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 working 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 are some sample skills for a school superintendent:
School Superintendent Sample Skills
• Skilled at monitoring and supervising daily school activities.
• Capable of assessing students’ and teachers’ performance.
• Proficient at proposing new educational policies for the school district.
• Qualified to determine the need to change the school curriculum and implement changes accordingly.
• Specially skilled at creating and implementing operational budgets.
• Ability to make decisions regarding the continuity and discontinuity of the school programs.
• Competent at making decisions about closing the schools due to bad weather conditions or other emergencies.
• Talented in coordinating with the school board for the renewal of policies and fund allocation.
• Well-versed in recruiting and training staff, and handling disciplinary matters.
• Expert in setting educational standards, keeping track of student achievements, and designing school curriculum.
• Capable of handling teachers’, parents’, and students’ complaints calmly.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to multi-task.
• Strong communication, organizational, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.