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The Aquinas Institute

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Job Title: President of The Aquinas Institute of Rochester

Reports to: Board of Trustees, Aquinas Institute

Job Status: Exempt (Salary)
Full-time 37.5 hours per week, 12 month position

Supervisory Responsibility: Senior Leadership Team Revised: August 2022

Please send inquiries to Shawn Baker at and in the

subject line please enter: Aquinas Search. Please do not send

applications for this position to employment@

The President of Aquinas Institute is the Chief Executive Officer of the School. The President is
accountable for ensuring that the entire leadership team of Aquinas Institute works
collaboratively and effectively to ensure attainment of Aquinas Mission and Strategic Plan as
established by the Board of Trustees of the School. The President is responsible for the internal
and external affairs of the school, for ensuring sufficient resources, sound fiscal management
and financial stability of the school through direct oversight of the business operations,
development, alumnae, community relations and enrollment management activities. The
President promotes the good reputation and values of the school in acting as the primary liaison
between the school, the Board of Trustees and the Diocese.

The President is the chief spokesperson for the school, provides visible, personal leadership to
the school community and articulates and promotes the school community to the external

Catholic Identity: The President has the responsibility to guarantee and maintain the Catholic identity and ethos of the Institute. Through delegation of responsibilities to the Principal and appropriate Directors, the President will see that the faith and traditions, prayer and sacraments, values and practices of the Roman Catholic Church continue to form and direct the Aquinas community of faculty, staff, students and their families and alumni. The President will see that the Institute maintains a cordial working relationship with the Diocese of Rochester and is in compliance with the Bishop's expectations for Catholicity.


The President will work with the Board of Trustees in the formulation and evaluation of policies, goals and objectives and will take the lead in creating a vision and strategies to move the school towards its mission and long term viability. This requires the planning, evaluating, monitoring and guiding the progress of the School in pursuit of its objectives.

Educational Program: The President consults with the Principal who is the Chief Educational Professional of the School in the development and execution of the curricular and co-curricular elements of the educational program including providing leadership for a cohesive, student- centered professional staff. The President works collaboratively with the Principal to ensure attainment of goals and objectives related to student academic success, professional faculty assessment and development, parent-student satisfaction.

Athletic Program: It is the responsibility of the President to work with the Principal and the Athletic Director to ensure that the athletic program is in complete alignment with the overall Catholic academic mission of the School.

Fiscal Responsibilities: As Chief Executive officer of the School, the President is accountable for implementing the policies and plans to ensure the fiscal soundness and integrity of the School. As such, the president is responsible for recommending to the Board and implementing Board actions regarding budgeting, salaries, facilities and supervision of endowment activities. The President works directly with the Director of Finance in meeting these responsibilities. In addition, the President ensures that resources (e.g., fiscal, human, plant, and technological) are managed effectively.

Enrollments: It is the responsibility of the President to be actively involved in the development and execution of the marketing and recruitment programs for the School. The President must oversee the effective positioning and exposure of the School in the market and manage the fulfillment of the admissions objective including the size, socio-economic profile and net tuition revenue targets.

Institutional Advancement: It is the responsibility of the President to take the leadership role in the development and fundraising activities of the School. The President must be able to articulate the educational needs of the School within a development context and lead the effort in designing a plan for the long-term role of alumni relations and development. The president must be an active proponent of a public affairs program for the School and the School's chief public spokesperson. The President is responsible for ensuring and implementing excellent communication processes among trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and the
community at large.

Community Participation: The President must foster, motivate, and maintain the leadership for, and involvement and support of the School's diverse constituents: trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and parents. This leadership requires the President to be accessible, open, and responsive to the school community as well as the community at large

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Minimum of 7-10 years increasingly responsible leadership and strategic planning implementation experience.
  • Master’s Degree in Business or Financial Administration or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.
  • Must have strong Finance and Public Relations background.
  • Business acuity with analytical strengths will be key
  • Experience in a non-profit organization preferred
  • Familiarity with Catholic school mission and values is highly desirable.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Requires the capability of initiating entrepreneurial and resourceful approaches to financial leadership and management.
  • Possesses discernment and judgment to assess, modify, and initiate programs and goals that enables Aquinas to advance its mission.
  • Excels in representing the school to the community and embraces the role of the School’s chief ambassador.
  • Proven leadership in fund-raising, and ability to working collaboratively with the Board and Advancement staff to implement a successful program for resource development.
  • Requires an understanding of, and strong advocacy for, the unique role that the School's professional staff fulfills in the educational program.
  • Must have a strong service orientation and dedication to the mission of Aquinas.
  • Must be a practicing Catholic
  • Ability to travel including overnights.
  • Must have driver’s license and reliable transportation.

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phone, copiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. Must be able to travel by car and airplane.

Please send inquiries to Shawn Baker at and in the

subject line please enter: Aquinas Search. Please do not send

applications for this position to employment@

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