Superintendent Suffolk City Public Schools (Virginia)

Suffolk, Virginia
Commensurate with experience and qualifications.
May 31, 2019
Job Type

Suffolk (VA) Public Schools

Announcement of Superintendent Search

The Suffolk City School Board invites applications for the position of Superintendent of Suffolk Public Schools (VA).


Suffolk is 430 square miles making it Virginia’s largest city in land area. It is located in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area with miles of waterfront property on the Nansemond and James Rivers.


Mission: The mission of Suffolk Public Schools is to partner with the community ... to provide an effective educational experience ... and to prepare every student to find success in our complex society.

Budget: $173,289,782

PK-12 Total Student Enrollment: 14,265

Full Time Personnel: 2,072

Part Time Personnel: 122

On Time Graduation Rate:  86.7%

Schools: The division consists of 11 elementary schools; 5 middle schools; 3 high schools; Turlington Woods School - a daytime alternative program;  and the College & Career Academy at Pruden - a Career and Technical and Adult Education Center.

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The board has established the following qualifications for the next superintendent of Suffolk Public Schools:

  • If selected, residency in the school division is required.
  • Experience as a principal is required.
  • Experience as a central office administrator is preferred.
  • Experience as an associate/assistant superintendent is preferred.
  • Experience as a superintendent is preferred.
  • An earned doctorate is preferred.



Leadership and Management Skills – The successful candidate is a team player who is comfortable with shared decision-making, a visionary, creative thinker, and a decisive leader.

Personal Characteristics – The successful candidate is a good listener, accessible, consistent, caring, and confident.

Board-Superintendent Relations – The successful candidate effectively mediates and accommodates different perspectives, understands difference between policy and administration and acts accordingly, and provides options and recommendations to Board before accepting Board directives.

Staff Relations – The successful candidate creates an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect, maintains open channels of communication to and from staff, supports staff development activities, encourages professional growth, and sets a good example for staff members.

Community Relations – The successful candidate effectively advocates school issues and needs, communicates effectively on both private and public levels, responds to individual concerns in an appropriate manner, and promotes business and community involvement in schools.

School Finance – The successful candidate lobbies for school funding on behalf of the school division, develops and explains the rationale for the budget to the board and local officials, and offers creative funding solutions.

Areas of Expertise – The successful candidate has expertise in curriculum and instruction, school reform (e.g. strategic planning, total quality management, etc.), budget and finance, school improvement, and student achievement.

Candidates must meet the legal requirements to be licensed or be eligible for licensure as a superintendent in Virginia. Questions concerning the eligibility requirement should be directed to Patty S. Pitts, Office of Professional Licensure, State Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, VA 23218-2120, Telephone: (804) 371-2522.


Commensurate with experience and qualifications.


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Completed applications are due by August 2, 2019.

Candidates should not make contact with school board members. Inquiries should be directed to Gina Patterson, executive director, Virginia School Boards Association, 200 Hansen Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911, 434-295-8722 or

Equal Opportunity Employer

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