Assistant Superintendent of Operations - Flagstaff, AZ

Posted By: Dawn Anderson Career Center ,

School District:  Flagstaff Unified School District
  Flagstaff, Arizona
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Job Description:   

The Assistant Superintendent has oversight and responsibility of general operations, management of facilities, and transportation of students throughout the District.  This role’s purpose is the managing, planning, implementation, development, direction, assessment and evaluation of the district’s operations and related activities; managing and monitoring assigned district components; providing support to the Superintendent, the Governing Board and district administration as needed.


A complete application packet includes:

  • The completed administrative application,
  • A cover letter, highlighting your career objectives and aspirations,
  • A resume’ including background information, educational experience and achievements, and community and professional involvement.
  • A copy of the candidate’s Arizona Superintendent's certificate or evidence of how you qualify for the certificate,
  • Three letters of recommendation written within last 12 months.


  • Valid AZ Department of Education Superintendent Certificate - required upon hire
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university - required
    • Emphasis in supervision, educational leadership, educational administration or secondary education - preferred
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) from an accredited college or university - preferred
    • Emphasis in Learning and Organizational Change, Leadership and Learning in Organizations, Curriculum and Instruction, Performance Improvement Leadership - preferred
  • Experience in school finance and operations management - required Structured English Immersion (SEI) endorsement, English as a Second Language (ESL), or Bilingual endorsement - required within one year of hire
  • Valid Arizona Department of Public Safety IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card - required upon hire
  • Progressive leadership experience - required
    • Prior experience as a Principal in either a secondary or elementary school - required

Duties and Responsibilities by Area of Supervision

Operation Services - inclusive of the following programs and divisions: facilities, transportation, food services, safety and security, and custodial.

  1. Establishes and maintains efficient administrative procedures to support the facility use planning and budgeting functions of the District. Including assisting principals in the planning and implementation of effective facility project management plans.
  2. Responsible for developing and tracking the District’s student enrollment projections in order to accurately account for staffing, budgeting, and facility use for future years.
  3. Responsible for the preparation and presentation of studies, analyses, and reports concerning assigned district component areas for the purpose of conveying information on issues that are critical to the effective decision making of the Superintendent, Governing Board, administration, and community.
  4. Performs a variety of personnel functions (e.g. interviewing, hiring, evaluating, training, staffing, scheduling, supervising, etc.) for the purpose of providing efficient departmental operations throughout the District.
  5. Supervises and provides leadership, direction, guidance and support to facilities, transportation, custodial, food services, safety and security, and food services.
  6. Participates and has oversight of meeting preparation for the District Bond Oversight Committee.

Materials and Contract Management

  1. Develops, implements, and administers comprehensive programs, policies, guidelines, and procedures related to material and contract management programs. Actively participates in the development of procurement systems that provides highly responsive services and organization that integrates with all aspects of maintenance, operations, and finance.
  2. Oversees the development, coordination, and implementation of contracts, agreements and/or special conditions between the District and its customers and vendors. Negotiate or renegotiate new and existing agreements or statements of work.
  3. Actively partner with stakeholders in order to understand the scope of work; works closely with the Districts legal counsel on complex contracts including those involving sharing student data.
  4. Prepares applications to State and other funding agencies for the purpose of initiating facility construction, upgrade, and repair projects. Coordinates the analysis of sites, the acquisition of property, and the development of designs and plans for the purpose of carrying out the District’s facilities master plan.
  5. Manages the district real estate program and plans, including the existing leases, purchase agreements, and excess property utilization. Collaborates with the district general counsel in presenting the same to the Governing Board and Superintendent.
  6. Oversees the programs, policies, and structure related to tuition, fees, and other reimbursable units for all departments within the District.

Risk Management, Insurance and Safety

  1. Supervises the District insurance programs and is designated as a Trustee on the Northern Arizona Public Employee Benefit Trust (NAPEBT). Provides direct administration and oversight of the District’s program and casualty, including legal liability. Works cooperatively with legal counsel to handle property and casualty/liability matters.
  2. Presents training seminars for administrators, managers, supervisors and employees on reporting procedures for work related injuries and program prevention.
  3. Coordinates and analyzes safety programs and implements Arizona Industrial Commission and Occupational, Safety and Health Administration rules, regulations, and reporting requirements.
  4. Oversees the District’s safety plans and offers recommendations for changes. Coordinates with city and county officials to plan and implement disaster procedures and drills.
  5. Serves on a variety of committees relating to Risk Management.

Elementary or Secondary Programs.

  1. Provide direct oversight, monitoring, and supervision of all elementary or secondary principals.
  2. Consult with and advise, assist, and direct principals on all matters pertaining to instructional programs and school operations.
  3. Visit and monitor schools regularly.
  4. Evaluate elementary or secondary principals in accordance with state and district procedures.
  5. Establish and maintain a program of articulation and open communication among schools.
  6. Provide a timely response and resolution for parental and community concerns.

Leadership and Administration

  1. Exhibit commitment to continuous improvement.
  2. Encourage and model innovative thinking and risk taking and view problems as learning opportunities.
  3. Remain up-to-date on state mandates and priorities as they relate to assigned responsibilities.
  4. Promote learning and high expectations for students and staff.
  5. Anticipate, manage, and resolve conflicts.
  6. Use a variety of communication tools and techniques to exchange information and ideas effectively.
  7. Demonstrate clear and effective writing, speaking, and active listening skills.
  8. Participate in effective budget planning and management.
  9. Prepare and deliver written and oral presentations to the Governing Board, staff, parents, and community groups. Attend Governing Board meetings, and facilitate meetings with staff and other stakeholders.

The Flagstaff Unified School District is recognized throughout the Southwest for its progressive educational programs and outstanding faculty.  The district is one of the largest in the United States in geographic area, encompassing 4,450 square miles.  The district offers the cultural stimulation of a cosmopolitan environment within a small city setting.   

The 2021-2022 salary range for the district’s Assistant Superintendent is $115,500 to $129,500, based on a twelve-month contract, consistent with Arizona law.  A comprehensive fringe benefits package is also included.    

Applications will be accepted via the Applicant Online System. Visit Click on Human Resources and Employment Opportunities.  

Out of State Applicants:  FUSD will consider out of state applicants.  However, please attach a current Administrator/Superintendent certificate and Fingerprint Clearance information for your state, as well as the other documents requested above.  

***Missing documents may result in your application not moving forward in the process.

The qualifications of each candidate will be evaluated by a district screening committee. Finalists selected for interviews will visit the district at their own expense.  

Minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.