St. Maria Goretti High School, located in Hagerstown, Maryland is accepting qualified applicants for the position of High School President. The President serves as the school’s chief executive officer and ambassador, with responsibilities focused on strategy, financial sustainability, institutional advancement, organizational structure, community and spiritual leadership. The President delegates to the Principal daily responsibilities for academic and co-curricular affairs.
The President is appointed by Archbishop William Lori in collaboration with the archdiocesan Chancellor of Education and the school’s Board of Directors. In keeping with the bylaws of St. Maria Goretti High School, the President has a direct reporting relationship to the Chancellor of Education and the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, and is also accountable to the school Board.
Strategic Vision and Leadership
In collaboration with the Board and Archdiocese, develop and implement organizational plans and goals that advance the mission of St. Maria Goretti Catholic High School.
Provide overall direction, motivation and guidance to school administrators, faculty, and support staff; inspiring colleagues to work to their fullest potential, taking the lead role in the creation of a culture of excellence and accountability.
Direct supervision and evaluation of the Principal, Business Manager, Director of Athletics, Director of Institutional Advancement, and other leadership staff.
Set strategic enrollment goals and actively recruit families to the school.
Embody, manifest, and advocate Catholic faith and spirituality while promoting a culture of inclusion and diversity that promotes social/emotional wellness of all students.
Effectively communicate with parents and other constituents so that the mission, philosophy, educational goals, and other aspects of the school are clearly articulated.
Institutional Advancement / Board Relations
Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board of Directors and ensure open communication about the measurement of performance against stated milestones and goals.
Assist the Board in developing strategy, plans and policy for the school. Execute strategic plans and provide regular reporting to the Board.
With the Director of Advancement and Development, develop and administer all special fundraising campaigns, being actively engaged in building and maintaining relationships with donors and prospective donors participating in direct solicitation. Increase available tuition assistance for families.
Direct a coordinated effort by the Director of Advancement and Development to aggressively engage with Alumni.
Represent St. Maria Goretti to the school’s external constituencies, including individual donors, businesses, parishes and institutional partners, alumni, community organizations and others through off-campus meetings and speaking engagements with existing and new audiences.
Finance / Operations
Develop and administer, with the Business Manager and Board Finance Chair, the annual operating budget.
Develop a master plan and oversee the financial status of the school including developing long and short-range financial plans, monitoring the budget and ensuring sound financial controls are in place.
Supervise the Business Manager in the preparation of preliminary and final budgets; to monitor income, expenditures, collections, and cash flow; to maintain appropriate financial records.
Support the selection and hiring of qualified persons to serve as members of the faculty and administration; attend regular meetings of the faculty and staff and ensure that the policies of the Archdiocese of Baltimore are understood and followed.
Monitor and coordinate matters regarding employment. Ensures that all employment matters, including recruitment, retention, and dismissal of personnel; salaries and contracts; job assignments; performance evaluations in compliance with Archdiocesan policy and relevant State and Federal laws.
Represent the school in its relations with the Archdiocese, and with local, state, regional, and national educational organizations, and accrediting agencies.
Cultivate and support an environment and culture for 21st Century teaching and learning to flourish.
In collaboration with the Principal, monitor all programs of the school including curriculum, grading, assessment, and reporting to parents, and disciplinary policies and standards of conduct.
Ensure that all employees and volunteers comply with the Archdiocese of Baltimore regarding the maintenance of a safe and secure environment.
An appreciation and passion for the mission of St. Maria Goretti Catholic High School with a deep-rooted commitment to Catholic faith and values.
Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible senior leadership experience in business, education or nonprofit sector.
Broad knowledge of overall operations of a successful and integrated organization including finance, budget development, board relations, admissions, fundraising, marketing and care and maintenance of physical plant.
Proven experience in revenue generation and the ability and willingness to lead in fund development, including identification, cultivation, stewardship and face-to-face solicitation of donors; capital campaign experience preferred.
Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to build, foster and maintain positive relationships with both internal and external constituencies including administrators, faculty, Board members, volunteer leaders, students, and donors.
Ability to articulate a Catholic philosophy of education that recognizes the need for appropriate programs to serve a range of students’ needs, interests, and enrichment.
Excellent public speaking skills complemented by a demonstrated ability to interact with diverse personalities and situations with ease and grace.
Superior communication skills to express, orally and in writing, St. Maria Goretti’s mission, vision, and goals with clarity, passion, and persuasion.
Self-confidence and humility combined with a sense of humor and a collaborative management style.
Master’s degree in organizational leadership, business, education, fundraising, or ministry preferred.
Some travel required; must be available to attend events after work hours or on weekends as needed.
About St. Maria Goretti High School
Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore provide a Christ-centered education that is academically excellent and empowers students to reach their full potential - spiritually, intellectually, physically, socially, and morally. Fostered through robust collaboration among all stakeholders, the mission is accomplished through accountable leadership at all levels, ongoing and coordinated strategic planning, centralized efficiencies, and financial sustainability.