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.
- 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.
Applicants should submit electronic copies (Word or PDF files) of the following:
- A cover letter indicating the reasons for your interest in and your qualifications for this position;
- A current resume;
- Three references on your professional experience and other qualifications.
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.email@example.com.
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