The primary purpose of the office of president is to provide both spiritual and educational leadership for the school’s achievement of its mission as a Jesuit high school.
As director of the apostolate, the president leads others to uphold the Jesuit character and Ignatian vision of the school as articulated by the Society of Jesus. The president is the overall spiritual leader of the community of faith and promotes the integration of faith and culture within the school community. By communicating the mission and vision of the school clearly and enthusiastically, by delegating responsibility and authority appropriately to others and calling them to accountability, and particularly by prudent strategic planning and decision making, the president works to lead all members of the school community to do their best in carrying out the school’s mission and philosophy.
The president is the chief executive officer of the school. The president is hired by and reports to the Board of Directors. The president sees that the policies of the Board are carried out. For matters about which the Board has not promulgated a policy, the president has the right to set policies and carry them out and to delegate the same right to the principal and other administrators as appropriate.
The president oversees the operations of the president’s office, academic operations of the school, school finances, development and fundraising, promotions, public relations, alumni relations, and the care and maintenance of the school’s physical facilities. The Board of Directors formally evaluates the president’s performance on a systematic basis. The results of the Board’s evaluation are shared with the president. A written summary of the evaluation is communicated to the president and made available to the Jesuit provincial.
DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT
• Ensures that all efforts of the school are oriented toward realizing the mission of fostering in its students the competence, conscience, and compassion to be men of faith and men for others • Maintains the high academic standards that are an integral part of Jesuit’s reputation • Ensures that the Catholic and Jesuit character of the school are developed, evaluated, and promoted among students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and parents of alumni • Serves as primary contact for all school matters relating to the Society of Jesus at large, the Jesuit province, and the local Jesuit community • Hires, supervises, evaluates, and provides direction to the principal, the chief financial officer, the director of development, the director of maintenance, and the president’s staff • Ensures the implementation of and compliance with Board policies and those of the U.S. Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus • Ensures connection to the Jesuit Schools Network (JSN) as a resource for faculty and staff development • Keeps the Board informed about the state of the school and presents to the Board periodic evaluations of the school’s progress in achieving its mission • Coordinates implementation of any Board-approved long-range plans for the school • Responsible for supervising legal matters affecting the school and for retaining counsel • Oversees all financial planning for the school and presents the annual operations budget to the Board of Directors for approval and monitors its implementation • Oversees capital budget planning, approves capital projects, and approves capital expenditures • Oversees the implementation of the investment policy in conjunction with the Investment Committee • Seeks to enlist the interest of and support from foundations, corporations, benefactors, alumni, parents, parents of alumni, and the public at large • Oversees the student recruitment effort of the school • Oversees the efforts to ensure the safety of the students, faculty, and staff • Encourages and works with parents, alumni, benefactors, and volunteers in their activities that support the school and its mission • Seeks to engage the interest and financial support of JHS alumni • Cultivates strong relationships with students and their families through religious, community, athletic, and social events • Represents the school to the public, especially at important events in the lives of students, parents, alumni, and benefactors
REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS
• A practicing Roman Catholic in good standing • Experience in executive leadership at a secondary school, college, corporation or business with the ability to articulate the mission, manage the executive leadership team, oversee day-to-day operations, and interact with the Board of Directors, faculty and staff, alumni, parents, benefactors, and the greater community • Understanding of and passion for the Jesuit’s mission of educating “Men of Faith and Men for Others” • Commitment to the Catholic and Jesuit traditions of education, service, and social justice • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills including proven ability to engage and inspire a wide range of stakeholders and to build creative and mutually beneficial relationships within the philanthropic, corporate, public, governmental, and non-profit sectors, as well as the parent / student and alumni communities served by the school • Development and fundraising experience • An undergraduate degree in an educational, business, and/or related field; advanced degree is preferred • Unquestioned integrity • Resilience and strong work ethic • A commitment to self-reflection, prayer, continuous improvement, and openness • Strategic planning experience and execution capabilities • Understanding of financial management principles • Strong oral and written communication skills; comfort interacting with the media • Ability to articulate the mission and values of the school and the Jesuit identity that underpins them • Ability to motivate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and families • Energy, enthusiasm, warmth, and the ability to relate well to all individuals
Additional Salary Information: Compensation includes salary and a comprehensive benefits package.
About Jesuit High School New Orleans - New Orleans, LA
Jesuit High School is a non-profit, Catholic, college-preparatory school for boys in grades 8-12 that serves students of all religious faiths. It is located in Mid-City New Orleans on Carrollton Avenue between Palmyra and Banks Streets.
Jesuit’s curriculum is structured to develop disciplined habits, to stimulate critical thinking, and to develop the skills necessary for the expression of that thinking. The school strives to instill five characteristics in its students. The goal is to educate our young men to be open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice.
The Jesuit approach to education is based on nearly five hundred years of excellence, originated by St. Ignatius Loyola, who founded the Society of Jesus (“the Jesuits”) in 1540. It begins with a deep respect for students and their potential, a principle the Jesuits call cura personalis. The Jesuit faculty challenges students to strive for personal excellence in all aspects of life — intellectual, emotional, moral, and physical. That principle, called magis, accounts for the rigor of intellectual exchange and the varied challenges Blue Jays experience at Jesuit, and in the wor...ld beyond.
The present Jesuit High School of New Orleans was established in 1847 as one department of the College of the Immaculate Conception by the Fathers of the Society of Jesus. The College was located on Baronne and Commons Streets. In 1911 the collegiate departments were transferred to the site of the present Loyola University of New Orleans. The high school department remained in the buildings on Baronne Street for another 15 years. Due to increasing enrollment, in 1926 the school moved to its present location on Carrollton Avenue between Banks and Palmyra Streets.