• Principal / Other
  • Nashville

Website Diocese of Nashville Nashville, Tennessee


The Diocese of Nashville is a growing and vibrant diocese whose mission of, “Living and Proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, Welcoming All!” is at the heart and focus of everything we do. The diocese serves the 38 middle counties in Tennessee, and presently has 60 churches, 16 schools (with a new school opening in Nolensville 2024). Two of our schools have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence.

The Diocese of Nashville is experiencing tremendous growth in our parishes and schools, thanks in part to an influx of people moving here from all over the United States, but mainly due to a revitalized focus around our mission of evangelization and Catholic education. After a decade of declining enrollment, the Diocese of Nashville elementary schools have experienced a 13% increase in overall enrollment over the past four school years! Some schools have experienced growth in enrollment as high as 25%-75%. We will be opening our 17th diocesan Catholic school this upcoming school year, and our future growth prospects remain bright.

The Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Nashville has the privilege of guiding and executing the bishop’s vision for our Catholic schools.

Opportunities and Challenges

The Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Nashville will have the opportunity to develop and guide seventeen schools in the diocesan system of schools including  two high schools. In partnership with our school leaders, advancing the mission of the diocese by integrating “Living and Proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ. Welcoming All.” into our schools.

  • Maintaining and deepening our school’s strong Catholic identities while simultaneously encouraging academic excellence in all our schools.
  • Fostering and developing the Diocese of Nashville’s relationship with our schools and supporting their pastors, parishes, and school communities.
  • Strengthening a culture of giving for our Advancement in Catholic Education (ACE) endowment.
  • Responding to significant questions, issues, or concerns emerging from the Catholic schools.
  • Consulting on hiring and engaging highly trained principals who understand the preeminence of Christ in Catholic education.
  • Organizes and inspires principals to work in teams to establish and accomplish diocesan goals in line with the vision of the bishop.
  • Connecting with families throughout Middle Tennessee to grow enrollment and increase awareness of Catholic education options for families through the state’s ESA program.
  • Serving as the face of the Catholic Schools Office and a dynamic leader to pastors, principals, teachers, children, and their families.
  • Inspiring principals and teachers to be of one mind and heart with the Church by providing meaningful in-services and faith formation.
  • Coordinates and oversees district accreditation including development of strategic goals for the Catholic Schools Office system and reviewing strategic goals annually.
  • Maintains mutually supportive relationship with our Catholic independent schools in the diocese.
  • Provides guidelines for the implementation for rules, regulations, and norms issued by the bishop for all parish and diocesan schools and for the development of curriculum and the general improvement of the systems.
  • Identifies priority schools (at-risk) and strategically plans with diocesan leadership to support the school, pastor, and principal for effective remedies.

Qualifications and Competencies

The most competitive candidates will offer most or all the following qualifications and qualities:

  • A practicing Catholic with thorough and demonstrated knowledge of Catholic education.
  • A visionary with energy and a commitment to creating a strong community of schools.
  • Familiarity and experience with diocesan school relationships.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with inspiration and clarity, both professionally and publicly.
  • Candidates should also have the following additional competencies: displays a strong work ethic, able to attract top talent, effectively exhibits collaboration, manages conflict , and has a strategic mindset.

Education and Experience

  • Minimum of a master’s degree in education or comparable field (doctorate achieved or in progress preferred).
  • Successful experience as a principal in a Catholic school system.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Prior supervisory and significant leadership experience.

To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply through the Diocese of Nashville’s Paylocity portal. Candidates will need to submit the following materials as separate PDF documents:

  • A cover letter expressing their interest in this particular position.
  • A current résumé.
  • A statement of educational philosophy.
  • A list of five professional references with name, relationship, phone number, and email address of each (references will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission)

To apply for this job please visit recruiting.paylocity.com.