Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Buffalo
Diocese of Buffalo
December 11, 2017
Buffalo, New York
Full Time - Experienced
Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Diocese of Buffalo
The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo (www.buffalodiocese.org) was established in 1847. Throughout the eight counties of Western New York, the diocese is present to nearly 600,000 Catholics through our parishes, seminary, Catholic Charities, Catholic schools and a Catholic health system. The Diocese of Buffalo is as vast as it is diverse. We have 163 parishes and missions, utilizing 197 worship sites. We have 40 Catholic elementary schools, 13 Catholic high schools and seven Catholic colleges and universities. The diocese is also home to a major seminary, Christ the King Seminary, in East Aurora, and four Catholic Hospitals. There are currently over 9,500 students in the 40 elementary schools in the diocese and 5800 students in the 13 Catholic high schools. Reporting to the Bishop, the Superintendent leads a dedicated staff of administrators in providing a Gospel driven Catholic education to the children in our community.
The Superintendent of Catholic Schools serves as a primary voice of the Bishop advancing a dynamic strategic plan to ensure the realization of a vision of our diocesan schools consistent with the mission of the Catholic Church. The Superintendent works closely with the pastors of those parishes, which sponsor schools, canonical administrators of regional schools and with individual principals, to promote the highest ideals of Catholic education, meet the expectations of parents, and comply with the requirements of New York State’s Department of Education. The Superintendent provides day-to-day advice and consultation to pastors, canonical administrators and principals on long and short term planning, budgeting, educational and instructional standards, formation and certification of teachers, contractual issues, staffing and other issues.
The Superintendent supervises and is assisted by three diocesan Assistant Superintendents in the Catholic Education office in the following areas of expertise: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment; Government Programs and Athletics; and Marketing and Technology. The Superintendent supervises a STREAM Coordinator, Coordinator of Professional Development and Athletic Coordinator. Additionally, the Superintendent supervises two administrative assistants and a data specialist/website coordinator.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
Supervises the development and implementation of in-service training of school administrators, Board of Trustees and Diocese Catholic Education Department personnel.
Conducts and attends educational meetings and conferences that relate to the welfare and improvement of our diocesan schools
Plans and supervises required testing and facilitates the interpretation of the results.
Ensures that current trends in education are up to date and effectively communicated to principals and school personnel.
Directs the development of curriculum and monitors curriculum implementation in each school.
Supervises all government funding and programs to maximize the benefits of these programs to the schools.
Oversees the coordination of a Diocesan Sports program for Elementary schools
Mobilizes the support of the community for the development of Catholic education institutions and programs.
Oversees advancement programs to enlist the financial support of the schools. Collaborates with The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo in seeking grant opportunities; coordinates and oversees funded programs, and writes and oversees grants in collaboration with other members of the department.
Consults with pastors, canonical administrators, and boards of trustees regarding the hiring and evaluation of principals.
Represents the Diocese Catholic Education department and Diocesan schools to state and federal regulatory agencies.
Issues and monitors guidelines for the implementation of contracts, policies and procedures for the schools in coordination with the Diocese Director of Human Resources and In-House Labor & Employment Counsel.
Interprets programs and policies to personnel, parents and interested parties
Serves as a liaison to pastors, canonical administrators and principals regarding school issues, personnel, student issues, media inquiries in coordination with the Diocese Director of Human Resources and In-House Counsel and Director of Communications.
Articulates programs and policies as well as significant trends and issues in education to personnel, school communities, parents and government agencies and represents the schools of the Diocese with public officials, educational leaders and accrediting agencies.
Attends School Board of Trustee meetings.
Supervise, evaluate and prepare the programs and budgets of the Diocese Catholic Education department including. Facilitates goal setting and monitors the progress of departmental goals on an ongoing basis.
Develops, implements and oversees implementation of the strategic plan for Diocese of Buffalo Catholic Schools. Develops long-range plans for all matters related to the Department of Catholic Schools and assists local schools in their planning process. Promotes best practices in schools and visit schools on a rotating basis.
Oversees the collection and maintenance of statistical information and publishes an annual statistical and interpretive report profiling the schools.
Oversees the Department of Catholic Schools marketing, enrollment management, and advancement programs for the Diocese and with individual schools.
Oversees technology innovations in the schools and within the Department in support of improved student achievement and faculty/staff productivity.
Encourages and approves innovative and pilot programs in all schools.
Coordinates and facilitates community programs including local cultural institutions and universities.
Maintains membership in the National Catholic Education Association, the Chief Administrators of Catholic Education and the NYS Catholic Conference.
Coordinates and publishes the official annual school calendar and sets the theme for the school year.
Collaborates with the Diocese Department of Lifelong Faith Formation to ensure quality religious instruction in compliance with the current Diocese of Buffalo curriculum standards and assessments. Supervises and facilitates the design and implementation of professional development for school personnel, and collaborates with the Department of Lifelong Faith Formation for catechist formation of teachers.
Ensures Diocese school compliance with Protecting God’s Children Program including screening, training and maintenance of records. Directs the participation and certification of both the Department and school personnel in the Diocesan Safe Environment program, including training of students in Safe Environment policies and practices.
Maintains membership in professional educational organizations, particularly those with a Catholic focus.
Attends all advisory board and executive council board meetings
Oversees the implementation and assessment of the Diocesan STREAM program, and collaborates with staff in the funding of such program.
Performs other responsibilities as requested by the Bishop.
Education: Master’s Degree in Educational Administration (Doctorate preferred)
Experience: Minimum of 10 years experience in Catholic school administration and management preferred, including a minimum of five years’ experience as a principal or superintendent. Prior experience as a Catholic school educator.
New York State Certified Educator and Administrator.
Practicing Catholic in communion with the Church
Strong commitment to Catholic education
Knowledge of the Catholic Church at the national, diocesan and parish levels.
Knowledge and experience in implementing the United States Bishop Council’s guidance pertaining to Catholic Schools.
Knowledge of education issues, policies, programs, and regulations including curricula,
assessments, advancement and government programs.
A visionary who is forward looking.
Ability to work collaboratively, demonstrate flexibility and lead through change.
Knowledgeable of local, state and federal regulations, requirements and programs and education certification process.
Demonstrates strategic management for Catholic Schools and financial implications necessary for growth and stability within the schools.
Knowledge of budgeting processes necessary to manage and to ensure that budget constraints are met.
Knowledge of contemporary educational research and current educational trends.
Knowledge of curriculum development, review, revision as well as instructional strategies.
Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
Demonstrated skill in public relations activities to include public speaking before large groups, conduct training sessions, writing media releases, articulate department goals and projects to staff.
Demonstrated leadership and conflict resolution skills
New York State Driver’s License in good standing
Willingness to work extended hours including weeknights and weekend