Superintendent of Schools – Nauset Public Schools


Nauset Public Schools

Announcement of Vacancy – Superintendent of Schools

The Nauset Public Schools is actively seeking experienced, qualified candidates for the position of Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1, 2022.

The Nauset Public School District

Core Values     Nauset believes that education should inspire a passion for learning and that:

• Every child matters.

• Every child is unique.

• Every child deserves to feel safe.

The Nauset Public School system is comprised of seven schools located in the four towns of Brewster, Eastham, Orleans, and Wellfleet. The schools are divided into five school districts – one for each of the four towns’ elementary schools and a regional district for the middle and high schools. Each district is governed by its own school committee. Together these five districts are under the supervision of the Central Administration headed up by the Superintendent of Schools. The Central Administration provides support to all five districts for shared services including transportation, human resources, technology, food services, curriculum and instruction, and student services.

In addition to students residing in the four member towns, the Regional District has an agreement with the neighboring towns of Truro and Provincetown whose local school systems end with 6th grade and 8th grade respectively. At that point Truro and Provincetown students may attend Nauset Regional Middle and High Schools on a tuition basis. In addition, the Nauset Regional Middle School and High School, as well as Wellfleet Elementary School, participate in the Commonwealth’s School Choice program through which out-of-district students can choose to attend Nauset schools when space is available.

Our geographic location is rich in history, culture, and environmental diversity. We are comprised of rural communities that together stretch 30 miles from end to end and cover over 100 square miles. Our size and location present challenges in terms of assuring that our students partake in diverse and rich experiences outside of school walls, be they academic, athletic, or cultural. In addition to our remoteness, a current lack of affordable year-round housing makes it challenging to attract and then retain a talented, diverse, and motivated staff. Student data trends show a declining school-age population, a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students, a small but growing number of students whose first language is not English, and a significant number of students requiring special education resources. Through continual and careful attention to both our opportunities and challenges, and with strong support from our communities, Nauset has been able to maintain its high standards and continue to offer a broad range of courses and programs that address the needs and interests of its students. As a result of these efforts, all Nauset schools are highly regarded throughout Cape Cod. Nauset Regional High School is an award-winning school that is recognized as one of the best high schools in the Commonwealth, consistently ranking in the top 8% of Massachusetts high schools and in the top 4% of high schools nationwide.

Our recently developed Strategic Plan,, captures the essence of our vision.

The Position

On behalf of the communities it serves, the School Committee Leadership of the Nauset Public Schools is searching for a Superintendent who will work in partnership with district and school leaders, faculty, staff, students, parents, community members, and the multiple School Committees to lead the District for the future. The selected candidate will champion the District’s vision that every child matters and ensure that the opportunities for deep learning articulated through the Nauset Public Schools Strategic Plan will be evident in every classroom and enhanced through the renovation of the Nauset Regional High School and future building plans throughout the district.

The successful candidate for the position will be expected to:

●       Develop a deep understanding of the advantages and challenges of life on Cape Cod as the factors of socioeconomics, climate, and the pandemic intersect.

●       Lead the District forward from the impact of the pandemic on student learning and the well-being of students, teachers, and staff, parents and so many members of our community.

●       Shepherd the evolution of rigorous curriculum, instruction and assessment practices that provide powerful and increasingly complex 21st century learning experiences for all students and their teachers.

●       With the daily and strategic support of the district leadership team, school leaders and teachers, develop, as specified in the Nauset Public Schools Strategic Plan, “a learning-centered environment in every school and classroom that understands and meets the unique needs of each student and is relevant, collaborative and even contagious.”

●       Demonstrate prudent fiscal management and the ingenuity required to increase revenue sources in a time of increasing needs and enrollment fluctuations.

Top candidates will possess:

●       Integrity of word and deed.

●       The skills and capacity to approach equity, inclusion, and diversity as opportunities for the long-term development of all: students, teachers, leaders, families, and the District.

●       Highly evolved interpersonal skills that demonstrate a leader’s empathy, compassion, and understanding of the human condition.

●       The ability to listen deeply and to communicate effectively with all constituent groups in written and oral form.

●       A proven track record of effective collaboration with all stakeholders including those who may be discontented or concerned.

●       The ability to make and explain difficult decisions and be transparent in the sharing of the process by which those decisions are made.

●       A commitment to the rich diversity and multiple perspectives of our students and families through an on-going presence in the lives of our schools and communities.

●       A vision for the learning of today and tomorrow that will build on the unique strengths of the region and excite students, families, and the community with what it means to be an integral part of a global society.


·         An earned doctorate is desired but not required

·         Massachusetts DESE Superintendent licensure or license eligible

·         Experience as a Superintendent of Schools and/or relevant experience as Central Office/District Administrator, regional experience preferred

The Application Process

Applicants should include a letter of interest, résumé, 3 current references, and appropriate MA DESE licensure to Joanna Hughes, Human Resource Director at 78 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA 02653.  The School Committee offers a competitive contract and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Materials may also be submitted via Applications must be received no later than midnight, Dec. 6, 2021.

The Screening Committee will begin to review applications on December 7th, 2021, and schedule interviews during the week of January 3, 2022.

Nauset Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information, or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

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