May 11, 2020

Deputy Superintendent of Schools (Certified Administrator)

  • TrulyHired
  • Providence, RI, USA
Full-time Administrative

Job Description

Position: Deputy Superintendent of Schools (Certified Administrator)
Location: Administration Building

Posting # 2371

The Opportunity

This role is an exciting opportunity to serve as a senior leader within a diverse and dynamic team committed to the audacious task of transforming public education in Providence Public Schools. By any measure, and over many years, the Providence Public School District (PPSD) has failed to deliver on its most fundamental obligation: fair and equitable access to a rigorous education for all children. The time for change is now and the district is in the process of a game-changing transformation led by a newly appointed State Turnaround Superintendent, in coordination with the Rhode Island Department of Education and with the support of the larger Providence community. The Deputy Superintendent of Schools will also play a leading role in the implementation and building of a new district model of school support through the creation of new Network Superintendent Roles and support staff.

The Role

This is an outstanding opportunity for an executive with experience managing many facets of an urban public school organization during a period of significant change. The Deputy Superintendent of Schools (DSS) will report directly to the State Turnaround Superintendent and will serve on the Superintendent's Executive Cabinet. The DSS is held to a high standard of integrity and professional responsibility and serves as the chief executive for three administrative Networks of over 40 urban schools serving over 20,000 students, as well as responsible for overseeing the district's three Network Superintendents, Chief Academic Officer, Chief of Family and Community Engagement, and Chief Equity and Diversity Officer.

The DSS will prepare, develop and retain three Network Superintendents and support them in preparing, developing, and retaining great principals in Network schools; create a climate of professional collaboration by establishing structures that foster shared learning and resource exchange across Networks, schools, and the community; and implement a strategic plan to anchor the work of each Network in improving student achievement.

The DSS will also lead the strategic direction for curriculum, instruction, assessment, school improvement/accountability, the provision of services of multilingual learners and differently-abled learners across the district, district equity and diversity goals, and the district's engagement with the community and families.

The Candidate

Successful candidates must demonstrate a deep belief in the capacity of all students to achieve at high levels and the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse set of partners and stakeholders to drive transformative change within and outside of an organization.

Successful candidates must demonstrate significant academic leadership experience and knowledge in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and multi-lingual and differently abled learner education. Candidates must have significant experience engaging with communities in district transformation efforts. Candidates must also have experience implementing academic equity and diversity goals.
Successful candidates must also possess a high level of comfort with ambiguity and the willingness to seek new solutions to old problems.

Key Responsibilities

Oversight and Development of the District's Academic Plan and Program
  • Lead the selection and implementation of aligned curriculum across schools and grade levels;
  • Identify Network and Principal academic and instructional needs and work with senior leadership teams to develop and implement solutions;
  • Ensure assessments, reports, and other data needs are managed and implemented;
  • Ensure state/federal compliance with assessments, reports and other data;
  • Research and identify best practices from own schools and other organizations and help disseminate those practices effectively to others.
Developing and Building High-Performing School Networks
  • Developing the ability of Network Superintendents and their staff in creating, implementing and monitoring school improvement plans that helps meet student achievement goals;
  • Providing frequent, actionable feedback to assist Network Superintendents and their teams in improving in their leadership practice and achieve better results;
  • Assessing Network quality and effectively plan for, facilitating and/or executing leadership transitions as needed (including succession planning);
  • Identifying, recruiting and engaging in the selection of Network Leaders able to successfully lead district improvement efforts;
  • Supporting Networks in fostering meaningful relationships with families and community stakeholders to create a strong community structure to support the learning of all students;
  • Monitoring the provision of differentiated resources and support to schools in accordance with the needs of all students, including multilingual learners and differently abled learners, instead of a one-size fits all approach;
  • Creating models for differentiating supports and autonomies to schools based on school leader and school needs and capacity;
  • Leveraging the resources of Central Office departments and teams and coordinating their delivery in the best interests of Networks and their schools;
  • Ensure Networks are pursuing the district's goals for diversity, equity and inclusion, with a particular focus on ensuring equitable access to high-quality instruction for students and closing the achievement gap;
  • Collaborate with the Executive Cabinet in developing communication systems that ensure the smooth flow of information (both vertically and horizontally), enable energy to be concentrated on the highest-priority goals for each Learning Hubs, and ensure best practices are shared across Networks.
Monitoring and Supporting the Needs of Multilingual and Differently-Abled Learners
  • Ensure the district has cohesive, forward-thinking, and actionable plans for improving the delivery of services to multi-lingual and differently-abled learners.
  • Monitor and support schools in meeting the needs of multilingual and special education students;
  • Ensure the requirements of the federal Department of Justice order Multilingual Learners are met and completed;
  • Work with appropriate partners to deliver high quality, cost effective services for students.
Responsible for Ensuring the Successful Completion of Engagement and Diversity and Equity Goals
  • Manage and oversee the Chief of Family and Community Engagement, ensuring that the district is proactively engaging with families and the communities in meeting student academic goals.
  • Ensure the Chief of Family and Community Engagement is successful in meeting district engagement goals.
  • Manage and oversee the district's first Chief Equity and Diversity Officer and support them in developing and building an equity plan for achieving district equity goals.
  • Ensure the Chief Equity and Diversity Officer is successful in meeting district equity and diversity goals.
Other Duties as Assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Mindsets Required
  • A deep belief in the capacity of all students to achieve at high levels;
  • The demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse set of partners and stakeholders to drive transformative change within and outside of an organization;
  • The ability to coach leaders to manage their own teams and departments effectively, including developing skills such as delivering critical feedback effectively, facilitating difficult conversations well, and setting and monitoring ambitious team goals;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills,
  • The ability to coordinate, prioritize, and manage a variety of diverse and complex tasks and systems while maintaining a high level of attention to detail.
  • Experience in leading literacy and numeracy instruction, as well as design and implement successful instructional strategies for English Language Learners and students with diverse learning needs;
  • Lead large-scale, sustainable improvement efforts, whether in school transformation or movement from "good to great."
  • Build collaborative relationships with a broad variety of constituent groups, including both internal and external partnerships.
  • Seek out and share research- and evidence-based best practices; explore innovative ideas, understanding the practical challenges and how to overcome them.
  • Successfully navigate politically-charged environments, always acting with integrity, honesty, and courage in the best interests of students.
Technical Qualifications
  • Master's Degree in Educational Administration or a related field;
  • Must possess or be eligible for Administrator certification (Building Level Administrator, District Level Administrator - Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment or Superintendent) in the State of Rhode Island;
  • Previous administrative and management experience at the school building and central office level.
Job Specifics
  • Reports to: State Turnaround Superintendent
  • Direct Reports: Three Assistant Superintendents, Chief Academic Officer, Chief of Family and Community Engagement, Chief Equity and Diversity Officer
Salary Range

Starting at $154,955

RIDE Requirements

Building Level Administrator Certification
District Level Administrator - Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment certification
Superintendent certification
  • Position Type: Full-time
Job Category: Administrator > Superintendent
Equal Opportunity Employer
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Contact Information
  • Brenda Marquis
  • 797 Westminster
  • Providence, Rhode Island 02903

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