Associate Superintendent - Salt Lake City, UT

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School District:  Salt Lake City School District
City/State:  Salt Lake City, UT
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Job Description:

Contract Days:
223 Days
Priority Screen Date:
Close of business on June 23, 2021
Anticipated Start Date:
July 1, 2021
FLSA Status:
This position is benefits eligible.
Starting Salary:
Schedule Interview Date:

Position Summary:
This position is responsible for leading and advancing the District's mission of providing quality education and lifelong learning through comprehensive coaching, leadership, and oversight for the district departments of Educational Equity and Student Success, the Salt Lake Education Foundation (SLEF), and Communications and Community Relations. This position supervises at least three direct-report district office administrators and various support staff. Under the direction of the Superintendent, the associate superintendent is to develop capacity, leadership, equity, and engagement of district constituents by supporting a learning community and empowering proactive responses. The associate superintendent will be a model of positive leadership to create continuous improvement toward equity, inclusion, excellence, and achievement for all students and stakeholders by supporting and advancing the Superintendent's work.

The associate superintendent is a member of Cabinet and will assist the Superintendent in district operations, such as:

  • Advance the vision and mission of the district by implementing Board policy/administrative procedure.
  • Develop processes to foster stability, consistency, and provide leadership, evaluation, coaching, supervision, and growth-evoking feedback to all assigned departments.
  • Assist with the selection and supervision of district administrative employees.
  • Collaborate with district employees to improve experiences in education and district interactions for all stakeholders.
  • Create and implement policies/procedures/processes to improve district-wide operations.
  • Develop and deploy job-embedded professional learning activities for assigned departmental and district staff.
  • Facilitate community/information meetings; communicate with all constituencies in a professional, persuasive manner.

This position reports directly to the Superintendent.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: (The list of Essential Duties and Responsibilities is not exhaustive and may be supplemented.)

  • Assists the Superintendent in all activities designated by the Superintendent.
  • Provide direct supervision, evaluation, organization, and oversee the operations of assigned departments to meet the goals and priorities of the Superintendent and School Board.
  • Provide leadership and establishes goals, and strategies for improvement of student services, facilities, communication and community involvement, and fundraising activities to achieve equity and access for students and families.
  • Works closely with the Superintendent as a strategic partner and assists in providing administrative coordination and supervision of work and personnel of all departments and schools to reduce fragmentation, overlap, and duplication of programs and services.
  • Provide direction in research and implementation of best practices throughout the Salt Lake City School District.
  • Partners with district leadership to develop and manage District-wide policies and procedures, ensuring compliance with relevant state and local laws.
  • Interpret and apply federal, state, and local laws and statutes and District policies and procedures.
  • Advises the Superintendent on matters of District policy and administrative procedures as they relate to the District and schools.
  • Represent Salt Lake City School District at all required internal and external functions, meetings, and conferences.
  • Develop and implement professional development as needed.
  • Respond appropriately and timely to concerns of school leadership, directors, staff, and learning community members.
  • Incorporate culturally competent strategies and utilize culturally responsive communication/engagement strategies with all learning community members.
  • Communicate effectively and maintain good working relationships with people from diverse backgrounds- ability, culture, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Establishes and maintains effective measurement systems for tracking organizational performance and progress toward goals.
  • Analyze and interpret data to direct implementation of achievement strategies to improve district operations.
  • Manage budgets according to the district mission, following district budget, procurement, and accounting policies and procedures with integrity and ethics.
  • Lead and direct development, deployment, and supervision of all assigned departmental personnel.
  • Operate with complete integrity, trust, and respect in dealings with all constituencies; ethical, courteous, and professional conduct throughout employment activities; ability to develop and maintain the confidence and trust of senior leadership at the district.
  • Maintain regular and predictable attendance to fulfill job requirements efficiently and effectively. Will be required to attend activities, events, and meetings outside of normal work hours regularly.
  • Competency in critical thinking, decision-making, and resolving complex issues or crises in a reasonable manner.
  • Serves as Ombudsman in problem resolution with various public entities.
  • Serves as a facilitator, assisting the Superintendent with District-wide initiatives and functioning as a liaison on behalf of the Superintendent's office to community and interest groups, the business community, and various governmental entities.
  • Serves as the Superintendent's representative in internal and external meetings and in presentations; ensures the Superintendent is kept informed of all system information.
  • Perform other duties related to the position, as assigned.

Work Environment:
The usual and customary methods of performing job functions require sitting, walking, standing, bending, occasional lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling, stooping, kneeling; driving an automobile, etc. Risks found in the typical work environment, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Master’s degree in education, education leadership, communication/community engagement, Student Services, Special Education, educational equity, or a closely related field.
  2. State of Utah School Leadership License or an out-of-state license that is transferrable to Utah.
  3. At least five years of principal experience in a public elementary, middle/junior, or senior high school.
  4. At least three years in a district office-level supervisory role in the areas of communications, community engagement, Student Services, Special Education, educational equity, and/or grants/non-profits.
  5. Professional communication skills, including excellent written and verbal communication skills. Confident, articulate, and professional speaking abilities; empathic listening and persuasive speaking skills.
  6. A valid driver’s license that allows the applicant/employee to operate a motor vehicle in Utah legally.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Doctorate in education, community engagement, communications, or related field.
  2. At least three years of experience as a high school principal.
  3. At least two years of experience in a high-level district leadership position.
  4. Experience coordinating and successfully executing school district or community-wide improvement/achievement plans.
  5. Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging trends related: to community engagement, student services, special education, educational equity, grant, and fundraising activities.
  6. Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging trends in determining educational needs, developing specialized programs, supervision/evaluation of implemented programs.
  7. Knowledgeable about public school law, especially in relation to students.
  8. Experience managing District, State, and Federal programs for compliance.
  9. Strong understanding of elementary, middle, and high school operations.
  10. Demonstrated strength in political and diplomatic sensitivity.
  11. Excellent organizational and planning skills.
  12. Demonstrated history of initiative and resourcefulness.
  13. Experience facilitating professional learning communities with school-based instructional leaders and creating collaborative, supportive, and mentoring environments.
  14. Ability to develop positive working relationships with learning community stakeholders.