The Diocese of Oakland is comprised of some 590,000 Catholics amid a total population of 2.7 million in the San Francisco East Bay counties of Alameda and Contra Costa. There are nearly 50,000 students under Catholic instruction in the Diocese, with 17,000 under the supervision of the Superintendent, at 45 elementary schools, 21 transitional kindergarten programs, 14 preschool programs, 44 after-school programs, nine high schools, two Catholic colleges, and several schools of religious formation. The next Superintendent of Schools will discover in this opportunity a wealth of talent among teachers, principals, pastors, and volunteer leadership and will bring to this position a passion and compassion in service to the poor; love of children; impeccable integrity and professionalism; the charisma to excite others about the work of East Bay Catholic schools; dedication to the mission of the Diocese of Oakland, its schools, parishes, and social services; active personal involvement as a practicing Catholic. See www.rll.com and www.oakdiocese.org. For information about the position, and in strict confidence, request a detailed career prospectus from Robert M. Fisher, RUSHER LOSCAVIO FISHER Nonprofit Executive Search (San Francisco), at email@example.com.
The Superintendent of Schools is responsible for ensuring for the Diocese the soundness of Catholic education throughout the schools and school-related programs of the Diocese, for bringing executive strength to the Diocese-wide educational management function through knowledge of best practices in Catholic education for children and youth, the exercise of business acumen, imagination, entrepreneurial ability, and leadership ability. The Superintendent works closely with school principals, presidents, and teachers, with pastors and parish lay leadership, as well as the School Board of the Diocese and its committees. The Superintendent provides support throughout the Diocese with respect to Catholic educational practices and curricular matters, with respect to Diocese-wide educational policies, with respect to personnel and other management matters that might impact the Diocese, and in bringing a unifying educational vision to a critically important service arm of the Diocese. The Superintendent is also responsible for ensuring that Diocesan educational staff are adequately mentored and trained to support the Superintendent and the schools, while at the same time integrating educational management and priorities with the myriad activities of the Diocese. The Superintendent is responsible, with other leaders in the Diocese, for anticipating future needs and opportunities of the Diocese, for participating as a key force in thinking about and articulating the strategic directions of the Diocese, and for being a valued collaborative and synergistic colleague in leadership to the Bishop and other departments of the Diocese. More specifically, the Superintendent will:
- Support and guide school leadership. Be a passionate, visionary, trusted, knowledgeable and wise resource to school leaders. Assist in promoting constructive relationships among the Diocese and the parishes, between pastors and principals, always with emphasis on the best interests of students and their families, focusing on school health, quality of religious and secular education, and Catholic identity. Improve instruction and school operations by keeping in mind teacher quality, morale, compensation, and professional development, the foundation on which school quality depends. Improve academic performance and reduce achievement gaps through improvements in curriculum and technology. Support financial management, public relations/outreach, and marketing efforts of the schools.
- Strategic planning. Work closely with Diocesan and school leaders in developing strategic plans, measurements of success, abilities to evaluate progress against plans. Promote effective models of governance; implement sound financial policies based on realistic budgets, and work collaboratively to develop school models that ensure students a faith-filled, quality education while strengthening the long-term sustainability of schools.
- Community relations and enrollment development. Serve as the embodiment of Diocesan educational aspirations and as a highly visible voice promoting the schools to families, benefactors, strategic partners. Lead the development of outreach and marketing plans to reach students, parents, and donors, while providing support both to the development efforts of the Diocese and of the schools and parishes. Support the local efforts of parishes and schools to build school visibility, to articulate the advantages of Catholic education, to attract local financial and volunteer support, to maintain and build enrollment.
- Leadership. The Superintendent will be an effective delegate of the Bishop in integrating Catholic teachings in the experience of high quality primary and secondary education of East Bay children and youth. The Superintendent will establish standards of excellence in school performance and support processes of performance evaluation. The pastors should be able to rely on the Superintendent for support in the selection of new principals; the Superintendent will facilitate the process for appointment of presidents and principals at Diocesan high schools. The Superintendent will nurture an effective and dedicated staff in the Department of Schools, mentoring, supporting, providing personal growth and professional development opportunities, while maintaining a high level of collaboration and communication with other Chancery departments (e.g., Development, Finance, etc.). The Superintendent will care deeply about teacher welfare and compensation, about teacher turnover, about healthy school cultures and working environments, and will be an accessible, personable advocate for the line staff upon whom quality educational services depend.