President – Marian Catholic High School (Chicago Heights, IL)

Education: Middle/High School, FT Employee
Marian Catholic High School (Chicago Heights, IL)


Submission Deadline: January 6, 2016

Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2016

Marian Catholic High School is seeking a dynamic Catholic leader to serve as President of a coeducational, college preparatory school founded in the Dominican Tradition of excellence.

Marian Catholic High School was founded in 1958 by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield on the corners of Ashland Avenue and Joe Orr Road in Chicago Heights, Illinois.

The Marian student body has approximately 1,100 students from 70 communities in Illinois and Northwest Indiana. Marian students have been extremely successful academically both before and after graduation.

Marian Catholic High School is a Springfield Dominican, college preparatory, coeducational high school community. As a Catholic school, Marian accepts its mission to “teach as Jesus did,” to proclaim the message of Jesus Christ, and to create a community of service-oriented believers. As a Dominican school, Marian follows the model of St. Dominic who dedicated his life to the pursuit of Truth in its spiritual, intellectual, moral, and social dimension. This search for Truth in the Holy Spirit leads to God through Jesus Christ, who is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

As a college preparatory high school, Marian Catholic develops in students essential skills for post-secondary education. These skills include inductive and deductive logic, critical thinking, research principles, and communication skills, both oral and written. In addition, Marian recognizes individual intellectual differences and has a flexible curriculum of liberal and fine arts which serves students’ particular needs and opens them to a variety of career choices.

As a coeducational high school, Marian Catholic provides a Christian atmosphere in which students can develop relationships based on trust, respect, and appreciation of individual gifts. Marian recognizes and accepts the contradictions and conflicts inherent in the transition period of adolescence. Marian helps students to develop decision-making skills, to accept responsibility, to respect authority, and to contribute to a just and dynamic society. Marian Catholic students embrace the reality of the school being a true cross section of our culture and our country.

These Dominican, college preparatory, and coeducational dimensions create the special community of Marian students supported by Christian administrators, faculty, staff, and parents. Each member of this faith community is a sacred reality, created by a loving God. Relationships among members are based on Christian love, mutual respect, and trust. Together, the Marian community is called to grow in faith and to lead lives of service to God and to others.

Marian Catholic High School is a Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory high school within the Dominican tradition of study, prayer, community, and preaching. Marian Catholic students seek truth, exhibit personal responsibility, cultivate their individual talents, and demonstrate ethical leadership and Christian service.

The Marian Catholic High School motto, “Teaching Scholars with a Soul” best sums up our mission.

The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the school reporting to the Board of Directors and the Member Board. The President promotes a philosophy of education that is distinctly Catholic and uniquely Dominican by embracing and upholding the Dominican Pillars of prayer, study, community, and preaching.

The President supports and oversees the work of the Executive Council, which consists of the Vice President for Instructional and Student Services (Principal), the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, and the Chief Financial Officer. The President will delegate responsibly, provide effective and appropriate supervision and evaluation of direct reports, and exercise the leadership to advance the mission of Marian Catholic High School.

The President is directly responsible for promoting academic excellence; initiating long-range planning; leading a Development program that achieves the goals, and objectives of a long range plan; and maintaining fiscal responsibility, all with an emphasis on ensuring the strength of Marian Catholic High School (MCHS) to fulfill its mission.

– Ensures the Dominican Catholic identity of the school.
– Ensures the effective overall operation of MCHS.
– Provides leadership in developing and implementing the strategic plan for MCHS.
– Provides guidance and direction to the Vice President of Instructional and Student Services (Principal), the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, and the Chief Financial Officer.
– Empowers members of the Executive Committee Council to be effective in their areas of responsibility.
– Ensures an effective system of staff selection with clearly defined roles and responsibilities for employees.
– Oversees the preparation of annual reports to the Archdiocese of Chicago, the national accrediting agency, and other national, state and local agencies.
– Participates in meetings of the educational administration, Advancement Office, Alumni Association, and any other meetings when appropriate.
– Works collaboratively with the Office of Institutional Advancement to maintain and expand the donor network, oversee capital campaign execution, participate in fundraising events, and seek new sources of funding.
– Works to ensure the fiscal viability of MCHS by approving and functioning within the annual operating budgets, approving salaries, benefits, and employee contracts in collaboration with the Executive Council, the Board of Directors, and the Member Board.
– Oversees an endowed scholarship program.
– Acts as spokesperson of MCHS with regards to public relations, marketing, admissions, alumni relations, and community presence.

The President will have the following qualities and strengths:

– is a practicing Catholic with a strong belief in Catholic values and models the values of Dominican Spirituality.
possesses a genuine affection for and commitment to Catholic education.
– is a strong and inspirational leader collaborating with the Member Board, Board of Directors, Principal, Faculty, Staff, Parents, and other school constituencies in support of the Dominican educational philosophy.
– articulates and communicates our vision and mission to a broad range of constituents.
– has knowledge of and a proven record of achievement in Development (e.g. Annual fund, Endowment building, Capital Campaign, Planned Giving).
– has public relations/communication skills as well as knowledge of finance, particularly relating to budgets and facilities.
– is supportive of a diverse community – socially, culturally, and economically.
– has the ability to create a collaborative, relational, and inclusive community environment.
– has the ability and willingness to relate to students as well as be visible to and interact with them regularly on campus and at school events.
– has an accessible and approachable style, with a willingness to listen and encourage the development of new ideas while also offering creative solutions to a variety of challenges.
– respects the dignity of every person and models behavior that demonstrates appreciation for all individuals.

To apply for the position of President of Marian Catholic High School, candidates are asked to submit the following materials:

– cover letter expressing your interest in and your qualifications to be the President of Marian Catholic High School
– current resume
– three references with contact information
– send all material by email addressed to:
Dr. Michelle Feldner Lancaster ’77
Search Committee for President, Chair
Marian Catholic High School

– receipt of applications will be acknowledged and all materials, inquiries, and nominations will be held in strictest confidence


Deadline for Applications: January 6, 2016
Interview Process: January-March, 2016
Final Selection: Late March, 2016
Start Date: July 1, 2016 (0)

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