Sacred Heart Schools (SHS) is defining excellence in education for the 21st century. From its founding by the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville in 1877 as the Academy of the Sacred Heart, Sacred Heart Schools has been creating enlightened scholars, compassionate leaders of high character, and responsible citizens who make a difference across Kentucky and around the world. With its global alumni reach and extraordinary impact, SHS continues its proud tradition of transforming lives.
Sacred Heart Schools strengthens and continues the educational ministry of the Ursuline Sisters who have served in Louisville since 1858. SHS is rooted in both the teaching mission of the Catholic Church and the tradition of the Ursuline Sisters, founded by St. Angela Merici. SHS is comprised of four separate schools—Sacred Heart Preschool, Sacred Heart Model School, Sacred Heart Academy, and Sacred Heart School of the Arts—all of which are committed to education that affirms the dignity of each individual and promotes community, reverence, service, and leadership.
Sacred Heart Schools is currently seeking an exceptional leader to serve as its new President. This is an extraordinary, high performing, and complex multi-school International Baccalaureate World School with four separate school heads reporting to the President. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate outstanding leadership and management skills as well as the ability to engage effectively across the community. This is a rare opportunity to lead a first-rate independent Catholic institution and to take this outstanding system of schools to the next level. Candidates should also be guided by the mission to inspire diverse learners to become globally-minded, compassionate leaders while embracing the Ursuline Core Values of Community, Reverence, Service, and Leadership. They will also honor SHS’s vision to be an internationally recognized system of Catholic schools that inspires students, empowers faculty, and models excellence and high achievement in all facets of the student experience.
The School operates in the President/Principal Model with four school heads reporting to the President who serves as the chief executive officer for the entire institution. The board seeks highly accomplished candidates who are faith-filled and visionary and who can capitalize on the momentum and brand while fulfilling the mandate to become a globally recognized IB World school.
The following qualities and qualifications will be expected:
Mission-driven leader who has the ability to forge a mission-based vision.
Humble servant leader who is unapologetically strong as a practicing Catholic.
Dynamic and creative leader who can translate vision into action and secure all resources required to fulfill the mission and ambitions of the School.
Spiritual and inspiring person who strives for the betterment of all.
A high profile, articulate, and energetic leader who can be the face of the Schools in the greater community.
Team builder with strong values and personal integrity.
Outstanding financial management and operational management skills.
Strategic planner who can bring people together in mission.
Embraces research-based best practices in all areas of school life including teaching, learning, and faith formation.
A “coach” who is able to develop the talents and skills in others.
The board welcomes candidates from other Catholic or independent schools as well as accomplished executives from other mission-critical career venues such as higher education; non-profit foundations, associations, charities and the like; or the corporate, civic, and professional services arenas. While knowledge of education and school operations is preferred, other qualities and experiences are also valued, especially visionary, entrepreneurial leadership and the ability to inspire, lead a high performing team, and create demand for the extraordinary gifts of a Catholic education. This is one of the finest Catholic school leadership opportunities in the country.