Volunteering on a Catholic School Board is a Great Career Look for Young Professionals

The cover of the board training manual

BRAINTREE, MA (April 2019): The Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office (CSO), in partnership with the Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF), is focused on building a pool of qualified, committed, and trained individuals to actively serve as board members at Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. The CSO placed 10 people with schools last spring and it hopes to place 12 people on boards this year.

Catholic Schools Office Associate Superintendent of Data & Research Annie Smith organized the board member recruitment efforts. She said, “This program helps schools that might not have the time or the network to find new board members. We connect the schools with people who are passionate and want to give back and help the future of Catholic education.”

Smith continued, “The partnership with the CSF is part of our shared leadership initiative. The CSF has a robust young professionals’ group, full of Catholics who are committed to helping others. We’ve found that it’s crucial to introduce young professionals to Catholic education and show them that they can make a difference in a school community.”

Sister Mary Paul McCaughey, O.P., the coordinator of the Catholic Educational Leadership Program and graduate instructor in the College of Education at DePaul University, leads the trainings. During the trainings, Sister Mary Paul covers the roles on the various types of boards, the attributes of a strong board member, and how to be effective lay leaders.

When asked about what constitutes a “perfect” board, Sister Mary Paul said, “A perfect board member brings talent, grace, and creative strategies to help make Catholic schools strong.  A great board member comes in every flavor, but each is motivated by mission to forward what is best for kids in the context of our Catholic community and has the energy to engage in planning.  A perfect board brings these disparate people together as a blend in a community of listening, ideas, and action designed to create a vibrant future for a school.”

If you are interested in learning more about joining the Saint Catherine of Siena School Advisory Board, contact Principal Beth Tanner at 781-769-5354.

School News