President, Villa Angela - St. Joseph High School
Villa Angela - St. Joseph High School
- Cleveland, Ohio
Catholic Diocese of Cleveland
Office of Catholic Education – Position Announcement
President, Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School
The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is pleased to accept applications for the position of President of Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School (VASJ.) VASJ is a Diocesan–owned, comprehensive, co–educational, Catholic high school committed to academic excellence and the development of students’ faith and gifts. Enrollment is 440 students in grades 9 through 12.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland was founded on April 23, 1847. Under the leadership of the Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of Cleveland, it is the 23rd largest diocese in the United States and encompasses the counties of Cuyahoga, Summit, Lorain, Lake, Geauga, Medina, Wayne, and Ashland. There are approximately 700,000 Catholics in the Diocese, and Catholic Charities-Diocese of Cleveland is one of the largest diocesan systems of social services in the world. There are 185 parishes, 110 Catholic schools, 1 pastoral center and 1 mission office within the Diocese.
The Office of Education provides expertise, experience, and energy to lead and assist those who carry out the education ministries of the Diocese. In steadfast support of our more than 40,000 students and their families, the Office works to ensure that each school has the capacity to deliver strong, positive, irresistibly Catholic education for continued growth in academic excellence and faith formation.
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Under the direction of the Associate Superintendent of Secondary Schools, the President serves as the school’s chief executive officer. The President shares responsibility with the Principal, who is the school’s chief academic officer, for the integration of faith and culture within the school. The President also works in consultation with a Board of Advisors in the development and implementation of the school’s goals.
The President is directly responsible for the external affairs of the school and acts as the school’s chief fundraiser while ensuring sound fiscal management, long-term financial stability and plant improvements through direct oversight of business affairs, plant operations and Advancement programs.
As the executive leader and public face of the VASJ community, the President is the primary liaison for the school in its relationships with the Board of Advisors, area parishes and elementary schools, and the broader community. The President is ultimately responsible for the successful operation of the school through effective delegation of responsibilities to his/her direct reports, including the Director of Finance, Director of Advancement and other members of the leadership team.
The President should display leadership mastery in the following requisite areas: driving its Catholic mission; preserving the school’s academic and athletic excellence, spirituality and the culture expected of a Catholic college-preparatory setting; articulating and executing a vision that clearly defines direction and accountability for all; building strong stakeholder relationships that further develop constituent potential; displaying an executive presence that inspires board development and engagement, fiscal stewardship and school advancement initiatives; and bringing expertise to operational, organizational and strategic planning.
While the President must have a demonstrated capacity for broad institutional leadership, it is possible that he or she could have attained this experience through a variety of different career paths, including primary, secondary or higher education; non-profit management; or work in the corporate or public sector. Regardless of the individual’s career path, the prospective President must have expert knowledge and a proven record of Catholic mission advancement and culture building.
- Practicing Catholic in full communion with the Church, who is committed to the teachings, values and traditions of the Catholic Church, with the ability to give witness to the faith at all times.
- Successful experience or demonstrable talent in Institutional Advancement/Development Management.
- Minimum bachelor’s degree. An advanced degree in education or business-related fields is preferred.
- Experience in fiscal, facilities and personnel management.
- Proven visionary with demonstrated success in addressing immediate school community needs and long-term goals. Experience in strategic planning and implementation, fiscal management, donor cultivation and program oversight.
- Student-centered leadership capabilities fueled by the desire, energy and professionalism to lead a school with a diverse enrollment and a reputation for excellence.
- Ability to be proactive and flexible in problem solving.
- Exceptional communication, interpersonal, and public speaking skills helpful in building relationships that inspire crucial support in the school’s fundraising and enrollment growth initiatives.
- Accessible and approachable leadership style, with an ability to relate comfortably with students while being extremely visible and interactive on campus and at school events.
- Ability to establish rapport and trust with the VASJ campus community, Board of Advisors, parents, alumni/ae communities, and the local community partners.
- Working with the Director of Advancement, has primary responsibility for meeting substantial fundraising goals through personal outreach, events and grants. Will oversee the school’s current Comprehensive Campaign.
- Acts as chief executive officer of the school, responsible to the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland through the Office of Education for all aspects of the school. Monitors proper fiscal and facilities management of the institution.
- Ensures mission effectiveness and faith leadership in keeping with the Roman Catholic Church tradition.
- Effectively promotes the school and its programs to the extended community.
About the school
The VASJ story dates to 1878 when Villa Angela Academy was founded by the Ursuline Sisters. In 1950, along the lakeshore about a mile east of VA, the Diocese of Cleveland opened St. Joseph High School with the sponsorship of the Society of Mary (Marianists).
With their twin histories of excellence in academics and faith formation, Villa Angela and St. Joseph produced some 20,000 alumni/ae including countless leaders in religion, education, media, government, social work, business, law, athletics and other fields of American life.
In 1990, as demographics and educational preferences changed, the Diocese merged the girls’ and boys’ schools to form VASJ at the St. Joseph High School location. Initially administered by the Ursulines, VASJ is the only school in the world sponsored by both the Ursulines and the Marianists, and for the past 30 years has persevered in its mission to meet the evolving needs and challenges of Catholic education in the richly diverse Collinwood-Euclid community. The school reflects Ursuline and Marianist core values and characteristics that emphasize social justice and adaptation to change.
The Search Committee is now engaged in the process of identifying and securing the school’s next President. Candidates should be aware that the school recently launched a Comprehensive Campaign, over which the new President will assume leadership.
Candidates are expected to be available to assume the responsibilities of the position no later than July 2021. If available, the chosen individual may begin earlier and work in association with the school’s current interim President.
To be considered for this position:
Please submit cover letter, resume, contact information for three professional references, and a completed Diocese of Cleveland Employment Application using the below form.
Position will remain open until filled. Formal review process of all complete submitted materials to identify candidates for interview will begin on November 1, 202