Full-Time President – Bishop Ward High School
Bishop Ward High School, Kansas City, KS, has an opening for president beginning in the 2018-19 school year. Bishop Ward currently has an enrollment of 292 and employs 33 teachers in grades 9 through 12. The school is sponsored by 5 parishes in Kansas City, Kansas and is governed by a board of trustees. The President reports to the Board of Trustees.
Applicants for President must be practicing Catholics and understand the mission of Catholic education. The President is the Chief Administrator of the School and is responsible for all school operations, and in particular, student recruitment, donor engagement, facilities maintenance, strategic planning and overall school advancement. Applicants should possess proven success in leadership, preferably, but not required, in a Catholic high school.
Bishop Ward is particularly looking for a natural “people person” who enjoys actively engaging with staff/students and stakeholders (present and potential). This person would by definition be a “warm” person who is open, approachable and a good listener/communicator who values new and innovative ideas. This person would be a team builder and willing to become part of the Ward community. Fluency in Spanish would be a plus.
The President must be able to demonstrate prudent financial management, as well as successful fundraising, as Bishop Ward is an institution where substantial revenue is driven by donor gifts.
In addition, the President must be prepared to supervise and lead the school’s overall academic direction. The new President needs to understand the teaching process, the challenges facing teachers and principals, and the best practices for dealing with those challenges, particularly in a diverse, urban setting that is committed to excellence. The successful candidate will find ways to leverage the school’s diversity, history, tradition and other positive attributes to make the school a model for urban Catholic education in the 21st Century.