Superintendent of Schools

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Catholic Diocese of Saginaw
Position Details: 

DATE:  February 2018

TITLE:  Superintendent of Schools


SUPERVISOR:  Bishop of Saginaw

STATUS:  Full-time, Exempt, Salary





Vision:  The Superintendent of Catholic Schools serves as a primary voice of the Bishop in carrying out his role as the teaching authority for the Catholic faithful enrolled in Catholic schools of the Diocese of Saginaw.  The Superintendent of Catholic Schools serves the critical function of advisor to the Bishop and spiritual and educational leader of the Catholic school system in the Diocese of Saginaw.


Definition:  The Superintendent of Catholic Schools works closely with the pastors and pastoral administrators, all building principals, system personnel in Saginaw and Bay  Areas, and other diocesan staff  to promote the operation of a Catholic school system which reflects the highest ideals of Catholic education, provides on-going communication with parents, and answers the requirements of the Michigan Department of Education and Michigan Association of Non-public Schools (MANS) accreditation.


Primary Function:  The Superintendent of Catholic Schools serves as the administrator providing consultation regarding Catholic school education, including providing direction and guidance on long and short term planning, budgeting and financial issues, educational and instructional standards, continuing formation and certification of teachers, staffing issues, and other issues related to school operations.





  • Share in the teaching ministry of the Church in order to strengthen the Catholic identity of the schools and live the Catholic schools’ mission and philosophy of education and service.
  • Foster spirit of unity and community among employees, students, families, and parishes.
  • Model desire to live as disciple of Christ while inspiring discipleship throughout school community.
  • Partner with pastors and pastoral administrators to support and continue the faith formation of employees, students, and families.
  • Position the schools, especially the service dimension, as part of community parish life and vital member of community at large.



  • Oversee the development, implementation, and evaluation of all school curricular areas, including Christian Behavior Curriculum and counseling/guidance.
  • Evaluate performance assessments of schools and hold accountable building administrators and teams to continuously improve performance on accreditation process/recognition.
  • Accountable for employee development process throughout system.
  • Collaborate with diocesan leadership and building principals to develop school year focus and events (calendar).
  • Participate with local and state public schools, MANS, National Catholic Education Association, and other professional associations.
  • Facilitate conflict resolution among school system, principals, employees, and families.



  • Generate school-related reports and studies as requested by the Bishop of Saginaw.
  • Serve as the primary public relations contact for diocesan school issues, representing the Bishop and the Catholic school philosophy to parishes and the public.
  • Maintain collaborative working relationships with pastors and pastoral administrators who also provide leadership with Catholic schools.
  • Engage in a systematic program of visitations of all diocesan schools each year; provide the Bishop, respective pastors/pastoral administrators and principals with a written evaluation including observations, goals, actions, and measurement/progress.
  • By way of interpretation and explanation, communicate to all diocesan school administrators those state and federal regulations which relate to and govern school operations.  Provide resources and tools for schools to comply with such laws and regulations.



  • Develop long range plans for the diocesan Catholic schools office.
  • Collaborate with other diocesan offices in furthering the educational goals of the diocese.
  • Provide advice and consultation to schools on strategic planning, public relations, marketing, and related sources.



  • Provide the Chief Financial Officer with a yearly budget for the operation of the Superintendent’s Office.
  • Resolve school disputes that cannot be solved at the local level.
  • Oversee the operation of all diocesan schools to comply with State of Michigan accreditation standards.
  • Oversee implementation of all diocesan-wide standardized testing and curriculum programs
  • Provide schools with appropriate guidelines (policies and rules) which will enable  harmony with diocesan regulations.
  • Organize and facilitate on-going meetings of school principals.
  • Monitor the evaluation processes of school principals and teachers.
  • Be an accessible resource for, and provide guidance to school administrators on matters pertaining to the governance and operation of schools.
  • Engage in such other activities as identified by the Bishop.



  • In collaboration with the Bishop, oversee the development, promotion, and implementation of a vision of Catholic schools to ensure continued vitality in the Diocese of Saginaw.
  • Exercise leadership in developing curriculum guidelines for both religious education and academic programs.
  • Promote the Catholic identity/formation and ecclesial purpose of all diocesan schools.
  • Provide leadership in fostering :
  • Professional development opportunities for school staffs
  • Networking of all diocesan schools and principals
  • Proper recruitment, selection, and evaluation of administrators
  • Appropriate orientation and indoctrination for various school boards and committees
  • Faith formation of teachers and school personnel.




  • Directly accountable to and evaluated by Bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw.
  • Collaborates with other diocesan staff.
  • Collaborates with school staff and advisory boards of the diocese.




Education and Experience

  • State of Michigan Teaching Certificate
  • Minimum of Master’s Degree in Educational Administration or similar content area,

PhD preferred, from approved institutions of higher learning

  • At least five years of successful experience in the operation of elementary and/or secondary schools, preferably in a Catholic school system, as a principal or superintendent, successful experience as a superintendent preferred
  • Classroom teaching experience


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Committed to evangelization ministry of Church
  • Superior ability to nurture stakeholder relationships; strong interpersonal skills
  • Collaborative working style
  • Demonstrated skills in oral and written communication
  • Demonstrated leadership and coaching skills
  • Skills in personnel management, conflict resolution, and change management
  • Skills in strategic planning and implementation, development and financial management
  • Assist in creation of new funding models to strengthen infrastructure for growth and provide more affordable educational opportunities
  • Valid driver’s license required

Additional Personal Characteristics

  • Practicing Catholic, role model of Catholic/Christian lifestyle
  • Committed to life-long discipleship and professional development
  • Demonstrated leadership in creativity, problem-solving, and decision-making




  • Work is performed in office settings and out of office meetings. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, reach, sit, hear and use repetitive motion of the hands/wrists and feet. The employee may be required to lift up to 30 lbs. 
  • Travel required to schools throughout diocese as well as other occasional travel.
  • Evening and weekend work required.
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