Somerville Public Schools
Employment Opportunities


Administrative Office
Somerville Public Schools
Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3080069 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: April 10, 2019 Starting Date: July 1, 2019

Job Description
2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

Anticipated Assistant Superintendent
for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Job Goal:
The Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment assists the Superintendent of Schools, in collaboration with all building-level and District-level staff, in providing leadership that fosters excellence, scholarship, creativity and achievement for all students.

Required Licensure:
Massachusetts DESE license; Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent

1. Provide organizational leadership to ensure the coordinated planning and consistent implementation of the school district’s strategic plan, making certain that programs and supports are effective and focused on student learning and prioritized to meet individual school needs.
2. Hires, supervises and evaluates curriculum Supervisors and Directors, assumes responsibility for department or program results.
3. Develops and maintains a robust academic program of instruction and a comprehensive assessment program for the District. Responsible for strategic planning and implementation of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development PK-12 to maintain systemic consistency of curriculum and instruction among and between the grades.
4. Fosters a work environment and culture that is student-focused and results-oriented and places a priority on improving student and staff learning through rigorous and routine accountability structures.
5. Ensures the district/school educational objectives are aligned to state frameworks and to instructional practices that yield the highest standards of student achievement, instructional excellence, and community support in programming for English Language Learners, Special Education students and all subject areas including the STEM fields and the arts.
6. Provide direction in and maintains current knowledge of educational reform and instructional best practices in all aspects of PK-12 urban education. Collaborate with school departments, community agencies, local universities, research laboratories and other organizations to implement ongoing evaluation and improvement of instructional programs to increase student achievement.
7. Responsible for the formulation, planning, and implementation of the professional development program for professional staff that is aligned with school and School Committee goals. Also develops professional opportunities for leadership development in an effort to enhance development of administrators.
8. Supports the Educational Programs Subcommittee of the School Committee.
9. Coordinates educator evaluation procedures to support the professional growth of educators at all places on the proficiency continuum.
10. Evaluates and approves external and internal (in-service) credit award for salary increases.
11. Approves professional development conferences and curricular field trips as charged by the Superintendent.
12. Is responsible, in cooperation with the Superintendent of Schools, for planning instructional or program initiatives.
13. Provides public presentations regarding curriculum, instruction, and assessment in collaboration with the Superintendent of Schools.
14. Facilitates communication and collaboration, both internally and in the community, regarding the goals, programs, and initiatives related to curriculum and instruction, professional development, assessment, education reform, and program evaluation.
15. Assists in the development of budgets including staffing needs, instructional materials and resources, and provision for the activities of the district.
16. Develops and manages the budget for curriculum and instruction including, textbooks/instructional materials, technology, and professional development, PK-12.
17. Serves as a resource to building principals and other staff in their roles as instructional leaders.
18. Facilitates partnerships with institutions of higher education, businesses, community agencies and other school districts regarding curriculum, instruction and assessment.
19. Oversees development of curriculum and pacing guides for the school system, aligned with State standards.
20. Supervises the effective and efficient implementation of the educational and instructional programs in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and the provisions of the district's collective bargaining agreements. To include early education, out of school time/Somerville Community Schools and adult education/SCALE in Somerville and the external partners that support these programs.
21. Assists in the creation of all reports, records, and other compliance matters as required by the School Committee, the Department Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Federal Government, or submissions as required.
22. Keeps the Superintendent informed and works cooperatively with all other administrators in school and district-related matters.
23. Establishes and maintains efficient administrative procedures to support the teaching and learning functions of the district.
24. Works with administrators in the evaluation of instructional materials, including textbooks, digital resources, library/media acquisitions, and other instructional materials.
25. Seeks and applies for appropriate competitive grants; oversees for the formulation, planning, and implementation of Federal grants.
26. Serves on district committees, participates in district activities, and represents the district as warranted, or as directed by the Superintendent.
27. Oversees the implementation of a comprehensive orientation and induction program for new staff members, including assignment of mentors.
28. Develops, organizes and implements models of technical assistance for schools with lower student achievement.

