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Posted 5/9/2018

Job Title:

Regional Director for Turnaround Schools


Office of Catholic Schools


Archbishop Quigley Center
835 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2030


Full time



Be part of our mission. The Archdiocese of Chicago (“the Archdiocese”), the third largest Catholic Archdiocese in the United States, serves more than 2.2 million Catholics in 347 parishes in Cook and Lake Counties. The Archdiocese's 214 elementary and secondary schools comprise one of the largest U.S. private school system, and have garnered more U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Awards than any system of any type.  The Archdiocese, pastored by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, has more than 15,000 employees.

Position Summary:

The Regional Director serves as a Vicariate leader, representing the Office of Catholic Schools (OCS), who drives continuous improvement in leadership, academics, and Catholic identity in Archdiocesan schools. In this critical role, the Regional Director works closely with school Principals, the Vicariate team and OCS staff to drive positive performance within the Vicariate. The Regional Director is the leader responsible for identifying and implementing strategies and performance goals to regain or sustain excellent outcomes.


By joining the Archdiocese, you will be making an impact on people and communities throughout the Chicagoland area.



The Regional Director provides mentoring, coaching, and oversight of Principals to ensure their school is successful in achieving its mission of faith formation and academic rigor. These duties include but are not limited to the following performance expectations:

- Conducts annual performance reviews of identified Principals in collaboration with the Pastor to monitor and grow the capacity of the Principal.

- Encourages and monitors the ongoing professional development of the Principal based upon the defined needs of the school. Monitors and supports the Principal in maintaining the appropriate licensure from the Illinois State Board of Education.

- Intentionally supervises a focused portfolio of Principals to improve their leadership performance level through the development and monitoring of a leadership improvement plan and consistent coaching.

- Initiates recommendations for leadership changes to Parish and OCS leadership when a Principal’s performance is not supporting continuous school improvement.

- Actively works with the OCS Director of Leadership Formation and local stakeholders to find and place qualified candidates to fill Principal vacancies.

- Fosters and maintains strong relationships with school pastors and other local people of influence.

- Assists Principals with responding to student, parent, and personnel concerns as needed, in accordance with Archdiocesan policies and civil law. Provides accesses for the Principal to other Archdiocesan offices (Legal, Human Resources, Office of Protection of Children and Youth, Communications, etc.) when necessary and appropriate.

- Collaborates with Archdiocese, Vicariate, and local leadership to problem-solve Parish-School issues.




The Regional Director provides oversight and guidance to local leadership in implementing instructional practices that foster academic excellence. By doing so, the Regional Director helps the Principal in building a culture of learning, rigor, and continuous improvement at the school. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following performance expectations:

- Supports the Principal in establishing a culture of excellence and rigor.

- Monitors the Principal’s supervision, evaluation, and professional development strategies of teachers to ensure that the Principal is improving the professional capacity of teachers and support staff to meet established benchmarks for academic excellence.

- Reviews academic achievement and growth data to develop and monitor improvement efforts for prioritized schools and others as needed in the Regional Director’s portfolio.

- Evaluates schools’ Continuous School Improvement Plans (CSIPs) in collaboration with the Principal to ensure that improvement efforts are implemented and executed in a manner aligned with best practice, resulting in improvements in student performance.

- Ensures compliance with Archdiocesan academic requirements, such as AdvancED Accreditation, recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), etc.

- Conducts site visits, including classroom walkthroughs, and provides feedback to the Principal and the OCS about academic quality to ensure improvement efforts are consistent and aligned with best practice.

- Benchmarks progress against academic improvement priorities and recommends action to increase student achievement.



The Regional Director provides oversight and guidance to Principals around each schools’ quality of Catholic identity, student/family faith formation, and intentional Christ-centered culture. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following performance expectations:

-        With the Director of Evangelization and Catholic Identity, provides input, advice, and support for school-level initiatives to foster Catholic identity.

-        Assists the Principal in strategies to maintain a strong Christ-centered Catholic culture. Assists in ensuring that school communications, relationships, instruction, and activities appropriately reflect our Catholic mission.

-        Monitors the presence of Catholic traditions and liturgies at schools.

-        Ensures that schools provide high quality religion instruction that fulfills the time allocation requirements of the Archdiocese.

-        Models our Catholic mission through action and word.



The Regional Director provides support to Archdiocesan groups and initiatives and is recognized as a change agent who works diligently to support the mission and success of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago (AoC). Duties include but are not limited to the following performance expectations:

-Positively communicates clearly to Principals about the standards, programs, initiatives and processes of the AoC in order to ensure consistency and fidelity to system-wide improvement efforts.

- Collaborates with and supports Principals and AoC stakeholders in Archdiocesan initiatives (e.g., Renew My Church, school closures) as needed.

- Provides guidance to local leadership regarding policies related to child health and welfare, safety, facilities, staff supervision, staff evaluation, and staff management.

- Works with the Vicariate team to support financial/operational vitality at designated schools.

- Develops positive relationships built on trust with various stakeholders, including Principals, Pastors, and Vicars.

- Supports and encourages diversity and inclusion initiatives.

- Attends events of significance at schools, as determined to be necessary and appropriate.

- Attends Vicariate team meetings, PIP meetings, OCS staff meetings, Principal Leadership Days, and other meetings as required.

- Performs all other responsibilities as assigned.








-  Master’s Degree in Education and/or Administration and Supervision is required. Earned doctorate or dual Master’s Degrees is a plus.


-  Experience as a school principal for at least five years (Catholic school experience preferred). Ability to articulate and model the mission of Catholic Schools.


- Excellent written and oral communication skills; capacity to manage multiple responsibilities and activities simultaneously demonstrated experience designing school curricula, and professional/leadership development; ability to form and maintain positive relationships with stakeholders.


- Ability to travel to locations throughout the Archdiocese. Ability to attend occasional evening and weekend events.


- Must be a practicing Catholic. Possess integrity, diligence, prudence, vision, sensitivity to diverse communities.


The Archdiocese of Chicago offers an attractive salary and comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, vision and 403(b) retirement plan.  In addition, we offer paid vacation, holiday, sick and personal time.

If you are interested in being considered for this opening, please visit the list of open positions on AppliTrack. Please complete a letter of interest, a profile, or submit your resume.

Thank you for your interest in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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