The Archdiocese of Chicago seeks a new position of Director of Leadership Formation. The position reports to the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago, and serves as a representative of the Office of Catholic Schools (OCS) in driving, coordinating, and supporting the primary leadership initiatives for Catholic schools. These initiatives are directed at recruiting, retaining, supporting, and continually developing school principals, as well as cultivating other types of school leaders (e.g. pastors, board members, assistant principals, etc.). The position supervises the Director of the Leadership Academy and the Director of the New Leaders Academy. For additional information please visit the website: archchicago.org
With the Superintendent, drives the overall strategy of the OCS to assure the best possibly quality of principal leadership.
Works with current school leaders, universities, and other partners to assure that potential future principals are systematically identified and encouraged. Actively works to build and execute a “pipeline” to Catholic school principal ship. Assists individual principal candidates with obtaining the required qualifications, as necessary and appropriate.
Coordinates the Leadership Academy (with the Director of the Leadership Academy).
Manages and coordinates the principal hiring process. Revises and distributes the Hiring Manual for School Pastors. Vets principal candidates and manages the Principal Hiring Pool. With the Regional Directors, assists local search committees and Pastors with the interview/hiring process.
Coordinates the New Principals’ Academy (with the Director of the New Principals’ Academy). Oversees mentoring process for new principals.
With the Regional Director, defines and communicates individual professional development plans for all principals of Archdiocesan-sponsored schools.
Provides overall coordination for the evaluation process for principals. Works with Regional Directors and Pastors to assure that all principals are objectively evaluated.
Five years’ experience in elementary or high school leadership & administration (Catholic school preferred)
Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (or equivalent field; Doctorate preferred)
Strong record of leadership and driving a strategic vision and highly organized and self-motivated
Excellent school organizational management skills
Certifications Preferred: Type 75 or equivalent from states other than Illinois
Willing and able to work with racially, ethnically and socio-economically diverse school communities
Must be a practicing Catholic with a personal faith commitment