Assistant Superintendent for Strategic Planning and Accreditation

Archdiocese of Detroit12 State StreetDetroit, MI 48226
School Administration
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Qualified individuals should submit a cover letter and resume,via email, to on or before February 1, 2019.

Position Description

The Assistant Superintendent for Strategic Planning and Accreditation implements systemic and local
school improvement initiatives and a comprehensive accreditation process through leadership, resource development and training for local school leadership and principal school leadership teams.
  • Manage the ongoing strategic planning process for archdiocesan Catholic schools.
  • Lead initiatives and provide program evaluation to assure the local level strategic plans in all archdiocesan Catholic schools are in communion and cooperation with the Superintendent of Schools and the Archdiocese of Detroit.
  • Manage and coordinate with the Michigan Association of Nonpublic Schools (MANS) a comprehensive accreditation process for all archdiocesan schools.
  • Develop, train, and provide on-going support and formation for principal school leadership teams.
  • Serve as the primary lead for measuring outcomes of goals and programs articulated in the Archdiocese of Detroit’s Unleashing our Catholic Schools vision document.
  • Support and implement archdiocesan-wide and local school training in all areas of school improvement/strategic planning, accreditation processes, and progress monitoring of school improvement goals.
  • Monitor and coordinate official school site visits as a part the accreditation process. Provide principals and their regional Associate Superintendent with direct feedback of commendations and recommendations
  • Assist individual schools with development of continuous improvement practices that help drive their local level strategic plans.
  • In conjunction with regional Associate Superintendents, formally collect and review school accreditation and strategic plans annually.
  • Evaluate and refine the formal Catholic Schools Office school visit cycle to meet the needs of national, state and archdiocesan benchmarks
  • Prepare an archdiocesan Comprehensive Accreditation and Strategic Summary Report by analyzing all school visit data and evaluation of accreditation and strategic plans.
  •  Assist the Superintendent of Schools in establishing archdiocesan goals and priorities based on summary data
  • Collaborate as a member of the Catholic Schools Office leadership team and perform other duties as assigned
  • Interview and facilitate focus groups and/or administer surveys of pastors, principals, parents and parishioners to incorporate stakeholder input into the ongoing strategic planning process
  • Maintain support of pastors of parishes (with and without Catholic elementary schools), principals and parishioners for the ongoing strategic planning process.
  • Ensure that strategic plans developed for every Parish based Catholic Elementary School continue to include guideposts and markers of Catholic identity, academic excellence, finance & governance, and marketing & advancement
  • Ensure that the strategic planning process is aligned with the vision for Catholic schools as articulated by the Superintendent of Schools
  • At the direction of the Superintendent of Schools, provide regular communication and updates to the Catholic Schools Council and its Committees
  • Other duties as identified and assigned by the Superintendent of Schools


  • Master’s degree preferred in strategic planning, project management, or related field, and at least three years’ experience in Strategic Planning.
  • Lean Six Sigma and/or PMP experience and certifications strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership and effectiveness in developing and accomplishing organizational goals
  • Strong collaboration and relational skills
  • Experience in parochial or non-profit environment a plus
  • Excellent public speaking, group facilitation, organizational, written & social media communications, and presentation skills.
  • Must be able to address conflict in a timely and professional manner.
  • Must have reliable transportation, and be willing to work and travel some nights and weekends.
  • Must be an active Catholic in good standing who embraces and transmits the teachings of the church on matters of faith and morals.
The Archdiocese of Detroit is an equal opportunity employer that does not illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, height, weight, genetic information, marital or other legally protected status. Job ID:105095