Bishop Dunne is a co-ed, Catholic college-preparatory institution located in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Southern Dallas and provides a well-rounded education for a highly diverse student body in grades 6 through 12. Bishop Dunne currently has a $10 million annual budget. Like most schools of its type, Bishop Dunne remains largely dependent on tuition income, which funds 70% of its operation, with the remaining coming from the school’s fundraising efforts and support from the Diocese. Average tuition for 2018-2019 is $12,540, and during the 2018-2019 school year, $1.4 million was granted in financial assistance to 265 students, or 49% of the student body.
Bishop Dunne adheres to governance guidelines established by the Catholic Diocese of Dallas. The Bishop is the chief administrator of the Diocese and, in all things relative to education in the Diocese, has ultimate authority. The Superintendent is the delegate of the Bishop in all matters relating to education, providing spiritual and professional support to the presidents and principals to ensure adherence to diocesan policies and maintaining an appropriate level of communication with the school communities. The school is governed by a Board of Directors selected in consultation with the Catholic School’s Office.
Academics, Athletics and the Arts
With a diverse student body of various socioeconomic backgrounds, scholarship and academics are a priority for Bishop Dunne’s faculty and administration. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a division of AdvancED, and by the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department (recognized by the Texas Education Agency), the school’s college-preparatory curriculum prepares students for admission to and success in the colleges of their choice, with virtually 100 percent of graduates accepted into a college or university. For high school students, Bishop Dunne’s college preparation includes a dual credit program with the Dallas County Community College District, as well as 14 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, allowing students to earn college credit while still attending high school at no additional cost. To maximize positive impact, Bishop Dunne administration carefully chooses the most-likely-to-transfer AP courses available for its high school students. The results of Bishop Dunne’s academics speak for themselves, with students from the class of 2018 enrolling in higher education institutions that include the University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University, Boston College, Southern Methodist University, and Texas A&M University, and earning over $15 million in scholarship funds.
Beyond academics, students also have a wide range of opportunities to pursue their creative and athletic passions through the school’s outstanding Fine Arts and Athletic programs. From theater, photography, and jazz to a literary-art magazine, as well as teams in every major sport, Bishop Dunne students find a multitude of ways to express themselves and channel their energy. Many students earn athletic scholarships, including twenty-seven seniors from the 2017 graduating class.
After 23 years of extraordinary service as President of Bishop Dunne Catholic School, Kate Dailey is retiring from service. During her tenure, she strengthened the character and culture of the school as both Principal and President, attracted and retained superb teachers and administrators, oversaw extensive campus improvements, and jointly maintained the founding Catholic principles with a highly diverse student population. In accordance with the tenets established by the Diocese for all its schools – Catholic identity, academic excellence and operational vitality, the new President will be charged with continuing to build the institution with respect to the value of a Catholic education, affordability, enrollment, program creation and enhancement, fundraising, fiscal discipline, and communicating the Bishop Dunne story to the broader community.
The President of Bishop Dunne Catholic School is charged with providing leadership to the school to achieve the fullest attainment of its mission. The President is a minister within the Diocese of Dallas responsible for the spiritual and academic formation of students of Bishop Dunne Catholic School. As the Chief Executive Officer of Bishop Dunne Catholic School, the President has the general charge and control of its personnel and budget, of its educational and development programs, of its business affairs, and of its facilities. S/he works most closely with the Principal, the Director of Finance, the Board, and in varying degrees, with other groups within the school and general community to provide leadership with regard to the purposes, values, and strategic goals of Bishop Dunne Catholic School.
As the Chief Administrator of the school community, the President is responsible for supervision, administration, policy compliance, legal matters, and the climate and culture of the school community. S/he bears ultimate responsibility for the operation of the school that is accomplished through specific persons as agents of the President. The President is responsible to the Board of Directors and Board Chair. The Board in cooperation with the Diocesan Schools Office and Superintendent does an annual evaluation of the President; however, the President reports to the Bishop unless otherwise designated.
The responsibilities of the President will include:
LEADERSHIP IN FAITH COMMUNITY/CATHOLIC CHARACTER/CLIMATE AND CULTURE
Together with the Principal ensures that the Catholic character of the school is developed and nurtured among students, faculty, staff and parents.
Articulates the mission of Bishop Dunne Catholic School to students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and the wider community.
Generates a positive Catholic culture and environment in the school, thus developing a strong Catholic faith community.
LEADERSHIP IN OVERALL POLICY
Hires, supervises and is solely responsible for employment of the Principal.
Works with the Board of Directors and the Principal in providing for a periodic review of the philosophy and mission statement for Bishop Dunne Catholic School.
Suggests policy changes to the Board and monitors policy implementation and development.
Works with the Board, Director of Finance and Finance Committee to formulate appropriate financial policy for the school.
Monitors the administration of policy in all areas.
Implements development of annual goals and objectives for each direct report and evaluates achievement and performance, ensuring that school level goals align with the strategic direction of the school, Board goals and the Strategic Plan in effect at the time.
