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Learn More About the Cristo Rey Presidential Search

Do you have the vision, skills and entrepreneurial drive to lead a new school that follows a proven model for success? Would you like your legacy to be one that helps children move out of poverty through education and work? Are you Catholic?

The Opportunity

The Founding President of Cristo Rey Richmond High School will have the opportunity to be a game changer, really a life changer, for hundreds of children growing up in poverty in Richmond. The President will lead the planning and development needed to open the school in September 2019, and then will lead the school to full enrollment of 400+ students in grades 9 – 12.

Cristo Rey Richmond will be one of more than 30 schools that comprise the Cristo Rey Network. The President will be the Chief Executive Officer, serving as the leader and outward face of the school. A school principal will be responsible for academic leadership.

The President will hire and lead the school’s management team and will work with a Board of engaged community leaders to gain individual and corporate support for the school. He or she will be the outward face of the school and have ultimate responsibility for all school operations.



First and foremost, the President must be committed to education reform – particularly for traditionally underserved students – and have passion for the distinct mission, values, academic standards, and Catholic identity of the Cristo Rey Network so that s/he can inspire people to support this unique education model.


Successful candidates must be Catholic (this is a non-negotiable requirement). They will possess:

  • The leadership experience to build and run an organization.

  • Exceptional communication skills.

  • The ability to gain support for a new model of education.

  • Experience in building community and corporate partnerships.

  • A track record of successful fundraising as a professional or a volunteer.

  • The ability to build strong relationships with people of all racial and socioeconomic


  • An understanding of the President’s role in an academic environment.

  • Urban experience with people of limited income.


Cristo Rey Schools

The Cristo Rey Network empowers students from underserved lower-income communities to develop their minds and become lifelong contributors to society. By providing students an extraordinary college preparatory education and a unique four- year, integrated corporate work-study experience, the Cristo Rey Network seeks to “transform urban America one student at a time.”

As a member of the Cristo Rey Network, a school is committed to the following standards:

  1. A Cristo Rey school is explicitly Catholic in mission and enjoys Church approval.

  2. A Cristo Rey school serves only students with limited economic resources and is open to

    students of various faiths and cultures.

  3. A Cristo Rey school is family centered and plays an active role in the local community.

  4. A Cristo Rey school prepares all students to enter and graduate from college.

  5. A Cristo Rey school requires participation by all students in the Corporate Work Study


  6. A Cristo Rey school integrates the learning present in its work program, classroom and

    extracurricular experiences for the fullest benefit of its students.

  7. A Cristo Rey school has effective administrative and board structures, and complies with

    applicable state and federal laws.

  8. A Cristo Rey school is financially sound.

  9. A Cristo Rey school supports its graduates’ efforts to obtain a college degree and enter

    post-college life as productive, faith-filled individuals.

  10. A Cristo Rey school is an active participant in the Cristo Rey Network.

The first Cristo Rey school was founded in 1996 by Jesuits in Chicago. Today the schools have a combined enrollment of over 11,500. Students come from families whose overall average household size is four persons and average family income is $35,000. Ninety-seven percent (97%) of Cristo Rey students are young people of color. Our schools accept all students, regardless of religious affiliation. This school-year, 46% of the student-body is not Catholic.


Cristo Rey Richmond

The Cristo Rey Richmond feasibility study has confirmed that there is community support from the Catholic Diocese, corporations, individuals and potential students and their families. The school will be built on property adjacent to the Sacred Heart Parish and the Sacred Heart Center. Until the building is ready, the school will be located in the former Benedictine High School building on Sheppard Street.


To Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter outlining specific, relevant skills you bring to this position, and three references to For best consideration, please respond by Tuesday, September 5th, and put “Cristo Rey” in the subject line. EOE.


The search firm and the search committee take confidentiality seriously.


Note: Please see a printable version of the Job Description along the right side of this page.