Interim Superintendent of Schools – Newton Public Schools


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The Superintendent is the Chief Executive Officer for the Newton Public Schools.  They provide leadership in developing and maintaining the best possible educational programs and services for the students of the Newton Public Schools.  They oversee and manage the administrative, instructional, and support services teams in setting and achieving the highest standards of excellence in educational programs and operating systems.  They are responsible for a system of supervision and evaluation for all staff and oversees the use of all facilities, property and funds in the best interests of students and the school system.  Job responsibilities of the Superintendent include the ability to function effectively in the following areas: communication, curriculum, leadership, personnel management, school finance, staff development, supervision, community relations, school/community involvement, and superintendent/board relations.


Education, Training and Experience:

Doctorate degree in education required twelve or more years of progressively responsible experience in public administration and management.  Preferred experience shall include 10 or more years of successful leadership experience at school and/or district level as a Principal, Department Head or Director; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, ability and skills.

Special Requirements:

Massachusetts Driver’s License.

Massachusetts Department of Education Licensure as a Superintendent; ability to maintain valid certification.

Knowledge, Ability and Skill:

Knowledge:  Thorough knowledge of the philosophies, principles, practices, and procedures of public school administration.  Practical knowledge of administrative, managerial and supervisory practices and techniques.  Thorough knowledge of federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations governing school districts in Massachusetts.  Thorough knowledge of the operations of local government including taxation and other sources of revenue.  Considerable knowledge of the current literature, trends, and developments in the field of computer operations and instructional technology.  Thorough knowledge and skill in seeking grants.

Thorough Knowledge and understanding of educational practices, research and national/state/local initiatives, including Massachusetts Ed. Reform, Time and Learning, and MCAS; and ability to frame issues for discussion, reach timely decisions and implement change.

Ability:  Ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions.  Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently in a variety of technical or professional languages including insurance, personnel and governmental terminology.  Must be able to use and interpret various and professional languages, including legal, and governmental, accounting and computer terminology.  Ability to maintain the district’s long term goals and objectives.  Ability to make administrative decisions in accordance with laws, ordinances, regulations and school system policies and procedures.  Ability to organize work flow and coordinate activities.  Ability to provide leadership in the planning, development and establishment of new, modified and/or improved programs, services and activities.  Ability to develop effective financial policies and budgets and to maintain fiscal control through knowledge of the principles and practices of accounting and auditing, including modern school system financial administration.  Ability to make oral presentations before large or small audiences.  Ability to research data and to compile narratives or reports from information gathered.


Skill:  Skill in all of the above listed tools and equipment.  Excellent planning and organizational skills.  Skills in facilities management of municipal school buildings.


(The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.)

Conceptualizes the broad goals of the school system, translates goals into plans, plans an organization structure capable of accomplishing the goals, assesses the degree to which policies and practices are attained and plans responses to assessed needs.  Assures that the system’s goals are represented by the educational goals in a manner consistent with legal, fiscal, organizational and District demands.

Organizes and implements an appropriate district-wide instructional program, evaluating the program, communicating support system needs to the Board; maintaining appropriate working relationships with the board, staff and schools; and complying with the various demands placed on the school system.

Stimulates and reflects community needs/wants regarding education.  Involves the community in developing and implementing goals; views the community/school relationship as a partnership.  Establishes and maintains a program of public relationships to keep the public well informed of the activities and needs of the school system.

Provides personal leadership to ensure the system recognizes and respects all differences represented in the schools.

Attends, or delegates a representative to attend, meetings of the municipal agencies at which matters pertaining to the school system appear on the agenda or are expected to be raised.  Keeps the public informed about current educational practices, educational trends, and the policies, practices, successes and challenges of the schools.

Creates the administrative procedures necessary for implementing personnel and fiscal policies consistent with: system policies; assessed needs; and applicable laws, rules and regulations.  Once developed, the Superintendent assures that administrative procedures are implemented appropriately.

Develops and informs the School Committee of administrative procedures required to implement committee policies.

Works in concert with the Mayor and City Council on a variety of citywide issues.

Develops a timeline and recommends to the school committee the system’s educational goals and annual school budget.  Oversees the operations of the annual school budget.  Provides regular updates to school committee.  Provides early notice of any potential budget overruns.

Appoints, disciplines and discharges administrators, principals, and staff assigned to particular schools.  Reviews and approves Principals’ hire of all teachers, athletic coaches and other personnel assigned to a particular school, consistent with the school system personnel policies and budgetary restrictions.  Initiates or reviews, and approves discipline or discharge of staff.

Directs the collective bargaining process.  Assures adherence to all collective bargaining agreements.

Assures the evaluation of personnel and provides training for evaluators in accordance with District policy.  Develops performance standards for all staff that are in keeping with School District policy.  Develops performance standards for all staff that are in keeping with School Committee policy, contractual agreements, educational goals of the District, and applicable state and federal laws.

Implements the professional development plan adopted by the school committee for professional staff.  Ensures that professional development activities are available to all school department employees.  Fosters continuous staff improvement; emphasizes both system-wide and individual development.

Participates in professional associations, conferences, and regional workshops.

Ensures a process for the development and continual refinement of the curriculum.  Recommends major adoptions of courses or textbooks.

Serves as the School Committee’s Chief Executive Officer and educational advisor in all efforts of the committee to fulfill its school system governance role.

Proposes and initiates a process for long range and strategic planning.

Keeps all School Committee members informed about school operations and programs.

Visible in the schools, aware of current issues and activities in the schools.

Develops and implements a continuing plan for working with the news media.

Keeps abreast of all aspects of Massachusetts education law and communicate changes or amendments with the school committee.  Also directs the legal procedures of the department.

Performs similar or related work as required.


Responsibility:  Performs work of a complex nature, requiring the exercise of considerable independent judgment.  Provides professional advice to a variety of officials, departments, boards, and committees concerning the development, implementation and administration of the policies, goals, regulations, and statutory requirements related to the administration and operation of the District.  Analyzes difficult administrative problems and recommends solutions, managing diverse projects, recommending long and short range goals, motivating and coaching managers, and coordinating the activities of independent boards and committees.  Determines strategic and tactical decisions at the highest organizational levels of authority and responsibility.

Supervision Received:  Works under the broad policy direction of the School Committee, independently formulating decisions regarding policies, procedures, operations and department plans, and assuming responsibility for District results.

Supervision Scope:  Has supervisory responsibility directly and through subordinates for all District employees, more than 2000 employees (approximately 7 employees reporting directly).  Hires staff, provides daily directions, reviews employees’ performance, and counsels and disciplines staff consistent with school policies.


Work Environment:

Work is generally performed under typical school department office conditions.  Required to work outside of normal business hours and attend frequent evening meetings.  The incumbent is required to attend numerous meetings with various city and school boards and committees and is expected to attend social and civic events to represent the School District.  The Superintendent regularly travels to 21 schools located throughout the City; regularly travels to regional and state meetings; occasionally travels to national meetings.

Operates enterprise-wide, departmental, and PC-based computer systems, components, and other office equipment. Operates an automobile.

Represents the District at all local, county, state, regional, and federal agencies and officials, the media, community leaders, school and city employees and department heads, local civic and special interest groups, and the general public

Errors in judgment could result in personal injury or injury to other employees, possible monetary loss to the school system, damage to

buildings and/or equipment, delays or loss of service, or legal consequences adverse to the City or School Department.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Excellent oral and written communication skills.  Demonstrated organizational skills.  Frequent repetitive motions with wrists, hands, and fingers.

(This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.)

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