To support the Diocese of Phoenix in its mission to encounter and witness the living Christ, this positon works with the Bishop and Vicar of Evangelization to provide vision for and direction to the mission and operations of Catholic preschools, elementary and secondary schools in the Diocese of Phoenix. The Superintendent oversees the Catholic Schools office, the Safe Environment Training Office and serves as the Bishop’s liaison for Catholic Higher Education.
Essential Job Functions: Leads the Catholic Schools Office by planning, coordinating, evaluating and implementing programs that foster the formation of disciples of Christ in Diocesan Catholic Schools; in conjunction with the Vicar of Evangelization, provides opportunities for continuing faith formation and leadership development for Catholic School leaders; assists in the recruitment and hiring of principals, school administrators, teachers and support staff; acts as liaison with state and local government, the State Department of Education, local school districts and the federal government, as appropriate; in collaboration with the Diocesan Attorney, keeps pastors and principals updated and provides consultation on legal issues, diocesan policies and state and federal laws and regulations; recommends policies to the Diocesan School Board; serves as an Ad Hoc member of the Diocesan Building Commission; serves on the Diocesan Compensation Committee; serves on the Catholic Education Arizona Board of Directors and Executive Committee; prepares a total budget for the Catholic Schools Office on a fiscal year basis; requests, reviews, approves and monitors projected budgets from each of the diocesan high schools; assists in recommending allocation of funds to the schools through the Charity and Development Appeal, the Catholic Community Foundation’s “Today’s Children Tomorrow’s Leaders” Fund and other grant processes; coordinates and cooperates with university personnel to implement all facets of teacher intern programs; i.e., Alliance for Catholic Education, student teachers and student training; serves as ex-officio member of the Diocesan School Board and attends committee meetings; oversees the establishment and construction of new schools; serves on diocesan high school corporate boards as Vice President of the Corporation; acts as liaison for the Bishop with Catholic higher education entities; supervises the Assistant Superintendents, the Director of Safe Environment Training and support staff for Catholic Schools.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required: Able to articulate the Church’s understanding of evangelization, conversion, catechesis and education in a manner that is clear and understandable; possesses an understanding of the multicultural needs of families and students in Catholic schools; skilled in educational management, organizational development, administration and supervision; knowledgeable of applicable State and Federal laws and regulations; a high degree of credibility, integrity, and self-confidence is essential; able to function in a team environment and work through conflict; able to travel to schools and meetings, sometimes during evenings and weekends.
Minimum Qualifications: Active, practicing Roman Catholic who is in full communion with the Church; able to articulate a clear understanding of the Catholic faith and to serve as a committed witness to its mission; Master’s Degree in Education; Spanish language proficiency preferred; Five years’ experience in Catholic Education as a principal; able to be certified as Superintendent, Principal and Teacher in the State of Arizona; able to maintain confidentiality of the Office and its corresponding documents and data at all times; must possess, or be able to obtain, a valid Arizona driver’s license.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix is committed to helping the faithful encounter the living Christ through conversion, communion and solidarity.
Established by Pope Paul VI on Dec. 2, 1969, the Diocese of Phoenix is led by the Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted. More than 1.1 million Catholics make this diverse, vibrant and faith-filled diocese their home.