Superintendent of Schools of The Spring Grove Area School District

Spring Grove Area School District - Spring Grove, PA3.7

Full-time
The Board of School Directors is seeking an accomplished leader with proven success to serve as Chief Executive Officer of the Spring Grove Area School District (SGASD). The successful candidate demonstrates commitment to providing a dynamic 21st-century learning environment where all students can attain their full potential and experience in raising student achievement.

POSITION PURPOSE

To inspire, lead, and guide every member of the administrative, instructional, and support services teams in setting and achieving the District’s vision of “Learning Without Limits” including: solving complex problems, connecting with others, engaging in rigorous learning, and owning the learning; proving each student with a deeper, more meaningful educational experience.

To oversee and administer the use of all district facilities, property, and funds to ensure that those resources are utilized in an appropriate manner while carrying out the following tenets of the District Mission committment to diversity:
Partner with families, businesses, and community organizations;
Provide a safe and engaging learning environment;
Challenge and motivate all students to demonstrate continual growth on assessments;
Help students to attain their full potential while preparing for the future;
Treat all people with equality, dignity, and respect;
Educate all students to understand, accept, and value all members of the world community.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Relationship with the Board of School Directors
Advises the Board on the need for new or revised policies and ensures that all policies are implemented and followed according to appropriate law;
Prepares and submits to the Board recommendations relative to all matters requiring Board action, placing before the Board such necessary and helpful facts, information, and reports needed to enable the Board to make informed decisions;
Attends and participates in all meetings of the Board and its committees (when appropriate), except executive sessions for the purpose of discussing the Superintendent's employment or salary;
Serves as an Ex-Officio member of the Board of School Directors;
Reports to the Board such matters as deemed substantive to the understanding and proper management of the schools, or as the Board may request;
Makes (or appoints designee to make) all administrative decisions necessary to the proper function of the District; formulates school objectives, policies, plans, and programs; prepares (or causes to be prepared) and presents facts and explanations as appropriate to the Board;
Remains impartial toward the Board, treats all members alike, and maintains an open and honest relationship with all board members;
Acts as the liaison between the Board and personnel, working toward a high degree of mutual communication, understanding, and respect between the Board and the staff;
Develops administrative regulations, guidelines, rules, and instructions to school employees and students as may be necessary to implement Board policy.

Organizational Leadership
Works collaboratively with the Board and all stakeholders to develop a vision for the District;
Formulates and executes district objectives, policies, administrative regulations for establishing district-wide procedures, plans, and programs in relation to the District Comprehensive Plan;
Prepares or oversees preparation of facts and explanations necessary to assist the Board in its duty of legislation for the schools;
Handles emergency situations as necessary on any matter that requires immediate action or that is not covered by Board policies or district procedures;
Oversees methods of teaching, supervision, and administration in the schools;
Recommends the establishment or potential alteration of attendance boundaries for all schools in the interest of appropriate administration of the instructional program.

Student Growth and Achievement
Administers the development and maintenance of a positive educational program designed to foster student achievement and meet the needs of the school community in conformance with Board policies and applicable law;
Promotes a climate that encourages the professional staff to make efforts to continually improve instructional practice;
Conducts a periodic audit of the total school program including curriculum, instruction, instructional resources, and assessment, and advises the Board on recommendations for the educational advancement of the schools;
Leads and models the overall instructional vision for the District;
Promotes the placement of students into appropriate programs;
When appropriate, makes recommendations to the Board matters of student behavior that may result in expulsion and maintains associated records.

Communication and Community Relations
Represents the District in its dealings with other school systems, institutions, agencies, and community organizations and is visible at school activities and events;
Establishes and maintains a program of public relations to keep the public informed of the activities and needs of the District, while establishing a cooperative working relationship between the schools and the community;
Keeps the public and news media informed about modern educational practices, educational trends, and the policies, practices, celebrations, and challenges in the District's schools;
Encourages all employees to plan and conduct programs that involve parents and community members.

District Operations and Financial Management
Supervises the preparation and presentation of the annual budget following an evaluation of financial needs;
Establishes and maintains efficient procedures and effective controls for all expenditures of district funds in accordance with the adopted budget and applicable law;
Recommends to the Board the sale of any district property no longer required by the Board and supervises the proper execution any such sales;
Submits, or causes to be submitted, all reports required by federal and state laws;
Provides suitable instructions and regulations to govern the use and care of school properties;
Makes recommendations to provide for adequate facilities including land acquisition and potential school construction;
Oversees appropriate maintenance, improvement, alterations, and changes in the buildings and equipment of the District;
Monitors enrollment and demographic data and recommends viable options in order to maintain quality facilities, staff, and educational programs;
Makes recommendations to the Board concerning the transportation of students in accordance with the law and the requirements of safety.

Human Resources Management
Provides for the recruitment, selection, recommendation, assignment, and utilization of staff to the best advantage of the District and spends time in schools observing staff and students;
Guides the establishment and administration of the District's evaluation and performance management programs to ensure that standards of employee performance are maintained, constructive feedback is provided, and corrective action is taken when necessary;
Oversees collective bargaining negotiations with labor organizations representing district employees;
Fosters a sense of pride within the District and community, promoting high morale among staff, and creating an environment where individuals desire to work and grow;
Acts as the liaison with representatives of employee groups regarding contractual and employee matters in accordance with the existing contract and Board Policy;
Embraces the educational philosophy in professional development opportunities for all employees to enhance their skills and abilities.

Professionalism
Maintains high standards of ethics, honesty, and integrity in all personal and professional matters;
Maintains poise and emotional stability in the full range of professional activities;
Keeps informed of modern educational thought and practices by advanced study, visiting school systems elsewhere, attending educational conferences, memberships in professional organizations, and other appropriate means, while sharing trends in education with the Board.

DISTRICT OVERVIEW

The Spring Grove Area School District is located in south-central Pennsylvania in York County. The District encompasses about 92 square miles and includes Heidelberg, Jackson, Codorus, North Codorus, and Paradise townships, as well as the boroughs of Jefferson, New Salem, Seven Valleys, and Spring Grove. The area is primarily residential/rural.

The total enrollment for the District is approximately 4,300 students. SGASD currently operates three elementary schools (K-4), an intermediate school (5-6), a middle school (7-8) and a high school (9-12). The District offers a number of Varsity, JV, and junior high sports programs. In addition, we sponsor over 41 clubs and activities from grades 5-12.

SGASD has a total approximate staff of 500 regular employees.

To learn more about the District, please visit www.sgasd.org.

QUALIFICATIONS PROFILE

Certifications/License
PA Superintendent Certificate with the Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility or PA Commission Qualification Letter - Superintendent PK-12
Motor Vehicle Operator's License or ability to provide own transportation.

Education
Bachelor's Degree and Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in School Administration.
Master’s plus 30 or Doctoral Degree preferred.

Experience
Extensive successful administration experience, preferably both as a school building and central office administrator.

POSITION START
July 2, 2019

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Interested candidates should submit an online application via the Spring Grove Area School District Human Resources Employment Opportunities page on the SGASD website at www.sgasd.org no later than November 18, 2018.

APPLICATION SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS REQUIRED
Upload the following: Cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, PA letter of eligibility, most recent college/ university transcripts, Act 34 (PA State) clearance, Act 151 (Child Abuse) clearance, and Act 114 Federal fingerprint clearance (all dated within 1 year)