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President

Catholic Academy of Sussex County

Sparta, New Jersey

Pope John XXIII Regional High School
https://www.popejohn.org/
Pope John XXIII Middle School
https://www.popejohnms.org/
Reverend George A. Brown Memorial School
https://www.revbrownschool.org/

Under the direction of the Board of Trustees, the President serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Academy with responsibilities focused on strategy and planning, financial management, institutional advancement and external relations, organizational structure and management, and community and spiritual leadership.The President delegates to the Principals the daily responsibilities for academic and co-curricular affairs.

Guided by Catholic faith and an educational philosophy that reflects a learning, serving, worshiping, and witnessing community, Catholic Academy of Sussex County’s next President will implement strategic initiatives designed to increase its market presence, enrollment, and philanthropic support to promote a robust and purposeful educational experience.

The President is appointed by the Bishop upon the recommendation of the Board of Trustees and the Superintendent of the Diocese of Paterson.

Specific Responsibilities

Strategic Vision and Leadership

  • Develop and execute long-range plans, in consultation with the Board of Trustees and the Principals, which are consistent with the Academy’s mission and in coordination with the Superintendent of Schools.
  • Provide visible, personal, spiritual leadership to all school faculty, staff, students, and families on issues related to the Academy’s mission and goals.
  • Provide overall direction, motivation, and guidance to staff; inspiring colleagues to work to their fullest potential, taking the lead role in the creation of a culture of excellence and accountability.
  • Directly supervise and evaluate 9 direct reports: 3 Principals, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Director of Curriculum, Director of Finance, Director of Athletics, Director of Guidance, and Administrative Assistant to the President.
  • Embody, manifest, and advocate Catholic faith and spirituality while promoting a culture of inclusion and diversity that promotes social/emotional wellness of all students.

Institutional Advancement / Board Relations

  • Set strategic vision for development and enrollment goals and actively participate in advancement while overseeing public relations and community affairs.
  • With the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, develop and administer the Annual Fund and other special fundraising campaigns, being actively engaged in building and maintaining relationships with donors and prospective donors participating in direct solicitation.
  • Represent Catholic Academy of Sussex County to the schools’ external constituencies, including individual donors, businesses, parishes and institutional partners, alumni, community organizations, and others to advance the Academy’s image and to raise funds.
  • Create a highly visible profile and unambiguous identity to help Catholic Academy of Sussex County distinguish itself in the marketplace.
  • Act as Executive Officer of the Board of Trustees and ensure that the Board is appropriately staffed.
  • Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board and ensure open communication about the measurement of performance against stated milestones and goals.
  • Regularly report to and collaborate with the Board of Trustees on school operations and strategic and long-range plans, providing quarterly reports for the Board of Trustees, staff, and stakeholders of the school on Catholic Academy of Sussex County’s academic programs, school achievements, and progress on planned goals.

Finance / Operations

  • Oversee the development of the annual budget, ensure compliance to the budget, and administer through the Finance Office all fiscal affairs of the Academy.
  • Oversee the operation and maintenance of school facilities and grounds to ensure the safety, security, and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and volunteers.
  • Supervise the Director of Finance in the preparation of preliminary and final budgets; to monitor income, expenditures, collections, and cash flow; to maintain appropriate financial records; to oversee the employee benefit program.
  • Support the selection and hiring of qualified persons to serve as members of the faculty and administration; hold regular meetings of the faculty and staff and ensure that the general policies of the Board are understood and followed.
  • Monitor and coordinate matters regarding employment, retention, and dismissal of personnel; salaries and contracts; job assignments performance evaluation, orientation, and training.
  • Represent the Academy in its relations with the Diocese of Paterson, school districts, local, state, and federal agencies and with regional and national educational organizations and accrediting agencies.

Academic Oversight

  • Approve, in consultation with the Principals, all school policies and programs consistent with diocesan policies and the Academy’s mission as a Catholic community, an academic center, and a diocesan institution.
  • With a mindset of growth, leadership, and innovation, ensure that the school leadership is pursuing the best talent in education.
  • In collaboration with the Principals, monitor all programs of the schools including curriculum, grading, testing, and reporting to parents, and disciplinary policies and standards of conduct.
  • Ensure that all employees and volunteers comply with the mandates of the State of New Jersey and the Diocese of Paterson regarding the maintenance of a safe and secure environment.
  • Ensure that periodic program evaluations take place and reports to external agencies are submitted as required.
  • Ensure that Catholic Academy of Sussex County provides an environment in which professional development is supported and encouraged for all faculty and staff.

THE CANDIDATE

The President must believe in the mission and vision of Catholic education and Catholic Academy of Sussex County. The successful candidate must have a proven track record of external relations and strategic leadership. The candidate must be a motivated leader with a vision for the future, embracing the latest innovation, technology, and educational strategies. The new leader must be a physical presence – visible and available to the students, families, alumni, and community. The President must be eager to engage with the Academy’s many sending parishes and willing to work alongside the CASC Board of Trustees and Endowment.

Qualifications

  • A practicing Roman Catholic in good standing with the Church and a deep-rooted commitment to Catholic faith and values.
  • A genuinely faith-guided, visionary, and strategic leader with an institutional-building mindset.
  • Minimum of 10 years progressively responsible senior leadership experience in business, education, or nonprofit sector.
  • Broad knowledge of overall operations of a successful and integrated organization including finance, budget development, admissions, fundraising, marketing and care and maintenance of physical plant.
  • Proven experience in revenue generation and the ability and willingness to lead in fund development, including identification, cultivation, stewardship, and face-to-face solicitation of donors; capital campaign experience preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to build, foster and maintain positive relationships with both internal and external constituencies including administrators, faculty, Board members, volunteer leaders, students, and donors.
  • Ability to articulate a Catholic philosophy of education that recognizes the need for appropriate programs to serve a range of students’ needs, interests, and enrichment.
  • Excellent public speaking skills complemented by a demonstrated ability to interact with diverse personalities and situations with ease and grace.
  • Superior communication skills to express, orally and in writing, Catholic Academy of Sussex County’s mission, vision, and goals with clarity, passion, and persuasion.
  • Leadership ability as evidenced by performance in educational assignments, i.e., have the capacity, enthusiasm, intelligence, and patience to inspire teachers, students, parents, clergy, and local school community leaders.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in educational administration, organizational leadership, or business preferred.
  • Willing and able to travel; must be available to attend events after work hours or on weekends as needed.

THE INSTITUTION

The Catholic Academy of Sussex County (CASC) has a population of 1,350 students in grades Pre-K through 12th grade in three separate buildings on one beautiful 76-acre campus located in Sparta, New Jersey. Rev. George A. Brown School is home to Pre-K through 4th grade; Pope John XXIII Middle School is home to grades 5 through 7, and Pope John XXIII Regional High School is home to grades 8-12. Each school has its own principal and all three work and lead collaboratively to promote one unified Academy under the direction of the President.

The CASC also has 153 deeply committed, seasoned, and enthusiastic faculty and staff members who look to the President for innovative, creative, and motivational leadership. The CASC was granted permission from the Diocese of Paterson to embark on a $10 million capital campaign to fund a state-of-the-art Science, Technology, and Performing Arts Center, to date over $8 million has been raised. The new President will be instrumental in continuing this effort in securing the funding needed and in developing the STEM and performing arts programs.

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