Assistant Superintendent of Schools (School Leadership)

Kansas City, MO, US
Feb 01, 2018
Kansas City Public Schools

Assistant Superintendent of Schools


Job Details

Posting ID Asst Supt of Schools

Title: Assistant Superintendent of Schools

Reports to: Deputy Superintendent

PURPOSE OF JOB: To plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate all activities in District elementary and

secondary schools. Position formulates and interprets policies and procedures and ensures compliance

with state and federal regulations. Administers a budget and supervises department personnel. To

maximize services for students in the District by performing the following duties personally or through

subordinate personnel.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (include the following, other duties may be assigned):

Provide leadership for elementary and secondary schools.

Provides leadership and is the executive responsible for a significant increase in measurable academic

achievement for grades K-12.

Oversee school planning, implementation, coordination and evaluation of elementary and secondary

schools, and ensure that program activities comply with the Court Order, District policies and Senate Bill


Provide resources from all District departments to assist schools in their improvement of academics.

Reviews and monitors school improvement plans.

Interprets elementary and secondary education programs to the School Board, staff and the public.

Work closely with principals to monitor and observe classroom activities, and conference with principals

and program leaders to strengthen their leadership skills.

Work directly with central support staff and building-based staff to coordinate curriculum development,

instructional delivery, staff selection and evaluation procedures and pre-service/in service training

designed to assist classroom teachers in achieving the instructional goals of the District.

Foster the availability and suitability of programs for students with special needs as feasible and allocate

appropriate building space for programs as needed.

Work cooperatively with other cabinet and executive level staff to plan, project, develop, analyze, and

implement short-range District goals and objectives.

Assists the human resources department in determining staff allocations and with interviewing and

recommending qualified candidates for secondary education professional staff positions.

Work closely with principals and program leaders to develop a collaborative building level staff

development plan that focuses significantly on the improvement of instruction and student learning.

Provide assistance to principals assigned job targets by visiting schools weekly, observing leadership,

teacher performance, student learning, and giving feedback to improve performance. Provide resources

as appropriate to assist principals on job targets to improve leadership skills and promote professional


Prepare funding proposal; complete, monthly and quarterly financial and other reports as required by the

District, State and assist budget personnel in the resolution of budgetary/audit issues, as necessary.

Initiates and maintains effective liaisons with other school divisions and professional societies to maintain

a current knowledge in elementary and secondary education.



These leadership competencies are expected of all Executive level staff at Kansas City Public

School District and form the basis of our performance management system for Executive level staff.


Continual Learning - Grasps the essence of new information; masters new technical, educational and

managerial knowledge quickly; recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development;

seeks feedback from others and opportunities to master new knowledge.

Creativity and Innovation - Develops new insights into situations and applies innovative solutions to

make organizational improvements; creates a work environment that encourages creative thinking and

innovation; designs and implements new or cutting-edge programs/processes.

External Awareness - Identifies and keeps up to date on key educational policies and trends at the

national and local level and looks for opportunities to bring best practices to PPS. Factors political, social

and economic trends that affect the organization into management strategy and plans on an ongoing


Flexibility - Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior and work methods in response to

new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles. Adjusts rapidly to new situations

warranting attention and resolution.

Resilience - Deals effectively with pressure; maintains focus and intensity and remains optimistic and

persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks. Effectively balances personal life and


Service Motivation - Creates and sustains an organizational culture which encourages others to provide

the quality of service essential to providing excellent support to staff, schools, family and community.

Enables others to acquire the tools and support they need to perform well. Shows a commitment to the

KCMSD mission and goals. Influences others toward a spirit of service and meaningful contributions to

making progress on the KCMSD vital signs.

Strategic Thinking - Formulates effective strategies consistent with the academic, social and

organizational challenges of the organization. Examines policy issues and strategic planning with a long-term

perspective. Determines objectives and sets priorities; anticipates potential stakeholder reactions or


Vision - Takes a long-term view and acts as a catalyst for organizational change; builds a shared vision

with others. Influences others to translate vision into action. Demonstrates a passionate belief that all

children can achieve at high levels.


Conflict Management - Identifies and takes steps to prevent potential situations that could result in

unpleasant confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a positive and

constructive manner to minimize negative impact. Maintains emotional self-control in conflict situations.

Leveraging Diversity - Recruits, develops, and retains a diverse high quality workforce. Leads and

manages an inclusive workplace that maximizes the talents of each person. Ensures that equity and high

expectations for all staff and students are ingrained in all aspects of the work of the district. Respects,

understands, values and seeks out individual differences to achieve the vision and mission of the

organization. Embraces the diversity of families and community partners and looks for mechanisms to

expand the involvement of diverse community members in the work of the district. Able to lead staff in

ongoing conversations and self-reflection about race and poverty.

