Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston (Cristo Rey Jesuit) is seeking a President; selected candidate to be in place prior to the 2019 - 2020 school year. Resumes will be accepted through January 31, 2019
Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory High School is an apostolic work of the Society of Jesus serving the Catholic Church's evangelical mission of education in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The school opened its doors in August 2009 with a freshman class of 82 young men and women. Sponsored by the Jesuits of the U.S. Central and Southern Province, Cristo Rey Jesuit offers a rigorous college prep education available to students from low-income families in the Houston area. A unique Corporate Work-Study Program places students in Houston businesses and non-profits where they earn up to 50 percent of the cost of their education. Today, Cristo Rey Jesuit is the second largest school in the national Cristo Rey Network of schools and has a total enrollment of over 525 students.
To inspire and prepare students of limited economic resources to succeed in college and lead their communities as compassionate, committed, and competent men and women for others for the greater glory of God.
Compelled by our Jesuit Mission and identity, we are a vibrant community that transforms the world by loving, learning, and excelling in all we do.
The Corporate Work-Study Program
The school's Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) is a significant asset of our school's overall learning resources. Each year, students have internships at a variety of businesses and non-profit organizations throughout the Greater Houston Area. The employment partners provide services that range from legal, accounting, banking, health care, professional sports, food and environmental industries to education and social service opportunities. Cristo Rey Jesuit provides transportation to and from the job site to ensure that the students arrive on time and there is consistent attendance at the job placements.
Through the school's CWSP, every student works in a professional setting, developing the knowledge and skills to prepare them for college and the world of work. Our young students begin to take on responsibility as they learn to integrate career interests into their college educational goals. It is the starting point for most of these teens to begin to think realistically about their future. The program allows them to learn the skills needed for different career paths and to explore various professional options.
Position Specification: President
Reporting to the Cristo Rey Jesuit Board of Trustees, the President, while serving as the apostolic leader of the school and the principal institutional spokesperson to all of the school's constituents, must be passionate about the unique Jesuit and Cristo Rey mission. As the chief executive officer of the school, the President is responsible for the school's management, directing the administrative team to develop and accomplish strategic goals, while maintaining and supporting the school's exceptional mission and values. The President is also expected to establish relationships with Cristo Rey Jesuit donors and CWSP sponsors and work with staff and the Cristo Rey Jesuit Board of Trustees to develop new donors and sponsors.
A practicing Catholic with a commitment to ongoing formation in catechetical and spiritual leadership development experience related to Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit education.
Commitment to the Catholic traditions of education, service, and social justice, the credibility to lead and represent a Catholic organization with unquestionable integrity, and facility for working well with diverse Catholic church leaders, lay and clerical.
Sensitivity to socially marginalized groups, and culturally diverse students and families in vulnerable circumstances. A commitment to the preferential option for the urban poor, especially with respect to the importance of institutional accessibility for low income families.
Master's degree preferred.
Previous experience in executive leadership at a secondary school, college, corporation or non-profit organization.
Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills including proven ability to engage and inspire a wide range of stakeholders, build creative and mutually beneficial relationships within the philanthropic, corporate, public, governmental, and non-profit sectors, as well as the Houston parent/student communities the school serves.
Proven fundraising and/or revenue generating success, preferably in the non-profit sector and with foundations.
Significant visionary leadership and management experience, with demonstrated success in addressing immediate organizational needs while continuing to drive and support the established long term goals of Cristo Rey Jesuit.
Critical thinking and problem-solving skills, including evidence of enhancing an organization's financial strength and sustainability.
A commitment to self-reflection, continuous improvement, and openness.
Strategic planning experience and execution capabilities.