Shelby County Schools

  • Assistant Superintendent - iZONE/Priority Schools

    Posted Date 3 days ago(11/9/2018 9:53 AM)
    Location Name
    Board of Education
    Salary Min
    USD $108,868.00/Yr.
    Central Office
    # of Openings
    Close Date
  • Purpose and Scope

    Provides oversight responsibility for schools, principals, teachers, and staff in the Priority Schools which includes strategic planning and leadership to coordinate or integrate services for Priority Schools in order to maximize efficiency and quality. Provides direction to ensure business strategies and objectives are met.

    Essential Job Functions

    1. Supports the Chief of Schools in the planning and implementation of the Multiple Achievement Paths model in the district that will encourage innovation and maintain high-quality district schools.
    2. Manages the turnaround of low-performing schools with Priority School status. Provides executive-level leadership in the planning, organization and direction of academic, instructional and operational support functions of the schools within the district's Priority Schools. Responsible for implementing the district's mission and driving innovation and school improvement in the Priority Schools.
    3. Evaluates and recommends potential expansion of Priority School tactics to other schools. Researches innovative school models, such as blended learning, in other districts and charter management organizations, and recommends models that could be implemented in Priority Schools. Explores school-level autonomy for hiring, budget, schedule, and curriculum decisions in exchange for full accountability for student achievement and school performance.
    4. Oversees day-to-day operation and staff, facilities, and fiscal management of schools in the Priority Schools. Works with principals to resolve school-based concerns and problems and assists principals and teachers in striving for maximum student achievement. Assists principals with decision making and problem solving. Plans and develops programs to be implemented across assigned school. Assists in the implementation of district initiatives. Monitors the results of programs implemented. Develops policies, standards, and a vision for Priority Schools.
    5. Coordinates with other Assistant Superintendents & the Chief of Schools to ensure alignment with district strategy across regions. Directs, oversees, administers, and assumes accountability for the delivery of academic programs and instructional strategies to increase student achievement in the Priority Schools.
    6. Manages the portfolio of schools in the Priority Schools. Develops short- and long-range academic plans for Priority Schools. Oversees implementation of plans to ensure adherence to organizational standards, policies, and procedures, and makes adjustments as needed. Serves as a resource to administrators, faculty and other personnel for professional, administrative, and other matters.
    7. Supports the development and evaluation of academic programs and student achievement for Priority Schools. Drives school improvement. Develops, organizes, and implements models of technical assistance for schools with low student achievement and models of continuous improvement for schools with average to high student achievement. Works with Planning and Accountability to recommend strategies for improving school performance. Assists and monitors each school in the development, implementation, and assessment of individual school improvement plans.
    8. Builds teacher capacity and drives continuous improvement in instruction for Priority Schools. Supports, in conjunction with Talent Management, the recruitment and development of teaching talent. Develops policies and programs to optimize and improve instructional quality across all grades. Supports the development of professional development programs and other teacher support programs to increase the overall quality of instruction.
    9. Drives school leader development. Manages and leads ILDs and principals in the Priority Schools. Implement LEI/principal evaluation components. Supervises and evaluates principals. Designs and conducts regular meetings to address the instructional and management needs of principals and assistant principals. Identifies and recommends site administrative personnel through the board-approved recruitment and selection process.
    10. Connects Priority Schools with the communities of the assigned region by participating in community organizations, community functions, and extracurricular activities.
    11. 11. Monitors school progress through feedback from students, teachers, principals, directors, superintendents, the Board of Education, business leaders, consultants, and parents. Receives suggestions, advice, and general feedback on the operations of schools. Helps ensure an open line of communication across the school system hierarchy, bringing insight from all levels to incorporate in policy and decision making.
    12. Identifies opportunities for Priority Schools to "spotlight" their success in the district. Collaborates with communications personnel to promote school programs and achievements.
    13. Oversees district-wide program planning, organization, control, and overall strategic direction, including development of short and long-range plans to ensure business strategies and objectives are met, and to ensure policy development is in accordance to lawful and ethical standards for the following functional areas:
      • Multi-year planning and strategy for Priority School academics and instruction
      • Development and evaluation of academic programs and student achievement in the Priority Schools
      • Priority School improvements
      • Priority School teacher and principal hiring and professional development
    14. Develops, presents, and defends program budget requirements. Oversees and approves program expenditures and prepares financial forms and reports.
    15. Communicates with authorities and liaise with other departments in order to establish and maintain effective and relevant activities. Uses personal judgment and initiative to develop effective and constructive solutions to challenges and obstacles.
    16. Supervises staff and establishes standards. Effectively selects, trains, motivates, delegates, monitors and evaluates performance to ensure targets and goals are met. Facilitates professional development and serves as coach and mentor.
    17. Directs the preparation and maintenance of a variety of narrative and statistical reports, records, correspondence, and files related to assigned service, activities, and operations. Provides for appropriate research and compiles reports, as needed.
    18. Performs other related duties as assigned or directed.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's Degree in Education or a closely related field plus a minimum of eight (8) years related experience; or a Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of ten (10) years related experience, or any equivalent combination of education, training, and/or paid, exempt level directly relevant experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position for a total of fourteen (14) years. Valid Tennessee School Administrator's license, along with other certifications as required by state and local policies (e.g., Tennessee professional teacher's license). Experience working with new and innovative schools on a large scale in a high scrutiny environment preferred.  Documented record of achieving measurable gains in student achievement as a result of leadership.


    Degree Equivalency Formula:

    Bachelor’s Degree = 4 years plus required years of experience.

    Master’s Degree = 6 years plus required years of experience.




    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Strong analytic and problem-solving skills, with the ability to swiftly and accurately understand complex data and perform analysis
    • Skill in developing data-supported solutions and using fact-based logic; ability to translate complex analysis in easy-to-understand manner and present to a broad audience
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Outstanding leadership skills and ability to build high-performing teams through recruitment, selection and professional development
    • Ability to tackle the operational challenges of the school district in a complex, changing political and educational environment
    • Ability to manage daily administrative tasks without losing sight of long-term goals and planning

    Physical Requirements and Working Environment


    Physical Demands: Requires sedentary work involving standing or walking for brief periods, exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a regular basis; and some dexterity in operating office equipment; must be able to use hands and fingers

    Unavoidable Hazards: The position is exposed to no unusual environmental hazards.


    Sensory (ADA) Requirements: The position requires normal visual acuity and field of vision, hearing and speaking abilities.



    SCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SCS provides reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.

    SCS does not discriminate in its programs or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, handicap/disability, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, or age (40 or older).


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