A school superintendent works as a chief executive officer for the district. They are responsible for managing the operations of the school in the school district. Their responsibilities include managing financial operations, student achievement evaluation, educational program review, staff hiring, and facility management. They develop and supervise all school programs within their districts and work to improve the educational standards.
Generally, to work as a school superintendent, you should have extensive experience as a classroom teacher coupled with a master’s degree in education, school administration, or a similar field. Furthermore, knowledge of how a school District functions and understanding of the roles of the Board, superintendent, and campus administration is also required to work in this capacity. Other skills required to work as a school superintendent are exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, excellent networking skills, financial skills, leadership, analytical thinking, and teamwork.
Following is a sample job description for a school superintendent:
School Superintendent Sample Job Description
• Oversee the daily activities of the school department.
• Propose or revise educational policies for the school district.
• Review the proposed curriculum and make sure that it meets the educational standards.
• Determine the need to change the school curriculum and alter it as required.
• Handle hiring or firing of school staff, which includes principals, assistant principals, teachers, and teacher assistants.
• Make decisions about continuing or discontinuing school programs.
• Make decisions about closing the schools due to bad weather conditions or other emergencies.
• Develop and manage the budget.
• Report any concerns or issues to the school board.
• Coordinate with the school board for the renewal of policies and fund allocation.
• Work together with principals at each school to create and implement policies.
• Make recommendations in revising policies, budget, and staff hiring procedures.
• Ensure the execution of all decisions of the school board.
• Handle complaints of teachers, parents, and students.