Superintendent of Catholic Schools – Archdiocese of Washington (Hyattsville, MD)

Management, FT Employee
Archdiocese of Washington (Hyattsville, MD)

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is seeking the next Superintendent of Catholic Schools to provide executive leadership for 95 schools serving 27,000 students in Washington, D.C. and five counties in Maryland. The Superintendent will formulate and oversee implementation of the vision-aligned strategies, policies, programs, operating systems and services throughout the system of Catholic schools that are necessary to attain the highest standards of excellence in Catholic education.

The role will be responsible for continuing the growth in school faith formation and academic performance, along with addressing ongoing challenges in the area of affordability, accessibility and enrollment, particularly in the area of Catholic school education for low income families. While significant initiatives are underway, future leadership must bring a demonstrated ability to creatively solve challenges and further the success of schools, while preserving the good work accomplished to date.

The Archdiocese of Washington seeks a strong Catholic leader of impeccable integrity and deep commitment to Catholic education who will provide vision to and oversight of the schools of the archdiocese. Working closely with pastors, principals, presidents, boards of limited jurisdiction and stakeholders (internal and external), the Superintendent will implement the vision of Cardinal Wuerl faithfully across all schools.

Required Qualifications and Education
• Practicing Catholic in good standing, with love for the Catholic Church.
• Master’s degree in Education, Educational Administration, or related field of study required; doctoral degree preferred.
• Superintendent Certificate.
• Minimum 10 years education administration experience, including 5 years of experience in planning, organizing, and directing the work of professional and management staff.
• Strong commitment to Catholic education and knowledge of standards of Catholic identity.
• Knowledge of state and federal education and administrative codes and regulations.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Provide strategic leadership that directly aligns with the vision, plan, goals, priorities and mission of the Archdiocese of Washington, including excellent managerial leadership of the Catholic Schools Office (CSO). Act as custodian of the archbishop’s vision for Catholic schools as outlined in pastoral writings, policies and the synod statutes promulgated on Pentecost, June 8, 2014.
• Formulate and manage the implementation of strategies needed to attain the highest standards of excellence in education and operations, and to sustain and enhance Catholic school education for future generations throughout the Catholic schools of the archdiocese.
• Assume oversight responsibility for Catholic school compliance with archdiocesan policies and procedures, including ongoing AdvancEd accreditation systems.
• Establish and maintain active partnerships with government agencies, private corporations, donors and other stakeholders to support Catholic schools. Support and oversee efforts to promote school choice programs including tuition tax credits opportunity scholarships.
• Collaborate with and direct the advisory Board of Education to further the mission of Catholic schools.
• Serve and actively participate on a variety of boards and committees and represent the archdiocese at professional conferences/meetings to promote Catholic schools.
• Develop and manage strategies to advance Catholic schools through the efficient delivery of services, including centralized data systems, superior consultation processes to support school planning, building school-based leadership teams and strategic management of tuition assistance funding and awards.
• Assume responsibility for the work and services provided by direct functional areas such as special education, curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional development, school improvement and accreditation, counseling, education technology, marketing, funding, and government programs.
• Work effectively with archdiocesan secretariats/offices such as Communications, Child Protection, Finance, Information Technology, Facilities and Human Resources Management.
• Collaborate with administrators, priests, principals, teachers and parents of constituent districts to attain the highest standards of excellence in Catholic education.
• Collaborate with pastors to hire, develop, lead and continually assess performance of principals.
• Recruit, develop, lead, coach and inspire CSO staff effectively for success; assume responsibility for staff growth and development, providing regular feedback; and conduct timely performance appraisals.
• Ensure the development, authorization and maintenance of budgets as appropriate.
• Develop measures of success and assume responsibility for timely departmental reports.
• Work with Office of Media and Public Relations to prepare appropriate and approved responses to media inquiries.
• Other related duties as assigned.

Required Attributes and Characteristics:
• Demonstrates success in achieving highest standards in education and operations in a school system.
• Proven success in providing strategic leadership and developing effective leadership teams.
• Extensive knowledge of best practices in standards-based curriculum, assessment, professional development, alternative school models, research methodology, data analysis, and technology.
• Proven success identifying and meeting multicultural and urban educational needs.
• Demonstrates effective interpersonal abilities to successfully work with students, parents, teachers, principals, administrators and support staff as well as regulatory agencies, businesses and community groups.
• Demonstrates working knowledge of school finance, including budget development and management.
• Ability to initiate, foster, and maintain relationships, and consistently relate with all stakeholders with high degree of professionalism, respect, discretion, courtesy, and sensitivity.
• Demonstrates strong analytical skills, excellent judgment in delicate and complex problem solving, and proven decision-making skills.
• Responds promptly to client needs; solicits client feedback to improve service quality.
• Ability to apply outstanding attention to detail and consistently produce timely and error-free work. Ability to apply strong analytical skills to make rational, realistic and sound recommendations and decisions based on consideration of all facts and alternatives in support of stated goals.
• Demonstrates superb ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
• Ability to prioritize workload and successfully apply strong multi-tasking, organizational, and time-management skills, and effectively work under pressure to meet goals and tight deadlines.
• Ability to successfully recruit, manage and retain professional staff and inspire them to excel.
• Ability to work independently as well as supervise and prioritize work of professional and management staff and represent self and CSO professionally in conduct and personal appearance.
• Flexibility to work long hours, including evenings and weekends, to attend meetings or special events.
• Travel up to 50% of the time to schools, meeting venues, etc. Must have reliable transportation.
• Proficient in MS Office applications.

Compensation and Benefits:
The compensation for the Superintendent is highly competitive and includes an executive benefits package comprising of paid time off, sick leave, non-related illness days, health insurance and a retirement plan.

To Apply:
The review of applications will begin immediately. Please send a letter of intent and resume by Sept. 21, 2014 to:

Dr. Thomas Burnford
Secretary for Education
Archdiocese of Washington
P.O. Box 29260
Washington, DC 20017-0260

Further information is available at or by calling 301-853-5331. (0) (8250 Posts)

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