Nov 08, 2021


  • Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School
  • Birmingham, AL, USA
Full time Executive

Job Description

Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School
Birmingham, AL

About Cristo Rey Network

History of the Cristo Rey Network

When Cristo Rey Jesuit High School opened under the leadership of John P. Foley, S.J. in 1996, it introduced a highly innovative integration of academic and professional experience to Catholic secondary education in the United States. The model had immediate appeal, first to Catholic educators across the country and soon after to prominent philanthropists committed to educational reform.

Through the talent and commitment of local communities and generous and enthusiastic support from philanthropic investors, the Cristo Rey Network has grown over the last 25 years from a single school in south Chicago to a national network of 38 schools. During a period when traditional Catholic schools were shutting their doors at an alarming rate, the Cristo Rey Network has grown into the largest network of high schools in the country that exclusively serves low-income students.


Today, the Cristo Rey Network is the only network of high schools in the country that integrates four years of rigorous college preparatory academics with four years of professional work experience through the Corporate Work Study Program. The Cristo Rey Network serves 12,000 students across 25 states and collectively claims more than 18,000 graduates. The Cristo Rey Network delivers a powerful and innovative approach to inner-city education that equips students from families of limited economic means with the knowledge, character, and skills to transform their lives by persisting in college, flourishing in life and breaking the generational cycle of poverty.


Cristo Rey Network Mission Statement

The Cristo Rey Network of high schools delivers a career focused, college preparatory education in the Catholic tradition for students with limited economic resources, uniquely integrating rigorous academic curricula with four years of professional work experience and support to and through college. We partner with educators, businesses and communities to enable students to fulfill their aspirations for a lifetime of success.


Cristo Rey Network Mission Effectiveness Standards

A Cristo Rey school...

  1. Is explicitly Catholic in mission and enjoys Church approval.
  2. Serves only students with limited economic resources and is open to students of various faiths and cultures.
  3. Is family centered and plays an active role in the local community.
  4. Prepares all students to enter and graduate from college.
  5. Requires participation by all students in the Corporate Work Study Program.
  6. Integrates the learning present in its work program, classroom and extracurricular experiences for the fullest benefit of its students. 
  7. Has effective administrative and board structures and complies with all applicable state and federal laws. 
  8. Is financially sound.
  9. Supports its graduates’ efforts to obtain a college degree and enter post-college life as productive, faith-filled individuals. 
  10. Is an active participant in the Cristo Rey Network.


For more information on the Cristo Rey Network, please visit their website.

About Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School Birmingham, AL

Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School in Birmingham, Alabama, combines academic rigor and a corporate work-study program to empower students from economically challenged communities to graduate high school prepared to persist in college and flourish in life.

Holy Family High School was founded in the Ensley neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama, by the Congregation of the Passion in 1943, and faithfully served the community for more than 60 years. In 2007, Holy Family High School joined the Cristo Rey Network and became Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School.


Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School has fully embraced the Cristo Rey model. It is governed by an independent Board of Directors, is recognized by the Bishop of Birmingham as a Catholic School and has made great strides towards fulfilling the ten Mission Effectiveness Standards required by the Cristo Rey Network. In 2019, led by an engaged board, a major fundraising effort provided the resources for the school to move to a larger and more adequate campus. With an outstanding faculty, the school has seen steady progress in improving academic outcomes.


For more information on the Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School, please visit their website.

About Birmingham, AL

Located in the heart of the Southeast, Birmingham is a short drive from Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans, Memphis, the Blue Ridge Mountains and Gulf Coast beaches. Birmingham has been recognized as an “All-America City” by the National Civic League as one of the top 10 American cities to live and work, and one of the top 10 entrepreneurial and job growth hot spots in America.


Birmingham is home to numerous institutions of higher education, including The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and its highly regarded medical center, Samford University and Birmingham Southern College, all of which maintain strong ties to Holy Family Cristo Rey.


Downtown Birmingham has enjoyed a revitalization in recent years, with the development of Railroad Park — an award-winning urban park — and its adjacent Regions Field, home to the minor league Birmingham Barons — an award-winning stadium. The park and stadium projects have kickstarted major growth in surrounding districts, including craft breweries, boutique shops, restaurants, loft and apartment buildings, innovative workspaces, and hotels. Birmingham’s airport, Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, was completely renovated in 2013. Because of this platform, and because of its sports history, Birmingham has been selected to serve as the host city of the 2022 World Games.


Birmingham is also a renowned culinary destination, with one of our signature restaurants recently winning two James Beard Foundation awards and many other restaurants named as finalists. Food critics across the country have discovered Birmingham’s food scene and consistently rank it as one of the best food cities in America.


There are a host of attractions including the Birmingham Civil Rights District National Monument, composed of sites such as Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute — a major destination for visitors from around the world. Birmingham's cultural scene is thriving, with museums, numerous galleries, music and arts festivals, theaters and live music venues, a professional ballet company, a professional opera company, a School of Fine Arts, the Jazz Hall of Fame, and the recent restoration of the historic Lyric and Alabama theaters. In September 1996, UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center became the home of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.


Birmingham is in proximity to many state and national parks, lakes, urban greenspaces, and hiking and biking trails. The city has more green space per capita than any other major city in the United States.


Recent rankings for Birmingham include:

  • No. 1 best large employer in America (Forbes, 2021)
  • No. 1 employer in the state (Forbes, 2020)
  • No. 1 city in the country where your paycheck goes the furthest (Trulia, 2018)
  • No. 2 up-and-coming tech hotspots (Livability, 2018)
  • No. 3 in economic growth potential (Business Facilities, 2019)
  • No. 3 for new business climate (Business Facilities, 2019)
  • No. 4 best employer for diversity in America (Forbes, 2021)
  • No. 4 best cities for job seekers (Thrillist, 2019)
  • No. 7 city with the fastest-growing income (Smart Asset, 2017)
  • No. 8 most affordable city to live and work (Business Student, 2019)
  • Top 10 up-and-coming foodie city (Trip Advisor, 2018)

The Opportunity

Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School of Birmingham, AL seeks a President to achieve its mission as a member of the national Cristo Rey Network, and its distinctive mission in Birmingham, AL to prepare local students for successful college completion.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President will lead the school in development, implementation, maintenance, and monitoring of an exceptional program that supports and promotes the school’s mission and values with special emphasis on the religious and spiritual orientation of the school. The Board seeks a leader with a demonstrated commitment and passion for serving children from marginalized communities and helping them establish pathways to opportunity enabled by strong education and work. The President has overall responsibility for the management of Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School, including developing a long-term strategic plan in collaboration with the Board of Directors and senior leadership, overseeing staff and budget operations, and engaging in development activities. The President will spend time engaging with external constituents to raise awareness of the school within the community, build upon existing relationships and partnerships, increase enrollment, and expand funding opportunities. The President will be the school’s visionary leader and principal institutional spokesperson to all the school’s constituents. The President will articulate the school’s aspirations for its students and for the school’s place in the community.

This is an incredible opportunity to lead Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School to achieve even greater levels of impact and direct the school’s administrative team to accomplish stated goals to achieve the mission.   

