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La Reina High School & Middle School

Dean of Mission

Start Date: July 15, 2020


Overview of the school and the community:

In preparation for the 2020-2021 school year, La Reina High School & Middle School is conducting a search for a new Dean of Mission, who will assume the position on July 15, 2020.

We are seeking an experienced individual, a practicing Catholic and an inspirational leader. The ideal candidate will promote the mission and values of the school, which are grounded in the spirituality and mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame.

Located in the beautiful city of Thousand Oaks, La Reina High School & Middle School was established in 1964, by the Sisters of Notre Dame. La Reina is the only private Catholic, independent, college preparatory school in Ventura County for young women in grades 6-12. La Reina values the girls’ school advantage. Every student is empowered with knowledge, creativity, and self -awareness to become her best self within the classroom and beyond.

La Reina High School (grades 9-12) and Middle School (grades 6-8) is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Western Catholic Education Association.

La Reina High School & Middle School is in a premier community recognized for being one of the most desirable places in all of California to live, work, recreate, and raise a family. Located between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara in Ventura County, Thousand Oaks is nestled against the Santa Monica Mountains with over 15,000 acres of natural publicly owned open space located within the city’s boundaries.

The Office of the Dean of Mission of La Reina has as its primary purpose to provide professional leadership, assistance and support to the President in overseeing the Catholic identity and educational vision and charism of the Sisters of Notre Dame in relation to the mission of La Reina High and Middle School as a Catholic single gender educational institution. This includes the Sisters’ four Core Educational Principles:

1) The centrality of a good and provident God

2) Human dignity for each person as an image of God

3) the Notre Dame Educator as Gospel Witness

4) an integrated education for transformation

The Dean of Mission is appointed by the President and primarily reports to the Principal.

The Dean of Mission assists the President and Principal with the ongoing mission integration efforts of the school and serves as a member of the Administrative Team. The Dean of Mission is accountable to the Principal and has his/her performance appraised annually by the Principal.


  • Collaborates closely with the Principal and serves on the Leadership Team.
  • Collaborates with Campus Ministry and the Magis Center staff to provide spiritual and leadership opportunities for students
  • Oversees faith formation activities for faculty and staff, including educational support materials as related to Catholic teaching and identity
  • Provides prayers for faculty meetings, parent meetings and other public relations events as needed
  • Serves as resource to assure the mission and Catholic identity are preserved in relation to strategic planning and hiring practices
  • Creates and maintains pastoral relationships that promote the public face of the school
  • Provides training to identified groups, e.g. Board, faculty/staff, in the charism and traditions of the Sisters of Notre Dame
  • Acts as liaison on Mission Effectiveness Committee, a committee of the Board of Trustees and other groups as identified
  • Contributes articles on mission and religious activities to school publications
  • Coordinates input for Annual Archdiocesan Catholic Identity Report
  • Provides materials for daily school-wide prayer according to the season
  • Oversees school chapel
  • Provides presence, support and advice as needed
  • Attends archdiocesan meetings as assigned by the President.
  • Performs other relevant duties as assigned by the President.


  • A professed and practicing Roman Catholic with a well-integrated Christian faith in good standing with the Church.
  • Master's Degree in Theology (preferred) or professional certification in religious studies (required).
  • Five-years relevant ministerial and administrative experience or an equivalent          combination of education and experience enough to successfully perform the essential                duties of the job.
  • Be conversant in theology and/or pastoral studies and/or spirituality as a result of academic study and/or experience.
  • Leadership experience in lay formation and private education preferred.
  • Experience with direct supervision of staff including performance management,          employee development and management functions including budget and policy           
  • Knowledge of current best practices in religious studies, academics, campus ministry, educational research, concepts and programs.
  • Strong leadership skills and conflict resolution skills.
  • Detail-oriented, ability to delegate, strong time management and multi-tasking skills, and excellent group facilitation, verbal and written skills.
  • Demonstrated success in the use of information technology to enhance operations and service delivery.
  • Strong collaboration, consensus-building and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Be an advocate of the benefits of single-gender education.
  • Computer proficiency in MS Word, Excel and the Internet required.


For consideration, please send electronic submissions to

          Candidates should submit:

  • Cover letter expressing interest in the position and qualifying personal qualities
  • A current resume
  • 3-5 professional references with name, phone number, and email address.          

References will not be contacted until a mutual interest is established and only with the candidate’s permission.  


          Applications due – January 10, 2020

          Interviews: – Late January

          Appointment of position – July 15, 2020