Junípero Serra High School, a Catholic, college preparatory school for boys, founded in 1944, has initiated a search for its next President, who will assume leadership in July 2019. Serra’s legacy spans more than 75 years of excellence in Catholic education, with a rich and rigorous academic curriculum, a wide range of extracurricular activities and an environment of support, compassion and mutual respect. From the classrooms to the hallways, to the performance stage and athletic venues, Serra fosters camaraderie and an authentic sense of belonging for the young men, which is defined by the Serra brotherhood:
The Serra brotherhood is a bond shared among the Padres, past and present, based on the values of respect, integrity, inclusion and compassion. Padre brothers hold themselves and each other accountable to these values every day, as Jesus modeled in his own life. Following this example:
a Padre is a man of respect, treating others with love and kindness.
a Padre is a man of integrity, acting with honesty and fairness, seeking truth.
a Padre is a man of inclusion, embracing diversity and the gifts of others.
a Padre is a man of compassion, compelled to help others, especially those most in need.
Serra is located in San Mateo, a city with a population of 92,000 positioned between Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Students come from the greater San Mateo and San Francisco Bay Area and represent a mixture of racial, ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) and is owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Serra High School seeks a dynamic, experienced individual who is a practicing Catholic, whose inspirational leadership will ensure the continuation of an excellent academic program and who will promote the mission and values of the school. The new president will lead a community of over 700 families, 68 faculty and 47 staff. The leadership team of the president consists of the president, principal, chief advancement officer, chief marketing officer and chief financial officer.
The Junípero Serra High School search committee and community are interested in all candidates who are individuals of faith and who can embrace, articulate and promote the school’s Catholic identity as well as its dedication to faith, academic excellence and service. The president needs to be a visionary Catholic leader who is able to build upon a strong school faith community, with an eye towards where the school will be in the next 5-10 years. The new president will care deeply and passionately about and be committed to Serra’s all-boys environment. The successful candidate will embrace the Serra community and be an energizing and inspirational individual who can delegate effectively while ensuring accountability.
JuníperoSerra High Schoolseeks a committed Catholic who is a powerful witness to a living faith who will serve as its community leader, willing to immerse himself/herself in the life of the school. This individual is deeply spiritual, grounded in his/her own faith and possesses strong personal values. As a servant leader, the president will encourage administration, faculty and staff in a positive way, be a role-model and mentor to those around him/her. The next president will have a commitment to collaboration and transparency that genuinely invites and respects the perspectives and views of others yet is decisive when required.
The successful individual is someone with a warm, approachable presence and sense of humor. The new president invites and connects easily with parents, teachers and students and is adept at drawing from the collective wisdom of the community. The new leader will be energetic, confident and have keen intellect, strong emotional intelligence and integrity. The next president will have a true love of and appreciation for the school’s culture, its deep history and traditions and for educating young men.
For more information please see the Search Prospectus available at the following link: SEARCH PROSPECTUS
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.