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Seton Catholic Academy Founder Fellowship

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.
 

  1. Vibrantly Catholic. We seek God in all things, are faithful to and celebrate the teachings of the Catholic Church, and strive to bring others closer to Jesus and His Church.
     
  2. High Expectations. Because we believe in the inherent dignity and potential of every child, we have high expectations for our students’ academic achievement and conduct that make no excuses based on their background or socio-economic status.
     
  3. ​​​​​​​Lead with Character. Good character makes for a meaningful life, produces lasting happiness and contributes to academic success. The development of virtue in students is central to our educational mission.
     
  4. Results Matter. We relentlessly focus on high student performance on standardized tests and other objective measures because we hold ourselves accountable for preparing students personally and academically to succeed at the best high schools and colleges.
     
  5. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Choice & Commitment. Students, their parents and the faculty and staff of our schools make a choice to participate in our unique and innovative program. Everyone must make and uphold a commitment to our schools and to each other to put in the time and effort required to achieve success.
     
  6. Teach the Best Content. All students will learn math and science while also becoming familiar with the classics of Western Civilization, because of the way the traditional liberal arts convey truth, beauty, and goodness, and because students need the world’s best content in order to become good citizens and be competitive globally.

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:

  • You have unquestioned integrity and commitment to Seton’s mission and values.
  • You are a faith-filled and practicing Catholic, who understands and honors the teachings of the Catholic Church and is passionate about sharing the Catholic faith.
  • You have a strong belief that all children can achieve both moral and academic excellence.
  • You take personal responsibility, and you have an unwavering determination to be better today than you were yesterday.

The ideal candidate will bring experience and skills in the following areas:

Education/Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • At least two years teaching in a school serving predominantly underserved children with demonstrated exemplary student achievement results
  • Experience with elementary grades, middle school, the Core Knowledge® Scope and Sequence, and/or classical liberal arts education (preferred)
  • Successfully serving in an instructional leadership position in a private or charter school (preferred)
  • Proficiency in Spanish a plus (given neighborhood demographics, we expect this first school to serve a student body that is 2/3rds African-American and 1/3 Latino)

Competencies

  • Achievement Orientation & Drive: Sets ambitious goals, takes initiative, follows through to get results. Has a relentless pursuit of excellence and a “whatever it takes” attitude. Demonstrates resilience and resolve in the face of change. Has a consistent history of personal success.
  • Communication: Listens first. Writes and speaks effectively. Able to inspire others.
  • Continuous Learning: Continuously seeks opportunities to learn and improve, making use of successes, failures, and data to find a better way. Willing to take calculated risks in order to learn.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem-solving: Approaches challenges in creative and analytical ways. Integrates and acts upon new information quickly and is comfortable thinking about details and the big picture.
  • Cultural Competence: Is able to read and adjust to cultural differences, and effectively works cross-culturally.
  • Decision-making: Can make decisions in a timely manner and in the face of ambiguity. Considers consequences of decisions, stands by difficult decisions, and communicates decisions effectively.
  • Flexibility: Comfortable in a fluid start-up environment; able and willing to adapt in the face of unexpected changes.
  • Instructional Leadership: Is a strong teacher with a good quality filter for instruction. Has strong planning and instructional skills and some experience coaching others. Understands what makes schools succeed or fail.
  • Personal Organization: Prioritizes and multi-tasks effectively. Is punctual, prepared, and detail-oriented.
  • Self-awareness: Is aware of own strengths and weaknesses and the perceptions of others and adjusts accordingly. Is open to feedback, works to improve upon weaknesses, shows balance of confidence versus humility, and behaves professionally.
  • Student Focus: Always puts the needs of students first. Sets high expectations for, works effectively and builds strong relationships with, and keeps commitments to educationally disadvantaged students.
  • Team Leadership: Works effectively in a team environment, encourages initiative in others, and effectively manages conflict.


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.

To Apply
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.

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