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the strategic planning process to identify the next phase of growth and impact for the school. Develop and implement a long-term strategic plan in partnership with the Board of Directors and senior leadership.
  • Lead and influence internal and external constituents. Oversee internal operational activity and serve as the face of the school to external audiences.
  • Deeply engage with external constituents to enhance already existing partnerships, build new relationships, increase enrollment and funding for the school.
  • Provide for all staff a strong day-to-day leadership presence, cultivating the values of the school.
  • Represent the school internally and externally, communicating the school’s mission, programs, and goals to various public constituents, including working with parent groups, and representing the school at civic, religious, and other public functions.
  • Promote the school’s particular role and profile in the larger community so that the school is seen as a significant part of the mosaic of school choices in Birmingham, AL.
  • Provide spiritual leadership to permeate students, faculty and staff with the fundamental Catholic values and beliefs of the school’s mission.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors; communicate clearly and timely on matters impacting the school; serve as a member of all standing committees and participate in their meetings; and provide assistance in setting various agendas.
  • Collaborate effectively with the Board Chair and other members of Board leadership to ensure that the Board of Directors is properly supported by the school administration and is comprised of members who can help the school achieve its mission.
  • Instigate and lead or assist leading strategic and master planning for the school, including envisioning facilities, staffing, and programming, as well as attaching a high-level financial plan to such efforts.
  • Ensure the academic program and academic support are consistent with the Cristo Rey Network standards and that prepares students for college completion and successful professional life.
  • Pursuant to the Board-approved budget, provide final approval for financial affairs, including the management and use of scholarship and endowment funds, tuition and fee schedules, debt service and bank negotiations. Pursuant to the school bylaws and directives of the Board of Directors, approve expenditures beyond those already provided for in the approved budget.
  • Ensure that appropriate accounting systems and internal controls are in place and maintained; provide regular financial reports to the Directors of all funds and assets of the Corporation and all income and expenditures pertaining to its operations.
  • Pursuant to the annual operating budget approved by the school’s Board of Directors, determine the school’s organizational structure and give final approval of the faculty/ staff salary scales, stipends, and benefit packages.
  • Provide support and leadership in the ongoing efforts to secure and retain corporate job sponsors, which is vital to the financial success of the school’s mission.
  • Serve as the school’s liaison and follows the 10 Cristo Rey Network Mission Effectiveness Standards and Mission Statement.
  • Serve as the school’s chief fundraiser. Approve all fundraising and advancement projects and events, including annual and special fundraising campaigns, all public relations and marketing.
  • Engage in regular and frequent community activity that not only advances the Cristo Rey mission, but that also situates the President to solicit support at 5-, 6-, and 7-figure levels.
  • Oversee and ensure Human Resources efforts and processes are effective, with a focus on hiring and retention as well as professional growth and development.
  • Delegate responsibility and authority appropriately to others and hold them accountable for achieving results.

Candidate Profile

The President will possess the following attributes and competencies:

  • Significant visionary leadership and managerial experience in a complex, innovative organization, with demonstrated success in addressing immediate organizational needs while driving toward longer-term goals with buy-in from all constituents.
  • Expertise in developing and successfully executing both short- and long-term strategic plans in collaboration with senior leadership teams.
  • Consistent track record of organizational achievement, operational and financial results.
  • Proven success collaborating with a Board of Directors to optimize their engagement in the mission.
  • Awareness of and 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.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills including proven ability to engage and inspire a wide range of stakeholders, build creative and mutually beneficial relationships within the philanthropic, corporate, public, and nonprofit sectors.
  • Proven fundraising and/or revenue generating success, preferably in the non-profit sector and with foundations.
  • Track record of leading, motivating, and developing high-performing teams and building culturally healthy organizations.
  • Ability to inspire organizational and professional confidence, passion, and persistence in an ambitious, fast-paced, and results-oriented period of growth, all while maintaining a positive work environment.
  • Awareness of the changing nature of work and the role of technology in preparedness of work and career.
  • Preferably, previous experience in the education sector and/or the sensibilities and perspective necessary to validate their leadership in a school.
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills, including evidence of enhancing an organization’s financial strength and sustainability.
  • Unquestionable integrity.
  • A Bachelor’s degree and, preferably, a graduate degree.


Compensation & Benefits

Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School offers a competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience. The benefits package includes comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage. Vacation and holiday pay, retirement plan options, and opportunities for professional development are also offered. The annual base salary range for this role will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Amy Shea and Jason Mannino are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role, please submit your materials here  or email Amy and Jason directly at All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Commitment to Nondiscrimination

Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

At Koya, we don’t just accept difference—we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our team, our clients, and the communities we serve.

Koya is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone. Koya does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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