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Magnet Schools Assistance Program Officer

As of 1/4/17, a job announcement for a third MSAP Program Officer has been posted to USA Jobs with a closing date of 1/18/17. If you have extensive experience with magnet program competitions and/or project implementation you may be interested. This position serves as an Education Program Specialist in the Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII), Parental Options and Improvement (POI) programs division in the United States Department of Education. The position may perform professional work for multiple program teams within POI such as: Arts in Education, Magnet Schools Assistance, Full-Service Community Schools, Place-based Initiatives, Opportunity Scholarship Program, and/or the Promise Neighborhoods programs. Program objectives are achieved through the management of grants, contracts, and/or interagency agreements, as well as through professional leadership and expertise.

Employees in POI serve as principal advisors on the development of promising educational interventions, including reforms that expand parental choice and information; and, neighborhood revitalization and community transformation.

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Hartford Public Schools - Superintendent 

The Board of Education for the Hartford Public Schools is pleased to announce the search for a Superintendent of Schools. Located in the state capital of Hartford, Connecticut, Hartford Public Schools serves approximately 21,000 students in 47 schools, including 20 magnet schools, 1 adult education school, 1 alternative learning center, and 1 program for over-age/under-credited students. Hartford has the advantage of a diverse student population, including the representation of over 70 language groups.  

The ideal Superintendent of Schools will be a strong leader steeped in success within demanding, complex environments. The proven ability to lead and garner support from a diverse set of constituents will be essential, as will a record of genuine performance and impact against ambitious goals.

The Board of Education and its Search Committee seek candidates with the following strengths and characteristics:

  • Proven passion for public education. We will expect candidates to be passionate and deeply informed about core educational stresses, struggles and opportunities.
  • Success leading complex organizations. Candidates must have had relevant, credible leadership and management experience within suitably complex learning and operating environments.
  • Sensitivity to urban issues. The strongest candidates will have worked within a large, multifaceted urban area. Hartford's diversity is both real and complex, and our residents have benefitted unevenly from the city dynamics. A pervasive appreciation of key urban issues and their impact on children's education will be important to the new Superintendent’s success, as will respect for the educational value of differing perspectives.
  • A record of delivering innovative, impactful, sustainable solutions. Incremental improvements may be part of the solution, but alone they will not meet the city leaders' expectation that our school system be a real and respected asset for the larger community. Accordingly, the next Superintendent must be innovative to his or her core – but we require a leader whose reputation is grounded on impact, not just ideas.
  • Excellent communications skills. The Superintendent must be an effective champion for children's education and the system that provides it. Open, honest communications, whether with board members, district employees, students or key partners must be a hallmark of the new leader's management style. The ability to make constituents and stakeholders feel valued and heard is vital.
  • Professional preparation and credentials. Hartford Public Schools is at heart an academic institution, and academic credentials matter. At minimum, the next Superintendent will combine strong academic credentials with at least 10 years of successful professional and managerial experience in highly demanding environments. The candidates must possess or be eligible for the Connecticut Superintendent of School (093) certification.

For a complete list of the Core Competencies required please see this position listing at www.hartfordschools.org

Candidates must hold, or be immediately eligible for, a superintendent certificate (endorsement 093) issued by the Connecticut Department of Education. For more information about certification eligibility, please contact the Department of Education at www.sde.ct.gov or (860) 713-6969

Among the assets available to the next Superintendent are a Mayor, Board of Education and deep bench of leaders from all sectors –business, academic, civic, nonprofit and faith-based entities– who are serious about the quality of education being provided to our children. 

There are enormous challenges ahead, to be sure, and the path to transformative educational accomplishment may be steep, but the ingredients for success are at hand, ready to be leveraged by an executive with the experience, vision and tenacity to lead a system that provides the best possible education for all of Hartford’s children.

Compensation -

The salary will be in the range of $250,000 excluding benefits. The final salary and benefits package for the successful candidate will be subject to negotiation and based upon proven experience, qualifications and meeting Board performance criteria. 

Selection Procedure -

We invite nominations and applications for the position of superintendent of schools by qualified candidates throughout the country.  Persons wishing to be considered for the position should submit an application file including:

  • A letter of application stating personal qualifications, experience and reasons for interest in the position
  • A current resume
  • Four current letters of recommendation
  • A letter of application and all other supporting materials must be received by Friday, December 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EST

Interested candidates are asked to please send applications to the two the Co-Chairs of the Search Committee:

Richard F. Wareing: Rwareing@natalelawfirm.com

John Motley:  John@MotleyConsulting.com

Posted November 16, 2016


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