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Communications Director
Jesuit Conference
Washington, DC

Job Summary

The Jesuit Conference is a work of the Society of Jesus, a Roman Catholic order of priests and brothers commonly known as the Jesuits. The Communications Office of the Jesuit Conference serves as the principal media office for the Jesuit provinces of Canada and the United States.

The mission of the Society of Jesus is to work for reconciliation with God, humanity, and the environment.

Reporting to the Socius (i.e., chief operations officer) of the Jesuit Conference and working closely with the President of the Jesuit Conference, the Communications Director is responsible for overseeing the development and execution of a comprehensive communications program that promotes the mission of the Society in Canada and the United States and throughout the world.

The Communications Office oversees website, social media, media relations, and public relations messaging to consistently articulate the mission of the Society of Jesus. The Communications Director will build on the existing communications plan, ensuring that all communications strategies and collateral materials are compelling, effective, and representative of the mission of the Society of Jesus. The Communications Director will work closely with colleagues within the organization on a variety of strategic initiatives and campaigns.

Job Responsibilities

  • Help develop, implement, and evaluate an annual communications plan across multiple communications platforms in collaboration with the province offices and the Society of Jesus worldwide.
  • Help manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, www.jesuits.org, www.beajesuit.org, and related social media.
  • Develop materials and strategies that address issues of concern to the mission of the Society of Jesus and advocate on behalf of its mission.
  • Manage public relations and crisis response messaging.
  • Interface with communications offices, development offices, advocacy offices, vocation offices, apostolic works, and partners in the provinces of the Society of Jesus in the United States, Canada, and worldwide. Interface with the Roman Curia of the Society of Jesus, Roman Catholic diocese, and other religious orders in the United States, Canada, and worldwide.
  • Interface with media outlets and serve as organizational spokesperson for general inquiries and press briefings.
  • Test and measure the effectiveness of communications activities and the level of engagement within the network over time.
  • Identify, manage, and collaborate with vendors and consultants on an as-needed basis.

Qualifications

The Jesuit Conference is seeking an accomplished Communications Director with at least 7-10 years of communications experience. The ability to take information and transform it into exciting and effective messaging and disseminate it to appropriate audiences through optimal distribution channels is critical.

Specific requirements include:

  • Bachelor's in advertising, communications, public/media relations, or related area of study. Additional master’s degree desirable.
  • Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies and teams.
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills. Public speaking experience desirable.
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently.
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels.
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with a diverse group of stakeholders and constituent groups.
  • Ability to work collaboratively; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives and exploring new strategies and technologies in the field of communications.
  • Some familiarity with the Society of Jesus and the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Proficiency in Spanish preferred. Some ability in French a plus.

Please submit resume, cover letter (with salary requirements), and brief writing sample to Latisa Gaymon at lgaymon@jesuits.org by Thursday, August 2, 2018.


President
Jesuit Academy
Omaha, NE

Jesuit Academy, a Jesuit sponsored Catholic, middle school in North Omaha, is seeking a President. Jesuit enrolls 75 young men in grades 4 – 8. As the chief executive officer of Jesuit Academy, the president reports to the Board of Trustees (“Board”). The president as the chief executive officer has overall responsibility for the management of the school. The successful candidate will lead the school in development, implementation, maintenance, and monitoring of an exceptional program that supports and promotes the school’s mission and values, placing special emphasis on the Jesuit and Ignatian characteristics.

Jesuit Academy established in 1996, was the seventh middle school in the United States founded by the Society of Jesus. Jesuit Academy is a product of the ongoing Jesuit commitment to providing excellence in education and formation of young men. The school offers an academically challenging and highly structured environment and emphasizes serving economically disadvantaged young men.

Responsibilities

The president is hired by the Board of Jesuit Academy with the approval of the Provincial of the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus. The Board undertakes an annual review of the performance of the president.

