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President

The President serves as the school’s chief ambassador and governing administrator with responsibilities focused on strategy, financial sustainability, institutional advancement, organizational structure, community, and spiritual leadership. The President delegates to the Principal 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, Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School’s next President will implement strategic initiatives designed to balance the budget, increase its market presence, enrollment, and philanthropic support, and promote a robust and purposeful educational experience.

The President is appointed in collaboration with the Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School Board of Directors and the Office of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The President reports to the Chief Operating Officer of the Office of Catholic Education in matters pertaining to the administration of the school and the Board of Directors per the bylaws of Boards of Specified Jurisdiction in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Specific Responsibilities

Strategic Vision and Leadership

  • In collaboration with Office of Catholic Education and Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School’s Board of Directors, develop and implement organizational plans and goals that advance the mission of the school and Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
  • Provide overall direction, motivation, and guidance to school administrators, faculty, and support staff; inspiring colleagues to work to their fullest potential, taking the lead role in the creation of a culture of excellence and accountability.
  • Broad oversight of all faculty and staff with direct supervision and evaluation of the Principal, Director of Institutional Advancement, Business Manager, and Tuition Officer.
  • Set strategic vision for development and enrollment goals and actively participate in advancement.
  • Embody, manifest, and advocate Catholic faith and spirituality while promoting a culture of inclusion and diversity that promotes social/emotional wellness of all students.
  • Effectively communicate with parents, alumni, and other constituents so that the mission, philosophy, educational goals, and other aspects of the school are clearly articulated.

Public Relations/Institutional Advancement

  • Create a highly visible profile and unambiguous identity to help Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School distinguish itself in the marketplace.
  • Represent Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School to the school’s external constituencies, including individual donors, businesses, parishes and institutional partners, alumni, community organizations, and others through off-campus meetings and speaking engagements with existing and new audiences.
  • Create a positive public image of Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School and the alumni base that reflects the loyalty, dedication, and support that is valued by students, families, and graduates.
  • With the Director of Institutional Advancement and in conjunction with The Millay Club/Alumni Association, 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 including major gifts and planned to give.
  • Research, cultivate, and execute proposals to funding sources including foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
  • Provide responsible stewardship and timely reporting for donations and grants received.
  • Utilize all available resources to provide scholarship and tuition assistance to make the school available to all who desire a Catholic education.

Recruitment/Enrollment/Retention

  • Assume leadership for a comprehensive effort to ensure effective recruitment and retention of students entering Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School.
  • Oversee implementation of recruitment/enrollment/retention plan collaborating with Director of Admissions and Board Enrollment Committee.
  • Obtain resources for recruitment/enrollment activities including marketing campaign materials.
  • Ensure enrollment is sustained once students are enrolled through individualized monitoring and support.

Finance/Operations

  • Develop and administer, with the Director of Accounting and Finance Committee, the annual operating budget.
  • Ensure the safety, security, and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and volunteers.
  • Create a campus master plan and oversee the financial status of the school including developing long- and short-range financial plans, monitoring the budget and ensuring sound financial controls are in place.
  • Supervise the Director of Accounting 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 people 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 school in its relations with the Office of Catholic Education, school districts, township, county, Commonwealth, and federal agencies and with local, state, regional, and national educational organizations, and accrediting agencies.

Board Relations

  • Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board and ensure open communication about the measurement of performance against stated milestones and goals.
  • Provide to the Board of Directors various scenarios and possibilities for the Board to consider as it does its work focusing on the strategic future of the school, leading the development and execution of strategic and long-range plans, including major fundraising campaigns and capital improvement projects.
  • Regularly report to and collaborate with the Board of Directors on school operations and strategic and long-range plans, providing quarterly reports for the Board of Directors, staff, and stakeholders of the school on Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School’s academic program, school achievements, and progress on planned goals.

