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July 2013
Magnificat High School
Rocky River, Ohio

Magnificat High School, a girls' Catholic college-preparatory high school founded and sponsored by the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, seeks a President to lead nearly 800 young women and # faculty. The largest all-girl Catholic high school in the State of Ohio, Magnificat is well respected and successful. Students come to Magnificat from a wide range of backgrounds from more than 40 communities, more than 100 schools and 70 parishes. Magnificat is located in Rocky River, Ohio, a residential suburb eight miles west of Cleveland. This is a beloved school with a loyal base of 15,000 alumnae, 120 of whom have daughters currently enrolled at Magnificat.

Sister Carol Anne Smith's excellent leadership has positioned the school to attract a compelling successor to guide a limitless future. Sister Carol Anne leaves the school in excellent shape. The Maginificat Mission permeates the daily life of the school; the quality of the faith-based education young women receive is second to none; the fiscal and operational health is solid; the school is blessed with an outstanding senior leadership team and faculty; and the community is guided by a committed and engaged Board.

Magnificat High School opened its doors in 1955 with a freshman class of 63 students. Today, the school enrolls nearly 800 students, and has built a reputation for excellence in education, leadership, service and athletics - all within a faith-filled environment. The young women who attend Magnificat (91% are Catholic) come from over 100 schools in urban, suburban and rural areas within a five-county area. The school community is enriched by a social, economic and religious diversity of young women who seek to maximize their personal development.

Magnificat is thriving, with a capacity Freshman Class, experienced and energetic faculty members, a transformed central learning and research area, and expanded curricular and co-curricular offerings combined to make a vibrant and engaging experience. Magnificat surrounds students with new learning environments, promoting the synthesis of learning modalities and innovative instructional strategies. A detailed Curriculum Guide is available on the school website,

Magnificat is accredited by the Ohio Catholic Schools Accrediting Association (OCSAA), the Ohio State Department of Education, the North Central Association and has been a recipient of the National Exemplary Private School Award.

Recognizing the image of Christ in others, staff and students strive to respect the dignity of each person. All relationships encompass respectful modes of communication and manifest respect for self, others, creation, and God. Reverence embraces the whole person: body, soul, mind, and emotions. Each person is sensitively aware of the effects of words and actions on others. (Cf. Matthew 25:40)

Each person is faithful to responsibilities and can be counted on to keep promises and fulfill duties. We persevere through challenges and see things through to completion. Our dedication inspires us to contribute extra effort as needed. (Cf. Proverbs 16:3)

Scripture encourages working together so that the grace of God will not be given in vain. Staff and students share information, talents, and resources with one another graciously and efficaciously. Our collaboration values the good of the whole. Collaboration corresponds to our nature to learn things through relationship. (Cf. Titus 3:2; 2Cor. 6:1)

Imitating Jesus whose heart was so often moved with compassion for the crowds, we let our hearts be touched by both the joys and sorrows of others. Compassion helps us to identify with others, to stand in their shoes, and to see them as God sees them and to avoid prejudices and pre-judgments. Our compassion extends to the poor and vulnerable beyond the walls of Magnificat as we care effectively for others in solidarity with all. (Cf. Luke 6:34 and John 6:11)

Faith-Filled Life
Our faith motivates and guides all we do. Reflecting on God's word, we imitate Mary as a faithful disciple throughout her life and strive to live her Magnificat in the world with joy and gratitude as well as a sense of justice. (Cf. The Annunciation in Luke 1 and the Visitation in Luke 1: 46 ff.)

Lifelong Learning
2 Corinthians exhorts us to excel in everything from attaining knowledge to extending love for all. We manifest eagerness for new knowledge and enthusiasm for learning. Connected to our global world, we continue our explorations beyond the classroom and hone skills that transfer across disciplines. (Cf. 2Cor.8:7)

In September 2011, the Magnificat High School Board of Directors launched a $5 million
Capital Campaign, called SURROUND LEARNING -Innovative Education for Global Leading, to redesign one-quarter of the school, including the central learning, research and leisure areas. The trademarked term "Surround Learning" was coined by Sister Helen Jean Novy, H.M., Vice President of Mission at Magnificat High School, and refers to the blending of physical environment, new learning methodologies and technology to create an enriched learning experience.

Phase 1 of the redesigned space-the Surround Learning Center - was completed less than a year later and unveiled to the public on September 20, 2012, complete with a blessing by Bishop Roger W. Gries, O.S.B., and a Proclamation from the Rocky River Mayor. The redesigned areas include the Main Entrance, Lobby and the Surround Learning Center (formerly known as the Resource Center). Since the first day of school, the new Surround Learning Center (fondly called the SLC by students, faculty and staff), has been a hub of activity-teaching, learning, researching and collaborating. Whether in class groups conducting research while accompanied by teachers, or as individuals or small groups studying independently, all learning styles are served in maximum ways.

With Phase I complete, the Magnificat High School Board of Directors has forwarded Phase II, which recently kicked-off and is being led by the Alumnae Leadership Cabinet and Parent Cabinet. Phase II involves the redesign of the Cafeteria, Kitchen and access halls with a seamless connection to the SLC and Marian Courtyard. Phase III allows for the transformation of the Large Group Instruction Room (LGI), Business Technology Center (BTC) and outdoor areas. The Campaign's goal is to raise $5 million by December 31, 2014.

The President oversees the daily operations of the school and is the spiritual and educational leader. The primary responsibility is to foster a school environment compatible with the philosophy and mission. In addition, the President upholds the highest academic standards through curricular and instructional leadership, supports all learners, monitors the financial resources in coordination with the Director of Finance, promotes the positive image of the school to local schools, parishes and community at large. The President directly supervises all school faculty,

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated:
• Commitment to a strong Catholic, college preparatory education and to Magnificat's unique Mission, which is to educate young women holistically -- to learn, to lead, and to serve, manifesting the core values of respect, commitment, collaboration, compassion, lifelong learning and a faith-filled life;
• A proven record of accomplishment in leadership and management, and excellent communication and organizational skills honed in an educational environment;
• Partnership with the Board of Directors and the Sisters of the Humility of Mary in developing major aspects of the advancement program, including the capital campaign associated with the Surround Learning Center Project, and varied external relationships;
• Excellent management of the school's day-to-day operations in collaboration with the senior management team;
• And strategic perspective and discernment in guiding the school in the right direction within the evolving framework of Catholic education today, especially in the development of strong, young women of faith.

Interested candidates should submit the following materials confidentially as separate PDF attachments in one e-mail to

• Cover letter addressed to the Search Consultant expressing interest that details reasons for perceived fit;
• Current resume with Education, Experience, and Related Professional Experience;
• Statement of professional philosophy of teaching and learning, leadership practice and style, and management of programs;
• List of five references with names, phone numbers, and email addresses for each -- references will be contacted only with the candidate's permission.

Timothy R. McIntire
Skype: timothy.mcintire

Marlene Shaw
Senior Search Associate

Senior Search Associate
44 Bromfield Street, Boston, MA 02138

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