Instructional Knowledge and Expertise:
• Proven ability to develop and deliver programming that drives improved academic performance for all student populations; knows effective practice for differentiating instruction.
• Deep understanding of curricular frameworks, pedagogy, and quality classroom materials including instructional technologies; experience developing and implementing curriculum for a wide variety of grade levels and subjects.
• Strong knowledge of high-quality instructional practices and the ability to lead others to implement these practices consistently across classrooms and school sites.
• Thorough knowledge of effective instruction and knowledge of current theories of curriculum instruction and assessment.
Empathy and commitment to cause:
• Deep understanding of the urban school system environment and commitment to improving student achievement.
• Passionately believes that all students can achieve at high levels.
• Demonstrates cultural competence and a deep understanding of and empathy for issues facing urban families.

Communication, interpersonal and team skills:
• Builds and maintains strong relationships.
• Works successfully alone or on a team.
• Coaches, coordinates, and leads teams.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills; tailors message for the audience, context, and mode of communication.
• Actively listens to others and able to effectively interpret others’ motivations and perceptions.
• Builds consensus and resolves conflicts; exhibits willingness to have difficult conversations.
• Skillfully navigates existing political structures/systems.

Problem solving and system thinking:
• Understands how various systems / departments interact to achieve the long term goal.
• Makes decisions using data and technology.
• Takes initiative to solve problems and create stakeholder buy-in.
• Identifies and prioritizes mission critical issues with alignment of people, time and resources.
• Offer innovative solutions to seemingly intractable problems.
• Exhibits strong focus on goals and results. Sets clear metrics for success.
• Removes barriers or obstacles that make it difficult for principals to achieve their goals and ensures that school leaders have the resources they need to succeed.
• Demonstrates excellent execution and project management skills, including attention to detail, organizational skills, ability to balance the big picture with detailed steps to reach the end goal, and ability to balance multiple projects under tight deadlines.

Leadership skills:
• Motivates, inspires, and moves other adults to action to achieve ambitious goals.
• Skilled at re-envisioning, building, and managing a team, especially in a time of growth and change; excellent at identifying talent and taking advantage of each person’s skills and contribution to team effort.
• Builds and maintains positive relationships with individuals and groups.
• Moves groups to consensus and resolves conflicts. Exhibits willingness to have difficult conversations.
• Builds coalitions and works collaboratively with diverse stakeholders at all levels, including but not limited to district personnel, students, families, communities, and/or advocacy groups.
• Establishes clear expectations, deliverables and deadlines.
• Sets clear, agendas and facilitates effective, outcomes-oriented meetings that models best practice for others.
• Ability to train, supervise, and evaluate staff from different cultural backgrounds and skill sets.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in Education; doctorate preferred.
• Candidate should have a strong record of teaching experience and progressively responsible experience in public school administration and management including curriculum and assessment, preferably in a diverse urban environment.

Alternatives to the above qualifications as the School Committee may find appropriate and acceptable.

Required Licensure:
Massachusetts DESE License; Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent

Position Reports to:
Superintendent of Schools and School Committee

NOTE: Applications are only accepted online through School Spring. Resumes that are emailed or mailed will not be considered.

Should you have any questions or need assistance with the online application process, please contact the Human Resources Office at 617-625-6600 ext. 6015.

Somerville Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Somerville Public Schools actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds. Grade level and content licensure is required when applicable. Dual licensure including SPED, ESL, ELL, or bilingual licensure and/or proficiency in a language or languages other than English is preferred.

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1

Welcome to Somerville Public Schools!

Education - Inspiration - Excellence are the themes that characterize the instructional services, departments and programs of the Somerville Public Schools.

Our Mission: The Somerville Public Schools is dedicated to the realization of the full intellectual, physical, social, and emotional potential of all students. Our talented team of teachers and other professionals provides every student with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be successful throughout their lives. This is accomplished through the delivery of innovative instruction guided by the Massachusetts Curriculum and Somerville Curriculum Frameworks, and supported through partnerships with organizations such as Primary Source, and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Somerville 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, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

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    Contact Information
    Mariana MacDonald, Director of Human Resources
    8 Bonair St
    Somerville, Massachusetts 02145
    Phone: 617-625-6600