Founded in 1950 by the Sisters of Mercy, the school has educated thousands of young men and women from Philadelphia neighborhoods and the surrounding suburbs. Mercy Career & Technical High School offers the finest career and technical education and training in an environment that promotes spiritual values, moral development, and service to others.
Conceived initially as Mercy Technical School, the school moved in 1972 from its original location at the corner of Broad Street and Columbia Avenue to its present location at 2900 West Hunting Park Avenue and serves over 300 co-ed students.
Mercy Career & Technical High School is accredited by the Middle States Association and recognized by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as a valuable alternative to a comprehensive academic program, providing a safe and conducive learning environment.
Mercy Tech offers an academic program designed to meet the educational and career goals of students of varied interests and ability levels. Over four years, fundamental curriculum offerings in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies combined with four years of Theology classes, provide graduates with a sound basis for continuing education, entry-level employment, and apprenticeship programs. Additionally, students receive superior technical training in seven career and technical education (CTE) programs, including Advertising Art & Web Design, Building Trades, Business, Computer Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary & Pastry Arts, and Health Occupations. Graduates earn a high school diploma based on the Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements and industry-recognized licenses and certifications.
Additional information regarding this rare Catholic school community can be found at https://www.mercycte.org/
Earlier this school year, current President, Sr. Rosemary Herron, announced she would be stepping down as Mercy Tech's longtime leader. Sr. Rosemary served the school community for over 25 years, first as Principal and then as the first President. Under her guidance, this unique Catholic school community has continued to flourish, fulfilling its mission of graduating competent, compassionate, and contributing members of the global community. Because of Sr. Rosemary's leadership and the support of passionate and engaged business partners, Mercy Tech is well-positioned for an exciting and promising future. Recently, constituents and stakeholders of the school community recognized her commitment to the school by hosting a reception where more than 160 donors contributed over $510,000 in her honor to ensure the continued excellence and affordability of a Mercy Tech education.
The President is the school's Chief Executive Officer serving as president of the corporation, assuring the school's faithfulness to its unique mission and sustainability. The President is the spiritual and educational leader, responsible for managing the strategic vision, policies, and finances to ensure a safe, merciful, Catholic learning environment that meets the approved academic and CTE curricula and mission of the school. In promoting the good reputation and values of the school to the external community, the President is supported by a Principal, CFO, and Directors of Advancement, Admissions, Marketing, and Facilities. The President is accountable to the school's governing bodies, the Mercy Education System of the Americas, and the local Board of Trustees.
The ideal candidate will be able to articulate a direction and priorities for the school through the implementation of its strategic plan and have experience in utilizing business opportunities within professional, trade, and other community organizations. As a visible presence within and outside the school community, the President must be able to advance the marketing and advancement initiatives of the school. Ideally, the successful candidate will have significant executive leadership experience, the ability to articulate Mercy Tech's value proposition, and demonstrated ability in acquiring funds through soliciting major gifts, planned gifts, and capital campaign contributions. Candidates should possess exemplary communication and relationship-building skills that inspire confidence and collaboration.
Finally, the new President should have a passion for advancing the mission of Catholic education, particularly the career and technical education of young men and women in the Sisters of Mercy tradition, possess an understanding of the President/Principal model of administration, and be comfortable working with a committed Board of Trustees, the Sisters of Mercy, and Mercy Education.
While the President must have a demonstrated capacity for broad institutional leadership, candidates could have attained this experience through various career paths, including secondary or higher education, non-profit management, or work in the corporate or public sector. Regardless of the career path, the prospective President must have expert knowledge of and a proven record of building upon a strong community culture and identifying, cultivating, and developing strategic partnerships to ensure continued accessibility, success, and sustainability. An advanced degree in educational administration or a business-related field is a plus.
The search committee is on a fast track to identify and secure its next President. While our search prospectus is prepared, interested candidates can begin exploring this exciting executive leadership opportunity by contacting our team immediately. All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be treated with the highest degree of confidentiality and the greatest respect.
Candidates are expected to be available to assume the position's responsibilities in July 2023.
Michael Furey, Partner
Partners in Mission School Leadership Search Solutions, LLC
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