Centrally located in the middle of Cuyahoga County, Cleveland Central Catholic is a co-educational, comprehensive school for students in grades 9 through 12. With an enrollment of about 543 students, CCC is large enough to provide ample opportunities for student activities while also being small enough for each student to be known by name. The school offers a wide variety of activities that provide our students with safe and fun ways to develop skills and make friends for life.
Cleveland Central Catholic was formed by the merger of four Roman Catholic Cleveland high schools - St. John Cantius, Lourdes Central, St. Michael the Archangel, and St. Stanislaus. CCC’s first year of operation was the 1969-70 scholastic year. The consolidation of the Scranton Campus (St. Michael’s) and the Forman Campus (St. Stanislaus) took place in 2003, completing the transition into a one-campus school with all activities on the St. Stanislaus block in Slavic Village.
For additional information regarding the school community, please visit the school's websitehere.
During the ensuing years, in cooperation with the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Central Catholic successfully completed a $13 million capital campaign. This campaign added over 25,000 square feet of new construction that includes new classrooms and labs, meeting space, a chapel, and a gymnasium. The new addition to the school opened in 2006. The campaign also increased the school’s endowment fund, which helps fund academic scholarships and tuition assistance for those with demonstrated financial need. Over a six-year period, enrollment climbed over 40 percent.
Through a partnership with the City of Cleveland, the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, and the Third Federal Foundation, Central Catholic opened a new athletic facility in 2010. A new football and track stadium, named Ben Stefanski, II Stadium, was dedicated in September of 2010. In addition, areas for baseball, softball, and track field events were renovated.
At Central Catholic, diversity is a real strength of our community. We are one family in Christ, regardless of gender, race, or religion. We work together to foster a culture that respects human dignity, develops personal responsibility, and provides opportunities for our students to learn, serve and lead. Our outstanding faculty is committed to teaching and learning on a personal level – so that each child is given the opportunity to do his or her best.
99.2% of the Class of 2020 graduated and more than 86% of the students were accepted into either a 2 or 4-year college or university. Religion classes for all students challenge them to put their faith into action and live the Gospel message. Prayer services and retreats led by peers and faculty reinforce the importance of the Christian faith in their lives. Students also celebrate the Liturgy and some share the Eucharist in the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus, located right on our campus.
The President is the chief executive of the operational vitality for the school, including development/advancement, marketing/enrollment, finances, and capital projects, while overseeing all aspects of school life. The President leads and articulates the school's mission and vision, creates and implements strategic plans, and builds and nurtures relationships. Applicants must foster a strong Catholic identity, value diversity, and possess effective leadership and interpersonal skills.
While the President must have a demonstrated capacity for broad institutional leadership, it is possible that the prospective President could have attained this experience through a variety of different career paths, including primary, secondary, or tertiary education; non-profit management; or work in the corporate or public sector. Regardless of the career path, the prospective President must have expert knowledge of and a proven record of institutional advancement by identifying, cultivating, and developing stakeholder partnerships and philanthropic support that will ensure its continued accessibility, success, and sustainability. An advanced degree in education or business-related fields is preferred. The ideal candidate will have a passion for Catholic education, possess an understanding of the President/Principal model of administration, and be comfortable leading a committed board of trustees. Additionally, the successful candidate will have expertise in business and financial management, as well as a proven track record of acquiring necessary funding through the solicitation of major gifts and capital campaign contributions. He or she must be experienced with strategic planning and have the requisite executive-level experience to lead a school community. With a visible executive presence in and outside of the school community, the President must be able to advance the marketing and institutional advancement initiatives of the school.
Applicants must be practicing Roman Catholics in good standing with the Church who have demonstrated their commitment to servant leadership. He or she reports to and is evaluated by the associate superintendent of secondary education within the Office of Catholic Education of the Diocese of Cleveland. Preferred candidates will have a master's degree and/or equivalent work experience and a track record of building community and serving others.
The candidates we seek will have a strong passion for advancing the mission of Catholic education by delivering excellence and garnering philanthropic support throughout the greater Cleveland area and with friends and supporters of CCC in other parts of the country.
The search committee is on a fast track to identify and secure the next President. While the position description and detailed search prospectus are being prepared, interested candidates can begin exploring this exciting executive leadership opportunity by immediately contacting our team. All inquiries and applications will be treated with the highest degree of confidentiality and with the greatest respect.
The successful candidate will be expected to assume the responsibilities of the position in July 2021. Do not delay. Connect with us today!
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Partners in Mission School Leadership Search Solutions is the retained search division of Partners in Mission, the nation’s leading full-service consulting firm focused exclusively on developing excellence in Catholic school advancement and leadership. As partners among ourselves and with our clients’ missions, we value, understand, and embrace the importance of Catholic education in our personal and professional lives — and remain committed to ensuring its strength and vitality for years to come. Engaged by school communities, pastors, religious communities, boards and dioceses, our team of dedicated search consultants have identified and secured mission-driven professionals to serve in a myriad of diverse Catholic school and diocesan leadership positions from Maine to Hawaii.