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St. Joseph’s Academy Seeking A New President

Overview

St. Joseph’s Academy is seeking a new President to lead our proud school into the future and build on our 180-year history of excellence in Catholic education. Our current President, Dr. Regina Mooney, plans to retire. We are beginning the application submission process for all qualified internal and external candidates. We will be accepting applications through December 15, 2020 at application@sjasearch.org  per the instructions below.

Background

St. Joseph’s Academy is a private, Catholic high school for girls in St. Louis, Missouri, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Founded in 1840, our mission is to provide quality Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge, and respect for self and others. Our community expects these young women to make a profound impact in the world.

Our students excel in an environment of world class learning, faith-based education and an emphasis on service to the dear neighbor. Each year between 99 and 100 percent of St. Joseph's Academy graduates go on to college to pursue a wide variety of professions, vocations and avocations.  In 2019, 90 percent of graduates received a scholarship. We have an extraordinary faculty and staff, exceptional senior leadership team, influential Board of Directors, and a growing circle of valued alumni, families, friends and supporters.

This Is An Exciting Time For Leadership Transition

St. Joseph’s Academy is on the leading edge of private Catholic high schools for girls in the highly competitive St. Louis, Missouri area. We are delivering on the mission promise of providing a high quality Catholic education and building our financial and operational resilience for the long-term.

Our outstanding academic performance, athletic accomplishments, and community service learning have made us increasingly distinctive and desirable for students and their parents from all walks of life.

  • In 2019, Katherine “Katie” Lodes, one of our teachers, received the prestigious Presidential Award in Science Teaching from the White House.
  • In 2020, over 23,000 square feet of the physical campus was transformed to deliver state of the art STEM educational facilities, as well as visual arts and humanities educational spaces to better prepare our students for college and beyond.
  • Our endowment and fundraising have reached all-time highs, and the school operates at a high standard for responsible financial stewardship in a challenging environment for private education.
  • All twelve varsity athletics teams, including the 2019 state championship Golf and Tennis teams, exceeded Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) scholastic achievement standards of a 3.4 grade point average or higher, showing the program’s balanced emphasis on athlete and scholar.

Today we remain focused on expanding access to the Academy’s  education through financial support and our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. This commitment is a priority that strengthens every aspect of the St. Joseph’s Academy community as we recruit and welcome students, faculty and staff of all ethnic backgrounds and faiths.

What We Are Looking For In A New Leader

St. Joseph’s Academy (Academy) in Frontenac, Missouri, a private all-girl high school sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ), invites applicants for the position of President.  The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, inspirational, and visionary leader who is a practicing Catholic, values education and is also committed to the mission and core values of the school.  Additionally, the ideal candidate will provide leadership to faculty and staff for the integration of faith and learning within the school, and drive accountability for all results of the Academy, including implementation of the policies and directives established by the Board of Directors.

Desired qualifications and essential responsibilities include:

  • Leads with a faith-filled, Christ-centered, servant approach that embraces and models a culture and community grounded in the CSJ tradition, Catholic values and a welcoming family spirit.
  • Practices the Catholic faith with a strong passion for Catholic education.
  • Promotes the Academy’s Mission, Core Values and Vision with enthusiasm and passion while fulfilling the mission.
  • Develops and implements a strategic admissions plan in an ultra-competitive Catholic environment, with a familiarity for the St. Louis market preferred.
  • Manages the challenges and opportunities of a school with the ability to raise funds and market the benefits of an all-girls, private education.
  • Collaborates with key stakeholders to support diversity, equity and inclusion for students, faculty, staff, alumnae, donors and the local community.
  • Understands how to blend the best of both traditional and modern trends in academics to positively impact curriculum, teacher quality, and
  • Demonstrates agility by responding resourcefully and constructively to new demands, priorities, and challenges or obstacles.
  • Develops self via regular self‐assessment, planned executive education and skill‐building.
  • Master’s degree strongly preferred in the field of education, or related field with extensive professional experience in leading an organization.

The President reports to the Board of Directors.

Core Values

  • We cultivate intellectual distinction.
  • We call forth spiritual courage and confidence.
  • We believe in a balanced approach to developing the whole woman.
  • We encourage leadership & influence through action.
  • We foster the desire to serve.
  • We expect excellence.

Fast Facts

500 students, grades 9-12, all girls

Selective admissions process

Financial aid awarded to 30% of student body

56 faculty - 78% hold advanced degrees

Student: Faculty ratio is 11:1

Class of 2020:  106 graduates – 100% accepted into college – 89% received scholarships - applied to 185 colleges/universities - 471 college acceptances received – attending 49 different colleges – 26 overall ACT average

Search Committee

The Board of Directors has begun the process to search for the next President of St. Joseph's Academy, appointing Julia Bigley Mize ('92) to chair the committee.   The committee will provide updates on the progress of the search process via this web page and through direct communications with parents, alumni, staff and faculty.

Interested Candidates Apply Here

To be considered for the position, interested candidates must submit a resume and letter of introduction including statement of educational or leadership philosophy to:  application@sjasearch.org.   Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to Diversity and Inclusion.  Deadline to be considered for the position is December 15th, 2020.