Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develops a vision for Catholic education in the Diocese of Toledo in coordination with the Bishop of Toledo along with a strategic plan and ongoing systems of implementation and evaluation to ensure the realization of the long-term health of an excellent, nationally recognized system of Catholic schools.
- Serves as an active, contributing member of the Bishop of Toledo’s senior staff, providing visionary insight, advisement, policy formation, evaluation, and continually seeking out new opportunities of shared services while working collaboratively with all departments to promote holy disciples, holy families and holy vocations.
- Works diligently to build effective relationships with school leaders; to listen and seek to understand their complex issues, challenges, and opportunities in order to develop a vision and strategic plan while serving as an inspirational, passionate leader to advocate for Catholic education, and inspire people to believe in the mission and participate in executing the strategic plan.
- Creates standardized school governance structures, policies, and standardized operating procedures to assist schools, promote efficiency, transparency, consistency, and effectiveness, while mitigating risk associated with school governance for the protection of all diocesan schools. Once established, creates a systematic continuous improvement program, whereby all school administrators can actively participate in improving these diocesan standards into the future.
- Serves as the chief administrator and lead communicator for school administrators on issues such as; long and short term planning; policy and procedure development; budgeting and financial matters; educational and instructional standards; continuing faith formation and licensure of teachers; staffing issues; conflict resolution; and other matters helpful to the Catholic schools.
- Fosters a ministry-oriented, accountable environment within the Department of Catholic Education, providing strong leadership, management, and supervision to her/his direct reports. Provides performance management feedback and goal setting with her/his team. Promotes a team environment and articulates the purpose and vision with staff, develops goals with each of them, and follows-up to ensure that the mission is accomplished.
- Provides leadership and encourages the Department of Catholic Education team to focus on new, innovative, and effective programs, and works toward continuous improvement of existing programs.
- Oversees the catechetical formation, from youth to adult formation, as well as care for home school families and the formation of lay ecclesial ministry.
- Assures the identification and ongoing development of strong Catholic school leadership which includes ongoing training, formation and evaluation of current principal-ministers and the identification and preparation of strong principal-minister candidates for the future. Monitors the evaluation processes of school principals, teachers and school personnel.
- Oversees the effective use of testing results to assess progress, ensures that all schools are accredited, evaluates new initiatives, and develop appropriate intervention strategies for schools that are not meeting targeted objectives.
- Promotes the principles of Catholic identity and faith formation among all school leaders to ensure that the distinctive values and practices of the faith are evident and vibrant in each school.
- Directs schools in areas of legal concerns in concert with the Diocesan General Counsel, media relations, and personnel conflicts. Mediates school disputes that cannot be solved at the local level.
- Meets regularly with principals and high school presidents to assess needs, celebrate successes, and present new initiatives.
- Responsible to maintain appropriate staffing levels and filling positions with quality personnel.
- Stays abreast and communicates to all school personnel of recent trends, publications, new and changing laws/regulations, research, advocacy, state and federal programs, and other areas related to education. Provide resources and tools for schools to comply with such laws and regulations.
- Oversees the two Toledo Central City Ministry Schools; Queen of Apostles Campus and Rosary Cathedral Campus.
- Attends meetings and works collaboratively with the Catholic Conference of Ohio and the superintendents of other Catholic dioceses in Ohio; represents the Diocese of Toledo Catholic Schools with passionate lobbying advocacy.
- Maintains an active membership in the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).
- Performs other related duties as assigned by the Bishop and Vicar General/Moderator of the Curia. Participates in state and national committees for schools and youth.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:
- A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in Education and/or Administration and have obtained the necessary certification in compliance with standards set forth by the State of Ohio, Department of Education. Must have at least ten years’ experience in Catholic educational ministry, preferably as a Catholic school principal, superintendent, school administrator and/or Diocesan Catholic education official.
- Must be a practicing Roman Catholic in good standing with the Church who has the ability to respect, promote, accommodate, and not be in conflict with the mission, moral and social teachings, doctrines, and laws of the Roman Catholic faith.
- The ability to be an inspirational, passionate advocate for Catholic education, and demonstrate a complex understanding of the issues, challenges and opportunities present in Catholic schools today.
- Pursues this ministry with energy, drive and a need to produce results, especially in the face of resistance or setbacks. Must be flexible, self-confident, assertive and persuasive.
- Strong administrative, planning, and organizational leadership skills, especially in the areas of strategic planning, financial management, change management, conflict resolution, and leadership development.
- Demonstrated successful experience in leadership, management, and staff supervision. • Must have a collaborative style; proven team builder with effective employee-relations skills. Proven ability to lead and motivate teams through recognition, participation and delegation. A leadership style that is approachable, engaging, focused on achieving successful results and action-oriented with experience in being a “leader of leaders”.
- An ability and commitment to establish regular check points with employees; take constructive timely action to remedy problems, and consistently meet quality standards and deadlines. Must have the ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with employees at all levels, with a focus on teamwork.
- Required to have excellent presentation skills including public speaking, verbal and written communication skills. Ability to produce concise reports and recommendations, make presentations to varied groups, and articulate and inspire commitment to a shared vision.
- Ability to capture critical information/key points by using exceptional active listening skills and asking appropriate probing questions while documenting conversations and recommendations given.
- Contacts frequently contain confidential/sensitive information, necessitating discretion with a high level of confidentiality.
- Must be able to organize and prioritize work, be proactive, take initiative, resolve complex problems, follow through, and simultaneously manage multiple priorities.
- Must successfully pass the required background check and all requirements of the Diocesan Program for Child and Youth Protection prior to employment and maintain a satisfactory background check throughout employment
This position offers comprehensive benefits and retirement plan. Details available from Human Resources.
COMPENSATION: Highly Competitive
EXPECTED TRAVEL: 20-30 %; minimal overnight travel
**Deadline for Application: April 30, 2017
For consideration please email: Arlene McSweeney Ed.D., Arlene@CatholicRecruiter.com with cover letter and resume.