PRIMARY FUNCTION: Acts as NCEA’s subject matter expert and key thought leader in the area of Academic Excellence, a core competency required under the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Elementary and Secondary Schools (NSBECS). As the proponent of Academic Excellence in Catholic schools, is responsible for leading NCEA’s professional development offerings in the area of Academic Excellence targeted primarily for teachers; also includes the creation and implementation of NCEA’s micro-credentialing programs for teachers. The Executive Director of Academic Excellence is responsible for helping teachers and principals translate theory into practice and to develop skills and programs that foster academic excellence in Catholic schools.
Foster a community of academic excellence within an environment that emphasizes Catholic identity and values, including Catholic schools and other related Catholic organizations
Promote Catholic education through the creation and implementation of quality, applied, continuous professional development programs, including online and in-person learning opportunities; includes participation in and oversight of various related products and services, including online communities and Personal Learning Networks (PLNs).
Design, direct and implement quality, applied professional development programs around academics and assessment intended for the professional growth of Catholic school teachers and principals
Establish standards for digital learning and technology and to improve policies for piloting, assessing and adopting educational technology
Research, identify and develop pedagogical best practices for the use of online learning platforms and digital tools in pre-K-12 classrooms
Establish quality professional development for early childhood education programs
Establish quality professional development for the inclusion of exceptional learners in Catholic schools
Provide professional development for the use of data-informed decision making
Promote and implement the standards for Academic Excellence as defined in the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Elementary and Secondary Schools (NSBECS) in quality, applied professional development activities
Establish and monitor the use of micro-credentialing programs in the area of Academic Excellence
Has revenue budget responsibility
Participate in NSBECS and other committees as needed
Required: MA or PhD in Curriculum, Instruction or related fields
5-10 years’ experience in mid- to upper-level leadership positions or closely-related field; experience and expertise in Catholic education preferred. Experience in creating professional development programs for both face-to-face and online environments and knowledge of micro-credentialing programs needed, as is experience working with a Learning Management System (LMS). A portfolio of professional development offerings in the area of academic excellence highly preferred. Track record of meeting revenue budget targets for professional development highly desired.
Takes full responsibility for results. Demonstrates creative and critical thinking skills. Strong business analytics, relationship management, strategy development, project management, problem solving and change management skills.
Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills including the ability to clearly present recommendations and ideas as well as summarize complex issues. Shares the information people need to know to be successful. Informs others on a timely basis. Consistently shows a great deal of understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy and concern when addressing others. Demonstrates very effective listening, questioning and interpersonal skills.
Integrity & Trust
Professional and positive approach self-motivated, team player, dynamic, creative with the ability to work independently and collaboratively. Builds collaborative relationships with NCEA staff and media contacts. Is trusted by others.
Maintains confidentiality. Exercises a high degree of tact and diplomacy.
Inspires, motivates and guides others toward goals. Coaches, mentors and challenges staff to achieve goals and objectives that are aligned with NCEA’s mission, vision and strategic plan.
About National Catholic Educational Association
NCEA is the largest, private professional education association in the world. NCEA works with Catholic educators to support ongoing faith formation and the teaching mission of the Catholic Church. Our membership includes more than 150,000 educators serving 1.8 million students in Catholic education. As a professional association whose focus is Catholic school education, NCEA’s focus is to lead, learn and proclaim by developing current and future leaders, providing educational resources and strategically expanding professional development opportunities for those committed to the mission of Catholic education, and serving as the national voice for Catholic schools.