NCEA Announces Search for Director of Leadership Development

NCEA Now Accepting Applications for this Executive Leadership Position

Arlington, VA — The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) today announced it will begin a search for a director of leadership development.

Director of Leadership Development James Pavlacka will be leaving NCEA to pursue new professional opportunities. At NCEA, Jim has been instrumental in forming the Institute for Catholic School Leaders, a conference for Catholic school administrators and leaders, and helped develop the new NCEA Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Awards. He also provided oversight to the Catholic Leadership Summit.

“We at NCEA give our sincere thanks to Jim for his dedication, commitment and service,” said NCEA President/CEO Thomas W. Burnford. “We know Jim will do well in his next endeavor.”

NCEA will begin a search for a new director to provide vision and resources for the development of leaders at all levels of Catholic school education in the United States, both by aggregating and making available existing excellent resources and creating new resources/programs as appropriate. The director leads NCEA’s efforts in school/diocesan leadership formation for current and future leaders, as well as faith leadership formation. To view the job description, visit

NCEA is the largest private professional education organization in the world, representing more than 150,000 Catholic educators serving nearly 2 million students in Catholic preschool, elementary and secondary schools. NCEA provides leadership and professional development to fulfill the evangelizing, catechizing and teaching mission of the church and to lead, learn and proclaim the good news of Catholic school education.


Rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is a professional membership organization that assists its members to fulfill their teaching mission of the Church and to lead, learn and proclaim the good news of Catholic school education. For more information, visit