Position Description

President, Aquinas Institute of Theology

Position:The President of Aquinas Institute of Theology is the chief executive officer of this graduate school of theology sponsored by the Central Province of St. Albert the Great of the Dominican Order of Preachers. The President has responsibility for leading all aspects of the institution; for ensuring its financial sustainability, including raising funds, overseeing enrollment management, and developing opportunities for earned income; and developing and maintaining relationships with all stakeholders, including bishops, the board of trustees, and members of the Provincial Council. The President is appointed by the Provincial Council upon recommendation of the Board of Trustees. Direct reports to the President include the academic dean, business manager, and director of institutional advancement.

Key Responsibilities of the President:

  • Set the vision and strategic direction for the institution, ensure alignment of staff, faculty and board with the Institute’s strategic plan and ensure its implementation.
  • Serve as spiritual leader in the Catholic and Dominican tradition.
  • Raise funds to support the institution, including developing and maintain relationships with key donors and prospective donors.
  • Provide strategic direction and oversight for enrollment management, development of earned income opportunities especially for sponsored ministries such as health care, and academic programs and assessment working through the academic dean.
  • Oversee financial and human resource management for the institution.
  • Engage and support the Board of Trustees.
  • Foster good communication with the Provincial Council.
  • Develop and nurture relationships with key stakeholders, develop and maintain partnership relationships with dioceses and other education institutions.

Key Success Factors:

  • Collaborative approach to leadership with ability to develop and sustain relationships with wide range of communities with whom Aquinas Institute works and depends upon for support.
  • Ability to develop and articulate a long term vision for the school and communicate the vision effectively to all constituencies.
  • Ability to acquire and manage the resources of the institution to ensure its long-term sustainability.
  • Ability to engage faculty, staff and board in support of the mission of Aquinas Institute.
  • Competency in working in an inter-cultural environment and modeling an appreciation for diversity and inclusion throughout the institution.
  • Commitment to supporting ordained, religious and lay ministries in the church.
  • Understanding the ecclesial and global context for Aquinas Institute’s work.
  • Ability to cultivate Aquinas’ relationship with the sponsoring province of St. Albert the Great.


Desired Skills , Experience and Education:

  • Administrative experience within an academic setting
  • Strong management and strategy skills
  • Excellent communication skills (both presentation and written)
  • Experience in raising funds to support institutional mission
  • Insight into assessment of academic programs, including distance learning
  • Understanding of financial statements and reporting
  • Earned doctoral or terminal degree

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