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Job Details

  • Job ID: 2877700
  • Application Deadline: February 9, 2018
  • Posted : December 21, 2017
  • Starting Date: July 1, 2018

Job Description

The New Bedford School Committee seeks an exceptional educational leader to accelerate the school district’s recent progress. Five years ago, Mayor Mitchell and the school committee resolved to reinvent New Bedford Public Schools with the stated goal of elevating the achievement of all students. Since then, the district has undergone rapid and dramatic change, marked by the recent decision of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to end its direct monitoring of the district after six years. As the former DESE monitor noted at a school committee meeting this past summer, New Bedford Public Schools is “an extremely different district” than it was in 2011.

While test scores have risen in many schools and school operations have been modernized, much work lies ahead. Several schools have lagged behind, and the district still must do more to win the confidence of parents. And every school must continue to improve student outcomes. Having made the tough decisions necessary to build a foundation for school improvement, the mayor and the school committee are unequivocally committed to furthering the reform effort. Knowing well that rebuilding an urban school district is not an overnight exercise, the mayor and the committee seek a school leader who will develop a sustainable culture in the district to support a high-quality, customized learning environment in every classroom. The position offers a unique opportunity for an aspiring leader in urban education who shares the mayor's and school committee's vision that public schools should activate the potential of every child.

Attributes Sought By the School Committee

The successful candidate will:

• Be recognized as a highly effective instructional leader and team builder with a well-established track record of system-wide achievement;
• Have the fortitude to make difficult decisions and the ability to build trust among stakeholders so that those decisions are understood, appreciated and implemented effectively;
• Have the ability to recognize and build on current strengths;
• Be well versed in current educational initiatives and think strategically about their implementation;
• Be a skilled communicator and listener who interacts constructively with students, staff, families, and the community;
• Have the ability to initiate and support positive change by engaging a variety of constituencies in establishing a shared community vision for the future;
• Cultivate a district culture that supports the professional development and engagement of staff and excites student interest in learning;
• Have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and the ability to retain and attract families to the district;
• Have demonstrated success in developing and managing a transparent budget that prioritizes student needs and academic excellence;
• Have operational experience and capacity overseeing a complex organization, demonstrating a commitment to high-quality and highly functioning physical environments for learning;
• Consistently make decisions that best serve the interests of students.

School District at a Glance

Student population (2017)
High school: 2,124
Middle school: 2,802
Elementary school: 7,639
Total: 12,640

Student profile

By race/ethnicity:
African American: 11.6%
Asian: 0.9%
Hispanic: 38.9%
Native American: 0.5%
White: 42.6%
Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander: 0.2%
Multi-Race, Non-Hispanic: 5.3%

Selected populations:
First language not English: 35.9%
English Language Learner: 27.5%
Students with disabilities: 20.6%
High needs: 77.4%
Economically disadvantaged: 63.5%

School accountability levels (2016)
Level 1: 3
Level 2: 7
Level 3: 11
Level 4: 2
Level 5: 1

School budget
$130.9 million


About New Bedford

New Bedford is a city of 100,000 that centers a metropolitan area of over 200,000. Situated 60 miles south of Boston and 30 miles southeast of Providence, New Bedford is the economic and cultural center of Southeastern Massachusetts. Known widely as having America's largest commercial fishing port, New Bedford has one of the densest concentrations of working artists in the country, and is home to national manufacturers including Joseph Abboud and Titleist. The city's historic downtown is anchored by cultural institutions such as the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, and the New Bedford Art Museum. With housing costs that are less than half of that in the Boston metropolitan area, New Bedford offers a quality of life that is affordable.

Under Mayor Mitchell's leadership, the city is in the midst of another period of renewal. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, New Bedford led all of America’s cities last year in the annual drop in its unemployment rate. The city’s bond rating is now the highest in its history, crime has fallen thirty-one percent the last three years, and businesses in every sector have grown, from the burgeoning downtown restaurant scene to an expanding port. New Bedford has become a national leader in renewable energy and has positioned itself to become the presumptive launching pad of the American offshore wind industry. The city's airport recently achieved full authorization from the FAA to operate as a commercial airport, and five new public parks have been built in the last five years. By any measure, New Bedford is a city on the move.

Position Information
Start Date: July 1, 2018
Compensation: $195, 000 to $225,000
New Bedford residency preferred, but not required.

Formal Qualifications
- Certified/eligible, Massachusetts Superintendent licensure
- Master’s degree required, doctorate degree preferred
- Extensive administrative/central office experience, as well as school-level experience
- Successful performance in teaching and administrative capacities of increasing responsibility

For more information, visit:

Contact: Jon Carvalho, Office of the Mayor, (508) 979-1410;

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Salary: $ 195,000 to $ 225,000 Per Year
  • Job Category : Administrator > Superintendent
  • Job Requirements

    • Formal Qualifications
      - Certified/eligible, Massachusetts Superintendent licensure
      - Master’s degree required, doctorate degree preferred
      - Extensive administrative/central office experience, as well as school-level experience
      - Successful performance in teaching and administrative capacities of increasing responsibility
    • Citizenship, residency OR WORK VISA IN United States required

    Contact Information

    • Jon Carvalho
    • 133 William Street
    • New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740

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