past teaching/administrative experience indicates his/her ability to work strategically with staff, parish and community towards a common goal promoting the vision of our Catholic schools. The individual’s ability to motivate others towards discipleship is evident in their proficient work in School Effectiveness, Special Education, accountability for student outcomes and the management of collaborative and effective partnerships. His/her instructional leadership in data collection and analysis, curriculum design and management and staff development is demonstrated in their commitment to Catholic learning communities. Individuals are a model of a strong, authentic and active faith reflective of our Gospel values.

Pathways and Requirements

  • A minimum of five (5) years of successful teaching experience
  • Teaching experience in a minimum of two (2) divisions and/or in specialized areas with a school systemA minimum of five (5) years of successful teaching experience
  • Teaching experience in a minimum of two (2) divisions and/or in specialized areas with a school system
  • In accordance with the admission requirements from the Ontario College of Teachers
  • Regulations 184/97: Hold or provide evidence of one of a Specialist or Honour Specialist qualification as indicated on the applicant’s Ontario Certificate of Qualification, and A) Successful completion of at least half the number of courses required to qualify for a Master’s degree that is an acceptable university degree, or B) An additional Specialist or Honour Specialist qualification as indicated on the applicant’s Ontario College of Teachers or the record of qualification.

Certificate of Qualification:

  • Completed Principal’s qualifications according to Regulation 298:Section 9 (prior to appointment)
  • Completed Religious Education Course, Part I with a commitment to complete Part II and Specialist
  • Completion of the Catholic Leadership program (Module I and II) offered by the Board.
  • A recent pastoral reference from a Parish Priest

Catholic Curriculum and Special Education Consultant

Position Overview

Reporting directly to the Superintendent of the assigned area, Consultants facilitate professional development for system and Family of Schools Catholic Learning Communities, and provide leadership and guidance for the system implementation of Ministry teaching and learning programs that focus on our faith.

Skills and Competencies

Demonstrated leadership in Catholic teaching and learning programs, with enhanced understanding of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations and Ministry policy and support documents and initiatives. System Consultants require demonstration of strong facilitation skills, and the ability to collaborate and participate as a member of Catholic Learning Communities.

Pathways and Requirements

The following qualifications and documentation will be required for a Consultant’s position:

  • A recent and positive pastoral reference from parish priest
  • Completion of Religion course, Part I
  • Specialist or Honour Specialist in required subject area
  • A minimum of five (5) years of successful teaching experience
  • Completion of the Board’s Catholic Leadership Program (Modules I & II)

Catholic Department Head

Position Overview

The Department Head reports directly to school administration and as a member of the school leadership team it is their responsibility to provide leadership and guidance in the implementation of programs for their department. The Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations and Ministry guidelines are central to department curriculum design and management; therefore, the Department Head will need to be committed to individual and department accountability for student outcomes.

Department Head positions are term appointments and are system deployed.

Skills and Competencies

Demonstrating a commitment to the Catholic school culture, the Department Head needs to be knowledgeable about effective programs for students and assist their department in securing high standards of achievement. The Halton Catholic District School Board’s Department Heads will need to utilize strong interpersonal skills, good communication skills and model effective teamwork.

Pathways and Requirements

The following qualifications and documentation will be required for a Department Head position:

  • A recent pastoral reference from parish priest
  • Completion of Religion course, Part I
  • Specialist or Honour Specialist in one or more of the subjects taught in the organization unit
  • A minimum of five (5) years of successful teaching experience
  • Completion of the Board’s Catholic Leadership Program (Modules I & II)
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