Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) is looking for a dynamic, visionary Executive Director who oversees the WCEA Accreditation of some 980 plus Catholic elementary and secondary schools in ten western states and the US Territory of Guam and is capable of building on our current strengths and moving the organization to new levels of effectiveness within the agency. The Executive Director, in collaboration with the Bishop President and the elected Board of Directors, is responsible for developing the strategic vision and plan for the organization and for ensuring its financial integrity. The role of Executive Director includes the lead responsibility for successfully carrying out the plan and for recruiting and supervising staff. The Executive Director position is a ministry of the Catholic Church. The Executive Director must be a practicing Roman Catholic. The Corporation office is located in Orange County, California; however, the Executive Director may work remotely within the member states.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Strategic Leadership: The Executive Director has lead responsibility for developing strategic initiatives that advance the organization’s mission, and for coordinating their implementation.
Administrative Leadership: The Executive Director has lead responsibility for ensuring that the organization is administered in an effective and efficient manner and is at all times in compliance with all legal and administrative guidelines, codes and regulations; recruits and supervises lead staff; prepares the annual budget, monitors budget performance, and prepares the annual report to the Bishops of the Corporation and the Committee of Consulters.
Policy Leadership: The Executive Director has lead responsibility for developing and proposing positions that the organization might wish to take, consistent with the organization’s mission and overall strategic plan.
Educational Leadership: The Executive Director provides education, training and leadership development to the elementary and secondary Commissioners to increase their effectiveness in preparing the Catholic schools for WCEA Accreditation.
Communications and Media Leadership: The Executive Director speaks to the press and in public on behalf of the organization, and authorizes other staff to do so. The Executive Director works with the elected Board of Directors and staff to develop an integrated communications and media plans as part of the organization’s overall strategic plan.
Collaborative Leadership: The Executive Director will maintain ongoing communications with its partner organizations; will proactively look for ways to collaborate, cooperate, partner or otherwise work towards common ends; and will take steps to identify new potential partners.
REPORTS TO: The Executive Director is appointed by the California Bishop President of the Corporation upon the recommendation of the elected Board of Directors, and is supervised by the Bishop and the Board of Directors
COMPENSATION: Salary is competitive and negotiable, and is commensurate with experience
APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications will be accepted from January 1, 2021 through January 29, 2021
Candidates are asked to submit the following documents and must pass a background check:
1. Cover letter (no greater than 2 pages in length) 2. Copies of credentials and certificates 3. Copies of College/University transcripts 4. Current resume 5. A minimum of three (3) professional references/contact information
QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
1) Passionately committed to the mission and objectives of the organization and to its success in maintaining an organizational culture that attracts, keeps, and motivates quality staff, elected Board of Directors’ Members and Elementary and Secondary Commissioners while strengthening and expanding our network of collaborating colleagues and organizations
2) Proven strategic, policy, communications, and management skills
3) Flexible and open to the variances of (arch) Dioceses and their approaches to Catholic school education
4) Possess a minimum of a MA/MS in Educational Administration or a related field (Ed.D/Ph.D. Preferred)
5) A minimum of five (5) years of experience in a Catholic School/(Arch) Diocesan School’s Office/Catholic College/University Education Department in a top level administrative position (i.e. Superintendent, Associate Superintendent, Principal). Ten (10) years of experience preferred.
6) Experience with accreditation processes, including National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (NSBECS)
7) Ready and willing to travel
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA)
The Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) is a private educational accrediting agency established under the auspices of the Bishops of the Catholic (Arch) Dioceses of California. Its mission is to promote quality Catholic education for our students in our member elementary and secondary schools through an accrediting process that assures the primacy of faith formation and educational excellence. The major purpose of this agency is to coordinate the accreditation process by assisting schools in their self-evaluative programs, to establish general standards for excellence, to grant WCEA Accreditation, and to cooperate formally with other regional accrediting organizations as determined by the WCEA Corporation and the Board of Directors.