Seton Catholic Academy Founder Fellowship
Seton Education Partners is looking for a mission-driven, results-oriented leader of deep faith to participate in a yearlong school founder training program to prepare for launching and leading a new, independent urban Catholic K-8 school. We are looking for a dynamic educator who has achieved strong academic results with students and wants to have an even greater impact. We seek a motivated entrepreneur who wants to start a school from the ground up—a school that helps underserved children develop the character, knowledge, and faith needed to earn a college degree and live a life of virtue and personal holiness.
Seton will provide the strategic, tactical and financial support necessary to take an inspired dream from possibility to reality. If successful, Seton will help grow this first school into a network of academically excellent and vibrantly Catholic schools. This network will serve as a national model for what is possible in urban Catholic education.
About Seton Education Partners
Co-founded in 2009 by KIPP Foundation pioneer Scott W. Hamilton and Teach for America alumna Stephanie Saroki de García, Seton was launched to give every parent, regardless of background, an opportunity to choose an academically excellent, character-building, and vibrantly Catholic education for their child. As a national non-profit, Seton partners with (arch)dioceses and others across the country to implement innovative and sustainable new schooling models that bridge the best of Catholic education’s rich tradition with new possibilities. With an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit, much can and should be done, not only to preserve this national treasure but also to build on its foundation for the benefit of thousands of children in America’s most underserved neighborhoods. Seton currently serves nearly 5,000 educationally disadvantaged children across 17 schools and 10 cities nationwide. Across our schools, children are achieving academic growth results in mathematics and reading that match or beat the nation’s most acclaimed high-poverty schools. For more information on Seton Education Partners, visit www.SetonPartners.org.
About Our Schools
Inspired by the results of some of the nation’s best urban schools and our very successful work with the pioneering Brilla Schools Network in the Bronx, Seton is working to launch a new network of K-8 academies that are built on six cornerstones—vibrantly Catholic, high expectations, lead with character, results matter, choice and commitment, and teach the best content.
Power to Design, Lead, and Innovate
Beyond the above six cornerstones, all Catholic academy founders will have the power to design, lead, and innovate with this new K-8 (or PK-8) school. School founders will have significant autonomy in making budgetary and hiring and firing decisions. They will also have tremendous latitude in shaping the structure and design of this new academy—creating the systems, routines, and cultural artifacts that will make the school sing. In short, Seton is looking for leaders with the vision, talent, and passion required to do something game-changing for underserved children and Catholic education at large.
About the Seton Catholic Academy Founder Fellowship
Seton offers all school founders a year-long fellowship that is customized to the needs of the leader and the school he/she will launch. The Seton Catholic Academy Founder Fellowship will be awarded by March 2019. Fellows will participate in an intensive school founder training program over the summer. Following summer training, Fellows will spend the first half of the year visiting and engaging in part-time residencies at high-performing urban schools across the country. Fellows will spend the second half of the year recruiting families and staff, working to open a new school in August 2020.
Fellows are expected to engage in ongoing faith formation as well as in the study of Catholic teachings. Fellows must not only grasp the complexities of urban education but also have a sound foundation in the Catholic theological tradition, particularly as it relates to the Church's understanding of virtue and the call to holiness, mission of education, and service to the poor.
Seton has lofty goals and believes success comes from investing in the right people. As a result, Fellows will receive a competitive salary with excellent benefits. Seton is also committed to investing in additional training, as needed, to provide individualized development opportunities for school founders.
Qualifications and Desired Characteristics
Candidates for the position must possess the following personal characteristics:
The ideal candidate will bring experience and skills in the following areas:
Diversity & Inclusivity
We are building an organization in which talented individuals from all walks of life and experiences can join our team and make significant contributions. We are particularly committed to attracting and developing individuals who share the life experiences or backgrounds of the students we will serve.
Initial application materials include a cover letter, contact information for three references, and a resume that includes information on your student achievement results. In no more than two pages at the end of the resume you submit, using words and/or graphs and charts, please report the standardized test results students achieved in your classroom(s).
Seton Education Partners provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees.