Department of Catholic Schools

Administrative Positions



Superintendent of Schools


President, Central Catholic High School


Principal, St. John the Apostle Catholic School, Oregon City


The Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon is searching for a Superintendent of Schools who is a collaborative and inspirational leader.  The Superintendent will carry out the Archbishop’s vision to grow and sustain our Catholic schools by communicating and supporting the value of Catholic identity and excellent academics within our schools.  The superintendent supervises the Department of Catholic Schools’ staff and directors in facilitating school and student success from Pre-K through high school.

The Superintendent of Schools is responsible for the Department of Catholic Schools which supports schools by leading a variety of organizational actions including faith formation, Catholic Identity, accreditation, curriculum, assessment and fostering school enrollment growth and sustainability.  The Superintendent acts as a key communicator for the Archdiocese and represents the Archbishop in matters related to K-12 schools. Oversees policies and procedures to ensure the proper operation of the Archdiocesan elementary and secondary schools including processes to employ and supervise school administrators.

The Superintendent of Schools models a strong Catholic faith life and promotes Catholic Identity and faith formation within the Archdiocesan schools. Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of education and school administration, planning, organization and personnel, along with knowledge of church organizational and operations procedures and federal, state and local laws is required. 

Master’s degree in Education/Administration or other academic area and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in school administrative leadership with previous experience as a diocesan administrator; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the above-described essential functions. 

Specific experience in a complex, nonprofit, multi-unit organization with service orientation. 

Practicing Catholic required. 

Valid driver’s license. 

Bilingual in Spanish preferred. 

Position encounters a wide diversity of work situations and involves a high degree of complexity, as incumbent is responsible for advising and decision-making in many areas.  Work is performed mostly in an office setting.  Employee is required to attend evening meetings, travel extensively, work long hours and do extensive close work.  Employee is on-call in case of emergency.

For consideration, please email your letter of interest, resume and a recommendation letter from a priest, deacon, or member of a religious order to with Superintendent of Schools in the subject line.  Open until filled.

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President Central Catholic High School

Central Catholic High School in beautiful Portland, Oregon is seeking a President. Central Catholic is a college preparatory school committed to educating students from diverse backgrounds in a Catholic community, challenging each individual to live as a Christian witness in service to others. Central Catholic offers a wide range of advanced placement and honors classes as well as support services to assist its 900 students to excel academically. Students grow in faith, spirituality, service, and character at Central Catholic. We offer a rich program of co-curricular activities and have a strong base of support from a dedicated staff, loyal alumni and generous donors. At Central Catholic, we want students to “Be Challenged. Be Themselves. Belong.”

For the position of President, Central Catholic High School is seeking someone who is:

  • A practicing Roman Catholic who will fully support and advance the school’s Catholic identity and mission;

  • A strong visionary who will articulate the future of the School with a clear commitment to maintaining high academic standards in a supportive, student-centered environment;

  • A dynamic and visible leader who builds relationships, inspires trust, attracts and retains high quality staff and faculty and communicates with and engages all constituents;

  • A proven administrator with experience in education and/or business and/or advancement who will work with the Board of Directors to govern the School and implement its strategic plan;

  • A passionate, effective spokesperson for the school in telling the story of Central Catholic High School with background in fundraising and marketing preferred.

The new president will have the following responsibilities:

  • Vision and strategy to implement short and long-term goals related to the Schools mission;

  • Spiritual leadership as a believing and practicing Catholic to sustain, cultivate and grow the School’s Catholic identity;

  • Organizational leadership including close collaboration with the Board of Directors, the Archdiocesan School Superintendent and other key constituents;

  • Supervision of the principal, development director, finance director and admissions director with particular focus on fostering the School’s mission;

  • Leadership in institutional advancement, including development, admissions, public relations and marketing.

A complete job description is available by emailing

Additional requirements:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree preferred;

  • 5-10 years leadership experience – senior level management, school administrator or similar business experience preferred;

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Start date: July 1, 2015 (with some preliminary tasks occurring during the school year)

Application information Email a resume and cover letter (no more than 2 pages) that addresses why the applicant wants to job and why their qualities and experience make them a good fit for Central Catholic High School. Please send to

 Open until filled.

St. John the Apostle Catholic School, Oregon City, Oregon

PreK-Grade 8 Elementary Principal

St. John the Apostle Catholic School located in Oregon City, Oregon was founded in 1844. SJA is the second oldest parish in the Archdiocese of Portland. St. John the Apostle Catholic School is seeking a strong, energetic academic faith-filled candidate who will provide essential leadership in advancing the school’s mission and strong Catholic identity. The successful candidate must demonstrate effective and collaborative leadership skills, be a strong mentor for the faculty, experienced in planning/developing, and in managing school budgets. The candidate will be responsible for student recruitment, marketing and development of long-range goals, educational and co-curricular programs, along with managing the day-to-day operations of the school.  

St. John the Apostle Catholic School is dedicated to academic excellence, faith formation and service. The school has 232 students ranging from PreK – 8th grade and is supported by 25 faculty and staff members.

St. John the Apostle Catholic School is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association.  The successful candidate will have prior teaching and administrative experience at the elementary level, will continue our tradition of excellence in academic achievement and will work effectively with parents, parish and the greater SJA community.

The successful candidate must be a practicing Catholic who lives his/her Catholic faith with passion.  Qualified applicants will hold a master's degree in educational administration or a related field and/or hold an Oregon school administrator license.

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Benefits, including medical, dental, vision and retirement are included.

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St. John the Apostle Catholic School:

Deadline for applications:  May 22, 2015


For application packet, send letter of interest and resume to

Or to:

Department of Catholic Schools
Attn: Principal Search Committee
2838 E Burnside St.
Portland, OR  97214



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