Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women ("OLM"), an institution known for its tradition of excellence, is seeking a President to lead its ongoing pursuit of providing a world-class education to girls in grades six through twelve.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The President is charged with articulating and fostering the vision and ideals of the Sisters of Mercy to the Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women community and to instill these values in faculty, staff, parents, students and alumnae. The President oversees the religious, academic and business components supporting the mission of OLM and promotes the Catholic identity of the school to the internal and external community. Responsibilities include acting as the official representative to the external educational, civic, religious, business and non-profit communities, shepherding the school's advancement initiatives; assuring financial stability of the institution, optimizing student enrollment and implementing the educational mission of the Sisters of Mercy. The President reports directly to the Board of Trustees and shall administrate the School according to the policies and philosophy formulated by the Board of Trustees and the Sisters of Mercy ("MESA", the Mercy Education System of the Americas), while consistently serving in accordance with Catholic teachings.
Articulates and advances the Catholic vision of OLM through collaboration, encouragement and reinforcement with the school's stakeholders.
In collaboration with the Board of Trustees, administration, faculty and staff, implements and monitors strategic plans, optimizing opportunities for academic excellence while ensuring the organization's financial sustainability.
Implements the policy decisions of the Board of Trustees and participates on Board sub-committees as needed.
Leads and defines the School’s advancement needs and goals in collaboration with the Vice Presidents of Advancement and Finance; approves advancement strategies and tactics ensuring alignment with goals.
Proactively establishes and maintains relationships with constituent groups and individuals (educational, civic, religious, business, parents, alum, etc.) to increase the School’s visibility and promote advancement and admissions efforts.
Actively participates in school events, fundraising events, outside community events and other advancement opportunities commensurate with fundraising expectations, traveling as needed in support of advancement campaigns
Collaborates with Admissions to develop and implement successful strategies for recruitment, enrollment and retention; oversees the admissions and enrollment processes.
Financial and Operational Effectiveness
Leads and ensures a fiscally responsible operation; approves expenditures, recommends tuition rates and directs the financial aid process.
Directs and oversees the completion of capital improvement projects, purchase of capital equipment and facilities management in partnership with the Sisters of Mercy.
Assures the establishment and implementation of policies and procedures that provide a safe, compliant environment and facility for students and staff; maintains overall responsibility for the School’s legal compliance.
Leads the human resources function ensuring policy and practices that are compliant, fair and in keeping with the Mercy values.
Ensures organizational design, roles and responsibilities that promote the highest standards of excellence in performance and are in support and alignment with the values and strategic direction of the School.
Educational Vision Implemented
Provides visionary, strategic leadership that delivers an academic program and standards to meet the needs of a diverse student population and to maintain the highest standards of excellence.
Provides input and feedback on educational planning and decisions in keeping with the educational mission of the Sisters of Mercy.
In addition to the essential job responsibilities, the President will perform other duties as assigned.
Servant Leadership - Gives priority to service to others and serves as a role model of faith for faculty, staff, students and parents. Conducts self in a manner consistent with and supportive of the mission and purpose of the Catholic Church and the Sisters of Mercy. Fosters an educational culture in alignment with the Sisters of Mercy and MESA traditions.
Strategic Agility - Sees ahead clearly, can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately, has broad knowledge and perspective, is future oriented, can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods, can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
Inspiring Others – Is skilled at getting individuals, teams and an entire organization to perform at a higher level and to embrace change; negotiates skillfully to achieve a fair outcome or promote a common cause; communicates a compelling vision and is committed to completing all tasks in a timely manner; understands what motivates different people.
Mobilizer - Proactively builds and aligns stakeholders, capabilities and resources to accomplish tasks quickly and achieve complex objectives; is sensitive to and manages the emotional energy of teams, including uses "crisis events" to create a platform for change; assesses each person's perspective and uses it to get the best out of her/him; empowers others; moves people from compliance to commitment and puts a strong emphasis on responsibility and accountability.
Cross-functional Collaboration – Works effectively among constituent groups, building relationships and aligning efforts with the mission and values of the Sisters of Mercy. Fosters a culture of collaboration and respect among faculty, staff and administration.
Experience and Education Required:
BS or BA Degree from an accredited college or university.
Minimum of 10 years’ experience in an educational or comparable organizational setting and environment.
A strong ability to work collaboratively with proven leadership success including the ability to motivate and lead positively through change.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with the School’s diverse constituents.
Proven organizational management skills in complex settings; demonstration of a positive track record with enrollment, academic culture, change management and budgetary responsibility.
Experience and Education Preferred:
Committed, practicing Catholic with an understanding of the Mercy charisms.
Working knowledge or experience with the greater Rochester, New York community and schools.