SUMMARY: Under the direction of the Superintendent, the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services and Accountability serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the District and provides leadership for developing, achieving, and maintaining highly effective educational programs and services.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Supervises assigned staff in developing, improving, and implementing the curricula, professional development and instructional programs. The Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services and Accountability is directly responsible to the Superintendent for developing, implementing, and evaluating the District’s school programs in curriculum, assessment, and staff development. S/he promotes a vision that supports a comprehensive and vertically articulated educational experience for students that involves staff, parents, students, outside agencies, and advisory groups. S/he plans, organizes, directs, and integrates a complex system of programs and services for schools serving a 7th-12th grades student population.
The Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services and Accountability serves as a member of the Superintendent’s Executive Cabinet and participates in overall District planning, decisionmaking and operation. S/he is responsible for the completion of special assignments or projects, inside or outside the scope of Educational Services, as may be assigned by the Superintendent. This position reports directly to the Superintendent.
PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES: • Serve as a member of the Superintendent’s Executive Cabinet; assist the Superintendent in the general planning, organization and management of the District. • Provide visible district-level leadership, support, and guidance across school sites; take part in school community and family engagements; attend instructional leadership team and school site council meetings as appropriate to communicate district priorities. • Collaborate with school site leaders and centralized district departments to develop, implement, regularly evaluate, improve, and redesign instructional programs toward increasing student achievement at all schools. • Develop and implement a strong talent strategy to supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel, including Principals and Directors who report directly to the Assistant Superintendent. • Work collaboratively with Principals to ensure that school leaders have strong talent strategies in place designed to help recruit, develop and retain high-quality staff that positively impact student outcomes. • Navigate and partner with centralized district departments to resolve issues across school sites, including issues related to student discipline, personnel matters, budget and resources, curriculum design, etc. • Collaborate with the Assistant Superintendents team and other district leaders to develop differentiated school support plans. • Engage with families and local community members to ensure family and student voices are elevated in decision-making. • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build effective working relationships with senior-level district staff and colleagues. • Robust record of managing organizational change and initiating key innovations. • Enhance public relations by serving as an educational leader responsible for the interpretation and implementation of the district’s philosophy, programs and policies concerning staff, students, and the community-at-large. • Coordinate the development, implementation and evaluation of the District’s LCAP. • Prepare reports on the various instructional programs and present them to the Board of Trustees, District leadership, community groups/organizations and government entities such as the CA Department of Education and federal agencies. • Ensure vertical program articulation between elementary, middle, and high schools. • Work with District committees, parents and other community groups to develop the educational programs of the District. • Supervise the selection process and subsequent recommendations for adoption of textbooks and supplementary instructional books, materials, equipment, and supplies. • Plan, develop, and implement a comprehensive professional development program for instructional staff and administrators. Play a significant leadership role in fostering professional growth and building of staff morale throughout the District. • Develop and implement the District’s summer intervention programs for students. • Prepare and implement various departmental budgets that are aligned to the District’s mission and vision. • Prepare drafts of needed Board policies and administrative rules for Superintendent’s approval or submission to the Board of Education. • Attend Board of Trustees’ meetings. • Supervise and evaluate Educational Services Division certificated and classified staff. • Perform other related duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE OF: • Theory and practice of public education and administration, including effective leadership skills, personnel supervision, administrative planning, organizational development, budgeting, and information processing. • Differentiated instruction and curriculum that meets the needs of high-performing students. • Tiered system of supports for students with learning differences. • Current, research-based instructional methodology, learning theory and effective practices. • Assessment development, implementation and evaluation techniques, including data disaggregation and analysis. • Effective public relations, public speaking and group facilitation techniques. • Effective professional writing techniques, including proper use of English language conventions. CA Education Code and relevant case law relating to public education and school administration and the relationship between State law, Board Policy and Administrative Regulations. • Office management principles, methods, and procedures. • Staff supervision, staff development, personnel performance evaluation and effective management techniques. • Current curriculum issues, trends, and research. • Effective use of technology as a high-quality classroom instructional practice. • Funding sources for educational programs and various, related regulations, controls and reporting procedures.
ABILITY TO: • Manage a team within a larger organization. • Maintain positive staff and parent relations, utilizing collaborative models. • Perform work in an office setting and, in an environment, requiring considerable extended work hours. Respond promptly to requests of internal and external clients; provide them needed direction, assistance, training, materials and resources. • Plan, direct, and establish priorities and simultaneously coordinate a variety of short and long-term projects. • Use positive interpersonal skills to provide effective leadership to staff and to work collaboratively with those contacted in the course of work. • Establish and maintain cooperative and professional working relationships with individuals, groups, public and private agency personnel. • Data and situations; render sound judgment, make decisions, and solve problems efficiently and effectively. • Interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, and policies related to educational services. • Express ideas and concepts clearly and concisely in both oral and written form; use language and media that are appropriate to each audience. • Supervise and evaluate the activities of others. • Oversee and/or facilitate the development of a wide range of educational programs; set standards and assist others in meeting those standards. • Foster a growth-focused environment for supporting student and adult learning. • Select, train, supervise and evaluate staff relative to program objectives; observe and document performance; design data-based continuous improvement processes. • Use technology tools fluently for information, communication and data management. • Accurately identify and analyze present and potential problems; judiciously develop and evaluate alternative solutions; recommend effective plans of action; reflect on ways to affect continuous improvement.
EXPERIENCE: • In curriculum and instruction leadership position • As a staff professional development trainer-of-trainers • In research and evaluation • In classroom teaching • As a school site principal • In management positions with demonstrably effective results
QUALIFICATIONS: • California Administrative Services Credential • Master’s degree (in educational or organizational leadership), Doctorate preferred • Extensive, progressively responsible experience in instructional services including direct administration in county office(s) of education or medium or large-sized school district(s), preferably at a director level or above. • Minimum of three (3) years of successful and recent experience in central office leadership of curriculum, instruction, or other educational services-OR- a minimum of five (5) years of site-level administration experience with the equivalent levels of the knowledge and ability areas listed above.
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: • Insurability by the District’s liability insurance carrier. • Incorporated within one or more of the previously mentioned performance responsibilities, which are essential functions of this job description, are the following essential physical requirements: Ability to work at a desk, conference table or in meetings of various configurations. Ability to see for purposes of reading laws and code, rules and policies, and other printed matter, and observing students. Ability to hear and understand speech at normal levels. Ability to communicate so others will be able to clearly understand normal conversation.
Additional Salary Information: Excellent fringe benefits including District paid health and welfare benefits.
About Victor Valley Union High School District
Victor Valley Union High School District serves roughly 10,000 students in grades 7-12 at eight campuses in the cities of Victorville and Adelanto, CA. VVUHSD Superintendent Dr. Ron Williams, our Board of Trustees, and more than 900 faculty and staff members are committed to great results for our students. The oldest high school district in the Victor Valley region of California's High Desert, VVUHSD celebrated its 100th anniversary during the 2015-16 school year.