The South Slave Divisional Education Council is seeking a positive, dynamic and experienced educational leader for the following position:
School Name: Assistant Superintendent
Community: Fort Smith, NT
Start Date: May 1, 2020
Salary: ranges from $113,783 to $162,552 per annum dependent on qualifications and experience, plus a very attractive benefits package including a Northern Allowance of $6,612 and full relocation.
Interested applicants are required to submit the following documentation by February 28, 2020:
cover letter, resume and names of at least 3 references (must include current supervisor),
statement (1 page max.) outlining your educational leadership philosophy
Dr. Curtis Brown Telephone: (867) 872-5701
Superintendent Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
South Slave Divisional Education Council
P.O. Box 510
FORT SMITH, NT, X0E 0P0
Reporting to the Superintendent, this position offers an exciting opportunity and would appeal to an individual capable of providing multi-faceted leadership and improving the achievement of all learners in a northern, cross-cultural setting.
The South Slave schools enjoy a solid base of innovative and award winning students, staff and programs. With approximately 150 staff and an annual budget of over $24 million, the SSDEC serves 1300 students in eight schools in five communities on the southern shores of Great Slave Lake; Fort Smith, Hay River, Fort Resolution, K’atlodeeche and Lutsel K’e. The Division takes great pride in its well-established reputation of commitment to school improvement and student achievement. The collaborative working environment is a core strength and has been a foundation for the ongoing culture of respect, advocacy and learning.
The Assistant Superintendent has responsibility for K-12 programs, including curriculum / program implementation, staff in-service, student support services, capital planning, occupational health and safety, school improvement planning, and regional priorities (literacy/reading, numeracy, and social responsibility). The position includes direct support and supervision of 5 program Consultants and 7 school Principals in collaboration with the Superintendent and Comptroller (senior leadership team). The more specific roles and responsibilities of the Assistant Superintendent will depend, in part, on the experience and expertise that the successful candidate brings to the division.
The Assistant Superintendent should:
be regarded as having exceptional interpersonal qualities, consummate professionalism and be visibly committed to the Council’s core principles for working and learning together;
have strong group facilitation skills, an orientation to providing support and empowering staff, and a history of leading by example within a team environment;
be an excellent communicator with exemplary writing skills, a high degree of technological proficiency, and an ability and commitment to community involvement and developing collaborative partnerships to supplement existing school programs and supports;
be committed to continuous improvement, with knowledge of the educational change process, an ability to promote research-based school improvement and instructional practices that result in improved student learning, and a proven record of implementation of successful educational initiatives;
be an accomplished leader in the areas of school organization, learning, curriculum, instruction and assessment, able to analyze and interpret data, and coordinate efforts within a culture-based and inclusive environment;
have exemplary skills in management, organization, analytical reasoning, strategic planning, problem solving and time management;
be a self-starter with a tremendous work ethic, a high degree of flexibility, an ability to work positively under pressure, and a willingness to travel extensively.
Typically, the above expertise would be attained through the completion of a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in education supplemented by 7 years of classroom teaching and 5 years of administrative experience in a JK-12 school setting. Eligibility for an NWT Teaching Certificate and NWT Principal Certification are also expected. Evidence of successful cross-cultural and school administration experience in all levels of JK to 12 is preferred. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.
Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to be given priority consideration under the GNWT’s Affirmative Action Policy. A criminal record and vulnerable sector check is a prerequisite to employment. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted. This competition may be used to fill similar positions that may become available.
The South Slave Divisional Education Council (SSDEC) was established in 1991 to administer the K-12 education system for five communities in the South Slave region of the Northwest Territories - Fort Smith, Hay River, Kátlodééche First Nation, Fort Resolution, and Lutsel K'e. Each of our communities has a proud and storied past, steeped in northern traditions and values. The Council serves eight schools with an estimated student population of 1300 students. The Council strives to prepare students to create their futures.
Fort Smith is nestled on the banks overlooking the Slave River on the Northwest Territories/Alberta border. It is one of the largest towns and is the most-southerly centre in the Northwest Territories with a population of roughly 2500 people. The community is home to the main campus of Aurora College, is the gateway to Canada's largest national park, Wood Buffalo National Park, and is where the central office of the South Slave Divisional Education Council calls home. Fort Smith offers a wide variety of winter and summer sporting and cultural activities, including kayaking, fishing, golf, skiing, curling, tennis, squash, swimming pool, library and more amenities. It is a twelve to fourteen hour drive or a two hour flight available 6 days a week from Edmonton, Alberta. Fort Smith is the home of two modern and well-equipped schools served by dedicated teaching staffs. We also invite you to check out our web site at www.ssdec.nt.ca.
For more information visit us on the web at www.ssdec.net.
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