The Office of Catholic Schools (OCS) oversees the 44 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Arlington. The Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Arlington are an essential component in the educational ministry of the Church. Our schools are committed to providing an education rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ where Catholic doctrine and values and academic excellence prepare each student for a life of faith, service and integrity. As an educational center where Gospel values are learned, embraced, and integrated by all members, the goal of our Catholic schools is to be a center for life-long learning, which both challenges and empowers persons to assess the present and to design the future.
The Superintendent of Schools is the educational leader and chief administrator for the Catholic schools in the Diocese. Appointed by the Bishop, the Superintendent is accountable to the Bishop and Vicar General and works closely with the diocesan pastors and School Board.
Serves as the delegate for the Bishop in all school matters.
In conjunction with the pastors, develops education policies and their implementation.
Anticipates future school needs and possibilities.
Designs and manages the organization change process to insure for future growth and improvement.
Provides an annual report on schools in the diocese.
Works with the broader educational and civic community within and outside the Church.
Develops the budget for the Office of Catholic Schools.
Participates in and oversees the budgets for the diocesan high schools and regional elementary schools.
Directs and supervises the operation and staff of the diocesan school’s office.
Practices effective personnel policies and procedures.
Provides for effective communication with all those involved in the Catholic School education, including priests, principals and parents.
Is the major spokesperson for and on behalf of Catholic schools in the Diocese.
Communicates the goals of Catholic education to the broader civil and ecumenical community.
Assists pastors and parishes in the recruitment and selection process of principals and directors.
Provides orientation for principals/directors new to the diocese.
Assists pastors with employment related decisions and conversations related to principals and directors.
In collaboration with pastors, participates in the annual performance review of principals.
Collaborates with Deans of the diocese on issues related to the schools and centers of the deanery.
Makes recommendations to the Bishop, pastors, principals, and directors concerning the educational needs of the diocese.
Oversees all aspects of the Mass for Homeschool Families.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must be a fully-initiated and practicing Catholic, able to participate in the full sacramental life of the Church
Must have a solid familiarity with Roman Catholic theology and traditions, including a full commitment to the teachings of Vatican II
Must be familiar with contemporary educational research and current educational trends, especially in the areas of curriculum development and instructional strategies
Must be committed to and able to demonstrate the philosophy of Catholic education
Ability to coordinate and provide professional and spiritual leadership for Catholic schools required
Strong interpersonal and communication (written and oral) skills required
Strong management and conflict resolution skills required
Demonstrated creativity and strong problem-solving and decision-making skills required
Strong administrative and organizational skills required, including the areas of strategic planning and financial management
Must be flexible and easily accept and adapt to change
Must be able to work collaboratively, foster teamwork, and maintain effective working relationships
Ability to project a professional, sincere, and open demeanor required
Must be proficient in MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Outlook
Ability to travel within the Diocese, state, and nation when required
Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to operate a motor vehicle
Master’s Degree in Education/Administration or comparable field
Minimum of 10 years’ experience in teaching and/or school administration, preferably in a Catholic School System
Successful experience as a school principal, assistant superintendent, superintendent, or equivalent position