Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, right, appears with (L-R) Fr. John Foley, S.J., John Killduff, and Bishop Joseph Pepe at the Oct. 5 , 2016 news conference and announcement of the new school. 

One year after Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, announced that the Viatorian Community would serve as the sole religious sponsor of a new high school — Cristo Rey St. Viator Las Vegas College Prep — he is accepting applications for the position of principal.

The co-educational, secondary school is on track to open in August, 2019, and the position of principal is one of the key jobs to fill in building the school, literally from the ground up.

The position is listed under careers on the Cristo Rey Network web site, and opens with this description: “As the instructional leader of the school, the principal provides mission leadership for faculty and students, supports high quality classroom instruction and assures the orderly functioning of the school.

“The principal is responsible for teaching and learning through providing ongoing instructional feedback and engaging faculty in the development and implementation of a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum and the cultivation of a school-wide Catholic faith identity.”

Additionally, the school will integrate rigorous college preparatory academics with an innovative Corporate Work Study Program, as do the successful programs operating at all 32 Cristo Rey Network schools.

Fr. von Behren began working to develop the school’s foundation in June, immediately after leaving his 12-year role as provincial superior of the Viatorians. He serves as president of Cristo Rey St. Viator Las Vegas and will work with the principal to ensure its Viatorian identity and mission, as well as academic rigor and work experience.

The successful candidate will have certifications commensurate with the requirements of the state of Nevada. For information, be a person of faith which is visible and inspiring in daily life and work. Proficiency in Spanish is preferred, but a minimum of five-year teaching/administrative experience is required.

“We are blessed with the opportunity to provide support that will ensure that our underserved youth have access to a quality education,” Fr. von Behren said, “that emphasizes academic and spiritual formation, and will enrich our community for years to come.”