Integrity/Honesty - Instills mutual trust and confidence; creates a culture that fosters high standards of

ethics; behaves in a fair and ethical manner toward others, and demonstrates a sense of responsibility and

commitment to student achievement. Follows through on commitments, maintains an atmosphere of

openness and transparency.

Team Building - Inspires, motivates, and guides others toward goal accomplishments. Consistently

develops and sustains cooperative working relationships. Encourages and facilitates cooperation within

the organization and with customer groups; fosters commitment, team spirit, pride, trust. Develops

leadership in others through coaching, mentoring, rewarding, and guiding employees.


Accountability - Assures that effective controls are developed and maintained to ensure the integrity of

the organization. Holds self and others accountable for goals and responsibilities. Can be relied upon to

ensure that projects within areas of specific responsibility are completed in a timely manner and within

budget. Monitors and evaluates plans; focuses on results and measuring attainment of outcomes. Holds

self and others accountable to put the needs of students ahead of the needs of adults in the system in

solving problems.

Customer Service - Balancing interests of a variety of stakeholders; readily readjusts priorities to respond

to pressing and changing customer demands, both internal and external. Anticipates and meets the need

of customers; maintains a high level of service; is committed to continuous improvement of services.

Decisiveness - Exercises good judgment by making sound and well-informed decisions that are data driven;

perceives the impact and implications of decisions; makes effective and timely decisions, even

when data is limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; is proactive and achievement


Entrepreneurship - Identifies opportunities to develop and implement new processes and programs

within or outside of the organization. Is willing to take risks; initiates actions that involve a deliberate risk to

achieve a recognized benefit or advantage.

Problem Solving - Identifies and analyzes problems; distinguishes between relevant and irrelevant

information to make logical decisions; provides solutions to individual and organizational problems.

Technical Credibility - Understands and appropriately applies procedures, requirements, regulations, and

policies related to specialized expertise, both educational and managerial. Is able to make sound hiring

and capital resource decisions and to address training and development needs. Understands linkages

between administrative competencies and mission needs.


Financial Management - Demonstrates broad understanding of principles of financial management and

marketing expertise necessary to ensure appropriate funding levels. Prepares, justifies, and/or administers

the budget for the program area; uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities; monitors expenditures in

support of programs and policies. Identifies cost-effective approaches.

Human Resources Management - Assesses current and future staffing needs based on organizational

goals and budget realities. Using merit principles, ensures staff are appropriately selected, developed,

utilized, appraised, and rewarded; takes corrective action when necessary.

Technology Management - Uses efficient and cost-effective approaches to integrate technology into the

workplace and improve program effectiveness. Develops strategies using new technology to enhance

decision making. Understands the impact of technological changes on the organization.


Influencing/Negotiating - Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation

from others to obtain information and accomplish goals; facilitates "win-win" situations.

Interpersonal Skills - Considers and responds appropriately to the needs, feelings, and capabilities of

different people in different situations; is tactful, compassionate and sensitive, and treats others with


Oral Communication - Makes clear and convincing oral presentations to individuals or groups; listens

effectively and clarifies information as needed; facilitates an open exchange of ideas and fosters an

atmosphere of open communication.

Partnering - Develops networks and builds alliances both internally and externally, engages in cross functional

activities; collaborates across boundaries, and finds common ground with a widening range of

stakeholders. Utilizes contacts to build and strengthen internal and external support bases.

Political Savvy - Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization.

Approaches each problem situation with a clear perception of organizational and political reality;

recognizes the impact of alternative courses of action.

Written Communication - Expresses facts and ideas in writing in a clear, convincing and organized


Required Qualifications

Specialist Degree in Educational Administration

Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience including Leadership experience in areas directly related to Pre-K-12 public education setting

Experience as a School Principal

Experience interpreting and analyzing school data

Outstanding oral and written communications skills with the ability to communicate effectively with staff, community leaders, and parents

Strong leadership, communication, and human relation skills

Expert knowledge of elementary and/or secondary curriculum

Knowledge of state/federal regulations and accreditation requirements governing public education programs

Knowledge of and skill in the use of various office applications including database, internet, spreadsheet, word processing, and other related applications

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.

This job requires that the employee be able to sit, stand, walk, speak, hear, use hands, fingers, reach with

hands and fingers; bend, stoop, lift objects of at least ten pounds; visual ability requires mono and color



Length of Work Year: 12 months

Benefits: Retirement Program, Health, Dental and Life Insurance are provided.

Primary Location:
Board of Education
Salary Range:
Comm w/Educ & Exp / Per Year
Shift Type: