Diocese of Charleston

The Diocese of Charleston

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston is a territory full of history and heart that covers the entire state of South Carolina. The diocese was established on July 11, 1820, by His Holiness Pope Pius VII making it the seventh oldest Roman Catholic diocese in the United States.

The Diocese of Charleston encompasses all 32,020 square miles of South Carolina. When it was established in 1820, it covered all of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. We are now part of the Province of Atlanta, which is comprised of five dioceses within the tri-state region.

The total population of South Carolina exceeds 5.024 million, of which an estimated 10 percent are Catholic. We have 94 parishes, one quasi-parish, 20 missions, 33 diocesan and parochial schools (28 elementary and five high schools) and one private school. Our clergy and religious sisters are a local and worldwide representation of the answer to the Baptismal call to minister, serve and evangelize.


As the strategic leader and chief administrator of the Office of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Charleston, the Superintendent oversees the vision and planning for Catholic schools and is responsible for the performance and operations of this office and its interactions with the School Principal and/or President, pastors, and members of the Bishop’s Cabinet. The Superintendent of Catholic Schools reports to the Vicar General and serves on the Bishop’s Cabinet.

By means of the Office of Catholic Schools, the Superintendent of Catholic Schools assists the Bishop in his mandate as a Teacher of the Catholic faith by establishing a climate and framework in the schools of the diocese in adherence to the Magisterium of the Church. The Superintendent must model an ability to understand, support, and articulate the philosophy of Catholic education in the broadest sense.


  • Collaboratively build a vision for Catholic education in Catholic schools in the Diocese.
  • Assist pastors in their efforts to support Catholic schools by finding and providing needed resources.
  • Interpret and implement Diocesan policies and procedures.
  • Work closely with the Bishop and other diocesan agencies in representing Catholic school concerns of the Diocese.
  • Work with school administrators to enhance the Catholic nature of educational programs, including spiritual development, in Catholic schools in the Diocese.
  • Have an overall responsibility for Financial Aid Scholarship funds and subsidies for Catholic schools.
  • Take a leadership role in the solicitation of funds for Catholic schools.
  • Prepare the District’s budget and be held responsible for the financial operation of the District.
  • Serves as Diocesan Coordinator of the Limited Professional Certification with the SC Department of Education, Office of Educator Certification for Diocesan teachers both Elementary and Secondary
  • Represents the Catholic Schools Office and the diocese on various boards and committees, particularly NCEA and the SC State Department of Education.
  • Coordinates curriculum initiatives, including the development of curriculum standards for K-12, in cooperation with the Assistant Superintendent.


  • Be a practicing Catholic in full communion.
  • A master’s degree in educational administration and/or a related field is required.
  • Doctorate in Education Awareness preferred, but not required.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in Catholic education and school administration.
  • Previous experience with various levels and aspects of Catholic education.
  • Experience in school administration.
  • Strong collaborative and organizational skills,
  • Strong oral and written communication.

Working Environment 

  • This position requires evening and weekend work
  • This position requires the ability to travel within the diocese as well as outside the diocese.
  • This position requires residency in or near Charleston and full-time work within the diocesan chancery.

Salary: Highly competitive with a comprehensive benefit package.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2024 (We reserve the right to shorten the deadline for applications if we have sufficient interest. Please apply early to ensure your background will be considered.)

For consideration, please email a cover letter and resume to: Elizabeth Isch, Director of HR at eisch@charlestondiocese.org

Note: Only those selected for an interview with the search committee will be contacted.


To apply for this job email your details to eisch@charlestondiocese.org