The board of trustees for the newly established Catholic Cemeteries of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, Inc. (Catholic Cemeteries) enthusiastically announces its search for the organization’s first president. The leader will have executive oversight of the enterprise at a time of historic growth and opportunity. Catholic Cemeteries supports grieving families in the celebration of their loved ones at four main cemeteries and on a contractual basis oversees twenty-one historic parish cemeteries which are sister corporations within the community. Catholic Cemeteries is located in Westbury, New York and services the needs of individuals and parishes within the Diocese of Rockville Centre - the Roman Catholic churches on Long Island. The Diocese of Rockville Centre is the eighth largest diocese (inclusive of archdioceses) in the United States totaling more than 1.5 million members, all united under Diocesan Bishop John O. Barres, who will conduct the final interview for this new role. Catholic Cemeteries has a proud tradition of serving Long Island’s ethnically and economically diverse population.
The inaugural president will have demonstrated success as a results-oriented, business-savvy executive dedicated to mission-centric organizations. The president will report to the board of trustees and serve as the chief executive officer overseeing all aspects of the strategy, operation and vision for the future of the organization. Of critical importance, the new president will ensure the successful completion and opening of the fourth main cemetery during the next four years; manage a $50 million endowment and investments and a $20 million annual operating budget; lead a team of eighty loyal staff; and continue to deliver high-quality burial services with empathy and conviction. The president is a key liaison and representative to the local community. This will require an astute management style and an understanding of the fluid landscape of the local Catholic community as a practicing Catholic in good standing, as well as the ability to articulate and execute a reliable and facile business operation.
The president will work in concert with the Dioceses community and an active, engaged board of trustees to strengthen the institution’s position in a highly complex and competitive marketplace and balance the accessibility of quality services for a diverse Catholic community with the need for a strong financial foundation. This charge requires a professional of considerable leadership and management acumen.
Most organizations look ahead to the next quarter for strategic planning. Cemeteries look ahead to the next quarter century. The Catholic Cemeteries president will be a strategic individual, who understands and embraces the Dioceses of Rockville Centre’s Catholic foundation and resonates with, and can actively advocate and market on behalf of, the mission and values of the Catholic Cemeteries and Dioceses.
An earned degree, a demonstrable record of success executing major capital projects, extensive operational facility management and success overseeing a complex funding source are required; candidates with exceptional personal and professional backgrounds and records of success in sales and marketing will be given full consideration.
Additional information about the position, including a leadership profile, can be found at www.wittkieffer.com.
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Candidates should provide a resume, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Statement, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the Diocese of Rockville Centre consultants, Kim Brettschneider and Dennis Barden at CatholicCemeteries@wittkieffer.com. Documents that must be mailed may be sent to Witt/Kieffer, 2015 Spring Road, Suite 510, Oak brook, IL 60525. The consultants can be reached by telephone at 630-575-6157.