Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore provide a Christ-centered education that is academically excellent and empowers students to reach their full potential - spiritually, intellectually, physically, socially, and morally. Catholic schools in the Archdiocese nurture and sustain the God-given gifts of every person, especially students, to be used in service to the Mission of Jesus. Position Information The Archdiocese of Baltimore is seeking a Superintendent of Catholic Schools to serve as the educational leader for the Archdiocese, overseeing and guiding the spiritual and academic formation of Catholic school elementary and secondary students and preparing them as future leaders in the Church and community. Reporting to the Chancellor of Education and in collaboration with the Archdiocesan School Board, the Superintendent sets forth a strategic vision and plan to grow and strengthen the Archdiocesan school system, while supporting the mission and the vision of the Archbishop of Baltimore. Specifically, the Superintendent will: Design and implement comprehensive educational strategies which will enhance the faith formation and academic accomplishment of students;Participate in strategic growth initiatives, including building a new elementary school in downtown Baltimore;Introduce contemporary school governance structures;Develop a "systems approach" to enhance the performance of and resources available to the Catholic schools;Create effective leadership models and programs designed to prepare new administrative leaders in both urban and suburban schools;Provide leadership for the development and implementation of a comprehensive curriculum reflecting the highest of standards for all students as 21st century learners, reduces achievement gaps, and improves academic performance through innovative instruction and technology;Provide oversight for Archdiocesan school leaders and works collaboratively with pastors and parish school leaders and Boards; and,Serve as an ex-officio member of the Archdiocesan School Board, which provides strategic leadership to the Catholic schools, and staffs the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board. The Superintendent of Catholic Schools will be a practicing Catholic who embraces Catholic education, viewing it as essential to fulfilling the Church's mission of evangelization and the strengthening of discipleship. Candidates should be agents for change with strategic vision and demonstrated experience leading and transforming organizations, who possess the following requisite qualifications, skills and experiences: A doctorate in education or related field is strongly preferred; a Master's degree in educational administration/school leadership is required;Extensive and successful school leadership experience, ideally in a growth-oriented Diocese with various models of Catholic education in diverse, multi-cultural schools/systems;Contemporary knowledge of academics and educational research, including curriculum development, instruction, professional development, and instructional technology;Relationship-oriented with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with pastors, school presidents/principals, Boards, and Archdiocesan staff and oversee a broad range of schools in both urban and suburban settings;Skilled at building and leading a highly effective and high-performing team with a common mission and purpose, supported by clear roles and responsibilities;Proven ability to create and implement plans to enhance the operational viability of Catholic schools in relation to enrollment management, marketing, advancement, finance and facilities;Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with the Chancellor of Education and the Archdiocesan Executive Team to identify and secure new sources of funding and investment to support the mission of Catholic education from leaders in the community, higher education, corporations, and foundations;Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, including the development, implementation and evaluation of action plans;Financial acumen and experience with business and operational practices of Catholic education;Exceptional communication and presentation skills in order to effectively represent the Archdiocese and the Department of Catholic Schools and to engage in national dialogue regarding trends and challenges in education;A reputation as a strategic thinker and innovator who explores new opportunities, initiates change, is comfortable taking risks, and embraces contemporary technology and media; and,Exemplary work ethic; a role model who provides an example to and inspires others to high levels of performance and success.Compensation Compensation for the Superintendent is highly competitive and includes an executive benefits package. Relocation benefits are available. Application Procedure The desired start date for the new Superintendent is January 1, 2018. Interested and qualified candidates must submit electronically; a letter of introduction;a resume;the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of five professional references; and,a statement of approximately one page addressing Catholic Schools in the 21st Century: Innovative Models for Academic and Spiritual Excellence.The applicant's electronic submission should indicate on the subject line: Superintendent of Catholic Schools - Archdiocese of Baltimore. WHILE THIS POSITION IS LISTED ON THE ARCHDIOCESAN WEBSITE, APPLICANTS MUST APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE ARCHDIOCESE' S SEARCH FIRM - - Attn: Jennifer C. Kensel at Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled; complete applications received by October 10, 2017 will receive full consideration by the Search Committee.