The Campaign for Catholic Schools (CCS) is a change agent dedicated to rebuilding Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Boston through new models that introduce lay governance, strong academics, facility improvement, new technology, and innovative teacher support.
During the mid-2000’s, with enrollment declining and schools closing, a major review and strategic planning effort was launched by Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, to change the trajectory of Catholic education in Boston. Chaired by Boston business and civic leader, Jack Connors, Jr., at the behest of Cardinal Seán, this endeavor known as the 2010 School Planning Initiative for Catholic Education launched forth a path for sustaining Catholic schools with new models of governance, and a focused response to strengthen academics and teacher support, while improving school facilities and technology. Taking into account the need to show a way forward, Jack Connors, Tom Shields, and John Fish teamed together to create the Campaign for Catholic Schools.
Trinity Catholic Academy (TCA) in Brockton, CCS’ first successful pilot school, was established in 2007. Thanks to the generosity of philanthropists who funded over $12 million in private support, and to Suffolk Construction which undertook major renovations at below cost, three Catholic parish elementary schools became one regional two-campus Academy. TCA educates middle- and low-income students from Brockton as well as cities and towns south of Boston.
In 2008, Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy (SJPIICA) was established with seven parish schools joining together to form a multi-campus Academy. With an enrollment of 1,150+ children grades PreK- 8, SJPIICA is governed by a lay board of trustees and administered by a regional director.
This year, the Campaign for Catholic Schools took additional steps to ensure the long-term success of its Academies by becoming a legal co-sponsor of each school corporation along with the Archdiocese. This additional layer of engagement as a co-sponsor brings a new phase of strategic commitment to make these Academies even stronger in the highly competitive educational landscape. It also reflects the continued commitment of CCS to provide strategic direction, planning and support to the local boards and leadership to strengthen academics, enhance teaching and learning, boost technology in the classroom and invest in quality faculty to ensure student achievement and excellence.
The results from these two Academies over the past 10 years have been outstanding. This includes 66% of students attending a Catholic high school, 97% graduating high school and 92% attending 4-year colleges or universities. CCS has also influenced the establishment of three additional Academies—Lawrence Catholic Academy, Quincy Catholic Academy, and South Boston Catholic Academy—and consults with other Catholic schools throughout Greater Boston and the United States.
The new model focuses on system-wide change in the following areas:
At the CCS-sponsored Academies, the nurturing environment and extended day programs operate from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm and are game changers – with winning results for students and their families:
Since its inception ten years ago, the Campaign for Catholic Schools has raised approximately $100 million dollars. The Campaign for Catholic School’s most recent campaign, the Fund for the Future, established in 2017, has a goal to raise $25 million. This is a multi-year effort to strengthen academics and schools’ sustainability, while providing funding for innovative teacher/principal programs and endowment. To date, the Fund for the Future has raised $18.6 million and the new Chief Development Officer (CDO) will play a lead role in the successful completion of this vital campaign.
The CDO will report to the Executive Director and the President, working closely with the CCS Board, local Academy Board chairs, school leadership, development and volunteer staff. The CDO will foster a culture of philanthropy within the organization, overseeing development operations and managing the development process including cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts, as well as the planning and implementation of strategies to build and engage a robust pipeline of donors and prospects. The CDO will ensure that overall development functions operate efficiently and effectively.
All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
Please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to:
Senior Vice President, Principal
Development Guild DDI
For more information about The Campaign for Catholic Schools, please visit www.campaignforcatholicschools.org