La Salle Prep develops students of faith, service, and academic excellence
through an education of the heart and mind.
Inspired by St. John Baptist de La Salle, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory develops students of faith, service, and scholarship by providing a transformative education that allows students to realize their maximum potential and use their gifts to serve Christ and humankind.
La Salle optimizes financial and academic accessibility for students, especially the underserved, who desire a rigorous and relevant education preparing them for college and life.
The La Salle community inspires students to find their voice as global citizens, put their faith into action, and to lead lives of integrity, honoring the God-given dignity of all.
La Salle Catholic College Preparatory is located in Milwaukie, Oregon, a suburb of the Portland metropolitan area. The school has a strong and steady enrollment of 700 students and operates in a financially stable environment while being debt free.
The President is hired by and accountable to the school’s Board of Trustees, which in turn is responsible to the Lasallian Education Corporation, an oversight entity for the De La Salle Christian Brothers of the District of San Francisco New Orleans. Supported by a strong Administrative Leadership Team, the President works closely with the Principal and the rest of the team in the support of Board initiatives.
Board of Trustees:
The La Salle Catholic College Preparatory Board, presently consisting of 14 members, is comprised of representatives of the alumni, including past alumni parents, as well as a Christian Brother, and supporters of La Salle Prep. The Trustees are strategic thinkers that have shown a tremendous dedication to the La Salle Catholic College Preparatory mission, core values and the continued growth and development of the school.
The Trustees recognize the critical importance of finding the right President to lead the school into its next phase of academic and fund development. They have been diligent in preparing to conduct a thorough, effective search for the next President for La Salle Catholic College Preparatory.
La Salle is sponsored by the Brothers of the Christian Schools and is one of 1,600 Lasallian educational institutions located in over 80 countries worldwide. The Christian Brothers were founded in 1682 by St. John Baptist de La Salle. Named Patron Saint of Teachers by the Catholic Church in 1950, many characteristics of modern education that we take for granted first appeared in De La Salle's schools. However, what truly made De La Salle the pioneer, the educational innovator that he was, was his key tenet, that true teaching is rooted in an authentic love of students and that a truly effective teacher-student relationship must be based on practical affection and mutual respect. This core philosophy remains the foundation of De La Salle's many contributions to education and is a unifying characteristic of Lasallian schools worldwide.
See www.delasalle.org for further information about the Christian Brothers and the Lasallian District of San Francisco New Orleans.
Opportunities for the President:
The President oversees all facets of the school’s operations, providing visionary and strategic leadership to staff in the areas of academic excellence, institutional advancement, enrollment management, community and donor relations, and financial growth and stability. He/she works under the guidance of the President/Principal model in preserving and advancing the school’s exceptional educational program and guiding its dedicated faculty and staff. As a Catholic leader, the President is to help articulate the school’s special qualities of a diverse and caring community to the broader community and help maintain and model its Lasallian Catholic ethos and mission. The President is tasked with the duty of leading the school in the development of its key strategic priorities and bringing those priorities to fruition. The selected candidate will be responsible for fostering an atmosphere and professional environment of learning, achievement, cooperation and respect, all while maintaining our Catholicity and Lasallian charism.
The new President of La Salle Prep will be a visionary and energetic leader who exemplifies the mission of the school and passionately embraces Lasallian Catholic education of young people. The successful candidate will have significant senior leadership experience, financial acumen and expertise in business management. Experience in planning and overseeing capital projects to enhance facilities is desirable as well as experience in donor prospecting and fundraising. Paramount to success in this executive position is excellent leadership and communication skills that inspire collaboration from all constituent groups. The new President should possess an understanding of the President/Principal model of administration and be comfortable working in a policy governance environment. While day to day faith formation is the responsibility of the Principal, the President ensures that the school and its mission remain faithful to Catholic teachings and Lasallian charism in all facets of its operations. The ideal candidate must be a practicing Roman Catholic with a commitment to Catholic education.
Specific Areas of Focus for the President
In the context of La Salle Catholic College Preparatory’ s mission for education, the nature of today’s students, and the challenges and opportunities faced by educators today, the next President, in collaboration with the Principal and school leadership, will provide a vision and philosophy of a La Salle Catholic College Preparatory education. Specifically, this vision is grounded in the La Salle Catholic College Preparatory’ s mission, core values and its Lasallian charism that will ensure that the program is able to meet the challenges facing schools today both globally and locally, that the school remains competitive and relevant and ensures a culture of excellence.
