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Posted 11/11/2021

Job Title:

Director of Leadership Formation


Office of Catholic Schools


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


Full time


The Archdiocese of Chicago (AoC) is the third largest diocese in the United States and serves more than 2.2 million Catholics in 347 parishes in Cook and Lake Counties. The Archdiocese, pastored by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, has more than 15,000 employees across its ministries, including Catholic Charities, the region’s largest nonprofit social service agency. The Archdiocese also has one of the country’s largest seminaries. The Archdiocese’s 217 elementary and secondary schools comprise one of the largest U.S. private school systems.  

Position Summary

Do you believe that a quality principal is essential for the success of every school? Do you have experience leading a high quality school and collaborating with other principals and schools? Are you committed to achieving successful outcomes no matter the challenges? Do you believe that Catholic education provides for the indispensable and full development of children, academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually?

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools is entering a dynamic period of growth for its students, schools, and Church. We believe school principals are a cornerstone of that growth and seek a dynamic Director of Leadership Formation to direct our efforts to develop, recruit, and support our principals.  The Director of Leadership Formation reports to the Chief of Academics and serves as a representative of the Office of Catholic Schools (OCS) in driving, coordinating, and supporting the primary leadership initiatives for Catholic schools. These initiatives are directed at recruiting, retaining, supporting, and continually developing school principals.  

General Responsibilities

  1. Develops and manages a multi-year pipeline of high quality principal candidates sufficient to meet the needs of Archdiocese schools. Ensures that an adequate number of quality candidates are available to fill vacancies.
  2. Works with current school leaders, universities, and other partners to assure that potential future principals are systematically identified and encouraged. Assists individual principal candidates with obtaining the required qualifications, as necessary and appropriate.
  3. Works with external partners to operate a Leadership Academy that introduces teachers, assistant principals, and others to the responsibilities of an Archdiocese school principal.
  4. Manages and coordinates the principal hiring process. Revises and distributes the Hiring Manual for School Pastors. Oversees the vetting of candidates and manages the principal Hiring Pool. With the Regional Directors, assists local search committees and pastors with the interview/hiring process.
  5. Coordinates the New Principals’ Academy. Oversees mentoring process for new principals.
  6. With the Chief of Academics and Regional Director, defines, communicates and coordinates individual professional development plans for all principals of Archdiocesan-sponsored schools.
  7. Provides overall coordination for the evaluation process for principals. Works with Regional Directors and pastors to assure that all principals are objectively evaluated.

Qualifications and Skills

The successful candidate will:

  • Think and work strategically to identify and achieve goals and objectives
  • Work positively, creatively and proactively with schools, colleagues, and partners
  • Welcome input and feedback to identify programs’ strengths and opportunities to improve
  • Have a record of positive achievement in a school leadership position
  • Embrace the opportunity to support the full range of diverse schools within the Archdiocese
  • Enjoy the opportunity to work as part of a team to fully support schools across an array of needs



  • Four years’ experience in elementary or high school leadership & administration (Catholic school preferred)
  • Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (or equivalent field)
  • Certifications Preferred: Type 75 or PEL with principal administrative licensure
  • Must be a practicing Catholic with a personal faith commitment


If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of students and believe you have what it takes to be a successful Director of Leadership Formation, submit an application with a cover letter and resume, please contact or Manager of Recruitment, Maria Lisciandrello at with any questions. 

The Archdiocese of Chicago is in the midst of exciting changes as we renew our local Church. With a variety of opportunities to contribute your professional talents and experience, we invite you to consider any of our current openings at We offer competitive salary and benefit packages, as well as opportunities for professional and personal growth and developments.

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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