Founding President - A New Catholic High School in Dover, Deleware
Partners in Mission School Leadership Search Solutions
Location: Dover, Delaware
Type: Full Time
4 Year Degree
In fulfilling the calling of the Church and its mission for Catholic education, stakeholders reassessed the need for a Catholic high school located in Kent County to serve Southern Delaware. The region is an underserved area of the Diocese of Wilmington with limited access to Catholic school education and no high schools. The closest Catholic high school in any direction is nearly 50 miles away. Catholic leadership in the community is strong with the passion and entrepreneurial spirit to create a Catholic high school that will be a private, independent, Catholic high school with the blessings of the Diocese and its Bishop, which will be best positioned financially to serve Southern Delaware and parts of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Initial plans call for the school to be located on the campus of Holy Cross School in Dover, and in the original Holy Cross High School building. This new independent, Catholic, high school will serve students and families in the growing Kent and Sussex counties of Delaware and Eastern Shore of Maryland. In recent years, the region has grown significantly as more and more people choose its relaxed lifestyle, convenient proximity to urban amenities, rolling rural fields, and pristine beaches.
The high school’s opening date is set for September 2025, starting with its “pioneer” class of ninth and tenth graders, and adding subsequent grades each year. Stakeholders and donors have committed to opening the school with $2 million in operating funds and a minimum $4 million endowment (expected to increase annually). This high-quality Catholic high school will be driven by the strong leadership of its governing body with mission-driven and qualified administrators, teachers, and staff to offer a strong academic program.
The Board of Trustees has elected for the school to operate under the President-Principal model. In this increasingly popular structure, the Principal reports to the President and serves as the day-to-day leader of academic operations including all aspects of the student experience – from the classroom to the playing fields, to faith formation, and extracurricular programing. The President’s primary purpose to provide broad leadership for the school community to achieve the fullest realization of its Catholic education mission. The President, in collaboration with the Principal, is equally responsible for the successful overall operation of the school through effective delegation of responsibilities to the administrative team, faculty and staff.
The President is appointed by and reports directly to the school’s Board. The President serves as the chief advancement and strategic officer while leading constituents and stakeholders in implementing the vision for the school. In doing so, the President serves as a public face of the school community and is directly responsible for its external affairs, for ensuring sufficient resources, sound fiscal management, and its financial stability through direct oversight of the business operations. The President will lead the school’s community relations, advancement initiatives, enrollment management activities, and facilities and infrastructure needs.
The ideal candidate will have significant executive leadership experience, expertise in financial and business management, possess exemplary communication and relationship building, and be skilled at engaging and inspiring constituents and stakeholders to further support its mission. He or she must be experienced with strategic planning and have the requisite executive-level experience to lead and grow a new school community. With a visible presence inside and outside of the school community, the President will be the catalyst in advancing the strategic marketing and advancement initiatives of the Catholic school community.
While the President must have a demonstrated capacity for broad institutional leadership, candidates could have attained this experience through various career paths, including primary, secondary, or higher education, non-profit management, or work in the corporate or public sector. Regardless of the career path, the successful candidate will have expert a proven record of building on a strong community culture and identifying, cultivating, and developing strategic partnerships to ensure the school’s continued accessibility, success, sustainability, and viability.
Applicants are expected to be faith-filled practicing Catholics in good standing with the Church and possess an advanced degree in a business, education, or related field. Salary and benefits are very competitive and commensurate with experience.
This is an exciting time in Lower Delaware! he school’s Board of Trustees is focused on hiring its Founding President who will be charged with leading the effort to prepare the school community for a successful opening in the Fall of 2025. The successful candidate, in correlation with the Board, will help recruit the Founding Principal and hire initial staff, shape the administration and curriculum, and develop final plans for the campus. The Founding President will be expected to bring the energy, charisma, executive administration, and fund-raising skills necessary in launching this start-up school community while delivering excellence in a Christ-centered and faith-filled college preparatory education.
Interested candidates can begin exploring this exciting opportunity by contacting our team immediately. There’s still time to help identify this school’s name! All inquiries and applications will be treated with the highest degree of confidentiality and the greatest respect.
Candidates are expected to be available to assume the responsibilities of the position in July 2024 or sooner.
The search committee is on a fast-track to identify and secure the next President. All inquiries and applications will be treated with the highest degree of confidentiality and with the greatest respect. The successful candidate will be expected to assume the responsibilities of the position in July 2024.
To apply, please submit the following four documents, confidentially and as separate PDF attachments Michael Furey, Partner, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Letter of Interest that aligns your experiences and skill sets with the current needs of the school as you understand them.
Statement of Catholic educational leadership philosophy.
Current resume with all appropriate dates included.
List of five references with names, relationships, phone numbers, and email addresses. References will not be contacted without your knowledge and approval.
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About Partners in Mission School Leadership Search Solutions
Partners in Mission School Leadership Search Solutions is the retained search division of Partners in Mission,
the nation’s leading full-service consulting firm focused exclusively on developing excellence in Catholic school
advancement and leadership. As partners among ourselves and with our clients’ missions, we value, understand, and embrace the importance of Catholic education in our personal and professional lives — and remain committed to ensuring its strength and vitality for years to come. Engaged by religious and school communities, our team of dedicated search consultants has identified and secured mission-driven professionals to serve in a myriad of diverse independent Catholic school leadership positions from Massachusetts to Hawaii.