La Salle Catholic College Preparatory has a stable operating budget. Given its commitment to keeping the school affordable, the President will need to continue to provide leadership in the areas of development, fundraising and alumni relations. The President will work with the Board to develop the necessary resources to support quality programs, staff compensation and campus development. The President will take a leading role in a comprehensive advancement program, which includes strategic partnerships, fundraising, admissions, and alumni relations. These elements are critical for the future of Ls Salle Prep. In addition, there needs to be a continuing focus on marketing and outreach that takes into account an understanding of the school’s position in the market and the competitive landscape. The President must articulate and help the La Salle Catholic College Preparatory community understand and convey the distinctive value of La Salle Catholic College Preparatory, its Lasallian Catholic identity, the outstanding academic and co-curricular programs and the wonderful community, all of which are the hallmarks of the school.
As it begins a new chapter in its history, it is an opportune time for the new President to work in strong collaboration with the Board to develop an integrated strategic plan that clearly articulates a vision for the future of La Salle Catholic College Preparatory that includes academic excellence, financial sustainability and Lasallian Catholic identity.
The Presidential Search Committee and the school community seek experienced candidates who are strategic, visionary, excellent communicators and who possess the leadership skills to advance the mission of La Salle Catholic College Preparatory. The President is an inspirational and energizing leader who can embrace, articulate and promote La Salle Catholic College Preparatory’ s vision of academic and faith excellence within the context of a Catholic community dedicated to scholarship, faith, and service. The President is a mission-focused, visionary leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrated, progressive experience in an educational, business and/or non-profit setting. In addition to being a strategic thinker and skillful manager, candidates will have backgrounds that include most or all of the following:
A practicing Catholic committed to furthering the Catholic identity of La Salle Prep and the Lasallian charism
A current understanding of directions and issues in the Catholic Church, including pastoral, social and moral dimensions of church life and the role of Catholic institutions within the Church
An understanding of organizational dynamics so that appropriate professional structures can be maintained to ensure strong collaboration among senior administration and to facilitate their commitment to providing excellence and for the cohesive functioning of the school
An understanding of an effective Institutional Advancement program. The successful candidate must have the willingness and commitment to be visible and to make connections with the greater Portland community in order to enhance the school’s image and reputation and to increase the level of financial support. She/he must be comfortable asking for financial support and must have a commitment to developing a culture of philanthropy and partnership with donors and corporate sponsors as well as maintaining positive public relations in the wider community.
The ability to articulate La Salle Catholic College Preparatory’ s mission and educational philosophy to inspire and motivate all constituencies
An understanding of current educational issues--a visionary who knows current trends in Catholic secondary education, , higher education and future workplaces that our students will enter.
A passion for secondary education and the willingness to support a culture of learning, relevance, and commitment to excellence in: academics, co-curriculars and faith formation.
An understanding of the need to continue and expand programs that provides accessibility and access for families who may not otherwise have the ability to afford the full cost of tuition.
A commitment to collaboration and transparency that genuinely invites and respects the perspectives and views of others, yet is decisive when required
The ability to work closely and comfortably with the Board of Trustees in building a partnership in governance and leadership
A willingness to work closely and comfortably with the administrative team, as well as with faculty and staff, to build a true partnership for the school
Possess effective, clear communications skills so that administration, faculty members, parents, students, community members and the Board of Trustees are appropriately informed of potential issues and needs
An understanding of the fundamentals of business and the economics of running a school with strong business management skills. This would include experience in HR, budgeting, public relations and marketing in order to review and provide alignment of financial constraints and obligation to the mission.
The ability to delegate appropriately and hold everyone accountable
A bachelor’s degree required; a graduate degree preferred.
La Salle Catholic College Prep is seeking a spiritual, faith-filled committed Catholic who will serve as its community leader and is willing to immerse himself/herself in the life of the school and who will honor and appreciate the charism of the Brothers. The successful individual will be someone with a warm and approachable presence. Additionally, the new President invites and connects easily with parents, teachers and students and is adept at drawing from the collective wisdom of the community. The school desires their new leader to be a passionate, energetic, confident person of keen intellect, strong emotional intelligence, deep spirituality and integrity who will enjoy developing and guiding the La Salle Catholic College Prep community. This individual will have a true love of and appreciation for the school’s culture and for educating young people, who is a leader who can mentor and encourage administration, faculty and staff in a direct yet positive way. Finally, the new President’s actions and decisions will need to maintain and model the school’s Lasallian Catholic mission.
La Salle Catholic College Prep has engaged the national executive search firm, Educational Directions to assist with the search.
Candidates should submit all information as soon as possible, but not before first speaking with one of the search consultants: