One of 17 high schools that make up the secondary school system of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Cardinal O’Hara High School sits on 45-acres in the suburban Delaware County community of Springfield, Pennsylvania. Opened in 1963, the school is home to almost 1000 young men and woman in grades 9 through 12, representing a large contingent of towns and communities throughout the western suburbs of the Philadelphia region.
O’Hara is at an incredibly exciting time in its more than five decades of educating and assisting in the formation of young men and women with high moral character. Its vision and mission statements provide the foundation for its aggressive strategic plan. Having successfully completed 50 years of providing an exceptional Catholic educational experience for students in Delaware County - and beyond – the school now embarks on “the next 50 years.”
Responding to the ever-changing worlds of education and technology, the economy and the workplace, and meeting the challenge of society increasingly drifting astray from the foundations of our Catholic faith, O’Hara has set a course for providing a formational experience equal to none. Education, spiritual formation and leadership development are the defining elements of the school. Focusing on the individual growth of each student in these three areas, O’Hara will stay true to its mission of developing graduates of character, competence and confidence, and to its vision of serving as a national leader as they set the standards for others to emulate. This is the O’Hara way.
While the President must have a demonstrated capacity for broad institutional leadership, it is possible that the prospective President could have attained this experience through a variety of different career paths, including primary, secondary, or tertiary education; non-profit management; or work in the corporate or public sector. Regardless of the career path, the prospective President must have expert knowledge of and a proven record of institution advancement by identifying, cultivating, and developing stakeholder partnerships and philanthropic support that will ensure Cardinal O’Hara’s continued accessibility, success, and sustainability. An advanced degree in education or business related fields is strongly preferred.
The next President will be expected to bring the energy, charisma and both the executive administration and advancement skills necessary for this school community to build on its extensive traditions and storied legacy, while delivering excellence in a Christ-centered and faith-filled college preparatory education.
Candidates are expected to be available to assume the responsibilities of the position by July 1, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. A complete position description and search prospectus is available here.
To apply, please submit the following materials, confidentially and as separate PDF attachments in one email to Michael Furey. Please include Cardinal O’Hara High School in subject field.
- Cover letter that aligns your experiences and skill sets with the current needs of the school as you understand them.
- Current resume with all appropriate dates included.
- Statement of Catholic educational philosophy.
- List of five references with names, physical addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. No references will be contacted without your knowledge and approval.
- Before employment can begin, the remaining requirements must be met: PA required clearances and official transcripts, as well as a letter of recommendation from the pastor of the parish in which you are registered.
Michael Furey, Partner
Partners in Mission School Leadership Search Solutions, LLC
124 Sycamore Drive Westwood, MA 02090