The Associate Superintendent of Catholic Schools is hired by the Superintendent and assists the Superintendent in achieving the mission of the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Detroit. The Associate Superintendent serves as an agent of the Superintendent and performs all position responsibilities under the supervision of the Superintendent according to the teaching of the Catholic Church, the goals and objectives of the Department of Catholic Schools and archdiocesan policies
The Associate Superintendent supports Catholic school principals and Priests in Solidum in the planning, design and implementation of various programs, processes, and procedures in support of the local parish elementary schools and archdiocesan regional schools. The Associate Superintendent has knowledge and understanding of effective Catholic school leadership, curriculum development and program evaluation, leadership development, organizational change, child growth and development, effective instructional strategies, classroom management, learning assessment and diagnosis, and knowledge of current research related to teaching and learning.
- Serves as primary contact person for assigned schools.
- Advises and assists principals in their role as spiritual, administrative, and instructional leaders.
- Assists Priests in Solidum and the Superintendent with the interview and selection process for new principals.
- Responds appropriately to the questions or concerns from principals, pastors in solidum and parents of assigned schools. Facilitates communication and conflict resolution as necessary to resolve concerns and issues.
- Visits assigned schools throughout the academic school year and as necessary.
- Assists accreditation team with compliance check of teacher personnel files
- Monitors principal certification/licensure as part of the annual contract/at-will agreement process.
- Assists in the review, development, promulgation, and evaluation of curriculum for the Archdiocese of Detroit Catholic Schools.
- Monitors the implementation of the curriculum at the elementary and secondary levels in the Archdiocese of Detroit Catholic Schools.
- Assists with archdiocesan assessment programs including STAR, Religious Education Assessment, SAT, ACT and High School Placement Test.
- Approves school calendars according to required instructional hours and AOD required events. Approves requests for calendar changes.
- Coordinates and/or assists in planning and coordination of annual Principal Retreat and Principal meetings.
- Coordinates and/or assists in planning, coordination, and delivery of Principal Professional Development, Principal Formation Institute, School Advisory Council Training, and Principal Search Process.
- Coordinates and/or assists in planning and facilitating High School Admissions Director meetings.
- Provides coordination, overview, and management of the Department of Catholic Schools’ responsibilities in alternative licensure or certification pathways programs.
- Assists individual schools by providing information and guidance regarding in-service programs available through federal funding and serves as Catholic-school liaison and advocate with public districts as necessary.
- Coordinates and/or assists with school accreditation process.
- Represents the Department of Catholic Schools in recruiting and screening teachers at career fairs offered by accredited universities.
- Effective collaboration skills
- Strong problem-solving abilities
- Proficient communication skills
- Proven effective leadership abilities
- Thorough understanding of curriculum and instructional practices
- Position requires the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work.
- Lifting, carrying, pushing/or pulling of objects and materials up to 50 pounds.
- Involves extended periods of time standing or sitting at a keyboard or workstation or talking on the phone.
- Repetitive motion (keyboarding).
- May involve walking long distances
- 50% travel throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit
Required education and experience
- Master’s degree in Educational Administration or Educational Leadership.
- Must be an active Catholic in good standing who embraces and transmits the teachings of the Church on matters of faith and morals.
- Experience teaching in Catholic schools and/ or administrative experience.
- Working knowledge of Church documents and resources relating to Catholic education.
- Must have collaborative team building skills.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Knowledge of technology and related issues pertaining to education.
- Understanding of opportunities and challenges currently facing Catholic education.
- Experience with Catholic school budgeting and financing.
- Experience with branding, marketing, fundraising, and development.
- Must have the ability to recognize sensitive information and maintain strict confidentiality.
- Knowledge of key data points and metrics pertaining to Catholic school sustainability.
- Ability to organize, plan, think creatively, work collaboratively, and administer programs.
- Experience with short- and long-term strategic planning.
- Must have reliable transportation and be willing to work and travel throughout the Archdiocese.
- Must be available to work some evenings and weekends.
- Minimum of five years of experience as a Catholic school principal strongly preferred.
Additional eligibility requirements
- Must provide authorization for a criminal history check.
Affirmative Action/EEO statement
The Archdiocese of Detroit is an equal opportunity employer and does not illegally discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, height, weight, genetic information, or marital or other legally protected status. The Archdiocese of Detroit is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity and encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.