Academic Oversight

  • Cultivate and support an environment and culture for 21st Century teaching and learning to flourish.
  • With a mindset of growth, leadership, and innovation, ensure that the school leadership is pursuing the best talent in education.
  • In collaboration with the Principal and Assistant Principals, monitor all programs of the school 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 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia regarding the maintenance of a safe and secure environment, including clearances and mandated reporter training.
  • Ensure that periodic program evaluations take place and reports to external agencies are submitted as required.
  • Ensure that Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School 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 Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School. The President must model Catholic ideals, work to inspire colleagues and constituents, and strive to build a long-term sustainable strategy for the school. The ability to shepherd the school through periods of change while keeping a strategic eye on the importance of responding to the evolving needs of the community with innovative and fiscally responsible programs is essential. The successful candidate will be a relationship builder and visionary thought leader who can productively leverage the contributions of others, building a community of accountability and passion in delivering a transformational Catholic educational experience.

Qualifications

  • An appreciation and passion for the mission of Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School with a deep-rooted commitment to Catholic faith and values.
  • Must be a genuinely faith-guided, visionary, and strategic leader with an institutional-building mindset.
  • Minimum of 10 years progressively responsible senior leadership experience preferably in education or in business or the 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.
  • Superior communication skills to express, orally and in writing, Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School’s mission, vision, and goals with clarity, passion, and persuasion.
  • Visionary and strategic planning capabilities to be applied toward the development of an innovative fundraising program and the leadership necessary to ensure its successful implementation.
  • 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.
  • Self-confidence and humility combined with a sense of humor and a collaborative management style.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in education, organizational leadership, business, fundraising, or ministry preferred.
  • Limited travel required; must be available to attend events after work hours or on weekends as needed.

THE INSTITUTION

Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti is a Catholic High School serving a diverse student population in South Philadelphia. The present, co-educational Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School was formed in 2004. Along with its predecessors St. Maria Goretti for Girls and Southeast Catholic/Bishop Neumann/St. John Neumann for Boys high schools, the school boasts a proud 85+ year tradition of Catholic High School education in South Philadelphia. In addition to Diocesan priests and lay persons, the legacy schools were managed and staffed by the Norbertines, over seven congregations of religious sisters, including IHM’s and SSJ’s, and religious brothers, whose spiritual traditions are the foundation of and continue to influence the current culture. The current campus is the former St. Maria Goretti campus in “East Passyunk Crossing,” a safe and thriving neighborhood where the old-world meets new wave to create the backdrop for a dynamic and diverse school culture. The current student body is racially, ethnically, religiously, and socio-economically diverse.

Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School strives to advance our tradition of service to the community by cultivating an atmosphere of continuous growth and improvement. The school has experienced a 20% growth in overall enrollment over the last six years and has the highest level of parent engagement for three consecutive years in the annual Archdiocesan high school parent survey, consistently scoring above the Archdiocesan average for satisfaction in all categories with especially high marks for communication and technology integration.

In this spirit of growth, Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School has partnered with organizations such as The New Teacher Project, the Philadelphia School Partnership, the Connelly Foundation, the Alliance for Catholic Education at Saint Joseph’s University, and the Healey Foundation to enhance curriculum, teacher development, enrollment management, and fundraising. Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School was re-accredited by the Middle States Association in 2018.

For additional information about Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School, please visit our website at https://neumanngorettihs.org/.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

In keeping with Church teachings on social justice, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including but not limited to hiring, job selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, benefits and access to training.

As a religious organization, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is also bound by Canon Law and Catholic teachings. For this reason, there may be occasions when an employee’s failure to adhere to the truths of the Catholic faith are a factor in employment-related decisions. In the event an employee fails to adhere to, or takes a position publicly that is contrary to, Catholic doctrine and teachings, or any policy or procedure maintained by the Archdiocese, the employee may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.

Employment practices will not be influenced by an individual’s legally protected status or any other basis as may be required by local, state and/or federal law as those laws apply to the Archdiocese.

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