LEADERSHIP IN PLANNING
In collaboration with the Administrative team, develops short and long-term goals and objectives for appropriate areas of school life, including the recruitment, admission and retention of students, staffing, curriculum development, facilities, finances and institutional development.
Communicates short and long-range goals and objectives, as well as the mission statement to the school and community.
Provides leadership for the development and implementation of the school’s long-range and strategic plans, in conjunction with appropriate Board, school and administrative team members.
LEADERSHIP IN RELATION TO THE BOARD AND BOARD DUTIES
Acts as the administrative officer of the Board.
Ensures the implementation of all Diocesan policies.
Oversees and is responsible for the implementation of the Strategic Plan for the School, including on progress reporting, goal compliance and other updates as necessary to the Board.
Serves as ex-officio member of all committees.
Responsible for the overall operations of the school, including achieving the school’s mission and maintaining the school’s high educational standards, while prudently managing expenses and the budget at the discretion of the Board.
Ensures Board compliance with the current bylaws of Bishop Dunne Catholic School.
Ensures, in conjunction with designees of the Board, that potential Board members are identified, vetted and trained for Board service.
Manages and maintains appropriate Board relationships.
LEADERSHIP IN BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Ensures the preparation of the annual operational plan with input from the Administrative Team and its compatibility with the annual operating budget for the school.
Submits a proposed annual operating budget in December to the Finance Committee for review and appraisal and for subsequent review and approval by the diocese and the Board.
Supervises the fiscal operations of the school through the office of the Director of Finance.
Hires, supervises, and is solely responsible for employment of the Director of Finance.
Oversees the supervision of school facilities and maintenance of physical plant and grounds.
Develops, with the Principal, Athletic Director and Director of Finance, policy and procedure regarding non-school use of the school facilities.
LEADERSHIP IN ADVANCEMENT AFFAIRS
Supervises the work of the Advancement Office to ensure its goals and objectives align with the School’s mission.
Serves as chief spokesperson for Bishop Dunne Catholic School.
Communicates with the general public through professionally prepared materials and literature, and ensures that all external messaging is consistent with the climate, culture, mission and tone of Bishop Dunne Catholic School.
Develops and implements an Advancement Plan and Marketing Plan, in conjunction with appropriate Board committees and the Office of Advancement, with specific goals and accountability points regarding the plans.
Leads solicitation and grant writing efforts.
Develops and implements themes for marketing and fundraising.
Meets with donors and actively manages donor relationships.
LEADERSHIP IN GENERAL MATTERS
On recommendation from the Principal, approves the hiring and dismissal of all members of faculty and staff.
Keeps abreast of trends, developments and research as they pertain to education and school operations.
Other duties as assigned by the Board, Bishop or the Bishop’s designee.
A “servant leader” whose example, energy level, enthusiasm, passion, and commitment can serve to inspire the entire community.
A team builder who empowers others through delegation, genuinely values the contributions of others, and cultivates not only individuals’ talents but also the strengths of a group as a whole.
A visionary who honors the exceptional history of Bishop Dunne while enthusiastically anticipating the future needs of the community.
One who listens and takes a collaborative approach to issues prior to making decisions.
At least five to seven years of senior administrative and leadership experience in a complex organization.
Ideally, understanding of the nature and workings of a Catholic preparatory school.
A track record that includes fiscal responsibility, managing administrative systems, fundraising/attracting external support, and establishing and enforcing policies.
A history of establishing, evaluating, and refining programs consistent with the mission or goals of an organization.
Skills and Knowledge
A leader who has the business and management skills necessary to develop strategic plans, to install and improve administrative infrastructures, and to manage budgets and schedules.
Adept at forging relationships and building upon them to exercise leadership among the board, administration, faculty, staff, parents, students, donors, and alumni.
Demonstrated ability in developing and empowering effective, nimble teams of complementary individuals in a culture of accountability.
Excellent communication skills that enable her or him to make a compelling case for Catholic education in general to help strengthen enrollment, support fundraising, and promote the school’s values and vision.
Understands the importance of fundraising to the growth and overall stability of the school.
A practicing Catholic in good standing.
Solid understanding of a Catholic education, spirituality, and history.
A person of unquestioned integrity who honors commitments and deals with people in a straightforward fashion.
An accessible and approachable “people person” who deals with others openly, engendering a sense of trust, credibility, and stability among the members of the school’s community.
One who is vitally concerned with the academic, spiritual, and character development of young people.
A role model who embodies and reflects a strong moral character, a passion for academic excellence, and respect for others in all aspects of his or her life.
An individual with a firm sense of spirituality and faithfulness who can exercise leadership in a school dedicated to Catholic values and the Catholic Church.
A sensible, patient, and levelheaded person who brings understanding and perspective to bear on difficult issues while exhibiting grace under pressure.
For more information or to apply, please contact Travis Hillier at firstname.lastname@example.org. When applying, please include a resume, letter of interest, and philosophy of education.