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President--Damien High School, La Verne, CA

Damien High School

Posted 8/12/2019 until 10/25/2019


Damien High School, a Los Angeles Archdiocesan, single-gender male Catholic high school located in the city of La Verne, has announced a candidate search to fill the position of President, commencing with the 2020-2021 academic year. Working collaboratively with the school Principal, the President will provide enthusiastic, mission-centered leadership to ensure strong academic and co-curricular programs permeated by the Catholic faith. The start date for the President is July 1, 2020.

Located in the City of La Verne, on the eastern edge of the Los Angeles County border, the school is celebrating sixty years of service having been formed with the boys from the former Pomona Catholic High School on Holt Street in Pomona in 1959. That school continues as Pomona Catholic Girls High School, one of two sister schools to Damien along with St Lucy’s High School (all girls) in Glendora. The campus, formerly housing Bonita High School, was purchased in 1959 for this purpose. As such, many of the current buildings are historical treasures of the City of La Verne and several are nearing 100 years old. Today, Damien serves approximately 900 boys from the families of the Eastern San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys as well as the I-210, I-15 and I-57 corridors.

The school truly lives out its mission: “Inspired by St. Damien of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Damien High School, an all-boys Catholic school, develops men of Service, Scholarship, and Faith, prepared to engage in a global society.” The school is known for its core values of faith, academics and service. There is a strong presence of veteran faculty, many (33%) of whom are Damien graduates.

Reporting to the Department of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the President is the Chief Executive Officer of the school, and as such, holds full responsibility for implementation of the school’s mission and all aspects of the school’s business and development operations. The President is directly responsible for the external affairs of the school, for ensuring sufficient resources, sound fiscal management and financial stability of the school through oversight of the business operations, development, alumni, community relations and enrollment management activities. The President works with the Consultative Board to promote the good reputation and values of the school to the external community.





The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:


  • Knowledgeable and practicing Catholic with a thorough understanding of Catholic school philosophy
  • Completed or is willing to complete catechist training
  • Committed to modeling the values of Catholic educational leadership
  • Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, Business Management, or related field
  • Business skills necessary to manage a financial budget and develop strategic and annual plans
  • Possess necessary skills to effectively market the strengths of a school, build community relationships, and drive fundraising activities
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills including proven ability to engage and inspire a wide range of stakeholders, and to build creative and mutually beneficial relationships within the philanthropic community, alumni, and corporate and non-profit sectors
  • Proven fundraising and/or revenue generating success, preferably in the non-profit sector and with foundations
  • Significant visionary leadership and management experience, with demonstrated success in addressing immediate organizational needs while driving toward longer-term goals with buy-in from all stakeholders
  • Experience building, coaching, and empowering effective teams and holding team members accountable for performance.

Essential Leadership Characteristics:

  • Ability to balance decisive leadership with respectful collaboration and inclusivity
  • Excellent oral and written communication and motivational skills with a variety of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated success in providing visionary, dynamic, and entrepreneurial leadership
  • The ability to demonstrate performance in overseeing and directing a multifaceted operation, including fundraising, public relations, facility maintenance and enhancement, financial management and supervision of senior personnel
  • Intellectual, organizational, and managerial skills with an ability to lead others in long-term planning
  • Attitudes characterized by creativity, initiative, and optimism
  • Ability to effectively represent the school and the Church.

Application Deadline: October 25, 2019

Position Starting Date: July 1, 2020


Interested and qualified candidates should submit the following:

  • Compelling letter of interest indicating how your skills, knowledge, and experience match the philosophy and values of Catholic education, the charism of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and Damien High School
  • Complete résumé
  • A list of professional references including former and current supervisors with telephone numbers; written reference letters may also be provided (references will not be contacted until candidates have been informed at the appropriate stage of the search process)
  • Completed Archdiocese of Los Angeles Employment Application, found here:

Please submit requested information to:

             Dr. Dan O’Connell, Deputy Superintendent of High Schools


Subject: Damien High School President Position

Information/Application Contact:

Damien High School

La Verne CA
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