West Catholic High School, Diocese of Grand Rapids
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: Masters
Salary: Competitive within market
The Office of the President has as its primary purpose to provide overall leadership and vision for West Catholic High School to achieve the fullest attainment of the school’s unique Catholic mission to form Disciples of Christ through a dynamic, excellence-driven Catholic education.
The President/CEO will lead in the Church’s mission to evangelize and make decisions viewed through the lens of the Catholic faith. He/she will be responsible for overseeing all operations at West Catholic High School, Catholic identity, instruction, institutional advancement, enrollment and marketing, financial planning and oversight, Board, Diocesan and community relations, facilities, and auxiliary services.
Reports to the Superintendent/Canonical Administrator with input from the Board of Directors
Oversees all school operations with the Principal, Directors of Development, Admissions, Dining Services, Marketing and Communications, and the Building and Grounds Supervisor, Facilities and Custodial Manager and administrative assistants.
Leads the Development team, with a lead role in planned giving and major gifts
Directs any Capital Campaigns
Guides and mentors, the Principal, ensuring fulfillment of our mission and vision
Oversees community relations, creating and maintaining a dynamic, excellence-driven, Christ-centered image
Works with the Grand Rapids Catholic Secondary Schools (GRCSS) central business office and the Diocese in financial matters, including financial aid, foundation and non-endowed scholarships, tuition collection, yearly budgets, audit, and long-term financial viability
Utilizes the Board of Directors and its Committees for expertise, direction, and support
Is responsible for long-term planning and vision, including strategic planning
Acts as chief spokesperson for West Catholic, providing visible, personal leadership to the school community, articulating, and promoting our mission and vision
Is responsible for continued marketing and growing enrollment
Oversees facilities, including maintenance, cleaning, and all capital projects
Works in conjunction with the Principal for MNSAA accreditation, The Cardinal Newman Society Schools of Excellence process, and other recognition-granting professional organizations
Assumes final responsibility for the selection, supervision, and retention of all school employees
Supervises all direct reports and ensures proper supervision of all employees
Works with the Diocese and legal counsel where necessary, also serving as the Title IX Director for the school
Works with the Canonical Administrator and Chaplains on sensitive matters that could affect our ability to conduct our mission or the mission of the Church
Building Principal, Director of Admissions, International Student Coordinator, Communications, Development, Dining Services, and Building and Grounds.
FLSA: Exempt. The position requires night and/or weekend commitments. May require travel.
About West Catholic High School: West Catholic High School is a Grand Rapids Diocesan school located in the northwest corner of the City of Grand Rapids. Its sprawling campus sits on 44 acres surrounded by trees. Established in 1962, it is a co-educational college preparatory institution providing a dynamic Catholic culture for excellent academic instruction, faith formation and a wide range of extracurricular activities. West Catholic has a 100% graduation rate, with 94% of our students attending institutions of higher education. West Catholic currently has approximately 470 enrolled students; however, class sizes remain small, averaging 17 students per section. Offerings include 19 Advanced Placement classes and a number of dual enrollment courses taught on campus by professors from Aquinas College. West Catholic is the only school on the west side of the state to be named to The Cardinal Newman Society’s Catholic Education Honor Roll each year since 2007. Students continue to achieve the highest SAT/ACT test scores in West Michigan (excluding schools utilizing selective enrollment).
Five years of proven Leadership experience
Two years demonstrated experience of successful financial decision making, budgeting, and fiscal management
Advanced degree in Business Management, or Administrative Certification preferred
Must have or be willing to obtain an Advanced Catechetical Certification within two years of employment
Able to work in a physically demanding fast-paced environment with frequent interruptions.
Able to remain in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods.
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