The President/CEO reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for fulfillment of NCEA’s mission to enhance the vitality and fidelity of Catholic schools. The association acts on this mission through high quality and value-added programs and services while building an accountable, effective and financially sustainable association. The landscape of Catholic education faces significant challenges, but it is not without opportunities. The President/CEO will need to seek transformation through new services, different ways of engagement, innovative business models, new sources of funding, new partners and technology to enhance the success of Catholic education. The President/CEO leads a senior executive team that currently includes the Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Innovation Officer, Executive Director for Academic Excellence and Executive Director of Operational Vitality. Also reporting directly to the President are the Director of Information Technology, Director of Research and Data Management, Director of Public Policy, Advancement Services Manager and Executive Assistant to the President.
Strategy and Vision – With the Board, staff, members and other key stakeholders, develops the vision, strategies, programs and services to fulfill the mission of strengthening Catholic education in a changing landscape. – Supports strategic plan with clear metrics, staff responsibilities and systematic evaluation. – Identifies and builds partnerships across key stakeholders to leverage diverse expertise and resources for strengthening Catholic education. – Promotes an ecclesiology of communion in how Catholic schools relate to their bishops, dioceses, pastors, religious order and each other to find common points for support and collaboration.
Leadership and Culture – Leads with Catholic teachings and values. – Creates a culture of accountability that fosters programmatic excellence, rigorous program assessment and stewardship of resources. – Fosters a culture of trust, transparency, listening, coaching and professional development of staff colleagues. – Ensures effectiveness of systems and policies governing finance and accounting, human resources, internal communication and other administrative functions.
Influence and Voice – Serves as the voice of Catholic education which articulates its value across key constituents including parents, donors, local community, dioceses and the public at large. – Provides strong advocacy to policy makers for the contribution of and support for Catholic education. – Clearly articulates the distinctiveness and importance of the Catholic mission toward the formation of moral and engaged citizenship. – Recognize, promote and proclaim successful practices and innovations by and in Catholic education, thus highlighting its role in thought and practice leadership. – Convenes key stakeholders (Church leaders, policymakers, major donors, foundations, school leaders, researchers) to identify, brainstorm, formulate and support key agenda items for sustainable transformation of Catholic schools. – Help the association to leverage its scale through a broad and deep membership pool to drive faith formation, professional development and capacity building of superintendents, principals, teachers and staff and reimagination of future schools. – Engages in systematic listening and engagement of association members to ensure that NCEA is a partner in their success.
Resource Management and Development – Assesses trends affecting traditional sources of operating revenues – memberships, meetings, event sponsorship and services – to determine budget. – Explores new models for revenue generation and aligns the use of resources and costs to achieve financial sustainability. – Cultivates sources of non-operating revenues through philanthropy and grants to enhance the success of Catholic schools. – With the appropriate staff, provides oversight of systems, procedures, policies and staff accountability to ensure accuracy of and operation within budget.
Board Engagement – Reports to the Board and serves as ex officio member of the Board and all Board committees. – Provides timely materials and accurate data to support the Board in joint deliberations of matters of significance, formulation and implementation of board policies, and evaluation of the Association’s accomplishment of mission and vision, achievement of goals, operating and financial health, positive culture and alignment with Catholic values.
The Board of Directors of NCEA seeks a new President & Chief Executive Officer who is/has: – An authentic, faith-filled Catholic who is knowledgeable about Catholic teachings; – Deeply passionate and committed to Catholic education; – Significant experience in Catholic education with demonstrated leadership and track record in managing change and innovation; – A strategic thinker who can translate vision into results; – Skilled in identifying significant needs of NCEA’s membership; – Possesses the ability to formulate product/service solutions that add substantive value in a timely and cost-effective manner; – Experience with fundraising and grant development beyond revenue generation from operations; – Can respond to field inquiries with good pastoral sense while retaining focus on organizational goals and timely completion of initiatives; – Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, actively listen, and develop and manage high-performance teams; – Financial acumen in setting and meeting budgets, unwavering commitment to program quality and data-driven evaluation; – An outstanding communicator and public speaker; – Energy and commitment to be a passionate and visible advocate for NCEA and its membership; – Experience with Board relations, including: Board development, meeting preparation, and governance and appropriate organizational communication; – Kind, polite, pastoral, ethical, collegial, transparent and strong work ethic; – Holds an advanced degree in a discipline relevant to the administration of a Catholic educational association; – Experience in working with diverse populations, particularly Latino/a, and/or fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred, but not required.
For a completed application, candidates are required to submit: 1) a current resume or CV; 2) a cover letter addressing the position; and 3) the contact information for three professional references. Submit your application securely through the RH Perry website, or to NCEAPresident@rhperry.com.
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 nearly 150,000 educators serving 1.7 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.