  • The president represents the school to the school’s external stakeholders: the Society of Jesus, The Jesuit Secondary Education Association, The Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus , the network of “Nativity” schools, the Archdiocese of Omaha, alumni, parents, benefactors, and the civic business community of Omaha and the North Omaha community.
  • In co-ordination with the Vice President of Development the president is accountable and directly involved in the development and management of existing and potential benefactors and is responsible for fundraising activities to support ongoing expenses and capital improvement to the school.
  • The president in conjunction with the principal hires, retains and compensates faculty and staff.
  • The president is responsible for the mission of the school in academics, admissions, facilities, finance, institutional advancement and public relations. The president delegates areas of responsibility and is responsible for their supervision.
  • The president is responsible for developing and implementing the long-range strategic plan that addresses the priorities and goals set by the Board.
  • The president manages the recruitment and allocation of financial resources in support of the school’s mission.
  • The president reports to the Board on all aspects of the school, relying on the input, reports and advice of the principal and teachers.
  • The president prepares and proposes an annual budget, and reports to the Board on the financial state of the school.
  • The president serves as an ex-officio member of the Board and Executive Committee.
  • The president ensures that there is a comprehensive enrollment management plan.
  • The president provides for faculty and staff spiritual development program and ensures a comprehensive liturgical and spiritual development program for students.
  • The president develops an annual management plan that addresses goals of the long-range plan.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR APPLICANTS:

Commitment to the Catholic traditions of education, service, and social justice, the credibility to lead and represent a Catholic organization with integrity, and facility for working well with diverse Catholic church leaders, lay, and clerical. Experience related to Ignatian spirituality, Jesuit education and a proven fundraiser helpful.

TO APPLY:

Please send a resume, a compelling letter of interest indicating how your skills, knowledge and experience match the responsibilities of president to:

Mr. John Naatz, chairperson of the selection committee, jnaat@prep.creighton.edu


Principal
Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School
Houston, Texas

Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston (Cristo Rey Jesuit) is seeking a Principal (Director of Academics). Selected candidate will begin work on July 1, 2018.

Cristo Rey Jesuit is an apostolic work of the Society of Jesus serving the Catholic Church's mission of education in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The school opened its doors in August 2009 with a freshman class of 81 young men and women. Sponsored by the Jesuits of the USA Central and Southern Province, Cristo Rey Jesuit offers a rigorous college prep education available to students of limited economic resources in the Houston area. A unique Corporate Work Study Program places students in Houston businesses and non-profits where they learn the expectations of the corporate world and earn up to 50 percent of the cost of their education. Cristo Rey Jesuit belongs to the national Cristo Rey Network of schools and the national Jesuit Schools Network.

Our Mission

To inspire and prepare students of limited economic resources to succeed in college and lead their communities as compassionate, committed, and competent men and women for others for the greater glory of God.

Our Vision

Compelled by our Jesuit mission and identity, we are a vibrant community that transforms the world by loving, learning, and excelling in all we do.

Our Learning Community

Cristo Rey Jesuit is a learning community comprised of 550 young men and women in grades 9 through 12 and a faculty and staff of 80 educators. Cristo Rey Jesuit students are talented young men and women who participate actively in their learning endeavors. We are implementing a new Strategic Plan designed to achieve excellence in all areas of the school, particularly in the human and religious qualities of our graduates. This plan, our “Path to Excellence”, defined four Strategic Priorities: Jesuit Identity; Educational Experience and College Success; Community; and Sustainability. The ideal Cristo Rey Jesuit graduate is a man or woman cognizant of God’s presence in his/her life, who strives to be steadfast in faith, open to growth, committed to service and social justice, dedicated to academic excellence, and work-experienced. Every year, 100% of our graduates are accepted into colleges and universities. Cristo Rey Jesuit’s faculty and staff are dedicated professionals who strive to embody the mission and core principles of the school, maintain the superior quality of its programs, invest directly in the lives of students, and engage in programs for their own professional and spiritual development. In 2017, Cristo Rey Jesuit renewed its accreditation by the Cristo Rey Network, the Jesuit Schools Network, and the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department.

