Superintendent of Catholic Schools


Catholic Diocese of Peoria
419 NE Madison Ave
Peoria, IL 61603
(309) 671-1550

Contact: Miriam Brackett-Santos, Catholic Recruiter Associates

Position Summary:
The Superintendent, at the direction of the Bishop of Peoria, provides the staff, resources, and strategic direction to school administrators and staff in support of intentional Catholic education for all who desire it. Focused on the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development of young people, the Superintendent leads Catholic educators in providing an exceptional education experience.

Credentials & Experience:
• Have a strong commitment to Catholic education.
• Be visionary and forward thinking.
• Possess at least a master’s degree in educational administration (doctorate preferred).
• At least five years’ experience in Catholic school administration and management, preferably as a Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent.
• Be a practicing Catholic in full communion with the Church.
• Be passionate about the Catholic faith and forming disciples.
• Be able to obtain licensure as a superintendent in the State of Illinois.
• Be knowledgeable of local, state, and federal regulations.
• Have experience with strategic planning, school accreditation, fiscal planning, marketing, donor relations, communication, educational best practices, and current opportunities and challenges impacting Catholic schools.
• Be knowledgeable of the relationship between the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and nonpublic schools.

Essential Functions:
• Advises the Bishop of Peoria on matters pertaining to Catholic schools.
• Acts as chief spokesperson for the Diocese of Peoria on all matters regarding Catholic education.
• Oversees goals and objectives for Catholic school endeavors.
• Serves as an ex-officio member of the Bishop John Lancaster Spalding Scholarship Board for the Diocese of Peoria.
• Represents the Diocese of Peoria on educational matters to the Catholic Conference of Illinois (CCI).
• Plans, administers, supervises, coordinates, and evaluates all areas of education in the Diocese through the Office of Catholic Schools.
• Facilitates communication and good working relationships with appropriate personnel in the Diocese.
• Serves as primary liaison between the Office of Catholic Schools and other departments of the Spalding Pastoral Center.
• Maintains communication and good working relationships with the community at large – local, state, and national – both ecclesiastical and civil agencies.

Specific Tasks & Duties:
• Must be a champion of Catholic identity, working diligently to promote and ensure authentic Catholic culture, teaching, and practice in all Catholic schools within the Diocese.
• Provides leadership, support, and oversight for all Catholic elementary and secondary schools in the Diocese.
• Monitors the quality of religious, academic, and operational programs within the Catholic schools of the Diocese.
• Responds to significant questions, issues, or concerns emerging from the Catholic schools.
• Serves as the administrative head of, and is directly responsible for, the Office of Catholic Schools.
• Supervises all personnel in the Office of Catholic Schools.
• Coordinates and oversees the implementation of the strategic planning process for Catholic education.
• Oversees the consultative boards for diocesan high schools and serves as an ex-officio member of each board.
• Hires all employees within the Office of Catholic Schools.
• Represents the Diocese of Peoria to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA).
• Maintains good working relationships with local universities and colleges, public school districts, and the Regional Office of Education.
• Coordinates public relations and media outreach for the Office of Catholic Schools.
• Speaks publicly on behalf of the Catholic schools and/or the Office of Catholic Schools when appropriate.
• Provides for the onboarding and training of diocesan principals.
• Maintains good working relationships with the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA).

Commensurate with background and experience.

Application Deadline:
February 28, 2023
(We reserve the right to shorten the deadline for applications if we have sufficient interest. Please apply early to ensure your background will be considered.)

For consideration, please email resume to:
Miriam Brackett-Santos
Senior Director, Education
Catholic Recruiter Associates

Only those selected for an interview with the search committee will be contacted.

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