Mullen High School, a Catholic, college preparatory co-educational school (grades 9-12), has initiated a search for its next CEO/ President, who will assume leadership in July 2019. Mullen is a Lasallian high school founded in 1931 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Mullen belongs to one of the largest educational networks in the world. Mullen is accredited by AdvancED, and owned and operated by the Lasallian District of San Francisco-New Orleans. In 2018, Mullen entered its 87th year of providing a Christian education to a diverse group of young men and women and is currently one of the largest co-educational Catholic high schools in Colorado.
Mullen High School has been located on the same property since its founding, a beautiful 38-acre campus in southwest Denver. The school is renowned for providing excellence in academics, spiritual life programs, athletics and co-curricular programs to generations of families seeking a Lasallian Catholic education.
The school’s program and community are informed by and aligned with the five core principles of Lasallian education. There is a community-wide sense of excellence, starting with the individual, whether it is a student, a faculty member or a trustee. The school is grounded in relationships and there is a strong sense of community in the faculty, administration, students, families and alumni.
Mullen seeks a visionary and strategic leader who will be responsible for the Lasallian Catholic identity of Mullen High School and will oversee all aspects of school operation. The CEO/President, in collaboration with the board, will establish a clear vision for Mullen, one that is grounded in its Lasallian charism and core values. Also, he/she will preserve and advance the school’s exceptional educational program; guide the Mullen community as it looks to its future; value and articulate the school’s special qualities of a diverse and caring community to the broader community; maintain and model its Lasallian Catholic ethos, mission and traditions; and lead the school in the development of its key strategic priorities.
For more information regarding the search and the application process, please see the search prospectus available at the following link: SEARCH PROSPECTUS
Professional Qualities Sought:
The board and the school community are interested in all candidates who can embrace, articulate and promote Mullen’s Lasallian Catholic identity as well as its dedication to faith, academic excellence, and service. Paramount to success is the candidate’s proven ability to embrace the Lasallian Core Principles: Faith in the Presence of God; Respect for All Persons; Inclusive Community; Concern for the Poor and Social Justice; and Quality Education. The CEO/President needs to be a visionary Catholic leader who is able to support a school faith community. The CEO/President is a mission-focused, visionary leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrated experience in an educational setting. In addition to being a strategic thinker and skillful manager, the successful candidate is an energizing and inspirational individual who can delegate effectively while ensuring accountability.
Mullen High School seeks a faith-filled, committed Catholic who will serve as its community leader, who is willing to immerse himself/herself in the life of the school and who will honor and appreciate the spiritual ancestry of the Brothers. This individual is deeply spiritual and grounded in his/her own faith, possesses strong personal values and integrity. The school desires their new leader to be a passionate, energetic, confident person of keen intellect, strong emotional intelligence, deep spirituality and integrity who will enjoy developing and guiding the Mullen community. The successful individual will be someone with a warm, approachable presence and sense of humor. As a servant leader, the CEO/President will encourage administration, faculty and staff in a positive way, being a role-model and mentor to those around her/him. Additionally, the new CEO/President invites and connects easily with parents, teachers and students and is adept at drawing from the collective wisdom of the community. This individual will have a true love of and appreciation for the school’s culture, its deep history and traditions, and for educating young people, a leader who can mentor and encourage administration, faculty and staff in a direct yet positive way. Finally, the new CEO/President’s actions and decisions will maintain and model the school’s Lasallian Catholic mission.
Candidates should submit the following documents.
Targeted cover letter explaining their interest and qualifications for the presidency at Mullen High School
Brief personal statement that includes the candidate’s vision on leading Mullen High School
Names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of five references
Two written letters of reference
Candidates should submit all information as soon as possible to:
Electronic submission of materials is required. Please send materials in a consolidated pdf format.Reference letters should be submitted separately.
About Educational Directions
Educational Directions is a nationally recognized educational consulting firm and an acknowledged leader in retained search for heads of independent schools. Mathew Heersche and Risa Oganesoff Heersche bring many years of experience in Catholic school and specialize in Catholic school searches.
We established the firm in 1986 and are based in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Our independent school clients range from the very small to the very large and include boarding and day schools; coed and single sex; elementary, secondary and PK–12; rural, suburban and urban; secular and religious; college preparatory and special purpose; national and international.
We have remained small by design in order to provide our clients with the same personal and timely service on which we have built our reputation for excellent service and results. We take on fewer searches in order to do them well, with time to build strong relationships with candidate prospects.
We understand that a new head of school/president must be able to deliver a multiple bottom line: enrollment, fundraising, balanced budgets, teaching and learning outcomes, professional development, career advice, parenting advice, and be a trusted advisor to the students, faculty and community.