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Boston College Program Director, Executive Leadership Academy in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,484 full-time undergraduates and 5,250 graduate and professional students. Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 888 full-time and 1,281 FTE faculty, 2,711 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.4 billion, and an endowment in excess of $3.5 billion.

Job Description



The Executive Leadership Academy and Board Training Microcredential in the Roche Center at Boston College was established in conjunction with the Healey Education Foundation to Build a Better Board Every Day: For the Future of Catholic Schools. Through the Roche Center's leadership, Boston College will lead the development and launch of these two training programs for school leaders and governing boards of Catholic schools that will:

Affirm and advance the Catholic school's mission and deliver on its unique value proposition.

Ensure financial sustainability, sound business practices, transparency and accountability.

Broaden the school's base of support through development and increased engagement.

Drive toward strategic planning and succession planning.

The new Program Director of the Executive Leadership Academy, overseeing the Associate Program Director of the Executive Leadership Academy and the Roche Center staff will be responsible for the launch of two programs aimed to develop a school leader's executive management skills and raise the management capacity of faithful, lay school board members.

The Executive Leadership Academy is a 2-day summer retreat on campus, followed by 10-months of asynchronous learning modules and virtual one-on-one executive/peer coaching sessions.

The Catholic School Board Training Microcredential consists of asynchronous learning modules with built-in assessments required for micro credentialing. Participants who complete the program are able to participate in on-going professional development such as bi-annual EdTalks, virtual conversations with high-performing leaders in education and business for on-going learning fostering dialogue among board members.


Program Leadership, Administration and Business Development

Design and build operations plan for the Executive Leadership Academy and Board Training Institute to execute on necessary strategies for successful growth and sustainability.

In partnership with the Center's Executive Director, establish an annual plan to include start-up phase of programs, module and content build out, PreK-12 school recruitment and program participant growth over time.

Develop, in conjunction with the Executive Director, an annual budget that maximizes opportunities for program enhancement and expansion.

Set annual enrollment goals and create strategies to hit goals, including retention of participants through program/microcredential completion.

Represent the Executive Leadership Academy with national partners and organizations to build relationships with new and prospective partners and program participants.

Develop proposals and execute agreements with diocesan and other funding partners to generate new annual and multi-year revenue into the Center.

Manage school and participant scholarships into the program, ensuring breadth of ability of schools to participate with no risk to financial sustainability of programs.

Under the direction of the Executive Director, partner with key university stakeholders on program design including Lynch School of Education and Human Development faculty.

Lead business development through recruitment of participants or cohorts of schools, utilizing the candidates existing peer network of school leaders and relationships with Catholic dioceses, foundations supporting Catholic education, and individual school and board leaders committed to enhancing governance and leadership structures at their schools.

Attend regional and national conferences, including NCEA, to recruit new participants and seek new partnerships in regions of potential growth around the country.

Use existing professional skills and experience to further advance program success through business development and module improvement to match trends in Catholic education.

Coach, Mentor and Train Diocesan, School and Board Leaders

Provide training, coaching, and consulting services to diocesan and school leaders regarding diocesan/school and network-level visioning, strategic planning, PreK-12 school-level assessment and board development.

Train school leaders, pastors, dioceses, and existing boards to recruit, train, and retain business and non-profit executives as new board members vital to achieving school-level goals.

Coach participants to become board-ready, content experts with a bias for action for Catholic school success.

Provide ongoing training, coaching, and consulting services to school and board leaders, and pastors through client visits, workshops, EdTalks, leadership meetings and more.

Coach board leadership to ensure highly effective board and committee function.

Assist the board on strategy for school-specific governance, financial, enrollment and advancement goals including tools to manage and measure performance relative to goals.

Serve as a regional liaison between diocesan leadership and schools/boards during start-up and/or re-organization phase of school-level boards; advise dioceses on regional and network models, including development of new practices in Catholic school excellence.

Support schools and dioceses with development of operating principles and by-laws in compliance with Canon law to be instituted at the school level.

Module Development, Management and Instruction

Support internal build of online learning modules for Catholic PreK-12 school board training.

Teach module content to PreK-12 school and board leaders in cohort and individual board settings, as needed; record webinars, host live sessions, lead bi-annual EdTalks on specific areas of need.

Engage cohorts representing breadth and depth of school board need across the country.

Provide further enhancement to learning modules through experience and engagement with Catholic school and board leaders nationally, understanding and supporting demographic shifts and trends.

Roche Center Team Support

Determine and meet individual goals and objectives independently within the context of the mission, guiding principles and goals of the Roche Center.

Manage Program Associate Director and graduate assistants.

Manage external consultants as needed.

Identify, define, support and lead special projects of the Roche Center as requested.



The Director must believe in the mission and vision of the Roche Center at Boston College. The Director will be a relationship builder and visionary thought leader who can productively leverage contributions of others. The successful candidate will be goal-driven and entrepreneurial to address the practicalities of introducing and implementing a new program, along with the creativity and persistence required to elicit forward thinking and change.

Commitment to embracing Catholic education; minimum ten (10) years' experience in a Catholic private school, independent school or university is highly valued.

Direct experience in board governance, enrollment management or institutional advancement; service on non-profit board(s) a plus.

Proven success in recruiting and building governing boards; ability to maintain relationships with board members, key donors, volunteers and administrative colleagues.

Experience in the development of diocesan-approved operating principals and school by-laws in accordance with Canon Law and individual school needs.

Demonstrated leadership and effectiveness in developing and accomplishing organizational and financial goals.

Superior communication skills, strong conflict/resolution skills, excellent public speaking and presentation skills a must.

A team builder and team player who is able to bring together various constituent groups to create and maintain a viable fundraising structure.

Must be a self-starter, innovative and able to set priorities.

Strong work ethic, evidence of good judgment, attention to detail and personal integrity.

Required Job Qualifications:

Understanding and knowledge of Catholic culture and its hierarchy a must.

Master's degree required. Master's degree in business administration is a plus. PhD or Ed.D. in education or related field a plus, but not required.

Minimum 10-12 years in Institutional Advancement and Training. Key experience in and proven success in PreK-12 Development, Enrollment Management, Communications, Alumni Relations, Board Development, and Strategic Planning.

Proven experience in the identification, recruitment, onboarding and orientation of PreK-12 school board members.

Ability to successfully develop and implement a program budget.

Must possess relevant content and instructional expertise for use in developing and delivering courses.

Possess strong change leadership skills and mission-driven.

Exceptional knowledge in Microsoft Office 365 apps, Video conferencing and event apps.

Must be able and willing to travel; work nights and weekends as needed.

Salary commensurate with relevant experience

Closing Statement

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:

  • Tuition remission for Employees

  • Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements

  • Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance

  • Low-Cost Life Insurance

  • Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans

  • Paid Holidays Annually

  • Generous Sick and Vacation Pay

  • Additional benefits can be found on

Boston College conducts pre-employment background checks as part of the hiring process. Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at .

Boston College's Notice of Nondiscrimination can be viewed at .