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Portland Public Schools

Portland , ME ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 2891308
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : February 9, 2018

Job Description

As a member of the District’s Leadership Team, the Assistant Superintendent for School Management coaches, mentors, supervises and evaluates building leaders, and collaborates with the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning, Principals, and other school system leaders to design and implement the policies and programs of the Portland Public Schools.


School Management

  • Works with principals to develop annual goals and evaluates principals on goals and performance.

  • Coaches principals/school leaders on leadership development to achieve district goals.

  • Serves as first point of contact for school management concerns; meets regularly with principals to support all aspects of school management.

  • Organizes, convenes and oversees school leadership hiring processes.

  • Has primary responsibility for communicating and seeking input from building leaders and central office departments to organize leadership routines and tools in appropriate formats.  

  • Works collaboratively with building leaders, central office leaders and others to develop agendas for building leadership meetings

  • Advocates for the needs of each school with central office departments and ensures that school concerns are addressed promptly and completely.

  • Collaborates with the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning and school leaders to ensure the alignment of school success plans with the Portland Promise/Comprehensive Plan and compliance with all policies and federal and state requirements.

  • Ensures that Board policies are appropriately implemented at the local school level through collaboration with the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning and the Department of Human Resources.

  • Evaluates and makes recommendations concerning the adequacy of school plans for instructional needs. 

  • Keeps current with the latest educational trends and research.

  • Coordinates with Human Resources to monitor and evaluate and enforce school level compliance with:

    • District accountability requirements

    • Federal and state grant obligations

    • Federal and state rules and regulations

    • Federal and state legislative or policy developments that may have an impact on District policies.

  • Advises the Superintendent and School Board on relevant policy developments; serves as primary staff liaison to Board Policy/Public Affairs Committee

  • Maintains a presence with state officials, other superintendents/assistant superintendents in the region to inform state and federal policies that impact Portland Public School students.

  • Reviews, analyzes, and modifies/develops District policies related to accountability and performance management that support schools.

  • Communicates system policies, practices, and procedures to the PPS community.

  • Reviews and collaborates with appropriate staff on revisions to school related Board policies and operating procedures.

  • Serves on negotiating teams for collective bargaining agreements.

  • Serves as the Acting Superintendent in the absence of the Superintendent (along with Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning).

  • Builds relationships and liaises with various internal departments to drive collaboration and project success.

  • Interacts with and responds effectively to requests from multiple internal and external education stakeholders.


Performs other related duties as assigned


  • Thorough knowledge of public school administration and organization

  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of public school laws, policies and procedures

  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of curriculum, instruction and assessment best practices

  • Excellent communications skills: writing, speaking and presentation skills

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Demonstrated supervision and evaluation skills

  • Ability to coach and develop direct reports for improvement

  • Ability to properly maintain confidential and sensitive information



  • Education, Training and Experience:  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a minimum of a master’s degree in educational leadership, administration, or a related field.

  • Experience as a school teacher required. Principal and district administration experience preferred.

  • Licenses and Certificates:  Possesses or is eligible for appropriate Maine license



  • Light physical effort required; significant stamina required to handle long days

  • Attendance at evening meetings required

  • Ability to handle stressful situations

  • Extensive district-wide travel required

  • Occasional national or statewide travel





  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Category : Administrator > Assistant/Deputy Superintendent
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Portland 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. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Contact Information

    • Barbara Stoddard , HR Director
    • 353 Cumberland Ave
    • Portland, Maine 04101

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