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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3206201
  • Application Deadline: February 3, 2020
  • Posted : January 2, 2020
  • Starting Date: July 1, 2020

Job Description



1. To inspire, lead, guide and direct every member of the administrative, instructional and supportive services team in setting and achieving relevant, measurable goals, so that all students are provided a complete, valuable, meaningful and personally rewarding education.

2. To oversee and administer the use of district funds, facilities, and property with maximum effect and efficiency to ensure measurable, positive impact upon each student’s education in alignment with District values,mission and plans and that supports the long-term sustainability of the District .

3. To ensure that Hatfield Elementary Schools students are prepared with the 21st century and social-emotional skill set necessary to succeed in middle and high school.

4. To ensure that Smith Academy graduates are prepared with the 21st century and social emotional skill set necessary to succeed in their next endeavor.


1. Interprets and clarifies the purposes and needs of the school system to the Committee, staff, students and the public.
2. Coordinates the total educational program and provides leadership in its development and improvement.
3. Interprets for the staff and implements all Committee policy and all state laws relevant to education.
4. Coordinates work and fosters an esprit de corps among administrators; providing them counsel and motivation.
5. Represents the district in its dealings with other school systems, institutions and agencies, communityorganizations, and the
general public.
6. Represents the schools before the public and maintains a communications program to keep the public informed about activities,
needs and successes of the schools.
7. Maintains current knowledge of modern educational thought and practices through research or advanced study, visits to other
districts, attending conferences and workshops of administrative organizations, and through collegial interactions with other
superintendents. Keeps the Committee informed about trend in education.
8. Takes discretionary action if necessary on matters not covered by Committee policy and reports such action to the Committee as
soon as possible. Recommends policy in order to provide guidance for similar situations in the future.
9. Uses discretion in delegating to other employees of the Committee the exercise of any powers or the discharge of any duties,
with the knowledge that doing so does not relieve the Superintendent of final responsibility for the actions taken under such
10. Maintains communication among administrators through periodic district meetings of principals, central office directors and


1. Supervises directly or through delegation all activities of the school system according to the Committee policy.
2. Informs and advises the Committee about the programs, practices and problems of the schools, and the activities operating
under their authority.
3. Supervises those responsible for the various specialized areas of central administration including pupil personnel services,
business management and transportation, curriculum development, and research.
4. Approves vacation schedules for principals and central office personnel.
5. Evaluates the performance of principals and central office administrators. Establishes terms and conditions for continued
employment on probationary status or removes those whose work is unsatisfactory or not in accordance with established
performance standards.
6. Oversees the timely review and revision of all curriculum areas and courses of study.


1. Administers as chief school executive the development and maintenance of a positive educational program designed to meet the
needs of the community, and to carry out the policies of the School Committee.
2. Works with the principals to recommend the number and type and positions required to provide proper personnel for the
operation of each school’s program.
3. Recommends policies of organization, finance, instruction, school plant, student services and all other functions of the school
4. Appoints principals and central office personnel.
5. Assumes responsibility for the overall financial planning of the district and preparing the annual budget for submission to the
Committee for review and approval.
6. Administers the school district budget in accordance with legal requirements and adopted policy.
7. Maintains adequate records for the schools, including financial accounts, business and property transactions, personnel files,
pupil enrollment and attendance data, and scholastic records. Acts as custodian of such records and of all other contracts,
securities, documents, title papers, ledgers, meeting minutes and other papers belonging to the Committee.
8. Reports to the Committee such matters as deemed material to the understanding and proper management of the schools, or as
the Committee may request.
9. Prepares and submits recommendations on all matters requiring Committee action, and provides such necessary facts,
information and reports as needed to insure informed decision.
10. Receives from employees all communications to the Committee; communicates directly or through delegation all actions of the
Committee relating to personnel matters to all employees.
11. Develops a plan for transporting pupils in accordance with policy, law and safety requirements.
12. Subject to direction and approval of the Committee, establishes and maintains efficient procedures and effective controls for all
expenditures or school funds in accordance with the adopted budget.
13. Meets with the Chair to plan Committee meeting agendas. Attends and participates in all meetings
of the Committee; authorizes other administrators to attend if conflicting schedules occur.
14. Performs other tasks as may from time to time be assigned by the Committee.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Administrator > Superintendent
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Hatfield 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.

    Job Requirements

    • 1. Earned master’s degree or higher with a major in educational administration.
      2. Commonwealth of Massachusetts certification as a School Superintendent
      3. Ten years’ combined experience in teaching and school administration.
      4. Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the School Committee may find appropriate and acceptable.

      Must be able to work collaboratively with faculty and parents to promote the educational development of students. Has the ability to interact respectfully with teachers, parents, students and community members to promote a positive view of the school. Current working knowledge of school law.

      Interested Applicants must include:

      A Current resume
      College/University academic transcripts indicating degrees earned
      Three current letters of reference
      Verfication that the candidate holds, or will be qualified to hold by the expected employment date, a Massachusetts license as a Superintendent

      A Letter of Interest stating personal qualifications and addresses for following items:

      1. Why do you seek this particular superintendency?
      2. Applying knowledge of 21st century educational thought and practices for student success.
      3. Your views on the use of student assessment to influence the quality of instruction.
      4. Your skill in fostering positive interpersonnel relations among students, faculty, parents, administrators, and the community at large.

      A final decision is expected to be made on or about March 16, 2020

    • Master degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Contact Information

    • Fran Gougeon , Consultant
    • 34 School Street
    • Hatfield, Massachusetts 01038

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