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With a 50 year history in Houston, Duchesne Academy, as part of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, offers a college-preparatory curriculum which draws on the natural curiosity and ability of students to help them experience a love of learning. We focus on the whole child--intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social and physical. Our Goals and Criteria, along with our curriculum, are strongly rooted in the Catholic doctrine; however, our student population includes girls from many nationalities and religious denominations. This diversity adds a rich dimension to our learning environment. While Duchesne has a sense of seclusion in the Memorial area, it has become well-known locally and nationally as a 21st century school, firmly rooted in 200 year old Sacred Heart values. To learn more go to Mission and History.

Director of Communications

Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic, PreK through 12th grade, all-girl college preparatory school.

Position

Reporting directly to the Head of School as an Administrative Team member, the Director of Communications will set and guide the strategy for all communications, website, and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate Duchesne’s mission. The Director of Communications will ensure that Duchesne is viewed as the primary source, disseminator, and conduit of information within this internal and external constituent base.

The Director of Communications will work closely with the Administrative Team within the organization as the communications partner on a variety of strategic initiatives.

Responsibilities

Develop, implement, and evaluate the annual communications plan across the school's discreet audiences in collaboration with the Duchesne team and constituents

  • Lead the generation of online content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action. Decide who, where, and when to disseminate
  • Put communications vehicles in place to create momentum and awareness as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities
  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, and Duchesne’s website
  • Mentor and lead a team member responsible for Duchesne’s website administration and coordination
  • Coordinate webpage maintenance—ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly
  • Track and measure the level of engagement within the school over time
  • Manage development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, annual report, e-newsletters, and Duchesne's website
  • Coordinate and organize various meetings that engage the school's internal and external audiences
  • Implement newly adopted Strategic Plan Marketing Initiative
  • Manage all media contacts

Qualifications

Duchesne is seeking an accomplished Director of Communications who has at least 5-7 years of communications experience within a school setting preferred, ideally in an “in-house” leadership role within a complex nonprofit entity, and covering areas such as website content, newsletters, and communications. The ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels is critical.

  • Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills are a must
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to "manage by influence"
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including faculty, staff, board members, parents, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives

Substitute Nurse

Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic, PreK through 12th grade, all-girl college preparatory school, seeks candidates for the position of Substitute Nurse.

The following duties would be required:

  • Serve the PK-12 students, faculty and staff in our community
  • Utilize Magnus Health for Recordkeeping (training will be provided)

The following qualifications are needed:

  • Certified RN, LVN, Nurse Practitioner or Doctor who has a current Texas state license
  • Virtus Trained ( enrollment information provided by Duchesne)

Director of Program Planning for the Network of Sacred Heart Schools

The Network of Sacred Heart Schools

Guided by the global vision of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, the Network of Sacred Heart Schools is an association of Catholic independent schools in the United States and Canada which advances the mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart. The Network provides services and programs that promote and stimulate creative education and leadership framed by the Goals and Criteria for Sacred Heart Schools.

The Goals and Criteria for Sacred Heart Schools unite the twenty-four member schools of the Network. The schools enjoy an even wider affiliation with the people and institutions associated with the Society of the Sacred Heart in forty-one countries around the globe. This truly international character of Sacred Heart education helps to foster an important global awareness in our students as we strive to build a more just and compassionate world.

Organization of the Sacred Heart Network

Sacred Heart schools are sponsored by the Religious of the Sacred Heart. The schools are accountable to the Religious of the Sacred Heart through the process of Sacred Heart Commission on Goals. The relationship among the schools is maintained and nurtured through the Conference on Sacred Heart Education and the Head of that Conference. Member schools of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools participate in the life of the Network by attending semi-annual membership meetings and other key events. Network membership is organized around an Executive Committee which, with staff, manages its gatherings and work.  Programming for the Network of Sacred Heart Schools is developed through the leadership of the Director of Program Planning and a Network planning committee in collaboration with Conference on Sacred Heart education.

Position Description for the? Director of Program Planning for the Sacred Heart Network of Schools

821 Varnum Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20017

The Director of Program Planning for the Sacred Heart Schools Network has responsibility for identifying, developing, and delivering programs to meet the needs of faculty, staff, and students in member schools of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools. This position requires an individual who understands and promotes the mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart as articulated in the Goals and Criteria.

Educational programs for Network Schools support the mission of Sacred Heart education and the values articulated in the Goals and Criteria and reflect the best practices of Independent-Catholic education. Programs are developed in collaboration with the Planning Committee and Conference on Sacred Heart Education.

The Director of Program Planning will require travel to initiate educational programs by working with the Schools’ faculty, staff, and students to identify program needs and opportunities. The ability to listen and to translate input from faculty, staff, and students into programs as well as the ability to organize and deliver quality programs to an agreed upon schedule are key activities in this role. In this role, the Director will need to be able to build trust and respect among colleagues, constituents and stakeholders.   Strong interpersonal relationship skills, a desire to work with people and clear, direct and open communication is central to the effectiveness of this role. The Director will need to utilize appropriate technological skills and communicate well—in writing and speaking—in order to be successful in this role.

The successful Director of Program Planning will need to be comfortable with: (a) taking responsibility for assessing needs; (b) interacting with the Schools’ constituents; and (c) delivering quality programs in a timely manner.

In addition, the Director will be responsible for managing the staff of the Network office located at the Stuart Center in Washington, D.C. and for creating and administering the budget for educational programs.

In performing, the Director of Program Planning will be accountable to the Executive Committee of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools and will need to work collaboratively with the Head of Conference and the Program Planning Committee.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Applicants should possess at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field from an accredited college or university.  A master’s degree is preferred.
  • Applicants shall have a minimum of 10 years of experience as a professional (teacher or administrator) in education with at least a portion of that experience in the Sacred Heart system.
  • Experience in managing budgets and program finances and managing staff will be considered assets in evaluating candidates.

Application Documents

Applicants should submit electronic copies (Word or PDF files) of the following:

  1. A cover letter indicating the reasons for your interest in and your qualifications for this position;
  2. A current resume;
  3. Three references on your professional experience and other qualifications.

Application Deadline

All application materials must be received by midnight (Central Time), June 13, 2014. Any documents received after that time will not be included in the review process.

Additional information on this position can be attained by emailing Nat Wilburn, Chair of the Search Committee at Network.searchcommittee@shschicago.org.

Submit Applications to Network Search Committee at:

Network.searchcommittee@shschicago.org

Junior Varsity/Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach

Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic, PreK through 12th grade, all-girl college preparatory school, seeks candidates for the position of Junior Varsity/Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach. This is a stipend position for the 2014 season. The position is part-time and does not include teaching or administration duties. The ideal candidate should have excellent organizational, communication (both written and oral) and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of rules associated with TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) is a plus. Coaching/playing experience is preferred. All candidates must be CPR certified and complete Virtus Training. The coach reports to the Director of Athletics and Physical Education.

Please send resume and cover letter to Sandra Fellers, Duchesne Academy, 10202 Memorial Drive, Houston Texas 77024 or sandra.fellers@duchesne.org.


Duchesne Academy seeks to attract qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds to its faculty, staff, and student body. The School does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, or age.

 


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Duchesne Academy seeks to attract qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds to its faculty, staff, and student body. The School does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, or age.

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