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Job Opening: Newark Public Schools - Assistant Superintendent Position

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  • ChristinaG
    JOB DESCRIPTION NEWARK PUBLIC SCHOOLS: ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OVERVIEW: Newark Public Schools (NPS) is in a historic period of change. With the appointment
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 30, 2011




      Newark Public Schools (NPS) is in a historic period of change.  With the appointment of Superintendent Cami Anderson and a significant level of national attention and investment, Newark has an incredible opportunity to transform the school system into one that ensures that all of its students graduate with the reading, writing, critical thinking, analytic, and quantitative skills to succeed in the college or career of their choice.  In NPS, all means all – including students who fall behind or have been considered "hard to serve" for a host of reasons. 


      Currently, NPS has 74 schools serving 39,440 students, of whom 82% qualify for free or reduced price lunch and 92% are students of color.  Within the district, a sizable number of students do not meet or exceed state standards, and just over half of those who attend high school graduate with a diploma. Superintendent Anderson is building a talented and committed leadership team to partner with her in moving NPS towards the ambitious goal of preparing all students for success. 



      Newark Public Schools is committed to ensuring exemplary leadership at every one of its schools. To achieve this goal, Superintendent Anderson seeks a team of Assistant Superintendents to provide Newark's Principals with the tools and resources to set and attain high levels of student achievement. They will be charged with the mission-critical task of inspiring, providing thought-partnership, coaching, and holding principals accountable to the vision that all of their students are making dramatic progress on their academic, college and career goals.  This is an exciting opportunity for leaders with the right skills and experiences to have a lasting impact on all of Newark Public Schools' students and their schools.



      The Assistant Superintendent's responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:


      ·       Coach 10-25 principals in goal setting and planning, including:

      o   Assisting them in identifying, recruiting and promoting excellent teachers and other school leaders;

      o   Working with them to establish specific, targeted student performance goals and create plans for curriculum, assessment, instructional practice, and professional development;

      o   Providing them with the support and resources they need to create cultures of high expectations and systems for operational excellence in their schools;

      o   Working with principals to ensure a clear division of labor on their core leadership team to ensure their time is free to drive vision and results.


      ·       Support principals in day-to-day leadership to drive results, including:

      o   Conducting regular formal and informal classroom walk-throughs aligned to student achievement and strategic goals;

      o   Attending school-based meetings and events to foster a culture of engagement;

      o   Providing feedback to principals around successful leadership practices, such as effective management of instructional staff, use of data, and establishment of school culture;

      o   Focusing principals on student outcomes and teacher quality while balancing intense operational demands.


      ·       Supervise and evaluate principals, including:

      o   Managing annual performance review process for school leaders, ensuring they are meeting or exceeding goals and providing documentation/evidence of progress;

      o   Identifying and rewarding strong performance, creating opportunities for professional growth;

      o   Documenting progress against goals, flagging and elevating issues as appropriate, ultimately ensuring that schools perform at a high level and meet the needs of Newark's students.


      ·       Manage a team of 6-8 specialists (literacy, special education, teacher quality, data, etc.) to drive student achievement gains.


      ·       Serve on Superintendent's leadership team, including:

      o   Helping to shape, refine, and implement district-wide initiatives in areas such as special education, enrollment, teacher evaluation, and curriculum adoption;

      o   Create a collaborative and open communication line between district departments and principals, driving alignment of strategic vision, a shared understanding of challenges at the school level, and identification of opportunities for improved student achievement;

      o   Identify areas where adjusting central team's approach/focus could lead to better student outcomes.



      The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following:


      ·       Vision and Courage to Ensure All Students Achieve

      o   Passionately believes that all students can achieve at high levels.

      o   Holds self personally responsible for ensuring high academic achievement of all students.

      o   Develops, articulates, and builds buy-in to a clear vision and mission.

      o   Demonstrates cultural competence and the ability to model constructive, effective conversations about race, class and other equity concerns with a variety of stakeholders.


      ·       Strategic Planning and Effective Execution

      o   Exhibits strong focus on goals and results.  Sets clear metrics for success.

      o   Offers innovative solutions to seemingly intractable problems.

      o   Clearly articulates plans to achieve student, school, and district goals.

      o   Demonstrates excellent execution and project management skills, including attention to detail, organizational skills, ability to balance the big picture with detailed steps to reach the end goal, and ability to balance multiple projects under tight deadlines.

      o   Demonstrates systems thinking.  Can build systems and policies necessary to bring solutions to scale.

      o   Prioritizes and aligns people, time, and resources to the most important issues.


      ·       Communication

      o   Conveys passion and urgency for school reform.

      o   Communicates effectively in both written and verbal communication.  Tailors message for the audience, context, and mode of communication. 

      o   Actively listens to others, understands nuance, and effectively interprets others' motivations and perceptions.

      o   Clearly articulates organizational priorities and policies to diverse audiences with differing socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.


      ·       Adult Leadership

      o   Motivates, inspires, and moves other adults to action to achieve ambitious goals. 

      o   Builds and maintains positive relationships with individuals and groups.

      o   Moves groups to consensus and resolves conflicts.  Exhibits willingness to have difficult conversations.

      o   Builds coalitions and works collaboratively with diverse stakeholders at all levels, including but not limited to district personnel, students, families, communities, and/or advocacy groups.


      ·       School Knowledge and Leadership Expertise

      o   Proven ability to develop and deliver programming that drives improved academic performance for all student populations; knows effective practice for differentiating instruction.

      o   Strong knowledge of high-quality instructional practices and the ability to lead others to implement these practices consistently across classrooms and school sites.

      o   Deep knowledge of pedagogy and a proven track record of using data to drive results.

      o   Proven ability to serve as a coach and mentor, helping staff to develop the skills needed at sustainably high levels.



      ·       A minimum of ten years of professional experience, with an outstanding track record as a school principal (or equivalent) strongly preferred.

      ·       Significant experience as an instructional leader elevating student achievement in an urban setting.

      ·       Master's degree in education or related field required.



      Please submit a resume and cover letter to Ned Daly, Deputy Chief of Staff, at talent@... or call us at 973.733.7595 for more information.

      Compensation is competitive and based on experience.  Newark Public Schools offers a comprehensive benefits package to all of its employees. 


      Newark Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

      For more information about NPS, please visit our website at www.nps.k12.nj.us.

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