NM School for the Deaf ( learn more )

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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3443651
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : February 8, 2021

Job Description


The Superintendent serves as the chief administrative and academic officer of the New Mexico School for the Deaf (NMSD), which serves as the statewide educational resource center for children and students who are deaf and hard of hearing, and for families of children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. The mission of NMSD is to provide for the unique needs of children and students who are deaf/hard of hearing, their families, and professional partners by providing a comprehensive array of school and statewide programs.


As a school, NMSD provides an American Sign Language and English bilingual learning environment that includes direct, ongoing access to language and communication in and out of the classroom with a wide range of peers and adults. The students are interactive learners who receive dynamic high-quality standards-based instruction in a variety of curricular and extra-curricular activities.


As a statewide service agency, NMSD collaborates with families, school districts, agencies and communities throughout the state to meet the critical language, communication, and learning needs of children and students in New Mexico who are deaf/hard of hearing, birth through high school.


It is anticipated and expected that all functions of this position will be performed in a positive and receptive manner, while helping to advance the mission and vision of New Mexico School for the Deaf.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the departments/programs. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.

Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: (Other duties may be assigned)

  • Principles, practices, trends, and issues in school administration, particularly in schools for the deaf
  • Curriculum, instruction, and assessment for students who are deaf and hard of hearing
  • Organization and administration in the area of special education
  • Cultural diversity unique to state of New Mexico
  • Residential programming
  • Related services programming
  • Fiscal management and oversight
  • Personnel management
  • Strategic planning
  • Facilities master planning
  • Laws and regulations impacting education, deaf education
  • Legislative and other governmental relations
  • Community relations and statewide outreach
  • Local, state, and national programs for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Technology applications in Education
  • Promote and ensure academic and instructional excellence in all educational programs according to rigorous content and performance standards for all students served
  • Develop and utilize participatory administrative and leadership structures
  • Promote effective parent and community partnerships
  • Maintain general oversight and monitor business functions of a state supported school system, including all budgetary functions and oversee operations
  • Promote and implement effective personnel policies and procedures, inclusive of performance evaluation and planning for professional development for all staff
  • Assure compliance with all state and federal regulations governing NMSD
  • Establish and maintain effective communication and public relations with deaf and hard of hearing constituency groups, including legislators, to integrate the activities of diverse interest to attain common goals
  • Negotiate inter-governmental/ inter-agency agreements necessary for effective provision of statewide services for children and students who are deaf and hard of hearing
  • Establish credibility and be decisive when necessary in support of the organization’s priorities
  • Develop and implement procedures to ensure quality control of all programs and services
  • Work collaboratively with Governor appointed Board of Regents
  • Be highly visible on campus and across state


Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:


  • Organization- Must be organized and detail-oriented.
  • Analytical- collects and aggregates data for program maintenance and
  • Continuous Learning- Seeks feedback to improve performance; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and
  • Job Knowledge- Competent in required job skills and knowledge; exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills; keeps abreast of current developments; requires minimal supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; uses resources
  • Use of Technology- Adapts to new technologies; troubleshoots technological problems; uses technology to increase
  • Problem Solving- Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works in group problem solving
  • Cooperation- Establishes and maintains effective relations; exhibits tact and consideration; offers assistance and support to co-workers; works cooperatively in group situations; works actively to resolve
  • Teamwork- Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.
  • Written Communication- Writes clearly and informatively; varies writing style to meet
  • State and Federal IDEA Compliance- exhibits knowledge of and adherence to all legal requirements related to early
  • Diversity- Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; educates others on the value of diversity; builds a diverse
  • Ethics- Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organization
  • Organizational Support- Follows policies and procedures; completes tasks correctly and on time; supports organization’s goals and
  • Adaptability- Manages competing
  • Personal Appearance- Dresses appropriately for position; keeps self well
  • Attendance/Punctuality- Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when
  • Dependability- Follows instructions, responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own
  • Initiative- Seeks increased responsibilities; asks for and offers help when
  • Quality- Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote
  • Safety and Security- Observes safety and security procedures; determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; reports potentially unsafe

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and /or Experiences:  Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in deaf education required.   Advanced degree in deaf education, special education/general education or educational administration (Ed.S., Ed.D., or Ph.D.) preferred. A minimum of three years administrative experience with responsibilities for supervision of educational programs/ services for students who are deaf and hard of hearing required.  A total of ten (10) years’ experience in an educational program serving students who are deaf and hard of hearing (combination of teaching, supervision, administration) preferred. Possess a New Mexico School Administrator’s License or commit to obtaining licensure within a negotiated time period.


Language Skills: Ability to present to an audience. Superior reading and writing skills are required for extensive documentation related to supervisory activities. State and federal reports are integral to this position.


Sign Language: Fluent receptive and expressive American Sign Language and written English skills. (Fluency in Spanish is desirable).


Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Excel, as well as various software packages including Microsoft Office.


Reasoning Ability: Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to think independently, problem solve and work with the whole team. Ability and commitment to represent the Vision, Mission and Beliefs of NMSD as both a school and an agency.


Physical Demands: 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. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally required to drive for long periods of time; stand; walk and sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and peripheral vision.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.


NMSD conforms to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Category : Administrator > Superintendent
  • Contact Information

    • Candace Varela
    • 1060 Cerrillos Rd
    • Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

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