St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy, a small co-ed college preparatory K-12 Orthodox Christian school, has served families in the greater San Francisco Orthodox community for nearly three decades by the mercy of God and thanks to the intercessions of our patron saint, St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco. Our mission is to provide a rigorous Classical education in a loving Orthodox Christian environment. We are an accredited, not-for-profit educational institution with class sizes ranging from 3-5 students. Our pan-Orthodox, independently maintained Board is seeking to recruit our next Principal to head our warm community next year and beyond, following the conclusion of Mrs. Julia Paramonov’s fourth year as Principal in June. Mrs. Paramonov piloted the Academy through pivotal moments in the Academy’s life, especially the COVID-19 pandemic and related city-wide restrictions, and we are excited that she and her family will continue to be part of the St. John’s community.

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Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree or doctorate preferred
  • Teaching experience in an elementary, middle, or high school setting, preferably an Orthodox Christian educational institution, and/or classical academy, and/or traditional Christian setting
  • Administrative and/or leadership experience in an educational setting or experience providing professional development and/or formal mentoring to colleagues
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills

Preferred Personal Characteristics

  • Be a practicing Orthodox Christian in good standing with the Church
  • Be a role model in attitude, speech and actions toward others
  • Have the spiritual maturity and leadership abilities to align with St. John’s Academy’s mission of providing a rigorous Classical education in a loving Orthodox environment
  • Exemplify a dedication to the Transcendentals--Truth, Goodness, and Beauty
  • Meet everyday stress with emotional stability, objectivity and optimism
  • Maintain appropriate professional relationships with students, parents and colleagues

Key responsibilities of the role:

  1. Values-driven and Visionary Leadership: maintain the mission, vision and values of the Academy, ensuring that they drive all teaching and learning and are
    incorporated into the curriculum at all levels
  2. Leadership and Administration of Teachers: coordinate work of all school personnel; provide instructional support; participate in curriculum oversight and
    development; review proposed curricular changes and determine suitability within the classical traditional Christian model of education; plan and execute
    teacher development activities and support teachers in their professional development; oversee the SJA Mentoring Program
  3. Stakeholder Communications: communicate with parents through weekly email updates and newsletter; respond promptly to parent concerns; act as a liaison between parents and the wider community of the school and church; participate in community organizations and functions and disseminate promotional materials to obtain support for school goals
  4. School Coordinator: administrate general school routine; coordinate/schedule daily classes and all activities; lead and facilitate staff meetings; administer
    standardized testing
  5. Student Body Administration: direct/lead enrollment and attendance initiatives; model and maintain values-aligned positive school culture; oversee student
  6. Human Resources: responsible for employee hire/fire; assignment of duties; and employee disciplinary
  7. General Administrative Leadership: maintain accreditation; regular reporting to Board of Directors on all aspects of school operations; maintain student data (general and test); analyze and report data; identify and lead action plan based on data; act as decision-making authority
  8. Fiscal Administration: seek, identify, and acquire sources of income and funding; regularly participate in financial reviews; create budget and maintain records; review and authorize staff requests for instructional materials; file required local and state tax forms; authorize regular audits of school finances
  9. Additional duties as assigned by the Board of Directors


  • Salary dependent upon experience (range: 70,000-90,000) (full-time, exempt)
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • 401k

To apply, send a resume or CV and a cover letter to

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by February 7, 2023. Thank you for your interest!

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St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy

6210 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA, 94121

Phone: 415-221-3484

Posted on: January 24, 2023