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Employment Opportunities at Marian Catholic


Administrative & Staff Positions (for 2015-16 school year)

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Submission Deadline: January 6, 2016

Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2016

Marian Catholic High School is seeking a dynamic Catholic leader to serve as President of a coeducational, college preparatory school founded in the Dominican Tradition of excellence.


Marian Catholic High School was founded in 1958 by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield on the corners of Ashland Avenue and Joe Orr Road in Chicago Heights, Illinois.

The Marian student body has approximately 1,100 students from 70 communities in Illinois and Northwest Indiana. Marian students have been extremely successful academically both before and after graduation.

Marian Catholic High School is a Springfield Dominican, college preparatory, coeducational high school community. As a Catholic school, Marian accepts its mission to "teach as Jesus did," to proclaim the message of Jesus Christ, and to create a community of service-oriented believers. As a Dominican school, Marian follows the model of St. Dominic who dedicated his life to the pursuit of Truth in its spiritual, intellectual, moral, and social dimension. This search for Truth in the Holy Spirit leads to God through Jesus Christ, who is "the Way, the Truth, and the Life."

As a college preparatory high school, Marian Catholic develops in students essential skills for post-secondary education. These skills include inductive and deductive logic, critical thinking, research principles, and communication skills, both oral and written. In addition, Marian recognizes individual intellectual differences and has a flexible curriculum of liberal and fine arts which serves students' particular needs and opens them to a variety of career choices.

As a coeducational high school, Marian Catholic provides a Christian atmosphere in which students can develop relationships based on trust, respect, and appreciation of individual gifts. Marian recognizes and accepts the contradictions and conflicts inherent in the transition period of adolescence. Marian helps students to develop decision-making skills, to accept responsibility, to respect authority, and to contribute to a just and dynamic society. Marian Catholic students embrace the reality of the school being a true cross section of our culture and our country.

These Dominican, college preparatory, and coeducational dimensions create the special community of Marian students supported by Christian administrators, faculty, staff, and parents. Each member of this faith community is a sacred reality, created by a loving God. Relationships among members are based on Christian love, mutual respect, and trust. Together, the Marian community is called to grow in faith and to lead lives of service to God and to others.


Marian Catholic High School is a Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory high school within the Dominican tradition of study, prayer, community, and preaching. Marian Catholic students seek truth, exhibit personal responsibility, cultivate their individual talents, and demonstrate ethical leadership and Christian service.

The Marian Catholic High School motto, "Teaching Scholars with a Soul" best sums up our mission.


The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the school reporting to the Board of Directors and the Member Board. The President promotes a philosophy of education that is distinctly Catholic and uniquely Dominican by embracing and upholding the Dominican Pillars of prayer, study, community, and preaching.

The President supports and oversees the work of the Executive Council, which consists of the Vice President for Instructional and Student Services (Principal), the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, and the Chief Financial Officer. The President will delegate responsibly, provide effective and appropriate supervision and evaluation of direct reports, and exercise the leadership to advance the mission of Marian Catholic High School.

The President is directly responsible for promoting academic excellence; initiating long-range planning; leading a Development program that achieves the goals, and objectives of a long range plan; and maintaining fiscal responsibility, all with an emphasis on ensuring the strength of Marian Catholic High School (MCHS) to fulfill its mission.


  • Ensures the Dominican Catholic identity of the school.
  • Ensures the effective overall operation of MCHS.
  • Provides leadership in developing and implementing the strategic plan for MCHS.
  • Provides guidance and direction to the Vice President of Instructional and Student Services (Principal), the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, and the Chief Financial Officer.
  • Empowers members of the Executive Committee Council to be effective in their areas of responsibility.
  • Ensures an effective system of staff selection with clearly defined roles and responsibilities for employees.
  • Oversees the preparation of annual reports to the Archdiocese of Chicago, the national accrediting agency, and other national, state and local agencies.
  • Participates in meetings of the educational administration, Advancement Office, Alumni Association, and any other meetings when appropriate.
  • Works collaboratively with the Office of Institutional Advancement to maintain and expand the donor network, oversee capital campaign execution, participate in fundraising events, and seek new sources of funding.
  • Works to ensure the fiscal viability of MCHS by approving and functioning within the annual operating budgets, approving salaries, benefits, and employee contracts in collaboration with the Executive Council, the Board of Directors, and the Member Board.
  • Oversees an endowed scholarship program.
  • Acts as spokesperson of MCHS with regards to public relations, marketing, admissions, alumni relations, and community presence.


The President will have the following qualities and strengths:

  • is a practicing Catholic with a strong belief in Catholic values and models the values of Dominican Spirituality.
  • possesses a genuine affection for and commitment to Catholic education.
  • is a strong and inspirational leader collaborating with the Member Board, Board of Directors, Principal, Faculty, Staff, Parents, and other school constituencies in support of the Dominican educational philosophy.
  • articulates and communicates our vision and mission to a broad range of constituents.
  • has knowledge of and a proven record of achievement in Development (e.g. Annual fund, Endowment building, Capital Campaign, Planned Giving).
  • has public relations/communication skills as well as knowledge of finance, particularly relating to budgets and facilities.
  • is supportive of a diverse community – socially, culturally, and economically.
  • has the ability to create a collaborative, relational, and inclusive community environment.
  • has the ability and willingness to relate to students as well as be visible to and interact with them regularly on campus and at school events.
  • has an accessible and approachable style, with a willingness to listen and encourage the development of new ideas while also offering creative solutions to a variety of challenges.
  • respects the dignity of every person and models behavior that demonstrates appreciation for all individuals.


