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4147Job Opening: Special Assistant for Guidance - Newark Public Schools

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  • rapatalo
    Dec 9, 2013
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      An outstanding candidate would redefine the role of guidance as the anchor of college and career readiness at Newark Public Schools.  This role would define the scope and sequence for training guidance counselors how to push into classrooms.

      Office of College and Career Readiness 

      (Pending availability of funds and Superintendent’s approval) 

      The Superintendent invites qualified and interested persons to apply for the position of Special Assistant for Guidance – Office of College and Career Readiness. 

      DEFINITION: The Special Assistant (SA) for Guidance plays a critical role in achieving the goals of NPS’ Office of College and Career Readiness. The SA for Guidance is responsible for setting and realizing the strategic vision of OCCR related to student support services including the work of school-based guidance departments, inter-agency work supporting students who are homeless, involved with family court, or truant. The SA – Guidance will contribute to the design of new student support strategies and implementation and will ensure policies support the service of at-risk students district-wide. This position may also be responsible for other duties as assigned.
      • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience, including experience in program design, with an outstanding track record as an innovative leader preferred. 
      • Three (3) years of successful teaching experience and (2) years of supervisory oversight or direct management experience. 
      • Experience managing change in complex environments with multiple stakeholders. 
      • Success managing and working as part of a team and leading teams to solutions. 
      • New Jersey Department of Education Standard School Administrator Certificate. 
      • New Jersey School Counselor Standard Certificate. 
      • Master’s Degree required.
      The Special Assistant-Guidance will support the work of the Office of College and Career Readiness in a number of ways including: 

      • Coordinate and support functions of school-based guidance offices across the district. 
      • Implement district wide strategies and supports to best serve students. 
      • Using multiple data sources, evaluate the progress of programs toward established goals. 
      • Ensure policies are implemented across the district in service of all NPS students. 
      • Support school leaders in ensuring services for at-risk students by identifying additional resources, administering grants to support homeless youth and leading professional development. 
      • Execute methods to improve workflow, simplify reporting procedures or institute cost reductions. 


      The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a track record of the following: 

      • Passionate belief that all students can achieve at high levels. 
      • Personal accountability for serving all students and ensuring their academic achievement. 
      • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to: 
      o Work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders at all levels, including but not limited to district personnel, students, families, communities, and/or advocacy groups. 
      o Solicit feedback while building consensus. 
      o Maintain positive relationships and build lasting coalitions of support. 
      o Skillfully navigate existing political structures/systems. 
      • Strong goal-orientation and focus on results – thrives in achievement---oriented and fast---paced environment. 
      • Outstanding critical thinking skills, including the ability to analyze data, identify trends, pinpoint problems and root causes, and develop innovative solutions. 
      • Excellent execution and project management skills, including ability to balance the big picture with detailed steps. 
      • Strong critical thinking skills, the ability to select, develop and/or implement useful resources to drive improved educational outcomes. 
      • Strong management skills, with the emotional intelligence to work effectively with diverse leaders and leadership teams, developing and enhancing their capabilities. 
      • Effective problem-solving skills, with an ability to creatively solve seemingly intractable problems while inspiring staff to do the same. 
      • Outstanding interpersonal skills, consistently demonstrating both confidence and humility. 
      • Robust analytical skills, with an ability to use quantitative and qualitative data to drive results. 
      • A commitment to high performance standards and unwavering belief that all students can excel. 
      • Superior planning and organizational skills, with the ability to manage multiple priorities successfully.
      Reports To
      Deputy Executive Director of Career & College Readiness
      Salary, Terms & Affiliation
      Salary: Compensation is competitive and based on experience. The expected salary 
      range for this position is from $104,500-136,000. 

      Employment Period: Twelve (12) Months 

      Union Affiliation: Unaffiliated
      Open and Close Dates
      OPENING DATE: November 20, 2013 

      CLOSING DATE: Open until filled