Position Specification: Principal

Reporting to the President of the school, the Principal is the chief academic officer and instructional leader of Cristo Rey Jesuit, responsible for teaching and learning through a well-developed curriculum and the cultivation of our school’s Catholic and Jesuit identity. The Principal provides mission leadership for faculty and students, supports high quality classroom instruction, and assures the orderly functioning of the school. The Principal is responsible for creating and sustaining a culture of continuous improvement that provides students with multiple opportunities to develop and demonstrate proficiency. The Principal is a member of the school’s leadership team, actively collaborating with the Corporate Work Study Program Director, Development Director, Finance Director and Admissions Director. He or she oversees a faculty and staff of over 40 full and part-time employees, including Jesuit Volunteers, and manages program expenses comprising the majority of the school’s operating budget.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Set the direction, coordinate, and evaluate all aspects of academics at Cristo Rey Jesuit in a manner consistent with our identity as a Catholic and Jesuit school
  • Work with teachers to improve instruction, supervising and providing consistent feedback to help them realize human and academic excellence for all students
  • Ensure the development and implementation of a rigorous, college-ready curriculum, within the framework of Ignatian pedagogy, so that all students can achieve at high levels
  • Lead teachers in interpreting and using student achievement data to inform instruction
  • Develop and review campus policies and procedures
  • Recruit, select, and retain faculty, administrators, instructional and extracurricular staff who are best fitted to the Jesuit mission of the school
  • Develop and execute an effective faculty and staff professional development program, ensuring classroom impact
  • Coordinate with the Director of the Corporate Work Study Program the scheduling, student work assignments, discipline and overall progress of the students.
  • Foster strong interpersonal and professional relationships with faculty, staff, leadership team, and other school constituencies
  • Work to ensure that the academic and instruction expenditures operate within budgetary guidelines
  • Report at regular intervals on student academic progress to parents, faculty, related school committees, the Board of Trustees, and other constituents
  • Coordinate and supervise the accreditation processes for the school
  • Represent Cristo Rey Jesuit to the local Archdiocesan Office of Education, Jesuit School Network, Cristo Rey Network, accrediting bodies, as well as other appropriate meetings and activities that relate to the academic and instructional aspects of the school

Qualifications and Experience

  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to Catholic and Jesuit, faith-based education
  • Proven commitment and capacity to serve and connect on a personal level with low-income, urban, minority students and families
  • Exceptional leadership and management skills to inspire, lead, and work collegially with faculty and staff, challenge students to high levels of achievement, and engage families in their child’s education
  • Strong background in developing and implementing a rigorous, standards-based, college-ready curriculum
  • Demonstrated success as an instructional leader who can create and sustain a student-centered learning environment
  • At least five years of experience supervising and evaluating faculty and staff
  • Evidence of an ability to analyze and utilize data to increase student achievement and effect school improvement
  • Persuasive communication style, with excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Master’s degree in education required
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus
  • Experience managing a school budget is a plus

Personal Characteristics

  • A practicing Catholic who values the Church’s mission of service, education, and social justice
  • Passion and commitment for providing excellent, Catholic and Jesuit education to economically disadvantaged young people
  • Belief in the ability of urban young people to achieve at the same level as their suburban peers
  • A lifelong learner who is diligent about staying current in research on secondary education and strives for continuous improvement
  • Commitment to ongoing formation in Ignatian spirituality and pedagogy
  • Innovation, creativity and an ability to manage a variety of activities and situations
  • A leadership style that is firm and goal oriented, yet motivates, guides, and engages others in an enthusiastic way
  • Ability to delegate effectively
  • Capacity to work collaboratively with others

Procedure for Candidacy

All interested and qualified applicants with a passion for Cristo Rey Jesuit’s mission are invited to apply. A complete application will include:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter: Please write a letter limited to three pages that answers the following questions:
    • What attracts you to Cristo Rey Jesuit’s mission?
    • How would you describe your philosophy of education? How would you put it into practice at Cristo Rey Jesuit?
    • How would you describe your leadership style? What past experiences in educational leadership best align with your perception of the challenges in shaping a school culture that is supportive of low income students and their families?
    • What qualities and dispositions do you look for when hiring teachers and staff? How do you support, evaluate, and train teachers?
    • How would you ensure the Catholic identity of our school? How would you define effective Catholic leadership?
  • References: Please list three professional references with their email address and telephone numbers.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The new principal will begin work on July 1, 2018.

Please email your completed application as an attached PDF to kschwarzbach@cristoreyjesuit.org.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Cristo Rey Jesuit is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All employment decisions, policies, and practices are made in accordance with applicable federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws. Cristo Rey Jesuit will not engage or tolerate unlawful discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, citizenship, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

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