To apply for the position of President of Marian Catholic High School, candidates are asked to submit the following materials:

  • cover letter expressing your interest in and your qualifications to be the President of Marian Catholic High School
  • current resume
  • three references with contact information
  • send all material by email addressed to:

    Dr. Michelle Feldner Lancaster '77
    Search Committee for President, Chair
    Marian Catholic High School

  • receipt of applications will be acknowledged and all materials, inquiries, and nominations will be held in strictest confidence


Deadline for Applications January 6, 2016
Interview Process January-March, 2016
Final Selection Late March, 2016
Start Date July 1, 2016

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Director of Annual Giving

The full-time position of Director of Annual Giving will plan and implement programs to secure relationships and funds for Marian Catholic High School by organizing, planning, and managing the Annual Fund as well as a group of qualified current and potential donors assuring that they are retained as donors to Marian Catholic and are upgraded in their giving and involvement. The benefit of this position will be the satisfaction of helping donors fulfill their passions and interests through their giving to Marian Catholic. The individual holding this position must be self-motivated in initiating contacts with potential donors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Monitor contacts to ensure positive and purposeful relations.
  • Possess broad knowledge of the principles of giving – able to participate in all aspects of the gift cycle: (1) qualify potential donors; (2) initiate contacts with potential donors; (3) develop appropriate cultivation strategies for them, including working with volunteers and school administrators; (4) move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure; (5) make solicitations when appropriate; (6) maintain stewardship contacts with donors; and (7) move donors to deeper levels of participation.
  • Manage relationships with approximately 150 individual and corporate active/potential donors.
  • Make decisions on cultivation time committed vs. expected gift response, determine who needs to be involved in the relationship with the donor, and decide the most effective and productive use of travel time.
  • Create reasonable financial goals for each donor based on the donor's giving and their potential.
  • Create a timely and cost-effective personal contact and ask plan that takes into account the individual donor's interest, motivations, giving patterns and ask preferences to retain and upgrade donors.
  • Articulate the case for support so that donors "buy in" to the vision/mission/goals with sufficient effectiveness to secure gifts at assigned donor giving levels.
  • Secure project and organizational information and create and write effective offers, proposals and asks.
  • Secure information and inform donors how their gift was used.
  • Offer prospect strategy counsel to the President, Vice President, and Institutional Advancement Team.
  • Focus on securing support for a set of campus-wide priorities which include academic/athletic/fine arts programs, scholarships, unrestricted support, facility improvements, and new facilities.
  • Secure appropriate project information, including budgets, and create offers, proposals and asks that will be used to secure gifts.
  • Create monthly reports, as requested by the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, which accurately reflect caseload activity and performance.
  • Work independently and as a member of the Marian Catholic Institutional Advancement Team, and coordinate activities with all departments of the team.
  • Effectively manage people, processes, deadlines, and budget while adhering to the policies and procedures of Marian Catholic.
  • Demonstrate the ability to get along with peers, subordinates, and management and maintain a positive and constructive attitude while solving problems.
  • Report to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and work collaboratively and strategically with the school President, other fundraising professionals, faculty, and other campus leaders.
  • Work in a collegial and collaborative manner with the Institutional Advancement Team in creating and implementing strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and closure.
  • Protect the mission, goals, and values of Marian Catholic.
  • Perform other activities as requested by the President and Vice President.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Current on tax laws which impact charitable giving and estate planning
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills required
  • Layout and copy design skills
  • Two to five years successful experience in major giving, planned giving and fundraising preferably in Catholic education
  • Valid driver’s license

Other Characteristics

  • Personal belief and support of the mission, goals, and objectives of Marian Catholic High School
  • Integrity
  • Highly energetic, self-motivated, and self-starting professional
  • Sophisticated
  • Passionate and committed to qualifying, cultivating, and securing gifts
  • Creative, respectful, and kind
  • Optimistic and positive attitude
  • Attentive to detail
  • Willingness to work weekends and evenings as required

Job Type:

  • Full-time

Required Experience:

  • Three years of Catholic high school major giving, planned giving and fundraising

Please email a completed application and resume with cover letter to Vince Krydynski, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, at

Advancement Department Intern

Teaching Positions (for 2015-16 school year):

  • No Positions at this time.

Administrative Opportunities at Marian Catholic

All applications should be sent to (unless specified differently in the position summary):
Marian Catholic High School
c/o Sr. Judine Hilbing, President
700 Ashland Ave.
Chicago Heights, IL 60411

When applying for an administrative position:

A complete application would include the following: a letter, resume, application, transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended (copies may be submitted), credentials (if on file with a university), at least three recommendations from previous positions.

Faculty and Staff Opportunities at Marian Catholic

All applications should be sent to:
Marian Catholic High School
c/o Steve Tortorello, Principal
700 Ashland Ave.
Chicago Heights, IL 60411


Steve Tortorello, Principal

When applying for a certificated position:

A complete application would include the following: a letter, resume, the completed application, transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended (copies may be submitted), credentials (if on file with a university), at least three recommendations from previous positions, and a photocopy of your valid teaching certificate.

When applying for a substitute position:

A complete application would include the following: a letter, resume, the completed application, and at least three recommendations from previous positions.

When applying for a support staff position:

A complete application would include the following: a letter, resume, the completed application, and at least three recommendations from previous positions.

Marian Catholic High School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, unfavorable discharge from military service or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. A disability or medical condition will not bar you from employment if you are able to perform with reasonable accommodation the essential functions of the job for which you are applying.