Saint Columbkille Partnership School (STCPS), located in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, educates more than 400 students aged 2.9 years through grade 8. Founded in 1901 by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, the school has educated generations of local families. Saint Columbkille Partnership School was re-established in 2006 and enjoys a unique partnership with Boston College, as the Laboratory School affiliated with its Lynch School of Education and Human Development, and with the Archdiocese of Boston and Saint Columbkille Parish.
We seek a leader to serve as Head of School beginning in July 2020, following the planned retirement of our current Head of School. The successful candidate will be an experienced leader devoted to STCPS’s mission, as stated below:
Saint Columbkille Partnership School is a community of families, educators, and partners inspired by the values of the Gospel. We are committed to the education of children of all backgrounds in an environment that cultivates respect, mutuality and care. Rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition, we search for the truth with joy, practice the good with conviction, and contemplate the beautiful as we prepare students for lives of faith, service and leadership.
The Head of School reports to the Board of Trustees and serves as Saint Columbkille’s academic and spiritual leader, cultivating a climate of excellence and growth among students, faculty, and staff. This is an exceptional opportunity in Catholic education to lead a well-resourced, thriving school.
Opportunities and Challenges
Its relationship with Boston College, strong curriculum, location on the “rim” of the city, and generous commitment to financial aid has enabled STCPS to attract families from across the socio-economic spectrum – drawn by the school’s commitment to values-based education and differentiated teaching and learning. We face the same challenges as other schools in keeping tuition affordable, attaining optimal enrollment, compensating our faculty justly, and addressing the needs of an aging building. We believe these challenges are manageable and that we are blessed with considerable assets and opportunities.
Saint Columbkille’s seeks an ethical leader who brings energy, enthusiasm and commitment to our school. While the perfect candidate will be strong in all areas, demonstrated leadership in the following are most salient for STCPS at this time:
Successful experience hiring, supporting and retaining excellent personnel
Ability to collaboratively develop and articulate a vision for the school
Evidence of a developed personal spirituality and active participation in the Catholic Church
An appreciation for and commitment to diversity and the transforming potential of Catholic education
The ability to make good decisions and the humility to seek counsel
An understanding of how to work with the Board of Trustees to enhance the school
A talent for engaging and advancing relationships with our important partners and supporters, including Boston College, Saint Columbkille Parish, and the Archdiocese of Boston
Demonstrated success securing philanthropic support
The ability to interact with children of all ages, teachers of varying levels of experience, donors of all giving levels, and parents/families with various needs/requests
Proven ability to oversee school business administration, including finance, budgeting, marketing and communications, enrollment management, human resources and facilities management
A master’s degree is required for this position; PhD preferred.
Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically in one email and as separate documents (preferably PDFs) the following materials:
A cover letter expressing interest in this position;
A current résumé;
A one-page statement of educational philosophy and practice;
A list of three professional references with name, title, phone number, and email address of each (who will not be contacted without applicant’s permission)
To learn more about Saint Columbkille Partnership School, please visit our website at www.stcps.org
About Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston (Or “RCAB”) is the fourth largest Archdiocese in the United States and the spiritual home for more than 1.8 million Catholics. Since July 2003, The Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, OFM Cap., has led the Archdiocese with a focus on healing and rebuilding the local Church.
Centered in of one of the world’s great cities and spread across 144 communities in eastern Massachusetts, the Archdiocese of Boston is an ethnically diverse and spiritually enriching faith community consisting of vibrant parishes, well-performing Catholic schools, and a social service outreach that assists more than 200,000 individuals each year. Mass is celebrated in more than twenty different languages each week. Archdiocesan Catholic schools serve almost 23,000 students from over 160 towns and countries in 80 schools (68 elementary and 12 high schools). In addition, the Archdiocese benefits from 32 private Catholic Schools including 16 high schools, 9 elementary schools, 5 early childhood schools and 2 special education schools that serve another 11,000 students.